Pachamama, Bobboi Natural Gelato and Da Kine’s Plate Lunches debut on San Diego restaurant scene

Pachamama on Adams Avenue in the Kensington/Normal Heights neighborhood.
(Photo courtesy of Pachamama)

Pachamama, an all-new organic restaurant serving South American-inspired cuisine, opened its doors in the Kensington/Normal Heights neighborhood. The fast-casual and predominantly plant-based menu is infused with bright and complex flavors from Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. Owner Vick Vannucci, an Argentinian-born tennis pro turned model and San Diego-born executive chef Ernesto Moreno,look forward to bringing the community an experience of the Amazon by adapting and lightening Vannucci’s traditional recipes in creative ways. Open daily for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch will be available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day starting in November. 3737 Adams Ave., San Diego. (619) 738-3737.

Bobboi Natural Gelato opened a shop inside the AV8 apartment building at the corner of Kettner Boulevard and Ivy Street in Little Italy. The new outpost marks the brand’s third San Diego-area location. Lovers of the frozen treat will find 18 from-scratch, Italian-meets-Californian-style gelato and sorbet flavors made from seasonal and organic ingredients. The expanded menu includes signature flavors like pistachio, chocolate caramel and dark chocolate sorbet, along with unexpected flavors, from pumpkin amaretto (made with organic pumpkin, organic pumpkin spices and amaretto cookies) to rose almond (local Hopkins almonds and Lebanese rosewater). There is also an espresso bar serving drinks and affogatos (Italian-based coffee dessert). Other locations: 8008 Girard Ave., La Jolla and Little Italy Food Hall, 550 W. Date St., San Diego.

Da Kine's Plate Lunches open Oct. 19 in Bay Park.
(Photo courtesy of Da Kine’s)

Da Kine’s Plate Lunches has returned with a new restaurant after an 11-year hiatus. Founded in 1997 by Hawaiian native Nelson Ishii, “Uncle Nelson” as referred to by his faithful patrons, Da Kine’s has been operating as a catering business for the past decade until Ishii was convinced to reopen a brick-and-mortar eatery after customer demand. The original menu is back, featuring the chef’s recipes for plates like teriyaki chicken with his signature sauce, kalua pork with shredded cabbage, chicken katsu, and ribs served Korean-style or sweet and sour. 5401 Linda Vista Road, San Diego. (858) 302-2096.