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July 2010 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Rocker Carlos Santana and Cordon Bleu-trained Roberto Santibanez, the former culinary director of New York's Rosa Mexicano, has launched a new restaurant group. The San Diego outpost of Maria Maria boasts a patio fireplace, multiple dining rooms and funky artwork. The Nuevo Mexican cuisine ranges from street taco samplers and carnitas to steak Diablo and chicken tortilla casserole. Lunch & Dinner daily. Maria Maria, 1370 Frazee Rd., San Diego, CA 92108, 619-574-6800.
 
Wade Hageman, the impressive Michael Mina-trained chef who helmed Blanca for years, has partnered with his wife to create an exciting new local's place. Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizza, his San Francisco-vibey, intimate eatery in Encintas, is casual and low key with chef himself out front hauling gourmet pizzas from the brick oven. Nicely plated appetizers, boutique wines, and artisan beers on tap add to the compelling mix. Don’t miss the salted butterscotch pudding as a nice finish. Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizza , The Lumberyard, 897 So. Coast Hwy 101, Suite F102, Encinitas, CA 92024, 760-634-7671.
 

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News Bytes

Summer Calls for Free Corkage and Half-priced Small Plates at Jsix
Jsix has two new summer specials that make their dining experience even more affordable. From now until Labor Day, feel free to bring your own wine, as corkage is complimentary. In addition, there are half-priced, half-portion plates available daily from 5:30 p.m.-6 p.m. and again from 9 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Enjoy grilled Mano de Leon scallops with English peas and smoked-bacon morels or bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin drizzled with almond cream and port cherry sauce and farro salad. Jsix, Hotel Solamar, 616 J St., San Diego, CA 92101, 619-531-8744.
 
Red Door Restaurant Gives Back
Celebrating its one-year anniversary, Red Door Restaurant & Wine Bar in Mission Hills has been embraced by the community and wants to give back. In August, the restaurant will take part in Dollar-a-Dish to benefit the San Diego Food Bank's Food 4 Kids Backpack program. "For every meatloaf entrée sold in August, $1 will be donated," said owners Tom and Trish Watlington. "We think that’s a great way to start our second year." Red Door Restaurant & Wine Bar, 741 W. Washington Street, San Diego, CA 92103, 619-295-6000 .
 

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Closings

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