A new year, a new favorite spot to dine? Take your pick. We found a plethora of restaurants that just opened that will be sure to make 2015 as tasty as ever. Check out our Yelp-inspired list of the top local restaurants that recently opened up shop.
Narvalo Ice Cream & Gelato, Vista
With an adorable narwhal on its website (under construction) and a charming nautical theme (not to mention the Sea Salt Carmel Gelato), we predict this new parlor will soon be the toast of the town. Initial reviews rave about the Pecan Praline, Almond Coffee and Rocky Road flavors and rumor has it you can top your dessert with extra treats, like limoncello truffles.
Treo3, Rancho Santa Fe
Chefs Nicholas Garcia and Justin Snyder have created French- and Mediterranean-inspired twists on fresh American cuisine with a menu featuring items, such as roasted garlic and brie fondue with brioche toast, bacon wrapped meatloaf with a fried egg and lavender crème brulee. Reports have come in saying the presentation is beautiful and that the service is pleasant to match.
Bottega Americano, East Village
With a couple of months under its belt and newbie kinks ironed out, Bottega Americano is a must-visit new edition to the neighborhood. You’ll be obsessed with the design and the menu has plenty to salivate over. Mussels with chorizo and calabrian chiles are a solid choice and you’ll love the scallop crudo with pickled mushroom, pear, radish, butternut squash and basil. Don’t get us started on the pasta dishes -- we could be here all day.
Bologna Gourmet, Carlsbad
This is an Italian café with breakfast munchies to power your day and a long list of Paninis that will elevate your lunch break. The menu boasts acai bowls, espresso, fresh soups and salads, plus the décor is clean-lined and modern. If your company is nearby, they’ll bring all the goodness into your office or cater you next event. Website still in the works but the menu is available online.
Inland Tavern, San Marcos
At this new eatery, you can get coastal cuisine inland -- board shorts encouraged. Formerly Penny Lane, the new concept is remodeled, revamped and remarkable. It just opened a couple days ago with a limited menu, but it will soon be in full swing. Be one of the first to check it out. You won’t be disappointed with the craft beer selection and wine list, plus you’ll find craft cocktails that will make you completely forget the coast.
Sushi N Galbi, National City
Sushi, soups and more, the Japanese and Korean cuisine is already getting rave reviews. Although no website yet exists, the palate- pleasing food has been posted to Yelp and the menu looks like a win. Your return to work after the holidays doesn’t have to be so rough with a lunch break here, It’s a cozy and chill atmosphere with reasonable prices. Tasty ramen and friendly service also make it a must-visit.
Trish Sanderson is the community manager and marketing director for Yelp North County San Diego. She leads the local community of Yelp reviewers both online and off.