It’s not a secret… San Diego is a hot spot for foodies!!! There have been quite a few new restaurants that have been opened lately, and I have been able to check a few out recently.
I was invited to the VIP opening of Verbena Kitchen in North Park a couple of weekends ago and I had the opportunity to do a preview, so of course I had to share it here with you!!!
Verbena Kitchen is in the heart of North Park, and It is a cozy spot to have Happy Hour, Dinner and Brunch on Sunday!!
Here is a little bit about the chef and general manager below.
CHEF - RONNIE SCHWANDT:
With a desire to showcase his commitment to seasonal, local and sustainable ingredients and utilize some of his favorite techniques including house-made mustards, pickling and fermentation, South Park resident Chef Ronnie Schwandt is thrilled to be at the helm of Verbena Kitchen. The native San Diegan, who attended The San Diego Culinary Institute, began his training at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar and spent several years cooking in Coronado where he started as a sous chef at Leroy’s Kitchen and Lounge. His decade of hard work with Blue Bridge Hospitality Group eventually led him to earn the title of Executive Chef of both Maretalia Restaurant and Leroy’s. Most recently, Schwandt worked with the Trust Restaurant Group. Schwandt draws inspiration from family and of course, his mentors, Tim Kolanko (Urban Restaurant Group’s Executive Chef) and Gregory Chavez (Wine Vault + Bistro.). Chef hopes Verbena will encourage more chef-focused projects to open in the North Park.
GENERAL MANAGER - DALLAS JUANES:
The beer + wine menu was developed by Verbena’s General Manager, Dallas Juanes. Juanes aims to bring an approachable, fun, and untouched bar program to Verbena Kitchen. As a San Diego native, Juanes started his early career working under Executive Chef Matt Gordon at his beloved Sea and Smoke in Del Mar. As a young bar craftsman, he worked with Evolution Hospitality (Pacific Standard Coastal Kitchen, Verde Kitchen and Bar, Mary Janes) to open new concepts in their portfolio stretching from San Diego to Palm Spring and Los Angeles. Following his industry mentors, he worked at Blue Bridge Hospitality in Coronado, reopening Maretalia Ristorante, Leroys, and managing the beach tiki concept, Boardwalk Beach Club as Beverage Manager. He looks forward to bringing out-the-box recipes to the cocktail program, while working closely with Chef to ensure menu cohesion.
Click on the link below to check out the menus
Verbena Kitchen is all about sourcing from local vendors and only serving the freshest ingredients possible. During the preview I was able to sample a few different dishes and can tell that the chef put a lot of thought in to everything that is served. I can’t wait to go back and try out other dishes soon.
If you are in to trying innovative cocktails, then this is the place for you!!! Take a look below to get a peek at the drink menu. They also serve a variety of wines, beer and they can do festive mocktail for you as well.
Visit Verbena Kitchen in North Park:
3043 University Ave.
San Diego, CA 92104
Wednesday - Saturday
Happy Hour and Dinner
Sunday = Brunch
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