Known for their fresh homemade pasta, Bencotto Italian Kitchen and its “little brother” restaurant next door, Monello, have made a big change this year. Both restaurants are saying arrivederci to normal pasta as they announce they will only be serving organic pasta. After extensive research and taste testing, owners Valentina and Guido selected a supplier in Parma, Italy which offers a large selection of organic flours, certified among the best in the world.
Nomad Donuts will celebrate the launch of its new North Park shop with a public Grand Opening on Friday, October 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. Taking place at 3102 University Avenue, this evening will offer guests complimentary bites of Nomad’s globally-inspired donuts and pastries as well as Montreal-style bagels and sandwiches, while supplies last. Guests will also have multiple chances to win Nomad Donuts gift cards and garb throughout the evening and into the weekend.
With a menu that strikes an edible equilibrium of bar food with steady entrées that attract full-on foodies, Executive chef Scott Cannon is changing the way people think about dinner at The Cork and Craft. “The best thing about being a chef is having something that is constantly pushing me to be better everyday, ” he says. “I love teaching and expressing myself through food.”
Cannon attended the Institute of Technology Culinary Arts program, but his hands-on training came from Paul McCabe and the culinary team he worked with at Kitchen 1540; his first kitchen job in San Diego.
Following his appearance as an exuberant contestant on the most recent season of MasterChef, Chef Brien O’Brien of San Diego has announced plans to continue within the culinary industry with the immediate launch of private cooking classes and dinners centered around comfort food recipes and easy spins on classic cuisine. In this new role, O’Brien welcomes groups of up to six guests into his home in San Diego’s Pacific Beach for cozy, home-cooked meals created over the course of two hours. A calendar of upcoming classes featuring dishes like 4th Generation Meatloaf and Vegan Cauliflower Tikka Masala can be viewed at ChefBrienOBrien.com.
National Coffee Day on Friday, September 29th. To share some Italian coffee traditions with San Diego, Pappalecco will offer guests $2 cappuccinos from open to 11:00 a.m. Pappalecco is a local Italian coffee, pastry and dining destination—serving organic coffee with a blend of beans roasted in Temecula.
Café Gratitude is a collection of 100% organic plant-based restaurants that specialize in gourmet vegan cuisine. The menu and environment is designed to support health and sustainability for both the community and the planet.
Dinner and a movie is not only a perfect date-night idea, but also a fun evening plan for a family outing or group of friends. With a lot of fantastic films coming to theaters within the next few months, we are here to tell you about some great San Diego restaurants where you can enjoy dinner before your movie.
Hard Rock is serving up the competition one drink at a time. For the fifth year in a row, Hard Rock is showing off its impressive bartending skills by hosting its Global BARocker Competition. The highly-anticipated bar battle calls on Hard Rock bartenders from all over the world to show off their top-shelf mixology techniques through local and regional competitions for the chance to be named Hard Rock’s Global BARocker Champion.
October 1st marks both World Sake Day and BeShock Ramen & Sake Bar’s one-year anniversary, giving plenty of reason to celebrate at their exclusive Anniversary and World Sake Day Tasting Event, taking place on October 1st from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. with co-owner and certified sake sensei Ayaka Ito!
Bordering Seaport Village, Sally’s Fish House & Bar is a modern-looking restaurant, decked out with high ceilings, numerous windows, and granite countertops, further complemented with dark woods, black accents, and work from local artists adoring the walls.
Grab a seat at one of the high-top tables with an up-close and personal view of the marina. “I love the view around dusk when the lights come on the Coronado Bridge,” says General Manager John Anastasopoulos. “The buildings light up in the background, and the colors from the sunset in the west turn the sky orange.”
Snooze serves breakfast in the Del Mar Highlands Town Plaza. The Denver-based, family-owned company boasts a unique comfort food breakfast experience with made-from-scratch recipes. Produce is hand selected and meats are natural, farm raised, free ranging, and local (whenever possible). In addition, Snooze’s exclusive organic coffee is picked, roasted, and flown in directly from Guatemala every week.
The seventh Snooze location, Del Mar Snooze’s 4,000-square-foot space has seating for 110, and a large outdoor patio.
Open from 6:30am-2:30pm Monday through Friday and 7:00am-2:30pm Saturday and Sunday.
See the menu here.
Mendocino Farms, Southern California’s beloved sandwich destination with a mission of helping guests “Eat Happy,” is pleased to announce the company’s further integration into San Diego’s dining landscape with the opening of its 16th and largest restaurant location to-date in the highly-trafficked Del Mar Highlands Town Center. The opening comes roughly eight months after the growing brand first entered the San Diego market with the debut of its La Jolla location.
As a longstanding icon of San Diego nightlife, The Rail’s strong family-owned roots offer a welcoming and energetic atmosphere characteristic of the Hillcrest neighborhood, complete with a newly renovated chic and charming Prohibition-style interior and photo-worthy bar.
Red Card Cafe is a family-owned and operated gastropub-restaurant serving the world’s most popular street foods and contemporary fare inspired by the far reaches of the globe.
A native of San Francisco’s East Bay region, Executive Chef Jeff Larson helms the kitchen, offering a creative and seasonally-charged menu that he describes as “thought out, yet approachable.”