In the last year I’ve lived in San Diego, Café 21 was by far the most recommended restaurant from in person and online suggestions. Known for it's natural, locally sourced ingredients, this eatery has been on my to-do list for some time so when our monthly PRSA committee meeting came due for scheduling I encouraged the group to meet here.
The six of us met at Café 21 in University Heights (they also have a location in the Gaslamp) at 6:30 p.m. on a Wednesday. Parking wasn’t an issue with the small parking lot and plenty of street spots available. Despite not having reservations and the place being fairly small we were quickly seated in the cutest, tucked away, outdoor bench area. The décor in this little nook was adorable! And so was everything else brought out to us.
What I drank: Red sangria with lemon, orange and apple
What I would drink if I went again: Flight of all four sangrias.
I sampled the other girls’ sangrias and they were all tasty! In fact, the kind waiter brought out a mini sampler so we could all decide which one we wanted. These uniquely designed concoctions pulled from natural fruit and herb flavors to give each (two red and two white) its own distinct deliciousness.
What I ordered: Honey siracha Brussel sprouts and chicken, mozzarella and berry crepes.
What the other girls ordered (that I tried): Seasonal flatbread and the veggie (avocado, eggplant, mushroom) fries.
There wasn’t a single thing I didn’t like! I’m a fairly picky eater too and I was overjoyed to OMG with every bite I took. Sweet and spicy Brussel sprouts was my favorite. It combined the best of both worlds + it’s my favorite veggie! This was my dream dish! The crepe was surprising. Chicken and mozzarella are always good, but mixed with a sweet berry compote? This was something I had never tried! And am now scouring the web for a copycat recipe because I was so blown away.
It’s been a week and I’m STILL thinking about this place! That says enough right there, can’t wait to go back for stuffed French toast and mimosa fights during brunch and maybe even that seasonal berry cobbler I was eyeballing all night!