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Where Chefs Eat With Waypoint Public's Amanda Baumgarten

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Welcome to another installment of our new Eater Guides feature, Where Chefs Eat. We want to know where the men and women of San Diego restaurants go to feed on their all-too-rare days off. Where do they choose to spend their hard-earned pay and what do they crave?

amanda%20new.jpgSoCal native Amanda Baumgarten logged more that a decade in Michelin-starred kitchens from London to Los Angeles and became a familiar face after starring in season seven of Bravo's "Top Chef". Baumgarten moved to San Diego to open Herringbone in La Jolla before becoming executive chef-partner of Waypoint Public, which opened last fall and was recently named one of "The Best New Beer Restaurants" in the U.S. by DRAFT Magazine.

Here, in her own words, the chef reveals a best-kept secret, shares where she likes to brunch, grab a drink after work and more.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. CUCINA urbana

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505 Laurel St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 239-2222
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This is my happy place. The Bucatini all' Amatriciana and some Scribe Chardonnay on a Sunday night is my favorite way to wind down after a hectic week. Joe Magnanelli's food is consistently delicious and the staff really knows their stuff.

2. Great Maple

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1451 Washington St
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 255-2282
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My favorite brunch/lunch spot! The popovers and smoked brisket hash are to die for, and don't get me started on the Bloody Mary's. In addition to the food, the mid-century modern design of this re-envisioned diner is truly inspired.

3. Bankers Hill Bar & Restaurant

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2202 4th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 231-0222
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A beautifully executed neighborhood bistro. I'll often stop by here on my way home from work when I get out early enough. The stroganoff is one of my favorite dishes in the city and Christian Siglin's cocktails are fresh and flawless.

4. Turf Supper Club

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1116 25th St
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 234-6363
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This is a perfect place to go with a group of friends. I think it's super fun to grill your own steak and the atmosphere is fun and loungey. All in all, it makes for a great start to a night out on the town.

5. FatBoy's Cornerstore & Deli

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3050 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 683-3902
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This place single-handedly fueled the opening of Waypoint Public with some of the best sandwiches I've ever had. The Waypoint crew's favorites include "The Classic American" which sports a layer of potato chips inside the sandwich and "The Hot Momma", roast beef, pepperoncini's, and Frank's red hot.

6. The Smoking Goat

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3408 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 955-5295
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Owner/executive chef Fred Piehl's food is simple and perfectly executed. I can't resist his steak tartar and escargot.

7. The Promiscuous Fork

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6984 La Jolla Blvd
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 454-3663
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This place has the best BLT I've ever had. The "locals only" vibe makes it feel like you're in on one of the best kept secrets in SD and the food is always excellent.

8. Cherry Bomb

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2237 1st Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 544-1173
Yes, the pours are huge... we all know that. What most don't know is that this is a true neighborhood bar where the bartenders know you by name and you can get your laundry done next door. The owners, Josh and Sondra, are two of the best people I've met since moving to this city. They make their rad little punk rock bar feel like a home to their patrons.

1. CUCINA urbana

505 Laurel St, San Diego, CA 92101
This is my happy place. The Bucatini all' Amatriciana and some Scribe Chardonnay on a Sunday night is my favorite way to wind down after a hectic week. Joe Magnanelli's food is consistently delicious and the staff really knows their stuff.
505 Laurel St
San Diego, CA 92101

2. Great Maple

1451 Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103
My favorite brunch/lunch spot! The popovers and smoked brisket hash are to die for, and don't get me started on the Bloody Mary's. In addition to the food, the mid-century modern design of this re-envisioned diner is truly inspired.
1451 Washington St
San Diego, CA 92103

3. Bankers Hill Bar & Restaurant

2202 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
A beautifully executed neighborhood bistro. I'll often stop by here on my way home from work when I get out early enough. The stroganoff is one of my favorite dishes in the city and Christian Siglin's cocktails are fresh and flawless.
2202 4th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

4. Turf Supper Club

1116 25th St, San Diego, CA 92102
This is a perfect place to go with a group of friends. I think it's super fun to grill your own steak and the atmosphere is fun and loungey. All in all, it makes for a great start to a night out on the town.
1116 25th St
San Diego, CA 92102

5. FatBoy's Cornerstore & Deli

3050 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
This place single-handedly fueled the opening of Waypoint Public with some of the best sandwiches I've ever had. The Waypoint crew's favorites include "The Classic American" which sports a layer of potato chips inside the sandwich and "The Hot Momma", roast beef, pepperoncini's, and Frank's red hot.
3050 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104

6. The Smoking Goat

3408 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104
Owner/executive chef Fred Piehl's food is simple and perfectly executed. I can't resist his steak tartar and escargot.
3408 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104

7. The Promiscuous Fork

6984 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037
This place has the best BLT I've ever had. The "locals only" vibe makes it feel like you're in on one of the best kept secrets in SD and the food is always excellent.
6984 La Jolla Blvd
La Jolla, CA 92037

8. Cherry Bomb

2237 1st Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Yes, the pours are huge... we all know that. What most don't know is that this is a true neighborhood bar where the bartenders know you by name and you can get your laundry done next door. The owners, Josh and Sondra, are two of the best people I've met since moving to this city. They make their rad little punk rock bar feel like a home to their patrons.
2237 1st Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

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