The recent mandate that temporarily prohibits restaurants from conducting dine-in service due to the global pandemic crisis has resulted in take-out and delivery-only options at a number of popular establishments in the beach and bay areas of San Diego.
- They include The Fish Shop in Point Loma, Pacific Beach, and Encinitas. Takeout orders can be made at any location by calling ahead, and home deliveries are available through UberEats and Doordash. Visit thefishshops.com for phone numbers and addresses.
- In addition, all locations of Sammy’s Woodfire Pizza, including La Jolla, have made their full menus available via takeout or through Grubhub, Postmates, Uber Eats, and Doordash. Visit sammypizza.com for phone numbers and addresses.
- Also, all selections at Fig Tree Cafe in Liberty Station and Pacific Beach are available for takeout, as are the menus at all locations of Breakfast Republic, including those in the same areas as Fig Tree Cafe. Visit figtreeeatery.com and breakfastrepublic.com for phone numbers and addresses.
- Sugar and Scribe Bakery in La Jolla has made its entire inventory of baked goods and breakfast and lunch dishes available for takeout using either curbside delivery or home delivery through Grubhub, Postmates, and Toast. Visit sugarandscribe.com for details. Also on the bakery front, Wayfarer Bread & Pastry in La Jolla is accepting same-day phone orders and online orders (with a day’s notice). Visit wayfarerbread.com for details.
- Lastly, curbside delivery by Square Pizza Co. in Pacific Beach is now available. Or customers can use Grubhub and UberEats for home drop-offs. Visit squarepizzaco.com for details.
HARRY’S TACO CLUB
The upcoming Harry’s Taco Club in Pacific Beach remains in a “wait-and-see” holding pattern as to when it will open. The venture is on the drawing board by John Rudolf, who also owns a string of coastal establishments such as The Venetian in Point Loma, Mike’s Taco Club in Ocean Beach, Harry’s Coffee Shop in La Jolla, and Cass Street Bar & Grill in Pacific Beach.
The Taco Club was due to open in early to mid-April as an annex to Cass Street Bar & Grill, which temporarily ceased operations because of the recent city and state mandates that bars, nightclubs, and restaurant dining rooms remain closed during the coronavirus pandemic. Plans will supposedly move forward once the restrictions are lifted. 4612 Cass St., 858-270-1320.
A rep from the Rise & Shine Hospitality Group said the impending openings of Eggies in both Pacific Beach and the East Village have been pushed to late April or early May, depending on developments pertaining to coronavirus dining restrictions.
Eggies will operate out of shipping containers perched adjacently to Breakfast Republic restaurants, which the Rise & Shine group also operates. Menu items include egg-centric sandwiches and breakfast items served in Mason jars, such as the “French toast bake” comprising brioche, custard, whipped mascarpone, berries, and brown sugar crumble. 4465 Mission Blvd., and 707 G St., www.eggies.com.
MR. MOTO PIZZA HOUSE
An ongoing partnership between Mr. Moto Pizza House and Paws4Thought Animal Rescue was recently struck in an effort to connect homeless puppies with loving families. At all five locations of Mr. Moto Pizza, which include those in La Jolla, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, and Point Loma, mug shots of dogs up for adoption are displayed on the pizza boxes. The available dogs are updated about every 30 days. For more information visit mrmotopizza.com.
Toilet paper isn’t the only hot commodity flying around during this current pandemic. Soup is a supreme grab as well, providing comfort to the body and soul. Among numerous restaurants transitioning to takeout and curbside service is Solare Ristorante in Liberty Station, which offers most of its menu items and four Italian-style soups under the new concept.
They include brodo d’ osso, a recipe of beef and romanesco in bone broth, accented by anchovies. There’s also minestrone with lentils, leeks, potatoes, and other veggies, and another called zuppa di zucca, which is made with organic butternut squash and a hint of white chocolate. 2820 Roosevelt Road, 619-270-9670, solarelounge.com.
OCEAN BEACH MEAT CO.
What started out as an online meat vendor promoted over social media will materialize into an Ocean Beach retail shop, where raw and prepared meats take center stage.
Founders Bobby Kokinda and Shannon Nault hope to open Ocean Beach Meat Co. in June at 4853 Newport Avenue, in the 1,500-square-foot space that last housed The Village Kitchen.
“We’ll still continue selling online after we open,” said Kokinda. “But the store will have an expansion of cooked meats, such as beef, pork, and chicken.” The inventory will extend to the company’s signature jerky products, house-made cold cuts, raw meats, plus rubs, sauces and to-go sandwiches. Kokinda added that game and exotic meats will be available upon request. 619-405-8678, obmeatco.com.
ROCK BOTTOM BREWERY
Farewell Rock Bottom Brewery. The 20-plus-year run of the La Jolla restaurant and brewhouse, which touted itself as a “tank to table” establishment, has permanently closed despite earlier rumors it would undergo remodeling.
Rock Bottom had sprung onto the dining scene with several craft beers in its portfolio at a time when local breweries were scant. Its closure follows the shuttering of the Gaslamp Quarter location several years, and more recently, the closing of Gordon Biersch in Mission Valley, which fell under the same ownership of Craftworks Holdings Inc. in Nashville, Tennessee. craftworksrestaurants.com.