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10 Hot Plates

San Diego restaurant rumors, openings, and coming-soons in November



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BNS Brewing won best IPA in the country (!) at the Great American Beer Festival

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La Jolla gets into the luxury cinema plus gourmet restaurant and bar movement with The Lot. Leather seats, cocktails, Mediterranean fare, blockbusters, yes.

 

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Mama Testa—the former Hillcrest icon with killer salsa that beat Bobby Flay—has reopened in Mira Mesa.

 

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Liberty Public Market (think S.D.’s Pike Place) is aiming for a November open, and added Bottlecraft and signature restaurant Mess Hall to its attractions. 

 

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Great American Beer Festival award count for San Diego? Nineteen. Tiny BNS Brewing won best IPA in the country (!), and Rip Current Brewing took “Very Small Brewery of the Year.”

 

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Pacific Beach continues to up its food game. L.A.-based Jinya Ramen is now serving tonkotsu ramen on Garnet Avenue.

 

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Another L.A. concept, Du-Par’s Restaurant & Bakery, has filled the former Red Pearl Kitchen spot downtown. Like beloved Brian’s, it’ll be open 24 hours.

 

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Top architect Matthew Ellis (Kettner Exchange) has struck again with The Nolen, a rooftop cocktail bar at the Gaslamp’s Courtyard by Marriott.

 

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Chef Richard Blais and owner Michael Rosen killed it with Juniper and Ivy. This month, they open The Crack Shack, a fast-casual chicken-and-egg joint.

 

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Little Italy’s cocktail haven Craft & Commerce annexed and renovated the space next door, unveiling its new concept with JoJo Ruiz as exec chef.

 

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Two big hospitality names—restauranteur Joe Busalacchi and nightclubber Michael Viscuso (On Broadway)—are turning the Spaghetteria in Little Italy into a taqueria speakeasy called Entrada.

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