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New Restaurants in San Diego: Winter 2015

Fish tacos from Carnitas' Snack ShackFish tacos from Carnitas’ Snack Shack | Photo by Ashley Hyman

Carnitas’ Snack Shack Food Truck {1004 North Harbor Drive, Marina District}

Early next year, Carnitas’ Snack Shack will open their third location at North Embarcadero. Until then, fans can get their fix at the Carnitas’ Snack Shack food truck, conveniently parked in front of the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal (near the future site) Wednesday through Sunday. Expect delicious pork-centric goodies including juicy carnitas tacos, stacked BLTs, and Triple Threat sandwiches. carnitassnackshack.com

Duke’s La Jolla {1216 Prospect Street, La Jolla; 858.454.5888}

Soak up the sun, sand, and spirit of Hawaii at Duke’s La Jolla, opening mid-October. The beach-themed restaurant group—which first launched in Hawaii and has since expanded to Malibu, Huntington Beach, and now La Jolla—serves as an homage to surfing legend and Olympic medalist Duke Kahanamoku. Set in one of San Diego’s most iconic restaurant locations, the 13,000-square-foot, two-story space that formerly housed Top of the Cove features lighthearted design elements like surfboards suspended in the second-story rafters. Executive Chef Anthony Sinsay (a San Diego native) adds a creative spin to traditional Island dishes like Tahitian Octopus, Likolai Ceviche, Charred Snap Peas, and the famous Roasted Firecracker Fish. dukeslajolla.com

Pizza from Four and Barley

Flour & Barley {789 West Harbor Drive, Marina District}

This November, The Headquarters at Seaport—the historic landmark location home to an array of shops and a vibrant dining scene—will welcome its newest restaurant tenant. Flour & Barley, a popular Las Vegas pizza import, will take over the west-end space formerly occupied by Pizzeria Mozza. The fully redesigned interior will feature natural wood and brick, vintage posters, and a custom mural overlooking the back bar. Highlights of Executive Chef Anthony Medenbauer’s debut menu include pastas, panini, salads, and wood-fired pizzas with housemade toppings. Thirsty? Expect an impressive beverage program featuring barrel-aged cocktails, seasonal wines on draft, and an extensive selection of local craft beer. flourandbarley.com

TRUST Restaurant {3752 Park Boulevard, Hillcrest}

Celebrated architect and developer Jonathan Segal’s latest project, cheekily dubbed Mr. Robinson, is a modern mixed-use building in Hillcrest complete with rental apartments, office suites, and TRUST Restaurant. The indoor-outdoor culinary destination helmed by Executive Chef Brad Wise and General Manager Steven Schwob (alums of JRDN at Tower23, DRAFT, and Cannonball) will feature seasonal shareable plates crafted with local ingredients and a globally inspired cocktail menu, plus craft beer and artisan wine. Welcome to the neighborhood, TRUST.

Pokirrito {4646 Convoy Street #101, Kearny Mesa}

Get ready for Pokirrito, an exciting new concept from Chef Junya Watanabe of RakiRaki, the bustling ramen restaurant known for creative takes on the Japanese staple (including ramen burgers). The 1,200-squarefoot space located within the same shopping center as RakiRaki will spotlight handheld “sushi burritos,” an inventive mash-up of burritos and poke featuring wild Pacific ahi marinated in soy sauce, mirin, and Junmai sake. If you aren’t up for a sushi burrito (trust us, you will be), choose from other tempting options like fried wonton tacos, rice bowls, Pork Tonkatsu, Peking Duck, and several vegetarian dishes—all offered at very reasonable prices.

Salad from Tender Greens Tender Greens | Photo by An Hoang

Tender Greens {1640 Camino Del Rio North, Mission Valley}

Healthy eaters rejoice! The popular fast-casual chain will open yet another location in Westfield Mission Valley mall this fall. Tender Greens’ motto, “slow food done fast,” means you can expect affordable and fresh eats made with the highest quality ingredients, including a variety of entrée salads, hot plates, desserts, and ever-changing chef specials. The eco-friendly venue will also house an aeroponic tower garden that will provide specialty produce for daily specials and plantbased sides. It doesn’t get fresher than that. tendergreens.com

Entrada {1953 India Street, Little Italy}

Renowned nightclub owner Michael Viscuso is set to introduce a dual concept this fall: Entrada. The 7,500-square-foot space will house an upscale taqueria featuring a menu of starters, salads, and 14 unique taco variations. Communal tables fill the space and surround the open kitchen manned by Chef Jorge Garcia, who will highlight the culinary influences of Mexico City with signature dishes including red, green, and soy chorizo. Metal walls and shipping container doors separate the vibrant cantina from Little Italy’s first speakeasy, hidden behind an antique church confessional. Confess your sins and be granted access to the dance floor and a 30-foot bar specializing in whiskey, bourbon, and Cognac.

Liberty Public Market {2816 Historic Decatur Road, Liberty Station}

This November, one of the most hotly anticipated hospitality projects of the year will be unveiled at Point Loma’s Liberty Station: Liberty Public Market. The 22,000-squarefoot artisanal food hub conceived by Blue Bridge Hospitality has space for over 30 vendors, plus a wine bar, full-service restaurant, farmers’ market, and craft beer tasting room—all under one roof.

A handful of businesses have secured spots in the space, including Liberty Meat Shop, a mom-and-pop style butcher shop selling all-natural meats; Venissimo Cheese, a San Diego-based favorite offering local and exotic cheeses; Bread & Butter, a one-stop-shop slinging fresh loaves from several of the city’s finest bakers; and The Westbean Coffee Roasters, a micro-batch coffee roaster famous for their ultra-smooth cold brew. For sweeter fare, turn to Mootime Creamery, named one of the “Best Ice Cream Parlors to Visit” by the Travel Channel, and Le Parfait Paris, a French bakery specializing in classic desserts and pastries. There’s also prepared food aplenty, including Cambodian fare at Pho Realz, lobster rolls at Wicked Maine Lobster, Bangkok street food at Mama Made Thai, and gourmet tacos at Cecilia’s Taqueria.

Adjacent to the Liberty Market, Liberty Public Market Pantry will feature weekly demonstrations and classes led by local artisans, allowing the public to meet the makers of their favorite products. Find out more at libertypublicmarket.com.