The Dish: July 17–23

The Dish is your source for the latest menu updates, new cocktail programs, happy hours, and special offers from San Diego’s best restaurants and bars!


Darling, It’s Time to Get Fancy: SD’s Caviar Day Extravaganza

Thursday, July 18 isn’t just any old Thursday—it’s National Caviar Day, and San Diego is serving up some seriously swanky ways to celebrate. Get ready to pop those pinkies out and indulge in some of the fanciest fish eggs this side of the Pacific!

Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine

First stop on our caviar crawl? Lionfish in the Gaslamp Quarter. Chef JoJo Ruiz (yes, the James Beard Smart Catch leader himself) is dishing up the Bonecrusha cut roll.

Picture this: king crab and tuna toro, all snug in sticky rice and seaweed, topped with a generous dollop of caviar and crispy shoestring onions.

But wait, there’s more! It’s drizzled with white truffle shoyu and bone marrow butter. It’s like the ocean and a fancy steakhouse had a baby, and that baby was delicious.

Temaki Bar

Next up, we’re heading to Encinitas for Temaki Bar‘s Super Ninja Bunny cut roll. Don’t let the cute name fool you—this roll means business. We’re talking blue crab, toro, bubu arare, and chives, topped with brown butter aioli, truffle oil, and a heap of caviar.

Plus, Temaki is so close to Moonlight Beach, you might catch some surfers trying to ride this wave of flavor!

Check out the full menu here.

Bleu Bohème

Last but certainly not least, we’re jetting off to Paris… okay, fine, we’re going to Kensington. But Bleu Bohème will make you feel like you’re dining on the Left Bank!

Their Tartare de Saumon is what caviar dreams are made of. Picture a goat cheese crèpe (already amazing, right?) topped with rum-cured and cold smoked salmon, then dressed up with EVO, shallots, capers, chive, lemon zest, crème fraîche, and, of course, a generous sprinkling of caviar. It’s like a little black dress for your taste buds!

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Last Day to Say “Bonjour” to Bastille Day at Bleu Bohème!

Bastille Day is a twofer (although the French would be horried that we used that term, I’m sure!) at Bleu Bohème, which also celebrates its 17th Anniversary on the same day!

To celebreate, they’ll host an anniversary fête from Tuesday, July 9 to Thursday, July 18 to celebrate both momentous occasions, offering a three-course prix fixe menu featuring some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes, priced at $58 per person, with Champagne by the glass available.

Indulge in a selection of classic French hors d’oeuvres that set the tone for an extraordinary dining experience, including the choice of Salade Maison, Soupe du Jour, the soup of the day, or pâté et Terrine du Chef with house-made duck pâté.

Continue to delight the palate with entrees crafted out of French tradition that are also some of Bleu’s most popular dishes like the comforting stew Coq au VinSaumon Sauté and Confit de Canard, a duck leg confit.

Finally, conclude the meal with a sweet finale that embodies the art of French patisserie highlighting Mousse au ChocolatBrioche à la Maison, seasonal brioche bread pudding, or the Bohème Crème Glacée, chef’s choice house-made ice cream.

Complement your meal with a curated collection of Champagnes by the glass from Bleu Bohème custom-made cart.

Ooh la la!


Seed You There: El Chingon’s Juicy Showdown!

El Chingon, San Diego’s “Bad Ass Mexican” hot spot, is about to turn your Sunday Funday into a juicy, sticky, watermelon-filled extravaganza. On Sunday, July 21, they’re hosting a watermelon eating contest that’ll make your childhood summers look tame!

Here’s the lowdown on this melon madness:

  • Check-in starts at 3:30 PM, and the fruity face-off kicks off at 4 PM. Don’t be late, or you might miss out on this seed-spitting spectacle!
  • Here’s the kicker: you’ve got to demolish your watermelon wedge without using your hands. That’s right, folks—it’s face-first into fruity goodness. Hope you weren’t planning on keeping that shirt clean!
  • Top three winners get prizes, but the real champion? They’re walking away with a $100 El Chingon gift card AND their choice of a mimosa, paleta, or beer tower. Talk about having your watermelon and eating it too!
  • The best part? Registration is totally free! But don’t wait—sign up online now before all the spots are gobbled up faster than you can say “seedless.”

Now, if stuffing your face with watermelon isn’t enough to satisfy your hunger (or if you’re one of those civilized people who prefer to eat with utensils), El Chingon’s got you covered. Post-contest, you can dig into their full menu:

  • Craving a sandwich? Try La Típica torta for $16.
  • Want to keep it classic? The carne asada plate at $26 is calling your name.
  • For the taco aficionados, they’ve got everything from birria to carnitas to veggie options, all priced between $4 and $7.

So whether you’re a competitive eating champion, a watermelon enthusiast, or just someone who enjoys watching others make a delicious mess, El Chingon’s watermelon eating contest is the place to be on July 21.

See you there! And hey, maybe bring a bib. Or a poncho. Or both. It’s gonna get messy, and that’s exactly how we like it!


Check Out These Comic-Con Food, Drink, and Party Specials!

What would Comic-Con be without amazing food, drinks, and parties?! Here’s a run-down of some of the most interesting specials we’ve seen around town!

Click here for details.

El Chingon

25 Years of Sizzle: Greystone Steakhouse’s Epic Anniversary

Loosen those belts and dust off your party hats because Greystone Steakhouse in the Gaslamp is turning 25, and they’re throwing a month-long shindig that’ll make your taste buds do the Macarena!

That’s right, folks—this iconic meat mecca has been sizzling up dreams for a quarter of a century, and they’re marking the occasion with deals so good, you might think you’ve stumbled into a time machine. Buckle up because July at Greystone is gonna be hotter than their 1600-degree broiler!

Here’s the juicy scoop on their anniversary specials:

  • $25 Menu Madness: They’re rolling out a special menu that’ll make your wallet as happy as your stomach. For just twenty-five smackers, you can sink your teeth into:
    • Surf & Turf (because why choose when you can have both?)
    • Lamb Chop Appetizer (tiny drums of deliciousness)
    • Quail Appetizer (for when you’re feeling fancy)
    • Sea Bass (swimming straight into your heart)
    • Alaskan King Crab Spaghetti (it’s like the ocean and Italy had a baby)
    • Charcuterie Board (for when you want to impress your date with your pronunciation skills)
  • Champagne Time Warp: Hold onto your fedoras because Greystone is “bringing the prices back to 1999” with 25-cent champagne flutes! That’s right—you can toast to their 25 years for just a quarter. It’s like Y2K, but with better booze! (Limit one per person, so choose your sipping moment wisely)

Click here for more info.


Green Eats and Sea Treats: The Plot’s “Plantscape” is Back, Baby!

Get ready to have your taste buds tickled and your minds blown because The Plot in Oceanside is bringing back their “Plantscape” dinner series. And let us tell you, this isn’t your grandma’s garden party!

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, July 23, because that’s when The Plot is turning into a plant-based playground. This time, they’re diving deep (literally) with the theme “land fruit and sea vegetables.” It’s like Mother Nature decided to throw a beach party, and we’re all invited!

Here’s the dirt on this green scene:

  • Six mind-bending courses for $102 per person. That’s less than a trip to the aquarium and way more delicious!
  • Want to get extra fancy? Add a natural wine and sake pairing for just $35 more. Because nothing says “I’m cultured” like sipping sake with your seaweed!
  • Speaking of seaweed, they’re sourcing it from Blue Evolution and Monterey Bay Seaweeds. It’s like finding Nemo, but tastier!
  • The Plot’s all-star culinary team is teaming up with guest chef William Eick from Oceanside’s Matsu. It’s like the Avengers of plant-based cuisine!
  • Many ingredients are coming straight from The Plot’s backyard garden. Talk about farm-to-table—it’s more like yard-to-fork!
  • They’re using fancy techniques like total utilization and dry aging. It’s science, it’s art, it’s delicious!
The Plot

But wait, there’s more! True to The Plot’s style, this whole shebang is zero-waste. That’s right—you can stuff your face and save the planet at the same time. Talk about a win-win!

So whether you’re a die-hard vegan, a curious omnivore, or just someone who likes to eat pretty things, The Plot’s Plantscape dinner is your ticket to a wild culinary ride.

Reservations can be made through OpenTable, with seatings starting at 4 PM. Find more info here.


NOVO’s Hosting the Ultimate College Football Kickoff!

NOVO Brazil Brewing Company in Mission Valley is about to turn into the hottest stadium in town. Why? They’re hosting the launch party for EA Sports’ College Football 25, and it’s gonna be more lit than a Saturday night at SDCCU Stadium!

Mark your calendars for Thursday, July 18, from 4 PM to 7:30 PM. That’s when NOVO’s sports pub transforms into every football fan’s dream playground. Here’s the play-by-play:

  • It’s free! That’s right, your wallet can take a time out for this one.
  • You’ll get to play College Football 25 on NOVO’s massive LED video boards. It’s like being in the game, minus the risk of actual tackles.
  • Head Coach Sean Lewis and the SDSU student athletes will be there. Time to show them your mad gaming skills (or lack thereof)!
  • Free EA posters, giveaways, and prizes! Because who doesn’t love free swag?
  • Autographs from the players. Your chance to meet the stars before they’re, well, stars!

But wait, there’s a catch (see what we did there?). You gotta register online here. But it’s easier than running a touchdown and way less sweaty.

See you at NOVO!


Le Parfait Paris Brings Olympic-Sized Flavors to San Diego!

Can’t make it to Paris for the 2024 Olympics? No problème! Le Parfait Paris is bringing the City of Light to America’s Finest City, and trust us, your taste buds are in for a gold medal performance!

This family-run bakery is serving up slices of Parisian heaven right here in San Diego. We’re talking macarons so delicate they’d make a French judge weep, croissants flakier than your ex’s promises, and crepes that’ll make you want to throw on a beret and start saying “sacrebleu!”

But hold onto your berets because Le Parfait is going for gold with their special Olympic offering: the Eiffel Tower Danish! Available at all six locations, this pastry is more photogenic than the actual Eiffel Tower (and definitely more delicious). It’s the perfect fuel for your armchair Olympic marathon-watching!

Whether you’re a die-hard Olympian (of eating, that is) or just someone who appreciates the finer things in life (like butter, lots of butter), Le Parfait Paris is your ticket to a Parisian getaway without the jet lag.

So gather your Team USA (or Team Treat Yo’self), and head to Le Parfait Paris. From leisurely breakfasts to specialty sandwiches that’ll make your lunch break feel like a Champs-Élysées stroll, they’ve got you covered.

Remember, calories don’t count when they’re consumed in the spirit of international sportsmanship. That’s just science, people. Or at least, that’s what we’re telling ourselves as we reach for that third macaron.


Saddle Up for a Tropical Hoedown: PRK 101 Turns 7!

Yeehaw and Aloha, party people! Get ready to lasso your leis and dust off your coconut cowboy hats, because PRK 101 in Carlsbad is about to throw the wildest birthday bash this side of the Pacific!

On Thursday, July 18, PRK 101 is celebrating seven years of serving up sunshine, smoky BBQ, and more country vibes than a honky-tonk in Hawaii. And they’re doing it in true PRK 101 style—with an Aloha Cowboy-themed party that’ll have you saying, “Yeehawloha!”

Here’s the lowdown on this rootin’ tootin’ luau:

  • From 6 PM to 8 PM, they’re going undercover faster than a secret agent at a rodeo. That’s right, they’re closing to the public for some hush-hush party prep.
  • But don’t worry, pardner! At 8 PM, they’re swinging those saloon doors wide open for a late-night fiesta that’ll make your average ho-down look like a quiet night at the library.
  • We’re talking 8,000 square feet of pure party paradise. It’s like someone took a Texas ranch, crashed it into a Hawaiian beach, and added a dash of Carlsbad cool.
  • Seven years of memories packed into one night! Reminisce about all those games you’ve watched on their LED Jumbotron (it’s so big, you can practically see the quarterback’s pores).

See you at PRK 101! And hey, if anyone asks, practicing your lasso skills with a lei totally counts as cultural appreciation. Yeehawloha!


Sunset Sippin’ in Style: The Shores’ Summer Cocktail Spectacular!

The Shores Restaurant in La Jolla just dropped a summer cocktail menu that’ll make your taste buds do the beach boogie!

Picture this: You’re perched at The Shores, the sun’s doing that magical golden hour thing over La Jolla, and you’ve got a front-row seat to the Pacific’s endless blue. Now, all you need is the perfect drink in hand. Well, buckle up, buttercup, because The Shores has got you covered!

Let’s dive into this liquid treasure chest, shall we?

  • Coastal Cooler: It’s like a spa day in a glass! Vodka, cucumber, lime, mint, and soda. So refreshing, you might forget you’re not actually in the ocean.
  • Shores Surfrider: Rum, coconut, strawberry, hibiscus, and lemonade. It’s like a tropical vacation had a baby with a summer blockbuster.
  • Queens Tide: Gin, lemon, hibiscus, and egg foam. It’s so fancy, you’ll want to extend your pinky while sipping.
  • Burning Passion: A smoky, fruity margarita with mezcal, lime, passionfruit, and hibiscus. It’s like a beach bonfire in liquid form!
  • Blazin’ Beach Breeze: Reposado, jalapeno, prickly pear, lime, and agave. Warning: May cause spontaneous salsa dancing.
  • Cady Ranch: Casamigos Blanco, Grand Marnier, lime, and Topo Chico. It’s like the little black dress of cocktails—simple, classic, and always a good choice.
The Shores Restaurant

They’ve also got the Tiki Tiki (it’s so nice, they named it twice), La Jolla Lemonade (because regular lemonade is so last season), and the Amoroso (it’ll make you fall in love… with cocktails).

And if you’re more of a wine or beer person, don’t worry! They’ve got rotating wines, craft drafts, and bottled beers that’ll pair perfectly with their California Baja-inspired menu.

Check out the full drink and cocktail list here.


Rumi & Revelry: Wormwood’s Poetic Feast for the Senses!

Hey there, culture vultures and poetry lovers! Get ready to tickle your taste buds and tantalize your mind because Wormwood’s Secret Garden is about to transform into a Persian paradise. That’s right, we’re talking Rumi Nights, baby!

Here’s what’s on the menu for this mystical soirée:

  • A four-course dinner that’ll make your taste buds recite poetry. We’re talking flavors from the East that’ll have you saying “Omar Khayyam who?”
  • Live poetry readings. Because nothing pairs better with baklava than a little “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
  • Live music that’ll transport you straight to ancient Persia. (Time machine not included, but the effect is pretty darn close.)
  • Presence practices. Because nothing says “living in the moment” like trying to remember which fork to use for your third course.

Choose your adventure:

  • Early bird special: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Perfect for those who like their enlightenment before bedtime.
  • Night owl delight: 7:45 PM to 9:45 PM. For when you want your spiritual awakening with a side of starlight.

Seats are limited, so book yours now here!


Summer’s Coolest Scoops: SD’s Ice Cream Game Just Leveled Up

We’ve got the inside scoop on where to find the most mouth-watering, Instagram-worthy frozen treats in America’s Finest City. Trust us, these spots are about to become your new summer obsession.

Le Parfait Paris

Le Parfait Paris is bringing a taste of France to our sunny shores, and it’s a game-changer. Picture this: a warm, flaky croissant hugging your favorite gelato flavor.

Yep, you heard that right—Croissant Gelato Sandwiches! Mix and match flavors like chocolate, vanilla, or hazelnut, then amp it up with caramel, Nutella, whipped cream, or berry sauce. It’s like Paris meets San Diego in the most delicious way possible.

But wait, there’s more! Their Gourmet Affogato is what coffee dreams are made of—gelato in a Nutella-coated cup, topped with espresso and a cute little macaron. And if you’re a purist, their house-made gelato scoops come in flavors that’ll make your taste buds do a happy dance. Pistachio orange blossom, anyone?

Find these little pieces of heaven at their spots in Gaslamp, Coronado, Del Mar, and Fashion Valley. Trust me, your Instagram feed (and your stomach) will thank you.

Handel’s Handel’s Ice Cream

Handel’s Ice Cream and Visit Oceanside have teamed up to create the ultimate summer flavors. These limited-edition scoops are only at the Oceanside location, so grab ’em while you can!

“All Out O’side” is like a beach bonfire in your mouth—s’mores flavor that’ll transport you straight to the sand. “O’side O’riginal” is a flavor explosion with real bananas, gooey marshmallow, and crunchy sugar cookie bits.

And for you adventurous types, “Think O’riginal” rocks a cool purple hue thanks to taro root and ube. It’s like tasting Oceanside’s cultural melting pot in one scoop!

The best part? Indulging helps our beautiful coastline. A portion of sales goes to restoring Oceanside’s dunes. Ice cream that tastes good AND does good? Count us in!

Beginner’s Diner

Who says ice cream is just for kids? At Beginner’s Diner in the Lafayette Hotel, they’re serving up milkshakes with a grown-up twist. This 24/7 spot is dishing out three boozy flavors that’ll make you feel like a kid again—but with adult perks.

Slide into a retro booth and treat yourself to a Strawberry shake spiked with tequila, Aperol, and vermouth. Chocolate lover? Go for the Chocolate Hazelnut with bourbon and Amaro.

Feeling tropical? The Banana Coconut with rum is calling your name. It’s the perfect way to cool down and loosen up after a long day.

Beginner's Diner at The Lafayette

The Crack Shack

Summer isn’t complete without fried chicken and milkshakes, and The Crack Shack in Little Italy is serving up the ultimate combo. Their non-GMO Jidori chicken is already legendary, but have you tried their seasonal shakes?

The Strawberry Cookie Crunch Shake is a dream come true: Afters Ice Cream, whipped cream, and get this— crumbles of their famous house-made biscuits on top. Or go green with the Mint Monster Shake, loaded with chocolate, whipped cream, and Andes mints.

Whether you’re dining in or taking out for a beach picnic, these shakes are the perfect sidekick to your chicken feast.


Get Ready to Paint the Town Rainbow: San Diego Pride Specials

San Diego Pride is about to turn our city into one big, fabulous celebration from July 13 to 21. We’ve got the inside info on where to eat, drink, and be gloriously merry during this year’s festivities.

XOXO

Hillcrest’s brunch haven, XOXO By Breakfast & Bubbles, is setting the Pride Week bar high with their “Soulful Pride” event on Friday, July 12.

From 7 to 10 PM, you’ll be grooving to Lake Davis’s “Unstoppable the Love Tour,” with special guests Apaulo 8, Uneekint, Fisher Waters, and Maliee Mcfly that’ll keep you dancing all night.

Grab your tickets on Ticket Tailor and get ready for a night of killer tunes, delicious bites, and drinks that’ll make you say “XOXO” to your bartender!

The Original 40 Brewing Company

The brew masters at North Park’s The Original 40 Brewing Company are serving up more than just great beer this Pride.

Snag their limited-edition glassware and tees, and feel good knowing 20% goes to the Harvey Milk Foundation. Pint glasses are $8, and tees are $18—perfect for rocking your Pride support all year long.

Miss B’s Coconut Club

From July 13 to 21, cruise over to Mission Beach for Miss B’s “Love is Love” cocktail. This colorful concoction of gin, citrus, pomegranate, kiwi, and tropical Red Bull isn’t just a treat for your taste buds—$1 from each one supports the San Diego LGBT Community Center. Cheers to that!

Leave of Absence

Kimpton Alma’s rooftop is hosting a Pride Artisan Market that’s not to be missed. Shop poolside for size-inclusive jewelry from Chouette Designs, eco-friendly All That Apparel made from deadstock fabrics, and hand-poured soy wax candles from My Scented Garden Candles.

It’s the perfect excuse to treat yourself while supporting our community.

Louisiana Purchase

Clear your schedule for July 14 because Louisiana Purchase‘s Drag Brunch is back and better than ever!

From noon to 3 PM, let Tink Le Belle and performances by Amber St. James, Victoria Elvato, and Jazzlene East Coast serve you sass and class alongside Southern-inspired brunch faves. Snag your $10 tickets here!

Barrio Star

On July 20, Barrio Star has your Pride Parade fuel covered. They’re opening early at 9 AM with drinks, chips, and salsa to kick off your day.

Don’t miss their Habanero Pineapple Margarita (it’s got enough kick to keep you dancing down the parade route!), which pairs perfectly with the Chile Verde Taco with marinated pork, green tomatillo sauce, cilantro, and onions.

The Desmond

For the foodies among us, The Desmond‘s “Paired with Pride” prix fixe menu is a must-try from July 17 to 21. We’re talking five courses of seasonal delights paired with spirits from queer-owned producers.

From Tamarind-Glazed Pork Belly to that dreamy Pecan Carrot Cake, your taste buds will be doing their own pride parade.

Click here to book.


Taco ‘Bout a Beer-illiant Collab: City Tacos and Mike Hess Brew Up a Storm!

Your favorite foods are about to get hitched in the most delicious way possible. City Tacos, our beloved taco joint that’s been spicing up San Diego for a decade, has just dropped a bombshell—they’re diving into the beer game!

But this isn’t just any old cerveza, amigos. City Tacos has teamed up with the hop wizards at Mike Hess Brewing to create Blessed City Hazy IPA. And let us tell you, this beer is more loaded than their Surf & Turf taco!

Here’s the scoop on this hoppy masterpiece:

  1. It’s a hefty 7.0% ABV, so it packs a punch like a good salsa!
  2. Flavored with fresh citruses, it’s like a fiesta in your mouth.
  3. You can snag this liquid gold for just $7 a pint, exclusively at City Tacos’ seven spots across San Diego County.
  4. The best part? 10% of the proceeds go to local charities. Drinking for a cause? Now that’s something we can raise a glass to!

Now, let’s taco ’bout the name for a sec. “Blessed City” isn’t just a catchy phrase. Gerry Torres, the mastermind behind City Tacos and a fresh U.S. citizen, named it as a big, sudsy thank you note to San Diego. Talk about local love!

Speaking of local love, can we just appreciate City Tacos for a moment? These folks started slinging tacos in North Park back in 2014, and now they’re all over the county. They’ve been voted Best Taco for five years straight since 2020. That’s a lot of happy taste buds!


Gelato Alert: Venchi’s Bringing a Taste of Italy to San Diego!

Venchi‘s first SoCal Chocogelateria (yes, that’s a real word, and we’re obsessed with it) has just opened its doors at Westfield UTC, right next to Nordstrom. It’s like Italy decided to pack up its best flavors and send them on vacation to sunny San Diego!

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Now, let’s paint you a picture of chocolate heaven:

  • Imagine walking in and being greeted by a Chocoviar wall. That’s right, a WALL of chocolate. It’s like Willy Wonka went upscale!
  • Gelato bar? Check. And we’re talking the real deal here. Smooth, creamy, and more authentic than your nonna’s secret recipes.
  • Chocolate bars and gift boxes galore. Perfect for treating yourself or making someone’s day (or year).

But here’s the kicker—Venchi doesn’t mess around with ingredients. We’re talking premium Piedmont Hazelnuts and certified cocoa. No artificial nastiness here, just pure, unadulterated deliciousness.

And if that wasn’t enough, they’re also serving up Italian coffees, hot chocolate that’ll make you forget about all other hot chocolates, and crepes that’ll transport you straight to a Parisian street corner.

The best part? The staff know their stuff. So, if you can’t decide between the 57 flavors of gelato (we may have exaggerated, but there are a lot), they’ve got your back.

So whether you’re a chocoholic, a gelato enthusiast, or just someone who appreciates the finer things in life, Venchi is your new happy place. It’s like a mini Italian vacation, minus the jet lag and with 100% more chocolate.


Ooh La La! Arely’s French Bakery Just Got Even More Délicieux!

If you haven’t made your way to Arely’s French Bakery in Clairemont yet, you’re missing out on a little slice of Paris right here in San Diego. And guess what? They’ve just spiced up their menu with some new goodies that’ll make your taste buds say, “Merci beaucoup!”

First things first, let’s talk about the newcomers:

  1. Kids’ Menu Alert! They’ve rolled out a Grilled Cheese that’ll make your little ones feel like tiny food critics. Served with fruit, it’s the perfect way to introduce the kiddos to the art of French dining (without the snails, of course).
  2. Calamari Lovers, Rejoice! Their new calamari comes with a kick of chipotle aioli and a squeeze of lemon. It’s like the ocean and France had a delicious baby.
  3. Pasta with a Twist: Say bonjour to their Tequila Lime Shrimp Pasta. It’s a party in a bowl with penne, garlic, bell peppers, onion, and a garlic cream sauce that’ll have you licking the plate (we won’t judge).
  4. Pastrami Goes Parisian: Their new Pastrami Panini is a flavor explosion with olives, basil, tomato, mayo, and Swiss cheese. It’s like a Mediterranean vacation between two slices of bread!

But wait, there’s more! This local gem just celebrated their 20th anniversary. That’s two decades of bringing a taste of France to our sunny SoCal shores. Talk about a labor of love!

Whether you’re a long-time fan or a curious first-timer, Arely’s is serving up that perfect mix of cozy local charm and French flair.


Aloha Meets Aperitivo: North Italia’s Summer Sips Are Here!

North Italia is about to turn your world upside down (in the best way possible) with their “Aperitiki” Summer Sips campaign. Starting July 3, they’re bringing the heat with a mashup that’ll make your taste buds do the hula and your inner Italian say, “Che bello!”

Here’s the scoop on this boozy bonanza:

  1. 13 new, limited-edition cocktails are hitting the menu, each one dreamed up by local mixology maestros. We’re talking Italian liqueurs getting cozy with fresh fruits and spices. It’s like a summer fling between Italy and a tropical island!
  2. Can’t make it to all North Italia locations? No worries! Three of these liquid masterpieces will be available nationwide. Plus, there’s a tropical mocktail for our non-boozing buddies. Nobody gets left out of this party!
  3. Extended weekend happy hours on July 6-7 and August 31-September 1. That means more time to sip, savor, and possibly salsa (we won’t judge).
  4. During regular happy hours, you can score $2 to $3 off these limited-time libations. Your wallet will be as happy as your taste buds!
  5. The whole shebang runs from July 3 all the way through Labor Day. That’s a whole summer of “la dolce vita” in a glass!
North Italia summer cocktails

Now, let’s talk nationally available cocktails. Get ready for:

  • Coco Rosa: We don’t know what’s in it yet, but with a name like that, you know it’s gonna be good.
  • When in Rum: Because when in Rome… or anywhere else, rum is always a good idea.
  • The third one’s a mystery, but hey, surprises are fun, right?

So whether you’re a tiki enthusiast, an Italian aperitivo aficionado, or just someone who appreciates a good drink on a hot day, North Italia’s got you covered this summer.

Remember, friends don’t let friends miss out on limited-time cocktails. Gather your crew, practice your “Cin cin!” and “Aloha!” and get ready for a summer that’s equal parts Hawaiian shirt and Italian loafers.

See you at North Italia! And remember, the only thing better than one “Aperitiki” cocktail is… well, two “Aperitiki” cocktails. Salute!

For more details, visit here.


Lucrezia Now Serving Executive Menu

Lucrezia at Westfield UTC is about to turn your midday meal into a full-blown Italian escape!

Forget sad desk salads and soggy sandwiches. Lucrezia’s new Executive Menu is here to rescue your lunch hour (or three) with a three-course feast that’ll make you feel like you’ve been whisked away to the Amalfi Coast. And the best part? You can indulge in this mini-vacation without breaking the bank!

Here’s the scoop on this midday marvel:

  1. Available from noon to 3 PM—perfect for that “long lunch meeting” you’ve been meaning to schedule.
  2. Three courses of pure Italian bliss for just $29 per person. That’s less than your fancy morning latte habit!
  3. Mix and match to create your perfect meal:
    • Start with fresh oysters (because why not be fancy on a Tuesday?)
    • Move on to an Italian Chopped Salad (gotta get those greens in)
    • Dive into a hearty Pasta Bolognese (carbs are life, am I right?)
    • Finish strong with Gelato or Sorbetto (because you deserve a sweet ending)
  4. Want to really lean into that “Italian businessman” vibe? Add a glass of house red or white for just $8. Or, if you’re feeling extra thrifty, there’s a $5 option. (We won’t tell your boss if you don’t!)

So whether you’re closing a big deal, celebrating a work win, or just need a midweek pick-me-up, Lucrezia’s got you covered. It’s like a power lunch but with way better food and zero PowerPoint presentations.

Remember, a three-course Italian lunch isn’t indulgence—it’s self-care. And hey, if anyone asks, you’re just “networking” over some pasta. That’s a legitimate business expense, right?

See you at Lucrezia! And don’t forget to practice your Italian accent. Ciao, bella!


See you there, San Diego!

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