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10 Hot Plates

San Diego restaurant rumors, openings, & coming-soons in December



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Former Cork & Craft executive chef Phillip Esteban | Photo: Kim Marcelo

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Lompoc-based Pali Wine Co. has opened a tasting room in Little Italy, with a focus on California and Oregon pours.

 

2

Taste of the Himalayas, which serves Nepali, Indian, and Tibetan cuisines, has opened a third location in Hillcrest.

 

3

Replacing Wellington Steak & Martini Lounge is the new Bar by Red Door in Mission Hills, featuring “farm-to-glass” cocktails and small bites.

 

4

Former Cork & Craft executive chef Phillip Esteban will head the culinary research and development division of CH Projects, the hospitality collective behind Craft & Commerce and more.

 

5

Lazy Acres Natural Market, the Santa Barbara–based grocer known for organic produce and grass-fed meats, has debuted its first San Diego location in Encinitas.

 

6

The luxe Escondido resort Golden Door has opened the organic Golden Door Farm Stand four days a week, with all proceeds benefiting children affected by abuse.

 

7

Japanese-style noodles and barbecue converge at Wokou in Carmel Valley this month.

 

8

For its first San Diego location, L.A.-based gourmet sandwich market Mendocino Farms will land in UTC this month, with a Del Mar location due next spring.

 

9

Healthy, fast-casual concept Flower Child has launched in Del Mar, with organic, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options.

 

10

Breakfast Republic will open a new location early next year in the former Zanzibar space downtown.

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