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Fort Oak launches Chef’s Counter Experience

Fort Oak’s 14-seat counter surrounds the Mission Hills restaurant’s 7,000-pound custom wood grill.
The exhibition kitchen at Fort Oak restaurant and bar in Mission Hills.
(Courtesy photo by Jim Sullivan)

Get a bird’s eye view of chef Brad Wise’s wood-fired magic when Fort Oak, one of the best new restaurants to open in San Diego in 2019, holds an intimate, six-course experience at its 14-seat counter

If you’ve ever wondered how chef Brad Wise works his flavor wizardry at Fort Oak — one of the best restaurants to open this year — a new dining event will put his skills on full display.

On Wednesday, Fort Oak will launch an intimate, 14-seat, six-course Chef’s Counter Experience in the Mission Hills restaurant’s exhibition kitchen.

Wise, who is also executive chef of the popular Trust in Hillcrest, will prepare a unique menu featuring fresh produce, meats and seafood, with many of them bearing his signature wood-fired flair.

The dinners will be held on Wednesday and Thursday nights, every other week. An optional $40 wine pairing will be offered.

The 14-seat, L-shaped counter rings Fort Oak’s impressive, 7,000-pound, open-flame custom grill, so think of the chef’s whim tasting menu as the ultimate fire pit experience.

Fort Oak Chef’s Counter Experience
Wednesday and Thursday nights, every other week, starting Wednesday. 1011 Fort Stockton Drive, Mission Hills. Six courses $100; optional wine pairing $40. Reservations, for parties of one or two, are pre-paid. (619) 722-3398. fortoaksd.com

When is a steak not just a steak? When it’s prepared on the custom wood-fired grill at Fort Oak.
When is a steak not just a steak? When it's prepared on the custom wood-fired grill at Fort Oak.
(Anne Watson photo)