Jaynes Gastropub: Let September Wine Month Begin!

Jaynes is going all out for September Wine Month with wine flights, a Saturday tasting series and a heavyweight Central European Wine dinner on Tuesday the 21st. I know September is still a day away but lets get started a day early...

Tuesday through Thursday this week were are featuring a 3G Wine Flight. No, this isn't a reference to my last iphone that actually worked, I'm talking about Gruner, Grasevina and Pinot Grigio.

2009 Domaine Wachau 'Federspiel' Gruner Veltiner
There is perhaps no white wine more versatile than Austria's Gruner Veltiner. The Domaine Wachau is a Jaynes staff favorite with ripe apple/grapefruit notes, crisp acidity and stony minerality. This wine just seems to pair with everything.

2008 Zdjelarevic Grasevina (say that 3 times fast)
Jaynes is fortunate to be among the very few restaurants in San Diego to be really digging into the wines of Central Europe. Gravesina is the Croatian planting of the ancient Welschrielsing. Zdjelarevic hand harvests their grapes and ages sur lie in stainless steel. This process, most often seen in the production of Muscadet in the Loire Valley, adds complexity and richness to the wine.

2008 Venica 'Jesera' Pinot Grigio

Pinot Grigio, perhaps the most bastardized and maligned grape variety in the world. The Collio region of Friuli in Northeastern Italy along the Slovenian border was one of those winemaking regions that woke up to how unique a wine could be and opened the door to great Pinot Grigio. The winemakers from the region, on both sides of the border, make some of the world's most unique wines and appear to have little interest in biasing their wines towards an international palate. The often insipid, flat flavor profile is replaced with beautiful aromatics, a full, rich mouthfeel and a color like Provence rose'.

flight $12

September Saturdays Wine Tasting Series

Every Saturday in September we will be hosting a tasting series from 5pm-6pm where we will feature wines from around the world with experts on hand to pour and talk some serious wine. This week we we be featuring California wines with our good friend Matt Ahern from Next Generation Wines. Matt has just about the hippest collection of small California producers around and we're very excited to have him here at Jaynes. The tasting will be out on the patio so we hope all of you wine lovers will come join us in celebrating the wines of California. We will be selecting 3 incredible bottles.

3 tastes are just $10.

Central European Wine Dinner
Tuesday September 21st
Jaynes Gastropub and Blue Danube Wines is hosting a Central European Wine Dinner on Tuesday September 21st. We will be featuring 6 Wines from Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Hungary paired with a 4 course Dinner. Our good friend Stetson Robbins from Blue Danube Wines will be here to pour wine and talk. Stetson, besides being very good looking and having a great name, has incredible knowledge and passion for this region and Jayne and I always enjoy his company. We don't do wine dinners very often, but when we do we just have to go all out.
Reservations recommended.
Call 619.563.1011 or email info@jaynesgastropub.com
$55 per person plus tax and gratuity.

$10 that will make you happy

We at the Linkery are really enjoying the new sausage sandwich on our menu, and we want all of you to come enjoy it, too. So we're offering a deal this week -- the sandwich and a half-pour of draft craft beer (whatever we have in the Pils/light ale category that day, we'll let you know) for $10. This will be good from tonite through Thursday nite.

Don't forget, you can also add bacon and cheese.

Thursday Ritual: Fresh Carlsbad Aqua Farm Oysters and Green Flash 30th St Pale on Cask

Wondering what to do tonight? We'll be spending our Thursday night in air-conditioned bliss, eating fresh local seafood and drinking casked ale :-)
Join us, won't you?

We sent Michael over to Catalina Offshore Products earlier to round up some fresh local fish for tonight's dinner. Then we sent him to the North Park Farmer's Market. He's now shopping for fresh organic produce to accompany tonight's entree. (and our new dessert too!) Very excited to have an organic fruit tart tonight :-)

An EZ Dish: Chicken Nuggets With Mole


Chicken nuggets have a bad rap. And what with their being an icon of industrial food an all, I understand.

But at El Take It Easy, we don't need a poultry scientist to make nuggets worth socking someone in the mouth for. We just need pastured local chickens from Curtis Womach, a traditionally prepared mole sauce, and the talent of chef Max Bonacci.


It's white meat, dark meat, and a touch of the precious bits from Curtis' chicken, lovingly nuggetized by our culinary team and presented to you in a rich dark mole. Available every day at the link, except when we run short on chickens.

Margerum Wines at the Linkery on Thursday

I first discovered Margerum Wines maybe a decade ago, when Gaffney's was featuring them on a night I wandered in. An old friend was in the bar, buying the maximum allocation she could of one of Margerum's Syrahs, and she told me about this winery and the quality of the wine. I bought my first bottle then, and have been hooked ever since.

Check out Joshua Lurie's Q&A with Doug Margerum here

As such, we usually have at least one Margerum-made wine on our menu at the Linkery, whether it's his M5 Rhone, or one of the wines he makes for Happy Canyon such as Barrack or Piocho.

It is with great pleasure, then, to celebrate with Mr. Doug Margerum and Margerum wines on Thursday, in a special pairings dinner. We'll have four wines from Margerum Wine Company in house, and Max will have a pairing for each dish. You can get each pairing for $11, including the food and a small pour of the wine, and also buy food and wine a la carte.

Margerum Chenin Blanc 2008 paired with
Pedrozo Black Butte cheese, Three Sisters Serena cheese, local buckwheat honeycomb, apples

Margerum SYBARITE Sauvignon Blanc 2009 paired with
Local squid scampi, pink grapefruit, tarragon

Margerum M5 Rhone Blend 2007 paired with
Roasted sweet pepper empanada

Margerum ÜBER Syrah 2008 paired with
Griled pastured goat from Farinelli Farm

We'll start at 5:30pm and go until 11:30pm. Full menu available in addition to the pairings. Doug Margerum will be in the house to chat about the wines.

It's going to be a great event.

Jaynes Gastropub, San Diego's First: $3 Guinness Imperial Pints Until September 24th, 2010

"That's my name, don't wear it out"

There has been a tidal wave of places calling themselves a Gastropub here in San Diego over the past few months. When we started building this business nearly 5 years ago, the term was a real headscratcher and we were often asked why we decided to bring this concept to San Diego.

For us its not a concept, but a way to express Jayne's family's British pub heritage alongside her San Francisco bred palate.

Jayne's mother and father, Ann and Frank, had managed pubs in Liverpool throughout the 60's and 70's including the Liverpool institution, the Shipperies. After emigrating to the states in the 1980's, Jayne and her brother Franklin worked at the now legendary Shakespeare Pub here in San Diego where a 16 year old Jayne Battle often awoke at dawn to pull pints for the eager satellite tv football fans. Pubs are simply a part of being a Battle, from 30th Street to the banks of the River Mersey.

"Its time to pour some Guinness"
Beginning tonight we will be pouring 20oz Imperial Pints of Guinness for just $3 until September 24th, 2010, Arthur Guinness' birthday.
This is one of our ways to thank everyone for their continued support of San Diego's First Gastropub. Lets all ride out the summer in creamy goodness!

"The perfect Guinness Pairing? Sausage Rolls!"
This week we are also serving housemade British Sausage rolls of Spiced Pork Sausage inside Puffed Pastry with a Apple/Frisee' Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette. We hope to see a lot of you this month. I have a sneaking suspicion we will....

xo jon and jayne

AleSmith nite at the Linkery - 4 casks, 2 drafts, pairings with pastured meat dishes

Tonite (Thursday) promises to be a great nite at the Linkery -- we've got 4 cask-conditioned AleSmith beers, a couple of their drafts, and Max has made four special pairing dishes for the cask ales, each one featuring one of the amazing meats we get from our independent California farmers.

The Linkery at Alesmith, June 2006

Each pairing is $10 for the food with a half-pour of cask ale, or you can buy the food and/or the beer individually.

The menu:

Anvil ESB | Kettle fried raviolis made with local rabbit from Curtis Womach

Summer YuleSmith | Pastured Central Coast lamb sopes, Righetti Ranch pinquito beans

Nautical Nut Brown | Braised pastured California goat in a blanket

Wee Heavy | Grassfed Spanish Oak Ranches beef bresaola hash with local quail eggs from Wingshadows Hacienda

Full menu also available. The dinner is available from 5:30pm till 11:30pm (or until we run out, of course).

Jaynes Week in Preview: Voted SD's Most Romantic, St Germain, Curb Appeal and the Debut of Jon's new band "The Fairmounts"

Yes it is official, Jaynes has been voted in San Diego Magazine as San Diego's Most Romantic Restaurant. We really appreciate the nod.

Never one to rest on our laurels, last week we started a gang of building facade improvements including flowers, paint, lighting and this incredible handpainted sign in the alley by our good friend and local artist/wallscaper Andy Crane. Here's Andy getting started. Come by and check out the final product!

Sunday brunch is absolutely delicious and we've been featuring carafes of St. Germain White Sangria, a blend of St Germain Elderflower Liqeur, Sauvignon Blanc and Fresh Fruit. St. Germain is made from fresh, hand picked elderflower blossoms, a honeysuckle plant relative and is one of those great, mysterious European potions that adds harmony and complexity to everything it touches. We will now be serving this wonderful bevvy at dinner service as well. Feel free to ask your bartender or server for other St. Germain based concoctions.

Our weekly plat du jour menu specials continue.
is Burger and Any Draft for $15!
is Southern Night: featuring Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Mash, Collard Greens and Corn Bread.
is Mussel Night now featuring Loire Valley Sur Lie Muscadet by the glass.

Daniel came up with a serious hit recently of Pan Seared Alaskan Halibut over a summer salad of sweet white corn, heirloom cherry tomatoes, grilled asparagus, crispy wonton strip finished with a yellow tomato coulis. We'll be serving this refreshing summer dish Tuesday-Thursday this week.

For those fans of our music selections you might want to come to Jaynes on Friday night the 13th, then bop on over to the Riviera Supper Club in La Mesa to see the debut of Jon's new rhythm and blues band, "The Fairmounts". Music is Jon's first love (OK maybe second behind you know who ; ) and this new outfit really has their act together. Band starts at 9:30 and plays until about 11:30. Admission is free, cocktails are solid and the music will be hot. This will be a very fun show. We'd love to have your support.

We hope to see you all this week!

xo jayne and jon

Farmer's Market to Table on August 5

Please join San Diego Weekly Markets and the Linkery for a progressive dinner beginning with an amuse bouch from Viva Pops! at the North Park Farmers' Market and then continuing up North Park Way to the Linkery, where you can enjoy any or all of the following courses featuring ingredients found at the market that day:

Stone fruit salad - Smit Orchards
Cheese selections - Taste Artisan Cheese
Linkery made lamb and pork hot dog on Linkery baked bun with SoNo whole grain mustard - SoNo Trading Company
Strawberry gazpacho with strawberry sorbet - Suzie’s Organic Farm

The dinner will be served at the Linkery until 11:30pm or until we run out of courses. Most if not all of the farmers and artisans will be present at the Linkery after the market ends, to talk about their work and their delicious products.