Su-Mei Yu is a local celeb for two
reasons: she opened Saffron, San
Diego’s first Thai restaurant, and
her peanut sauce is otherworldly.
The leader of San Diego’s slow food
movement also explores local food
producers on her KPBS TV show,
Savor San Diego with Su-Mei Yu.
This three-time James Beard Award
nominee chef heads Addison, the
on-site restaurant at The Grand
Del Mar, Southern California’s
only Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five
Diamond restaurant, where artisanal cuisine is complemented by a
world-class wine program.
This Master French Chef—one
of only two in San Diego—spins
pan-Pacific flavors with French
technique at his two restaurants
in La Jolla: The Shores and The
Marine Room, which is so close
to the ocean that waves sometimes
splash against the windows.
The Montego Bay-born and
Southern California-raised chef
has been crafting fresh, seasonal
cuisine for nearly 10 years at
Nine-Ten, the much-lauded restaurant
in La Jolla’s Grand Colonial Hotel.
Knibb’s five-course “Mercy of the
Chef” tasting menu is one of the
city’s best fine dining values at $80
($120 with wine pairings).
At A.R. Valentien, the signature
restaurant at the Lodge at Torrey
Pines, Jeff Jackson features fresh,
innovative California cuisine that
showcases local produce. For the
best view, reserve a table on the
patio and look out over the emerald-green grounds of the Torrey Pines