10 Hot Plates
New restaurant rumors, more tasty bites
1 Sora: Restaurateur Alessandro Minutella (Greystone, Chocolat) teams with Nobu’s head sushi chef, Noriyoshi Teruya, for SD’s first Japanese-Italian concept. 655 W. Broadway. ETA: Late July.
⇐ 2 Prepkitchen: Wow. Killer kitschy design. Sprawling bar. Windows overlooking Little Italy. And that Cotechino sausage-stuffed squid. Winner.
3 Underbelly: Little Italy’s ramen hole will expand upstairs with a raw bar and SD’s first Japanese whiskey bar. Oysters galore.
4 Mistral: Chef Patrick Ponsaty was just inducted into the Maîtres Cuisiniers de France—one of only two in SD (Bernard Guillas the other). Cross the bridge.
5 Queenstown Public House: Barring protests from cranky neighbors, the Victorian house in Little Italy (corner of Columbia & Cedar) will become a chill beer-and-wine garden, with steampunk-ish design by Michael Soriano.
⇐ 6 Blue Ribbon Pizzeria: Chef Wade Hageman is opening a second a bit further inland in Encinitas.
7 Shino Sushi + Kappa: Sushi Ota is SD’s sushi apex. Now Master Ota’s protégés are spinning off. Shino is a collab of brothers Robert and Roger Nakamura (Roger helms Hane Sushi in Bankers Hill). Omakase.
8 Taco Banh: Paradise Grill’s exec chef, Chris Sayre, bolts to open this farm-to-table, organic taco joint—where Vietnamese banh mi sammies meet street tacos. Open ‘til 2 a.m. in Hillcrest.
9 Border Grill: L.A.’s mod Mexican hot spot is coming. Currently looking for spots downtown or North County. bordergrill.com
10 The Patio on Lamont: PB foodies cried over the closing of Lamont Street Grill. New owners bringing it back to life.