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Restaurants, Breweries and Nightlife

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Restaurants, Breweries and Nightlife

Recently opened and overlooking the Naval Air Station North Island, the USS Midway Museum, and the busy San Diego Bay, Pier Café’s upper-level dining room has converted into a speakeasy-style lounge, dubbed Flight Deck. The Flight Deck is a VIP lounge and tribute to Naval Aviation, showcasing a collection of donated artifacts from the Tailhook Association, USS Midway Museum and San Diego Air & Space Museum. The intimate bar offers a variety of hand-crafted cocktails and shared plates, aptly inspired by “midnight rations.” Reservations are required and can be made online.

Mike Hess Brewing, one of San Diego’s popular craft breweries, and Quiero Tacos, a new taqueria, have teamed up to bring local craft beers and delicious Mexican bites to its Seaport Village biergarten. Recently opened this spring, the 23-tap tasting room featuring signature craft brews, hard seltzer, kombucha and ciders, offers a plentiful selection of sharable snacks, tacos and burritos, in addition to weekend breakfast offerings.

Opened in May 2021, San Diego's newest brunch destination, Breakfast & Bubbles, is an over-the-top, pink dipped restaurant offering bubbles from all over the world, innovative cocktails and unique brunch dishes served all day. Located in Hillcrest, the upscale champagne bar will cater to everyone, serving exceptional American brunch dishes with a few Sicilian chef-inspired specials from Partner and Executive Chef Marco Provino. The menu features a raw bar, champagne flights, caviar service, breakfast charcuterie boards and personalized champagne bottles.

Opened in June 2021, chef Phillip Esteban’s White Rice food stall at Liberty Public Market in Point Loma gives diners a taste of the traditional Filipino dishes Esteban grew up on. White Rice is fashioned after a Filipino “sari-sari,” or corner bodega, with rice bowls that feature lechon kawali (crispy pork belly), pinoy BBQ, mushroom-and-tofu sisig, and Filipino spaghetti with hot dog Bolognese. Side dishes include lumpia (spring rolls) and ube pandesal, a traditional Filipino roll made with purple yam. This Filipino rice bowl concept is one of two new eateries by Esteban in Liberty Station. Earlier this month, he debuted Weapon, a Japanese ramen, chirashi, and active listening bar featuring sustainably caught seafood from San Diego’s very own Tuna Harbor Dockside Market in Seaport Village.

Callie, San Diego’s newest East Village destination restaurant, opened early June 2021 with a delicious California-Mediterranean-inspired menu. A San Diego native, Chef Travis Swikard is bringing the diversity of Mediterranean cuisines together with fresh ingredients of the greater San Diego region. Set in an open, natural light-filled space, some of Callie’s foundational dishes include share dips (hummus, baba ghanoush, avocado labneh), Aleppo chicken, Tunisian brik, squid-ink linguini, Meyer lemon bucatini, crudos, and cured local seafood. Delicious cocktails include The Olmstead (gin, fresh rhubarb, angelica root, lemon juice, floated with an IPA) and Siren’s Swizzle (Jamaican rum and Guatemalan rum, with amaro, honey, and lime).

Food & Wine Best New Chef, James Beard Finalist, Eleven Madison Park and Canlis alum, Jason Franey, joins Juniper and Ivy as Executive Chef this June. Franey will take the lead at the Michelin-recognized eatery, while Anthony Wells, Juniper and Ivy’s former Executive Chef, is promoted to Culinary Director. Franey joins the Juniper and Ivy team with enthusiasm to learn and further cultivate the deep community connections fostered by Chef Wells, which includes relationships that celebrate the region’s wild-capture fisheries, environmentally responsible marine aquaculture, and the vast network of niche, small-acreage growers in the county well-known for their heirloom, and specialty crops. Located in Little Italy, Juniper and Ivy delivers constantly rotating, chef-driven dishes that highlight the freshest in-season selections from the top local farmers and fishermen.

Tappers Mini Golf & Cocktails, an 18-hole luxury mini golf course/clubhouse bar & restaurant from the world-class spirits team behind You & Yours Distilling Co, is slated to open this summer 2021, replacing and rebranding The Loma Club at Liberty Station. The historic clubhouse will offer all the standard features and functions for its golfing regulars. Its new look is designed to add to its family-friendly appeal by incorporating fun elements inspired by the owners’ love of classic golf-themed movies like Caddyshack and Happy Gilmore.

Kingfisher Cocktail Bar & Eatery, located in Golden Hill, is slated to open this summer 2021. From the owners of Crab Hut in Mira Mesa, the new restaurant and bar will serve authentic Southeast Asian food with a California sensibility. Specialties of the house will include Vietnamese chicken curry, citrus-cooked rare beef salad and olive oil-poached shrimp salad. Until the restaurant fully opens its doors, Crab Hut is hosting monthly Kingfisher pop-up dinners.

Slated to open this summer 2021, Tuk Tuk Eatery is a fast-casual Asian-fusion café centered around barbecue-topped rice bowls and tasty bao buns, complemented by a program of craft Asian beers and boba teas. Located in San Diego’s Seaport Village, Tuk Tuk Eatery is part of a multifaceted campaign to reinvigorate the destination. Staking approximately $7.8 million into site enhancements, amenity upgrades, tenant renovations, and community-oriented activations, this undertaking by the Port of San Diego has sprung new life into the bayfront neighborhood attraction.

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