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The Dish: Four more new eateries and a tap room debut

As pandemic restrictions ease, a flurry of new restaurant debuts continues this week with four more new projects that have either just opened or will open soon.

Szechuan Tofu at Burgeon Beer's The Arbor tasting room and kitchen.

Szechuan Tofu, one of the dishes on the menu at the newly opened The Arbor, Burgeon Beer’s new tasting room and scratch kitchen restaurant in downtown San Diego.

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The Arbor, a Burgeon Beer tasting room and scratch-kitchen restaurant, opened April 17 in downtown San Diego. The 3-year-old Carlsbad brewery has other tap rooms with food truck service, but this latest project, The Arbor, is the first with its own full-service restaurant. The 2,400-square-foot venue at 1326 Kettner Blvd. has a combined 89 indoor and outdoor seats and a bar with 18 beers on tap, plus wines, kombucha and nonalcoholic drinks.

Executive chef Jesus “Chef Chuy” de la Torre of Good Food Seed Co. is creating a seasonal menu of dishes that include rib-eye tacos, seafood jambalaya, Persian-style fish, Szechuan tofu, mussels, wings and tapas-style snacks. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Visit

Sunday – Thursday from 11 am to 9 pm, and Friday – Saturday from 11 am to 10 pm.

Menu items at Samburgers at Little Italy Food Hall.

Menu items at Samburgers at Little Italy Food Hall.

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Samburgers, celebrity chef Sam Zien and Grain & Grit Collective’s burger takeout concept at Seaport Village, opened its second location this month at the Little Italy Food Hall at 550 W. Date St. in San Diego.

Zien and Grain & Grit have partnered in two other projects at the Food Hall, Zien’s Not Not Tacos booth and EATS by Sam, a tapas-style bar.

The Little Italy Samburgers opened April 12, serving beef, chicken, fish and plant-based burgers, sides and a children’s menu. There are also plans under way to expand the Samburgers concept to Costa Mesa, where a second Not Not Tacos opened last month. For more, visit

A pasta dish at Trattoria Don Pietro, which is slated to open April 28 in Old Town San Diego.

A pasta dish at Trattoria Don Pietro, which is slated to open April 28 in Old Town San Diego.

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Trattoria Don Pietro will open April 28 in Old Town San Diego. Launched by Pietro and Joe Busalacchi of the Busalacchi restaurant family, the trattoria will offer Sicilian-inspired cuisine with items that include house pasta dishes, pizzas, plated entrees and more.

The restaurant’s design will have a nightclub-style look with neon signs, craft cocktails and a DJ on select nights. Pietro is aiming for the date night market, calling the new venue “the sexiest restaurant in all of San Diego.”

Trattoria Don Pietro is at 12415 San Diego Ave. in San Diego. For details, visit

Vallé, a Guadalupe Valley Kitchen restaurant will open in May  in Oceanside.

Vallé, a Guadalupe Valley Kitchen restaurant, will open in May as part of the new Mission Pacific Hotel project in Oceanside.

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Vallé, a Guadalupe Valley Kitchen will be the flagship restaurant at Hyatt’s Mission Pacific Hotel, slated to open in May in Oceanside.

Baja chef Roberto Alcocer will helm this casually upscale restaurant with a seafood-rich menu that highlights the cuisine of the Valle de Guadalupe. Alcocer has run Malva restaurant in the Valle for the past eight years. The restaurant will feature a wine list of both Baja and California labels. Alcocer will also create the menu for the hotel’s Rooftop at Mission Pacific bar. The hotel is at 201 N. Myers St. in Oceanside. Visit

Wetzel's Pretzels stores will give away free pretzels after 3 p.m. April 26, in honor of National Pretzel Day.

Wetzel’s Pretzels stores in San Diego will be giving away free pretzels after 3 p.m. April 26, in honor of National Pretzel Day.

Free pretzel alert

In honor of National Pretzel Day on Monday, April 26, Wetzel’s Pretzels shops in San Diego County will be giving away free pretzels after 3 p.m. on Monday. For a list of local Wetzel’s locations, visit

Taste of Little Italy returns

After taking last year off, Taste of Little Italy will return from 5 to 9 p.m. June 14 through 17.

The self-guided tasting tour of more than 20 Little Italy venues will offer guests a passport for $45, entitling them to small bites at each spot. For those who prefer dining at home, a pick-up service will also be offered. Masks are required. For details, visit

Lobster roll sliders at Lionfish's new Sunday brunch.

Lobster roll sliders at Lionfish’s new Sunday brunch.

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  • Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine at the Pendry Hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter has introduced its first-ever Sunday brunch service. Chef JoJo Ruiz’s menu launched April 18. Served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the a la carte menu features items such as strawberry ricotta pancakes with duck confit hash and Maine lobster with chorizo scramble. A $25 all-you-can-drink mimosa or rosé options is available. The Pendry is at 435 Fifth Ave., San Diego. Visit
  • Valentina, a European-style bistro in Leucadia, has introduced a lunch menu with dishes inspired by the cuisines of Spain, France and Mexico City. The expanded lunch service is offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays-Sundays. Dishes include steak sandwich, Niçoise salad and little neck clams on the half shell. Valentina is at 810 N. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. Visit
  • Civico by the Park has reintroduced its Sunday “Calabrifornia” brunch menu blending Calabrian and California cuisines. Dishes include pancakes tiramisu and shrimp frittata tacos in Calabrian chili sauce. Service is 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays at 550 Fifth Ave., Unit 120, San Diego. Visit
  • Mister A’s has relaunched its Friday lunch service and its Sunday brunch. The Friday menu, served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., includes mussels Provencale, tagliatelle and clams and mac ‘n’ cheese with black truffle and pancetta. Brunch service, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sundays, features local farm shakshouka, prime beef stake “au poivre” and handmade pastries. Mister A’s is at 2550 Fifth Ave., 12th floor, San Diego. Visit

Kragen writes about restaurants for The San Diego Union-Tribune. Email her at pam.k[email protected]