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Foodie Flashes – Jan. 20, 2017

Posted: January 20th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Foodie Flashes | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. Accomplished chef Claudette Wilkins has been hired to oversee research and development for the Rise & Shine Restaurant Group, which operates multiple locations of Fig Tree Café and Breakfast Republic. She will eventually helm the kitchen of the group’s upcoming El Jardin, a concept spotlighting modern and traditional Mexican cuisine that’s due to open early next year in Liberty Station.

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Foodie Flashes – Jan. 6, 2017

Posted: January 6th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Foodie Flashes | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

Concept Two Seven Eight, the new Hillcrest restaurant named after owner Jessica Fisher’s past apartment number in New York when she worked there as a pastry chef, is officially open for nightly dinner service. It replaces the former Tractor Room.

Chef de Cuisine Rachel Synder describes the menu concept as “New American cuisine,” which features pasta, slow-cooked chicken and dishes using locally sourced veggies. The offerings, she adds, will further expand, and weekend brunch will be introduced in mid-February. In addition, a full bar and cocktail program is in place.

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Foodie Flashes Nov. 25, 2016

Posted: November 25th, 2016 | Featured, Food & Drink, Foodie Flashes | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. Winemaker Emily Bloom asks, “Why should grapes have all the fun?” when citing seven different alternative-fruit wines available for the current soft opening of California Fruit Wine Company’s new tasting room in Hillcrest. The company’s production facility was established several years ago in Carlsbad by siblings Alan and Brian Haghighi for crafting vinos made with pineapples, mangos, pomegranates and cherries. Cranberries have entered into the equation for a seasonal wine that’s […]

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Foodie Flashes Oct. 28, 2016

Posted: October 28th, 2016 | Featured, Food & Drink, Foodie Flashes | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. The owners of The Waterfront Bar & Grill in Little Italy — Chad Cline and Jason Nichols — have opened Banzai Bar in Loma Portal. According to manager Chris Ninteman, “We’re the only establishment in town that can show live home games of the San Diego Gulls.”

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Foodie Flashes Sept. 30, 2016

Posted: September 30th, 2016 | Featured, Food & Drink, Foodie Flashes | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. The kitchen is up and running at North Park Beer Co., which formed a recent partnership with Mastiff Sausage Company to oversee food operations. Mastiff’s beer-friendly menu includes oxtail French onion soup, Scotch eggs, sausage tacos, and lamb stew made with the beer company’s signature stout.

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Foodie Flashes Sept. 2, 2016

Posted: September 2nd, 2016 | Featured, Food & Drink, Foodie Flashes | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. Casting call: Katie Hance of Levity Entertainment Group in Los Angeles is looking for chefs in Southern California who specialize in dishes involving burgers, bacon, cheese, or carnival-style foods to compete in the Food Network series, “Guy’s Grocery’s Games.”

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Foodie Flashes Aug. 19, 2016

Posted: August 19th, 2016 | Featured, Food & Drink, Foodie Flashes | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. Without explanation, Lil B’s Urban Eatery in North Park abruptly closed earlier this month. The restaurant was launched in 2012 by Brian Stout, who had previously co-owned the former Brian’s American Eatery on Washington Street. That too had suddenly closed before Great Maple moved in.

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Foodie Flashes Aug. 5, 2016

Posted: August 5th, 2016 | Featured, Food & Drink, Foodie Flashes | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. The Octopus Restaurant Group from Los Angeles has soft-opened the much-anticipated H20 Sushi & Izakaya in the Hillcrest space previously occupied by D-Bar. Termed as a “Japanese gastropub,” the establishment brings to the table modern presentations of traditional Japanese cuisine served amid flashy design elements such as metal curtains, blue LED lighting, and a large screen projecting scenes of San Diego.

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