This past weekend, I was in San Diego. I was there once before, also for a weekend, so, it was great to be able to hit up some spots that I wasn’t able to before. First stop was at Starlite in Midtown. This restaurant and bar prides itself in its architecture and aesthetic, as well it should, because all the details are pretty stunning. Which, you’ll see as soon as you walk through their hexagonal front doors.


To start, I had their Starlite Mule (Rain Vodka, ginger beer, lime, Angostura bitters). Now, aside from this drink just looking large and in charge, the contents were just as great. Not too strong, not too weak, and tastes delicious. I mean, I’m not sure what else you could ask for. Well, maybe to keep the cool mug. Oh wait, you can totally purchase that there too. Damn, they’ve thought of everything. 


As an appetizer for the table, we got Broccoli and Cheddar Fritters (with honey mustard sauce). Definitely order these. The fritters are golden brown and crisp on the outside, and filled with chopped broccoli and cheddar. You get those nostalgic flavors of cheddar covered broccoli you ate as a kid (because slathering cheese over food is a sure fire way to get a kid to eat their veggies), mixed with the light, bready texture and rich flavor of the batter. Dip those bad boys (or girls) in the honey mustard sauce, take a bite, fall in love. Repeat. 


Then as a main I ordered the Grilled Octopus (marinated garbanzo beans, arugula, smoked paprika aioli and lemon). Well, octopus is one of my favorite things, so, I had to order it and put theirs to the test. Luckily, they passed. The octopus was cooked perfectly, totally tender and lightly crisp from the slight char on the outside. The aioli was a nice component for a bit of dipping, adding a nice smokiness and creaminess to each bite.

The Shorts:
Name: Starlite
Location: 3175 India Street, San Diego
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure. After dinner, we went up to their rooftop, which, was just delightful. I’d recommend heading up there at some point.
Would I recommend it? Yes. Whether you’re just in the mood for a good cocktail, or snacks, or, the whole shebang, they’ve got you covered.

The Southern


This past weekend I was in Nashville. Yup, first timer here. Aside from hearing more country music than I’ve probably listened to in my entire life, I also was lucky enough to enjoy some great food and drinks. My first stop was The Southern, located in Nashville’s SoBro district. As the name gives away, this restaurant is serving up southern style food with a flare, using local produce, sustainable seafood, and directly-sourced meats.


For a drink, I ordered Blackberry Mountain Tea (Ole Smokey Blackberry Moonshine, sweet tea, muddled fresh blackberries). This was a pretty great drink. The sweetness and flavor of the tea sneakily masks the potency of the moonshine, allowing you to enjoy more of a refreshing, fresh blackberry sweet tea. But, you know, with booze. 


For my lunch, I ordered their Earthy Crunchy Sandwich (grilled portabella, smoked cheddar, balsamic onions, spinach and basil mayo, whole wheat bread, served with butternut squash and goat cheese). This sandwich was amazing. Served in a club fashion with three pieces of bread, it was perfectly toasted and crunchy, as the name infers, on the outside, and soft in the center, absorbing the juices from the plump mushrooms. All the flavors went really nicely together here, and the butternut squash and goat cheese is a great compliment to the sandwich, adding a touch of mild sweetness. 

The Shorts:
Name: The Southern
Location: 150 3rd Avenue South, Nashville 
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure, the food and drinks were delicious, the service was great, and there’s a great outdoor patio space too for dining. 
Would I recommend it? Yes, there’s something for everyone, and, if you’re a fan of hot sauces, they have plenty. I recommend trying the mango, it’s pretty awesome.