Category: San Diego

Energy and Water Committee Updated on Community Choice Energy

At the Chamber’s Energy & Water Committee’s September meeting, the group was updated on the City of San Diego’s Community Choice Energy program development by the City’s Chief Sustainability Officer. The City of San Diego is in the process of negotiating terms of a JPA with other cities/jurisdictions which would minimize risk to their General […]

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Otay Mesa East Border Update at Infrastructure, Housing, and Land Use Committee

At the August meeting of the Chamber’s Infrastructure, Housing, and Land Use Committee, the group was briefed on the Otay 2 status and next steps. Otay 2 is the new planned border crossing between San Diego and Tijuana. Although the crossing will allow cars and pedestrians, it is largely designed for truck and commercial vehicle […]

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America and Our Trade Partners Still Waiting for the USMCA

Trade policy unquestionably impacts our local economy which depends on an integrated supply chain valued at $2.5 billion and supports more than 110,000 San Diego jobs. Viewed as the most consequential trade policy in our time, The United-States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, USMCA, must be brought forward for a vote in Congress in order to take effect. As […]

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Brand New Eateries to Check Out in San Diego

Song Hak Clairemont Mesa— Joining existing outposts in Laguna Hills and Anaheim, Ma’s House has a spacious new spot in The Shops at Madison Place. Serving halal Chinese cuisine, with many lamb dishes but no pork, standouts include hand-cut noodles and fresh-baked sesame bread with green onion. 5537 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego. This is a frequently updated compilation of noteworthy restaurant openings throughout San Diego. Take note of these under-the-radar places, from the coast to North County and from the South Bay to East County. Want us to check out a recent opening? Drop us a line.

The all-Asian restaurant edition

Clairemont Mesa— Fans of Japanese gem Yakitori Taisho can breathe easy. The perpetually-packed, jewel box-sized eatery has taken over the adjacent storefront for additional seating space. 5185 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San DIego
Kearny Mesa— Los Angeles transplant Song Hak has replaced Josun Korean BBQ on Convoy Street. The Korean barbecue restaurant, which has locations in Artesia, CA and LA’s famed Koreatown, offers the standard array of marinated and non-marinated cuts of meat but it specializes in offal. Small and large beef intestine and a variety of beef tripe are cooked on tabletop grills and served with a range of accompaniments. 4581 Convoy St., San Diego.

Kearny Mesa— Recently expanded from Las Vegas, Zen Curry is now softly open for dinner Tuesday through Friday and for lunch and dinner on weekends. Its Japanese curry is available in varying degrees of heat, with mix and match toppings that include chicken and pork katsu, kurabota sausages, fried oysters, and panko-crusted Spam. 7309 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego.
Kearny Mesa— Recently expanded from Las Vegas, Zen Curry is now softly open for dinner Tuesday through Friday and for lunch and dinner on weekends. Its Japanese curry is available in varying degrees of heat, with mix and match toppings that include chicken and pork katsu, kurabota sausages, fried oysters, and panko-crusted Spam. 7309 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego.

Clairemont Tavern Turns Into Upscale Neighborhood Grill

Bay Hill Tavern is now open Its owners, who also operate North Park’s Working Class and Second Nature in Pacific Beach, have completely remodeled the 3,000-square-foot restaurant and bar, which has its own parking lot, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a garage door that opens onto a view of the bay.
The operations team includes manager Chris Young (Nolita Hall, Cowboy Star), chef Andrew Nroz (The Lot La Jolla), and Travis Enos, who previously worked at Barleymash and created the cocktail list, which features an Old Fashioned with pecans and vanilla and the Self Care, which spikes lemon, ginger, and beet juice with tequila.
Serving lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, Bay Hill Tavern is open weekdays at 11 a.m. and weekends at 9 a.m. A 3 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. weekday happy hour will offer off beer, wine, and cocktails and off appetizers. Its all-day menu includes 12-inch pizzas, burgers, salads, sandwiches, and seafood dishes.
Across from the upgraded Clairemont Village center and the new Sprouts Farmers Market, Bay Hill Tavern opens today, bringing a family-friendly dining option to the communities of Clairemont and Bay Park. Most recently Blackthorn Irish Pub, Bay Hill was named after tavern that preceded it; an original sign, found by a former patron, now hangs in the new space.
Partner Jeffrey Kiyama told Eater that the tavern plans to host live entertainment a few nights a week. As for future projects, Kiyama says the team might explore other local neighborhoods that could use more accessible eateries.

Bay Area Roastery Establishes First San Diego Cafe

Courtesy photo Jon Dolin told Eater that they’re actively looking for another outpost in the San DIego area. Mike Spilky from Location Matters represented Barefoot in the Solana Beach deal. A favorite in the Bay Area, Barefoot Coffee Roasters has landed just blocks from the beach inside Solana Beach’s Cedros Collective retail center. The 1,300-square-foot cafe includes a 520-square-foot dog-friendly patio and 10-seat fire table.
The Cedros Avenue cafe features a substantial assortment of food, from a variety of toasts to cheesy egg and spinach biscuits and sweet and savory pastries delivered daily from Farmshop that range from strawberry croissants and vegan and regular muffins to spinach and artichoke danishes and weekend-only giant cinnamon rolls. Other bites include salads, sandwiches, and organic ice cream from JoJo’s Creamery in Encinitas. Barefoot plans to expand the menu when it receives its beer and wine license.
Barefoot Coffee Roasters is now open in Solana Beach
The company is currently offering cold brew samples and discounts on bags of retail coffee, with more specials to be announced at its September 28 grand opening.
Its menu includes classic espresso drinks, Bonavita pour-overs, and unique specialty coffee creations including the Voodoo, a coconut mocha made with organic milk, and the Espresso Sunrise which combines espresso, organic blood orange soda, and lime juice. There’s also cold brew on nitro and organic heirloom teas.
Founded in Santa Clara in 2003, where its first cafe and roasting facility are located, the company is co-owned by Jon and Jillian Dolin, who is a native San Diegan. Barefoot had been focused mostly on its wholesale business, distributing its coffee to big tech companies, restaurants, markets, and universities, before growing its retail operations with the Solana Beach cafe. Another location is scheduled to open next year in Mountain View, CA.

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Midwestern Doughnuts and Coffee Transplanting to Oceanside

Facebook/Parlor Doughnuts Made in small batches, Parlor’s signature treats are the flaky fried croissant-style doughnuts made famous by cronut king Dominique Ansel. They’re available in a large range of flavor combinations, from French Toast with maple glaze and cinnamon sugar and Campfire with marshmallow glaze, graham cracker, and chocolate chips to Dreamcicle with orange and vanilla glaze. The shop also makes vegan and gluten-free baked doughnuts as well as a sugar-free variety. Parlor Doughnuts, which opened to huge crowds in Evansville, Indiana earlier this year, will travel cross-country for its second location. Its arrival is still a ways off — early 2020 — but the cafe and sweets shop will be part of SALT, downtown Oceanside’s luxury apartment and retail development near the Oceanside pier.
Marc Karren of Location Matters represented the landlord and tenant in the lease.
Indiana’s Parlor Doughnuts is heading west
Hayden says that the all-day eatery will serve an expanded menu, offering everything from acai bowls and toasts to sandwiches and cookies. He told Eater that they may open more locations in the San Diego area.
Owner Darrick Hayden’s wife is from San Diego, which explains the move. His son Noah runs a roastery in Evansville called Proper Coffee that will fuel the cafe’s barista bar and may eventually open a roasting facility here.

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How to Eat Your Way Along India Street in 24 Hours

Little Italy Association Hip neighborhood hangout Nolita has craft cocktails and a shuffleboard court which means it’s a great spot to head for a cheeky nightcap. Bartender/cocktail pro Brian Prugalidad (Campfire, Polite Provisions) created a stellar drinks list that covers everything from light and sweet to playful and expressive. While it’s hard to pick just two standout tipples, we recommend the Venetian Summer Spritz with Botanist Gin, Aperitivo Select and Prosecco or the 2AM Taco Run with tequila, pineapple tepache (a fermented drink made from pineapple peels and rinds), and Pasubio Amaro (an aged Italian wine from the Dolomite Mountains). Specializing in under the radar, esoteric, and natural wine varietals from California along with lesser heard of regions across Austria, Spain, Italy — even Hungary, be sure to try the Kàli-Kövek Olaszrizling when it’s back in stock — Vina Carta is a lovely spot to head for a pre-dinner glass or two. The progressive store from Bottlecraft’s Brian Jensen not only offers a dozen different wines by the glass – including an R.H. Coutier Champagne and Carignan Rosé – they’re also available by the half-glass so you can create your own flight. Cheers!
Stop for a refuel at this colorful cafe where everything from specialty coffees and signature teas grace the menu. While health-focused dishes are served all day (think avocado toast, chia pudding, raw kale salad, and seasonal soups) pace yourself with one of Parakeet’s Functional Elixirs – the Magic Mushroom Matcha should add a little pep to your step.

7 a.m. — James Coffee Co

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Make every dining minute count

8 a.m. — Morning Glory

Morning Glory // Haley Hill

From a local coffee roaster to a classic Italian market and dessert café, via a trendy breakfast-brunch spot and handsome beer-meets-cocktail hall, plus a few stops in between, consider this itinerary a suggested guide to a day of perfect eating on India Street.

11 a.m. — Parakeet Cafe

Those wanting to hold out on additional eats until lunchtime can ‘window shop’ at the nearby Little Italy Food Hall, which although not technically on India Street (it’s sandwiched between W. Date Street and Columbia) does occupy a prime spot on Piazza della Famiglia.

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With roots stretching back more than six decades (the first Mona Lisa restaurant was established in 1956 by Sicilian immigrant Stefano Brunetto), this charmingly old-school and still family-run Italian deli is a must-visit for its fine selection of fresh breads, olives and hard-to-find edibles, all of which go into making their delicious sandwiches. With 19 varieties on the menu, ranging from turkey pastrami to a veggie special, keep it simple with the imported prosciutto. If sitting down in the adjacent “red sauce” restaurant appeals there’s a nice selection of pizzas, pastas, and salads.

2 p.m. — Mona Lisa Deli

Mona Lisa // Courtesy Photo

Former historic fishing community to thriving culinary capital, today San Diego’s Little Italy enclave is home to a wide range of traditional eateries, modern brewpubs, storied bars, and award-winning restaurants. And while many great establishments line Kettner Boulevard (aka “Top Chef Alley”), State and Juniper Streets, in the interests of narrowing the playing field it was decided to focus on the neighborhood’s commercial corridor – home to the Little Italy sign and buzzy central Piazza della Famiglia – for this special 24 Hours feature.

4 p.m. — Vino Carta

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Founded by former Angels and Airwaves lead guitarist David Kennedy in 2013, this small-batch coffee roasters now boasts three locations around town, including its flagship on India Street. The shop, which specializes in hand-roasted single-origin artisan beans as well as exclusive blends, has a coffee program that covers everything from cortados and cappuccinos to cold brews and pour-overs, all exquisitely executed for a perfect morning pick me up — the retail component stocks some pretty cool branded merchandise, coffee-making equipment, and whole beans too.

7 p.m. — Civico 1845

Civico 1845 // Cynthia Alexandra Fisher

Think breakfast and brunch bites with global flair at this million daytime stunner from social and culinary collective CH Projects. They say it’s the most important meal of the day, and with dishes like a traditional English fry-up, fluffy Japanese souffle pancakes, French omelet, and chilaquiles with mole on the menu, Morning Glory has seen locals and visitors coming here in droves since the place opened in June. In the mood for day-drinking? Options range from boozy caffeine-based beverages to sparkling spritzes, plus a roving Bloody Mary cart.

9 p.m. — Zucchero

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Calabrian brothers Dario and Pietro Gallo brought a fresh spin on Italian to San Diego when they opened their India Street restaurant in 2015. Perpetually packed their warmly welcoming space offers a repertoire of traditional and modern Italian cuisine – from pastas, antipasti and main dishes – across two menus one of which highlights Italian classics using vegan and gluten-free ingredients. Try the antipasti di polipo (thinly sliced octopus with caper berries) and cozze del marianaio (Carlsbad mussels with fresh tomato sauce).

11 p.m. — NOLITA HALL

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Now located inside Nonna (the two spaces formerly divided by a wall and have now been combined) Italian café offshoot Zucchero from the Busalacchi family – whose patriarch Joe is considered a pioneer in San Diego’s Little Italy district – specializes in traditional pastries, deeply rooted in Italian technique. Whether you’re a gelato fan, love to linger over a rich rum and coffee-soaked slice of tiramisu, or devour ricotta-filled cannoli, this cozy sweet shop is the place to come for delicious dessert and an after-dinner espresso.