Had my birthday dinner tonight at Juniper & Ivy (Blais's restaurant in San Diego) and it was really great. Our server was awesome. We had a starter, toast, two small plates and two desserts.
Starter - San Diego Figs, "ritz" crackers, whipped marscapone, walnut butter and figs. Really great mix of sweet/salty/savory.
Toast - Carne Crudo Asada, carne asada seasoned beef tartar with sunny side up quail eggs. Way bigger than I expected, large rustic bread slice and 4 quail eggs. My husband loved this and wants to try a riff on it for breakfast.
Kale Caesar - baby kale, duck confit, duck fat croutons, and parmesan/black pepper dressing. the croutons were just on the edge of too salty for me, but worked well with how rich the rest of the salad was. Duck was perfect and not too fatty.
Lamb shoulder with roasted parsnips and fig reduction - rich and amazing. Husband wound up getting more because I just can't eat the texture of the really fatty pieces.
Lemon Meringue - lemon tarte with marshmallow ice cream and pomegranate. Not flavors I would have ever thought of putting together, but really surprising and delicious. Marshmallow ice cream might be my new favorite. We were waffling between this and the yodel and our sever suggested this one based on the ice cream and the fact that it's seasonal. Glad we went with her call.
Birthday dessert - chocolate mousse with salted caramel sauce and coconut sorbet. standard, but perfectly made.
Drinks and wine were tasty as well. We already want to go back - excited for our next special occasion.
Also wanted to add that we've eaten several times at current contestant Chad White's sadly now closed restaurant Comun. Was one of my favorite places to eat in town and had a great taco Tuesday deal. Unfortunately, it had a bad location for what they were trying to do (the whole block had decent to good restaurants that have already closed). I still need to make it down to TJ to his restaurant La Justina. He is the sweetest guy, and I hope for good things for him in Spokane.