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New & Notable - February 2011


Relate Restaurant Pops Up
Chef Dan Moody brings San Diego’s first “pop up” restaurant to Encinitas, where he’ll transform St. Germain’s Café into Relate Restaurant every night for three weeks starting February 3. Pop-ups are gaining popularity in cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco as a way for young chefs to test out restaurant concepts and menu items by “popping up” in the off hours at an existing café or restaurant with a new vision and menu offered for a short window of time. Classically trained in French cooking techniques, Moody believes food and cooking are essential to making romantic relationships tick, and he will focus his three-week, pop-up concept on romantic dishes and experiences. Reservations are based on a $55 three-course, prix fixe menu and can be made at 858-367-3709.

[ Coronado Firehouse ]
Rick Jeffries has joined the team as executive chef at the Coronado Firehouse. We love his tangy barbecue offerings, focus on fresh seafood and the special kids-eat-free deal on Wednesday evenings. ­coronadofirehouse.com.

[ Sprinkles ]
Long live the cupcake craze in La Jolla. The famous Los Angeles – based Sprinkles opened an outpost here recently with much fanfare and a healthy schedule of weddings and private parties already booked. ­sprinkles.com.

[ Croce’s ]

Croce’s jazz brunch is back, with a special menu, live jazz and champagne on the Fifth Avenue patio. croces.com.
[ Ristorante Coronado ]
Vigilucci’s Ristorante Coronado has been add­ed to the family of rustic Italian eateries, with a classic steak, seafood and pasta menu and plenty of dog-friendly seating on a large outdoor patio overlooking Orange Avenue. vigiluccis.com.

[ Osteria Origano ]

From the same family of Italian restaurateurs who operate Trattoria Antica in La Mesa and Osetra and Greystone downtown comes a new rustic Italian spot in Hillcrest. We flipped for the pizza oven in the back and its caretaker — a Sicilian-born pizzaiolo who’s been firing pies for 42 years. ­osteriaorigano.com.
[ New English Brewing Company ]
New English now operates a tasting room in the old Mission Brewery building at the bottom of India Street in Mission Hills. Stop in Wednesday-Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. for $4 pints and tasting flights. ­newenglishbrewing.com.

[ Rancho Valencia Resort ]
Eric Bauer joined Rancho Valencia Resort as executive chef. He was most recently executive chef at Anthology Supper Club in Little Italy and is known for always-changing menus that highlight locally sourced ingredients. ranchovalencia.com.
[ Devilicious Food Truck ]
Friends Dyann Hyman and Kristina Repp recently added their new Devilicious food truck to the city’s mobile cuisine scene. We love the “fried yumminess” option on the menu that changes from potatoes to desserts on the chef’s whim. ­deviliciousfoodtruck.com.
[ Nicolosi’s ]
Del Cerro’s longstanding neighborhood Italian spot, Nicolosi’s, has settled into a new location in San Carlos in the former Fish Merchant space. The restaurant has been owned by the same family since 1952, when it opened on Goldfinch Street in Mission Hills. nicolosis.com.

 [ Roppongi ]
La Jolla’s sushi institution turns up the sex appeal with a special aphrodisiac Valentine’s Day menu, which includes the sultry Ocean of Ecstasy, made with sea urchin, kumamoto oyster, yuzu, champagne and a sprinkling of cherry Pop Rocks candy. ­roppongiusa.com.

Coming Soon...
[ Burger Lounge, ] opening on Fifth Ave­nue in the Gaslamp. [ Nicky Rotten’s ] brings its brand of burgers, fries and cockails to Orange Avenue in Coronado. New barbecue joint [ Brazen ] opens soon in the former Sushi Ito space in Hillcrest. [ Tom Ham’s ] plans a remodel in the dining room and on the menu, slated to start sometime this year.

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