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.
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 .
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.
North County hotspot Wokou Ramen & Yakitori is shaking up the Carmel Valley culinary scene with an urban, edgy spirit paired with fiercely flavorful noodles and sizzling yakitori plates. Not your grandma’s ramen joint, this Japanese-inspired restaurant packs a punch with vegan and gluten-free options, bowls, bao buns, and more, all available through online order for easy takeout or on Uber Eats. Break the mold for your night with the stars with Skirt Steak Yakitori, Seared Tuna Fried Rice, or Tonkotsu Ramen, a piping hot bowl of tonkotsu broth, chasu pork, menma, green onion, nori, soft egg, toasted garlic, and kikurage.
The newly opened Himitsu in La Jolla is an elevated Japanese restaurant that specializes in fresh nigiri, sashimi, sushi and izakaya-style tapas inspired by Executive Chef Mitsu himself.
Bringing 17 years of experience from Sushi Ota with him, Chef Mitsu has honed his craft, and with a focus on delivering a premium service to match topnotch Japanese fare, he is dedicated to ensuring that every patron has a personalized experience tailored to their individual needs.
After a brief closure to make some much-needed upgrades to the kitchen facility, Breakfast Republic is re-open in Pacific Beach. Previously opened in December 2017, owner Johan Engman made the tough choice to temporarily close the restaurant in February.
Pacific Beach has a reason to get the party started! Mavericks Beach Club is officially open for business. The coastal-close, 15,000-square-foot indoor and outdoor venue has taken over the former Pacific Beach Bar and Grill at 860 Garnet Avenue. Mavericks is poised to be a top party destination for locals and visitors alike.
Maestoso is an intensely chef-driven restaurant that will introduce new Italian concepts such as pinsa and passaggi to San Diego’s dining scene.
San Diego’s staple taco haven and local favorite, The Taco Stand, recently opened in North Park. Inhabiting the space that previously housed Tacos Perla, this is the fourth location for the San Diego based brand with a cult-like following. Known for its house made, made to order corn tortillas, and rotisserie-marinated pork for their Al Pastor, this taqueria will boast the same Tijuana-inspired décor exhibited by its other three locations, making North Park residents the lucky recipients of yet another culinary gem in the neighborhood’s foodie enclave. In addition to its mainstay menu, this location will also offer several beers on tap to pair with the eatery’s flavorsome food – a feature that is only found in the Encinitas location, currently.
Following Pisco Rotisserie & Cevicheria’s flagship success within Point Loma’s Liberty Station neighborhood, restaurateur Sami Ladeki and Executive Chef Emmanuel Piqueras are pleased to announce the opening of a second location of Pisco Rotisserie & Cevicheria at 5970 Avenida Encinas in the progressive dining scene of Carlsbad. Now open for lunch and dinner service, Pisco introduces a menu of modern takes on Peruvian classics to North County, with unique dishes and special offerings created specifically for the Carlsbad market. The new location transforms the 4,500-square-foot property into North County’s destination for the largest selection of pisco-driven cocktails as well as dishes inspired by Peru — a country known for its culinary creativity and melting pot of cuisines.
No one knows fish better than Chef Frankie “The Bull” Terzoli of San Diego’s sustainable European-style fish market and dining destination, Fishmonger’s Market. With years spent as an authentic fishmonger learning every aspect of the seafood industry, this former Top Chef contestant and Cutthroat Kitchen victor creates an unbelievably rich and creamy New England-Style Clam Chowder with fresh ocean clams, potatoes, and a vegetable medley. Not to mention that this crowd-pleasing dish worthy of seafood fame is extremely easy to make! 1735 Hancock Street, San Diego, CA 92101 | http://fishmongersmarkets.com
San Diego’s American brewpub, The Bell Marker, is now open! The restaurant, named after the mission bell markers found along the historic El Camino Real, offers 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).