Jaynes Gastropub a So Cal favorite

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California dreaming…

Late last year, Paolo Cantele (above) discovered a new favorite Southern Californian eatery when he visited Jaynes Gastropub in San Diego.

Jaynes was San Diego’s first gastropub and was inspired by the gastropub movement of Jayne Battle’s native England.

The menu is based around classic pub fare, executed with gourmet flare and impeccably sourced ingredients — like the Jaynes Burger, one of the restaurant’s signature dishes.

It’s made from “all-natural, hormone/antibiotic-free Niman Ranch ground beef—topped with Vermont cheddar and garlic aioli,” write the editors of San Diego’s Union Tribune, the paper of record. “But the real secret is Jayne’s house-made pickled onions, which give the burger an auxiliary sweet-&-salty component.”

But on any given night, you might also find a nod to Jayne’s family’s heritage (like Shepherd’s Pie made with lamb) or her husband Jon’s (like a classic griddle-fired Reuben sandwich).

And of course, don’t forget the “Chips and gravy poutine with aged white cheddar.”

The beer list is great and covers a wide range of domestic, foreign, and artisanal labels.

The wine list is brilliantly focused, with a concentration on food-friendly wines from both sides of the Atlantic.

And the restaurant has an in-house mixologist who balances classic cocktails with housemade infusions and creative original recipes as well.

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But the thing that takes Jaynes over the top, beyond its excellent food and superb beverage program, is Jayne and Jon’s personality and their style, which expresses itself in everything they do. (That’s Jayne and Jon above.)

From the classic British tiled floor to the 1960s-inspired décor and music, their restaurant transports you to another place and time, where the music is über cool and the conviviality is genuine and warm.

Beyond his career as a restaurateur, Jon is also a craftsman, musician (astounding bass player), and audio designer, and their shared love of music and retro style shapes the Jaynes experience on every level.

This weekend, the restaurant will be hosting screenings, readings, and music inspired by one of the original music “‘zines,” Ugly Things, which also got its start, thanks to a fellow Brit, in San Diego in the 1980s.

Just another Saturday and Sunday in the lives of a couple who use vintage style and groovy jams as their guide…

3 thoughts on “Jaynes Gastropub a So Cal favorite

  1. Paolo, you were a long way from Puglia. I miss Jayne’s now that I live in the Bay Area – glad you enjoyed it! How are those Cantele bubbles coming??

  2. Georgia and I agree, Jayne’s is the place to be in SD! The Shepherd’s Pie is my favorite, 2nd only to the fried pork chop. When are we going back? 😉

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