I cannot say enough about PrepKitchen, Little Italy! We had a lot of great meals on this vacation, but our waiter, Steve, at PrepKitchen really made our experience that much more enjoyable. He made great drink and meal suggestions along with giving us some must see places in San Diego. Based on his recommendation we went to Sunset Cliffs which had beautiful views. I decided to veer away from my usual wine and try a mixed drink, the Oaxacan O.F. Man, did I order wrong! I did not realize this would be a tequila style old fashion, but like I said the waitstaff here is great and our waiter took this off our bill and recommended the Todo Bien.
Although PrepKitchen does not have a separate gluten-free menu they do an excellent job accommodating food allergies. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu which make me feel comfortable ordering the Pan Roasted Salmon – which was unbelievably good. It was cooked just right and the top had a perfect seared, crisp to it. Mike took a walk on the wild side and ordered the quail dish. He also loved his dinner and was happy to cross a meal off his “bucket list.”
Our last dinner in San Diego was at Bencotto and I could not have been happier with my meal. When I made my reservation I told the hostess I have a gluten allergy and asked if they could accommodate me. Luckily, I was told food allergies of are not a problem at Bencotto. When we arrived for dinner the hostess thanked me for notifying them of my allergy ahead of time because their waiters appreciate the heads-up. Personally, it’s a huge plus in my book when waitstaff is this caring and attentive. I ordered the gluten-free pasta with pesto sauce; one of my favorites. I ate every last bite (our hotel didn’t have a fridge, so I figured I shouldn’t let anything go to waste). For dessert Mike and I shared the flour-less chocolate cake. Be sure to make a reservation here next time you are in San Diego!
In New York, I don’t usually worry much about eating at professional games because Citi Field, Yankee Stadium, Met Life Stadium, the Barclay’s Center and MSG all have gluten-free stations. I had a really hard time finding out if Petco Park had any gluten-free options. Originally, I thought there was a spot at the park called Melissa’s with gluten-free options, but that was not the case. There is an area called Cardiff’s Seaside Market that is actually really impressive. The Seaside Market offers healthy organic and gluten-free options. The menu includes gluten-free hot dogs, pizza, sushi and pre-made salads. They even offer fresh fruit and juices. My stomach did not feel the best that night so I decided to get a kale and quinoa salad which was really good and just what I needed. Food aside, Petco Park is really an awesome baseball stadium and I am happy we were able to go to a game. To top it off we were able to sit about 10 rows away from the field.