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Lotus Cafe and Juice Bar

Lotus Cafe and Juice Bar
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The Lumberyard in Encinitas is home to many trendy restaurants, and this is one of them. With indoor and outdoor seating for about 100 people, this healthy cafe is dedicated to serving fresh, locally sourced natural food at affordable prices. A comprehensive menu comprises many vegans, vegetarian, strict vegetarian and gluten-free options. Choose from savory and homemade organic soups, salads sandwiches, pasta, vegetarian entrees, fish and chicken entrees, kiddies’ meals, fresh juices, smoothies, shakes, and desserts, even homemade vegan cupcakes. Such items as the Pipe’s Whole Wheat Pita with falafel balls, hummus, and tahini-ginger sauce, and the Swami’s Carrot shake with organic carrot juice, vanilla ice cream, cinnamon, and nutmeg make this place unusual. Lotus Cafe & Juice Bar, 765 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, CA 92024; (760) 479-1977; lotuscafeandjuicebar.com; Organic/Health Food; $$.

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National Meatball Day

National Meatball Day
Bottega Meatballs

On March 9th, National Meatball Day, Americans will celebrate tasty balls of meat. Whether petite or boulder-sized or an appetizer or a main course, these seasoned orbs can proudly stand alone in addition to their traditional pairing with spaghetti. We have rolled together a selection of flavor-packed meatball dishes served on menus throughout San Diego that will make for an incredible National Meatball Day feast.

TRUST: Newly opened TRUST Restaurant in Hillcrest dishes up a unique take on the dish with their Wood Grilled Lamb Meatballs. These robustly flavored meatballs are served with lentils, tzatziki, pickled shallots, Fresno chiles and a touch of mint.

BICE: Chef Mario Casinneri’s modern riff on Italian meatballs can be found on the bar menu at BiCE.  The Mondeghili Milanese are served with a sweet bell pepper sauce.

Bottega Americano: Bottega Americano serves super-tender meatballs that deserve prime real estate in growling bellies. You can order the meatballs topped with a flavorful five-herb pesto, served center stage on a plate of housemade spaghetti, or atop a fresh and crispy-crusted meat lovers pizza.

National Meatball Day
Trust Meatballs

Oggi’s Sports | Brewhouse | Pizza: You can never go wrong with a classic comfort food from one of San Diego’s original homegrown craft beer restaurants. Oggi’s serves a traditional Meatball Hero with its signature meatballs, topped with marinara sauce and creamy melted Provolone cheese, served on an Italian roll and perfectly paired with a frosty pint of IPA.

Bencotto + Monello: Bencotto and naughty little brother, Monello, serve perfectly baked and lightly breaded 100% beef meatballs called Polpette that are served with a side of spicy tomato dipping sauce, a dish that will have you wanting to hug your plate and order seconds.

Bottega Americano Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Blush Ice Bar and East West Kitchen

Blush Ice Bar

Blush Ice Bar and East-West Kitchen Set for Summer Opening in the Gaslamp Quarter on July 30th

Restaurateurs Taylor Kim and Russ Fukushima are expanding their much buzzed about Bay Area concept to San Diego with a Southern California spin. The newly branded Blush Ice Bar + East-West Kitchen, located at the corner of 6th Avenue and Market Street in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, is on track for a summer 2015 grand opening.

“Russ and I have been searching up and down the West Coast for a spot for our second restaurant and San Diego is the ideal location with its attractive people and relaxed vibe,” said Taylor Kim, co-owner and creator of the restaurant’s namesake Blush cocktail, who lives in San Diego’s East Village neighborhood.


The concept for Blush Ice Bar + East-West Kitchen is centered on the memorable Blush cocktail, built on the base of a craft cocktail with an accent of a fruit forward frosted ice.


Chef Daniel Barron (La Valencia, Blue Pointe Coastal) will head the kitchen which will offer an inventive selection of dishes blending West (modern American fare such as Umami Bomb New York Strip and Mary’s Half Chicken Clay Pot) and East (fusion favorites including Sushi Tacos and Sesame Soy Glazed Chicken Lollipops). The lunch and dinner menus will present an approachable offering of small plates, mains, buns, salads and sides. Dishes will be served in a playful West meets East communal dining format combining family style service and an a la carte steakhouse experience.

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Go Gluten Free at Duck Foot Brewing

Duck Foot Brewing

The newest addition to America’s finest craft beer world, Duck Foot Brewing Company just opened a new brewery and tasting room serving great beer that just happens to be fit for the gluten-sensitive.

Located in Miramar, around the corner from other top brewing companies, Duck Foot’s stunning new tasting room and brewery — a sort of Comic-Con hip meets pre-Depression 1930s cool — brings a unique alternative to the craft beer industry: the addition of a natural, flavorless enzyme that removes gluten. Bloating, be gone!

While Duck Foot Brewing Company should be recognized for providing really good beer for people with Celiac Disease and gluten-sensitivity, what will ultimately set the beer apart is standout flavors that emphasize the natural essences of the region, like Honey Ale made with California Orange Blossom Honey. “Beer is the quintessential comfort drink for so many Americans,” said self-proclaimed “Head Quack” and Encinitas resident Matt DelVecchio. “With Duck Foot, drinking beer can be both comfortable and delicious for everyone.”

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New Farm Fresh Bushfire Kitchen

Bushfire KitchenBushfire Kitchen will open on Friday, March 27, 2015 in La Costa Town Square

Bushfire Kitchen, the sister restaurant of Bushfire Grill, the farm-fresh concept that originated in Temecula, California, will open on Friday, March 27, 2015, in Carlsbad’s La Costa Town Square (3433 Via Montebello, Suite 166, Carlsbad, CA 92009).

The hotspot for healthy and ingredient-focused fresh fare is operated by Clive Barwin and Brandon Barwin, founders of the original Bushfire Grill location, which opened its doors in 2012.

“We’re thrilled to bring Bushfire Kitchen to San Diego,” said Brandon Barwin, co-owner. “Our little restaurant in Temecula, Calif. has become a household name to the thousands of people that appreciate tasty and wholesome, yet affordable, food. San Diego is rated one of the healthiest cities in North America, so we anticipate that our socially-conscious and affordable cuisine will appeal to this local market.”

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New SusieCakes in Carlsbad

SusieCakes in CarlsbadCalifornia’s Favorite Bakery Specializing in Classic, Made-From-Scratch DessertsAnnounces Opening of 14th Location

SusieCakes, an all-American, home-style bakery, announced the upcoming opening of its newest location in Carlsbad. Founded by Susan Sarich in 2006, the company specializes in an array of sentimental dessert favorites made from scratch with simple ingredients by on-site bakers. “Carlsbad is an ideal location forSusieCakes because of its close-knit, family-friendly community,” said Sarich. “We hope we can make any occasion in the neighborhood, large or small, a little sweeter.”

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