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What’s new on the San Diego dining scene

Nearly three dozen restaurants have just made their debut or will be opening their doors in the coming year.

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Forks up, San Diego. Nearly three dozen restaurants have just made their debut or will be opening their doors in the coming year. Here’s a menu of new places to taste in the coming months.

Opened in December

Restaurants that opened in December 2016 around San Diego County.

Restaurants that opened in December 2016 around San Diego County.

Barrel Republic, Carlsbad

Barrel Republic, Carlsbad. (Courtesy photo)

Barrel Republic, Carlsbad. (Courtesy photo)

The award-winning pour-your-own bar company, with locations in Pacific Beach and Oceanside, has expanded. A third location had its grand opening in December in Carlsbad, with both indoor space and a patio.

2961 State St., Carlsbad. barrelrepublic.com

Dunkin’ Donuts, National City

Two years after the much-loved Massachusetts doughnut chain opened its first San Diego location downtown, another one opened Dec. 6 in National City. The new location is the chain’s very first 24-hour drive-thru store. It’s also home to the chain’s largest sign west of the Mississippi River. The company has plans to open 200 locations statewide in the coming years, with future expansion plans for Coronado, El Cajon and more.

2139 E. Plaza Blvd., National City. dunkindonuts.com

Dunkin Donuts, National City. (Courtesy photo)

Dunkin Donuts, National City. (Courtesy photo)

Flower Child, Del Mar

In December, Fox Restaurant Concepts opened this healthy foods eatery in the old Sea & Smoke space at the Flower Hill Promenade center. The whimsically designed eatery serves salads with optional proteins, vegetarian dishes, bowls and whole-grain wraps, as well as organic juices and kombucha on tap.

2690 Via De La Valle, Del Mar. iamaflowerchild.com

Flower Child, Del Mar. (Courtesy photo)

Flower Child, Del Mar. (Courtesy photo)

 

Harbor Float, Harbor Island

More a special event venue than a restaurant, the newly opened Harbor Float is Cohn Restaurant Group’s newest location. Harbor Float is on the site of the old riverboat restaurant, the Reuben E. Lee. Anchored next to Cohn’s spectacular $15 million Coasterra restaurant, which opened last year, Harbor Float is a $3 million, 6,000-square-foot solar-powered floating event dock designed for weddings, parties and convention events for up to 250 people.

880 Harbor Island Dr., Harbor Island. cohnrestaurants.com/coasterra

Harbor Float. (Courtesy photo)

Harbor Float. (Courtesy photo)

 

Mendocino Farms, La Jolla/Carmel Valley

The popular L.A.-based artisan sandwich and salad restaurant company, owned by husband-wife team Mario Del Pero and Ellen Chen, opened its first San Diego County location in La Jolla in December. A second is planned in Del Mar Highlands Town Center in the spring. Mendocino is known for cultivating relationships with family farms, cheesemakers and growers to serve unique high-end ingredients.

Now open: 8975 Villa La Jolla Drive, La Jolla. Coming soon: Del Mar Highlands Town Center, 12873 El Camino Real, Del Mar. mendocinofarms.com

This brightly colorful and refreshing couscous salad from Mendocino Farms is a perfect way to celebrate warmer spring weather. (Glenn Koenig/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

This brightly colorful and refreshing couscous salad from Mendocino Farms is a perfect way to celebrate warmer spring weather. (Glenn Koenig/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

 

Mess Hall at Liberty Station, Point Loma

To accommodate larger-than-expected demand, the Mess Hall in Liberty Public Market underwent a short renovation in December to add more food vendors. The former Mess Hall restaurant reopened Dec. 19 as Mess Hall Bar, a more fast-casual, counter-service alternative serving market-sourced fare. Also inside the Mess Hall, two new quick-service vendors have been added: Grape Smuggler Bar, serving wine and tapas, and Pi Bar, serving pizza by the slice.

2820 Historic Decatur Road, Liberty Station. libertypublicmarket.com

Mess Hall, Liberty Station. (Mike Pawlenty)

Mess Hall, Liberty Station. (Mike Pawlenty)

 

Moto Deli, Encinitas

This retro motorcycle-themed artisan delicatessen, sandwich and charcuterie shop opened in mid-December. Moto Deli was conceived by motorcycle enthusiast Mario Warman and founding chef Alex Carballo, who created a menu of gourmet sandwiches and housemade condiments that have been served since last summer from their food truck. The brick-and-mortar location, overseen by new chef Andrew Halvorsen, offers dine-in and takeout options.

810 N. Coast Highway, Encinitas. motodeli.com

Moto Deli, Encinitas. (Courtesy photo)

Moto Deli, Encinitas. (Courtesy photo)

 

Pappalecco, Carmel Valley

Italian brothers Lorenzo and Francesco Bucci opened their first Tuscan-style coffeehouse in Little Italy in 2007 and have since opened three others in Hillcrest, Kensington and Cardiff. In mid-December, they opened their fifth location in Del Mar Highlands Town Center. Pappalecco serves Italian-style coffees, pastries, breads, gelato and pizza.

12925 El Camino Real, Carmel Valley. pappalecco.com

Croissants at Pappalecco, Carmel Valley. (Courtesy photo)

Croissants at Pappalecco, Carmel Valley. (Courtesy photo)

 

The Pizza Press, Carlsbad

Pizza Press, Carlsbad. (Courtesy photo)

Pizza Press, Carlsbad. (Courtesy photo)

The Anaheim-based, eight-store pizzeria chain opened its first San Diego County location in December at The Shoppes at Carlsbad, the now-in-renovation mall formerly known as Plaza Camino Real. Pizza Press allows diners to design their own personal-size pizzas, with choice of sauces, meats and veggies.

2501 El Camino Real, Space 210, Carlsbad. thepizzapress.com

 

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