NIBBLES AND SIPS – New Thai spot in OB, Cesarina upgrades patio, The Loma Club changes hands
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Hawaiian fare comes to Liberty Public Market.
Hawaiian fare comes to Liberty Public Market.
Soi 30th

Thai dishes such as kang massaman curry, larb-moo kob, and spicy noodles will sizzle their way into the heart of Ocean Beach when North Park-based Soi 30th opens a second location in a former Subway shop. Owner Khwanta Osanai is still working out the design details, saying she might adhere to an industrial motif like that in North Park, or maybe instead choose a design that reflects the beach environment. Either way, the eatery is expected to open in February. 1916 Cable St.


Cesarina on Voltaire Street is channeling the vibes of a ski chalet in the Alps on its newly remodeled patio. Traditional tables have been swapped out for a chiminea surrounded by cozy seating and rocking chairs. There are also additional heaters. In addition, al fresco diners can now stay warm with fleece blankets and hot-water lap warmers encased in knitted covers.

The Italian restaurant opened earlier this years and specializes in a wide variety of house-made pasta and sauces. Meat and seafood entrees also comprise the menu. 4161 Voltaire St., 619-226-6222,

The Loma Club

Look for an updated food and cocktail program at The Loma Club, which will soon be taken over by the co-founders of You & Yours Distilling Co. in downtown’s East Village.

Laura Johnson and Luke Mahoney, both Point Loma residents, say they will also update the interior and eventually “further develop and enhance the property’s golf and hospitality concepts.” The duo will officially become operators of The Loma Club in January. 2960 Truxton Road, 619-222-4653,

Liberty Public Market

Point Loma’s Liberty Public Market welcomes two newcomers: Ono Grinds Island Grill and the Hong Kong-inspired Duo Confections.

Ono Grinds is owned by Hawaiian native Chris Wriston, who operates a flagship location in North Park. His latest outpost features all the classics such as huli huli chicken, kalua pork, seared ahi with wasabi aioli, and more. Traditional sides like island-style macaroni salad and coleslaw are also available.

Duo Confections is run by Chinese-born Long Jiang, who brings to the market fresh-pressed “bubble waffles.” The egg-carton-patterned waffles come in various flavors and are filled with gelato. This is Jiang’s first retail outlet since selling the product at farmers markets for a few years. 2820 Historic Decatur Road, and

Dinner with a View

More than 30 terrarium-like domes will canvass Liberty Station’s central promenade from Feb. 6 to March 8, as the Canadian-owned Dinner with a View makes its U.S. debut with meals served daily inside the see-through structures.

As of mid-January, the company reported that 50 percent of the seatings are sold out. They’ll be held at 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., and feature three-course meals presented by chefs of local and national origins. The domes seat up to six guests each and cost $199 to reserve. The dinners start at $110 per person. 2820 Historic Decatur Road,

Acapulco Bay Seafood

The new family-owned Acapulco Bay Seafood eatery in Mission Beach is wowing the neighborhood with a variety of dishes using fresh fish. Among them are creamy shrimp soup, octopus tacos, salmon filet, and seafood paella, which is served on weekends only. The menu extends also to ceviche, tostadas and marinated flank steak—all served in a quaint beach-house atmosphere. 3231 Mission Blvd., 858-352-6301.

Cafe La Rue

La Valencia’s Cafe La Rue has overhauled its all-day menu, which also includes new $6 “bites” from 3 to 6 p.m. during its daily happy hour.

For the regular menu, executive chef Timothy Ralphs added oysters Sophia, a pork belly banh mi, fish and chips, and mac and cheese with lardons. His happy hour bites at the popular sidewalk cafe include chicken cordon bleu and andouille sausage risotto balls. 1132 Prospect St. 858-551-3796,

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