Duke's has brought its aloha spirit to La Jolla. This mini-chain of restaurants pays homage to the famous waterman Duke Kahanamoku and the many talents of Hawaii's first Olympic athlete. The menu features poke tacos, lilikoi ceviche, Spam fried rice, whole snapper and wood-grilled New York steak. Duke's La Jolla, 1216 Prospect St., La Jolla, CA 92037, 858-454-5888.
Top of the Hyatt at Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego has re-opened after undergoing renovations. Enjoy views 40 stories above the bay along with light fare like sliders, flatbreads and scallop ceviche. Top of the Hyatt, 1 Market Pl., San Diego, CA 92101, 619-232-1234.
Liberty Public Market, the 22,000-square-foot artisan mecca set to open in Point Loma’s Liberty Station, has announced its initial line up of merchants and vendors. The particpiants include family-owned Liberty Meat Shop, The WestBean Coffee Roasters, Fully Loaded Juice, Venissimo Cheese, Southeast Asian street food Pho Realz, Wicked Maine Lobster, MooTime Creamery, Mastiff Sausage, Cane Patch Pies and Cecilia’s Taqueria. Liberty Public Market, 2816 Historic Decatur Rd., San Diego, CA 92106, no phone.
San Diego Restaurant Week Returns January 17-24
During San Diego Restaurant Week, taking place January 17-24, 2016, diners can enjoy specially priced lunch and dinner menus. Participating restaurants include Amaya, Cucina Enoteca and The Grant Grill. For more information, please visit San Diego Restaurant Week's website
Happy Hour at Galaxy Taco
La Jolla Shores’ new hot spot, Galaxy Taco, has just launched its happy hour. The casual Mexican eatery and patio are the perfect post-beach hangout for drinks and bites like the Baja fried fish tacos with cabbage, pico de gallo, chipotle crema, radish and avocado or the divine lamb barbacoa with onion, tomato-mint salsa and yogurt. Specials include a buck off all tacos and drink deals like their $10 Modelo Especial beer and Cimarron Blanco Tequila shot combo. Happy Hour runs Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Galaxy Taco, 2259 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA 92037, 858-228-5655.
"Top Chef" alum Rich Sweeney has taken over as executive chef at Waypoint Public, a North Park eatery offering eclectic bistro fare and craft beers. Waypoint Public, 3794 30th St., San Diego, CA 92104, 619-255-8778.
Sally's Seafood on the Water will be closed for renovations effective November 30, 2015. It is scheduled to re-open in February 2016. Sally's Seafood on the Water, Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, 1 Market Pl., San Diego, CA 92101, 619-358-6740.
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