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A Chinese Restaurant From Monterey Park Is Expanding to Linda Vista

Xinjiang BBQ will specialize in skewered meats and late-night dining

Beef skewers.
Beef skewers.
Xinjiang BBQ

A new Chinese barbecue restaurant is opening in Linda Vista, replacing the old Saigon Restaurant location adjacent to Thuan Phat supermarket. Aiming for an opening in late January, this will be the second branch of Xinjiang BBQ, which opened in Monterey Park in 2017.

Named after Xinjiang, a city in northwestern China with a large Muslim Uyghur population where lamb is regularly consumed, the restaurant offers lamb soup, lamb chops, lamb kidneys, and lamb testicles. Its popular barbecue skewers, which can be ordered spicy or mild, include beef kabobs, Taiwanese sausage, and chicken gizzards but the menu also extends to seafood snacks, eggplant with garlic, grilled buns, and fried tofu.

Eggplant with garlic.
Eggplant with garlic.
Xinjiang BBQ
Fried tofu.
Xinjiang BBQ

Owner Xun Tong told Eater that he’s bringing some kitchen staff with him from Monterey Park to ensure this outpost offers the same quality as its flagship restaurant. The new space will have a larger kitchen and dining area, which will give Tong more flexibility to expand the menu as he tests out the San Diego market. He plans to serve a wide selection of beer and soju once the restaurant receives its liquor license.

Known for keeping late-night hours in Monterey Park, Xinjiang BBQ will also stay open late in Linda Vista, until 3 a.m. on weekdays and until 4 a.m. on weekends.

In the future, Tong says he would like to open a second restaurant in San Diego, either another barbecue place or perhaps a noodle house or dumpling spot depending on local diners’ tastes.

Rendering of the Linda Vista restaurant.
Xinjiang BBQ

Xinjiang BBQ

6931 Linda Vista Road, San Diego, CA 92111