Last weekend's road trip to San Diego led me to some unexpected, eye-opening culinary delights. From The Grande Colonial Hotel's devilishly delish Happy Hour appetizers to Old Town's larger than life Margaritas for Two (posts to come soon), Starlite's something-for-everyone menu really rounded out the trip with an unforgettable Burger & Ginger Mule.
Starlite is easy to miss unless you know where to look. Located on the corner of Spruce and India off a somewhat barren street paralleling the 5, the hand model and I were glad our good friends showed us the way. Walking in, a hexagonal wooden beamed frame surrounds you, while a central lamp dripping with stars shines ahead. (It feels a bit like walking from the shuttle into space, and after tasting their heavenly food, it just plain makes sense.)
- refreshing, peppy Starlite Mule with Rain Organic Vodka, Ginger Beer, Lime & Angostura Bitters in an old world copper mug $9
- not as good as the mule, Earl Grey Tea seemed a bit muted Gunga Din with Montecristo 12 yr aged Rum, Cold Earl Grey Tea, Cardamom Syrup, Meyer Lemon & Mint $9
- crispy charcoal edged bun, tender juicy 'n greasy, one of the best I've had in a long time All Natural Brandt Beef Burger with Gruyere Cheese, Caramelized Onions, Housemade Pickles & Dijonaise on a buttery Brioche Bun with addictive Peanut Oil French Fries $13
- unnecessarily hot in a watery sauce, but perfectly cooked Pan Seared "Grouper" Fish Of The Day with Peppers, Jalapenos, Red Onion & Fingerling Potatoes $20
- sweet 'n zesty, lemon peppery Kale, Corn & Carrot Side Salad $5
- chargrilled, so thankfully not as slimy Okra
- sweet, spicy, cool, and fluffy Indian Eggplant Special wrapped in Chickpea Pancakes with Cucumber Raita
- (i didn't get to taste the) Arugula Salad with Stonefruit, Almonds & Parm $8
3175 India St., San Diego, CA 93103. 619-358-9766.