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New Restaurant "Research"

Scouting out what's new on the food scene: Leroy's, 98 Bottles, more new spots


All of the new restaurant news is exciting heading into summer -- our 2011 Best Restaurants list is awesome, and I'm loving the variety of Candice's critics picks, but I think it's definitely time for some new blood in the food scene. And, despite what you've heard, not all of the opening action is happening in Del Mar Highlands (although, a lot of it is, and I must admit I'm excited for those spots, too)

A menu of new restaurants opening this summer that are NOT in Del Mar Highlands:

Leroy's -- The old diner in Coronado on that rounded corner of Orange Avenue is soon to reopen as a family-style pub called Leroy's. Craft beers, simple menu, local vibe. Sounds like just what the neighborhood needs. eCoronado has more details and some construction photos. 

98 Bottles -- Follow the progress of this new bar/bites spot opening this summer in Little Italy on their blog. I popped downt here this week, and it looks like they still have a ways to go on getting the space ready. It joins beer tasting room Bottle Craft (now open) on in the burgeoning, northern stretch of of the neighborhood in between Mona Lisa and El Camino. Co-owner Jill Mesaros is excited to be in the 'hood and was nice enough to answer a few questions for us about the new space. Watch for 98 Tidbits about 98 Bottles coming soon to this blog.

Eddie V's -- "Hit me with your best shot!" says La Jolla. I applaud Eddie V's for giving it a go on what seems like a cursed section of Prospect St. It's not the most local or most innovative, but here's hoping it lights a fire under someone's palate, so we get some bodies back to the village. It's quieter than sleepy over there these days.

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery -- A Colorado-based joint opens in the former Corvette Diner spot in Hillcrest. Nate Benedetto and his crew at Urbanist are all over this one for us (watch for more details in the Urban Outfits page in the July issue) -- Sounds like a cool concept (casual diner with funky decor and sustainable food philosophy) that will fit well into the neighborhood. anyone been to Jinky's in LA or Santa Monica? On first glance, Snooze reminds of it.

And the Mia Francesca folks are getting closer to opening in Little Italy, last time I cruised by. I recently ate at thePurple Pig in Chicago (which Bon Appetit named one of the 10 best New Restaurants in the County) and got all excited that the same owners/team were going to be opening Mia Francesa here. But, after further investigation, it's not going to be anything like the lovely Purple Pig. Mia Francesa is part of a different chain run by the same team ... which they swear is super tasty. Waiting to see on that one.

Yu Me Ya -- This one's already open, and it might be the most exciting for uptown foodies! Delish menu -- more details from Candice Woo in July issue of San Diego mag.

In Point Loma recently, I popped in to Harbor Town and Lighthouse. Both seem to be coming along under construction, and both are touting end-of-summer opening dates. Yum!

I also tried Union Kitchen recently, and ... I need to go back again when there are less crowds and the food is more ... figured out. Still haven't been to the Knotty place (which is ironically the closest new spot to San Diego Mag offices), but it's on my list for the weekend.

What other NEW restaurants are you excited to try this summer in San Diego? Where else should I go to sip/sample this weekend?


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