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Three Dots and a Hunger, May 16

Richard Walker's opens in La Jolla; Schoos does Puesto again; Jay Porter in Oakland


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Tiki cocktails now being served at The Cat-Eye Club in Downtown.

Let’s start with a tease. One of San Diego’s favorite restaurants is currently working on a new location, which I promise to un-tease here soon… When you have lines around the block for pancakes, you’re either in Colorado or you’re Richard Walker’s. The San Diego-based flapjack emporium opened its second location on Prospect this week—a 2,500 square-foot space…. The Cat-Eye Club has done a tiki redesign with fanciful tiki cocktails (see photo above), and it’s not the only club in town I’ve heard talk about wanting to go Tiki. Might look like Greg Brady’s single-guy loft in San Diego soon… After Thomas Schoos did such a bang-up job on their fancy-modern Downtown location at The Headquarters, Puesto has enlisted the super-designer to rehab their La Jolla spot, too. They’ve annexed the space next door (adding about 40 seats) and will offer the same expanded menu as The Headquarters space with antojitos, more tacos, full cocktail menu, etc. It’s set to open early June… Omni  La Costa  Resort is holding the next installment of their supper club series “Land to Linen” on June 5. The idea is to bring to the table some of the best local food purveyors, who can hatch light on the humans making top-quality foodstuff in the area, and why they’ve chosen such a hard life. This one features Peter Shaner of Shaner Farms, Vista’s Mother Earth Brewing and Specialty Produce’s Kellie Palermo…  Welk Resorts is celebrating 50 years of time-share joy, and ts restaurant Canyon Grille serving its “Heritage Collection” menu with the late Lawrence Welk’s favorite dishes (pork tenderloin in apricot-brandy sauce, meatloaf-and-gravy, chicken & dumplings, Swiss-stuffed chicken breast)… Arty dark matter specialists Eclipse Chocolate, meanwhile, have just passed the 10-year mark. They’re doing a “Super Tasting” at Great News Cooking School on May 18, featuring chocolatier Will Gustwiller’s top 12 specialty chocolate bars of all-time, paired with 12 wines. For $25 and a chocolatier with two Willys in his name, you’d be hard pressed to beat it…  Acme Southern Kitchen—the throwback home-cookery from Terryl Gavre (Café 222, Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant)—just added weekend brunch from 9AM to 3PM. Expect shrimp-and-grits-and-eggs, corn-bacon-and-jalapeno waffles and Champagne specialty cocktails like yuzu bellinis…  In expat news, Jay Porter—the farm-to-table champion who ran The Linkery in San Diego—is set to bring San Diego’s craft beer culture to Oakland this summer when he opens The Half Orange (serving burgers, dogs and sausages, naturally).

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