Elevate Your Dining Experience

San Diego Food FindsThe New Year brings us tableside cocktails, prime-aged meats, new restaurant openings, low-cal cocktails and so much more. So get out there, and opt to eat and drink the best our city has to offer!

ELEVATE YOUR MEAT:

Carne Prima – The newly opened Italian Steakhouse boasts a swank interior and roomy patio overlooking prime 5th Ave. It also offers an unmatched selection of USDA prime-aged steaks, which they patiently age in-house. In addition, they carry hard-to-find cuts like wagyu, and a 32oz. Tomahawk long bone that’s carved tableside. So get ready to be impressed, and up your meat game this year. www.carneprima.com

ELEVATE YOUR PALATE:

The Cork & Craft – As the city’s only restaurant, brewery and winery in one, The Cork & Craft is definitely the place to add to your culinary bucket list. Their new and extremely talented executive chef, Scott Cannon, is kicking off the New Year by debuting his first dinner menu. The beautifully plated dishes are just as easy on the palate as they are on the eyes. They’ll also be kicking off their first Abnormal Dinner Series of the year on March 6 with Beachwood, so be sure to reserve your spot early. These quarterly collaborative dinners sell out quickly. www.thecorkandcraft.com

ELEVATE YOUR VIEW:

Pacifica Del Mar – As one of Del Mar’s staple eateries, Pacifica is still wowing guests with incredible food, great drinks and one stunning ocean view. This month, the 25-year-old restaurant kicks of 2017 with a selection of low-cal cocktails under 150 calories, and an entire month of restaurant week. Yes, diners can get a 2-course lunch for $20, or a 3-course dinner for $40 all January. www.pacificadelmar.com

ELEVATE YOUR HAPPY HOUR:

Cusp Dining & Drinks – The ocean view restaurant atop Hotel La Jolla has one of the best views in town. What better way to spend your January than noshing to a gorgeous sunset? All January, Cusp is offering a Guilt-Free menu daily from 4-7pm for happy hour. The menu is filled with low-cal cocktails less than 150 calories, and healthy bites. So drink up, this view’s for you! www.cusprestaurant.com

ELEVATE YOUR BEER:

Abnormal Beer Company – There’s never a shortage of reasons to visit Abnormal Beer Company inside The Cork & Craft restaurant. But in 2017, the brewery has a lot in store for beer aficionados. First up is the Abnormal Dinner Series, which has changed from monthly to quarterly. March 6 kicks the series with Beachwood as guest brewery. The New Year also marks the first of many bottle releases, such as Goodbye Tomorrow, which will be released for purchase on Feb. 7 on Abnormal’s website. www.abnormalbeer.co

ELEVATE YOUR GAME:

Curadero – In early 2017, Curadero will open at the North end of downtown San Diego. The soulful Mexican street food eatery, designed by Los Angeles-based Studio Unltd, will feature a vibrant and modern interior full of eye candy. Curadero’s menu from Executive Chef Brad Kraten will celebrate the bold flavors found throughout Mexico, with items such as street tacos, braised and roasted proteins, ceviches made exclusively with local seafood, as well as antojitos, or “little cravings,” and larger, sharable plates. The bar will highlight a comprehensive list of Mexican craft beers, Baja wines, specialty cocktails, and an impressive selection of tequilas and mezcals. Upstairs in The Arriba Room, guests can order from the taco window, or socialize in the game room stocked with classics like shuffleboard and vintage arcade games. www.curadero.com

ELEVATE YOUR DINING EXPERIENCE:

BiCE – The chic Italian restaurant is upping the dining ante this year by offering guests some culinary eye candy. New to 2017 are Tableside Cocktails, which can be ordered and prepared tableside every Friday and Saturday evening. Dine at BiCE Monday through Thursday, and order one of the chefs specials, which changes daily and will be prepared live at the cheese bar. Both the cocktails and love cooking start mid January. Also starting in January, guests can get any bottle of wine for half off with their dinner reservation Monday through Friday. Any bottle, half off. It’s out with the old, in with the new! www.bicesandiego.com

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