The Dish: Rare Society steakhouse at Solana Beach tops list of new restaurant openings


Rare Society, a Las Vegas-style neighborhood steakhouse operated by the Trust Restaurant Group of San Diego, opened on November 1 in the Cedros Design District of Solana Beach.

The 2,800 square foot restaurant and bar joins the original Rare Society, which opened in Hillcrest in November 2019. The new location features the same culinary program developed by TRG owner and chef Brad Wise. The steak menu includes premium, dry-aged American beef cuts and Australian wagyu served with house sauces, raw and grilled seafood, salads, Parker rolls with truffle butter, sides and desserts.

Colin Berger’s cocktail program includes dry-aged, fat-washed bourbon and toppings like bacon and “wagyu-bourboned” cherries. Wine Director Ben Zuba has created a list of nearly 100 wines from the West Coast, Italy and France.

The restaurant at 330 S. Cedros Ave. has 72 seats inside, including an indoor / outdoor bar with 18 seats and a terrace that can accommodate 20 people. It opens at 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. A lunch and happy hour service will be added early next year. Visit

Wormwood, an absinthe bar and restaurant, opens in University Heights.

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Soon the absinthe bar

Wormwood, billed as San Diego’s first absinthe-focused cocktail bar and restaurant, will open later this month at Jayne’s former Gastropub space in North Park.

Owned by Amar Harrag, who runs the mezcal-focused Tahona bar and restaurant in Old Town, Wormwood will specialize in serving up to 30 varieties of green-hued anise spirits from Europe and the United States. Absinthe originated in Europe in the middle of the year. 19th century. After arriving in the United States in 1912, it was banned for over 100 years on the grounds that it had hallucinogenic properties.

Along with full education and event programs on cocktails and absinthe, Wormwood will also serve shareable French-influenced platters such as roasted bone marrow wagyu tartare, pearl onion cream and caviar. with sea urchin flan. Wormwood is at 4677 30th St. in North Park. Visit

Amy Truong, left, and Lani Gobaleza in their new Paru Tea Bar in La Jolla.

Amy Truong, left, and Lani Gobaleza in their new Paru Tea Bar in La Jolla. It opened on Monday, November 15.

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Paru Tea opens its doors in La Jolla

Paru Tea Bar, a specialty Asian tea store that opened its first location two years ago in Point Loma, expanded to La Jolla this week with a new location at 7441 Girard Ave. which opened on Monday.

The shop, owned by LGBTQ couple Amy Truong and Lani Gobaleza, serves and sells hot, cold and packaged loose teas, matcha and herbal teas from all over the world, especially Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan, Thailand, from South Africa, the Philippines and Laos. . It also sells tea related products. Visit

A selection of menu items at the Enclave Cafe.

A selection of menu items at the Enclave Cafe.


Enclave opens at UTC

Enclave Café, a healthy superfood restaurant headquartered in Scripps Ranch, opened its second location on November 1 at Westfield UTC Mall. The new 60-seat location at 4655 Executive Drive, Suite 100, San Diego will gradually expand to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Menu specialties include poke bowls, pho, fried chicken and waffles, salads, sandwiches and more. Visit

Galaxy Taco closes for rebranding

Galaxy Taco, the gourmet taqueria that George’s opened to Cove chef Trey Foshee at La Jolla Shares six years ago, has closed its doors. Foshee told La Jolla Light reporter Ashley Mackin-Solomon that diners in the casual beach area weren’t willing to pay for the expensive ingredients in his high-end tacos. Instead, the store at 2259 Avenida De La Playa closed on October 27 and a new concept will replace it next spring.

Sunday brunch at Herb & Sea in Encinitas.

Sunday brunch at Herb & Sea in Encinitas.

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Grass & Sea at 131 W. D St. in Encinitas has introduced a 10 am to 2 pm Sunday brunch service. Chef Sara Harris’s East Coast inspired a la carte menu includes minced lobster, shrimp burrito, Benedict cookie, cinnamon buns, Louie crab toast and brioche French toast. Visit

Notorious Burgers at 6995 El Camino Real in Carlsbad cooks their own in-house birria for a new birria brunch menu from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays. It includes birria tacos, quesadillas, chilaquiles, burritos and more. Birria is a simmered Mexican stew traditionally made with goat meat. At Notorious, the main ingredient is beef cheek. Visit

Puesto Mexican artisan kitchen and bar, the La Jolla-based restaurant chain with nine locations statewide, introduced a new menu on November 1. New items include tuna and barbacoa lamb tacos, fiesta guacamole with roasted peppers and tahini, strawberry and passion fruit margaritas and more. Visit

Pam kragen written about restaurants for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Email him at [email protected]


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