11 new menus to try around San Diego


Summer is in full swing and these local restaurants are updating their menus to match the season.

Oggi’s Sports | Brewhouse | Pizza has added four new dishes to its Summer Lovin’ menu, each paired with an Oggi’s brewed craft beer. Menu highlights: Summertime salad paired with Oggi’s Duck Dive Hefeweizen. Citrus notes accent the honey lemon vinaigrette, while yeast notes cut through the tang and sweetness of the fruits, candied walnuts and pickled onions; SoCal BBQ chicken salad paired with McGarvey’s Scottish Ale. The maltiness of the ale complements the smokey all-natural chipotle barbecue chicken while not overpowering the flavors of the fresh tomatoes, corn and cilantro; Southern chicken sandwich paired with The California Gold, a blonde ale with a crisp, refreshing flavor that cuts through the fattiness of the fried chicken and cheese while not overpowering the flavors of the creamy avocado and crisp lettuce; crisp Brussels sprouts paired with the Hoppily Ever After IPA, a bitter content to cut through the spice from the Fresno chiles and sriracha soy glaze, and citrus notes to bring out the natural flavors of the Brussels sprouts and shallots. Seven locations: Point Loma, Mission Valley, Santee, Del Mar, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Encinitas and Vista.

Puesto has gone avo-crazy with its new Avocado Margarita, a mix of Lunazul Reposado Tequila, fresh lime, agave and avocado. The designer cocktail is available at all locations through the end of summer. 789 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego; 1026 Wall St., La Jolla.

The Wine Pub’s new menu features dishes like saffron and garlic shrimp with pan-fried potatoes and roasted asparagus; short ribs with Brussels sprouts and roasted potatoes; beet and avocado salad with greens, white balsamic and olive oil; empanadas (two per order) with meat or vegetables; and Pasta Bella pasta with onions, sausage, pepper and white wine. An assortment of rosé, red and white wines have been added to the menu. 2907 Shelter Island Drive, No. 108, San Diego. (619) 758-9325.

Sycamore Den cocktail curator Jesse Ross developed a new seasonally-inspired drink menu inherently influenced by our neighbors south of the border. Femme Sauvage infuses fresh cilantro, serrano pepper and pineapple; chamoy (salty, sweet, sour and spicey) is the flamboyant flavor in Dessert Crossing; and passion fruit cayenne syrup adds a bit of a tang in Crime of Passion. 3391 Adams Ave., Normal Heights. (619) 563-9019.

True Food Kitchen cools down summer temps with its new menu. Available through early October, featured dishes include heirloom tomato and watermelon, Korean noodle salad, summer tacos, made with grilled fish or grass-fed steak; responsibly sourced striped bass, served with chef’s selection of vegetables and grains; summer berries with forbidden black rice, watermelon, macademia nut, coconut whipped cream; and blueberry pancakes with Greek yogurt and maple syrup. The beverage program also made some changes with drinks like Watermelon Mojito, made with lime-infused rum and mint and Wild Orchid, a lemon-infused vodka with lavender and blueberry. Fashion Valley mall, 7007 Friars Road, Suite 394, San Diego and Westfield UTC La Jolla, 4303 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite 2100, San Diego.

7 Mile Kitchen will keep the happiness and drinks flowing throughout the summer with its weekly specials. Happy Monday: From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., happy hour drinks and bites will be served, including half off draft beers, house wines, well drinks, select gourmet burgers and signature pizzas; Wine Wednesday: During lunch and dinner, guests will receive 50 percent off the entire 40-plus rotating wine bottle list; one entrée per table must be purchased to receive the discount; and Thirsty Thursday: Enjoy a $10 pitcher of any beer on the menu. Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa, 5420 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad. (760) 827-2514.

Veggie Grill, in collaboration with JUST, a company whose Michelin-starred chefs create cutting-edge sustainable foods, has introduced its All-Day Breakfast Burrito. Priced at $10.95, the plant-based burrito is filled with Just Egg, a cholesterol-free, protein-packed scrambled egg substitute, chorizo, home fries, black beans, cheddar cheese and fire-roasted salsa and wrapped in a toasted flour tortilla, and served with a side of tortilla chips. 965 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad and Westfield UTC, 4353 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego.

Islands Restaurants’ new summer menu is a lineup of tasty burgers and tropical cocktails. Try the French onion burger, topped with Gruyere cheese, caramelized onions and house-made potato chips, with lettuce, tomato and French-onion spread, or the Sunset Colada, a special Piña Colada-style blend of rum, pineapple and coconut cream with a float of Myers Rum. Locations: Mission Valley, Clairemont Mesa, Mira Mesa, Carmel Mountain, La Jolla, Chula Vista, Encinitas, Carlsbad (The Shoppes and at Palomar Airport Road), Vista.

Rustic Root executive chef Marcel Childress has crafted a new rooftop menu with selections like salmon tartare tacos, garnished with seaweed salad, sriracha aioli and tobiko (flying fish roe); a brie, pear and applewood-smoked bacon rustic flatbread; the 100 percent meatless impossible burger; and a seasonal strawberry salad topped with goat cheese, D’Anjou pears and candied almonds. From 4 to 6 p.m. weekdays, happy-hour imbibers will find specials like appetizers for half price, draft beers and glasses of red or white wine, priced at $5 each. 535 Fifth Ave., San Diego. (619) 232-1747.

Cafe 21’s new happy hour summer menu features 21 dishes, including short rib potato galette (a flat round cake of pastry or bread), shrimp ceviche, chicken crepe cake, mushroom cheese toast, and sweet bites like seasonal bread pudding and chocolate truffle crepe cake. Each dish is priced at $6, or 4 for $21. Happy hour runs from 3 to 6 p.m. daily and includes drink specials ranging from 21 percent to 50 percent off on its signature sangria, mimosas, craft cocktails, wine and beer. 802 Fifth Ave., San Diego. (619) 795-0721.

The Crack Shack launched a new menu of happy hour bites to complement its fresh beverage offerings. In addition to specials like $2 off craft beers and $3 off specialty cocktails, foodies can indulge in the following fried treats: Little Italy: fried pickles with tartar sauce ($2.50), chicken lollipops ($1.75 each), 2266 Kettner Blvd., San Diego; Encinitas: spicy chicken biscuit sliders ($2 each), fried pickles with tartar sauce ($2.50), 407 Encinitas Blvd. 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.