It’s finally Friday, which means it’s almost time to clock-off and get those weekend vibes started. No plans yet? No problem! Eater's here with a handy set of recommendations to assist in your dining destination decision-making. In this regular feature, we'll help you discover recently opened restaurants and uncover new-to-you bars and eateries (plus occasional menu debuts) specializing in everything from Friday happy hour cocktails through to Sunday brunch, so you can make the most of that well-earned downtime.
New Chef & Menu: Top Of The Market
This San Diego waterfront stalwart has been back in business since mid-December with new chef Stafford Mather and his revamped menu of seafood-centric fare. The cold counter serves up a great selection of fresh oysters ($16/dozen), plus a pretty impressive chilled seafood platter for $44, which can all be paired with comprehensive selection of wines by the glass, half or full bottle. 750 N. Harbor Drive (619) 232-3474 [Photo: Lyudmila Zotova]
Super Bowl Sunday: Pure Project Brewing Co.
Led by head brewer Winslow Sawyer (a sours specialist), this freshly tapped Miramar tasting room -which was originally destined for Costa Rica- launched late last month. The debut brew list features everything from a dry stout and IPA, to a farmhouse saison made with local honey. Join them this Sunday for Super Bowl 50 and Casanova Fish Tacos. Seating is limited so feel free to BYOC (bring your own chair!). 9030 Kenmar Drive #308 (858) 252-6143 [Photo: Facebook]
Mexican Cantina: Cerveza Jack's
From 'turnt turkey' buckshots (served in a shot gun shell no less!) and $12 cerveza bombers to CJ's classic cocktails, welcome to the new cool kid bar on the PB block. This casual concept brought to you from Good Time Designs also serves up suitably Mexican inspired eats, including quesadillas, tacos, nachos, bowls and burritos topped and filled with everything from al pastor to pollo asado. 1165 Garnet Ave. (619) 501-4600 [Photo: Facebook]
New Temecula Tasting Room: Ballast Point
Ballast Point's new tasting bar and kitchen opened in Temecula's Old Town this week, here's what to expect: a wide selections of beers on tap, including their popular Pineapple Sculpin IPA, plus a small menu of pub favorites. The early word on bites suggests fish tacos, truffle fries, housemade pretzels and a Cuban style sandwich will be on offer. The tasting room is open daily (11 a.m. to 11 p.m.) on a first come first served basis. 28551 Rancho California Rd. (951) 676-5544 [Photo: Facebook]
Guadalajara Transplant: Pipirins
If you like your carne asada char-grilled over lava rock this recently opened "carne asada concept" will become your authentic Guadalajara-style eats "go-to" in no time. Traditionally served with a side of Peruvian beans, all dishes come with grilled green onions, housemade tortillas and a selection of salsas - and pair perfectly with one of their $5 craft beers. Stop by on Sunday for 10% off all orders during the Super Bowl, with $3 delivery to select areas downtown. 531 Broadway (619) 795-6960 [Photo: Lyudmila Zotova]