Wednesday Ritual, Cask Summer YuleSmith & 30th on 30th and

The Ritual Tavern hosts Outdoor Outreach tomorrow, Wednesday the 28th for a fundraising drive. All you have to do is come in an enjoy the fare
you have come to love us for, and the Ritual will donate 10% of sales
to Outdoor Outreach. Outdoor Outreach has a fascinating and
inspiring agenda;

"Outdoor Outreach is a San Diego-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit
organization whose mission is to empower at-risk and underprivileged
youth to make positive, lasting changes in their lives through
comprehensive outdoor programming. Outdoor Outreach programs support
under served youth in San Diego County who are at risk for school
dropout, substance abuse, violence and unintended pregnancy. We are
the only agency in San Diego and one of just a few in the country to
utilize outdoor physical experiences to provide youth with the
support, relationships, resources and opportunities they need to
become successful adults. Since its founding in 1999, Outdoor
Outreach has taken more than 5,000 youth on over 1,500 outings,
including rock climbing, snowboarding, surfing, snorkeling, mountain
biking and backpacking."

Learn more at

The 30th on 30th event visits the Street this Friday!
We are aware of the popular demand for our Niman Ranch Pork Carnitas tacos, (30th Street Tacos) and we are prepared to accommodate everyone's hunger for this tasty treat.

Our friends at AleSmith crafted a cask conditioned YuleSmith for us
to feature as well, be sure to experience one of the tastiest Double
IPAs around with us. This tasty cask will be available on Friday, and
more than likely an AleSmith Brewer will be around enjoying a pint.

He'Brew brews a different recipe every year for their Rejewenator
release, and the Ritual is lucky enough to be able to be offering
this on draught. "America's smallest, biggest and most award-winning
Jewish (and now Sideshow Freak) Beer Company, Shmaltz Brewing
kicks-off its 14th year of delicious beer and delicious shtick with
the third incarnation of their annual celebration ale,
REJEWVENATOR®. Brewed with Organic Concord Grape Juice, Shmaltz
proudly introduces a new recipe of their Half Dopplebock, Half
Belgian Style Dubbel hybrid lager/ale - a truly unique brewing
performance. Rising to 8.2% alc, Rejewvenator® is available
nationally in 22 oz. bottles and a very limited amount of draft."
-Shmaltz Brewing

We have plenty more exciting things to try, come on by the Ritual and
see what else is new.


North Park Farmer's Market Growing like a Weed!

Have you been by the North Park Farmers' Market lately? It's under new management and adding new farms and food purveyors like crazy. Maybe you've seen the owl banners on 30th and University streets? Just follow them to the corner of Herman and North Park Way and check out all the new vendors as well as some old favorites. In the past few weeks, they've added organic California olives and olive oil from Good Faith Farm, squash, beans and corn from Kawano Ranch (they're also bringing mushrooms from Mountain Meadow in Escondido), and artichokes, asparagus and dried beans from the Central Coast at Suncoast Farm. Other highlights this week: cherries, peaches, pluots, nectarines, squash blossoms, eggplant, green onions, avocados, grapefruit, green beans, blueberries, and so much more!

Jaynes Gastropub News for July 27: NYC Reubens, Tempier Rose', Fried Chicken and SD Magazine Best Of Nod

The party has been in full swing at Jaynes recently and we're keeping it going this week with the classic Jaynes Pastrami Reuben. Growing up, Jon often took the metro north train from Westport, CT in to the city and headed straight for one of two places. Uptown for Carnegie Deli or downtown to Katz's Deli for a Pastrami Reuben on Rye.

In our estimation there is little more comforting than Hot Pastrami, Sauerkraut, melted Swiss Cheese and Thousand Island Dressing on Rye bread. At Jaynes we get the classic preparation just right, with Niman Ranch Pastrami, Bread and Cie Corn Rye, house made zucchini pickles and our hand-cut kennebec french fries. We will be serving this little taste of East Coast heaven Tuesday-Thursday this week for just $13.50

Our Fried Chicken was such a smash hit last week that we are now featuring it on Wednesday nights. Buttermilk Fried Chicken with mashed potatoes, Collard greens and Southern style Corn Bread. $16.50 Every Wednesday.

In Wine News we are now pouring with 2009 Domaine Tempier Rose' from the Bandol region of Provence France. This is the benchmark still rose' by which all others are measured and is drinking beautifully right now. We are very fortunate and excited to be pouring this wine.

The issue hits stands this week, but word on the street is that Jaynes was voted San Diego's most romantic restaurant by San Diego Magazine. We very much appreciate the nod(although best burger wouldn't have been too off the mark either ; )

We hope to see everyone this week!
xo jayne and jon

Heaven Sent Desserts are simply - heavenly!

Each 30th we serve a different special from our menu at a special price and this 30th on 30th Heaven Sent Desserts offers up an individual Spiced German Chocolate Bundt Cakes. Whether you are a choc-a-holic or a bundt cake aficionado, or simply love desserts, this individual Spiced German Chocolate Bundt Cake will wow you with its rich tasting experience. The Devil's Food chocolate base is rich, moist, yet light; with an interior of Coconut Pecan filling, finished in a smooth and silky chocolate covering - both filling and covering spiced with cinnamon and cayenne pepper.

This delectable dessert is especially priced at $3.50 for the 30th only!

Southern Nights! Fried Chicken, Bulleit Bourbon and Blues @jaynesgastropub Tuesday-Thursday

We've been spending a lot of time with Jon's family this week in town from the east coast and talking a lot about grandmother Nellie Knight and her family from south Georgia. We heard amazing stories of the family emigration from Scotland in the 1750s, fighting for the revolution in CT, "Cripple John Knight" limping all the home after defeat at Appommatox and uncle Jack being shot down in the pacific during WWII. A tough bunch, no doubt. Its always great when the family can get together and share our history.

In honor of the Knight family this week we are celebrating

"Southern Nights" Tuesday-Thursday:

-Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Mashed Potatoes, Collard Greens and Southern Corn Bread $16.50

We've done this dish before and its always a huge hit. We're adding some real cornbread to the dish.

-Bulleit Kentucky Bourbon Cocktails for just $6. To whet the whistle and get the front porch style conversation flowing we will be featuring our house favorite, Bulleit Bourbon.
Erik and Brandon will be featuring some great southern drinks with Bulleit and for the citified among you, will also be making classic Bourbon cocktails like the Manhattan, Old fashioned, etc...

-Jon's all Country, R&B, Soul & Blues Playlist from Allen Toussaint to Waylon Jennings, Muddy Waters and maybe even a little Skynyrd, Ooh That Smell...

We hope to see you all this week. Its gonna be a good one!

Southern nights have you ever felt a
Southern night free as a breeze
Not to mention the trees
Whistling tunes that you know and love so

Ritual Open at 2pm Saturday & Sunday July 17 & 18

Thanks to you folks who dropped in earlier this week on your way back from the beach or from your poolside. We'll help you cool off after cooking all day in the sun. Our outside patios have been filling up around sundown, we like to see folks enjoying the balmy summer evenings out there over tasty Ritual food and refreshing glasses of beer.

In recognition of San Diego Pride 2010 the Ritual is opening at 2pm this Saturday and Sunday. Park2Park shuttles will provide transportation service from Ritual to the parade and festival from 10am til 2 pm on Saturday. Here is a great story about Park 2 Park and Pride by Morgan Hurley on

Cool off with gazpacho served chilled and featuring organic cucumber from the farmers market. Then go big with an entrÉe of Niman Ranch Prime Rib. The Prime Rib will be roasted, then plated English Cut over Parship Mashed Potatoes with sautÉed organic local carrots and tomatoes, and finished with beef jus.

Another shuttle to catch is the DrinkAbout bus running on Wednesday
the 21st.

Towards the end of the month (July 28th) we are hosting a benefit for Outdoor Outreach. Outdoor Outreach empowers at-risk and underprivileged youth to make positive, lasting changes in their lives through comprehensive outdoor programming.

Have a look at the Outdoor Outreach website

We here at the Ritual Tavern hope the good weather brings you the spirit of
celebration and festivity.


Walkabout Guide for South Park - Sat. 7/17

Click here for a complete stop-by-stop Guide to the South Park Walkabout. All welcome -- Sat. 7/17, 6-10pm, restaurants, taverns, shops and stops throughout South Park. Free walking tours and trolley, too.

Here's a preview from the U-T's "Night & Day".

Ritual Wednesdays at the Tavern in July

Wednesday July 14: Tonight

For all you meat lovers out there, we'll be serving up Niman Ranch Meatloaf tonight! Comfort food in a comfy tavern. We got what you need :-) Vegetarians and Vegans can enjoy vegan shepherd's pie or sauteed organic market veggies every day :-)

Wednesday July 21: Drink About!*

Ritual Tavern and Toronado are at the middle of this free bus route. Busses arrive every 30 minutes starting at Blind Lady (7pm) and Hamilton's (7:10pm) . Last pickup 11:20pm at Ritual Tavern (northbound) and Toronado (southbound) What’s not to love about FREE transportation up and down 30th street, stopping near many of San Diego’s premier craft beer and artisan food establishments? Treat yourself to the ultimate progressive dinner!

Wednesday July 28th: Outdoor Outreach Fundraiser!

A percentage of every purchase will be donated to Outdoor Outreach! You can eat and drink to your heart’s content, free from guilt, knowing that a portion of your tab is going to a charitable organization. “Outdoor Outreach’s mission is to empower at-risk and underprivileged youth to make positive, lasting changes in their lives through comprehensive outdoor programming.”

* On the 3rd Wednesday of each month 2 "Brewery Tours of SD" Busses loop for 4 hours, stopping at 8 craft-beer bars.
Hop on and off FOR FREE at Blind Lady, Small Bar, Live Wire, Toronado, Ritual Tavern, Sea Rocket, The Station & Hamilton's.

Summer in the City - Walkabout Sat. 7/17

South Park's Summer Walkabout is this Saturday, July 17th, 6-10pm. As always, free trolley, bands on streetcorners, shopping specials, and tasty treats from Beech St. to Juniper St.! NEW this Saturday -- FREE guided walking tours (6:30pm and 8:00pm) with neighborhood history and highlights. Gather at Info Booth at The Grove for free tour.

For a complete shop-by-shop guide, sign up for the South Park Scene email newsletter.

First Friday - "Happy Hour" in South Park

Check this out - tonight 4-7pm. 20% off all purchases -- plus surprises galore!

Add the Z

Last week's feature dish from El Take It Easy somehow didn't get on here then, so we'll add it now, too.

This is the egg and squash cazuela: summer squash and egg in a cazuela with mole verde, and some fresh made flour tortillas.

The slow-cooked goodness of the sauce, combined with the rich but light flavors of the egg and squash, evokes to me the wonderful, innovative tacos at Tacos Gus in La Condesa in Mexico City. (Tacos Gus which recently splintered from Tacos Hola, in case you were wondering).

When we explain to people that El Take It Easy is not Mexican food, this is what we mean. I’m not aware of squash and egg cazuela as a traditional dish in Mexico. But surely the kinds of cooking and flavors we experience from being part of an international region, can inform our cuisine in marvelous ways.

Eggs over El Take It Easy

For those of you just getting to know El Take It Easy, here's a dish for you:

That's pork jowl bacon (house cured, natch), local duck eggs, grilled house-baked bread with pork skin butter (yes, I said pork skin butter). Bacon and eggs like you've never had before, I promise. Goes great with a glass of Triennes Rose.