The Cork & Craft
Since I’ve returned to San Diego, The Cork & Craft is my most exciting find. It is a neighborhood restaurant in Rancho Bernardo with a cool, downtown vibe and refined quality of cooking. We eat there at least once a month. On Thursday, my friend had potato & corn ravioli with cherry tomatoes, cotija (a traditional Mexican cheese), arugula and brown butter. He found the sweetness of the corn a bit intense, but he ate every bit of it. My other friend had to stay home, so we brought her the appetizer size of lobster & corn ravioli. This was entrée size for her and cost $15, an excellent value. I had one of my favorites salads there – the heirloom tomato panzanella. A panzanella is a traditional salad made with torn up bread. At The Cork & Craft it is made with tiny biscuits of sun dried tomato and basil. It’s a good example showing how they give an interesting twist to a recipe.
|The open kitchen|
|Corn & Potato Ravioli|
|Panzanella with ricotta and heirloom tomatoes|
|Room for a glass of house port|
|Lobster & corn ravioli|
For dessert, I tried their chocolate berry port. It was rich, delicious and very chocolate-y. I’m new to dessert wines. They are a light alternative to typical pastries. I’ve sampled many of the desserts at The Cork & Craft and they have all been excellent.
The Cork & Craft is also a brewery and they blend their own wines. I always order their “Abnormal” Sauvignon Blanc.
They have a nice small plates menu. It’s a relaxing place to join friends for drinks and share honey maple Brussel sprouts or grilled street corn.
The location is in a small light industrial park off Rancho Bernardo Rd. It isn’t a place you would notice driving by, but well worth a special trip or if you work in the many businesses in the area.
|From the fall menu: sea bass with pomegranate beurre blanc|
|My delicious maple duck|
|I had the beet chocolate cake, but my photos weren't great. Excellent!|