Walter Mencken 11 a.m., May 24
Feast! Pier-end party people chow down
Sunset's the magic moment for the annual moment to chew the fat, and just, well, chew
Whew. Just come from the Feast! party at the cruise terminal...
Stuffed with burgers, truffle fries, wines, beers, including hey hey! Arrogant Bastard from Stone. And all of it free - after gettin' in, of course.
I mean yes, we're talking simple samples and plastic cups all the way. Like Devilicious's line was maybe ten minutes long for a little cardboard container of (truffle/Parmesan) fries. Delish, though.
Actually, pretty-much everything will taste delicious with a totally glorious sunset happening across the bay at Point Loma.
Had a great beef slider from InSlider, almost enough to qualify as a full burger.
Had a totally tasty torta with pulled pork from Romesco in Bonita, the Baja-Med missionary outpost that looks like Caesar's in TJ. Also a beef and gravy taco that's okay, but no match for the torta.
Also big lines for tacos at Puesto's food truck.
The best meaty moment? Dan Castillo's seared ahi with cole slaw salad at the tent at the end of the pier put up by Yard House (1023 4th Avenue, downtown, part of a franchise that runs from Massachusetts to Hawaii, 619-233-9273). Dang, but it's good.
Healthiest: Patricia Bell's veggie lasagna and salad at Cooking4Life.
But the single most delicious moment for me was the little sample of soup from Solare (a restaurant at 2820 Roosevelt Road, Liberty Station, 619-270-9670).
Thick, sweet butternut squash with white chocolate, sesame, almonds and parsley. Man that was such a seductive soup, and what an original combination.
The sun didn't deliver green flashes as it headed for Hawaii, but it did make this pier-end party feel kinda magic.
Because yes, the food's important, but it was really all about us, the people who came because we wanted to rub shoulders with all the others who eat and drink and dream this thing about San Diego food. At least on Friday nights. Hey, if we could get everybody to make it Priority One, we'd have World Peace, wouldn't we?
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