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Five New Restaurants To Visit This Weekend

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Where to drink and dine on your days off.

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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.

Wood-Fired Cuisine: Lena Craft Mexican

Leña Craft Mexican Brings Authentic Flavor With Farm-to-Table Focus

This casual yet elegant La Jolla Mexican joint specializes in wood-fired regional dishes with a focus on seasonal produce and sustainable meat. Menu standouts include the Tlayuda – corn tortilla flatbread with super fresh veggies roasted from the wood-burning oven, and the duck confit-filled tacos. Baja wines, local beer and an assortment of micheladas are complemented by a unique cocktail program, which showcases small-batch spirits and a hard to find liqueur from the Yucatan. 909 Prospect St. #290 (858) 263-4190 [Photo: Lyudmila Zotova]

Vietnamese Specialities: Char House Saigon Grill & Pho

Char House

Serving up grilled skewers (from octopus and whole shrimp to filet mignon), you’ll also find items like Banh Khot (delicious mini rice pancakes topped with shrimp, and eaten with herbs), generously-sized fish sauce chicken wings, and plenty of fragrant pho at this newest addition to the Convoy/Kearny Mesa restaurant row. A couple of early Yelp reviewers wrote the Char House Pho Ga has replaced Phuong Trang's as their absolute favorite. 7767 Balboa Ave. (858) 569-5144 [Photo: Yelp]

Peruvian Seafood: Ceviche House

Ceviche House

While this former farmer's market favorite, and now hole in the wall-style ‘mom and pop shop’ (it seats around nine inside, eight outside) opened last year, it has been flying somewhat under the radar. Those in the know come for chef Juan Carlos Récamier's superb ceviche made from fresher-than-fresh (and completely sustainable) locally sourced seafood --Catalina Offshore, Tuna Harbor Dockside Market-- expertly crafted into different preparations of this Latin American specialty. We hear you can't go wrong with anything on the menu, but the veracruz tostadas (shrimp, scallops, mango) has a lot of love on Yelp. They have a pretty cool and colorful Instagram feed too! 4594 30th St. (619) 453-8330 [Photo:Yelp]

Spring-Inspired Dishes: BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant

Bankers Hill

A local yellowfin tuna tartar with avocado, chipotle aioli, radish and pea tendril salad, and spice-seared swordfish served with baby artichokes and olive-caper relish are just two of the new spring-inspired dishes on the menu at this Park West gem. Don’t miss the inaugural ‘Sunday School Tasting’ on Sunday, April 17 ($45 per person) led by sommelier Molly Brooks-Thornton, wine and beer enthusiasts can learn about various wine varietals, regions and craft beer while enjoying small tastings of BANKERS HILL’s most popular dishes. 2202 4th Ave. (619) 231-0222 [Photo: Courtesy]

New Bites: The Commons Bar

The Commons

This Gaslamp staple just launched some new eats to kick off the spring season. Bites include: Nachinno’s, Mottsey Sticks and Totchos (tater tots topped with home style chili, cheese, guacamole and sour cream), and the signature Danger Zone Burger (Angus beef patty, molten pepper jack cheese, diced jalapeños, cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper). Enjoy alongside signature cocktails, such as the Cadillac Mexican Bull Dog Margarita, and Long Island Tea Party. 901 4th Ave. (619) 696-8888 [Photo: Yelp]