During this time of crisis it is important to support local businesses. Pick up the phone and order from a restaurant you haven’t tried yet before or your favorite one.
While some restaurants have closed their doors, some are still open and offering take out, delivery or curb side pick up. I personally prefer pick up because business owners don’t have to pay delivery services fees.
What would it be like to order all three meals from local restaurants in one day?
If you feel like staring your day right, call Red House Kitchen with its healthy American cuisine. Whether you look at the menu online or go to the eatery, consider something sweet from the wide variety of goodies on display on the counter like lemon bars, muffins and cookies. For a hearty breakfast, try the Protein Bowl to give you extra energy. This features scrambled eggs, avocado, spinach, black beans ad house-made chicken sausage. If you feel like indulging yourself, try the banana chocolate chip walnut muffin and don’t forget a coffee to go with, whether it’s an espresso drink or one of the many varieties offered. Other excellent choices on the breakfast menu are the delicious Red Baked Eggs or the Açaí Bowl. Anytime you stop by Red House Kitchen you feel embraced by the friendly atmosphere and service and that hasn’t changed even if your order is to go. In addition if you place an order of $30 or more you receive a free roll of toilet paper, these days known as white gold. Case said this offer will last til her supply runs out. Case and her husband Chip, a math teacher at Mar Vista High School, have lived in Imperial Beach since 2009 and opened the restaurant in 2017.
After eating this healthy breakfast go for a walk or ride your bike on the Bayshore Bikeway then get ready to order your lunch.
Big Kahuna is a good choice for lunch. Owner Paul Fatta and his father Gordon opened a Big Kahuna’s in South Bay 12 years ago after many of their Pacific Beach location’s patrons who were from the area encouraged them to do so; this way they didn’t have to drive far to get the food they love. The Fatta family first opened a Big Kahuna’s in Oahu, Hawaii which is where the Big Kahuna Burger became famous. It happened when Gordon Fatta, who also had a limo service in addition to the restaurant, was asked by people involved with the movie “Pulp Fiction” where was a good place to eat. He answered “My restaurant.” Later the Fattas were asked permission to use the name Big Kahuna Burger in the movie for a scene with Samuel L. Jackson.
For an appetizer, try the Deep Fried Coconut Shrimp served with sweet chili sauce followed by the Big Kahuna Burger, the famous burger which is a 1/2 pound beef patty, with Monterey jack and cheddar cheeses, tomato, red onion, fine cut cabbage, mayo, ketchup and mustard. Big Kahuna has two new burgers on the menu: the Bacon, Swiss, Mushroom and the Volcano. If you don’t feel like eating a burger, try one of the Hawaiian plates like Kale Pork and Cabbage or Spicy Aki Chicken.
In keeping with the Hawaiian theme, the restaurant has a tiki bar, Hawaiian posters and photos, surfboards and of course the big shark hanging from the celling. For Fatta, Big Kahuna’s is about bringing the taste of Hawaii to diners and staying true to the Hawaiian recipes.
For dinner send your tastebuds even farther east; order from Siam Imperial, which opened in 2017 with three partners all originally from Bangkok, Thailand. The restaurant is bright and airy and family friendly.
There are many dishes I love at the restaurant. One of them is the Sweet and Sour Pork entrée. This dish comes with stir fried bell pepper, pineapple, tomato, onion, carrot, cucumber in a sweet and sour sauce. Chicken Satay is another good choice, chicken marinated in Thai spices on skewer, grilled and served with peanut sauce and cucumber sauce.
If you feel like eating fish try the Salmon Choo Chee Poached Steak Salmon on asparagus and served with mild creamy curry sauce is excellent. For something different, try Eggplant with Thai Basil, a choice of meat stir-fried with eggplant, onion, bell pepper and Thai basil leaves in spicy sauce.
Whether you chose to order a day of take out meals or just one meal, make sure you chose a local business.
The Red House Kitchen, 775 13th Street. Call (619) 934-3133 or log on redhouseib.com
Big Kahuna, 600 Palm Avenue. Call (619) 429-5224 or log on bigkahunasib.com
Siam Imperial, 226 Palm Avenue. Call (619) 621-6650 or log on www.siamimperial.com.