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Openings: Spring 2015

By Monica Parpal and Maya Silver | Editors

Oceana Coastal Kitchen

Oceana Coastal Kitchen / Auda Photography

Oceana Coastal Kitchen {Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, 3999 Mission Boulevard; 858.488.1081}

A late-2014 $2.1 million makeover gave the Catamaran a delicious new draw: Oceana Coastal Kitchen. With 8,200 square-feet of dining and cooking, there’s no doubt this California comfort food haven will dazzle crowds. It helps, of course, that it’s set right on comely Mission Bay, and that Executive Chef Steven Riemer will be keeping his kitchen stocked with sustainable ingredients and seafood sourced from the Baja and Pacific. A couple teasers: Sesame White Sea Bass Ceviche and Niman Ranch Pork Chop with cheese grits. Oh, did we mention the trellised patio with bayside seating and lava rock fire pits? Gasp. catamaranresort.com

Bean Bar

Bean Bar

Bean Bar  {1068 K Street; 503.358.8554}

Craft coffee fans rejoice! Pour overs, cold brew, drip coffee, espresso-based beverages, and pas- tries from Sugar & Scribe Bakery have hit downtown’s East Village. Before opening this semi-industrial shop across from the new Central Library, Co-owners Sandra Scheller and Jason Serres traveled up the West Coast in search of the best coffee beans. After visiting dozens of roasters, they were blown away by Forty Ninth Parallel, a Vancouver, B.C.-based specialty roaster with strong ethical standards and a clear social mission that matched the owners’ goals. Freshly roasted beans are flown in once a week, so you’re sure to get a perfect cup. sdbeanbar.com

Soda & Swine

Soda & Swine

Soda & Swine {2750 Dewey Road, Suite 104}

Meatball fans, take note: Soda & Swine is gearing up to open a second location in Point Loma’s Liberty Station. The new digs will be designed by BASILE Studio, with modern, eye-catching flourishes like a copper-wrapped bar façade meant to emulate an airplane wing, a 20-foot handcrafted foosball table, and an enormous outdoor trellis. Executive Chef Jason McLeod reports the menu will be stocked with a mix of beloved staples and exciting new items, like vegan and seafood-inspired meatballs complemented by a cocktail program that pays homage to the Negroni. The new location is slated to open in April. sodaandswine.com

Isola Pizza Bar

Isola Pizza Bar

Isola Pizza Bar {7734 Girard Avenue, La Jolla}

This delectable pie haunt is nothing new to San Diego palates, but that’s exactly why we’re happy to see a second location pop up in La Jolla. A 2,500-square-foot space with a quaint sidewalk patio will feature the wood oven magic we’ve come to know and love. Small bites will, of course, include the famed selection of Antipasti (Burrata, clams, and salumi), but the main attraction is sure to be the pizzas with “00” flour, fresh mozzarella, and top-notch ingredients. Start with the classic Margherita and work your way up from there. If you need a teaser, you can always check out the menu online. Coming spring 2015. isolapizzabar.com

Karina’s Mexican Seafood {925 B Street; 619.546.7667}

Fresh off the boat (as it were), Karina’s newest location recently docked in downtown! Why does that excite us? Because its dizzying array of vibrant colors, energetic music, and a lot of smiles with the world’s best seafood combine for an experience that’s truly one-of-a-kind. We fell in love with the concept’s flight of ceviches long ago (the Ceviche Mixto with shrimp, octopus, and bay scallops is our go-to), but have often returned for the tacos, burritos, and plentiful grilled platters. With a history stretching back to 1981, there’s no doubt this concept has staying power. Thank goodness it found a home in the heart of San Diego. karinasseafood.com

Bracero Cocina {1490 Kettner Boulevard}

From the creative hands of Chef Javier Plascencia—creator of Romesco and Finca Altonzano—and Restaurateur Luis Pena comes yet another dynamite destination sure to wow us: Bracero Cocina. An epic 4,800-square-foot restaurant, Bracero will feature modern Mexican fare with a casual, fun vibe and two floors of spirited dining. Upstairs, expect a higher-end affair, while the main level will serve mostly walk-in customers hankering for tortilla’d magic. Naturally, mezcals and tequilas will be plentiful, and craft liquors straight from Mexico will be front and center. Opening April 2015. bracerococina.com



Catania {7863 Girard Avenue, La Jolla}

We couldn’t be more excited to announce the opening of Catania, an Italian coastal restaurant. Set in beautiful La Jolla, the 3,750-square-foot restaurant will be located on the top floor of the La Plaza building (formerly the home of Jack’s La Jolla), which is currently under redevelopment. Inspired by a two-week, 1,400-mile road trip throughout Italy, Owner Arturno Kassel and Whisknladle Hospitality Executive Chef/Partner Ryan Johnston conceived of a place where authentic Old-World fare would come to life in San Diego. Executive Chef Vince Schofield developed an authentic coastal Italian menu that stays true to Whisknladle Hospitality’s dedication to from-scratch cooking, with tempting dishes like Charred Local Spot Prawns, wood hearth pizzas, and Duck Sugo Orecchiette. The expansive outdoor patio and bar area, which serves up ocean views and occupies more than half of the restaurant’s footprint, is sure to be bustling this season. whisknladle.com

Sovereign Vietnamese Kitchen and Bar {467 Fifth Avenue}

What do you get when you mix a Michelin-starred chef with a powerhouse restaurateur and authentic Vietnamese fare? Sovereign. The restaurateur of mention is Alex Thao—who’s tied to successful concepts like Rama, Saja Korean Kitchen, and Lucky Liu’s—and the chef is none other than Iron Chef Michael Bao Huynh. A native of Saigon, Huynh cut his teeth in New York at Baoguette, Bao 111, and several other concepts before accepting Thao’s invitation to join him in San Diego. We’ve never been more thrilled for the likes of clay pot concoctions and noodles, noodles, noodles. sovereignkitchen.com