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Werewolf American Pub, San Diego

I’d been hearing good things about the Werewolf even before I came out to San Diego for Comic Con this year…

I decided to check the joint out for myself for a lunch meeting yesterday and we were pleasantly surprised by the food and the atmosphere. The staff was totally embraced the Comic Con spirit and were dressed in costumes, from Ghostbusters, to Adventure Time to Frozen. A life-sized R2D2 greeted you at the hostess station as you entered, unfortunately blocked in the pic above. Rather than look down on con goers like some local establishments here do, Werewolf welcomed us with open arms.

And the food was just wonderful! We started with their grilled garlic ginger wings, which I fell in love with. Smoky, sweet and spicy, I would eat these every day if I could…

I had their con special which was the Full Boar burger…

A 1/3 lb. patty of 100% wild boar with jack cheese, jalapeno blackberry compote, crispy onions, greens and a roasted garlic aioli!

My colleague ordered the Belly Cubano…

Pork belly glazed in maple syrup and citrus, pressed with Swiss cheese, whole grain mustard and habanero dill pickles…

Both sandwiches were delectable!

If you’re looking for a fun place with friendly folks and fantastic food just a short walk up from the San Diego convention center, I highly recommend you check out the Werewolf!

WEREWOLF

627 4th Ave.

San Diego, CA

619-234-0094

http://www.thewerewolf.net

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Ben & Jerry’s + Ommegang Brewery = Ice Cream Beer Floats

Also inside the Wired Cafe at the Omni Hotel, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream has teamed up with Ommegang Brewery for a pop-up that’s serving ice cream beer floats!!

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Their inaugural float was the “Lazy Philosophers”, which paired Ben & Jerry’s Lazy Sunday ice cream with Ommegang’s Three Philosophers Quad Ale…

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Now this is my kind of float!

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There’s also a chocolate ice cream and stout combo I’ll be checking out soon!

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"Animal-Style" Burger, Juniper & Ivy, San Diego

A new secret menu that’s an ode to a classic secret menu…

At his recently-opened JUNIPER & IVY here in San Diego, Chef Richard Blais offers a special off-menu item, an animal-style burger with animal style fries!! Here’s a quick look…

He’s taken inspiration from the original and kicked everything up a notch!

For people IN the know, this burger is OUT of this world!

JUNIPER & IVY

2228 Kettner Blvd.

San Diego, CA 92101

619-269-9036

http://www.juniperandivy.com

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Sakamai’s New Late Night Menu, NYC

Special “late night only” menus at popular restaurants and bars are nothing new. However, Chef Takanori Akiyama at Sakamai on Manhattan’s Lower East Side has taken things to a whole new level with his new after-midnight offerings! Here’s a look…

Wagyu beef and uni (sea urchin) rolls…

House cured duck speck with sansho pepper…

Torched uni and Parmesano Reggiano crostini…

A killer teriyaki burger with a four cheese “tartar sauce”…

While it may not look like much as my picture here sucks, this quickly became one of my favorite new burgers in the city after only a few bites!

Eighteen Spice Curry Rice, blending Thai curry paste and a Japanese curry roux with beef brisket…

And the pièce de résistance… Uni and Bone Marrow Mazemen!

Akiyama-san takes a bowl of ramen noodles topped with sea urchin, bottarga and anchovy miso…

He adds roasted bone marrow…

And there you go…

Mix it all up and savor this incredible eating experience!!

In addition to what you see above, there are still a few old Sakamai favorites like “Egg on Egg on Egg” and “Skate Wings” also available after hours.

The Sakamai Late Night Menu is available Friday and Saturday nights ONLY, from 11pm to 1:30am. Chef Akiyama’s insane edible inventions are definitely worth waiting up for!!

SAKAMAI

157 Ludlow St.

New York, NY 10002

646-590-0684

http://www.sakamai.com

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Sears Fine Food, San Francisco

We had a big group dinner tonight, so decided to go to a classic San Francisco establishment, Sears Fine Food on Powell St…

Opened in 1938 as a restaurant specializing is Swedish pancakes, Sears has been through a number of owners and changes over the decades, but their pancakes are still on the menu. However, we didn’t order the them as they famously comes with 18 to an order! However, I did get a few of Sears’ other classic dishes…

Their Blue Cheese “Fondue”, now made with Point Reyes blue, served with local sourdough, apricot-cherry chutney and roasted garlic…

Grilled lamb T-Bone chops with sauteed spinach and roasted potatoes…

A piece of San Francisco’s culinary history I can now say I have tried.

SEARS FINE FOOD

439 Powell St.

San Francisco, CA 94102

415-986-0700

http://searsfinefood.com

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Kimpton’s Palomar Hotel was offering a complimentary cocktail to guests so they could check out the new bar, Dirty Habit, that just opened on the 5th floor of the property here.
I went with a “Say My Name, Say My Name”, which was No. 3 gin, Averna amaro, blueberry & tarragon gomme  and lemon juice.
I really enjoyed it!

Kimpton’s Palomar Hotel was offering a complimentary cocktail to guests so they could check out the new bar, Dirty Habit, that just opened on the 5th floor of the property here.

I went with a “Say My Name, Say My Name”, which was No. 3 gin, Averna amaro, blueberry & tarragon gomme  and lemon juice.

I really enjoyed it!

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