San Diego, California
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After massive culinary success in Atlanta, Top Chef: All-Stars winner Richard Blais packed his knives for San Diego’s Little Italy, where in March 2014 he opened Juniper & Ivy, in a 1920s sawtooth-roof warehouse. Trading in the whizbang molecular gastronomy that earned him legions of foodie fans on television, Blais has allowed his cross-country move to shape his cooking. He’s dubbed his rotating seasonal dishes “Left Coast” cuisine, a play on both the menu’s progressive experimentation and its Pacific Coast sourcing. His cleverest nod to California cuisine is unlisted, however: Be sure to ask your server about the secret, off-the-menu In-N-Haute Burger, made with a special blend of ground short rib, brisket, and chuck mixed with dry-aged beef fat and served with bread-and-butter pickles, mustard-grilled onions, and special sauce on a brioche bun—a tastier take on the fast-food classic.

Last Reviewed
156 2015

Address

2228 Kettner Blvd.
San Diego, CA

Contact

619/269-9036

Juniper & Ivy

San Diego, California
$$

After massive culinary success in Atlanta, Top Chef: All-Stars winner Richard Blais packed his knives for San Diego’s Little Italy, where in March 2014 he opened Juniper & Ivy, in a 1920s sawtooth-roof warehouse. Trading in the whizbang molecular gastronomy that earned him legions of foodie fans on television, Blais has allowed his cross-country move to shape his cooking. He’s dubbed his rotating seasonal dishes “Left Coast” cuisine, a play on both the menu’s progressive experimentation and its Pacific Coast sourcing. His cleverest nod to California cuisine is unlisted, however: Be sure to ask your server about the secret, off-the-menu In-N-Haute Burger, made with a special blend of ground short rib, brisket, and chuck mixed with dry-aged beef fat and served with bread-and-butter pickles, mustard-grilled onions, and special sauce on a brioche bun—a tastier take on the fast-food classic.

Last Reviewed
October 2015

Address

2228 Kettner Blvd.
San Diego, CA

Contact

619/269-9036