My favorite restaurant in San Diego, by far, is The Linkery, so that's where we ended up. The Linkery is a farm-to-table restaurant that does everything they can to be local and organic and clean. From the beer to the veggies, you know that everything you're consuming has been lovingly cared for by someone The Linkery has actually met and talked to. And while that's all well and good, the food and drinks are actually wonderfully delicious too.
Last night, we started the meal with one of their grilled wheat flatbreads topped with portobello mushrooms, pickeled fava beans, and provolone (delish). I paired this with a Moonlight Brewing Artemis, which is a no-hop ale brewed with Mugwort and wild Bergamot.
This beer (which is the only thing I managed to take a picture of) was a revelation. I wanted to eat it. And I wanted to eat a sausage quiche with lots of herbs in it alongside it. I really liked it. Emily paired the starter with a Blanche de Bruxelles white ale, which was also very different, but in a little bit of a sour mandarin orange flavored way. Not my favorite.
For a main course, I had the house-made Klobasa sausage, which had a bunch of marjoram and garlic in it on their Choucroute plate, with a bunch of sauerkraut. It was also really yummy, and went really well with the Artemis.
Moonlight Brewing was doing a special beer-pairing night at The Linkery the night we went, which is why I tasted one of their beers. They are a really small operation out of Santa Rosa so I gather that it's really rare to have the chance to taste their stuff. The Linkery offered four beer/dinner pairings for $10 each to highlight some of the brews Moonlight brought. Em had one which was an Old Combine four-grain lager paired with grass-fed roast sirloin, roasted asparagus and corn. While small, it was very good and well worth ten bucks with the full pour beside it.
To top the night off, we had another brew pairing of Death and Taxes black lager with a vanilla ice cream float and a macaroon buttercream sandwich. Em drank the lager, I had a glass of one of The Linkery's house-blended wines, Mix Tape, which was a blend of grenache, carignan, mourvedre, and petite sirah, yummy.
All in all, it was a great meal. Good food, good atmosphere, great conversation, and good wine and beer. While it's a little more expensive than we can afford for an everyday meal, if you're in San Diego and need an interesting, delicious, special meal this is the place to go.