Arlo just opened last month in Mission Valley at the revamped Town and Country resort. There is plenty of outdoor seating on their beautiful patio that makes you feel like you are on vacation. The menu at Arlo includes Baja-inspired dishes with flavors from both sides of the border.
Chef Josh Mouzakes has trained at Thomas Keller’s French Laundry and has experience working at the Hotel del Coronado and Joël Robuchon at the MGM Grand Las Vegas. The service at this restaurant was top notch, and it’s clear that Arlo takes great caution to make all of their patrons feel safe.
The Best Cocktails at Arlo
Arlo has some of the best cocktails I’ve had in San Diego. Their cocktail menu features twists on some classics, such as their Mission Mule or Mezcal Old Fashioned. Not only are their cocktails absolutely gorgeous, but they are perfectly balanced with interesting and delicious flavor profiles. If you’re a fan of sweeter cocktails, I would recommend the Memories of Maui. I also loved the Blur, made with tequila and butterfly pea flower extract, which our server poured tableside.
What to Order at Arlo
The Pulpo & Passion is one of the more creative dishes I’ve had—Arlo pairs Spanish octopus with a coconut panna cotta. The octopus was perfectly tender, and the panna cotta was not too sweet and paired perfectly with the octopus.
The California Paella was absolutely fantastic and by far the best paella I’ve had in San Diego. The paella was flavorful and the seafood was plentiful and fresh.
The Sea Scallops and Peas are served with pancetta, wild quinoa, asparagus, pea tendril salad, preserved lemon and honeycomb. All the different flavors of this dish meshed incredibly well. I was a little skeptical of the honeycomb with the scallops but I ended up loving it in this dish, as it was a fantastic sweet and savory combination. The scallops were cooked perfectly and had just the right texture.
Arlo has a fantastic menu of desserts and after dinner drinks. We ended up settling on the Honey Beehive, made with pound cake, Swiss meringue and Drambuie flambé—which means they pour liquor on top of it and set it on fire! Not only is it fun to watch, but it was also the perfect end to a fantastic meal.
Arlo is currently open on Wednesdays through Sundays from 4pm-10pm. Make your reservations here! Today’s post was written by the brilliant Robin Tan — to see more from this wonderful Nom contributor, make sure to give her a follow on Instagram and check out her latest post for more fabulous SD eats: The 4 Best Asian Fusion Restaurants in San Diego.