After a stroll through the Tuesday evening Pacific Beach Farmer’s Market, Ashleigh and I found ourselves up the street for another round of Happy Hour Made Healthy, this time at The Duck Dive.
Duck Dive surprised us both on a culinary level. Located in PB in what can be more of a divey area, we were pleasantly surprised to find it to be quite a “foodie” spot. Committed to offering an elevated drinking and dining experience in a casual beach lounge atmosphere, we felt right at home kicking back and perusing the craft cocktail menu.
What brought us in this Tuesday was the “Neighborhood Tuesday” Farm to Dive special menu. Every week the chef throws together a special menu using ingredients sourced directly from the Farmer’s Market that day! We knew we were in for some fresh local fare, but the menu of the day was a surprise until we arrived.
Farm To Dive Special: A Cocktail By Any Other Name– locally grown rose apples, rose water, fresh lemon, London dry gin, Pimm’s No.1, and Peychaud bitters. This was a uniquely crisp and refreshing cocktail; not overly floral. Our first time trying rose apples, the crunchy edible garnish was a bonus!
Melon Mule – We don’t remember the exact ingredients for this one, but we do know that it went down easy. Tasted like candy, but the ginger beer cut the sweetness so the finish wasn’t too sweet. Reminiscent of white gummy bears!
Take Me to Mexico – Olmeca Los Altos 100% agave tequila, house infused with fresh watermelon, jalapeño, and basil. Shaken with fresh watermelon, agave nectar, and lemon juice. Spicy with the bite of jalapeno, it’s a drink that you will take your time sipping because of the added heat.
Scallop Ceviche – sea scallops marinated in lemon juice, cilantro, tomato, cucumber, avocado and chili oil. Served with house-made chips. A different take on typical ceviche, we could not get enough of the citrusy, thick scallop bits and crispy thin chips!
Panko Crusted Avocado Taco – pickled carrots and spicy aioli on a corn tortilla. This taco was a filling meatless option. The pickled carrots cut the fattiness of the avocado, and the flavors and textures all came together nicely.
Duck Lettuce Wrap Taco – shredded duck, pico de gallo, butter lettuce. The lettuce wrap alternative to tortilla offers a healthier way to enjoy Taco Tuesday! Fresh Pico De Gallo provides a low calorie but flavorful component.
Neighborhood Tuesday Entree:
Farm To Dive Special: Colonel Beto’s Chicken – house breaded and friend chicken, biscuits, rainbow beet and honey mustard slaw. The chicken was somehow deliciously crunchy outside while maintaining a perfectly moist inside. The coleslaw was lightly dressed and plated with gorgeous rainbow beets!
The Duck Dive
4650 Mission Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92109
Don’t miss the: “Neighborhood Tuesday” Farm To Dive special menu, $5 craft cocktails, and $2.50 Taco Tuesday!
Take-away tip: Look for restaurants that encourage local farmers and support local commerce.
Thank you to The Duck Dive for hosting this week’s Happy Hour Made Healthy!