News for Restaurants in San Diego
St Germain’s Bistro is launching a new Lady Chef series to honor the talented culinary women of San Diego. Isabel Cruz, restaurateur, chef and author, kicked off the series on February 1 with a special dinner showcasing her vibrant Latin/Asian fusion. Cruz is the executive chef and owner of San Diego’s Barrio Star, Coffee Cup, and Isabel’s Cantina. Throughout the month diners will savor the bold Latin flavors of Isabel’s cuisine in a specially created menu featuring dishes from her restaurants and cookbook, Isabel's Cantina. A special Taco Tuesday will run all month long. This quarterly culinary program at the cafe will also feature Dawn Parks, owner and executive chef of The Wild Thyme Company-Catering and Events; Kari Rich, owner and executive chef of Food Farm Truck; and Alvanette Kauwalu, a personal chef specializing in Hawaiian and Asian cuisine, throughout 2012. For more information, visit www.stgermainscafe.com. St. Germain's Cafe, 1010 S Coast Highway, Encinitas, CA 92024, 7604342660.
Beaumont's chef Scott Cathcart has created a new winter and cocktail menu that will feature several heartier dishes for the “colder” San Diego months. Oven-braised beef poutine, organic baby tomato with burrata bruschetta, and caramelized pear and burrata flatbread are just a few examples. Mixologist and sommelier Gavin McMannes has added a few drinks to match the current trends, such as those mixed with Aperol, herbs and organic liquors. Beaumont's, 5662 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla, CA 92037, 858-459-0474.
Roppongi’s cocktail menu is getting revamped, along with new happy hour pricing. Asia is the theme for this refashion, with spicy flavors and playful Asian-inspired names. Try the spicy Thai basil julip with Nadared vodka, Thai basil, fresh lime juice, Yuzu Luxe, simple syrup and a bit of cayenne pepper. Happy hour at Roppongi is now offered daily from 3 p.m.-6 p.m., with drinks priced at $8 (normally $12). Roppongi, 875 Prospect St., La Jolla, CA 92037, 858-551-5252.
The new owners of Flying Elephant Pub and Grill have ushered in the relaunch of one of the most exciting live music and entertainment venues in North County. After purchasing the pub last year, Dave and Molly Anson have remodeled and transformed the menu. All-American food means menu items like tater tots, chicken and waffles, and the infamous bacon Bloody Mary. Open seven days a week from 11:30 a.m.-midnight. For more information, visit www.flyingelephantpub.com. Flying Elephant Pub & Grille, 850 Tamarack Ave , Carlsbad, CA 92008, 760-434-2660.
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