Matt Rimel’s restaurant in Cardiff is a gem! A tiny place just off the Coast highway, it serves up simple, made from scratch seafood that is fresh and full of flavor. Steaming rice and vegetable bowls topped with fresh fish, chicken or even filet mignon are served with fresh wok fried veggies. Other significant menu items are typical So Cal fare – tacos, burritos, hamburgers and rotisserie chicken of course.
We started with chicken posole soup. Perfectly seasoned, spicy, great chunks of shredded chicken accompanied by two steaming hot corn tortillas. This appetizer is hearty enough for a meal in itself!
Connie had the fresh local sea bass plate grilled to perfection with hunks of steaming, colorful veggies. The fish was moist and the soy marinated vegetables had a nice crunch to them.
I chose the hamburger which features grass fed sirloin that is 100% all natural, local and is supplied by Matt Rimel’s butcher shop “Homegrown Meats” in La Jolla. It is served with romaine, fresh tomato and onion with Mateo’s spicy spread, coleslaw and sweet potato fries. My wine accompaniment was a glass of cabernet from Smith and Hook.
Rimel’s features daily ‘Blackboard’ specials … fresh catch, soup of the day and appetizers and drinks.
Dining by the grill area is fun as you watch the chefs create and execute on perfect dishes off the menu.
The small dining area is energetic. A TV in the background displays surf videos and sports.
The restaurant has a small patio area as well with heat lamps to keep customers comfortable after sun down.
A word about the staff at Rimel’s. The servers, the bus boys, the managers are all friendly and customer oriented. Our server tonight was Sean and as usual we were provided with great service. A thank you to managers Josh and Danielle who have treated us well in the past.
This is the best neighborhood restaurant in North County San Diego. Being a locavore is pleasurable with restaurants like Rimel’s. Thank you Matt!