Lemonade brings the standard of California Comfort Food to two popular areas of San Diego
Lemonade will debut two new outposts in San Diego this summer at Fifth Avenue in Hillcrest and Westfield UTC shopping plaza in La Jolla. The fast expanding restaurant currently has 15 locations throughout Southern California.
For nearly a decade, LEMONADE has been serving Seasonal California Comfort Food to its ever-growing following in the greater Los Angeles area. Raising the standard of quality and freshness in the industry, Lemonade entices time-crunched but food-savvy individuals with the simple allure of beautifully prepared salads, hearty braised meats, satisfying sandwiches, decadent desserts, and of course, thirst-quenching lemonades. With an appreciation for the freshest seasonal ingredients, Executive Chef and Founder Alan Jackson answers the call by bringing his chef-driven, contemporary approach to California comfort food down the Golden Coast to San Diego.
CAFÉ GRATITUDE BRINGS ITS SOULFUL ORGANIC FARE SOUTH WITH OPENING OF FIRST SAN DIEGO RESTAURANT
Iconic Plant-Based Restaurant to Set Down Roots in San Diego at Broadstone Little Italy
Café Gratitude, the 100% organic and plant-based mainstay headquartered in the Los Angeles area, takes its consciously-sourced and thoughtfully-prepared cuisine south to San Diego with the opening of its new location in Broadstone Little Italy, a mixed-used development overlooking the ocean. With its Grand Opening on Wednesday, July 29th, the dining destination, revered for its community-focus and eclectic, seasonally-driven menu, joins a new crop of retail spaces underneath the artfully-designed residences located at 1980 Kettner Blvd.
“We are so inspired by the incredible community and dining scene in San Diego. There is so much positive energy in the area with new restaurant openings, and we are thrilled to be part of the evolution ” says Lisa Bonbright, CEO of Café Gratitude Southern California, whose expansion to the area is supported by singer-songwriter Jason Mraz, a major investor who resides in San Diego’s North County.
Like the Café Gratitude locations in Larchmont Village, Venice and in the Arts District in Downtown L.A., the new San Diego digs will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily, as well as fresh pressed organic juices that are also available as part of the restaurant’s chef-curated cleanse program. Menu items named after affirmations like “I Am Grateful” are demonstrative of the restaurant’s philosophy to cultivate a supportive environment for guests, a core part of Café Gratitude’s original founding in the Bay Area in 2004.
Blush Ice Bar and East-West Kitchen Set for Summer Opening in the Gaslamp Quarter on July 30th
Restaurateurs Taylor Kim and Russ Fukushima are expanding their much buzzed about Bay Area concept to San Diego with a Southern California spin. The newly branded Blush Ice Bar + East-West Kitchen, located at the corner of 6th Avenue and Market Street in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, is on track for a summer 2015 grand opening.
“Russ and I have been searching up and down the West Coast for a spot for our second restaurant and San Diego is the ideal location with its attractive people and relaxed vibe,” said Taylor Kim, co-owner and creator of the restaurant’s namesake Blush cocktail, who lives in San Diego’s East Village neighborhood.
The concept for Blush Ice Bar + East-West Kitchen is centered on the memorable Blush cocktail, built on the base of a craft cocktail with an accent of a fruit forward frosted ice.
Chef Daniel Barron (La Valencia, Blue Pointe Coastal) will head the kitchen which will offer an inventive selection of dishes blending West (modern American fare such as Umami Bomb New York Strip and Mary’s Half Chicken Clay Pot) and East (fusion favorites including Sushi Tacos and Sesame Soy Glazed Chicken Lollipops). The lunch and dinner menus will present an approachable offering of small plates, mains, buns, salads and sides. Dishes will be served in a playful West meets East communal dining format combining family style service and an a la carte steakhouse experience.
San Diego’s North Park neighborhood has hatched a one-of-a-kind breakfast destination that is ruffling feathers with its sidesplitting attention to detail. Using an avant-garde approach to décor, Breakfast Republic is a pun-filled wonderland that will feed your readers’ appetite for eccentric design.
From the moment customers walk in, Breakfast Republic has them laughing with out-of-the-box interiors that are painfully funny. All who approach the eatery are greeted by the deadly stare of Christopher Walken in a portrait that reads, “No Reservations… Walkens Only.” Once inside, the first thing to break guests out of their shells is the vibrant living wall with oversized bright red letters spelling, “RUN COCK RUN.”
Started over 30 years ago on a corner in Tijuana, Mexico, the current location continues with the same traditional-style menu that made the business so popular. Don’t let the diminutive size fool you, as the menu includes some heavy-hitting favorites that make this place a popular hangout for many of the locals, as well as the astute readers who circulate the positive reputation. Read more in the Food Lovers’ Guide to San Diego.
Crostata is one fruit-filled pastry that doesn’t require a lot of fuss
If you love a great fruit tart but think it’s a job best left to your grandma or the local bakery, think again. I’ve created a traditional and satisfying Italian crostata that’s quick easy, and perfect for summer. Oftentimes, I’ve noticed that restaurant pastry chefs will create works of art that are as complicated to make as they look and taste. Who has the time or ingredients to create those complex confections?
When a bite of something warm and delicious is something you crave, this dessert is one of the simplest recipes to manage, with only a few steps to prepare the dough, an even easier assembly and no special experience necessary.