The owners of Rimel’s Rotisserie believe in the concept of giving back to the community and community building and tried as much as possible to obtain cooking materials from the local population. For instance, Rimel would trade fish for fresh greens from The Bridges’ organic farm, and would rarely use products that weren’t locally grown. Rimel was all about local people and supplied fish to other local areas as well.
Rimel’s Rotisserie’s owners are also big on sustainable building, and their La Jolla property boasted of nothing but quality wood. It comes as no surprise that the building held up for almost 30 years, and still functioned well and without any cracks. Their lean towards sustainable building was not just in the Rotisserie in La Jolla, but also in their other properties. For example, the heavy front door and shoji screens at their Zenbu joint were built using century-old reclaimed redwood, the owners used dead cedar wood from their Palomar ranch when building their sushi bar, and would often prepare food using firewood fetched daily from the ranch.
When you are creating a business that is going to be there for a while, it’s not just your financial footing and creditworthiness that matter; it pays to invest in quality structures. More so, when you are creating a restaurant business such as Rimel’s Rotisserie in La Jolla. Making clients feel at home is indispensable to the growth of a restaurant business. When someone visits your restaurant, the first thing they evaluate is the structure. Food comes only once the first criteria is given the nod. Besides, no one wants to sit and have a meal inside a building that looks like it could collapse any minute. Investing in a quality structure was a great investment move on the side of the restaurant’s owners, and has stood the test of time for nearly 3 decades.
One of the most popular items on Rimel’s Rotisserie menu was the rice bowls, served with squash, carrots, zucchini, cabbage, bell peppers, and broccoli. The restaurant offered a choice to pair the rice dish with either pulled rotisserie chicken, boneless chicken, rotisserie chicken breast, calamari, shrimp, tofu, mahi mahi, or filet mignon. Depending on the pairing you chose, the dish could cost you anywhere between $9.95 and $19.95. Tacos and burritos with chipotle black beans and Jasmine white rice were other popular selections on Rimel’s Rotisserie menu. These could be paired with grilled mahi mahi, grilled chicken, grilled shrimp, Baja-style shrimp or Baja-style mahi mahi for around $9.95 to $11.95. As for the salad, Rimel’s $12.95 cobb salad was quite a treat, and comprised organic field greens, avocado, tomato, crumbled blue cheese, Rotisserie prepared using firewood, smoked bacon, and was dressed using balsamic vinaigrette.
Rimel’s Rotisserie’s $10.95 burger was made from locally-grown, grass-fed sirloin, and came in a selection of dark squaw, sourdough, onion Kaiser, or plain Kaiser roll. We all love to put some sauce in our burger, and Rimel’s Rotisserie had you covered in this department with a selection of sauces. Pairings for the burger included roasted potatoes, Asian slaw, beans, and rice with an option to add bacon, cheese, and avocado for an extra cost. The menu also covered steaks, sandwiches, ribs, and other rotisserie dishes.