The final roster of food tenants for the ambitious Sky Deck project at Del Mar Highlands Town Center is taking shape in preparation for its early 2021 debut. Craft House, a fixture in North Park, will be the penultimate eatery to join the lineup. Taking over as the restaurant component of Rip Current Brewing’s space on 30th Street in 2018, Craft House began as a food truck called Monster Crafts in 2015.
Owner/executive chef Caesar Huerta is bringing his take on modern American cuisine fused with Mexican flavors to the Carmel Valley food collective, transplanting a menu that features bar bites, tacos, mac and cheese, and his signature monster burgers, made with a blend of chuck, short rib, and brisket, that includes the Surf N’ Turf which pairs the beef patty with grilled shrimp and the Wake N’ Bake topped with pork belly and a fried egg.
Huerta tells Eater that he’ll be adding a lot more seafood options to the Sky Deck location, from charred octopus and steamed mussels to ahi tostadas and a variety of ceviche.
Alexis Dachs of Location Matters, which is leasing the entire venue, says that there is one food spot left that’s in the final stages of negotiations. Dachs represented Craft House in the deal, and said, “This is an incredible opportunity for chef Caesar to grow his restaurant brand in such a monumental project. We were targeting a great American concept for the Sky Deck and his talent and passion is exactly what we were looking for.”