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Waypoint Public

3794 30th St. (N. Park Way) Send to Phone
Craft beer along with bistro fare from executive chef Amanda Baumgarten.
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Waypoint Public Restaurant Review

: Chef Amanda Baumgarten is a favorite in the San Diego scene, and her neighborhood eatery in North Park succeeds on many levels. The setting is hip and compelling, with its retractable garage doors and recycled wood wall with inlaid mirrors, antique bottle openers and glassware. Picnic benches and a kids' play area welcome families; communal tables entice the social set; and the craft beer bar scene is lively and fun. Baumgarten's partner Brian Jensen owns Bottlecraft (the nearby craft beer store), so the marriage of her eclectic bistro fare and the 300-plus beers is a mad love affair --- ask your server to design pairings with each course. Start with fried green tomatoes. We are still craving the charred octopus nestled on fennel and potatoes with the sweet touch of orange. Cassoulet is rich with duck confit, pork belly and sausage, ideal with a Belgian-style Saison. The Waypoint burger has established a loyal following with its pulled pork, fried egg, mozzarella and pickled vegetable toppings, and the baked jalapeño and bacon mac ‘n’ cheese proves memorable as well. Baumgarten’s innovation continues with tasty po’ boy tacos with fried oysters, and a mussels and pork belly medley in a kale-tomato-sherry broth. Wrap up the meal with the Alaska s’mores dessert --- a circus tent of toasted marshmallow over chocolate malted ice cream, homemade chewy graham cracker and campfire caramel, great with a Baltic Porter.

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