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
Barrel Republic, Carlsbad
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
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
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
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, Carmel Valley. mendocinofarms.com
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
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
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
The Pizza Press, Carlsbad
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