Sunday Brunching at Ponsaty’s

Master French Chef Patrick Ponsaty has crafted a menu to appease all appetites. Available every Sunday beginning January 15th, Ponsaty’s offers diners bottomless mimosas and dishes including Herb Crusted Prime Ribeye with a Horseradish Sauce, Sea Water Poached King Crab Legs with French Cocktail Sauce and lemon, and of course, a show-stopping Egg Benedict Florentine with Spinach and Mornay Sauce.

Wine and dine yourself for $49 per guest and $25 for kids – add on the bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary’s for an extra $15. The entire menu is available here.

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Shake Shack Coming Soon

San Diego Food FindsAfter coasting to the West Coast earlier this year, Shake Shack is heading southward to San Diego in 2017. This modern day “roadside” burger stand serves up the most delicious burgers, hot dogs, frozen custard, shakes, beer, wine and more. The Shack plans to set up shop at Westfield UTC, a three-level outdoor shopping center in University City. The Westfield UTC Shack, located on Level 2, will offer all the Shake Shack classics, from delicious 100% all-natural Angus beef burgers and cage-free chicken to crinkle-cut fries and spun-fresh frozen custard. Plus, there will be frozen custard concretes featuring local San Diego food purveyors.

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New Hotel and Travel Destinations

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The 2017 forecast for hotel and travel destinations is all about discovering that pristine enclave, and the more locally curated, the sweeter the sojourn. Emerging hotspots are situated at already-coveted destinations, yet luxuriously secluded like New Zealand’s new Helena Bay, Jamaica’s Port Antonio and Hawaii’s ruggedly elegant Lanai. Collectively, they define the luxploration movement. From Turks & Caicos to Ireland to Santa Barbara and beyond — acclaimed properties across the globe are getting refreshed, renovated and reimagined. On the trends front, the renaissance man is stepping out, resorts are deep-diving into wellness and meetings are going way outside the box.

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Waterbar Coming To Pacific Beach

The thrilling enticement of lively entertainment, sunny beaches, thriving bars and classic cuisine make Pacific Beach (PB) San Diego a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. In early 2017, the opening of the highly anticipated new restaurant Waterbar raises the PB bar and restaurant scene even higher with unparalleled oceanfront ambience and an unrivaled menu complete with exquisite cocktails.

Waterbar will be located in the heart of Pacific Beach along the bustling ocean boardwalk, where Grand Avenue meets the beach just south of the iconic Crystal Pier. The restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows will provide an unobstructed view of sea and sky, while expansive space offers ample opportunity for locals and visitors to gather, eat, sip and socialize.

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“We can hardly wait to share this space with all of San Diego,” says co-owner Todd Brown, who currently owns Bub’s at the Beach, Bub’s at the Ballpark and Blind Burro. Brown is joined by Eric Leitstein of OMG Hospitality Group (think Union Kitchen + Tap, Backyard Kitchen + Tap and P.B Alehouse) and Joe Vaught of The Verant group (Barleymash, Tavern, Sandbar, WESTROOT, True North Tavern, Uptown Tavern). This well-seasoned team of restauranteurs could not pass up on the prime location, and seized the opportunity to create something dynamic and unique with the new Waterbar—an elegant, energetic beachfront dining experience that captures the very heart and soul of sunny San Diego.

Inspired by East coast, West coast and Baja cuisines, “social seafood” will be on the menu, including fresh shellfish and locally caught favorites, which will be transformed into the chef’s unique renditions of coastal classics. Chowder, cioppino, tapas, meat and veggies are also on the menu with many other innovative dishes sure to stimulate and satisfy every palate.

Waterbar’s 6700 sq. ft. venue features a spacious lounge and two expansive bars. Flavor-forward craft cocktails present both irresistible favorites and innovative libations. San Diego-centric, locally crafted beers and a diverse wine list can be enjoyed across comfortable bar seating, community-table dining, and intimate ocean-side tables. Whether guests come for brunch, lunch, a sunset-inspired happy hour, dinner or late night bite, they’re sure to be magnetized by the sensational allure of panoramic views amid vibrant surroundings.

Look for Waterbar, coming early 2017, and discover what is sure to be San Diego’s favorite new spot to make a toast—on the coast!

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New Restaurants Coming Soon

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Oreo Cookie Pancakes at Breakfast Republic

There’s no shortage of great restaurants in San Diego, and today we add to the list of the most anticipated openings for 2017!

Farmer’s Table (Opening February 2017)

Farmer’s Table is what La Mesa has been hungering for, bringing together fresh, local flavors and unique recipes to create innovative spins on time-tested family favorites. Celebrating the farm-to-table concept, Farmer’s Table will prove that food doesn’t need to be complicated to be good, and the owners will strive to let the natural flavors speak for themselves. “’Honest food done right’ pretty much sums up our mission,” says co-owner Alberto Morreale.

Address: 8141 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91941
Website: www.farmerstablelamesa.com

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Crudo Pride In Carmel Valley

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Sashimi Presentations Rock Our World

The new Crudo restaurant in Carmel Valley boasts Mediterranean-inspired cuisine with an Asian touch that features locally-sourced, gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian menu items. Renowned chef and owner Pascal Lorange takes pride in offering diners unique, yet simple presentations that you won’t find anywhere else in San Diego.

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Foie Gras Crudotini with Smoked Duck Breast, Fig Chutney, Scallions and Soy Balsamic

Belgian-born Lorange is a world renowned chef who has cooked in Michelin-star kitchens and been in the restaurant industry for more than 25 years.  As a child, he would accompany his family on weekly trips to the market to help his parents prepare his favorite dish, “pave de cabillaud” (cod steak). From the age of six, Lorange wanted to continue in the family tradition of four generations of chefs, including his grandfather, uncle, brother and nephew.

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Ponsaty’s Presents Culinary Art

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Amuse Bouche: Carrot Squash Soup

Chef Patrick Ponsaty is working his magic and hypnotizing diners with show-stopping culinary art at his new restaurant aptly named Ponsaty’s in Rancho Santa Fe, California. We recently visited, took our seats in a lavish dining room that’s screams with style, and experienced a delightful 9-course menu that left us feeling as if we had just dined in the French Quarter in New Orleans.

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Organic Veggies

Every morning Ponsaty personally visits his farmer friends and hand selects seasonal produce to be presented to diners each evening. This awe-inspiring chef makes dinner an EVENT not to be missed.

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Moto Deli Leucadia

San Diego Food FindsPerched along historic Highway 101 in the heart of Encinitas, the traditional European delicatessen reemerges, reborn with an American spin. Moto Deli, helmed by newly minted Executive Chef Andrew Halvorsen (Stone Brewing, A.R. Valentien), captures the freewheeling Leucadian spirit while offering a nod to the time-honored techniques of whole animal butchery and artisanal charcuterie from its intimate 1,200 square-foot space located at 810 N Coast Hwy 101 in Encinitas.

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Voltaire Beach House

San Diego Food FindsNo beach town is complete without a salty air destination locals can call home! Inspired by the seaside beach homes of Nantucket, Voltaire Beach House is about to open its doors to the Ocean Beach community with an official grand opening in early January 2017.

Located at 4934 Voltaire Street, this neighborhood restaurant and bar is sure to connect with all who share a love of the coast with its 3,000 square-foot interior, including a wrap-around bar located both inside and outside. Patrons can also enjoy Pacific breezes on their 900 square-foot patio, perfect for dining alfresco with the warmth of a fireplace in the evenings. The antique copper design elements, rustic paint design and spiral staircase inspire feelings of a true beach haven.

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Breakfast Republic Encinitas Style

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Oreo Cookie Pancakes

Known for their innovative breakfast menu, bright & colorful décor, and humor-cracking signage, Breakfast Republic has hatched another location in Encinitas. The Encinitas location is the first North County location for the brand, and is also the largest at 3,500 square feet plus an additional 700 square foot patio space. New décor/design pieces for this location include an ‘egg-cellent’ lounge area with egg chairs and tables, and cheeky sayings written across booth tables, such as “Brunch: The socially acceptable excuse for day drinking.”

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Bold New Cafe Virtuoso

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Today, Cafe Virtuoso announced that it will debut its freshly-remodeled cafe, when it opens its doors again on Wednesday, November 23, with a new look, greatly-anticipated additions to the menu, as well as expanded and upgraded offerings.

The cafe remodel includes new concrete flooring, bold interior colors, a hand-painted menu by local artist and Cafe Virtuoso barista Mary Jhun, and a coffee counter three times the previous size equipped with taps for the cafe’s signature cold brew, cold brew on nitro, and kombucha, along with a unique built-in pour over “filter bar.” The filter bar allows baristas to serve customers full Chemex and Kalita pots of in-house freshly-roasted organic specialty coffee to enjoy in the cafe.

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Park 101 Coming Soon

San Diego Food FindsThis upcoming February, the burgeoning Carlsbad Village community will be unveiling an expansive 8000 sq. ft. multi-level, plaza style restaurant and lounge complex to the neighborhood. Park 101 will be unlike anything in the area, bringing a fresh dining, drinking and “grab and go” concept to this coveted seaside village. Kid-friendly and dog friendly, this unique plaza is expected to be a landmark destination for neighbors and visitors to the area.

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GOOD Eats at DRIFT La Jolla

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Giant Beef and Pork Meatball With Pomodoro Sauce and Housemade Ricotta

The new bright and airy DRIFT Eat + Drink in La Jolla offers diners a unique opportunity to experience approachable Baja-inspired California cuisine. “It’s a great spot to have a drink after a long day of meetings,” says sous chef Bryan Dye Stuppy. “It can be great for families, for friends, for a power lunch, for happy hour, for watching the game, or a just a place to relax and grab a bite to eat while on vacation.”

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Melon & Roasted Beet Salad With Organic Arugula, Red Quinoa, Chopped Hazelnuts and White Balsamic Vinaigrette

Designed as a “finishing” kitchen, there are no open flame heat sources in the kitchen at Drift eat + Drink, but instead two rapid heat technology machines, a pizza oven and TurboChef oven. From raw dough to golden brown and delicious, pizza is cooked in 90 seconds. “We have healthy food, comfort food, and locally and internationally inspired food,” says Stuppy. “The menu is very well rounded and offers something for everyone.”

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Poke In Pacific Beach

pacific-beach-eateriesSDCM, the creative brain trust behind several of San Diego’s hottest restaurants, including the award-winning Kettner Exchange; the beach-side culinary hot-spot FIREHOUSE American Eatery + Lounge; subterranean wine bar and lounge, Vin De Syrah and the city’s newest contemporary donut concept, Devil’s Dozen, today announced it will open Good Time Poké and The Grass Skirt—a combination grab-and-go poke shop and hidden tiki lounge on today!

“Tiki is something we’re pretty passionate about here, said Matt Spencer, co-owner, SDCM. From Beverage Director Steven Tuttle’s love of tiki cocktails, to Corporate Executive Chef Brian Redzikowski’s mastery of Southeast Asian cuisine, The Grass Skirt and Good Time Poke will combine the fun, lighthearted, escapist nature of tiki culture, with the creativity and unsurpassed food and beverage quality guests have come to expect from our restaurants.” 

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Liberty Public Market

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Since opening doors this past March, Liberty Public Market has propelled San Diego’s culinary reputation forward and has attracted a national spotlight as the city’s first successful food hall. With 27 debut local artisans and purveyors currently operating within the market, overarching hospitality collective Blue Bridge Hospitality announces four new incoming tenants, utilizing the remaining empty spaces on-site. These spaces were intentionally left unrented prior to the market’s launch, in order to gauge what would complement the existing lineup of vendors inside the bustling food hall. A gourmet candy store, Lolli San Diego Sweets, and Venissimo’s new panini shop, Attic Salt, just recently opened doors. Coming this Fall, Hillcrest’s Pho 5th Avenue will see brand expansion into Liberty Public Market and will be joined by a renowned artisan deli, Roast, out of Canada’s Victoria Public Market. 

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Como Ceviche East Village

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A unique new eatery is making a big splash in San Diego’s East Village with locally sourced, internationally inspired ceviche. Como Ceviche! officially opened for business Saturday, October 01, 2016.

Como Ceviche! serves up pure and natural raw ingredients from the sea and land, expertly combined into medleys of color and flavor, that are irresistibly unique and unforgettably delicious.

While the menu features authentic ceviche dishes inspired by recipes from Peru, Mexico and Cuba, all of the fish at Como Ceviche! is responsibly sourced. Como Ceviche! customers are delighting in the freshest fish available while also supporting the on-going bounty from our oceans.

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New Mexican Eatery Downtown

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Curadero Interior

Saltbox Dining & Drinking, the downtown gastro-lounge known for its innovative bar program and upscale comfort fare, will close its doors November 7th to transform its concept and undergo a major renovation. The incoming restaurant, Curadero, will celebrate soulful Mexican street food in a vibrant and modern interior. Curadero will bring people together who share an appreciation for flavorful Mexican food, innovative cocktails, design and games. A ceviche bar, taco window, exceptional selection of agave spirits and vintage game room are just a few of the standouts. Curadero is slated to open to the community in early 2017.

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New Oceanside Speakeasy

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3 Local Brothers

A staple in the North County San Diego food scene, 3 Local Brothers, Inc., will open 101 Proof in Oceanside this Thursday, October 27th.

With an ode to the Prohibition era, guests can look forward to enjoying unique craft cocktails in an intimate atmosphere at this new Oceanside speakeasy. Setting up shop in a former bank vault in the catacombs of Urge Gastropub and Whiskey Bank at 2002 S Coast Hwy in Oceanside, CA., this reservation-only journey begins at the exclusive vault door entrance on Vista Way. 101 Proof features copper penny floors, a copper ceiling and hits capacity at 35 guests. The cocktail lineup will utilize hand-pressed juices and hand-carved ice; patrons, however, guests can also indulge in a carefully curated beer and wine list and mouthwatering small plates by the Urge culinary team.

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Banzai Bar Grand Opening

banzai-grand-openingBanzai Bar recently opened up in the Midway District bringing a splash of Asian culture to this local neighborhood. Banzai is the new brainchild of the Waterfront family who are known for their true-blue, San Diego establishments such as Eastbound, Harbor Town Pub, The Hills Local Pub, Club Marina, Werewolf and The Waterfront (the oldest tavern in San Diego).

The spicy new restaurant is making an appearance with a bang, hosting a Grand Opening party on October 21st starting at 6:00 p.m. Get ready to sake sake sake! Banzai Bar will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for number of consecutive sake bombs with the help of the party attendees joining in on the fun every two hours (at 6pm, 8pm, 10pm, 12am)

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The Hake Reopens In La Jolla

San Diego Food FindsAfter a nearly 10-month overhaul, The Hake’s Managing Partner Ricardo Dondisch along with his local and Mexico City based team are proud to unveil the results of an extensive renovation intended to reinvent the restaurant from a tucked away neighborhood gathering spot into an oceanfront dining destination. Located within the recently remodeled 1250 Prospect Street building in the heart of La Jolla Village, the new nearly 5,400-square-foot space presents locals and visitors alike with an internationally inspired menu, handcrafted cocktails and a thoughtfully curated wine list all delivered with an unparalleled level of sophisticated service in an elevated, yet welcoming atmosphere boasting panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. 

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New Dog Haus Biergarten In San Diego

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Soo Cali; wild arugula, tomato, crispy onions, spicy basil aioli, avocado

Dog Haus, the celebrated California-based concept known for its gourmet hot dogs, sausages, burgers and one-of-a-kind creations, will open its newest location on Friday, Oct. 21.

Located at 969 Ninth Ave in downtown San Diego, this will be franchisee owners Laura Zhang and Kelvin Cui’s first location with the emerging restaurant brand, which was originally founded by Partners Hagop Giragossian, André Vener and Quasim Riaz in 2010 to recapture the nostalgic childhood experience of eating a hot dog. 

Haus’ hot dog creations feature signature all beef skinless dogs served up on grilled Hawaiian rolls. Fan favorites include Sooo Cali, with wild arugula, tomato, crispy onions, spicy basil aioli and avocado; Downtown Dog, featuring a smoked bacon wrapped dog topped with caramelized onions, pickled peppers, mayo, mustard and ketchup; and Cowboy, with white American cheese, smoked bacon, bbq sauce and crispy onions. Dog Haus’ full menu also includes gourmet, sausages, burgers, corn dogs, sides, shakes and beer.  


Dog Haus Biergarten San Diego is set to officially open on Friday, Oct. 21 with free hot dogs on the grand opening day! 


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Campfire In Carlsbad

campfire-restaurantOwner John Resnick is thrilled to introduce his first solo project, Campfire, to the burgeoning San Diego culinary landscape.  In his debut restaurant, Resnick, a Consortium Holdings alum instrumental in the openings of Ironside Fish & Oyster and the original Craft & Commerce, delivers an innovative new dining and cocktail concept to the heart of Carlsbad, capturing the spirit of the campfire through live fire cooking techniques.  To elevate the experience, Resnick has culled some of San Diego’s most recognizable industry vets including Executive Chef Andrew Bachelier (CUCINA enoteca and Addison) and Bar Manager Leigh Lacap (Ironside Fish & Oyster, Sycamore Den and Coin-Op).  Collectively the team plans to present San Diegans with an original concept comprised of a vast 6,000 square foot indoor/outdoor space aimed at engaging guests and inciting conversations among strangers.  Designed by award-winning firm Bells and Whistles (Broken Spanish, Bracero, Sycamore Den, Starlite), diners can expect whimsical references throughout – a welcoming space to enjoy classic cocktails and honest food, all reminiscent of the camping experience.  Along with neighbors Carruth Cellars and Baba Coffee, Resnick hopes to play a pivotal role in fostering an organic extension of the already vibrant culture of North County while building an engaging environment that he hopes will become a forward-thinking community hub.  

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Get Healthy Food At Flower Child

flower-childLocated at 2690 Via De La Valle in the Flower Hill Promenade, Flower Child is a fast-casual restaurant that makes local sourcing a priority, serving “healthy food for a happy world”. Food is cooked fresh, proteins are all raised naturally, and organic produce is guided by the wisdom of the Environmental Working Group. Flower Child is slated to open in December, 2016.

Viva Bar and Kitchen

Viva Bar and Kitchen

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Located in the heart of San Diego’s historic downtown district, ViVa Bar and Kitchen welcomes guests with a festive atmosphere, cleverly crafted cocktails and vibrant small plates inspired by the latest in Latin cuisine.

ViVa bar + kitchen’s innovative menu selections explode with bold flavors from Spain, Mexico, Cuba, Peru, Puerto Rico and other Latin regions. This is where Latin traditions, spices and preparations meet seasonal, local ingredients. Creating a festive, friendly setting where guests feel welcomed and nurtured is ViVa bar + kitchen’s ultimate goal. Guests will experience inventive cuisine, stunning design, hand-crafted cocktails and a commitment to excellent guest service. Authentic style abounds at this innovative restaurant and bar, where everyone will enjoy a magical mosaic of Latin inspired cuisine that melds indigenous ingredients with artful surroundings.

Information courtesy of vivabarkitchen.com.

 

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