“Eat your veggies!” How many times have you heard that phrase before? From a young age we get hammered to eat our vegetables, and to some degree, we all submit to that request, but how many people do you know, old and young, who eat Brussels sprouts?
Admittedly, I didn’t start eating Brussels sprouts until I was in my 20’s, but boy was I missing out, and so are you! Thankfully, many San Diego restaurants agree about how awesome Brussels are. These bright green miniature cabbages, if cooked right, can really transform every ill thought you’ve ever had about eating them. Flavor profiles will change from place to place, but I personally like them crisp and roasted. When I make them at home, I like to coat them well with olive oil and sea salt and then roast them in the oven with pancetta and shallots. And after they’re perfectly roasted, I add a blanket of cheesy homemade Béchamel sauce. Mmmmm, cheese!
Feeling adventurous enough to challenge your own tastebuds? Live on the wild side and check out these San Diego Food Girl approved Brussels.
Nick and G’s is a great new Mediterranean/Italian restaurant in Rancho Santa Fe with a fresh and classy look and a menu to match. I feasted from starters to dessert here, but the Brussels sprouts just blew me away. Served as an appetizer or a side dish, these crispy parmesan Brussels sprouts with balsamic molasses and toasted Marcona almonds will really impress your taste buds. And bonus they were still tasty reheated too!
Cucina Enoteca in Del Mar has a great menu. On a happy hour visit with a friend, we couldn’t say no to trying the Brussels sprouts! Here your “burnt” Brussels sprouts are served with a side of Ivan’s hot sauce and arrive on a pig board! #pigboardforthewin
Dolce at the Highlands is part of the Carmel Valley community. Aside from a great menu and amazing cocktails, they’ve put a delicious twist on their Brussels sprouts. These beauties are dressed in hazelnut aioli, asiago cheese, pancetta, and aged sherry vinegar. Did you see the words asiago cheese?!
Red Card Cafe is a gastropub in the Mission Bay area featuring everything from brunch to bites and dinner on their menu. Their Steak Frites with Hangar Steak is flavorful and tender, but you gotta try the Brussels. These Brussels sprouts are roasted with bacon lardons and drizzled with a gribiche sauce. I don’t know how to pronounce that, but it sure was a tasty sauce!
Bankers Hill has a modern and intimate vibe with an ever-evolving menu. They pride themselves on using locally sourced ingredients for their crispy chili glazed Brussels sprouts with pork belly, toasted sesame, and cilantro. Pork belly is like nutmeg, when they’re added to a dish it makes all the flavors pop.
Balsamic, pork belly, and asiago OH MY! By now I’m hoping I may have started to change your outlook at least a little about this delicious vegetable that you’ve been missing out on for soo long! Leave a comment and let me know if you’ve enjoyed some of my favorites or you have a place that I need to check out. Peace, love, and Brussels sprouts!