The Dish: South American tea-centric cafe comes to Pacific Beach


What’s happening

10 Barrel Brewing Co. in East Village’s Makers Quarter has launched its new Baja Crush beer brewed with 40 pounds of nopal and more than 50 pounds of raw agave nectar culled from Mexico. It can be served with a splash of house-made prickly pear and agave syrup. Baja Crush joins the hops list of other sour beers, including Cucumber Crush and Raspberry Crush. In May, brewmaster Ben Shirley won bronze at the San Diego International Beer Competition for his specialty beer, Elephants on Parade. 1501 E St., San Diego.

Sugar Factory at Theatre Box in the Gaslamp Quarter is celebrating National Donut Day by giving away a free doughnut to the first 100 people in line when it opens its doors at 11 a.m. Friday, plus doughnuts will be half-priced all day. Be sure to check out the wide selection of over-the-top-doughnuts, including Strawberry Cheesecake Donut, Rainbow Donut and S’mores Donut. Its American Brasserie serves a few doughnut-inspired dishes like the Donut Burger or the Rainbow Donut Ice Cream Sandwich. 701 Fifth Ave., San Diego.

The second annual Avolution Fest, a one-day immersive festival, will celebrate all things avocado with live music, art installations, food trucks and drinks. St. Lucia, Lost Kings and Tim Legend are slated to perform during the event. 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, 1000 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego. $30 general admission.

Giardino is celebrating World Vespa Day with a special happy hour. Grab $5 bites like house-made meatballs, eggplant rolls and bruschetta along with drinks starting at $3. Special upfront parking will be reserved for Vespa owners. 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday. 8131 Broadway, Lemon Grove.

Bluewater Grill restaurants will host a “Get Crabby Tasting” featuring soft-shell crab prepared two ways: sauteed with crab lemon caper beurre blanc (white butter) with fingerling potato salad and vinegar aioli; and tempura style served with Asian vegetable salad and cilantro vinaigrette paired with a Kungfu Girl Riesling from Washington state and an Acrobat Pinot Gris from Oregon. 6:30 p.m. Monday. Bluewater Grill at Carlsbad Village, 417 Carlsbad Village Road, Carlsbad and Bluewater Boathouse Seafood Grill, 1701 Strand Way, Coronado. $40.

Kairoa Brewing Company in University Heights will host Kairoa’s Sunset Supper, featuring five courses and five beer pairings (or an option for a wine pairing) crafted by executive chef Rocio Fleckenstein and head brewer Joe Peach. The dinner includes an oyster trio (grilled, baked and raw), a market salad made with produce from a local farmer’s market, venison, and a homemade watermelon popsicle to refresh your palate before the lemon meringue dessert. 6 p.m. June 13. 4601 Park Blvd., San Diego $76.70 per person.

Salt & Straw ice cream shop debuts its June “Camping” flavor series in partnership with Oregon-based maker Pendleton Woolen Mills to raise funds for the National Park Foundation. Tyler Malek, co-founder and head ice cream maker, crafted this limited edition series, drawing inspiration from the West Coast wilderness and traditional summer outings. The lineup of flavors include: Campfire S’mores; Buttermilk Pancakes, Bacon & Eggs; Mushroom Muddy Buddies; Berries, Beans & BBQ Sauce; and a Wild Fennel Amaro-Milk Sorbet. The offerings will be available through June 28 at all Southern California scoop shops. Two San Diego locations: 1670 India St., Little Italy and 3705 Caminito Court, Suite 0580, Carmel Valley.

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa is celebrating its 15th anniversary this month with special offerings. Guests can try the Estancia Experience cocktail made with You & Yours Sunday Gin, lime juice and a basil syrup infusion, and in tandem with National Hunger Awareness Month, a $1.50 donation will be added to all lunch and dinner checks at its signature restaurant Mustangs & Burros, with proceeds benefiting Feeding San Diego. 9700 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla. (855) 318-7602.

In the news

Herb & Wood (2210 Kettner Blvd.) was named one of the “100 Best Restaurants in America for a Big Night Out 2019” by OpenTable. The list is curated by 12 million verified diner reviews of more than 30,000 U.S. restaurants, featuring eateries from 19 states as well as Washington, D.C. The most featured state on the list was California, highlighting 18 restaurants, five of which are located in San Diego. The other four restaurants include Juniper & Ivy (2228 Kettner Blvd.), Born & Raised (1909 India St.), Del Frisco’s (901 Bayfront Court, Suite 105) and Coasterra (880 Harbor Island Drive). The complete list can be viewed at


North Park Breakfast Company has opened its doors and joined the booming San Diego brunch scene. The restaurant’s menu features banana bread pancakes, mashed potato waffles, chicken confit and grits, and peach and almond French toast, to name a few dishes. Morning libations are also served, including a carrot cocktail infused with Aquavit, lemon, carrot juice and serrano bitters. There’s a patio on the first level and a rooftop deck for dining al fresco year-round. North Park Breakfast Company is a part of the San Diego-based Rise & Shine Restaurant Group, and this is the consortium’s 13th restaurant location, adding to eight Breakfast Republic outposts, three Fig Tree Cafe locations, and the popular Mexican restaurant, El Jardin. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. 3131 University Ave., San Diego. (619) 269-2118.

Yerba Mate Bar and Argentinian Cafe, the only one of its kind in San Diego, will open its doors in Pacific Beach in mid-June. The cafe will focus on yerba mate, a traditional South American drink, made from the dried leaves of an evergreen holly. It is said to provide the “strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea and the euphoria of chocolate” all in one beverage. The menu offers a variety of flavors and types of this tea (hot or cold), and is served the Argentinean way — in a gourd-shaped cup with a special straw to filter the tea. Empanadas will be served with flavors ranging from wine-braised beef to mushrooms with cheese and onion, as well as signature sauces like chimichurri and green olive sauce. The cafe’s all-day menu features house-made sweets and desserts, including cakes, pastries and cookies. Guests can dine indoors or outdoors amid a beachy design and greenery-filled environment. 956 Garnet Ave., San Diego. (858) 900-3309.