Restaurant of the Moment: Poki One N Half

8657 Villa La Jolla Dr Ste 109
San Diego, CA 92037
www.onenhalf.com

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Poke Bowls are the latest food craze sweeping San Diego! And it’s easy to see why: they are delicious! If you are a fan of sushi, you will love Poke Bowls: they’re basically deconstructed sushi.

Poki One N Half in La Jolla specializes in Poke Bowls and always uses fresh fish and other ingredients to make their Poke Bowls unique and flavorful. First you select the fish you want and then you can choose the vegetables, sauces, and toppings you want to complete your bowl. Poki One N Half offers a variety of portions and different fish combos for you to try so if you’re in the mood for something healthy and flavorful, pick up a Poke Bowl in La Jolla!

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Restaurant of the Moment: Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza and Grill

12925 El Camino Real

San Diego, CA 92130

www.sammyspizza.com

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Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza and Grill serves up classic American and Italian-inspired pizzas and grilled entrees! Their menu is extensive, with options ranging from sandwiches and steaks to burgers and even tacos, but their specialty is their pizza. Every pizza is handcrafted with fresh and delicious ingredients and baked in a woodfire grill. Their pizzas are thin crust and crisped to perfection. Available toppings range from the classics like Pepperoni, Meat lovers, and Hawaiian to their own specialty concoctions.

Located on the upper level of the Del Mar Highlands, Sammy’s offer daily lunch specials, happy hour deals, and even a catering menu. If you are in the mood for high quality and fresh pizza, definitely stop by Sammy’s!

Restaurant of the Moment: Lazy Dog

1202 Camino Del Rio N

San Diego, CA 92108

www.lazydogrestaurants.com

If you’re in the mood for a family and dog-friendly restaurant with mouth-watering dishes, then Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar in Mission Valley is the perfect place for you! Treat the whole family to a night of delicious food and top-of-the-line service. They serve lunch and dinner of weekdays and on weekends they also offer a brunch menu.

They offer an extensive menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, burgers, and fusion dishes. Our personal favorite menu item is the BBQ Bacon Ranch Burger. If you’re hankering for something sweet, you can’t go wrong with the white chocolate chip brownie for dessert. They also have a special dog menu if you decide to bring your best friend!

 

Restaurant of the Moment: Seasons 52

4505 La Jolla Village Drive

San Diego, CA  92122

www.seasons52.com

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Seasons 52 is a fresh grill and wine bar that provides guests with a healthy dining experience. Their constantly changing menu is inspired by the seasons and the fresh appeal of the farmer’s market—52 weeks a year. They also draw inspiration from different countries around the world and many of their dishes represent the best in fusion cooking.

The chefs start with the freshest ingredients and use natural cooking techniques such as a wood-burning grill to enhance flavors instead of relying on high-calorie additives. This allows them to keep each delicious item under just 475 calories. With a full menu of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, and desserts, Seasons 52 allows guests to mix and match a culinary experience that is big on flavor, not calories! They also offer dining options for guests that are vegetarian, vegan, gluten sensitive, or dairy/lactose sensitive.

Seasons 52 has two locations in San Diego at Westfield UTC and the Seaport District downtown.

 

 

Restaurant of the Moment: Trust

3752 Park Blvd #105C

San Diego, CA 92103

www.TrustRestaurantSD.com

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One of the hottest new restaurants in San Diego is Trust, an urban rustic restaurant in the Hillcrest neighborhood! Using locally sourced ingredients to put a spin on your favorite dishes and drinks, it’s no wonder Trust has become one of the most talked-about dining concepts in the city.

Trust serves dinner daily, but it’s their weekend brunch that’s really a crowd-pleaser. Some of our favorite items that we tasted on the brunch menu include the Lemon Meringue French Toast and the Pancakes With Fried Chicken. The French Toast was decadent and delightfully lemony. The pancakes were the perfect savory accompaniment to the juicy yet crispy fried chicken. And of course, how can you have brunch without a round of mimosas? Try the Trust Mimosa made with aperol or one of their fruity flavors like blood orange!

The restaurant itself is beautiful and trendy – the interior is decidedly industrial chic. Yet it still feels welcoming! Trust is the perfect place to enjoy a lazy Sunday brunch with friends or savor a romantic dinner with a loved one.

Restaurant of the Week: Grand Ole BBQ Y Asado

3302 32nd St

San Diego, CA 92104

www.grandolebbq.com

Grand Ole BBQ Y Asado has established itself as one of the most authentic barbecue spots in town.  This Texas style BBQ has all of San Diego raving! They are open from Wednesdays through Sunday from 12-6pm with a menu of Central Texas-inspired barbecue that ranges from Brisket to Tri-tip to Smoked Turkey to Pulled Pork and giant Beef Ribs. They also have Smoked Salmon and Smoked Lamb for those looking for something a little different.

Grand Ole BBQ Y Asado often sells out early so make sure to check their Facebook and Twitter for updates! And be sure to note they have only outdoor seating so dress for the weather!

Restaurant of the Moment: Underbelly

3000 Upas St.

San Diego, CA 92104

www.GodBlessUnderbelly.com

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Ramen is the latest food trend that has taken San Diego by storm! While authentic asian cuisine has always had a home on Convoy St, delicious ramen shops have been popping up all over San Diego. With two locations in the Little Italy and North Park neighborhoods, Underbelly is one of the highest rated ramen restaurants on Yelp and for good reason: it’s simply delicious!

Underbelly’s most popular ramen dishes are the Underbelly and Belly of the Beast entrees. The Underbelly ramen features soft boiled egg, char-siu belly, applewood smoked bacon, and adobo pulled pork topped with all of your favorite traditional ramen toppings. The Belly of the Beast features soft boiled egg, oxtail dumplings, smoked brisket, and hoisin glazed short rib. They also have a Vegetable Ramen that is packed full of tasty veggies!

If ramen isn’t your thing, Underbelly also has some notable non-ramen dishes. The North Park location has a more extensive menu than Little Italy so be sure to check out the menu before you decide on a location to visit. At the North Park location, we tried the Chicken Karaage Rice Bowl which was absolutely delicious! It featured tasty fried chicken, cabbage, furikake, kewpie mayo, and nori.

Seating at the North Park location is limited, with much of the available seats being on their outdoor patio. Underbelly North Park is located right next to Modern Times Brewery so if you’re feeling hungry after an afternoon of tasting craft brews, pop on over for a bowl of satisfying and delicious ramen!