American Brasserie Opens in East Village

WhipHand Brasserie in East Village, San Diego
WhipHand in East Village, San Diego (courtesy photo)

Locals and visitors to the East Village neighborhood can now enjoy sharable plates, draft beer and a lineup of innovative cocktails, all in the cozy confines of WhipHand American Brasserie + Beer Bank. San Diego local restaurant group, Grind & Prosper Hospitality, who’s current operations include Mission Beach’s Miss B’s Coconut Club and Carlsbad’s Park 101, opened their third location on Friday, December 14th on the corner of Tenth and J Street.

The 2,000 square foot space, styled after the traditional French brasseries found across Europe, showcases a sleek, contemporary look that also allows the industrial framework of the building to shine through. Small tables line the quaint front patio for outdoor dining, while white brick and wrought iron fixtures take precedence once you step through the doors. WhipHand features an open-kitchen concept that gives diners a sneak peek at their meal being prepared.

Simple cuisine with hearty portions that are meant to be shared fill the menu. Think Lobster Roll, sautéed in garlic butter, with jalapeño slaw and crystal aioli or a savory Seafood Pie topped with a corn biscuit. There are finger foods, soups and salads, breads, savory pies and an assortment of gourmet sandwiches. At the root of the menu, guests will find classic American staples and each dish has its own distinctive twists that takes it from basic to exceptional.

Grind and Prosper’s Culinary Director, Chef Quinnton “Q” Austin, recently made the trek from New Orleans to San Diego, and brings a true Southern flare to our local dining scene. He has roots in Louisiana, and his formal training at the Culinary Institute of New Orleans laid the groundwork for a well-seasoned career. Chef Q’s past experience spans the globe with French, Caribbean and Italian exposure, spicing up his ever-evolving repertoire.

WhipHand aims to let customers take the experience into their own hands through 24 self-serve draft beers taps, along with a full cocktail bar serving up some unique libations. The opening of WhipHand will help update and elevate East Village to give the vibrant, young professionals a comfortable, urban space to gather and enjoy good food, drink and company.

WhipHand will tentatively be open Sunday through Thursday, from 11:00 a.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. The restaurant is located at 935 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101. (619)-450-5515, whiphandsd.com.