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10 Hot Plates: San Diego's Top Food News in January

Restaurant rumors, openings, and coming-soons



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Giardino Neighborhood Cucina

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The new Hotel Republic downtown has three dining concepts from The Patio Group: a rooftop bar and lounge, a cocktail bar and restaurant, and a quick-service café called Patio Marketplace.

 

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The team behind Solana Beach’s Pillbox Tavern has opened Nautilus Tavern in La Jolla near Windansea Beach.

 

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Just a few months after its San Diego debut at Westfield UTC, Shake Shack has opened a second location in Mission Valley.

 

4

Korean dessert shop Somi Somi has opened on Convoy Street in Kearny Mesa, serving fish-shaped pastry cones filled with soft serve and red bean, custard, or Nutella.

 

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Spitz, the döner kebab eatery with board games, has closed in Hillcrest.

 

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Lemon Grove’s latest is Giardino Neighborhood Cucina, an Italian spot with two patios, happy hour, and a menu of pizza, pasta, and meat entrées.

 

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Former appointment-only distillery and tasting room Seven Caves in Miramar is now operating with regular hours, serving pours of its award-winning rum.

 

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Previously a pop-up at University Heights’ Park & Rec bar, Royale (née Royale with Cheese) has taken over the Sessions Public space in Point Loma. There will be grass-fed burgers, patty melts, egg sandwiches, cocktails, and kombucha.

 

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LA’s Sweetfin Poké has opened a San Diego outpost at Westfield UTC.

 

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Crown Point has a new caffeine option with The Grounds Bean Bar, a stylish café serving coffee, kombucha, and more.

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