The Smoking Goat, San Diego eateries roll out fall menus

Fall ingredients and dish updates is how San Diego marks the change in seasons here


How can you tell it’s fall in San Diego? Don’t check the weather.

Instead, check out your favorite local eatery, which is likely adding new fall dishes to it seasonally inspired menu.

Starting Monday at The Smoking Goat, that means warm spices, root vegetables and fresh autumn produce are now finding a cozy home on chef Fred Piehl’s charming French bistro in North Park. Newly added dishes include handmade butternut squash ravioli filled with ginger, clove and nutmeg-spiced roasted butternut squash, topped with Brussels, pepitas, Parmesan and saba; pan-roasted salmon with celery root purée, spinach, French green lentils and beurre blanc; wine and clove-poached pear salad with pistachio pesto and Point Reyes blue cheese; a pork chop brined for 72 to 96 hours in cloves, juniper and coriander; and baked brie with dried cranberries and pistachios.

We’re feeling warm and toasty already.

The Smoking Goat, 3408 30th St., North Park. (619) 955-5295.