This is a frequently updated compilation of noteworthy restaurant openings throughout San Diego. Take note of these under-the-radar places, from the coast to North County and from the South Bay to East County. Want us to check out a recent opening? Drop us a line.
Kearny Mesa— Los Angeles transplant Song Hak has replaced Josun Korean BBQ on Convoy Street. The Korean barbecue restaurant, which has locations in Artesia, CA and LA’s famed Koreatown, offers the standard array of marinated and non-marinated cuts of meat but it specializes in offal. Small and large beef intestine and a variety of beef tripe are cooked on tabletop grills and served with a range of accompaniments. 4581 Convoy St., San Diego.
Clairemont Mesa— Joining existing outposts in Laguna Hills and Anaheim, Ma’s House has a spacious new spot in The Shops at Madison Place. Serving halal Chinese cuisine, with many lamb dishes but no pork, standouts include hand-cut noodles and fresh-baked sesame bread with green onion. 5537 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego.
Kearny Mesa— Convoy Street newcomer A-Bowl will have a familiar menu to diners who frequent Shanghainese eatery Tasty Noodle House. The extensive offerings include well-known regional Chinese dishes, from stir-fried rice cakes to soup dumplings and pan-fried pork buns. 4690 Convoy St., Ste 111, San Diego.
Kearny Mesa— Recently expanded from Las Vegas, Zen Curry is now softly open for dinner Tuesday through Friday and for lunch and dinner on weekends. Its Japanese curry is available in varying degrees of heat, with mix and match toppings that include chicken and pork katsu, kurabota sausages, fried oysters, and panko-crusted Spam. 7309 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego.
Clairemont Mesa— Fans of Japanese gem Yakitori Taisho can breathe easy. The perpetually-packed, jewel box-sized eatery has taken over the adjacent storefront for additional seating space. 5185 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San DIego