Eater San Diego shares the top stories of the week from San Diego’s food and drink scene, including a first look at North Park's newest eatery, Encontro, an intro to a new, local brwery in Bay Ho and an update of 38 essential restaurants.
Craft Food & Beer Combine at North Park's New Encontro
A fresh food concept has opened at the corner of 30th Street and University Avenue in San Diego’s hip North Park neighborhood. Encontro specializes in housemade sausages, tucked into buns or gluten-free wraps, and salads topped with grilled-to-order proteins. The modern, casual eatery was designed by BASILE Studio (Ironside Fish & Oyster, UnderBelly) and features 24 craft beer taps and a walk-up window for late night dining.
The 38 Essential Restaurants in San Diego
Every quarter, Eater updates its list of the 38 Essential Restaurants in San Diego – the restaurants that help shape and define our local culinary landscape. The newly-published January update includes two of the biggest openings from 2015, Little Italy's Bracero and Catania in La Jolla. Featuring Mexican and Italian cuisine, respectively, both restaurants are putting a seasonal and innovative San Diego spin on traditional flavors and ingredients.
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Bitter Brothers Brewing Company Taps Into Bay Ho
The first new brewery of 2016 has officially opened its doors on Morena Boulevard in Bay Ho. Bitter Brothers Brewing Co., owned and operated by a pair of real-life brothers, is now brewing eight core beers, ranging from a session IPA to a coffee porter, and pouring pints and filling growlers daily in its 700-square-foot tasting room.
Hammond's Gourmet Ice Cream Opens in Pacific Beach
The popular scoop shop, which has an original location in North Park, just launched a second store on Garnet Avenue. Frozen treat fans can sample multiple tastes via Hammond's signature mini ice cream come flight; the Pacific Beach outpost is offering new flavors including Vietnamese coffee and chocolate-mint sorbet.
Golden Hill Scores New Neighborhood Butcher Shop
Sepulveda Meats & Provisions is now open and servicing Golden Hill with a meat counter stocking traditional cuts of beef, pork and chicken. The shop plans to offer some pantry goods, from marinades to dried pastas, as well as sandwiches to-go.
Candice Woo is the founding editor of Eater San Diego, a leading source for news about San Diego’s restaurant and bar scene. Keep up with the latest Eater San Diego content via Facebook or Twitter, and sign up for Eater San Diego’s newsletter here.