Walter Mencken 11 a.m., Nov. 27
Eat Around the World at Hanna's Gourmet
Hanna’s Gourmet, on Adams Avenue in North Park, is one of those little gems that’s just wonderful to find. It’s cozy and delightfully feminine, featuring icy mint walls, curvy wrought iron fixtures and polished copper accents. So pretty and relaxing.
Hanna’s Gourmet has been in the catering business for more than ten years, but has only recently opened as a restaurant too. The regular menu boasts salads, sandwiches, entrees, and desserts; a “World Tour” menu with soup and two entrée selections changes weekly. It featured Puerto Rican dishes when we visited, past stops have been Poland, Hawaii, Russia, Portugal and Cuba.
John started out with Puerto Rican vegetable soup ($5.50/bowl), a thick, comforting bowl of tomatoey goodness, chock full of summer squash, beans, onions and garlic, a crispy-crusted bread stick, perfect for dipping, was on the side.
For his entrée, John selected the Moroccan Chicken ($11.00) from the regular menu. A braised leg and thigh, tender and falling off the bone, in a richly flavored, warmly spiced, tomato, apricot and black olive sauce, perched atop perfectly cooked long grain white rice. Luscious.
I chose the Pastelon de Plantano ($12.99), a baked, layered dish of ripe plantain slices, ground meat, a thick, bright tomato sauce and a shower of mild white shredded cheese. The plantain was sweet and buttery soft, playing nicely against the warmly spiced meat; the tart tomato sauce added a bit of acid to balance it. On the side, creamy smooth red kidney beans, long grain white rice, and sliced scallions tossed with butter, black pepper and cumin.
For dessert, we split a goat cheese crème brûlée ($6). It was really more like a flan, as it had been covered over in plastic wrap, causing the crisp caramel crust to liquefy. But it hardly mattered, we were so enamored with the rich, smooth custard, redolent of cardamom, spooning up the toasty burnt caramel with each yummy bite.
Hanna’s Gourmet also serves ready to go hot or cold dishes, and a full selection of cookies, cakes, and desserts. They are open on weekends for breakfast/brunch.
2864 Adams Ave
San Diego,CA 92116-1407
Wed- Fri 11:00 AM - 8:00PM
Saturday 8:00AM - 8:00PM
Sunday 8:00 AM - 3:00PM
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