The roof at Kettner Exchange is a lovely setting as was my food on this visit. Unfortunately I am a bit too old for what is frequently a party scene. So if you prefer quiet I would go early in the week and early in the evening.
It is really nice when the place two weeks away has really solid cocktails and quite good food. Sadly they are guilty of what has quickly become my biggest pet peeve in San Diego which is every bar asking for a credit card to open a tab. I get it at a crowded bar. But when I am a repeat customer and am clearly not running out on my check, it is completely inhospitable. Sit at a table 6 inches away and of course you would never be asked for a card. Is the threat of dashing and dining any different? Why piss off guest who is sure to return? And after having all of my credit cards stolen more times than I can even count I don’t want any out of my possession for hours at a time. So what I am I to do? Pay cash for my cocktail and each plate as I order them? Tip prior to actually receiving any service?
This was my first visit to Juniper & Ivy as I put it off on my interview and apartment hunting trips fearing that I would be disappointment but what was supposed to be the best place in San Diego. Thankfully it is awesome and I have been back so many times in the last few months that eventually I will have to stop posting about it. The menu has since changed many times but this bbq carrot dish is still one of my favorites.
big trouble in little italy – bourbon, montenegro amaro, mint, lemon, peach bitters
bbq carrots, jalapeno chimichurri, peanuts, apricot
asparagus, soppressata, salmon roe, meyer lemon, crispy potatoes, cured egg yolk
beef tartare, fave hummus, pickled eggplant, beef tendon chicharron