GASLAMP— Garage Kitchen + Bar at 655 4th Avenue is now open. Though the downtown eatery shares a kitchen with The Shout! House, the menu is brand new, a mix of salads, shared plates, sandwiches and entrees that range from linguini and clams to chicken stuffed with pine nuts, spinach and goat cheese; they're calling it "California fresh cuisine". For now, the restaurant is focused on the food rather than the live entertainment component, which could come later.
CARLSBAD— North County's Perfect Pairings reboots itself every two weeks, when they restart with a new menu of dishes to pair with select beer or wine, available a la carte or as four or six course prix fixe dinners with optional beer, wine or tea flights. Every two weeks, the restaurant also hosts a winery or brewery-specific dinner; a dinner featuring Stone Brewing Co. is scheduled for December 23.
MIRAMAR— Oceanside's Legacy Brewing just launched a second location, Legacy Brewing Tap and Kitchen, which is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. in the Miramar area (7060 Miramar Rd). After a soft opening period, they brewery started serving their full food menu this week, which includes sandwiches, burgers, wings and tacos to go with their 16 beers; a grand opening is scheduled for January 10.
LA JOLLA/HILLCREST— LA-based Juice Crafters has followed up their debut juice bar in Little Italy with recently-opened outposts in La Jolla (935 Silverado Street) and Hillcrest (401 University Avenue), the first of six San Diego shops planned for the company, which specializes in cold pressed organic juice, acai bowls and smoothies.
HILLCREST— A barbecue catering company just opened a storefront with a focus on smoked meat sandwiches. The menu at The Whole Hog is succinct and pork-centric, featuring two regional styles of pulled pork, a Cuban sandwich, pork belly sliders and a handful of barbecue-friendly sides, including black-eyed peas, collard greens and coleslaw.
KEARNY MESA— A large remodeled dining room houses Szechuan Taste (8199 Clairemont Mesa Blvd), the newest Sichuan entry in the neighborhood. Mmm-yoso took a first taste of the menu and finds that most dishes aren't spicy enough, with large portion sizes that emphasize "quantity more than quality".