Eater San Diego shares the top stories of the week from our local food and drink scene, including a preview of a new pie shop posting up in University Heights, plus the debut of an Asian-inspired eatery in Encinitas and more.
Sweet & Savory Handheld Pies to Post Up on Park Boulevard
Pop Pie Co. is prepping to build out a new storefront in University Heights that will specialize in sweet and savory, individually-sized pies in flavors that range from Thai Chicken Curry and Steak & Ale, to Coconut Cream and Strawberry Milkshake. The all-day, quick-service eatery will also feature a full espresso bar and a walk-up for coffee drinks.
Flower Child to Bring Healthy Fast-Casual Food to Flower Hill Promenade
Fox Restaurant Concepts, which operates Fashion Valley's True Food Kitchen, will expand one of its other brands, Flower Child, to Del Mar by late 2016. The fast-casual eatery serves a menu of build-your-own plates, salads, sandwiches and wraps that are made with organic, sustainable and GMO-free ingredients.
Mexican Eatery, El Callejon, to Move After 22 Years in Encinitas
Longtime local favorite, El Callejon, will close and move locations after two decades on Coast Highway 101. The restaurant will be replaced by a new concept from North County chef and restaurateur Wade Hageman (Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria), who plans to remodel the space and open an Asian-inspired eatery serving ramen, yakitori and more this summer.
New Cocktail & Craft Beer Bar for Carmel Valley
The next project from The Verant Group, which operates barleymash and True North Tavern, is Carmel Valley's Westroot Tavern. Opening this spring in The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch development, the space will include 30 HDTVs, two bars serving craft cocktails and local beer, and a chef-driven seasonal menu.
The Hake Kitchen & Bar Expands in La Jolla
After three years on Prospect Street, The Hake Kitchen & Bar will close for an extensive remodel, adding 2,000-square-feet that will span a new lounge, oyster bar and increased indoor and outdoor seating. The Latin-inspired restaurant is aiming to have construction complete by Spring 2016.