After debuting last summer in the Gaslamp, Tocaya Organica will open its second San Diego location at Westfield UTC on Wednesday, January 30. Founded in 2016 in Venice, California by The Madera Group, which also operates the Toca Madera brand, the “fresh-casual” eatery has locations throughout the Los Angeles area. Among the nine additional outposts scheduled to open this year is another branch bound for new Carmel Valley development One Paseo.
Designed with a beachy aesthetic, the 3,891-square-foot restaurant, located near Raised by Wolves and Din Tai Fung at UTC, includes a standalone bar and large outdoor patio. Open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.. to 10 p.m., it will serve lunch, dinner, and happy hour.
Known for its health-focused menu which uses organic ingredients in an array of Mexican-inspired dishes, Tocaya Organica caters to a variety of dietary preferences; there are vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options as well as a range of sustainable seafood and meat. For those doing keto, there’s a new bowl made with Spanish-style cauliflower rice, sautéed tri-color peppers, avocado, sautéed garlic brussels sprouts with Roma tomatoes, black olives, and arbol salsa. All bowls, salads, tacos, and burritos can be customized with a variety of proteins and cheese, from chicken tinga and carne asada to queso fresco and vegan chipotle jack. Beverages include aguas frescas and margaritas, beer, and wine.
To commemorate the grand opening, Tocaya will be offering ‘First Round’s on Us’ deal all day on Saturday, February 2, when diners will receive two complimentary tacos with any purchase of a beverage, side, or entrée.