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San Diego Happy Half Hour Podcast: Episode 126

Pisco Carlsbad makes a big pivot, Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins and Javier Plascencia team up for a one-night dinner, and the Convoy District Partnership talks expansion and staying authentic


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Realm of the 52 Remedies on Convoy | photo by Paul Body

This episode of the Happy Half Hour is brought to you by Donovan's Steakhouse

A new year means new changes to the restaurant scene, and Pisco Rotisserie & Cevicheria in Carlsbad is switching gears to become Toast Gastrobrunch by the end of the month, just one year after opening the Peruvian concept in North County. The update, still led by local restauranteur Sami Ladecki will be a breakfast-and-lunch eatery serving gourmet toasts, sourdough bread bowls, and more. In more Hot Plates news, Parakeet Café opens a second location, an iconic San Diego gay bar closes, and former Bracero coworkers Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins and Javier Plascencia team up for a one-night-only dinner at El Jardín. Plus, we finally know what’s going into the old Cafe Chloe space—and it’s not French food.

In the guest seat is Lauren Garces and Wesley Quach from the Convoy District Partnership, who are telling us about the annual San Diego Night Market, the new generation taking over the iconic foodie neighborhood, whether they want to be “the next Little Italy,” and their favorite restaurants in the area. Plus, they tell us about a live mural reveal you can check out this month.

Our hot topic is about a 10-page feature on San Diego in Travel + Leisure. In Two People/$50, we’re recommending WhipHand and Top of the Hyatt.

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