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See What’s New at Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern
The flagship Point Loma Marina location of Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern is introducing an entirely new menu as the restaurant nears its tenth anniversary. In fact, all branches of the eatery are getting a revamp thanks to culinary director Nathan Coulon (True Food Kitchen, Nolita Hall). New dishes include an albacore tuna melt on parmesan crusted sourdough, charred Brussels sprouts with pecanwood smoked bacon, toasted almonds, and maple syrup, and barbecued St. Louis-style ribs served with sides that include jalapeno-cheddar scalloped potatoes. All new drinks, courtesy of TJ Majeske (The Pearl Hotel, Bankers Hill), include For a Good Thyme Call with gin, lemon, thyme, honey, and walnut bitters and The Beatnik with bourbon, hibiscus liqueur, lemon, and blackberry puree.
Pop Pie Co. and Stella Jean’s Celebrate Pi Day
To commemorate Pi Day this Saturday, March 14, Pop Pie Co. will be giving away a free hand pie to the first 50 guests in line at 7 a.m. and executive chef Gan Suebsarakham has put together a menu of greatest hits and limited edition pies including The Dirty Flattop Cheeseburger pie inspired by The Friendly and the BBQ Pork Daddy Mac Pie created in collab with Grand Ole BBQ y Asado. Its sister ice cream shop, Stella Jean’s, will also be bringing back some of its most popular flavors including Thai tea, banana pudding, and ube pandesal.
Chef Travis Swikard Pops Up at Enclave
Travis Swikard, of the upcoming highly-anticipated Callie, is being hosted by Enclave Adventurous Superfoods for its next Food As Medicine (F.A.M.) on Monday, March 16 at JuneShine Ranch. Swikard and Enclave’s Chef Lan are collaborating on a family-style dinner that will include grill-your-own pitas with smoked beet hummus, Lebanese meatballs, and cardamom mousse with halva and poached kumquats. Tickets are $55, or $62 with a pairing of JuneShine hard kombucha.
Cloak & Petal Launching Brunch
Little Italy’s Cloak & Petal will debut brunch service on Saturday, April 4, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Designed by Las Vegas chef Antonio Nunez who is known for his brunch menus, the plates will range from Japanese egg Benedicts and fried rice with eggs to candied ginger doughnuts and Fuji apple pancakes. Brunch cocktails from bar manager Faisal Asseri will include the prerequisite bottomless mimosa.
Mr. Moto Pairs Dog Adoptions and Pizza
Mr. Moto Pizza House has teamed up with non profit Paws4Thought to support the organization’s work to rescue dogs in the U.S. and Tijuana/Rosarito area and help connect them with loving homes. To that end, the pizzeria will be displaying photos of dogs that are available for adoption on all pizza boxes at its locations in Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, North Park, Point Lomam and La Jolla. Specializing in New York-style pizza and featuring a “Pizza of the Month”, the eatery offers delivery for any of its branches.
El Dorado’s Mezcal Pairing Dinner
Industry talents Please & Thank-You cocktail pros and chef Amanda Michels (Red Laurel) are teaming up for a special mezcal pairing and tasting at El Dorado Cocktail Lounge on Wednesday, April 1. Enjoy mezcal from three regions of Mexico paired with bites and insightful education from Please & Thank-You Bar founder (and a die-hard mezcal enthusiast) Stephen Ohalloran. Tickets cost $45 and are available on Eventbrite or Facebook.
Young Hickory Launches Coffee Line
North Park craft beer bar and coffee shop Young Hickory is launching its new private label: Young Hickory Coffee this Saturday. Former employee/friend of Young Hickory Dan Romeo (owner and roaster TRVLR Coffee Roaster) is heading up the new line at his Mission Gorge facility. Also new to the menu are two drip coffees featuring an updated Black Gold Blend dark roast, a seasonal medium Guatemala, plus a new “Pipeline espresso” and a house cold brew on tap.
Menya Ultra Turns 3
It’s Menya Ultra Ramen’s third anniversary, and to celebrate, they’re running specials at both Clairemont Mesa and Mira Mesa locations March 17 through March 22. Schwag includes $10 gift cards (first 50 customers, lunch and dinner), stickers, and limited-edition t-shirts. The special edition menu will feature shoyu ramen, made with a special chicken broth and housemade soy sauce topped with a seasoned egg, pork chashu, seaweed, and menma.
Women’s History Month at Sidecar
Sidecar Donuts is celebrating Women’s History Month on various collaborations with female-owned/founded San Diego businesses. First up, a SusieCakes X Sidecar blueberry pancake flavor inspired by one of SusieCakes’ seasonal cupcakes of the same name with a portion of proceeds to local chapters of Girl Scouts. Pop-ups from MantraBand (Mar 7), Kween Granola Butter (Mar 21), and The Dirty Cookie (Mar 28) will also feature.
Wagyu and Whiskey
Fans of Wagyu and Japanese whiskey might be interested to learn that Mission Ave Bar & Grill in Oceanside will be putting on a special night dedicated to both on Tuesday, March 24. Deals include $6 nigiri and gunkan maki, $10 hand rolls, $16 sashimi, half-off all Japanese whiskeys, and of course, some delicious A5 Japanese Wagyu Ribeye.
Charity Bake Sale
San Diego’s top pastry chefs, including Claudia Sandoval (Cochi Dorado), Daniela Martinez, (Il Dandy), and Rocio Siso Gurriaran (NINE-TEN) are teaming up for a bake sale at Herb & Eatery on Sunday, April 19. Proceeds go to Friendly Feast, a nonprofit founded by Erin Jackson that produces community culinary events to raise funds for local charities. Tickets cost $40 and include six baked treats and 11 a.m. admission. VIP tickets ($50 to $80) include early entry and a welcome drink.