LA JOLLA— Friends of Eater have been impressed by first bites at James' Place, which has finally made its debut adjacent to the La Jolla Playhouse in place of the long-shuttered Jai by Wolfgang Puck. Chef/owner James Holder, who helped open Cafe Japengo, is overseeing a menu that ranges from sushi and sashimi to Asian-inspired appetizers, rice, noodles and even burgers. A newly-launched happy hour runs from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. [EaterWire]
PACIFIC BEACH— A tiny takeout window on Garnet Avenue belongs to the new Hola Che, an Argentine kitchen cooking up homestyle food. Their specialty is choripan, a sandwiched stuffed with a chorizo sausage and topped with herby chimichurri sauce, but we're hearing that real-deal empanadas are coming soon.
HILLCREST— The "coffee & craft haus" project that's been in the works on 5th Avenue since last year is now open. La Marque is brewing up coffee drinks fueled by various roasters, from Intelligentsia, Bird Rock Coffee, Cafe Moto and more, plus serving up a menu of small bites. The eatery is also planning monthly pop up dinners that include wine pairings.
MIRA MESA— Tan Ky Mi Gia shuttered last summer at 9330 Mira Mesa Boulevard after many years in the neighborhood, got a slight refresh and was replaced by the similar-sounding Tim Ky Noodle earlier this month. Mmm-yoso did a survey of several noodle soups from the menu and deemed the won ton and dumpling egg noodle soup the winner thus far.