Cafe Gratitude Closes in Little Italy
The plant-based holy house Cafe Gratitude said one day after nearly eight years of work in Little Italy. They will still operate their four locations in Newport and Los Angeles to the north, but the location just off the main street in Little Italy probably made life a little harder. Yet their arrival was a high-profile landmark in San Diego’s plant-based food scene at the time. Since they opened in the summer of 2015, there has been a mini-boom in the number of vegetarian/vegan restaurants, and even omnivorous cuisines have increased their plant-based offerings.
James Beard Nominee + Local Restaurant Operator Planning New Restaurant
Sam Fox made his name in Arizona—he dropped out of college to open a Phoenix bar and grill in 1992—and has since become one of the nation’s biggest restaurateurs, a tanned Danny Meier. Like many of our Phoenix cohorts, she has a location in San Diego. He brought other home page The Henry in Coronado and health-focused chain Flower Child in Del Mar. Now, the James Beard nominee is opening the second location of Mexican restaurant Blanco Cocina in Coronado (the first is located in Fashion Valley). The space is expected until summer and will be located right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Orange and B Avenues and near its sister restaurant, The Henry. Fox calls the Blanco Cocina experience “like vacationing in your neighborhood” and is a tribute to the blending of Sonoran-inspired dishes with an extensive margarita menu. Try their rib machaca, fried chicken chimichangas, or one of their tacos on homemade cornbread.
Buona Forchetta Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary Today
Buona Forchetta has been giving San Diegos an all-Italian feel since they tucked their massive pizza oven into a tiny corner in South Park a decade ago. Charred dough, the smell of good olive oil heated in various pans, the hum of fresh tomatoes and homemade pasta. Over 10 years, owner Matteo Cattaneo and his team have grown to nearly a dozen restaurants, including the pizza and gelato restaurant, Gelati & Peccati, and a San Clemente Buona Forchetta down the road. In honor of their anniversary, they offer a special menu at 1/24 (from 5pm) and donate all funds to The Animal Pad, a local dog rescue organization.
La Jolla Gets Cafe, Bakery, and Convent in One Community Center
Amanda Morrow worked at Pannikin in La Jolla for years and even began roasting their coffee on site when the owners finally offered to sell the cafe to her in 2007 (she’s a roast master). When the former landlord passed away, he and his wife, Gloria Serna, began to look for a new home. After a brief pop-up on The Lot and a lot of community support ($85,000 raised on GoFundMe), on October 1, The Flower Pot Cafe and Bakery and their cloister opened the duo space for Three Legs Coffee Roasters. just a block from the old Pannikin location.
The 3,500-square-foot space and outdoor patio has become a community hub. The ambiance is like this: the smell of fresh coffee roasted on site every day, homemade treats cooked early every morning (try their scones or cinnamon rolls), even a free library where locals can grab and enjoy a good book with a cup of coffee, thanks to iconic local bookstore DG Wills Books. . They have just started serving breakfast and lunch as well as dinner. Don’t miss the Saturday night specials: Gloria’s organic grass-fed burgers on a homemade bun.
Vinya: The newly opened vino + vinyasa in Clairemont Mesa brings together yoga and wine under one roof. Take a yoga class in their large 1,000-square-foot studio, followed by a glass of wine or food from their made-from-scratch kitchen. It’s similar to my training style.
Jerry’s Street Churros will open January 26 in Oceanside (1006 Mission Avenue Suite D) with craft desserts and toppings like soft serve or chocolate frosting. They’ll also serve Belgian waffles and a churro hot dog (think dessert for the bun).
Cidery Bivouac Ciderworks celebrates their North Park tavern’s 5th anniversary on Saturday, January 28th with live music, a special menu and a collaboration drink with Storum Ranch Cider and Wine at Julian’s.
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