Bankers Hill Bar & Restaurant

This Bankers Hill neighborhood eatery is by far San Diego’s best restaurant.  We have frequented this restaurant on multiple occasions and have always been impressed with the food quality, creativity, presentation and outstanding service.  The mysterious, over sized architecturally interesting doors greet diners …

An early dinner on Saturday evening afforded the availability of the best table in the house on the outdoor patio (in my humble opinion) and the ability to get some clean shots of the contemporary yet rustic and chic empty dining space.

On the heated outdoor patio, the flower wall is the center piece of the decor and makes for an interesting vibe.

Chef and co-owner Carl Schroeder, of Market Restaurant has created a menu with creative and flavorful dishes at reasonable prices.  The focus is on local and sustainable sources for their meat, fish and produce.  Our first appetizer was seared Yellowtail with greens, sliced jalapeno, aioli and avocado atop crispy, cilantro spiced crackers. Next up a  greens salad with english peas, corn, carrots, raddish, tomatoes and fried goat cheese.  The salad had a nice crunch on the greens and the Yellowtail had intense burst of flavor on the palate with the combined ingredients of the dish.  Truly outstanding.  The wine accompaniment with the starters was a mellow Albarino.

Our main course was a Ruby Trout with cornmeal crust, purple potato, crab and greens with a mustard grain sauce.  Once again – a creative, satisfying dish with a ton of flavor.  I chose a pinot noir from Carneros to complement the meal.

Highly recommended in a city with a dearth of restaurants that consistently deliver.

The Chai Cart in San Francisco.

Meet Dennis Walker – Chai Wala, musician and just a damn nice human being.  I met Dennis manning his Chai Cart that brings the sweet, spicy, fragrant Indian tea to the masses roaming the streets of San Francisco.  He offered me a sample as I was heading to grab breakfast and coffee.  So began our conversation …

I learned that Dennis has a degree in film and media, is a musician and band leader of local Ghost Town Refugees that play “greens” music (so branded by him vs. the blues).  It is eclectic music that you can dance to?  Would like to hear it first hand sometime.  Here’s a snippet from YouTube.

Dennis is passionate about his band, traveling the world and loves talking to people.   So on to the actual product from the cart … The chai was decent but could have used a bit more spice, a little less milk and a bit more sugar.  But as I told Dennis – I am so used to my family’s chai … nothing could top that goodness.

Dennis – stop posing and let me know when The Ghost Refugees can get to your hometown of San Diego so we can catch you guys live!  See you around.