Farmer’s Bottega: Farm-to-Table Foodie Adventure
By: Marci Pascua
Farm-to-table restaurants are the newest thing since sliced bread to hit the market.
But what sliced bread doesn’t have is fresh, locally grown, sustainable ingredients, which is why it’s no surprise that as a collective, we look at food and our economy differently than our grandparents.
Changing the way we eat and the way we spend our money is vital to a thriving future, which is why restaurants like Farmer’s Bottega is the future of San Diego dining.
Farmer’s Bottega is a charming eatery nestled in the trendy Mission Hills of San Diego. It’s the newest addition to Owner and Executive Chef Alberto Morreales’ repertoire of delectable establishments, which also include the Fig Tree Café in Hillcrest and Liberty Station. Chef Morreales has been around the block, bringing his culinary skills to many renowned restaurants all across San Diego, but Farmer’s Bottega is his greatest masterpiece.
Every dish and drink, from small bites and full entrées to their kombucha-based cocktails, were intricately designed with you in mind. Even locally sourced meats, cheeses and sustainable seafood shows that they care about a budding local economy. Each and every dish resonates freshness and true character.
When you walk into Farmer’s Bottega, there’s a sense of peace and familiarity to make your experience feel like your dining with family.
The décor is simple yet selfless, with the abundant use of recycled materials. The soft and elegant Edison bulbs set the mood for any occasion and the community table lets you dine with kind strangers.
Farmer’s Bottega is a perfect date night establishment that is sure to impress. Come have dinner with friends and family or if you’re flying solo, it boasts a great little bar to watch a game.
The menu is quite unique with appetizers like the lamb carpaccio, pork belly tacos and house made meatballs. The cheese board was drizzled with local honey and fruit, and the selection of imported and locally sourced meats and cheeses rotate on a daily bases.
If you delight in vegetarian dishes, the roasted beets with herbed goat cheese, fried green tomatoes and the truffle fries are a tasty alternative. They take bruschetta to a whole new level with toppings such as pear ricotta and bleu cheese prosciutto.
The atmosphere is so comfortable you don’t even realize you and your guests have soared through a couple of apps and cocktails while enjoying pleasant conversation.
But it’s the entrée selection at Farmer’s Bottega that makes you forget all about the apps and dive into your meal without any apologies.
When I went, the special for the was wild caught Opah and risotto topped with shrimp scampi. It’s one of the best dishes I’ve had in San Diego to date.
Every palate is sure to be pleased since each dish offers a different meat option. When you come to Farmer’s Bottega, try something special like the Oxtail Ravioli, Flat Iron Pork or the Buffalo Filet.
But after dining at such a fine establishment, you can’t leave without trying one of their desserts. San Diego is home to a thriving farmland, so it’s no surprise their desserts are prepared with fresh fruit, like the raspberry and pear tarts. The New York Cheesecake was soft and fluffy with a strong cream chees flavor and a berry drizzle that sure knocked my socks off.
This is an enchanting, casual restaurant hailing one of the best menus around in the San Diego dining scene. They know how do it up fresh and do it up right at Farmer’s Bottega, so cruise on in for a bold glass of wine, a Kombucha Bloody Mary or a scrumptious meal, where they keep it local, making it a true farm-to-table establishment.