A leader in San Diego’s culinary transformation for over two decades, celebrated restaurateur Tracy Borkum unveils cucina SORELLA—the newest sister concept to the Urban Kitchen Group collection of restaurants (CUCINA urbana; CUCINA enoteca in Del Mar, Newport Beach and Irvine).
On the corner of University Avenue and 30th Street, in the hustle and bustle of North Park you will find Encontro. From the Spanish verb “encontrar”, which means to meet, find or to discover; Encontro will take you on a journey to rediscover classic American craft food.
The Paul Basile designed eatery opened in January and boasts an industrial-chic look with natural lighting, an open kitchen and a down-to-earth aesthetic. Black walls contrast the large windows that surround 30th Street and University, and bring the essence of North Park into Encontro. Guests can place their orders upon entry at the iPad station, after ordering diners can choose from table seating, bar seating, the outdoor patio, a stool that looks into the open-flamed grill or one that gazes out onto University Ave.
Prepkitchen, the sister restaurant of critically heralded San Diego staple Whisknladle, is going strong in downtown’s Little Italy neighborhood, melding artisanal ingredients with handcrafted touches to create unpretentious, convenient dining with a nod to all things comforting and gourmet.
Located on the 2nd floor with a spectacular view of India and Date streets, Prepkitchen Little Italy boasts an airy and comfortable dining room and bar area that is welcoming and inviting. Nearly all design elements are salvaged or antiqued, lending to the restaurant’s hip-meets-home vibe. From communal dining tables to an inviting lounge area, Prepkitchen sets itself up to create an unparalleled social dining experience for patrons.
Breakfast lovers have a new way to indulge on breakfast favorites at Snooze on 5th Street Avenue in Hillcrest.
Snooze strives for each guest to enjoy their own dining experience—enjoy breakfast for lunch, lunch for breakfast or even customize the plate; Snooze wants their guests to have the ultimate morning meal. For those egging for breakfast, try delectable items such as the Breakfast Pot Pie with Snooze’s Homemade Rosemary Sausage Gravy poured on top of a Flaky Puff Pastry, topped with an Egg Your Style and Hash Browns or their Upstream Benny with Honey Smoked Salmon on Snooze’s House-Crafted Bacon-Jalapeno Spoonbread topped with Two Farm Fresh Niman Ranch Poached Eggs, Cream Cheese, Hollandaise, and Chives.
Veteran restauranteurs Executive Chef Fred Piehl and Managing Director Tammy Piehl, owners of North Park’s classic neighborhood staple, The Smoking Goat, officially opened the doors to their second highly anticipated restaurant, One Door North. Adjacent to The Smoking Goat, One Door North is a New American bar and eatery with décor and cuisine that pays homage to the outdoors and the spirit of adventure. “One Door North was designed with the concept of discovery in mind”, says Executive Chef and Owner Fred Piehl. “As a family we love exploring the outdoors, and love the inspiration that comes with seeing new places and meeting new people. The idea behind One Door North is to capture that sense of discovery.”
Providing a luxurious, comfortable dining, drinking and cinema going experience, THE LOT will open its second location on May 5th, offering the finest food and beverage alternative to Point Loma’s thriving and vibrant Liberty Station community.
“THE LOT Liberty Station will provide guests with the utmost in service, high-quality dining and cinema experience, with our signature luxury leather theater recliners; a social cocktail scene and fantastic breakfast, lunch, dinner and in-theater dining options—all with unique elements that pay homage to the building’s original function as the Naval Training Center’s epicenter of military troop training and entertainment,” said Adolfo Fastlicht, chief executive officer, THE LOT.
Two years ago, Executive Chef James Montejano returned to his hometown of San Diego, taking on the role of executive chef at the historical oceanfront landmark location of La Valencia Hotel where he catered to The MED and the new street-facing Cafe La Rue bistro.
Well now the self-proclaimed “people’s chef” is on the move and excited to “rock the market” as the new culinary director and executive chef at the forthcoming Mezzanine Kitchen at the Seaside Market in Cardiff. “You’ve got to just go for it!” he told me today. “My plan is to make this a really special place where I’ll offer all kinds of food, as well as host wine dinners and cooking classes.”
A classically trained French chef, Montejano attended the Culinary Academy in San Francisco. He worked at Aqua restaurant under renowned chef restaurateurs George Morrone and Michael Mina. “These chefs are my mentors,” he says. “They taught me the art of cuisine, how to utilize the products at hand, and keep dishes simple, but unique.”
Carnivore Sandwich has expanded throughout San Diego. Living up to its name, Carnivore Sandwich serves overstuffed, mile-high sandwiches that demand a go-big or go-home attitude. The eatery celebrates a West Coast twist of New York delis with the highest quality meat, fish, cheese and bread.
Formerly known as Nosh Delicatessen at 670 West B Street in Little Italy, the spot has been reinvented as Carnivore Sandwich. Two new locations are also starting to take a bite out of the San Diego culinary scene. Whether you’re heading to a ballgame at Petco Park or looking for an authentic bite to eat downtown, get your East Coast-style sandwich fix at 317 10th Avenue. In the coming weeks, Carnivore Sandwich will be beefing up its presence even further with the unveiling of Carnivore Express at 707 Broadway inside the Chase building. Carnivore Express will offer a limited menu for those on the go by highlighting favorites from the other locations.