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Great Scott!

FoodThere are many words to describe a great meal, but weird is usually not one of them. Deborah Scott changed all that for me, when I experienced the first meal from her kitchen nearly ten years ago. The place was Indigo Grill in Little Italy, and the food was exotic, delicious, incredibly artistic… and yes, weird. Unusual combinations of vegetables and meat arranged in bizarre patterns on the plate led me to ask Chef Scott why her food was so weird, and she laughed out loud. “Of course it’s weird, different” she said. “If you make the same recipes and presentations everyone else has, you’re boring, and I’m out to make meals exciting and different.”

FoodDeborah left the Indigo to start Kemo Sabe in the mid nineties, giving me a second chance to check out her “unusual” cuisine, and it was love at first sight. An entree she colorfully named Skirts on Fire was my favorite dish of the year, and Kemo Sabe the best restaurant.  The Skirts refers to skirt steaks that are marinated in garlic, mint, cilantro and about a dozen other spices that make for one of San Diego’s finest meals. Another favorite is the Roasted Nut Crusted Fired Brie appetizer, served with Jalapeno jelly, squaw bread, chile rubbed tortilla, and honey roasted garlic. Nothing normal, nothing expected, just one delightful dining surprise after another at Kemo Sabe. But Deborah has another trick up her creative sleeve. Next week: The New Indigo Grill. Only on San Diego.com.

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  • City: San Diego
  • Phone: 619-220-6802
  • Name: Kemo Sabe
  • Address: 3958 Fifth Ave.