Chef Pascal Lorange (Fig & Olive) will open CRUDO by Pascal Lorange at The Village at Pacific Highland Ranch in San Diego. CRUDO by Pascal Lorange, The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, 13490 Pacific Highlands Ranch Pkwy., San Diego, CA 92130, no phone.
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.
Café Gratitude, which serves up gourmet 100 percent, plant-based cuisine, has arrived in San Diego. The popular vegan restaurant has outposts in Downtown L.A., Venice Beach, Santa Cruz, Berkeley and more. Café Gratitude focuses on organic, healthy eats and environmentally friendly products. The menu features dishes like chia seed pudding, gluten-free buckwheat-flax pancakes and Portobello mushroom tostados with cashew queso fresca and avocado. Café Gratitude, 1980 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101, 619-736-5077.
L.A.’s favorite fast-casual eatery for healthy dining is debuting two new locations in San Diego. Lemonade’s Hillcrest location opened in August, and a second outpost will open its doors at Westfield UTC open-air mall in La Jolla. Lemonade’s cuisine focuses on seasonal California comfort food that’s fresh and convenient for people on the go. In addition to salads, veggies, slow-braised meats, toasted sandwiches and more, both La Jolla and Hillcrest locations will feature made-to-order flatbreads like wild mushroom, truffle and Parmesan or heirloom cherry tomato, mozzarella and basil, all baked in an open-flame brick oven. Lemonade, 3958 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92103, 619-293-7900.
A new brewery and tasting room has descended upon the Miramar brewing scene. Duck Foot Brewing Company sets itself apart from San Diego’s other craft beer breweries in that it’s producing only gluten-free beer. Anyone, including those with celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity, can enjoy their craft beer. The core line-up includes Blonde Ale, Red Ale, IPA, White Double IPA and Chocolate Hazelnut Porter; seasonal offerings include a Honey Ale and Coconut Molasses Brown Ale. Enjoy tasting flights or grab a growler of your favorite flavor. Duck Foot Brewing Company, 8920 Kenamar Dr., Ste 210, San Diego, CA 92121, 858-433-7916.
New Menu at Jsix
Executive chef Christian Graves has introduced new dishes at Jsix. Offerings include roasted scallops with mussels, saffron broth, fingerling potatoes, fennel, basil, croutons and aioli. Jsix, Hotel Solamar, 616 J St., San Diego, CA 92101, 619-531-8744.
"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.
The Hake Kitchen & Bar in La Jolla has temporarily closed for renovations and expansion. The seafood restaurant will add 2,000 square feet and 60 seats. Ocean views will be a new part of the dining experience. The re-opening is slated for Spring 2016. The Hake Kitchen & Bar, 1250 Prospect St., Ste. B10, La Jolla, CA 92037, 858-454-1637.
Croce's Restaurant & Jazz Bar has shuttered. A San Diego institution since the 1980s, Croce's combined contemporary American fare with live blues and jazz. Croce's Restaurant & Jazz Bar, 2760 Fifth Ave., Ste. 100, San Diego, CA 92103, no phone.
The Grill at The Lodge at Torrey Pines is temporarily closed for remodeling. Expect it to re-open in June 2016 with a new patio design, including a wood-burning rotisserie, as well as a revamped kitchen and menu overhaul from executive chef Jeff Jackson. The Grill, The Lodge at Torrey Pines, 11480 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, CA 92037, 858-453-4420.
Sally's Seafood on the Water will be closed for renovations through early March 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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