La Jolla's Best Restaurants: Nine-Ten is all about California style, from the contemporary detailing of the dining room to the creative menu. Every plate is vibrant with fresh produce from small local farms which means that the menu is seasonal, though favorites like Jamaican Jerk Pork Belly (the chef's mother's recipe), braised short ribs and half-baked chocolate cake remain almost year-round. Chef Jason Knibb, who trained under masters such as Wolfgang Puck, has a deft hand with sous-vide cooking. Everything is done well here from the food to the Wine Spectator award-winning wine list to the service. Nine-Ten is located inside the historic Grande Colonial Hotel.
Best Restaurants: NINE-TEN offers an "Evolving California Cuisine" menu dictated by fresh products discovered during daily excursions to local artisan providers. Go for breakfast, lunch or dinner and sit inside the casually elegant interior or people watch from pet-friendly tables outside on Prospect Street. NINE-TEN has a kids menu for young diners featuring PB&Js, mac and cheese as well as other favorites. Enjoy bottles from their enormous Wine Spectator-rated wine list at half price on Wednesdays. And, if you'd like a bottle to-go, you can receive 35% off via their retail wine sales option. For larger parties, NINE-TEN offers specially prepared menues in their newly renovated dining room. Located inside The Grande Colonial Hotel in La Jolla, guests of the hotel are lucky to enjoy NINE-TEN all day long via in-room dining.
Local Expert Katie Dillon Says:
La Jolla's Best Restaurants: "If short ribs are on the menu, order them. Also, do indulge in the half-baked chocolate cake!"
Best Restaurants: "If short ribs are on the menu, order them. Also, do indulge in the half-baked chocolate cake! The well-trained staff always makes excellent wine recommendations too."
Best for La Jolla's Best Restaurants Because: The Wine Spectator recognized wine list is one of the best in town, half-priced on Wednesdays and pairs exquisitely with the mouth-watering fare.
Recommended as Best Restaurants Because: The Wine Spectator award-winning wine list pairs perfectly with casually-elegant California cuisine.
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