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New & Notable - January 2011


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[ A Modo Mio ]
The Busalacchis reincarnate the family flagship and open A Modo Mio in Hillcrest this month. Joe Busalacchi promises a more seasonal menu that changes weekly but still features the famous garlic bread every day.

[ Acquamoreé ]
The third restaurant to occupy the same space on Prospect Street within a year (Pasquale’s and Tikul both closed shop in 2010), Acquamoreé now offers upscale tapas with lots of Southern flavors — fried catfish, shrimp, grits and mini-meatloaves all occupy space on the new menu.

[ Chedi Thai ]
La Jolla’s latest Thai food spot serves up a hearty selection of vegetarian and seafood items in addition to Thai standards. Our early favorites include the red snapper served whole with cherry tomatoes and bok choy. ­

[ Flavor Del Mar ]
Jeff Hunter’s Flavor Del Mar is now open in Del Mar Plaza, with everything from steamed pork buns and hot-and-sour chicken wings to pork belly and short ribs. Foodies will love to splurge on a $12 side of Wagyu bone marrow.

[ Mint Downtown Thai ]
With pork skewers, Bangkok wings and drunken fried rice all available for less than $10, Mint Downtown Thai fills a budget dining niche at its new post on Fourth Avenue in the Gaslamp. Daily $7 lunch specials and Happy Hour from 3 to 7 p.m. with $3 beer specials beckon downtown professionals, too. ­

[ Bo Beau ]
Bo Beau opens with a Mediterranean menu and new patio in Ocean Beach at the former site of Thee Bungalow. The Cohn family’s restaurant group has been working on the renovation since the end of summer. ­

[ Sapori ]
Coronado welcomes a new neighborhood Italian joint on Orange Avenue, with a chalkboard menu that changes daily, offering fresh pasta, soup and other rustic Italian fare.

[ Cueva Bar ]
University Heights gets a new tapas spot on Adams Avenue, with a simple selection of empanadas, stews and other small bites featuring Argentinean, Mexican and Southern flavors.

[ The Lincoln Room ]
Gaslamp nightclub and restaurant Confidential reopens in early 2011 as The Lincoln Room, with a menu and a dining space targeted at downtown locals rather than conventioneers or tourists.

[ Addison at The Grand Del Mar ]
Executive chef William Bradley was recently honored as an official Grand Chef of the ultra-exclusive Relais & Châteaux Hotel Congress at a ceremony in South Africa. He’s the only chef in San Diego with the prestigious designation.

Coming Soon  .  .  .

Asian food spot [ Dragon’s Den ] moves into the East Village.
[ Green Flash Brewery ] opens a new location in Mira Mesa in 2011.
[ Stone Brewing Company ] has begun work on a new brewery and pub in South Park.

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