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Lamplighter Awards 2016

Congratulations to the 2016 Lamplighter Award Winners

Favorite Professional Service Provider
RMD Group Consulting

Favorite Brunch
Rustic Root

Favorite Pizza
Ciro’s Pizzeria & Beerhouse

Favorite Mexican, Latin, or Spanish Cuisine
Don Chido

2016 Sous Chef Showdown Winner
Michael Mora
Rustic Root

Black Friday Dining Deals

With Black Friday right around the corner, it’s time to start planning to get the best specials in town. Check out our picks for some of San Diego’s hottest Black Friday dining deals!

Rustic Root | San Diego, CA

A rooftop respite from the chaos of Black Friday, Rustic Root is an ideal place to rest those weary feet and enjoy half-priced appetizers and $2 off timeless cocktails and draft beers after shopping through the Gaslamp District. Serving fantastic rustic American / global comfort cuisine alongside drinks from an incredible craft cocktail program, Rustic Root is one of San Diego’s best destinations for Black Friday shoppers.

Don Chido | San Diego, CA

Set in the heart of the downtown and the Gaslamp District, Don Chido invites Black Friday shoppers to come in for half-off entradas and half-off all drinks from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Friday, November 25. Sip on an ice cold margarita in the sunshine on the patio, or raise a glass (or shot glass!) filled with a specially selected tequila recommended from Gabe Garza, the restaurant’s resident “Tequila Enthusiast.” Don Chido pairs home-style Mexican cuisine with a diverse, electric atmosphere that Black Friday shoppers will enjoy.

Let Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti Serenade You at Rustic Root

Come See Sal Valentinetti from America’s Got Talent on Nov. 12

Written By: Jordan Ligons Sal Valentinetti

Arrive at Rustic Root this Saturday Nov. 12 and prepare to be blown away. Starting at 10 p.m., Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti from NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” will put on an intimate concert in support of San Diego charities Songs for Shelter and It’s All About the Kids.

Valentinetti’s voice is truly unforgettable. He rocked the stage with at his audition and throughout his time on the hit singing series. Valentinetti’s Frank Sinatra-esque vibes shocked the crowd and the judges and he instantly became known as Heidi Klum’s “Golden Boy.” Klum was so moved by his performance that she hit the golden buzzer to send him straight through to Los Angeles.

Guest can enjoy an evening with the star performer as Rustic Root’s downstairs dining room will be turned into an intimate concert hall. Get ready to sip on specialty cocktails in honor of this special performance. Try the Heidi Klum’s Golden Boy cocktail, mixed with lemon juice, orange liqueur, Ketel One vodka, and blueberry syrup for $11. Other specialty drink options include: The Rat Pack, a blend of tin cup whiskey, angostura bitters, ginger beer, lemon juice, simple syrup and a lemon twist priced at $11; and The Dirty Martini Shot, Russian standard and olive juice garnished with a bleu cheese stuffed olive, priced at $7.

In honor of the season of giving, Rustic Root will be donating $2 from each specialty cocktail purchase as well as a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales to San Diego charities Songs for Shelter—a local non-profit started by San Diego teen Ava Parisi that puts on concerts for teens by teens to shine light on youth homelessness in San Diego—and It’s All About The Kids, a non-profit organization that aids other children-focused charities to enhance the lives of less fortunate children and their families. Table minimums begin at $100 and reservations may be made by calling 619.878.3277.

Rustic Root
535 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

Where to drink and dine on your days off

by Keri Bridgwater

New Seasonal Menu: Rustic Root


Highlights from executive chef Marcel Childress’ new fall menu at this popular downtown destination include a bacon-wrapped Opah belly served with lobster cream sauce and Okinawan potato chips, steamed oxtail dumpling served with pork jus and a rustic shepherd’s pie made with braised lamb shoulder, mushroom, peas, carrot, pearl onion and Gruyere mash – perfect for when the weather eventually turns a little chillier. 535 5th Ave (619) 232 1747

Two-Ingredient Tequila Cocktails

The Mexican Cure-All

“In the old days, Mexican doctors would prescribe tequila to cure illnesses and colds. A common cold recipe would be tequila, cayenne, and lemon juice. It definitely works, tried and true many times over.” — Booze enchanter and manager at Rustic Root in San Diego, California.

1.5 oz Fortaleza Reposado tequila
.75 oz cayenne-infused lemon juice

1. Combine ingredients and pour over rocks.

San Diego is now one of our favorite restaurant and food cities and here’s why…

San Diego’s food scene officially rules. It was not so long ago that Southern California, the birthplace of fast food, once offered a pretty dismal showing in the way of awesome eating, but the time has now come when proud locals can tell food snobs visiting from San Francisco to go shove it. This list only scratches the surface, but it’s a worthy starting point. So do yourself a favor and ditch the In ‘n’ Out Burger (hint: they’re overrated) and check out one of these San Diego food hot spots instead.

Rustic Root

Places like Hooters and the Hard Rock Cafe are looking increasingly out of step in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, a former tourist trap turned turned hot spot thanks to new nightlife options and eateries like Searsucker, Double Standard and Rustic Root. The handsome, loft-like dining room at Rustic Root is the perfect place to settle in for a fine meal consisting of standards like a half-roasted chicken or double cut pork chop, but the mad stampede is for the generous and playful rooftop patio, a dream space for lounge lizards, booze hounds and, yes, topiary aficionados. Snag a spot on a balmy evening (hint: there are about 300 a year) or come for a scenic brunch consisting of scrambles, benedicts and lots of cocktails.