Heigh-ho, hope everyone is having a great weekend. I had a nice drive up the coast to San Onofre and back with my windows rolled down. It was so beautiful and felt great! :) Definitely want to share photos eventually but I've been putting effort into getting many of my older stuff out. My meal photo-documenting hobby started much longer before my blog and so I have quite the backlog that's been bugging me lately. Today I have a few meals from the cafe at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego - La Jolla to share.
If you never been, the Museum Cafe is a nice casual place to bring friends from out of town for both a quick bite or leisurely lunch. Hunting down parking doesn't seem as bad this end of town either and I personally like checking out their bookstore once in a while..
I'm gonna go through these fairly quickly... First up is the Cove Burger ($10.50).
I admit the description of my platonic ideal burger lately has been influenced by reading articles from likes of Damon Gambuto, Nick Solares, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt and (most recently) Josh Ozersky.. So you won't find the crazy crusty char and overflow of juices here, but this was still a nice moist burger with a predominant impact of Smoked Gouda. The somewhat smaller and thin slice of chez shown below actually packs a punch of smoked gouda-ness and was the right amount for my burger IMHO.
Both the multi-sesame seeded bun and texture of the patty is very soft and fine. It's a delicate burger where I subconsciously find my pinky pointing in the air as I take a bite.. ;)
Was about a 3~4 year gap between my second Cove Burger shown below and it tasted exactly the same. The roasted rosemary Yukon Gold Potatoes are fantastic by the way. Yay for consistency. :)
Sorry, I can't seem to find this steak dish on the menu so must have been a special the day.. (?)
Looks really good nevertheless..
I am pretty familiar with the Ultimate Grilled Cheese ($9.95) though. That's because I have a few friends that are die hard melted gooey cheese fans.. ;)
I never had it but I've been told it is very good. Here shown ordered without prosciutto.. (what?).
The Applewood Bacon and Avocado BLT ($9.95) on the other hand was something I had and happily sank my teeth into.
Were a lot of thick-cut crispy smokey bacon. So satisfyingly salty to contrast those cold veggies and ripe avocado.
I had a few soups.. ($3.95 for a cup)
This was a chicken vegetable with a light tumeric flavoring.
Was very nice with large chunks of tender chicken. Wow I guess I'm pretty predictable with my soup shots..
Gazpacho was offered as a special one day.
I remember the cold soup had a great sweet tomato flavor and the cool cucumber and celery was particularly perfect for the warm weather.
I had a whole bowl of their vegetarian chili ($5.50) one day.
Was also good but my one and only dud here was the Roast Beef Sandwich ($9.50). Was mentioned to be certified CAB which I'm sure it was but the cold thin slices were like that of deli meat. I also couldn't detect any truffle oil in the mayoli or caramelized onions.
Otherwise I've been pretty happy lunching here and wouldn't think twice about visiting again.
Good food in a great location..
The view is usually never too shabby.. ;)
Museum Cafe (MCASD), 700 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037