Whether you live in a Downtown San Diego loft and stay up-to-date on the latest and greatest or you drive 40 minutes from East County for those buttermilk biscuits in smoked butter, without a doubt you’re looking forward to the fresh batch of culinary delights hitting downtown this year.
Located in the heart of Little Italy, Bracero has the whole neighborhood salivating with anticipation. Chef Javier Plascencia, known for his successes from San Diego to the Valle de Guadalupe, is behind the two-story, 4,800 square-foot project that shares the same building as Little Italy San Diego condos. The first floor will offer a casual dining experience and serve items like oysters and tacos al pastor. On the second floor, guests will be required to make reservations and can expect an entirely different menu and a more upscale feel.
Slated to open this summer in Downtown San Diego’s East Village, Social Tap will make a home in the old Southpaw space near Petco Park. This location will serve a menu similar to the original one in Ventura offering the likes of burgers, sandwiches, tacos, and burritos. They emphasize quality ingredients, freshness, and, of course, craft beer. Social Tap, undoubtedly, will be a welcome addition during Padres season.
Blush Ice Bar
Out with the slushies and in with the ice bar. If you’ve walked around the Gaslamp Quarter recently, you might have noticed Wet Willie’s is gone, and in its place comes Blush Ice Bar + East-West Kitchen, named for its signature Blush cocktail made with fruit-infused frosted ice. In addition to table seating, there will be a 40-seat bar as well as an 18-seat raw bar. Chef Daniel Barron, who some may know from La Valencia in La Jolla or his regular pop-up dinners, is overseeing the menu that will mostly consist of Western and Asian small plates.
The same group that brought Downtown San Diego Fluxx, SideBar, Ciro’s, and Don Chido is gearing up to open Rustic Root sometime this spring. Taking over the old Marble Room, the new eatery will serve rustic American cuisine crafted by executive chef Antonio Friscia and will offer the only dedicated rooftop dining in downtown.
The Crack Shack
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention The Crack Shack, Richard Blais’ newest project that will open near the successful Juniper & Ivy. Although it isn’t scheduled to open until fall 2015 and will serve casual breakfast, lunch, and dinner items, potential diners can look forward to non-GMO eggs, custom bread, organic ingredients, and locally sourced produce.
Is your mouth watering yet? Ours is! Not that you needed more motivation to move to Downtown San Diego, but if you did, this list might do it. When you’re ready to make the leap, a great place to start is with a trusted Downtown San Diego real estate agent at 92101 Urban Living. Reach out to us today to get your condo search started! ')}