Double Standard Kitchenetta to Open in the Gaslamp Quarter on December 1

November 27, 2014

Double Standard Kitchenetta will bring American and Italian cuisine to 6th and G Street in Downtown San Diego starting at 5pm on Monday, December 1. Taking over the space previously occupied by The Counter at 695 Sixth Avenue, Double Standard is the first San Diego restaurant concept by David Mainiero, who comes from a family of restaurateurs and also opened NEApolitan Pizzeria & Birreria in Laguna Beach.

"Everything in the restaurant industry is increasingly being evaluated according to a double standard: we want world-class design and ambiance without the price; we want knowledgeable and endearing servers, and of course, incredible food, all without breaking the bank," explained Mainiero. "We want quick food in our neighborhood, but not 'fast food,' but you want and deserve the highest quality, locally sourced ingredients. The Michelin starred chefs and corporate chains shouldn't have a monopoly on that."

Under Chef Chris Tan’s direction, Double Standard’s kitchen plans to create familiar dishes and often adventurous flavor combinations. Vital to any Italian-inspired restaurant is a solid selection of fresh pastas, and Double Standard will offer such signatures as Cavatelli with Ricotta Dumplings, made with sausage, fresh sliced truffles and a grana padano sauce. The restaurant will also offer small plates like clams and mussels with Nduja, a spreadable Calabrian sausage made in house. Diners looking for larger dishes will also find wild, fresh-caught fish, dry-aged ribeyes and signature offerings like the Crackling House Porchetta Sandwich. Double Standard will also specialize in wood-fired, Neapolitan-style pizzas. Double Standard’s menu is made up of most dishes under $20.

Double Standard’s aesthetic is a balance of industrial and natural themes created by award-winning designer, L.I.D. A nod to old meatpacking houses, the eatery combines stainless steel, reclaimed brick walls and white marble, setting a modern stage for the restaurant’s interior. Maybe Double Standard’s most striking feature is a 160-foot grass sidewalk café that wraps the restaurant’s corner location. Wall-to-floor windows make the transition from the high design of the dining room to the comfort of the café seamless.

For more information on Double Standard and to make reservations, visit and check out the menu below.