Enjoy Dining in San Diego
at one of the newest restaurants in town!
Looking for dining in San Diego? We’ve been hearing a great buzz around town about Prepkitchen, the newest restaurant from the WhiskNLadle Hospitality Group.
Since opening, they have quickly landed themselves at the top of the SD food scene. We recently had a chance to check out the Del Mar location, so we headed out there with much anticipation.
Now, don’t let the name fool you. At Prepkitchen, you don’t have to get into the kitchen and cook your food yourself. Rather, it’s an opportunity for fresh, high-quality ingredients in a casual, comfortable neighborhood setting.
The Del Mar location is on the east side of Camino Del Mar just a few blocks from the heart of the village. Parking can sometimes get tricky in this area, but we lucked out getting there at 6 p.m. when the parking meters are free.
We loved the outdoor patio setting option with the warm ocean breeze, and enjoyed a tasty sangria during the sunset. (I tried to get the recipe but it’s a “secret.”)
To start, we tried their Cucumber Honey Mimosa and White Peach & Lime Mimosa, which were both slightly sweet, but refreshing. We paired it with their Bacon Wrapped Dates stuffed with blue cheese, and the Burrata Cheese & Heirloom Tomato Salad. The dates are the perfect balance of sweet and savory and we loved the blue cheese addition.
Going right along with a love of cheese, the Burrata salad was unlike any we’ve had before. The majority of the time it’s the basic tomato, cheese and basil, but we loved the fresh strawberries with Thai basil and mint, and the pistachios and croutons that added an extra layer of depth and crunch.
For our next course we shared the Steamed Mussels and Fries, and Shrimp and Pork Sausage. If we could have picked up the bowl to drink the broth we would. Instead, we soaked up the garlic, shallots, white wine and aioli sauce with our fries, and yes, a soup spoon (don’t judge!). The sausage was served with stewed peppers and grits, making it a great addition to the dish.
For dinner, we split the Tagliatelle Bolognese, which felt like an Italian nona (or grandmother) was back in the kitchen putting her heart and soul into the fresh pasta and sauce that must have been simmering all day.
We also tried the Shrimp Radiatori, which is a delicious pesto sauce topped with jumbo shrimp, heirloom tomatoes and olive oil breadcrumbs.
And finally, we had to check out the Pork Milanese. The flattened pork was breaded and fried, and served on a fennel puree with fresh tomatoes and pickled fennel.
What looks like a simple dish has layers upon layers of flavor. With each bite you’ll discover something new. Pair these dishes with any of their perfectly-priced wines from every region, or check out their bottle beer selections from local and national craft breweries.
We couldn’t imagine another bite, but we didn’t want to skip dessert so we opted for the warm chocolate cake and butterscotch bread pudding. Both were so decadent and worth every calorie. With top-notch service, fresh ingredients and delicious dishes, we can easily see why the locals love this spot and come back weekly.
Try one of their three locations:
Prepkitchen La Jolla
7556 Fay Ave., La Jolla
Prepkitchen Del Mar
1201 Camino Del Mar
Prepkitchen Little Italy
1660 India Street
By: Margi Blash