Fort Oak brings back tasting menu; Wise Ox butcher shop now open

The interior of Fort Oak, a Mission Hills restaurant that has recently brought back its tasting menu experience
(Jim Sullivan )

Chef Brad Wise of Fort Oak restaurant in Mission Hills will relaunch the 20-month-old restaurant’s tasting menu experience on Wednesday, Sept. 23, and continuing on Wednesday nights through Oct. 14.

The fall-focused menu will be paired with wine and cocktails by wine director Ben Zuba and bar manager Jessica Stewart.

The price is $150 per person for the eight-course-plus tasting and beverage pairings. There will be two seatings at 5:15 pm and 8:15 pm. To reserve, visit

Wise Ox butcher shop now open

The Wise Ox, a new butcher shop owned by the Trust Restaurant Group, opened Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 2855 El Cajon Blvd., Suite 1, in North Park.

The Wise Ox replaces Heart & Trottery butchery. Trust purchased the business and lease on the property from Heart & Trottery’s founders over the summer and made the brand change over Labor Day weekend.

Besides the existing premium butcher shop, Wise Ox also offers select grocery items, a deli, craft beers and a wine program. Onsite seating was also added for onsite dining of deli and house-made charcuterie items. Visit

Pam Kragen writes about restaurants for The San Diego Union-Tribune. Email her at