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Flavors of Fall Specials

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With San Diego Restaurant Week approaching on September 25 – October 2, we’re sharing following local dining destinations offering special menus. Locals can delight in flavors of fall, prix-fixe menus and more from these restaurants in downtown up to North County.

Rustic Root | Downtown San Diego, CA

Experience a dynamic menu of flavorful American cuisine at Rustic Root in the heart of the Gaslamp District. The special San Diego Restaurant Week menu spotlights signature dishes created with unique and tasty twist. A selection of appetizers includes truffle cheese toast, salmon tartar and the rustic wedge; entrees such as potato chip crusted sea bass and rustic shepherd’s pie; and dessert options of caramelized lemon poundcake and chocolate lava. This special menu is $40 with the option of adding a $15 wine pairing per person. Full menu, here.

Celebrate Your Favorite Foods With These Flavor-Fall Holidays

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September is National Honey Month, a time to celebrate the incorporation of this flavorful sweetener into a variety of different dishes. Rustic Root, located in the heart of downtown San Diego, offers its signature Brie and Honey toast, a fan-favorite and must try dish for those looking to indulge.

Just one of many rustic American dishes on the menu, the Brie and Honey toast is prepared on whole wheat bread topped with applewood smoked bacon, walnut, taj farm honey and avocado accompanied by a frisee and cranberry salad drizzled with honey dijon vinaigrette.

What pairs perfectly with Rustic Root’s Brie and Honey toast? Any one of the selections from its “Timeless Cocktails” menu which boasts an impressive list of masterfully crafted cocktails, each named for the year it was originally created.

Native Knowledge: Aside from its delicious dishes and refreshing cocktails, Rustic Root is known for its locals-friendly happy hour which includes half-priced appetizers and $2 off cocktails from Monday to Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. Rustic Root’s rooftop is the perfect place to socialize, sip, savor and enjoy unbeatable views of downtown San Diego.

Rustic Root
535 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

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Batter up: Some baseball-themed drinks

The 1845 Cocktail at Rustic Root is named for the year when baseball appeared in the United States.

San Diego is quickly becoming as known for its cocktail culture as for its craft beer dominance on the national stage. All-Star Week is your chance to try some of the local mixologists’ favorite twists on the baseball theme, while visiting a few mandatory cocktail havens near Petco Park.

So put down that boring Jack & Coke, and pick up one of these concoctions:

1845 Cocktail, Rustic Root: This downtown locale mixed up a drink named after the year baseball made its appearance in the U.S. The 1845 is made with Grand Marnier, Fernet-Branca (a San Diego favorite), simple syrup and lemon juice, with an orange peel. Bask in our glorious weather while sipping this cocktail on the rustic-American rooftop lounge, just a few blocks away from Petco Park.

Good times light the nights in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter

By Irene Lechowitzky

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San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, once home to gambling halls, saloons and bordellos, can still kick up its heels. Packed with cocktail lounges, restaurants and pulsating nightclubs, it’s a virtual playpen for partying. Best of all, it’s self-contained, and you can easily hopscotch from drinks to dinner to a nightclub. Plus, there’s a revolving door of fresh venues replacing ones that have fallen out of fashion. There are plenty of other activities as well: Padres games at Petco Park, Seaport Village, the bay and waterfront parks, and the ferry to Coronado are just a short walk. (There are homeless as well as partiers; the Gaslamp is very much an urban core.) The tab: My husband and I spent $179 for one night at the Hotel Z and about $120 for dinner and drinks.

The find

The Gaslamp takes its reputation seriously as a party town. Choosing which hot and trendy bars to sample was a tough job, but I was glad to do it. Two that stood out: The tastiest cocktail was at Blush Ice Bar + East-West Kitchen (555 Market St.; [619] 501-9158,, whichspecializes in “blushies.” You choose a spirit (vodka, rum, etc.) and add flavored, crushed ice and fruit purée: Voilà, a fortified slushie! My husband chose banana rum, lemon-lime ice and mixed berries; I had the house Vanilla Sky, which was like a piña colada. The jam-packed open-air lounge at Rustic Root (535 5th Ave.; [619] 232-1747, features strong drinks (the Manhattan craft cocktail shot was small but mighty), lamp-post lighting and animal-shaped topiary, and overlooks the action on 5th Avenue.

Top 10 Uber Destinations: San Diego Food + Drink

The summer warmth is settling in and San Diegans are headed out to explore the best bars and restaurants America’s Finest has to offer.

With so many trips happening every day all across San Diego County, it got us thinking—where is everyone going? When it comes to happy hour cocktails or dinner with friends, San Diegans have many options to choose from. Which bars and restaurants do they Uber to most? We used anonymized trip data to find answers.

And with the launch of uberPOOL in San Diego, exploring these options is now more affordable than ever.


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The Best Food & Drink Events This Month: May-June 2016

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Dinner with Cookie Dutch

WHEN: May 22, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Rustic Root, 535 Fifth Ave., Downtown

Cookie Dutch, aside from having a fantastic name that all but guarantees stardom, is just 14 years old. But the Coronado resident can cook, as the judges and her competitors on Food Network’s Chopped Junior discovered. Dutch won the national TV cooking competition, netting a cool $10,000. For this guest chef dinner, she’ll partner with Rustic Root’s exec chef Marcel Childress for a three-course menu including poblano gazpacho, a trio of tacos, and a tequila chocolate mousse. Go support the young talent.

Top 10 must-sees in San Diego

Story provided and presented by our sponsor San Diego Tourism Authority

In a city like San Diego, which has resplendent beaches, world-class cultural experiences, a thriving culinary scene, and everything else a sophisticated metropolis could offer—not to mention unfailingly perfect weather—trying to decide what to do can be overwhelming. Still, to those who know the region, certain attractions stand out above the rest. These are the ten things you must do in San Diego.

Gaslamp Quarter. San Diego’s buzzy epicenter for dining and nightlife is a 16-block neighborhood where Victorian-era structures live beside modern skyscrapers. With how up-to-the-moment everything seems here, it’s easy to forget that this is a historic district—many of the buildings went up in the 1800s. Today, sleek rooftop bars like The Nolen are “dedicated to advancing the art of the cocktail,” while offering incredible views of the bay, Coronado Bridge, and the downtown skyline. Down on street level, hot new eateries like Rustic Root and Café 21 keep the food scene fresh. Plenty of the stellar dining rooms here, like the original Searsucker, run by Top Chef Brian Malarkey, turn into deejayed lounges after dark.

11 Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes Straight from America’s Best Bartenders

With cozy Netflix movies queued up, late fall is finally upon us. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up on a little happy hour fun. Sure, it might be time to say goodbye to breezy, beach-side drinks, but tasty Thanksgiving and fall-themed sippers are lovely in their own right. Read on for the best 11 fall cocktails from all over the country and get ready for some serious pumpkin-apple-squash-infused delights. Bonus: The bartenders spilled some of their pro secrets…

Hot Apple Toddy at Rustic Root in San Diego

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Don’t think you like bourbon? Allow this cocktail to prove you wrong. With apple cider and ginger-y goodness, it’s hard not to love this simple-to-prep beverage. Happy hour, indeed.
– 1 1/2 ounces vanilla-infused bourbon
– 3/4 ounce ginger-spiced simple syrup
– 6 ounces hot apple cider
Mix all ingredients and serve in tall coffee/tea glass and garnish with an apple slice, or candied apple slice, if you’re feeling fancy.
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Rustic Root Takes Home Two Lamplighter Awards

Thank you to all that joined us on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at Parq Restaurant & Nightclub (615 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101) as we celebrated the best of the best at the Lamplighter Awards brought to you by RMD Group, an ultra-exclusive VIP cocktail affair where the 2015 Best of the Gaslamp award winners were announced.  This evening of whimsy and elegance featured craft cocktails, delicious hors d’oeuvres from the finest Gaslamp Quarter restaurants, exclusive items and gift packages available through our silent and live auction, and much more. 21+, GQA event.

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Congratulations to the 2015 Lamplighter Award Winners

Special Recognition for Commitment to San Diego and the Gaslamp Quarter
Jimmy Parker
For his significant contributions and service to the Gaslamp Quarter community
Executive Director from 2004 – 2015
GQA Board of Directors from 1998 – 2004

Rustic Root
Best New Gaslamp Restaurant/Bar
Favorite American Cuisine – TIED
Other RMD Winners:
Favorite Pizza
Favorite Nightclub

New restaurant concepts in San Diego are big and ambitious

By JENNIFER McENTEE, Special to The Daily Transcript

Some of the biggest names in San Diego’s hospitality scene are revealing fresh offerings in the coming months, from big remodels to new construction.

The new rooftop restaurant Rustic Root is set to open on Fifth Avenue in the Gaslamp Quarter in early June.

Rustic Root is a project by RMD Group, hospitality entrepreneur Ken Lovi and executive chef Antonio Friscia. The same bunch is behind Don Chido, a Mexican eatery that opened in the Gaslamp Quarter last summer.

Rustic Root is slated to offer “rustic” American cuisine, with dishes such as elk chops, fried chicken, lobster pappardelle and furikake-crusted hamachi.

The new venue is being billed as the Gaslamp Quarter’s only dedicated rooftop restaurant, though it will have multiple levels: a 2,500-square-foot rooftop space, and a 500-square-foot downstairs patio that opens to a 2,500-square-foot dining room and bar.

OCIO Design Group is the architect alongside RMD Group’s construction division RMD Development. Interior design for Rustic Root is by Davis Ink Ltd. and includes a giant Sudoku wall, life-sized animal topiary bushes and street-style lamps.

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