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Asian-Inspired Tavern Hits The HUB in Hillcrest

House made noodles are the main draw

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With a grand opening scheduled for this Sunday, Whistling Duck Tavern has opened at The HUB complex in Hillcrest, where its University Avenue space features a large 1,200-square-foot patio. Putting an Asian street food spin on upscale bar food is executive chef/owner Charles Sun, who was part of the original team that launched Shanghai Saloon on Convoy.

Here, his menu ranges from homemade Korean beef jerky to teriyaki duck-topped nachos, steamed buns, dumplings and risotto with Chinese sausage. A focal point are house made noodles, which feature in classic Chinese preparations including dan dan noodles with spicy ground pork and Szechuan chili bean sauce to a noodle soup with braised beef shank. There’s even a Shanghai twist on Mexican menudo.

Whistling Duck Tavern is doing a dual happy hour, from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, offering all of its over 20 taps of craft beer for $5.

Whistling Duck Tavern

1030 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103

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