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The Main Dish for April

Troy Johnson's food news this month



April 7: Food Truck Festival @ Pechanga

April 10: Chef Celebration @ Delicias

April 11: Shuck & Swallow @ LoungeSix

April 22: Sustainable Feast @ NTC Promenade


Lobster Dynamite @ Katsuya.

LA’s famed non-traditional sushi joint and upscale nightlife hang, Katsuya, is now open at the Andaz Hotel. Ogle at the minimal Philippe Starck design. Feast on the sight of pretty people being pretty. And definitely try the lobster dynamite. Served on the half shell, the meat is baked then tossed with mushrooms for one heck of a lobster mash. For purists, an adjacent claw is served unadulterated. 600 F St., 619.814.2000, sbe.com/katsuya.

Tasty Tuna @ Lockwood Table Café.

Tucked behind Cedros Ave in Solana Beach, this tiny organic resto is a well-kept secret among locals. The best deal on the menu? The massive tasty tuna with baby greens, avo, capers and house dressing for $8.25. Slow-food as vibrantly green, fresh and downright tasty as this usually comes with an additional price hike because local farms don’t have the economy of scale to proffer organic arugula on the cheap. A steal. 346 S. Cedros Ave. #B, 858.794.4919. lockwoodtable.com.

Crispy Pork Belly, Fennel and Herb Salad @ Wich Addiction.

Standout SD food truck Devilicious, still riding high from their success on Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race, has taken off the training wheels and opened a brick and mortar. Wich Addiction should instantly become a hub for Mira Mesa foodists, especially that pork belly and fennel beauty. Sure, pork belly’s got fat. But it’s a salad. 6625 Flanders Dr., 619.578.4484.


Padres Season Kicks Off With New Options

Padres season kicks off with a couple new options, both in and out of Petco. Across from Bub’s, Lucky’s Lunch Counter just opened—a throwback deli perfect for fans of DZ Aikens, with hot pastrami and corned beef sammies, a few dogs (including a bratwurst) and root beer on draft. In Petco, the sushi bar has been opted out for local “inauthentic Mexican” favorite, Bull Taco (try the duck tacos). The other local invited to “the show”? Hodad’s, arguably the top small burger joint in town

Food Trucks

In food truck news, Devilicious has opened a permanent joint in Mira Mesa called ‘Wich Addiction (see “Hot Plates” in this Main Dish). And now another Food Network mobile unit is road-tripping to San Diego. Crepes Bonaparte will launch in San Diego on May 17

Chef Swaps

Valley View Casino & Hotel has hired pastry chef Michael Gillet, a five-diamond biggie who headed the Sugar Factory in Vegas, Beverly Hills’ SLS Hotel and The Phoenician in Arizona. Ben Lieberman recently departed his post at Burlap to refresh things at Bali Hai | Now Anthony Sinsay (Harney Sushi) has taken the reigns at Burlap…More

Openings & Renovations

Downtown’s Marriot Marquis & Marina will unveil their new 19,000 square-foot Marina Kitchen in May, with a 2,000-bottle wine cellar. After three short days, former Paradise Grill chef Chris Sayre closed his Taco Banh concept in Hillcrest. Now, he’s reopened as Urban Eats with short ribs, meatballs, Kobe beef tacos, craft beer, etc. He’s been open at least four days now, so signs are good.

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