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Restaurants, Breweries and Nightlife

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Restaurants, Breweries and Nightlife

In July 2018, the Andaz San Diego, a boutique hotel located in the lively Gaslamp Quarter downtown, opened STK San Diego, the first San Diego location of the STK brand, a modern twist on the American steakhouse concept. The menu features signature dishes such as house-made pappardelle pasta with short rib ragout, grilled summer squash, grilled octopus and blackened cod in addition to the highest quality cuts of steak. A robust mixology program features locally-inspired beverages with cocktails such as the strawberry cobbler, cucumber stiletto, and old Cuban. As a part of its local beer program, STK will offer options from some of San Diego’s favorite breweries, such as Mission Hefeweizen, Latitude 33 Blood Orange IPA and Alesmith .394 Pale Ale. Located on the lobby level of the Andaz San Diego, the 8,300-square-foot restaurant includes a spacious main dining room, bistro seating area, bar, patio and versatile private dining spaces―two on the main level, one on the mezzanine―and a sky-lit atrium.

Tocaya Organica opened its first San Diego outpost in the Gaslamp Quarter in July 2018. The casual, fresh Mexican eatery uses locally sourced organic produce and only serves meat and fish that are fresh, never frozen, and are 100-percent free of hormones, steroids, and antibiotics. Tocaya Organica’s modern organic Mexican cuisine includes salads, tacos, bowls, and burritos―serving them in a sophisticated yet accessible fast-casual setting. The versatile menu is rooted in traditional Mexican recipes, naturally accommodating a variety of preferences including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free, with menu items like the tostada salad, a crispy corn tortilla layered with black beans, shaved butter lettuce, roma tomato, diced red onion, corn salsa and spicy citrus dressing or the fajita burrito featuring sautéed poblano peppers and onions, cilantro lime rice, black beans, vegan chipotle crema, guacamole and pico de gallo in a jalapeño tortilla. Items can include vegan, meat or fish protein add-ons. Two additional Tocaya Organica restaurants are planned to open in San Diego County in 2019.

With more than 120 varieties of mezcal, Tahona is a dining destination and tasting room opening October 2018 next to Old Town San Diego’s historic Cemetery of El Campo Santo. Tahona will feature modern Mexican cuisine with a Oaxacan influence, mezcal tastings, and public events. Additionally, a speakeasy is rumored to be opening once the restaurant is complete.

With an anticipated opening in fall 2019, Draft Republic Brewing Co., located in the burgeoning La Mesa neighborhood of San Diego, is an ambitious beer-centric establishment. An expansive, open-air restaurant space will serve elevated fast-casual offerings ranging from gourmet sandwiches and salads to burgers and more. The dog and family-friendly venue will also introduce an activity-rich beer garden featuring a high-end, 18-hole miniature golf course, alongside shuffleboard and bocce ball courts, children’s play area and plenty of shade. The new in-house brewing operation will produce a variety of styles to be served on the property, as well as at the Cohn Restaurant Group’s other eateries throughout the region.

Storyhouse Spirits is set to open this October in San Diego’s East Village downtown. The urban distillery, bar and lounge will occupy 7,600 square feet in a historic building transformed into three distinct spaces blending old and new. The space includes a distillery and production facility, a bar opening to a street-side patio, and a mezzanine overlooking the distillery and offering skyline and peak water views. Storyhouse guests will sip hand-crafted cocktails from the preliminary spirits lineup including a seaside vodka, Meyer lemon and cucumber vodka, California dry gin, and California coastal gin. Bourbon and American single malt whiskey will be released at a later date. The spirits will be available for purchase at the distillery and eventually distributed regionally. In addition to the distillery, Storyhouse’s menu of casual fare features seasonal small plates with a focus on dishes cooked in their copper wood-fired oven. Storyhouse Spirits is available for group reservations for private parties, corporate functions, and other special events and can accommodate up to 75 guests.

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