Puesto at The Headquarters

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The second Puesto at The Headquarters offers an expanded menu highlighted by their coveted tacos made with crispy melted cheese and the finest ingredients to hit fresh, house-made tortillas. The menu features antojitos (Mexican tapas), and innovative cocktail frescas in a full-service, beautifully designed restaurant, along with its signature taco line in an awesome atmosphere.

The 4,500 square foot restaurant is designed by Thomas Schoos, the creative genius behind the décor of Morimoto in Mexico City and Waikiki, Tao Las Vegas and Searsucker in San Diego and Austin, and includes two custom art walls by famed artist Chor Boogie in addition to the inviting dining room, mezzanine and patio seating.

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Regional Mexican Food In Del Mar

Diane Powers opens Casa Sol y Mar, the newest dining destination to join her family of eateries serving fine Mexican food throughout the County. (Read more about Casa Guadalajara and get the recipes for Mexican Shrimp Cocktail AND Enchiladas de Vegetables Con Queso in my new book: ‘San Diego Chef’s Table: Extraordinary recipes From America’s Finest City’.)

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Casa Sol y Mar is located in the bustling Del Mar Highlands Town Center at 12865 El Camino Real, and is elaborately decorated to reflect the true spirit of Mexico. It is scheduled to open in May.

“Our philosophy is to offer great value and a delightful Mexican dining experience,” said Powers. “This includes memorable flavors, abundant selections, high quality and fresh ingredients, and a spirited, authentic environment that captures the essence of Mexican traditions.”

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Chinese Fusion Cuisine in Del Mar

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After opening in the spring of 2004, Del Mar Rendezvous, serving Chinese Fusion Cuisine, announced the near completion of its major, quarter million dollar renovation, all while only closing for about two weeks. In its eight years of serving the Del Mar community, this is the first time the space has undergone any major upgrades, design changes or additions to its space.

“Our decision to remodel is attributable to both some outdated décor as well as a great amount of helpful comments and recommendations from our guests,” said Dan Schreiber, owner of Del Mar Rendezvous.

The dining room now boasts new dining booths, tables, a wine and art display, as well as designer and antique light fixtures to enhance the restaurant’s romantic, upscale ambience.

 “More than just an aesthetic remodel, this has been a complete reworking of the restaurant for us. Our vision was thought-out over several years and directed towards improving guests’ experience and overall restaurant flow,” said Schreiber. “The changes have made an enormous difference in our ability to handle the increased business we have experienced over the past few years at the restaurant. It has also enabled the wait staff to provide even better service to our guests despite this increase in business, which is extremely important to us.”

Chinese fusion cuisineWith the new amenities, Del Mar Rendezvous’ now has a white wine specific temperature-controlled wine refrigerator, a more extensive wine selection, four types of beer on draft, a high-end wine cellar, and organic, free-trade and sustainably produced teas and coffees, in French Presses.

“The recent remodel has not only changed the functionality of the restaurant from the way it was before, but it has inspired our team to make positive changes to continue enhancing our guests’ experience moving forward,” said Schreiber.

Perhaps one of the most ambiance-altering aspects of the remodel comes from the ancient Chinese artwork that now adorns the restaurant’s interior. Traditional pieces and sculptures from China set the tone for Rendezvous’ serene dining and foyer area.

“Since the art pieces have been added, guests will often inquire about the history and meaning of them and are intrigued to hear that some date back 200 years,” said Schreiber. “One of my favorite symbols in the restaurant is the jade carving of horses galloping into the heavens. It’s a lucky Chinese symbol, representing the power, grace and speed of horses. I see it as a good omen for the prosperity and success I want my restaurant to have.”

In addition to new tables, chairs and lighting, Del Mar Rendezvous’ outdoor patio was nearly tripled in size with brand new heaters, lighting and planters positioned throughout the length of the patio. The new pet-friendly patio also allows guests to enjoy alcoholic beverages while dining outdoors.

About Del Mar Rendezvous

Since 2004, Del Mar Rendezvous has been enticing San Diegans with its wide array of Chinese fare complimented by a modern mix of Asian flavors. Rendezvous boasts over 20 local, import and craft beers in addition to an award-winning list of over 80 wines, offered at half-price by the bottle on Wednesdays and Sundays. With over 100 different dishes on its menu, Rendezvous also caters to both gluten-free and vegetarian guests with over 40 dedicated options to choose from. The newly remodeled interior and extended patio, with glimpses of the Pacific Ocean, offer a calming and inviting atmosphere, perfect for date nights, business lunches or family dinners.

Del Mar Rendezvous is located at 1555 Camino Del Mar, Suite 102, in the Del Mar Plaza, and is open for lunch Monday – Saturday (11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) and serves dinner nightly, beginning at 4 p.m.

For more information about Del Mar Rendezvous, visit www.delmarrendezvous.com or call (858) 755-2669.

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STAKE, New Steakhouse in Coronado

Blue Bridge Hospitality Elevates Coronado Island’s Chef Driven Dining Experience by Announcing Stake Chophouse + Bar, a tried-and-true steakhouse, to open November 6th

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Rendering of Stake Chophouse and Bar — Courtesy of Di Donato Associates

Blue Bridge Hospitality is based in and born out of a love for the city of Coronado. With five existing concepts under their belt, the restaurant group has continuously raised the bar on the island’s culinary scene by creating thoughtful, local dining experiences. First surfacing in 1998 with a number of family-friendly concepts, Blue Bridge then announced their first chef-driven dining project in 2011 with the launch of Leroy’s Kitchen + Bar, led by Executive Chef JC Colón (Tempo in NYC, CUCINA urbana).  Now, the group is pleased to announce Stake Chophouse + Bar, their newest steakhouse endeavor, which will elevate the collective to a new level as they venture into a more contemporary dining arena.

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Visit The Patio On Lamont Street

Visit The Patio On Lamont Street
The Patio Salad: Seasonal Fruit, Chèvre, Candied Walnuts, Ciabatta, Mixed Greens and Fruit Vinaigrette (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

The Patio on Lamont Street in Pacific Beach is the perfect gathering place for a fine dining experience.

With a demographic for people that range in age from age 21 to 85, Executive Chef John Medall of The Patio on Lamont Street says he can create many levels of food specialties that’s pleasing to all palates. “I’m able to visualize and create dishes which are healthy as well as delicious,” he says. “I’m also able to create dishes around some food items which some diners have commonly turned their noses up to, such as octopus and sweet breads.”

Braised Spanish Octopus with gigante Beans, Pancetta and Pine Nut Butter (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)
Braised Spanish Octopus with gigante Beans, Pancetta and Pine Nut Butter (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

As well as dining indoors, The Patio on Lamont Street provides a casual outdoor venue which embraces the relationship between canine friend and owner. “Not only do we allow dogs to dine with their owners, but I also make homemade dog treats out of the scraps and drippings from our prep cooking,” Chef Medall says.

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SolCal Vegan Market Café and Juicery

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Now open at 910 J Street is SolCal—San Diego’s first Vegan Market Café and Juicery with a built-in Naturopathic doctors office. Created by former NFL great, Jacob Bell and Food Network’s celebrity chef, Anne Thorton, SOL CAL is serving fresh cold-pressed organic juice, single source organic coffee, teas and elixirs, a full menu of grab-n-go salads, sandwiches, soups, tacos, wraps and Veganly Delicious ice cream and desserts.

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