It’s easy to miss Vincent’s on Grand in Escondido. I drove right past it. Tucked away on a quiet street, Vincent’s is a cozy French bistro. The first thing to hit you are the heavenly smells. I was seated at a corner table near the front window with a view of the street and the restaurant. Vincent’s is celebrating San Diego Restaurant Week with a three course menu for $30. Restaurant Week items are indicated by a knife and fork next to them on the menu.
The choices aren’t easy because everything sounds so good! For my starter, I opted for the kale, roasted delicata squash and farro salad. This lovely salad was topped with Julienne pears and toasted pecans and tossed in a white balsamic-pear vinaigrette. Hearty and delicious, I had to stop my self from finishing it because I knew much more was coming. What I wasn’t expecting was another item from the starters, soups and salads menu, fried cauliflower & lemon vinaigrette. I smiled politely when they served it as I’m not a big fan of cauliflower. This, however, was sublime. The vinaigrette was one of the best I have ever tasted and it was tossed with toasted cashews and currants.
The entrée selection was another tough choice. It’s hard to say no to coq au vin in a French restaurant, and I was tempted by the salmon with hazelnut relish and the pork chop Tuscany, but I went for the veal osso buco Milanese. Slow roasted in veal stock, this fork tender veal had garlic, carrots, tomatoes, crimini mushrooms and herbs and was accompanied by house-made wide noodles and green beans.
For dessert, Chef Brandon Hunsaker insisted I go off the Restaurant Week menu and try their renowned Bavarois au Chocolat. This work of art consists of layered Bavarian cream and is topped with a warm Swiss chocolate sauce and hazelnuts.
Vincent’s wife Lisa Grumel and Chef Brandon stopped by to greet me at the end of this fabulous meal. The hospitality is top-notch and you won’t find better, more satisfying food anywhere. You have plenty of choices for Restaurant Week. I recommend you make Vincent’s one of them. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 5:00 until close, Vincent’s is located at 113 W. Grand Avenue in Escondido. For reservations call 760 745-3835.
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