Il Dandy Launches $35 Prix Fixe Dinner, Morena Gets a Chic Cafe

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Il Dandy, one of the most newsworthy restaurants in San Diego right now, debuted a prix fixe menu available only on Monday nights. It includes three courses for $35, and the menu will rotate based on seasonality. Read Troy Johnson’s review of Il Dandy before you go!

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Several Patio Group restaurants closed recently in light of the founder being charged by the SEC with fraud, including: The Patio on Goldfinch in Mission Hills, Fireside by the Patio in Liberty Station, The Patio Express and Bao Beach. As of press time, The Patio on Lamont in Pacific Beach, Saska’s in Mission Beach, and The Patio Marketplace will remain open.

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The Porchetta Shack in North Park (also formerly Carnitas’ Snack Shack) is now The Friendly Tavern, and features burgers from The Friendly’s first location on 30th Street, like the "O.G. dirty flat-top cheeseburger." Tune in to the Happy Half Hour next week for our interview with The Friendly’s founder, Brandon Zanavich.

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The 20th anniversary of the San Diego Asian Film Festival is launching on October 10 with Chew The Scene, a festival showcasing food from 20 local restaurants like Arterra, Common Theory, Galaxy Taco, and Underbelly.

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Can’t make it to the Valle Food & Wine Festival this weekend? Rancho Valencia is hosting a special family-style dinner on October 17 highlighting chefs and vineyards from the region. Chefs David Castro Hussong of Fauna and Viviana Martinez of Mixtura are preparing a family-style meal on the Croquet Lawn, and you can meet and mingle with winemakers from the region during dinner.

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There’s a new (and very chic!) coffee shop in an industrial corner of Morena, Claro Coffee. All of the owners are former woodworkers, which is reflected in the café’s striking design.

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The Taste of Oceanside is this Saturday, and tons of local restaurants and breweries are participating. You can do walking tour of Oceanside’s downtown or hop on a trolley to sample bites and sips from Blade 1936, Hello Betty Fish House, The Flying Pig Pub and Breakwater Brewing, and more.

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