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Two new contenders are heating up Coronado’s dining scene: Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge, a gastropub with plenty of local craft brews on tap, and the newly-opened Nicky Rottens. Deciding where to eat a burger on Orange Ave. just got a little more difficult.

Fans of fresh-roasted coffee can now get their Ryan Bros. fix at the new location in Temecula, which also serves wine and beer. 

Snooze opens mid-month in Hillcrest, offering a full slate of breakfast and brunch options, such as indulgent pineapple upside down pancakes, sticky bun French toast, and eggs any way you can crack ’em.

Jersey Joe’s Pizzeria is bringing a taste of the East Coast to North Park, with a menu of pizza, pasta, and subs, including a deep-dish pie topped with baked ziti. Delivery until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday is good news for your hunger pangs, and bad news for your waistline.

“Better burger” chains are going strong. Elevation Burger, which offers grass-fed beef patties, recently opened in Carlsbad; while Five Guys and Smashburger continue to expand. With so much new competition, it makes you wonder how well the traditional fast food outlets are doing. 

McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon, a.k.a. the “Wildest Irish Pub on Earth,” took over the former Deco’s space near the Gaslamp Theatre in October, giving the party set an all-in-one venue for dinner and a show.

Suite & Tender is out of the former Sè San Diego hotel (now Hotel Palomar) and Saltbox is in. Chef Simon Dolinky’s menu of New American “social plates” can be made large or small, depending on the size of your party and are all less than $25.

Pan-Asian cuisine, with a side of people-watching, is on the menu at Wang’s, a new LGBT bar and restaurant now open in the former JCPenney building in North Park. 

Bolillo Tortas is now open in the Gaslamp, offering Mexican tortas and salads in a casual setting (with low prices to match).  

The Kebab Shop now has three locations, with the newest in the Village Square Shopping Center in Encinitas

Petite Madeline Bakery recently opened a second location in downtown Oceanside. Get there early for the best selection of fresh-baked French pastries, including the famous All-Day Buns.

The former San Diego Hardware space is being transformed into Cremolose, a new Italian gelateria and eatery. Rumor is the owner is importing special Italian-made gelato cases that cost a small fortune. 

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