Liberty Public Market in Liberty Station
Liberty Public Market in Liberty Station

If you haven’t been to Liberty Station in Point Loma recently, there’s a whole lot going on over there. Liberty Public Market opened with much anticipation in March as San Diego’s first food hall. Open daily, the market has more than 25 vendors ranging from sandwiches, tacos and sausages to ice cream, pasta and empanadas. You can buy craft beer from Bottlecraft, wine from Grape Smuggler, or a meal at the market’s full-service restaurant, Mess Hall.

Empanada and alfajor from Parana Empanadas
Empanada and alfajor from Parana Empanadas

If you want to buy ingredients to prepare a meal at home, you can get bread, cheese, produce, meat, seafood, pasta, pastries and fresh flowers—all under one roof within the market. I still haven’t had a chance to try several of the vendors, but some of my early favorites are Paraná Empanadas and Le Parfait Paris. I also love grabbing a beer from Bottlecraft to drink while hanging out on the market’s outdoor patio.

Yakitori bar at Fireside by The Patio
Yakitori bar at Fireside by The Patio

If you’d rather let someone else do the cooking, Fireside by The Patio is a few steps away from the market, with a focus on wood and charcoal cooking. For the full experience, grab a table at the yakitori bar to see the kitchen staff in action, cooking over an open flame.

Shrimp and steak yakitori skewers
Shrimp and steak yakitori skewers

Order a few items from the yakitori menu as appetizers (served on skewers), such as the steak with bell pepper, onion and togarashi butter; shrimp with togarashi and lemon butter; or shishito peppers with sweet soy and bonito flakes. Don’t skip the cheddar cornbread with whipped orange mascarpone butter – it’s to die for (butter + mascarpone + carbs = never a bad idea).

Cheddar cornbread and shishito peppers
Cheddar cornbread and shishito peppers

For entrees, I recommend the bone-in pork chop with burnt orange, whipped potatos, charred broccolini, mustard butter and pearl onions, or the grilled half chicken with cream corn, roasted sunchokes, swiss chard and chicken jus. Fireside definitely has meat preparation perfected, which comes through in the juiciness of both entrees served right off the grill.

Bone-in pork chop, grilled half chicken
Bone-in pork chop, grilled half chicken

When it’s time for dessert, get the carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, pecans and vanilla bean ice cream. It comes with these yummy glazed carrot ribbons on top.

Carrot cake
Carrot cake

Grilling has never tasted so good!

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