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Rare Society Opens in Hillcrest, Double Standard Closes in Gaslamp

Plus Chad White returns to San Diego for a special dinner series and more San Diego restaurant news


Spiny lobster at Serea | Photo by Jim Sullivan


We heard that Double Standard Kitchenetta in the Gaslamp closed last week, so we followed up. The phone has been disconnected, and there’s no longer any tables or chairs inside the restaurant. We weren’t able to get in touch with the owner.



The San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival returns this weekend! Its most popular event, the Grand Tasting, is this Saturday, November 16, at Embarcadero Marina Park North. New this year is a chef’s table experience with Claudia Sandoval, DJ Tangalin and Rachel King.



Rare Society, the new steakhouse from the owners of Trust and Fort Oak, is now open in Hillcrest. It’s on Park Boulevard in the former Hundred Proof space.



Chef JoJo Ruiz launched a new winter dining series at Serea focusing on sustainably caught seafood that will feature several guest chefs. Kicking off the dinner series on December 2 is Chad White, who owned and cooked at several restaurants in San Diego before he appeared on Top Chef and moved back to his hometown in Washington state. Several other acclaimed chefs are joining the winter series: Nate Appleman from Umami Burger, James Syhabout from the two-Michelin-starred Commis in Oakland, Gabe Erales of Comedor in Austin, and José Luis Hinostroza of the former Noma Mexico, and Arca in Tulum, Mexico.



San Diego just got its first Venezuelan restaurant. Mi Pana Latin American Cuisine opened on Highland Avenue in National City. They have a variety of arepas and empanadas, as well Colombian and Mexican dishes.



A new revolving sushi restaurant opened last week in Clairemont. Mikami Bar & Revolving Sushi is inside a strip mall on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, and it’s huge (6,000 square feet is a big space for a restaurant). You can grab sushi from the conveyer belt at around $3 per plate, or order appetizers and rolls a la carte.

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