Tuesday, September 25, 2007

In the News: Gourmet Magazine lists two farm-to-plate San Diego restaurants in their 2007 restaurant guide

Gourmet Magazine’s 2007 restaurant guide placed a particular emphasis this year on restaurants who specialize in farm-to-plate fare. Two of our very own were included!

Here’s what they had to say about North Park’s The Linkery under the category Meat Rules: “If knowing that your Hampshire or Berkshire breed pigs are pastured makes chowing down on handcrafted sausages a guiltless pleasure, The Linkery is the place to indulge. The folks behind this unique, casual spot believe in "meeting your meal." They list all their food sources on the menu and profile farmers and artisans on their blog. You may find wild Mexican bluefin with heirloom tomato salsa, or pulled pork (smoked over Santa Maria red oak) piled onto a jalapeño cheddar roll with house-made barbecue sauce.” Congratulations to The Linkery folk!

Some kind words about Del Mar’s Market under the Casual category: “Chef-owner Carl Schroeder has only to head two miles or so down the road to the famous Chino Farm stand to find inspiration for his seasonal California cooking. Recent menu offerings have included ramp and potato soup with miniature wild-mushroom and grilled-cheese sandwiches, and a confit duck à l'orange featuring organic oranges. His grapefruit and avocado salad with date sugar is lovely, as is his chicken soup with pearl pasta and a bouquet of vegetables. Some dishes have an Asian accent; others, like his intricate curried spring lamb tasting, an Indian or Middle Eastern influence—all of which makes for exciting, eclectic dining in a bistrolike setting.” Mmmm, sounds perfectly lovely!

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