Best New Restaurant: Herb & Wood
Best Design: Herb & Wood
Best Brunch: Herb & Eatery

Readers’ Choice
Best New Restaurant

Best of the Best 2018: Herb & Wood
Restaurant of the Year 2017: Herb & Wood
Chef of the Year 2017: Brian Malarkey
Design of the Year 2017: Herb & Wood

“Brian Malarkey’s self-made empire has evolved over the years as he experiments with what restaurant concepts work and what ones don’t. The opening of Little Italy’s Herb & Wood introduces a new direction with stunning results. With a focus on rustic, wood-fired dishes, we believe this restaurant is a highlight on Malarkey’s already impressive portfolio.”
– Zagat National

“If you think you know all there is to know about Brian Malarkey, arguably San Diego’s most high-profile chef, spoiler alert: You haven’t seen anything yet. The Malarkey we all thought we knew… has just opened the most thoughtful, exquisitely executed, stylish restaurant of the year. Little Italy’s Herb & Wood does not signal Malarkey’s return to the top, because in all his years opening a string of restaurants throughout the county, he never achieved these ambitious heights before.”
– Michele Parente, The San Diego Union Tribune

“Brian Malarkey, the show’s de facto host, a San Diego restaurateur and “Top Chef” alumnus…he says concrete things about the contestants’ food that we can understand.”
– Mike Hale

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