This downtown restaurant makes waves with its’ new diet friendly menus with 8 items under 600 calories and 17 gluten-free dishes.
The community-focused Spike Africa, named for the legendary sailor of the 1900s, opened its doors in January 2013. From the start, management has put emphasis on creating a space where guests and staff feel heard and appreciated. From staff bonding trips to The Hot Spot, to altering menus based on customer feedback, Spike Africa aims to please.
And please they do.
Inspired by guests’ suggestions, executive chef, Paul Rinaudo, created the 600 Club menu. Order the grilled shrimp lettuce cups for a fruity and light fare. The grilled shrimp, the star of the plate, cleverly balances the cucumber, mango, and pico de gallo. Grilled to perfection, the shrimp does not need much seasoning; it was fresh off the boat this morning (403 calories, $15.50).
The most popular entrée on the menu, the Ginger Chicken Skewers, now has to compete with a younger, lighter shipmate on board. The Ginger Chicken Skewers & Stir-fry with green beans, red bell pepper, ponzu, and cashews is equally satisfying without the guilt (310 calories, $15.50).
From the gluten-free menu, try the cedar plank salmon salad or the BBQ Mahi Mahi.
The salad, full of local vegetables and topped with a blackberry vinaigrette, is a hearty portion that doesn’t sit heavy on the stomach ($14.50). The Mahi Mahi rests on a bed of buttery rice, accompanied by fresh chunks of mango salsa and grilled asparagus ($22).
Dining at Spike Africa, one of the few healthy options downtown, is easy on your waistline and your wallet. Restaurant Week specials have been extended for another week! Through September 27, enjoy a three-course dinner for $30.
Think local: Spike Africa boasts its local fish selection and produce, as well as its’ list of local wines and craft beers. Seventy-five percent of beers on tap come from San Diego!
Bring Fido! The outdoor patio is dog friendly. Your best friend will lap water from bowls designed by the hostesses. Stay tuned for a dog menu.
Taste of Downtown: Stop by to see what they’ll offer for the September 26 event.
Not to be missed:
- Taco Tuesday. Choose from blackened or crispy Mahi, fresh ceviche, shrimp, vegetarian, or ginger chicken tacos ranging from $3.50-$4.50. 4pm-close.
- Weekend brunch. Order the house made cinnamon sticky buns for an ethereal experience!
- Butterscotch Pudding. Save your calories for this dessert. Though not on the 600 club menu, it’s worth every bite.
Address: 411 Broadway Ave
Saturday 10am-4pm (brunch) 4pm-11pm (dinner)
Sunday 10am-4pm (brunch) 4pm-10pm (dinner)
Happy Hour 3:30-6:30 (daily), PLUS the last hour of business (daily)
Parking: Street for now, valet is in the works. Closest parking garage is at Horton Plaza (3 hours free).
For more info: visit the website.