4 Food Meccas to Watch

Andrea Bennett, Casey Hatfield-Chiotti, Darlene Horn and Ann Wycoff | June 27, 2018 | Feature Features

Pull up a chair! From dazzling dishes to classics we'll love forever, here are 46 reasons San Diego's dining scene is hotter than ever.
Liberty Market is the first, but certainly not the last, food hall in S.D.

Opened in 2016, Liberty Public Market is keeping the lineup fresh with a collab between Carnitas’ Snack Shack and Mastiff Sausage for a to-be-named barbecue company. Chef Junya Watanabe, of RakiRaki Ramen & Tsukemen, fuses Mexican and Korean flavors in his newest project. Whisknladle Hospitality is expanding to include Park Commons in Sorrento Valley this summer. Executive chef Ryan Johnson is overseeing the multiconcept eatery in the 10,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor space. Little Italy is flying closer to the sun with its Little Italy Food Hall, including familiar faces Ambrogio15, Roast Meat & Sandwich Shop and Wicked Maine Lobster. Newcomers include Not Not Tacos by television personality and cookbook author Sam Zien. The food hall love moves north into The Windmill Food Hall (890 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad), in an iconic building featuring an old Danish-style windmill. Among recently announced spaces are the first storefront from pop-up Thai Style Kitchen; an outlet of the popular Friend’s House Korean from Convoy Street; and Kearny Mesa’s Bing Haus, with its fun rolled ice creams. Don’t expect an anonymous food court: Seating will range from multiple outdoor areas with lawn games for kids to a cozy firelit library.


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