It’s not many Wednesdays that I can combine eating great food, the history of San Diego’s Red Light District, electronic music, a dessert pizza and getting the chance to meet a handful of great people! Last week I had the pleasure of taking one of So Diego Tour’s Restaurant Hops in the Gaslamp District that incorporated all of those things. In fact, I am still salivating over all the great dishes I tried!
Restaurant Hops are a fun way to explore the city, eat some great food, and meet some fun people at the same time. The Hop that I attended started at The Marble Room - a restaurant steeped in the traditions of the Gaslamp Quarter’s sordid past. With the decor reminiscent of oldtime brothels, and the staff playing the part, it was a great way to start off the evening.
A glass of wine, and several delicious appetizers later, we were strolling the streets of downtown to our next stop – Merk Bistro Italiano. Upstairs in their semi-private group area, we were delighted with a surprise cocktail and some fantastic flavors (topped off with a mouth watering dessert pizza made with real pizza dough, nutella, apples, strawberries and drops of white chocolate). The atmosphere was fun and relaxed, and provided a chance for us to chat up others in the group that hadn’t been sitting close-by at The Marble Room.
Our last stop for the evening was Voyeur. Most notibly recognized as one of the Gaslamp Quarter’s newest nightclubs specializing in Electronic music, Voyeur also has a substantial collection of “small plate” offerings. We had the opportunity to sample several of them and finshed off with a homemade banana fritter with melted chocolate inside and a cinnamin whipped cream. WOW!