Location: 531 Broadway St. Suite B, San Diego
Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30am- 6pm
Have you heard of the perfect love story? Fabrizio and Pamela the owners of San Telmo Cafe are currently living one. Before getting married and opening a restaurant, the couple met years ago working at one. Where he worked as the head chef and she was worked as a waitress. They’ve come full circle since then to opening their own family style Argentinian Restaurant in Downtown San Diego. Fabrizio mostly takes care of the savory plates and Pamela bakes all desserts, empanadas, and makes homemade preserves. “It’s a dream come true” they said.
What to Expect
Since the owners are from Buenos Aires, the menu and food options reflect the dishes and styles from back home for them. Some menu items that might look familiar to you from Argentina are the choripan sandwich, empanadas, flan, and pasta frola. Their Choripan has gotten a lot of love, the sausage is made in house by Fabrizio and Pamela so they give it the authentic taste from their hometowns.
Although their restaurant is a casual dining style, their food quality competes with the highest of standards. They use natural products, organic coffee and cage free eggs, the quality is well reflected in the flavor of their dishes. In order to replicate and create plates from Argentina, they import their spices, dough, and other goods to get the flavors they look for. The menu prices are very affordable making San Telmo the ideal spot for lunch or una merienda.
On their menu you can find a wide selection of specialty sandwiches, salads, breakfast options, desserts, and empanadas. My sandwich recommendations include the Choripan San Telmo (homemade argentine sausage, pickled eggplant, on a toasted baguette), and The San Telmo (grilled ribeye steak on ciabatta roll, with pesto aioli, homemade chimichurri sauce, swiss cheese, arugula, tomatoes, sauteed portobello mushrooms and onions). On the lighter side I loved the the San Telmo Salad (fresh arugula, topped with almonds, blue cheese, red onions, and dried cranberries). Lastly, probably my favorite of all were the empanadas. I loved all three, beef, chicken, and ham, these are perfect for an appetizer or an afternoon snack!
The desserts at San Telmo are so delicious and beautiful I don’t know where to start. From a sweet filled empanada or the flan, everything was delicious. Those two sweets in particular hit home for me so they are my absolute favorite. But, their merengue with dulce de leche is picture perfect and is a lighter dessert; it’s pairs perfectly with a coffee after lunch. As I mentioned earlier, all their desserts are made in house and by hand but the Postre Guru, Pamela.
Dress To Impress
Although the food at San Telmo is top quality, don’t stress on what to wear. It’s a very lax environment. The casual environment goes along well with the restaurants family friendly feel. The walls are decorated with picture of Fabrizio and Pamela’s family members from Buenos Aires. When you go, make sure to bring an appetite because you’ll want to try a little bit of everything!
Here in San Diego, businesses pride themselves in having the best happy hour deals. San Telmo is no exception, come in Monday through Friday from 2pm – 5pm and get $2 empanadas, $2 beers, and a $4 glass of wine. You can’t beat those prices in Downtown, SD. To claim these deals download the BlitzDeals app and start saving!