From celebrating the last of the summer with a delicious brunch at The Patio to a yacht-themed party at FIREHOUSE in Pacific Beach, these San Diego restaurants are offering hot Labor Day weekend specials September 2nd-5th.
Bottega Americano will celebrate their two-year anniversary with all-day Happy Hour & Culinary Surprises on Labor Day Weekend. On Friday, September 2 through Sunday, September 4, the restaurant will offer:
Happy Hour all day (open to close) in the bar
50% off Bottega Americano signature cocktails
Culinary surprises from co-owner/chef Giuseppe Ciuffa and co-owner/executive Chef Dave Warner
Soak up the last official days of summer this labor day sippin on cocktails and chowing down on seafood at the tallest waterfront hotel on the West Coast this Labor Day. Celebrate your labor free day poolside or take in the bay views with unlocked secret menus. Indulge in half off wines, $10.00 local beer flights and half a dozen oysters for $6.00! Conclude your Labor Day festivities with a dramatic city view and the classic cocktail favorite, Bubbles to the Top, for only $10.00 each.
Enjoy the three-day holiday weekend at Searsucker San Diego with a delicious brunch on Saturday, Sunday or Monday and celebrate with “Mimosas Your Way!” The possibilities are endless when it comes to personalizing these breakfast cocktails, as guests receive one bottle of Totts sparkling, seasonal berries and choice of orange juice, grapefruit, peach, strawberry, st. germain, cranberry, sugar+bitters or pear, all for $22. For an extra kick, guests can substitute Totts Champagne with a choice of other luxury sparkling wines and champagne. Indulge in these creations along with signature breakfast items directly in the heart of downtown San Diego.
Wine & Roses Charity Wine Tasting Event Returns, Sunday, September 18, at the Darlington House in La Jolla
San Diego’s longest-running charity wine event in San Diego raising funds for a children’s summer camp-
The 33rd annual Wine & Roses Charity Wine Tasting event will be held at the Darlington House in La Jolla on Sunday, September 18, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Social Service Auxiliary of San Diego has recreated this yearly fundraising event for its return in 2016—making it an exclusive event—catered by a premier local caterer and featuring premium wines from all over California. Attendees can expect a more intimate atmosphere this year with tray-passed small bites while tasting excellent wines, all while enjoying soft tunes from a grand piano in the living room. The most important detail of the event still remains the same—helping the at-risk children of San Diego attend Camp Oliver, a youth summer camp non-profit organization in Descanso, CA. All proceeds from the Wine & Roses event benefit Camp Oliver.
As summer slowly comes to an end, the countdown to kick-off officially begins as the Chargers gear up for the season opener on Sunday, September 11th against the Kansas City Chiefs. Don’t fumble over deciding where to catch the opening game because when the whistle blows in Kansas City, these San Diego eateries are the end zone end-alls for the best places to BOLT UP all season long!
DRAFT REPUBLIC | La Jolla
With 14 big-screen TV’s and nearly 50 draft beers, Draft Republic is an arena of all the games and glory under one roof. In celebration of the season, this beer-centric eatery is hosting happy hour specials from 2-6pm on game days every Sunday, Monday and Thursday through the Super Bowl. Fill your table with $5 drinks and $6 Quarterback Snacks, or eat a breakfast built for champions during their Super Sunday Hours when they open their doors at 9:30am, just in time to nab a spot for kickoff!
Kick it old school and cheer on the gridiron games from inside the East Villagedelicatessen, Rare Form. The city’s only schnaps-centric spot offers $11 Boilermakers (a shot of schnaps and a cold draft beer) alongside gourmet deli classics like the Rare Form 44 with hot pastrami and sauerkraut on grilled rye bread. Don’t forget to ask about their secret weapon, their signature Pastrami Fries on the hidden menu! As the referees take the field, see if you can spot the hidden super-sized TV hanging overhead – hint: it’s hidden behind a giant Old Masters hanging on the wall…
New Zealand John Dory with Saffron Risotto, English Peas and Manila Clams
A landmark waterfront restaurant since 1989, the newly remodeled Top of The Market is still recognized as the premier destination for fresh seafood, with San Diego bay views from Point Loma to the Coronado Bridge. “Everyone from the design team, including the kitchen equipment and woodworking crews did an amazing job,” says Executive Chef Stafford Mather’s. “Our director of operations Dwight Colton and The Fish Market’s kitchen manager Tony Alvarez were here throughout the entire remodel, making it all happen.”
Mesquite Grilled Pacific Swordfish with chickpeas, Braised Fennel, Haricort Vert, Olives, and Sauce Vierge
Mather’s is a self taught chef who learned from on the job training. He started out as a dishwasher in high school, then moved up to become a server and bartender. Once he made his move to the back of the house, he never looked back. He is committed to his work, loves what he does, and says he learns something new daily. “Chef and owner Jeff Olsen of New West Catering in Santa Barbara, California, is a mentor who gave me my start in a kitchen in Washington DC many years ago, as well as chef Ed Carew of Broken Spoke in New York City, whom I worked with in San Francisco. Both are the best dudes ever!”
Slater’s 50/50 Applies Its Revolutionary 50/50 Recipe to the World of Hot Dogs and Launches its First-of-Its Kind “50/50 Furter” on International Bacon Day!
In honor of International Bacon Day on September 3rd, Slater’ s 50/50 will debut the new “50/50 Furter” bacon hot dog by giving away free “50/50 Furters” from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (while supplies last) at all Slater’ s 50/50 locations throughout California, including Pasadena, Anaheim Hills, Huntington Beach, Rancho Cucamonga, San Diego and San Marcos.
In true Slater’ s 50/50 fashion, the new hot dog will consist of equal parts love: 100 percent, all-beef frank that is stuffed with freshly chopped, crispy smoked bacon and then blanketed in bacon strips.
Save the date August 27-28 for the 8th San Diego Spirits Festival
Named one of the Top Cocktail Festivals in America
San Diego Spirits Festival is back for YEAR 8 AND they have some great new and old features to excite and tempt everyone.
The Marine Rock Band will be performing in the entrance to keep you happy when you first arrive. And yep Don Loco and his talented bartenders are back again. For their 8th year, they will have Craft Cocktails, Chef Demonstrations, Bartender Battles, Entertainment, Food Trucks, and visual entertainment.
Located at 877 Hornblend Street just two blocks from the ocean in San Diego’s Pacific Beach enclave, the new Pueblo restaurant will bring a bit of the Baja coast to San Diego. Scheduled to open on August 27th, Pueblo plans to reunite the two California’s as they once were, into a single territorial palate.
Menu offerings combine traditional dishes, derived from the coastal communities of Baja, and contemporary chef-driven plates fueled by regional ingredients, with an emphasis on seafood and lighter preparations. The restaurant’s two bars, indoors and on the rooftop deck, pour beer and wine from both sides of the border, and also offer a varied selection of tequila and agave-based spirit cocktails. Seating is laid out to seamlessly transition into an open courtyard and rooftop deck, with a design that is airy and modern, yet retains rustic architecture details that inspired the Pueblo name.
National Dog Day is August 25th and there’s no better place to celebrate than in sunny San Diego, where patios come with a water dish for Fido and waiter’s keep a bone in their apron pocket. Below are a few places where San Diegan’s can take their furry best friend and enjoy the weekend.
To celebrate National Dog Day, Three Dog Bakery at Flower Hill Promenade will offer a free Pupcake (a dog-friendly version of a cupcake) to every four-legged friend who visits the bakery on Friday, August 26. In addition, those to make a purchase of $10 or more on this day will be entered to win a drawing for a doggie-inspired gift basket. Three Dog Bakery caters to dogs and their humans with all-natural, oven-baked treats, pastries and food made with premium natural ingredients.
Kick off National Dog Day a day early on Thursday August 25 by the sandy shores of Pacific Beach in San Diego, California at FIREHOUSE American Eatery + Lounge. The beach-side hot spot will be putting on a “Yappy lunch” partnering with local clothing brand Puppies Make Me Happy and the San Diego Humane Society. Guests who arrive with their pup for lunch will receive complimentary corn dogs or glass of champagne.
On Friday, Sept. 9 from 6-9pm Loews Coronado Bay Resort invites you to Play on the Bay to support local education. Enjoy spectacular food, drinks, live music, gondola rides, a silent auction and more in an unforgettable evening on the bay.
“We are thrilled to be hosting our first annual Play on the Bay event at Loews Coronado Bay Resort to benefit DonorsChoose.org. It is an opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled evening at our resort while supporting public school teachers and their local classrooms. It is so exciting for us to see to host this event and assist local school teachers with the supplies and equipment they need to teach our children.” said Sean Clancy, Managing Director at Loews Coronado Bay Resort.
Neighborhood and family friendly restaurant group, The Patio Group, has teamed up with Point Loma’s Modern Times Beer to create three beer-inspired and infused events highlighting the flavors of San Diego. Three unique events will take place throughout August, September and October and will highlight specialties at Fireside by The Patio, The Patio on Goldfinch and The Patio on Lamont.
Earlier this month, the series kicked off with the “After Dankness” Modern Times BBQ at Fireside by The Patio. This special dinner paired Fireside’s signature fire-inspired cuisine with carefully selected Modern Times beers. Menu highlights included the barbecue shrimp salad paired with a Lomaland Belgian Summer Ale; and an espresso-rubbed pork should paired with a Black House Stout.
George’s at the Cove Welcomes Guest Chef Daniel Heinze to the Kitchen
On Monday, September 12, George’s at the Cove will welcome Chef Daniel Heinze to the kitchen at California Modern, their first floor fine dining restaurant and a 2016 U.S. Top 100 Restaurant (Opinionated About Dining).
Heinze, formerly of McCrady’s Restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina, thrives on creativity, learning new techniques and incorporating locally sourced ingredients into his cuisine. He will join forces with George’s executive chef and partner, Trey Foshee, for a special collaboration dinner.
September is the height of grape harvest season and marks the official kickoff to California Wine Month! San Diego’s beloved Cohn Restaurant Group (CRG) is ready to educate and inspire wine lovers to celebrate and take part in various classes, winemakers’ dinners and tastings throughout San Diego county at more than a dozen of the Cohn Restaurant Group’s lauded establishments. Learn about the significant differences between California wines with CRG’s esteemed Beverage Director, Maurice DiMarino, take in the downtown skyline sights at Coasterra’s new floating event center, FLOAT, during the Sea & Air Parade, and enjoy a five-course wine-pairing meal from some of the best wineries in Sonoma, Napa, and Paso Robles.
Sept. 10 Blues Festival to feature Grammy Award-winning band Los Lobos along with eight acts including Bobby Rush, Nikki Hill and more
What: The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank will host the sixth annual AimLoan.com San Diego Blues Festival along the downtown San Diego waterfront. The family-friendly event will feature nine musical acts on two stages. Festival attendees will enjoy local craft beer, food vendors, specialty cocktails and wine, along with arts and crafts vendors. Free admission for children 12 and under. All proceeds and food drive donations will benefit the San Diego Food Bank.
This class is for true brew connoisseurs, combining incredible truffles with specially selected local draughts. You will sample it all from stouts to ales, sweet to savory. Come and join the fun at Dallmann as they sample through 4 of San Diego’s best beers and pair them with 4 of their world class chocolates.
Back and bigger than ever, the Fleet Week Sea & Air Parade is returning to San Diego on September 10, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For the first time since 2008, the parade will feature amphibious ships, destroyers, Marine and Coast Guard ships and submarines. As one of the best spots to view the parade on the harbor, many of the shops and restaurants at Seaport and the Headquarters, will be offering military discounts throughout Fleet Week including:
15% off at Flour & Barley
20% off at Gelato Paradiso
15% off the entire bill at Buster’s Beach House
5% off at Frost Me Gourmet
10% off all art at Aaron Chang Gallery
A full list of all military discounts offered at both properties can be found here and here.
Smmer may be coming to an end, but everyone’s favorite time of year is just around the corner…football season! Get your fantasy draft together, throw on your team’s colors and touchdown at these Gaslamp hotspots that are sure to take your game-day celebrating to the end zone.
Wishing you had a sideline view of your favorite game? Not to worry! Florent offers the next best thing with their 17-foot, large-screen TV – winning MVP for the largest TV in all of downtown. Grab a front row seat and take your bar-food cravings to the next level with their elevated versions of game-day classics such as Salt & Pepper Wings and Jalapeno Popper Tacos. Don’t miss their “Larry’s famous Baby Back Ribs” with all the fixins. Florent will also be hosting DJs during the mid-day game commercials, $4 Anheuser-Busch draft beers (Bud light, Stella, Shocktop). Or, catch a running pass and win big with their Saturday and Sunday brunch bottomless mimosas for just $15.
Bull & Grain has secured highly sought after artisanal chef Daniel Barron as their Executive Chef. With over 18 years of experience, Barron ran some of America’s top kitchens in New York City, Beverly Hills, Nashville and a top Atlantic City casino. He has also been the Executive Chef for some of San Diego’s favorite restaurants, including the prestigious La Valencia Hotel and Blue Point Coastal Cuisine, an upscale seafood restaurant owned and operated by the Cohn Restaurant Group.
Amuse Bouche: Char Siu Tartine with Butter Yogurt, Cherry Raisin, Soy and Radish
The Cork and Craft, North County San Diego’s talk of the town, might be located in a business park, but once you walk in the door, you’ll find yourself in a lively space with an up close and personal view of an open kitchen, wine vats and brewery in-cased in glass. “We are the only concept in San Diego and on the west coast with an urban brewery, winery and restaurant all under one roof, ” says Executive chef Phillip Esteban. “The closest similar concept is located in Florida.”
Langoustine Tartare with Yuzu Cream, Nori Croutons and Beets
It was clear to me as soon as I entered the restaurant that Esteban is hugely influential in his kitchen, possessing an intuitive characteristic that enables him to serve carefully orchestrated and natural presentations of modern Californian cuisine with an emphasis on French techniques. He believes that educating his staff is one of the core values of being a chef. “Watching my kitchen team learn, grow and succeed in our industry is really amazing, but the one thing I HATE is that everyone is a “chef” these days. The term has been so loosely used and romanticized that the position itself has been watered down. Anyone can be a cook, not everyone can be a chef.”
When life hands you lemons, have yourself an adult lemonade! Check out some of the best lemonade stands on the San Diego block this National Lemonade Day, August 20th.
For a lemonade as refreshing as the ocean, visit The Duck Dive. Steps away from the sand, this restaurant takes fresh ingredients from the local Pacific Beach farmer’s market to create the Cucumber Lemonade with Absolut Elyx (house-infused with cucumber), lemon, fresh mint and agave.
Backyard Kitchen & Tap just rolled out a new cocktail menu that includes their new Cherry Limeade. This bright cocktail is made with Don Julio Silver, lemonade, grenadine, lime juice, lime wheel and a Maraschino cherry. A drink this good is sure to bring out the tequila-lover in all of us.
Just off North Park’s bustling University Avenue, True North Tavern is the ideal place to unwind and relax with craft cocktail in-hand. For a lemonade with a whiskey-twist, check out their Skinny Jeans Lemonade with Wild Turkey Rye Bourbon, fresh lemon juice, honey, orange bitters and soda.
Pan Roasted Lamb Rack With Morel Mushrooms, Edamame Hummus, Carrot Three Ways And Demi Glacé (Courtesy Photo)
Feast on New American Cuisine Inspired by the Great Outdoors
Decoy Dockside Dining, the new waterfront restaurant at the Lakehouse Hotel & Resort in San Marcos, is set to open on August 29.
The innovators at Eat.Drink.Sleep.—who own and manage other notable hotel, restaurant and entertainment properties including Tower23 Hotel and JRDN restaurant, Draft, Cannonball and Belmont Park—have been working on a multi-million dollar phased redevelopment of the Lakehouse Hotel & Resort, a unique destination tucked away in on the shores of Lake San Marcos in San Diego’s North County. The development features a waterfront hotel, renowned St. Mark Golf Club with an 18-hole and an executive golf course, and an array of outdoor activities and amenities.
The latest addition to the evolving resort is Decoy, a luxe lodge inspired restaurant designed to maximize views of Lake San Marcos. The expansive restaurant’s dining concept is centered on New American Cuisine inspired by the great outdoors. Acclaimed Chef Danilo “DJ” Tangalin, a rising star in San Diego’s culinary scene who spent two years at Eat.Drink.Sleep.’s JRDN restaurant, has been tapped as Executive Chef.
For the craft beer and food lover, there are little experiences more enjoyable than a conscious pairing of the two, bringing out the best of both. Rich in flavor and diversity, these two best buds complement each other like no one else can. Experience a night of bold flavors on Thursday, September 1st from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Gaslamp’s barleymash as they host a beer dinner featuring Modern Times Beer. The evening will consist of five courses accompanied by five handcrafted Modern Times beers. barleymash, a fun, high-energy downtown restaurant and bar that celebrates the richness of American culture through its appetizing and progressive bar fare, and its passion for craft beer is proud to be partnering with Modern Times Beer for a dinner party unlike any other.
Charred Spanish Octopus (GF) with White Beans, Spanish Chorizo, Saffron, Smoked Lobster Butter and Salsa Verde
Celebrating its 90th anniversary, La Valencia Hotel, also known as “The Pink Lady,” is a Mediterranean style oceanfront resort in beautiful La Jolla, California.
Kampachi with Yuzu Sorbet
Located inside this luxury hotel, The MED ocean view restaurant is home to big-league Executive Chef Alex Emery, who offers a dramatic dining experience and mans a kitchen that’s humming with precision in presentation and taste.
Foie Gras Torchon with Toasted Brioche, Seasonal Jam, Duck Prosciutto and Tender Greens
In many ways, Emery’s journey is a classic tale of climbing the culinary ladder, learning something special at every stop and adding more and more creativity to his skill level. “When I was 16 years old I started as a dishwasher at the Coronado Cays Yacht club, then moved up as a prep cook,” he told me. “Later, I fell in love with the industry and decided to go to culinary school at the San Diego Culinary Institute.”
Set to debut as San Diego’s new ‘arts hotel,’ The Barracks Hotel will build on the success of Liberty Station’s newly branded ARTS DISTRICT to fashion an ambitious union of art and hospitality. The concept comes together through a highly creative collaboration between San Diego’s leading developer, McMillin, locally based hospitality group, Untitled Hospitality, and Liberty Station’s non-profit NTC Foundation.
An award winning-model for the mixed-use conversion of military bases throughout the country, Liberty Station has become one of San Diego’s most distinctive neighborhoods. The multi-million dollar build out of The Barracks Hotel will restore eight of the ten remaining buildings slated for historic preservation within the Liberty Station neighborhood. Construction on four barracks buildings, three officer’s quarters and a former steam pump house will begin mid 2017 with a projected completion date in late 2018.
Wake Up with Waffles (National Waffle Day, August 24th)
Have the early morning blues? Getting out of bed just became a whole lot easier with the sweet smell of warm, mouth-watering waffles! August 24th marks National Waffle Day and there is no better way to celebrate than by visiting six of San Diego’s restaurants with the best crispy square creations around town all week long. Find yourself wide awake and ready to start your day with the sounding of your alarm clock and the enticement of made-to-order waffles, just the way you like them!
YOU & YOURS DISTILLING CO. TO OPEN IN SAN DIEGO’S EAST VILLAGE IN OCTOBER
California’s 1st Urban Distillery Led By Female Distiller
Coming this October, San Diego will soon experience California’s first urban destination distillery as You & Yours Distilling Co. will open in the East Village neighborhood. Committed to crafting high quality spirits, You & Yours will be led by founder Laura Johnson, one of the country’s few female distillers.
Located in the Form 15 building at 1495 15th Street, You & Yours will take over the 2,300 square foot space, where they’ll produce several spirits from custom hybrid eau de vie stills.