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in the Kempton Hotel
616 J Street
San Diego, CA 92101 | Map
(619) 531-8744

Chef Christian Graves has created a little bit of heaven at this bistro-style restaurant near the Padre’s PETCO Field in San Diego. Some critics say the way to test a chef is to order his soup.   Whoever said that would rave about Chef Graves, who offers a wonderfully prepared soup every day that combines well with either a lovely salad or just a simply great hamburger.

We spent a couple days attending an seminar in the areas and discovered this place. We had lunch there two days in a row. We were impressed by the simple menu, which incorporated only the best of everything. The organic mixed green salad, for example, stresses local strawberries with pine-nuts, shaved parmesan and a great sweet balsamic blend. 

Jim was “ga-ga” over the artisan cheese board and the charcuterie plate, which included really wonderful house-cured meats. 

The menu has some nice pasta representations and a cool dish: “chicken and dumplings,” a truffled chicken consommé, with baby carrots, mushrooms and potato gnocchi. We have had only the two lunches here and have yet to have dinner, but this is a place we would consider a “destination” restaurant that might someday be the deciding factor in checking into the Kempton instead of another nearby hotel.

Jsix appears to be doing well at a tough time for restaurants in this area. We had a little talk with Jeff Brown, the General Manager, and he said times have been rough for some of the other places in downtown San Diego (perhaps the Padres improved performance this year will help things!). 



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