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Halloween Happy Hour

Sleepy Hollow

Eat, drink and be scary with cocktails this Halloween at BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant and Bleu Bohème.

Creatures of the night will be reaching for a sip of Sleepy Hollow, Bleu Bohème’s spooky cocktail. Made with mezcal, Allspice Dram liqueur and an absinth rinse, the cocktail is garnished with toasted rosemary that smokes like eerie fog.

BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant will celebrate Halloween with an extended “Hallow-Hour” happy hour special and a creepy new cocktail, the Boomstick, on Monday, Oct. 31.

The Boomstick, developed by bar manager Zack Gray, is made with Malahat spiced rum, amaretto, pumpkin, pomegranate and lime, and garnished with sage smoke. Inspired by the horror series, “The Evil Dead,” the drink is reminiscent of the sawed-off shotgun used by main character, Ash, while the tall glass and smoking sage represents a smoking gun. The Boomstick is priced at $12.

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New Menu at Searsucker

San Diego Food FindsSearsucker Del Mar welcomes new Executive Chef Cesar Oceguera with the launch of a refreshed new menu today!

Born and raised in San Diego, Chef Oceguera grew up immersed in his father’s local catering business before going on to pursue cooking professionally. Since graduating from culinary school, he has held positions at a number of renowned restaurants across the country, including Gastroarte (New York City), Rao’s (Las Vegas) and, most recently, Searsucker’s popular Las Vegas outpost. Now back in his hometown, the seasoned chef brings over ten years of experience – as well as an exceptional dedication to his craft, customers, and team of cooks – to his new role overseeing Searsucker’s Del Mar kitchen.

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Flavors of Fall At Florent

Pumpkin spice lattes aren’t the only thing popping up all over town. So are brand new fall menus, and Chef Brad Hightow from Florent has launched a lineup of fall-inspired eats with savory proteins, sweet seasonal fruits and unique carbohydrates to get downtown ready for the colder weather. From Nashville Hot Quail to Shrimp Po’ Boy, you won’t want to miss these hearty eats!

The brand new menu starts with brunch, where dishes such as Biscuits & Gravy, Cherry-Marscarpone Stuffed French Toast and a Crispy Chicken Biscuit Sandwich are introduced in place of their lighter summer counterparts. These good ol’ American bites are sure to transport you to a southern grandmother’s kitchen!

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Crab Catcher La Jolla

With spectacular ocean views throughout the dining room and outdoor patio, the Crab Catcher specializes in California and Pacific Rim-inspired seafood selections. Be sure to schedule your visit when you can enjoy the scenery and colorful sunsets, as the dark of night will limit your sight line. I am a sucker for a great Crab Louie, and in my opinion, they serve the best in town! Read more in the Food Lovers’ Guide to San Diego.

CRAB & SHRIMP LOUIE with Chopped shrimp and crab, capers, cucumbers, tomatoes, organic field greens and signature Louie dressing (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

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Banzai Bar Grand Opening

banzai-grand-openingBanzai Bar recently opened up in the Midway District bringing a splash of Asian culture to this local neighborhood. Banzai is the new brainchild of the Waterfront family who are known for their true-blue, San Diego establishments such as Eastbound, Harbor Town Pub, The Hills Local Pub, Club Marina, Werewolf and The Waterfront (the oldest tavern in San Diego).

The spicy new restaurant is making an appearance with a bang, hosting a Grand Opening party on October 21st starting at 6:00 p.m. Get ready to sake sake sake! Banzai Bar will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for number of consecutive sake bombs with the help of the party attendees joining in on the fun every two hours (at 6pm, 8pm, 10pm, 12am)

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National Greasy Food Day

San Diego Food Finds
Beer Cheeseburger at Pacific Beach Alehouse

Take a break from your well-balanced diet and indulge in something greasy because October 25th is National Greasy Food Day! It may not be what the doctor ordered, but this holiday only comes once a year so treat yourself to one of these fried, cheesy, salty dishes and your taste buds will surely thank you.

Check out Backyard Kitchen & Tap in Pacific Beach for a lunch full of greasy goodness. Order their Bison Burger complete with free range bison topped with bleu cheese, arugula, basil aioli, tomato, all smothered between a brioche bun. Scarf this down and you’ll definitely be ready to take on the rest of the greasy holiday.

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