What better place to celebrate my birthday in SoCal than with a Pisces Party theme at Sea Rocket Bistro – a sustainable, local foods restaurant with a down-to-earth vibe in San Diego’s artsy neighborhood?
What I love is that Sea Rocket is doing something unique in the Slow food movement: the relatively new food establishment located in North Park’s 30th street has created a community feel, linking consumers to sustainable agriculture practices and providers. It prides itself in serving delicious dishes served with local ingredients but it’s definitely no Chez Pannise: it’s anything but elitist, charges reasonable prices, and carries a non-prententious vibe. Inside you’ll find a library of books including Omnivore’s Dilemma and Bottom Feeder, simple decor, a communal table, and great beer. Owner Elena’s usually bartending and co-owner Dennis runs the food.
They are easygoing folks who met through the Sierra Club, had increasingly larger dinner parties in their crowded apartments, and finally made the leap to run their own restaurant when Jay, friend and owner of the NY Times-renowned Linkery restaurant told them his business was moving down the street.
Dennis and Elena wanted to extend their beliefs in the sustainable food movement into a restaurant where people could eat well and support the cause. Today Sea Rocket Bistro has its own blog, where it provides information on all its food sources. It acts as a hub for farm deliveries, GreenDrinks, Slow Food, politically charged gatherings, and neighborhood movie nights.
I would love to see more restaurants blur the line between customer and server and create a sense of education, responsibility, and community, especially during these economic times when it’s clear one is dependent on the other. That is what the essence of this food revolution we’re finally seeing means to me.