Eater San Diego shares the top stories of the week from San Diego’s food and drinks scene, including a menu reveal from Liberty Station's El Jardin and a guide to the best in local barbecue.
Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins of 'Top Chef' Unveils First Solo Restaurant
A former competitor on 'Top Chef' and 'Top Chef Mexico', local chef Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins (Bracero) shares her menu for El Jardin, the buzzy Mexican food restaurant opening next week in Liberty Station which features an on-site vegetable garden.
Where to Eat Barbecue in San Diego
A master barbecue judge weighs in on her top local spots for smoked meat. Backed by pro pitmasters, San Diego's best barbecue purveyors range from pop-ups to long-established eateries and new entrants on the scene.
East Village Distillery Expanding Into Canned Cocktails
You & Yours Distilling Co. will soon be turning its flagship gin and vodka into canned craft cocktails including a gin and tonic and a vodka mule. The distillery is also leasing a second location in the East Village where they will open a beer and wine garden.
Award-Winning Ramen Arrives in Oceanside
A master ramen chef with several restaurants in Japan has launched his first U.S. eatery in downtown Oceanside. Ramen Menma Basso Drillman offers several varieties of ramen but its specialty is a soup-less ramen that tops the noodles with slow-roasted pork and vegetables.
Fast-Casual Mediterranean Chain Coming to North County
Cava Grill, which operates locations across the county, will debut this summer in Encinitas and in Carmel Valley in 2019. The rapidly-growing chain offers a menu of Mediterranean salads, rice, pita, and lentils customized with sauces and proteins.
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.