Sitting across the table from me was a witty, wonderful, and engaging New Yorker, CC, my dearest friend in San Diego. He decided to take me to the San Diego Yacht Club for my birthday. We sat outside, because it was one of those perfect San Diego days with blue skies, just a few wispy cumulus clouds, and 70 degree weather. We were immediately immediately on the deck overlooking the boats and yachts. The service was wonderful and our waiter, Gustavo, checked on us regularly for the 3 hours we were there. I started at the Cold Side Station because they had my favorite brunch item, smoked salmon with capers and all the trimmings. Then I added some delicious Belgium waffles with berry salsa and REAL maple syrup.
The cheese blintz was the perfect item to finish off that first trip. On the second trip I had to go with the Prime Rib, carved right in front of me, and topped with the aromatic gravy. Somehow there were endless wonderful delights at every station. And somehow I tried something from the cold side station, salad station, breakfast and lunch stations. Our waiter even made a special drink of cranberry and pineapple juice for me. But of course since we were celebrating my birthday, I had to have some mimosa followed by just plain wonderful bubbly champagne.
It took a lot of drinking to help work my way through three plates of food. Every bite proved to affirm how good each specialty item was. All dishes proved to surpass my expectations. While dining in such a perfect, calm setting, we were entertained with a radio-controlled sail boat race. We saw at least a dozen RC boats going around different obstacles. The morning / afternoon was perfect. I kept saying, "CC, you're going to have to pry me out of here with a crowbar, I never want to leave." Our waiter actually encouraged us to stay as long as we wanted. Knowing CC was doing his final preparation before taking his beloved sister to Paris, I knew I could not really stay forever. But somehow we did stay a few hours. And they flew by with all the fabulous food and great service. I would definitely highly recommend the SDYC to everyone.
More information: San Diego Yacht Club 1011 Anchorage Ln (by Shelter Island) San Diego, CA 92106-3305 Phone: (619) 221-8400