Eater San Diego shares the top stories of the week from our local food and drink scene, including a look inside a new, upscale sports bar debuting in the Gaslamp Quarter, plus the word on a popular Mexican eatery’s expansion.
Upscale Sports Bar 1919 Launches Alongside Reopened Gaslamp Speakeasy
The weekend marks the debut of 1919, a new upscale sports bar on 5th Avenue serving refined bar food and offering happy hour, brunch and late-night bites. Its owners have also revived the adjacent underground cocktail bar, Prohibition, with a fresh drink menu and an exclusive password entry system – speakeasy style.
Oscar's Mexican Food Expands Into East Village
The popular eatery, which has outposts in Pacific Beach and Hillcrest, and will soon be featured on an episode of “Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations” on the Travel Channel, is heading downtown to establish a location adjacent to Petco Park. Specializing in casual Mexican seafood, the new Oscar's may host its soft opening this weekend.
Rolled Up Brings Giant Fusion Sushi Rolls to Hillcrest
A new fast-casual eatery opened in Hillcrest this week that draws upon the flavors of both Japan and Mexico. The quick-service Rolled Up specializes in burrito-sized sushi rolls, priced from $9 to $11, that feature seaweed and rice wrapped around a range of fillings, from shrimp tempura and yellowtail, to carne asada and agave salmon.
Mediterranean-Inspired Concept Coming to Carmel Valley
A chef with international culinary experience is prepping to launch his first solo project in Carmel Valley. Crudo by Pascal Lorange, who was recently the executive chef for the national restaurant chain Fig & Olive, will be inspired by the chef's global travels. Expect a seasonal menu that features meat, seafood and handmade pastas, plus raw dishes and vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free plates.
Hillcrest Scores Seafood-Focused Restaurant With Italian Roots
Replacing the recently-shuttered Mess Royale on University Avenue in Hillcrest is Clandestino, a seafood-centric eatery from Chef Fabrizio Facchini that will specialize in Italian coastal cuisine and dishes influenced by other seaside cultures. Look for ceviche and crudo, plus fish pasta and other seafood delights that utilize local ingredients.
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.