Parakeet Cafe has taken flight in Little Italy. This is the second outpost for the eatery, which landed in 2017 in downtown La Jolla. The new India Street location, a 3,000-square-foot space, lands next to Salt & Straw Ice Cream across from the Piazza della Famiglia. Co-owner Jonathan Goldwasser plans to open more branches throughout San Diego; the next one will debut at One Paseo later this year.
Known for its health-conscious, all-day menu, the cafe serves toasts topped with avocado and beet-cured salmon along with trendy plates ranging from matcha waffles to quinoa bowls and raw zucchini noodle salad. Beverages are on-trend as well, with specialties that include a turmeric latte, adaptogenic mushroom drinks, probiotic mimosas, and low-glycemic hot chocolate. Doors open daily at 7 a.m., but the new Little Italy location has extends its operating hours until 10 p.m., offering dinner options that include organic roast chicken, wild Alaskan halibut, sweet potato curry, and a baked falafel platter.