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Shawna Nadelman is a Gemini vegetarian who enjoys long walks on the beach and curling up on the couch to take in the latest episode of, well anything on Bravo. The staff at Trader Joe’s (the Encinitas location) know her by name. She can spout off almost any celebrity’s dating history, refer to Friends episodes in daily conversation and would give anything to marry a man like Coach Eric Taylor (of Friday Night Lights). She’s never met a ruffle, oversized flower or horizontal stripe that she didn't love and though her entire wardrobe hails from J.Crew and Anthropologie, she'll never buy an item at full price (momma loves a good sale!). Sure, some may argue she's the whitest gal they know, but (surprise!) she's fluent in Spanish and left a part of her heart in Madrid, Spain after a summer abroad in college. Her family is her everything and she certainly does not deserve her friends. Left to her own devices, she could probably finish off a jar of peanut/almond butter in one sitting.

The Steakhouse At Azul In La Jolla, CA

It’s no mistake that when tasked with the job of naming their steakhouse in “the Village” area of La Jolla, CA, that the Brigantine Family chose “Azul,” the Spanish word meaning “blue.” Because that’s exactly what you’ll see when you dine at this tucked away restaurant -the picturesque blue seascape of the Pacific Ocean as you gaze out of the dining room’s floor to ceiling bay windows. And it is for this reason, among many others, that makes The Steakhouse at Azul  more than simply your average steakhouse.

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But the magic happens even before you enter the main dining room as the twinkle-light-adorned outdoor patio is the first attraction you encounter as you enter from its Prospect Street corridor. It is here that Happy Hour is served daily from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and where patrons are able to elect any of the specified appetizer plates and wines by the glass for just $7 a piece -“$7 by 7″ as it is also referred to. If it’s a lighter meal you crave or simply the opportunity to unwind with a good glass of Sauvignon Blanc and the comfort of good company, this aspect of the restaurant’s real estate is the perfect locale -especially as we begin to savor that San Diego summer weather we know and love.

 

Speaking of Sauvignon Blanc (and its dozens of fellow varietals), wine novices and enthusiasts alike rejoice! Every first Thursday of the month, The Steakhouse at Azul offers an unprecedented opportunity to have one-on-one access with the restaurant’s Manager and Sommelier Will Burtner at their free wine tasting event. Come sample and learn as you enjoy an up-close-and-personal affair with a guide to all things wine!

Though it is, in its truest sense, a steakhouse featuring 100% USDA Prime steaks and chops, Azul also offers an array of delectable seafood entrees. On our most recent date night, my boyfriend and I were fortunate enough to experience the caliber of the restaurant’s seafood and shellfish selection first-hand. I opted for the Salmon, and he got the Lobster Tails. Both dishes were cooked to perfection and were complimented well by our three elected side dishes -the crispy artichoke hearts, wild mushrooms, and my personal favorite, the honey glazed carrots. Equally as delicious was the bottle of wine we enjoyed with our meal. It was a fine suggestion from our server, who was not only extremely attentive and accommodating but very knowledgeable and helpful in aiding us with deciding upon our evening’s culinary selections. And despite being quite satisfied with our dinner, we couldn’t help but conclude that life is much too short to not indulge in a little something sweet for dessert. So accompanied by our made-to-order coffee drinks, we sampled the restaurant’s signature Flourless Chocolate Cake. And as we watched the sun set over the horizon, I couldn’t help but think that it really doesn’t get much better than this.

Photo credit: Shawna Nadelman

So for a little California twist on your usual Steakhouse experience, venture into the La Jolla Village and to The Steakhouse at Azul for an evening filled with “azul” views of the Pacific, delicious food, and an upscale ambiance.

WHERE:

The Steakhouse at Azul
1250 Prospect Street
La Jolla, CA 92037
Ph. 858-454-9616

HOURS:

Dinner:
Sunday -Thursday 5:30 p.m. to  9:30 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Happy Hour:
Monday 4 p.m. to close
Tuesday -Sunday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday Brunch: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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