One of my favorite areas in San Diego is Solana Beach. It's the perfect combination of beach, hipster-mecca, and family friendly area.
A few weeks ago, I headed down to Solana Beach's Cedros Design District again with my family - this time solely to eat. My mom hit up Yelp to find some recommendations and settled on Lockwood Table. I was a little concerned at first -- my mom and I have totally opposite tastes in food.
However, I was more than pleasantly surprised.
We arrived at the prime brunch hour: 11:15. (Speaking of which -- I miss Southern brunch...particularly Tavern in Nashville. Weh.) We had to wait a little, but the cafe is strategically placed amongst a bunch of cute, home decor shops, so I remained occupied and the wait flew by!
Upon first glance at the menu, I was shocked my own mother had chosen this restaurant. The menu was something straight out of my dreams -- farm to table, artisan breads from local bakeries, and Cafe Moto organic coffee. Not to mention, the entire space was cozy with white wood decor -- I felt at home right away.
I began my meal with a nice big cup of the coffee, which was delicious. I drank it black - the flavor was so so good as it was! The waitress soon brought out an "on-the-house appetizer," which was literally a basket of fresh muffins. If you know me, this was heaven! I have never been to a place that serves muffin as their bread to start out with. All of the muffins were delicious, but I really recommend the banana nut. It was moist (sorry) and flavorful without being overwhelmingly sweet.
After perusing the menu (and going through the time-and-time again debate of breakfast or lunch), I finally settled on a special of the day: a quinoa bowl. The bowl consisted of quinoa salad, golden beets, arugula, avocado, parmesan, and organic, roasted chicken all in a light vinaigrette. The quinoa salad was cooked quinoa, tossed with basil, garlic, scallions, tomato, and olive oil.
Oh my goodness - this was one of the best meals I've ever had. It was refreshing, but filling all at once. Every ingredient tasted so fresh and every ingredient complemented each other. My favorite part: golden beets, which are rarely offered on any menu! I know it was only a daily special, but I am demanding Lockwood Table -- bring this back!
As the foodie family member, I sampled each family member's meals, which were equally as good! My sister had grilled brioche french toast, topped with strawberries and homemade cinnamon honey butter and fresh maple syrup. This was heavenly. My father settled on the Local Roll -- a breakfast burrito. You can never really go wrong with a breakfast burrito, but this one outdid itself. My mom settled on a salad version I had without the quinoa and with flatbread. YUM.
We finished off our meal with a cinnamon roll (we all share a nasty sweet tooth). It was so good -- the icing wasn't overwhelmingly cream cheesy and it was so nice and warm.
By the time I walked out of Lockwood Table, I was ready for a nap in the best way possible. I had stuffed myself to the brim because everything was just so darn good!
More than anything, I really appreciated the farm to table concept. After my spring break trip and eating vegetarian all summer (and watching so many documentaries), the value of locally-sourced food became really important to me.