Lucha Libre Taco Shop Opens In Carlsbad

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Fast casual favorite Lucha Libre Taco Shop, a collaboration between founders and San Diego natives Jose, Maurilio and Diego Rojano Garcia along with their childhood friend Joseph Stewart, has just unmasked its newest location at the recently revitalized retail and dining destination, The Shoppes at Carlsbad.  The vibrantly-colored 2,000-square-foot-space, situated in the center’s “Restaurant Row” near Nekter and Breakfast Republic, brings the brand’s signature belt-busting Mexican fare to North County’s expanding culinary landscape.

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The Bell Marker Coming Soon

San Diego will soon receive its newest modern American brewpub, The Bell Marker, opening its doors on January 22, 2018. The restaurant, named after the mission bell markers found along the historic El Camino Real, aims to offer a little something for everyone with on-site brewing, an expansive bar and multiple dining areas Located at 602 Broadway in Downtown San Diego, the brewpub will be the first location south of Los Angeles for Artisanal Brewers Collective (ABC).

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Man V Food takes on Brian’s 24 in 2018

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Brian’s 24 was chosen as a destination for the popular Travel Channel series, Man V Food. Host Casey Webb faced a challenge there a few months ago, and the episode is airing this week! Known for its 24-hour breakfast,huge selection and over-sized portions of home-style comfort food (think enormous sandwiches, bountiful salads and burgers, New York strip, hand-tossed pizzas and house-made meatloaf), Webb chose to chow down on a five-and-a-half-pound stack of pancakes layered with bacon, eggs, sausage, country-fried steak and thick-cut ham, known as the Pancake Monster. Did host Casey Webb win, or did this Monster of a challenge win?

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Sushi Rocks An Attitude At Wrench and Rodent

Wahoo in Burnt Beet BBQ Sauce

Considered one of the most innovative sushi restaurants in North County, sushi rocks an attitude at Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub.

Tuna Nigiri with Baked Apple
Local Yellowtail with Beet Relish

Owner and chef Davin Waites’s approach is unconventional, resulting in complex flavors that keep diners coming from all parts of Southern California.

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2018 Carlsbad Marathon & Half

Union Kitchen BBQ Flatbread

After months of training, careful eating, and preparation, the 2018 Carlsbad Marathon & Half is finally here! On Sunday, January 14th, the Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon will be drawing in hundreds of runners for a 26.2 mile challenge. Following days and weeks of dedicated dieting, get ready to indulge in the best food for the soul that North County has to offer! Treat yourself to these favorite spots to celebrate your efforts and refuel after the run.

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Nonna Opens In Little Italy

The Busalacchi family is proud to announce the opening of its newest culinary venture Nonna, serving Italian comfort food in the space that formerly housed the restaurant group’s beloved flagship concepts Trattoria Fantastica and Café Zucchero in the epicenter of Little Italy’s India Street.  The two spaces, formerly divided by a wall, have now been combined into one under the umbrella of the affectionately named Nonna, a familial nod to every Italian family’s respected matriarch and especially to the Busalacchi’s own grandmother, Christina. Maintaining the property’s heritage, the Italian café offshoot of Zucchero still occupies a portion of the newly revamped 5,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor space serving all-day coffee and traditional pastries, deeply rooted in Italian technique.

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Officine Buona Forchetta Is Hot New Restaurant

Burrata Sorrentina

Recently, I was in Italy dining with Master Italian Chef Mario Cassineri. No wait, I was actually at Officine Buona Forchetta in Liberty Station, which is located in the Point Loma community of San Diego. Cooking from the heart, Cassineri serves up simple but universal dishes that remind me of my Italian home, initiating comfort food memories that will last a lifetime.

Salmon Salad

Restaurant founder Matteo Cattaneo joined forces with Cassineri (executive chef and partner of BiCE), to launch Officine Buona Forchetta. Driven by authentic Italian-inspired dishes, the menu draws from the original Buona Forchetta location in South Park, including their hard to beat Neapolitan-style pies, as well as upscale Northern Italian entree and dessert selections overseen by chefs Mario Cassineri, Francesca Peroncelli and Fernando Gorrino. 

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Finding Super Bowl Hot Spots

Pillbox Tavern Burger

Super Bowl LII is still over a month away, but it’s never too early to start planning on where to catch all the action of the year’s best football game! And whether your team will be playing, or you only get excited for the creative commercials shown between plays, we’ve rounded up the best of the best in San Diego for super-eats and drinks to enjoy during the game.

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West Pac Noodle Bar Opens In Coronado

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Echoing a phrase that was commonly utilized by Navy preparing for deployment from San Diego, a “West Pac Tour” refers to the Western Pacific waters from Japan to Singapore, Thailand to Hawaii, and everything in between. A tribute to San Diego’s naval history, West Pac’s menu embarks on a country-by-country journey through the traditional flavors and cuisines that make up these “West Pac” regions.

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