Bright and open, Nautilus Tavern in La Jolla is very inviting to all who enter. “When you come off the beach and you’re looking for a fun, laid back place to hang out, we are your spot,” says Executive chef Shelly Valez.
Tater Tots, what’s not to love? These golden gifts from the ground come in so many beloved forms from tots to baked potatoes and everything in between. March 31st marks National Tater Day, set aside in honor of nature’s greatest and most versatile gift to the foodie world: the potato. If you’re looking for the best way to celebrate tasty taters, try some of these potato-packed dishes from around San Diego. They’re real spuds!
Liberty Station announces the second annual Taste of Liberty Station to be held on Wednesday, April 18th, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. San Diegans are invited to stroll and explore the best that Liberty Station has to offer all in one night—tastes from featured eateries in the neighborhood, live music and entertainment in the promenades and works of art in the local galleries. A “Liberty Pass” will be given to ticketholders with a map of the restaurants partaking in the event with their special menu as well as business and art galleries joining in on the fun. Attendees 21 and over also have the option to purchase a “Bubbly Pass” to sample a variety of sparkling wines in the Bubbly Garden in the Central Promenade. Live entertainment and art exhibitions will take place in the corridors and promenades and will be open for the public to enjoy.
For one night only KnB Bistro in Del Cerro presents the KnB Cocktail Liberation Dinner, a pop-up event on Thursday, March 29 featuring the flavors of San Diego’s popular Liberty Call Distilling. Taking place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the restaurant and bottle shop (6380 Del Cerro Boulevard), this prix fixe dinner will provide guests a communal dining experience amidst one of San Diego’s best bottle shops, craft cocktail pairings and new menu concepts from one of San Diego’s most respected farm-to-table chefs.
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Head to Backyard Kitchen & Tap in Pacific Beach to delight in the area’s lively coastal draw, while enjoying Backyard’s tea party-themed fête from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring a carefully curated Easter Brunch Buffet and Silver Dollar Pancake Station for only $17.95 per adult and $9.95 for all kids under 12! Live music will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and if you’re sucker for snapping photos of your adorable little one in their Easter get-up, be sure to snag a photo-op with the one-and-only Easter bunny while you’re there!
As the first glimpse of spring emerges, Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar introduces new seasonally-inspired, handcrafted menu items that are infused with a variety of fresh ingredients. These new menu items offer something for everyone, including those looking for delicious meatless, vegan or gluten-free options. The new spring menu will be served at all Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar locations beginning March 27.
Insomnia Cookies is extremely excited to announce the opening of its first California location in San Diego. The location will open its doors to guests this summer at 1007 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109. The bakery which specializes in serving warm, delicious cookies daily until 3 a.m. will be open for retail and delivery throughout Pacific Beach area.
The solid fishing community, history, and the many area marina’s is the perfect fit for the new Point Loma Fish Shop. From the rustic wood wrapping the walls, to the bright blue and white colors, the ambiance speaks of the sea, harbor, and local setting. Offering counter service, diners can opt for a quick quality bite or can stay for a long meal. The restaurant is also a pooch-friendly establishment, offering ample space to dine with your four-legged friends. “When we looked for a new Fish Shop location, we look for specifics that fit our culture and concept,” says General Manager Christopher Cunningham. “We are in the process of adding an awning over our patio, as well as installing heaters to keep our Fish Shop fans dry and warm. Soon, we will feature a mural on one of the walls that encompasses all that is Point Loma, including the light house.”
Giardino Neighborhood Cucina is a true family-owned and operated restaurant in Lemon Grove. Not only do owners Marco Provino and wife Karina Kravalis work in the restaurant, but they also live in the neighborhood. Provino helms the kitchen, while Kravalis runs the front of the house, with each taking the time to personally greet every guest that walks through the door. “We both come from hospitality backgrounds, and liked the appeal of a neighborhood restaurant that was away from the hustle and bustle of working downtown,” says Kravalis. “We also noticed there weren’t too many sit-down, family-style eateries in Lemon Grove, so we dove in!”
A labor or love, Provino and Kravalis built everything in the restaurant by hand, with little outside help. Provino built the tables and put up the exterior wood paneling, which transformed the space, and brought it to life. Kravalis handpicked the plates, glassware, décor, and her favorite vintage floral wallpaper from Italy. A small private room in the back of the restaurant, where the pasta is made, is also available for intimate events and celebrations. “The space feels cozy and welcoming, which is how we want everyone to feel,” says Kravalis .
Undeniably the best day of the year for college basketball fans, the penultimate March Madness Championship Game will take place on April 2nd in a battle of the ages between two teams! On the hunt for spots to spark your team spirit before the final game? Kick off the last game day with the best March Madness Championship Happy Hours! Take note, popular PB game-day destinations along Pacific Beach’s Garnet Avenue are valid only for the final game on April 2nd from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
Prohibition, the Gaslamp Quarter’s underground speakeasy, is stirring up its cocktail menu with the introduction of several seasonal handcrafted cocktails, each inspired by a different California city.
Having solidified her status as one of San Diego’s craft coffee pioneers, Communal Coffee founder Jen Byard is excited to debut the second iteration of her famed café – an outdoor café and community space.
Buona Forchetta Signs Lease for Former Rebecca’s in South Park, Transforming Space into Breakfast Restaurant & Italian Bakery to Benefit Public Schools
Matteo first fell in love with South Park as a recent transplant from Italy, when he and his wife purchased a home in the neighborhood and invested in a small corner lot with the intention of opening an intimate trattoria like those found in his hometown – a place that emphasized simple, fresh ingredients, a welcoming family-friendly ethos, and an approachable space that invited patrons to linger and connect, unhurried.
Olivewood Gardens & Learning Center, a garden and nutrition education center whose mission is to empower students and families to be healthy and active citizens through gardening, environmental stewardship and nutrition education, will host the 2018 Seedling Soirée on Saturday, May 5 at the Center’s historic 6.85-acre property in National City.
Would you believe that there is one day of the year that mathematicians and foodies celebrate with equal excitement? March 14th, or (3/14), marks National Pi Day in honor of the mathematical constant “pi”, in which the first three and most recognized digits are 3.14. Observed by pi enthusiasts and pie lovers alike, there’s no better excuse to sink your teeth into a slice of pizza pie to celebrate this intelligently tasty holiday!