So this one is breaking. I don’t have all of the details. But when pressed to name my “favorite chef in San Diego,” the answer always includes a handful. But it always includes Patrick Ponsaty, the ex-Loews and El Bizcocho chef, one of only two Master French Chefs in San Diego (the other being Bernard Guillas at Marine Room).
Now he has his own restaurant, and it’s rumored his name will be part of the name of the restaurant. A well-deserved and long overdue development in San Diego’s food scene. He and his partner have taken over Delicias in Rancho Santa Fe. They are planning an extensive remodel. Though its own very affluent island in northern San Diego, it will be worth your drive out there. Trust me. Everyone I send to Ponsaty returns to say their lives have changed in an imperceptibly joyful way.
A few years ago, Ponsaty left Loews to join local businessman Brian Bonar’s emerging restaurant business. He’s been overseeing culinary at their Escondido bistro, Bellamy’s. He’s also cooking at Bonar’s historical ranch, Bandy Canyon.
And now the news breaks today that they’ve bought Delicias, the Rancho Santa Fe restaurant that’s been there for 26 years.
This is very, very good news. More of it to come.