For those of you who love the San Diego fine dining experience, here is the latest info on openings, restaurants in the news, chef changes, and sad-to-see-them-go closings. San Diego is one of the premier dining spots in California. If you can't find the perfect food to satisfy your tummy, you're just not hungry.
San Diego's Little Italy, once the tuna capital of the U.S. boasts a new fish-driven eatery. Ironside Fish & Oyster hopes to bring the oyster culture back to San Diego. Chef Jason McLeod was the former chef at RIA, a luxurious seafood-driven restaurant in Chicago's Elysian Hotel. The new restaurant will have a raw-bar concept in a 1920's-era warehouse. It will host an in-house bakery and European-style open kitchen with a unique chef's table. The menu features seafood-heavy dishes like beer-braised mussels with Andouille sausage, a fried oyster po boy, and lobster rolls. To quench your thirst, there will be more than 50 unique cocktails, craft beers, fortified wines and $1 oysters at happy hour. Ironside Fish & Oyster is located at 1654 India St., San Diego, CA 92101, 619-269-3033.
Opening its doors in the East Village, Rare Form is next to Stone Brewing Tap Room by Petco Park. You can expect imaginative cocktails, cool design and casual bites from chef Aldo Negrete, formerly of Whisknladle. Rare Form is located at 795 J St., San Diego, CA 92101, 619-255-6507.
If Italian cuisine is your favorite, look for Catania, to open in early 2015. Catania is said to have been inspired by a road trip through Italy. It is the brain-child of the restaurant duo behind Whisknladle and Prepkitchen Del Mar. Catania will be located at La Plaza, 7863 Girard Ave., La Jolla, CA 92037.
The Cat Eye Club is a new 60's-style lounge that pays homage to the Tiki culture with fab decor, rummy drinks in volcano bowls and pu-pu platters. The fun-filled menu includes teriyaki beef skewers with pineapple, pork sliders, crab wontons and oysters. Enjoy karaoke evenings, live music and painting classes paired with tropical cocktails. Cat Eye Club is located at 370 7th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101, 619-330-9509.
In the News - San Diego Restaurant Week Returns
The California Restaurant Association presents the twice annual San Diego Restaurant Week, held again September 21-26, 2014. Featuring prix-fixe menus from more than 180 San Diego restaurants. Guests can opt to dine for lunch or dinner. Three different price choices are available for the two-course lunches and three-course dinners. Select a $10, $15 or $20 menu for lunch and $25, $35 or $45 menu for dinner. For more information, visit www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com
Executive chef Brandon Fortune has landed at Kitchen 1540 and presents Modern American cuisine with an upscale Southern influence. Classically trained at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Atlanta, Fortune honed his skills in resorts including Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta and The Grand Del Mar in San Diego.
Loews Coronado Bay Resort has a new culinary commander, Nicolas Bour, the former executive chef from Rancho Bernardo Inn and RBI's signature restaurant AVANT. Bour will oversee all of the resort’s restaurants, including Mistral, Market and La Cantina, along with culinary events, weddings and more.
After nearly 30 in business, St. Germain’s Cafe & Bistro has closed its doors citing rising costs.
After a 14-year run, Zenby Sushi closed May 31, 2014. Owner Matt Rimel, who also has Zenbu in Cardiff and three Rimel's Rotisserie locations, has decided to pull the plug on the La Jolla eatery.