MG Beyer Seafood by the Park
A popular local food truck, which has operated in South San Diego since 2007, has gone brick-and-mortar in the East Village. Specializing in traditional Mexican seafood dishes, the truck is known for its ceviche and seafood-stuffed tacos and quesadillas including the classic Baja fish taco and Gobernador taco with shrimp, melted cheese and vegetables. Those food truck specialities can be found at the new sit-down eatery along with aguachile, seafood cocktails and an array of beer and beer-based micheladas.
Replacing Taiwanese eatery Liang’s Kitchen on Convoy Street is another new spot for Chinese hot pot. An extension of Private Kitchen on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, Mada-Sao has a self-service display case full of individually-priced skewers of meat, seafood, vegetables and more that are cooked by the kitchen in a flavorful spicy broth The menu, displayed on an iPad, also includes other dishes such a braised duck, noodle soups and Shanghai smoked fish.
The Pie Joint
This family-run pie shop, recently opened in Point Loma, does brisk takeout business but also has on-site seating for pie-eaters. The menu of handmade pies feature rotating flavors of five-inch savory pies including steak and ale and classic chicken pot pie, which can be had with a side of mashed potatoes and gravy of a salad. Their sweet pies come in mini (two-inch) or whole (nine-inch) sizes and range in flavor from drunken caramel apple to chocolate mousse, pumpkin and coconut. This Satuday, January 27, the shop will be at AleSmith Brewing Company doing a beer and pie pairing.
Replacing Big Joy Family Bakery & Cafe on Convoy Street, this new drink and dessert shop offers a ton of Instagram-worthy treats. There’s a variety of kakigori, or Japanese shaved ice, and sweets ranging from green tea tiramisu to panna cotta, mango sticky rice, creme brûlée and trendy charcoal egg waffles topped with ice cream. Beverages include mango-based smoothies, matcha tea lattes and frappes and an assortment of unique coffee drinks, from egg yolk coffee to Vietnamese sea salt cream cold brew.
Oi Asian Fusion
With existing locations in the Los Angeles area, the new Barrio Logan spot is the first San Diego foray for this casual restaurant with a Pan-Asian menu that centers around rice bowls. There are Filipino-inspired rice bowls topped with chicken adobo, tapsilog and longanisa sausage as well bowls featuring Japanese fried chicken and mixed mushrooms with a soft boiled egg. Food offerings are rounded out by buns stuffed with burgers and braised pork belly.