The Dish: April 10–16

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!

New Vinyl Disco Brunch Party at Beeside Balcony

Beeside Balcony in La Jolla is kicking off Springtime with a new Vinyl Disco Brunch Party, because the only thing better than brunch is brunch AND disco!!

Happening every Sunday from 11 AM to 2 PM, brunch is complete with stunning ocean views of the La Jolla coastline and local resident DJ Ole’ Dom spinning records on vinyl.

Start your Sunday off right by sipping on Beeside’s Seagrove Sunrise layered with kumiho tequila, fresh orange juice, and pomegranate syrup while dancing the morning away to some funky music! 

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Favorites from the brunch menu include Shrimp Toast, Breakfast Sandwich, Gyros, Grilled Feta Cheese Sandwich, Acai Bowl, Veg-Out Omelet, French Toast, and Poutine Bowl made with rosemary fries, chorizo, bacon, demi-glace, red onions, two fried eggs, cheese blanket, sriracha aioli, and micro cilantro.

Other cocktails include a twist on the classic French 75, Beeside Bloody, White and Red Sangria, Mango Michelada, plus a few other beer cocktails. 

Reservations can be made by clicking here.

Live Music Fiesta at Barrio Star

Barrio Star in Bankers Hill is starting weekly live music on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, offering the perfect opportunity to pair the harmony of live entertainment with some of the tastiest Mexican brunch, lunch, and dinner in San Diego!

Barrio will boast live music from 5:30 PM to 8 PM each day of the weekend (also 12 PM to 2 PM on Saturdays and Sundays every other week).

Score Big With Karl Strauss Tower X West Coast IPA at Petco Park

Karl Strauss released its Tower X West Coast IPA in City Connect-themed cans at Petco Park this season for the first time. The 19.2-oz beer is available at the grab-and-go coolers throughout the park, as well as at Karl Strauss-specific stands.

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“Keep the Pint Night” at Fish Shop

Tuesday, April 16 is “Keep the Pint Night” at Fish Shop featuring local favorite purveyors of fresh, high-quality seafood.

Visit any Fish Shop location and order the featured beer from Resident Brewing (varies by location) in the limited-edition silicone pint cup that is yours to take home! For $12, you’ll receive the pint of beer, custom cup and $6 refills of the featured Resident Brewing beer.

Promotion starts at 3 PM.

Cocktails for a Cause With Coco Maya and Miss B’s Coconut Club

Miss B’s Coconut Club and Coco Maya have both announced initiatives supporting the Big Josh Foundation, a San Diego-based non-profit focusing on providing financial support and counseling to those working in the service industry, as freelancers, or as contractors, who become diagnosed as terminally ill.

Both restaurants have created several newly crafted cocktails that will taste as good as it feels to support a great, local cause!

Cocktail drinks at coco maya

Join Little Italy’s Coco Maya on Wednesdays, beginning April 10, where $1 from each of the following cocktails will be donated directly to Big Josh:

  • The Violet Steel with Komos Reposado Rosa, Lo-Fi Gentian Amaro, trybe, lime, and orgeat
  • The Sultry Spritz, a bubbly concoction with hints of pomegranate
  • The Girls Pint Out with Stella and Gentian Amaro
  • The Pink & Smoky with Gentian Amaro and mezcal
  • The M&M Shot

At Miss B’s Coconut Club in Mission Beach, $1 of each Lo-life cocktail will be donated every day through June 30: The Lo-life includes “Lo-Life”- Lo-Fi Gentian Amaro with light beer—a refreshing drink that pairs perfectly with Miss B’s beachside atmosphere

Bleu Bohème to Thank Service Members With Dining Discount

Bleu Bohème will honor all active duty service members with a valid military ID by extending a 20% discount on their bill.

Signature selections include ravioles maison (shiitake and oyster mushroom raviolis with sautéed spinach, espelette, tomato relish, fine herbs, and white wine cream sauce); confit de canard (Hudson Valley Muscovy duck leg confit with creamy goat cheese polenta, baby kale, leeks, olive relish, and sauce verte); and andcoquilles St. Jacques (large dry-packed sea scallops served alongside saffron lobster risotto, linguiça, English peas, fennel, and basil pistou).

An extensive selection of handcrafted cocktails, locally brewed beers, and more than 90 varieties of wine are also available.

Swing Into The Masters with Putt Putt Golf and Cocktails!

Join barleymash in watching The Masters golf tournament with the most TVs in the Gaslamp Quarter! On Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 2 PM, enjoy putt putt golf and indulge in the Masters-themed cocktail Birdie 2 Bogey with Titos, strawberry, mint, and ginger beer.

Buckaroo Bash at PRK 101

On April 13, from 2 PM to 5 PM, join the outdoor eatery complex in an afternoon of live entertainment from the Whiskey Ridge Band. Cowboy attire is encouraged, so grab your boots and get ready to lasso in a great day in North County!

If you need to brush up on your skills prior to the big day, PRK 101 is also offering free line dancing classes with Piper Kickstart Country on Wednesday, April 10, from 6 PM to 8 PM.

Chef Tara Monsod First James Beard Finalist in San Diego History!

Ok, Tara…you go! Chef Tara Monsod was named a final nominee for the James Beard Award in the category of Best California Chef. She’s the first San Diego chef to make it this far in the award’s 34-year history.

Tara Monsod At Animae’s FAHM Kamayan Dinner

Chef Tara has been leading the kitchen at Animae for years now and was recently announced as the Executive Chef of the eagerly-anticipated Le Coq French Steakhouse, set to open soon.

New Cocktail Menu and Sunday Supper Series at Paradisaea

Paradisaea launched its brand new cocktail menu, created in collaboration with Sacramento-based artist Lily Therns (famous for her collaboration with Trick Dog), to bring a new, illustrated “field guide” to the species that inspired the namesake.

Paradisea cocktail menu

Paradisaea is a play on the idyllic neighborhood’s name, Bird Rock, and this menu is an ode to some of the most unique and exotic birds in the world.

Sunday Supper at Paradisaea

Kicking off this Sunday, April 7, Paradisaea is excited to launch its new Sunday Supper offering (starting at $65 per person). Each Sunday, indulge in a special three-course meal curated by Executive Chef Jeff Armstrong, designed to draw on the nostalgia of home-cooked, comfort meals.

The month of April’s Sunday Supper will feature:

April 7:

  • Market vegetables, gem lettuce, buttermilk
  • “Pot Roast,” braised short ribs, carrot, spring onion, pomme puree
  • Chocolate Pot de Creme

April 14:

  • Frisée-Lardon, smoked bacon, poached egg, red wine mustard vinaigrette
  • Bouillabaisse, mussels, clams, prawns, saffron rouille, grilled sourdough
  • Creme Brulee, basil, sweet balsamic strawberry

April 21:

  • Goat Cheese croquette, crudite, parsley emulsion, pea tendril
  • Coq Au Vin, bacon, pearl onions, cremini
  • Strawberry Shortcake, genoise

April 28:

  • Wedge salad, point reyes blue, pickled red onions, nueske’s bacon, heirloom tomato, apple cider vinaigrette
  • Veal Osso Bucco, polenta, gremolata, swiss chard
  • Rhubarb crumble, almond streusel

Piper at The Seabird Now Offering Lunch

Piper, the signature restaurant of The Seabird Ocean Resort & Spa, has officially launched their inaugural lunch service. For the first time since the resort’s opening in 2021, Piper will now be open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 AM to 4 PM, with a menu crafted by the talented new executive chef Chris Cariker.

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Chef Cariker, who brings a wealth of experience and a fresh perspective to Piper, has a reputation for wowing diners, which he solidified with a victory on Food Network’s “Chopped.”

With menu highlights like the decadent Piper Burger with pimento cheese and bacon onion jam, Fish N’ Chips in sake batter, and the fresh ParadisaeaSalanova Green Salad, you’re in for a midday treat sure to surprise and delight.

The full menu can be found here.

Endless Pasta at The Local Pacific Beach

Every Wednesday night, The Local Pacific Beach is hosting an endless pasta night from 4 PM to 9 PM. You can indulge in bottomless, delicious chipotle chicken penne, lasagna, meatball rigatoni, and more while sipping on Sangria pitchers and specialty cocktails.

The price is $25 per person for all-you-can-eat pasta. BONUS: the first Wednesday of every month is buy one, get one half off.

Happy Hour Cocktails and Seafood at Ironside…Always a Good Idea!

Located in Little Italy, the maritime-themed Ironside Fish & Oyster Bar is one of our all-time favorite places in San Diego to saddle up at the bar for cocktails and fresh oysters!

Ironside is famous for their fresh raw oysters served with a balanced acidic-sweet mignonette, but the shrimp, rockfish, clams, and lobster are equally as popular.

Shucking oysters at Ironside in Little Italy

You can take part in unbeatable Happy Hour deals available every Monday to Friday from 3 PM to 5 PM with select cocktails and wine for $8, beers for $6, and oyster-backs for $5.

To eat, enjoy discounted Laguna Oysters for $1 each, a Shrimp Taco for $6, Rockfish Ceviche for $11, Chowder Fries for $8, Shrimp Aguachile tostada for $8, and more! Reservations are available on OpenTable and walk-ins are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Madison Rolls Out a New Espresso Martini Menu

As if we needed another reason to love Madison, they go and roll out a new espresso martini menu?! Not a new martini…a new martini menu!

The new Espresso Martini menu has four variations that combine classic elements of an espresso martini with a playful flair. The beauty above is a ‘Tiramisu in cocktail form’ with the Tiramisu Espresso Martini, a delectable blend of  Licor 43, Espresso, Baileys Almande, Grappa, and Tiramisu Cold Foam.

You can also transport yourself to a cozy campfire with the S’mores Espresso Martini crafted with Historias y Memorias Mezcal, Espresso, Graham Cracker and Marshmallow Syrup, Tempus Fugit Cream de Cocoa, Graham Cracker Rim, and Torched Mallow.

For chocolate lovers, the Oreo Espresso Martini is a true indulgence, made with Local’s Only Vodka, Espresso, Oreo Syrup, Giffard Vanille de Madagascar Liquor, Creme de Cocoa Liquor, and Oreo Rim.

And for a fusion of Mexican flavors, the Ibarra Espresso Martini combines Don Furlano Blanco Tequila, Espresso, Ibarra Chocolate, Nixta Elote Liquour, Bailey’s Almande, and Piloncillo Syrup. 

We’ll see you there…a lot!

An Elevated Happy Hour Experience at California English

Step into the laid-back ambiance of California English by Richard Blais for a Happy Hour like no other! From 3 PM to 6 PM, Tuesday to Saturday, indulge in delightful bites paired with amazing deals on drinks.

If you have a taste for the extraordinary, certain specialty-crafted cocktails will be the star of your evening. From the refreshing Not Your Average Tea ($12) to the exotic Locshy Hill dragon ($12), each sip is an adventure.

Enjoy House Wine, both Red and White, for just $9 and Selected Drafts and British Beers for $7. Pair your drink with a dish from the Nosh menu. It features Sweet potato fries, Crispy Brussels sprouts with Thai chili and pickled ginger, “Hot” Scotch Egg, and other curated appetizers for under $10.

Cheers to an elevated Happy Hour experience with California English!

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Smash Burger, Oysters, Frites, and Bubbles Special

Experience the vibrant vibes of Herb and Sea in Encinitas! Take advantage of Herb & Sea’s brand new happy hour, offered Tuesday through Friday from 5 PM to 6 PM, exclusively at their lively bar area.

For an unbeatable deal, indulge in the Happy Meal special, which includes a delectable Smash Burger, three Oysters, Crispy Frites, and Bubbles, all for just $20. You can also order a la carte—savor half a dozen oysters for $20, a SmashBurger for $8, and Frites for $4.

Delight in their playful cocktail and wine specials, crafted to elevate your happy hour experience with every sip. Seating at the bar is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so arrive early to ensure your spot.

Enjoy an experience where every bite and sip is a celebration of the finest flavors from land and sea!

Dive into $1.25 Oysters, $5 Martinis, and More at Union Kitchen & Tap

Union Kitchen & Tap’s newest outpost in Pacific Beach is bringing elevated flavors and offerings to the laid-back beach town. While they might be the new kid on the block, they are no strangers to San Diego and know how to give you just what you need.

Sip and slurp the night away every Tuesday from 4 PM to 7 PM with $1.25 Oysters and $5 Shaken Martinis. ANd quench your thirst every Wednesday from 4 PM to 8 PM with half-off all wines by the glass and bottle.

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For those who just can’t get enough of the good times, be sure to pop in for bottomless mimosas during brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 3 PM. Union Kitchen & Tap has additional locations in the Gaslamp and Encinitas, each with its own happy hour specials.

Malarkey’s Le Coq Offers “House Accounts”

For those of you looking for elevated access and service at Malarkey’s new French steakhouse, opening soon at the location that formerly housed Herringbone in La Jolla, the “House Accounts” may be your best bet.

If you expect that you’ll be a regular, they are actually a pretty good deal. Click here to learn more.

Spanish-Inspired Finca Brings Tapas and Vermouth to North Park

We’re excited for this one! Finca North Park, a new Spanish-inspired restaurant taking its name from the Spanish word referring to a ranch or estate, has opened its doors on a property that once served as a citrus farm.

Located on Grim Avenue at the corner of North Park Way, directly across from the neighborhood’s beloved Tribute Pizza, Finca is helmed by partners Dan Valerino and Chef Joe Bower, along with seasoned restaurateur Ricardo Dondisch.

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In the kitchen, Chef Bower delivers an innovative selection of market-driven California tapas at an accessible price point intended to complement Spain’s drinking culture with the following menu highlights: 

To learn more, check out our article here.

Postino WineCafé Opening Two Locations!

Postino, the all-day restaurant and wine café known for its cult-like following, welcoming hospitality, and inspired spaces—is making its anticipated entry into San Diego with the opening of two locations this Spring, one in Little Italy and another in Del Mar’s One Paseo village.

Postino is excited to introduce two new neighborhood hangouts that embody their renegade ethos of ‘Drinking Wine At Lunch Is Not a Crime.’ We’re all for it! 

Check out our article here.

See you there, San Diego!

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