Evans Mission Bay Magazine Issue 2 - Page 15

PARKER HOUSE ROLLS HERB & WOOD Another restaurant in the region makes the list with rolls so addictive they had to be left off the menu. Created by Herb & Wood Executive Pastry Chef Adrian Mendoza, the milk and honey rolls are baked fresh, then brushed with a tantalizing herb honey butter (featuring an aromatic mix of chives, parsley, oregano and rosemary) and topped off with flakey sea salt. They come out of the oven warm and ready to be slathered with even more butter, then pulled apart for sharing at the table either as an appetizer or with your meal. (2210 Kettner Blvd.; 619-955-8495; herbandwood.com) DRUGSTORE HAMBURGER A.R. VALENTIEN A favorite of local chefs, the traditional Drugstore Hamburger can be found on the menu for The Grill at Torrey Pines—located at The Lodge at Torrey Pines—but can also be cooked up by request at the resort’s sig- nature restaurant, A.R. Valentien, where the popular burger is missing from the official lineup. Starting with a beef patty made of Niman Ranch ground chuck, classic toppings are added: house-made mayonnaise, cheese, shredded lettuce, chopped onion, sliced tomato and pickles. The key is steaming the sesame seed bun in the meat juices—a trick that Executive Chef Jeff Jackson recalls from a lunch counter he often visited as a child in Oklahoma. (11480 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla; 858-777-6635; lodgetorreypines.com) Clockwise DIRTY WINGS WEST COAST TAVERN At The Observatory North Park, an iconic theater building, you’ll find the popular West Coast Tavern—but what you won’t find is the eatery’s top-secret Dirty Wings on the menu. Covered in a combination of five- spice, sweet-and-spicy and traditional buffalo sauces, the creation was actually concocted by some of the tavern’s regular customers. But if you ask for this secret wing dish by name, chef Abe Botello will happily oblige, and make your wings dirty—just like the locals prefer at this establishment in the heart of North Park. (2895 University Ave.; 619-295- 1688; westcoasttavern.com) n from top: Dirty Wings at West Coast Tavern; Cali Taco at Puesto; In-N-Haute burger at Juniper & Ivy; Parker House Rolls at Herb & Wood 15