7 new menus to try this month

With changing seasons come changing menus. Here are seven restaurants that are changing it up in San Diego.

Ponsaty's has launched a new weekend menu for brunch lovers. Dishes include Eggs Benedict Florentine, Sea Water Poached King Crab Leg, Baked Scottish Salmon, Herb Crusted Prime Ribeye and Oneki Basque Cheese with walnut bread and black cherry jam. Fill up your glass with Bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Mary's at $15 per person. 6106 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe . $49 per guest; $25 per child 12 and under. 858.771.1871 or ponsatys.com

Flour & Barley - Brick Oven Pizza is offering guests a specialty Kung Pao Shrimp Pizza in honor of Chinese New Year. The hand-crafted pie is made with a base of Kung Pao layered with mozzarella, roasted pepper and shrimp, garnished with green onion and peanut. The pizza is priced at $17.50 and is available through Feb. 2. The Headquarters at Seaport, 789 W. Harbor Drive, Suite 110, San Diego. 619.344.2900.

Union Kitchen & Tap has unveiled new dinner and cocktail menus that reflect the seasonality of their ingredients. Dinner highlights include Acorn Squash Risotto, Pressed Pork Belly, Wild Boar Ragu and Duck Confit. The cocktail menu features more local spirits and house-made syrups, such as the San Pedro Star (Malahat Cabernet Rum, Pedro Ximenez Dessert Sherry, Anguish & Regret liqueur) and the G. Bailey (Hendrick's gin, house-made pistachio orgeat, winter spice). Each drink is $14. 1108 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. 760.230.2337 or localunion101.com

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What's new on the San Diego dining scene

The scoop: Top restaurant news in January

The Habit Restaurants, Inc. has announced the addition of three new permanent entrees to its existing menu. The Habit's Portabella Charburger ($4.75), is a mushroom lovers delight with 100-percent fresh ground beef, layered with garlic sauteed portabella mushrooms and melted cheese, served on a toasted sesame seed bun. Fans of fried chicken will savor the flavors of the Golden Fried Chicken Sandwich ($6.50) made with a twice-dipped seasoned flour and buttermilk fresh chicken breast, topped with a spicy red pepper sauce, tomatoes, lettuce and pickles on a soft toasted bun. Get a helping of healthful greens with the Habit's Super Food Salad ($7.99). The plate includes a chargrilled, hand-filleted chicken breast, served over quinoa, baby kale and crisp garden lettuce, Craisins, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots and tangy feta cheese tossed in kale pesto vinaigrette. Various locations, habitburger.com

Decoy Dockside Dining's executive chef David Warner has revamped the dinner menu and created a new weekend brunch menu. The new dinner menu features starters such as Lamb and Quinoa Meatballs and Buttermilk Fried Quail and entrees like Wild Boar Bolognese and Pork Chops. Weekenders will enjoy breakfast favorites with a twist such as Lemon Ricotta French Toast and Dockside Eggs Benedict served with sauteed jumbo crab and grilled asparagus. 1025 La Bonita Drive, San Marcos. 760.744.0120.

Ambrogio15 has debuted a new weekend lunch menu featuring paper-thin pizzas, seared tuna plates and house-made desserts. The restaurant also introduced happy hour specials, such as craft beer, Italian wines and cheese and charcuterie boards. The specials ($4-$9) are available from 4:30 to 6 p.m. daily and from 8 p.m. to close Thursday through Sunday. The new expanded menu features seared tuna salad and new pizzas like the potatoes and bacon with extra virgin Italian truffle oil, 24-month aged Parmesan-Reggiano and imported smoked ham. 926 Turquoise St., Pacific Beach. 858.291.8650 or ambrogio15.com

Duck Dive in Pacific Beach will be revamping its current menu. Stop by the eatery for a dish of your favorites, like the Voodoo Tacos, Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwich, Uh Oh Spaghetti O's and the Meatloaf Patty Melt before the end of the month. 4650 Mission Blvd., San Diego. 858.273.3825 or theduckdive.com

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