New on the menu around San Diego


Restaurants arond San Diego County roll out new items to fill growling bellies. Check out these offerings:

Cusp Dining and Drinks executive chef Ingrid Funes has introduced new dishes. Guests can try starters like the butter lettuce salad with Serrano ham or pulpo a la plancha (grilled octopus) with heirloom tomato, radish, pesto, glazed balsamic, crispy garbanzo beans and olive tapenade; and entrees like California steelhead trout or roasted New York steak with grilled maitake mushrooms. 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla. (858) 551-3620.

Pacifica Del Mar offers new menus all around, including a fresh lunch menu with New England clam chowder. Other featured additions: rock shrimp ceviche, the re-imagined PDM burger with tomato-bacon jam, Oaxaca cheese, horseradish aioli and arugula on a brioche bun; and a kale and quinoa salad with tomatillo, roasted corn, avocado, Cotija cheese and a sherry truffle vinaigrette. 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. (858) 792-0476.

Curadero executive chef Brad Kraten is dishing up a selection of sopes like his posole rojo, a stew of pork shoulder, hominy, chiles with cabbage, radish, lime and oregano; and larger plates like the New York steak carne asada with chiles toreados, nopal asado (grilled cactus), green onion, avocado silk and house-made tortillas. 1047 Fifth Ave., San Diego. (619) 515-3003.

Giardino is serving a three-course lunch special with daily soup or salad and a rotating selection of entrees like pastas, pizzas and proteins. End on a sweet note with coffee and tiramisu. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. $19 per person. 8131 Broadway, Lemon Grove. (619) 825-7112.

The Med executive chef Alex Emery offers a new lunch menu with selections such as Venus clam chowder and grilled octopus and sea scallops and Skuna Bay salmon. Sandwiches like seared rockfish, lobster roll and fried hot chicken are served with La V old bay fries or a market salad. La Valendia Hotel, 1132 Prospect St., La Jolla. (855) 476-6870.

Verandina is serving happy hour in the bar and on the outdoor patio from 3 to 5:30 p.m. daily. Guests can order small plates like ravioli fritti (fried), arancini (stuffed rice balls), margherita flatbread and $1 oysters. Glasses of house red and white wines, sangria, Prosecco and select beers are $5, while beer flights are $7. 710 Seacoast Drive, Imperial Beach. (619) 271-6795.

The Smoking Goat in North Park has launched a Summer Happy Hour food and drink menu. A rotating selection of rosés are priced at $5 per glass, and a flight of 3 2-ounce pours is $5. There are also fresh salads, warm honey-drizzled brie platters, duck fat fries and French-style mussels for $5 each. 5 to 6 p.m. weekdays through August. 3408 30th St., San Diego. (619) 955-5295.

Mission Avenue Bar and Grill’s new executive chef, William Eick (formerly of 608), has unveiled a new menu with dishes like bacon dumplings with cashew mole, celery and smoke tare (dipping sauce) and spicy sweet short ribs with panang curry. Weekly specials include Taco Tuesday with choices like chicken thigh flauta with fermented chili sauce or pork belly with cashew mole; and on Whiskey Wednesday the bar offers $15 flights, $11 “Infinity Pour” and half off top-shelf whiskeys. 711 Mission Ave., Oceanside.