What’s new on the menu?


Mendocino Farms has added three new menu offerings: The Real Old-School Pastrami ($12.95 or $18.95) is piled high with house hickory-smoked real pastrami, celery root slaw, Zoe’s bread-and-butter pickles and Chef Jeremy’s triple mustard on toasted mild rye bread; the Impossible Taco Salad ($10.95), made with plant-based chorizo-spiced Impossible Burger crumbles, includes house-made superfood crunchies, butter lettuce, romaine lettuce, curly kale, black beans, roasted corn, jicama succotash, red onions, cilantro, grape tomatoes and avocado topped with a house-vegan, cashew-nut base chipotle ranch dressing; and the Superfood Hemp Burger ($16.95), made with hemp hearts, shiitake mushrooms, beets, kale and turmeric. Del Mar Highlands Town Center, 12873 El Camino Real, Del Mar and 8795 Villa La Jolla Drive, La Jolla.

Duck Dive in Pacific Beach has introduced Cocktail Flights, a tasting of four of the bar’s best concoctions. For $20, guests can sample: Take Me to Mexico, a shaken blend of watermelon-infused Los Altos Plata Tequila, basil, jalapeno, agave, lemon and fresh watermelon; Trophy Wife, a sweet beverage of Absolut Pears Vodka, St. Germain Elderflower-flavored Liqueur, fresh strawberries and bubbles; Verdita Margarita, a house-blend of jalapeño, cilantro, pineapple and mint, mixed with agave and Los Altos Plata Tequila; and Cucumber Lemonade, made with cucumber-infused Absolut Elyx Vodka, lemon, fresh mint and agave. 4650 Mission Blvd, Pacific Beach. (858) 273-3825.

The Smoking Gun’s Walk of Champagne Brunch features savory and sweet plates and drinks served out of disco balls. Menu items include brisket hash and eggs, bagel French toast with vanilla-agave cream cheese, and for imbibers, bottomless mimosas, frozen coffees like the Frappers Delight or the Disco Punch Bowl. Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 555 Market St., downtown. (619) 233-3836.

West Pac Noodle Bar is offering guests a new twist on the traditional Asian sake sipper. The revered rice wine is blended into fruit-forward cocktails such as How Do Yuzu?, made with green tea and lychee; Lei It On Me, infused with liliko’i (yellow passion fruit); and the POG Slammer, a mix of passion fruit, orange and guava. 1166 Orange Ave., Coronado.

The Tamarack Deck at Park 101 has added its version of a traditional mai tai to its cocktail program. The Polynesian-inspired drink is a combination of fresh lime, a low ABV rum blend, house almond-hazelnut orgeat, orange bitters and demerara simple syrup. 3040 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad.

Curadero’s new cocktail menu features nearly a dozen original-named blends such as Coco de Nieve, a blend of Banks 5 Island White Rum, 1921 Crema de Tequila, Kalani Coconut Rum Liqueur, orange juice and shaved coconut; the Libre Soy is made with butterfly pea flower-infused Hanger 1 Vodka, St. Germain Liqueur, lemon, simple syrup, Angostura Bitters and a spritz of rose water; El Salvaje, a balance of chile and cinnamon-infused Jameson Irish Whiskey, vanilla, strawberry, ginger, coriander, lemon and mint; and the Blood Orange Margarita, made with blood orange-infused Espolon Tequila, Solerno Liqueur, agave and fresh lime. 1047 Fifth Ave., Suite 100, downtown. (619) 515-3003.

True Food Kitchen at Westfield UTC debuted a new weekday happy hour menu with options like organic red, white and rosé wines ($5 each); margherita pizza ($8) and True Trio ($20), choice of any three items: soup, salad, hummus, pizza or crudites. 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. 4303 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite 2100, University City.

Mille Fleurs has launched a new happy hour featuring bites such as three oysters on the half-shell, Angus beef slider and three burgundy escargots in garlic butter, each priced at $5. From 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Pair it with a glass of house chardonnay, sauvignon blanc or cabernet for $7 each. 6009 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. (858) 756-3085.

Giardino Neighborhood Cucina owner/chef Marco Provino has added new offerings to its dinner menu. Guests will find classic starters like polenta ragu with beef, veal, pork and Parmesan and crab cakes served with mixed greens and honey-mustard aioli. Entrees include slow-braised osso buco, fettuccine mare e monte with scallops and mushrooms and stuffed Dover sole. 8131 Broadway, Lemon Grove. (619) 825-7112.

Moto Deli has launched a new expanded dinner menu that includes an eclectic range of starters like Reuben tots ($10), chicken liver pate ($9) and sandwiches such as the Turketta ($12), made with smoked turkey breast and the new Moto burger ($9), made with a one-third pound chuck, brisket and short-rib patty. The deli will also serve a carefully curated list of local craft beer and wines from California and Italy. 810 N. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. (760) 943-6686.

Holy Matcha owner/founder Geraldine Rideaura has created a new adaptogen latte — the Holy Glow — using a stress-managing class of herbs and mushrooms “touted to improve the appearance and hydration of the skin.” The first addition to Matcha’s wellness menu, the latte (available hot and iced) is a mixture of matcha, pearl powder, tocos powder, ashwagandha (an herb), He Shou Wu (Chinese herb) and organic cacao. 3118 University Ave., San Diego.