The Whet Noodle - Oceanside
Whet your appetite with these new, somewhat exotic flavors to hit the Oceanside dining scene. From the folks that brought you the local favorite, Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub, comes The Whet Noodle. This Japanese-pub inspired restaurant offers its own creative take on Ramen, and boy is it slurpilicious. One slurp of the Hot and Sour Miso with Shrimp and you'll be hooked. Right now, it's only open for dinner, and judging by the buzz surrounding the Whet Noodle, it's soon to be the hot dining spot on the San Diego County dining scene.
Crack Shack - Little Italy
With a name like Crack Shack, you know the food is going to be addictive, except this time, the "crack" is in the form of free-range, super tasty and creative chicken dishes and the six different types of "crack sauces." This casual restaurant in Little Italy features an open-patio design with all outdoor, communal seating, so if you don't like sharing a table, it's probably not for you. However, you'll be missing out on the amazing, large-portioned foods such as the Coop Deville, a crispy, Fried Chicken Sandwich with Pickled Fresno Chilies, Lime Mayo and Napa Cabbage on tasty Brioche, that's beyond finger-licking good. It's really all about the incredible, edible egg at the Crack Shack.
Kindred - South Park
Who would've thought that a meat-lover would fall in love with a Vegan Cocktail Bar? Vegans can dine with other kindred spirits at South Park's KINDRED, San Diego's first vegan cocktail bar, but that doesn't mean that meat lovers can't experience new culinary delights. One bite of the Seared Cauliflower Steak with Orange Squash Puree, Tahini Beets, Puff Pastry and Steak Sauce or the Pistachio Crusted Tofu dish with Habanero Grapefruit Salsa, Dijon Mustard Sauce and Lemon may be all it takes to convert you to veganism! Tip: make sure to order a creative cocktail, such as the mind melting, taste buds satisfying Brain Candle, featuring Black Strap Rum, Islay Scotch, Pineapple, Lime, Orgeat, Absinthe and Bitters.
The Flying Pig - Vista
You have to love a menu printed on vinyl album covers and what's actually on the menu is what makes the Flying Pig Restaurant in Vista even more special and unique. Expect farm to table goodness, and, as the name implies, plenty of pork dishes, such as the All Natural Compart Duroc Pork Chop, Chop dish featuring Creamy Polenta, Sherry braised Castelvetrano Olives, Shallot, Garlic, Chili & Petite Mustard Greens. It’s a Gastropub, so of course there’s going to be a burger, and the Flying Pub steps it up with the Half-Pound Pork Burger, a house made Garlic & Marjoram patty topped with Irish Cheddar, Salami, Watercress, and Dijonaise served with house pickle and your choice of fries or salad. Tip: Top off any of the House Fare with farm egg served sunny side up!