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FALLING FOR VEGETABLES

PHOTOGRAPHY BY Mandy Schaffer

So what if vegetables are good for you? You can still crave them. We’ve poked around San Diego and discovered some eateries that prove us right with tantalizing dishes celebrating the harvest. Follow our lead and dig in!

POMODORO

Paglia E Fieno La Norma

The main character of the Bellini opera, Norma, was the inspiration for this classic dish. As far as the veggies are concerned, roasted eggplant plays the starring role. Fresh tomatoes, freshly torn basil, and marinara sauce play impressive supporting roles. Pomodoro’s interpretation of this delightful pasta dish is light but flavorful. A great vegetarian option.

Pomodoro’s Paglia E Fieno La Norma
Pomodoro’s Paglia E Fieno La Norma
Pummaro’s Profumata Pizza
Pummaro’s Profumata Pizza
PUMMARO

Profumata Pizza

“Passion and love!” was Pizza Chef Alberto’s answer when we asked him what makes a great crust. You simply can’t go wrong at this pizzeria, but when you’re in the mood for vegetables, order the Profumata. The name says it all: in Italian profumato means “smell.” Imagine the aroma of crust topped with tomatoes, mozzarella, arugula, shaved parmesan cheese, and truffle oil fresh from a wood-fired oven.

AMERICANA RESTAURANT

Vegetable Stack

We’re obsessed with this “main” on the dinner menu. If you’ve ever played Jenga, you’ll appreciate the construction of the luscious tower of grilled zucchini, squash, radicchio, peppers, sweet onion, roasted eggplant, peppers, mozzarella, pesto, parmesan crumbs, and black quinoa. It arrives at the table literally oozing with flavor! Dig in gently and be prepared to share several bites and possibly take some home.

Americana Restaurant’s Vegetable Stack
Americana Restaurant’s Vegetable Stack
The Broken Yolk Café’s The Mom
The Broken Yolk Café’s The Mom
THE BROKEN YOLK CAFÉ

The Mom

This fluffy omelet is aptly named: She always told us to eat our vegetables! It’s filled with avocado, mushrooms, bell peppers, and onions, and it’s topped with sour cream and homemade salsa. The Mom has been on the menu for more than 30 years and is one of the restaurant’s five top sellers, proving once again that mother is always right.

ELIXIR JUICE & FOOD

Buddha Bowl

Psssst…it’s not on the printed menu, but it’s so popular, it’s a daily item. The Buddha Bowl features warm chicken, spinach, sweet potato, pepitas, avocado, cauliflower rice, grilled vegetables, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Don’t be surprised when you get yours in a sturdy paper container. We put this one in plastic so you could see all the goodness that awaits you. The Buddha Bowl is always available, just ask.

Elixir Juice & Food’s Buddha Bowl
Elixir Juice & Food’s Buddha Bowl
Ranch 45’s Protein Bowl
Ranch 45’s Protein Bowl
RANCH 45

Protein Bowl

You can build your own veggie feast at this popular new eatery showcasing Brandt beef. We’ve chosen Grilled Brandt Dutch Steak with Harvest Vegetables featuring Imperial Valley Dutch Steak, steamed wild rice, and yummy seasonal vegetables that can vary daily depending on what’s freshest. A piquant chimichurri adds just the right amount of kick. You can also opt for chicken or fish. Pick up a spoon (or a slice of bread) and be prepared to be enlightened.

GIRARD GOURMET

Ratatouille with Salmon and Quinoa Salad

The word “ratatouille” comes from the French verb touiller, which means to toss food. In this case, it’s a bounty of organically grown vegetables from the owners’ garden in Julian. Zucchini, eggplant, yellow squash, and onions are tossed, seasoned, and simmered together to create an inviting stew. The quinoa is mixed with cilantro, apricot, cranberries, carrots, and green onions. And the salmon is simply divine.

Girard Gourmet’s Ratatouille With Salmon And Quinoa Salad
Girard Gourmet’s Ratatouille With Salmon And Quinoa Salad
Homestead Solana Beach’s Delicata Squash Toast
Homestead Solana Beach’s Delicata Squash Toast
HOMESTEAD SOLANA BEACH

Delicata Squash Toast

Quite the rage these days in local farmers’ markets, Delicata squash has a richer flavor and creamier texture than Butternut. Plus, it’s loaded with potassium and other good things. Discover it here, roasted lightly and tossed with rainbow carrots, tomatoes, arugula, basil oil, and smoked sea salt—served atop a thick slice
of ricotta-covered olive oil toast. In our experience, nobody’s doing Delicata better.