Now in its third generation of family ownership, the VG Donut & Bakery has called Cardiff home since 1969. This locally famous icon serves some of the best bakery items in all of San Diego, but it’s the wide range of classical donuts that keep long lines waiting nearly every morning any day of the week. Best of all, they are one block west of Highway 101 and the San Elijo State Beach, making access to the ocean just a simple walk. There’s no better experience in the morning than a freshly made donut hot from the oven and waiting to pair with your favorite coffee drink. Be sure to take your prize down the street and enjoy on a bench overlooking the spectacular views. Just remember to pack plenty of napkins! 106 Aberdeen Dr., Cardiff, 760-753-2400, vgbakery.com, Neighborhood: Cardiff by the Sea.
As a leader in San Diego’s culinary landscape for the last seventeen years, celebrated proprietor, restaurateur and interior designer Tracy Borkum’s CUCINA enoteca is a beautiful two-story, 7,000 sq ft restaurant and wine shop located in Del Mar’s Flower Hill Promenade.
The exceptional culinary team is led by Executive Chef Joe Magnanelli, who combines the flavors of Italy with the organic freshness of California. Keeping in line with the signature CUCINA experience, the modern Italian kitchen-meets-rustic-farmhouse concept presents guests with the same highly curated “restaurant to retail” environment found in their existing locations. Offering diners nearly everything for sale, including the customized furniture, lighting and décor, CUCINA enoteca Del Mar also features a dedicated wine shop where guests can purchase hand-selected wines at retail price, either to enjoy with their meal or take to go.
Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles a Long Beach, California-based soul food restaurant chain, is coming to the Barrio Logan neighborhood of San Diego by late 2016 and will span nearly 17,500 square feet. As the name states, Roscoe’s is best known for serving chicken and waffles, both together and separately, although they are also famous for their delicious greens, Mac and Cheese, hot water cornbread, and red beans and rice.
As humans we are innately curious creatures, and more than anything, we crave connection. Through valuable interactions we meet, we find and we discover, and that is the exact essence of the Spanish verb encontrar. Derived from this very word, and bringing this spirit to life, is the restaurant Encontro North Park. This new community hub is where discovery, connection and craft food get real. Here is where you will find fast, simple, authentic food complete with 21 rotating craft beers.
San Diego-based Cohn Restaurant Group, brings the region’s first self-serve beer and game bar to the downtown La Mesa neighborhood with the launch of COIN HAUS, a 2,400 square foot haven for the young-at-heart. Customers can enjoy more than 30 video game classics such as Super Mario Brothers, Donkey Kong, and Frogger, as well as new releases like Game of Thrones and Ghostbusters pinball, all accessible using the same wristband key fob that allows guests to enjoy beer, wine, as well as Boochcraft Kombucha and Cold Brew Coffee pouring from the 50 self-serve taps.
Breakfast Republic has officially opened its doors to hungry morning birds landing in Liberty Station. Having just hatched on July 16th, this new location has added an impressive cocktail menu to its flock of chirp-worthy dishes. You’re familiar with their location in North Park, but you’re sure to find some surprises in décor and taste at Liberty Station. I would love to invite you to start your day on the right foot (or claw) and see why BR will make you want to put all your eggs in one basket.
There’s no arguing that the Buffalo Wing is the King of all of party foods. Why? Well, first of all they are easy to share. Second, their flavor is enhanced by swigs of beer. Lastly, they even have their own national holiday celebrating their sauciness!
With July 29th being National Chicken Wing Day, Pillbox Tavern’s Fuego Wing Recipe is sure to spice up the dog days of summer with a hot twist on the traditional wing flavor. This backyard BBQ favorite starts with Franks Buffalo Sauce and butter and then adds the must-have ingredients of cayenne, black pepper, Cajun seasoning, red pepper flakes and serrano peppers.
Anchoring the northern end of San Diego’s flourishing Little Italy neighborhood, Pacific Standard – Coastal Kitchen is downtown’s newest harbor side eatery perched at the corner of Pacific Highway and Hawthorn Street. The restaurant comes to fruition though a collaboration between Southern California-based hotelier T2 and veteran restaurant developers, New School—who draw on Executive Chef Giselle Wellman’s expertise to curate a menu influenced by the surrounding Little Italy community. Located at 2137 Pacific Highway, the concept breathes new life into the site of one of the neighborhood’s most distinctive landmarks, an iconic art-deco restaurant complex, and offers picturesque bay views from its expansive 4,100 square-foot indoor/outdoor property.
TALENTED YOUNG BRAZILIAN CHEF TAKES REIGNS AT PAISANO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT INSIDE PECHANGA RESORT & CASINO
Pechanga Resort & Casino welcomes chef Andre Pinto to the top position at Paisano’s Italian Restaurant inside Pechanga Resort & Casino. Promoted from the position of kitchen supervisor for Kelsey’s restaurant, Chef Pinto, 32, showed Pechanga culinary management he possesses both the technical and creative passion for food required to be a head chef at California’s largest resort/casino. Before spending a year and one-half in the kitchen at the newly renovated Kelsey’s restaurant, Pinto spent 10 years working at two of the east coast’s top restaurants.
Originally from Salvador, Bahia in Brazil, Andre Pinto recalls helping his mother in the kitchen at home often when he was a teenager. “The other kids would be out playing soccer, and I love soccer, but I wanted to help my mom make cold feijoada (Brazilian black bean stew) and see how it came together,” says Pinto. He also tried his hand at making cakes.
Long before earning Bon Appetit’s coveted nomination for 2013 ‘Top 50 Best New Restaurants in America’ for his widely acclaimed former restaurant Borough, Chef Tyler Shipton was a born & bred fifth generation farmer from a small town in southeastern Minnesota. The aspiring toque grew up with a keen understanding of sustainability and the importance of organic ingredients – a groundwork that would lay the foundation for his forthcoming career in culinary.
When you have good weather and good company, the mojito makes for the cocktail! When all you’re missing is that quintessential summer drink, look no further than these six San Diego hotspots on Monday, July 11th to celebrate National Mojito Day!