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Hail To The Chef

Our Downtown San Diego Restaurant’s Muse

Meet the chef, our culinary ninja

Our Chef, Brad Kraten, has California culinary inspiration in his blood. Growing up in San Jose, Kraten and his family spent a lot of time hand-picking their produce at local farms and farm stands. These outings gave him an appreciation for going to the source and a deep respect for the producers. Today, his inspiration is still all about keeping it local. Through his 20-year career that has included stints at top Bay Area restaurants like Spago and Park Place, Kraten has developed a passion for transforming seemingly simple, essential ingredients into the extraordinary. Think SoCal carnitas poutine with burrata fondue. Or oven roasted beet salad with housemade ricotta. It all reflects Chef Brad’s commitment to only utilizing the freshest farm and field ingredients. We call it Seasonal SoCal cooking, you’ll just call it delicious.