El Jardín Year Founded: 2018

In late spring 2018, chef Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins and Rise & Shine Restaurant Group open El Jardín at Liberty Station in the Point Loma community. Inspired by the flavors Zepeda experienced growing up between San Diego, Tijuana and Guadalajara, as well as during her travels throughout Mexico, the menu at El Jardín spotlights Zepeda’s nuanced approach to regional Mexican cuisine, refined and reinterpreted with local ingredients. Rise & Shine founder Johan Engman and Zepeda collaborated closely on the restaurant’s design to bring their shared vision of El Jardín to life through bold pieces and accents throughout the expansive indoor and outdoor spaces that recall the restaurant’s culinary heritage.

El Jardín strives to honor both the diverse cultures that have lent a hand in shaping the seven regions of Mexican cuisine, as well as the ancestral recipes created and shared by matriarchs throughout history.

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Wokou Noodles & Pours Year Founded: 2017

A modern ode to the rich history of the iconic Japanese bowl of noodles, Wokou is far more than a traditional ramen spot – we’re urban, unique, unexpected and rooted in culture. Sip and slurp up elevated comfort food with warm, fiercely flavorful noodles alongside sizzling plates of Japanese yakitori. From our bright, full-sized airbrush wall illustrations to our one-of-a-kind twists on classic menu items, Wokou promises an exciting eating experience that is anything but typical.

Unlike most ramen spots, our lively, nightlife-driven bar has a full liquor license, allowing for vibrant signature cocktails and over 38 variations of whiskeys, including 17 exclusive traditional Japanese whiskeys! In addition to our vegan and gluten-free menu options and ramen noodles, we combine our tasty Asian-inspired dishes with ingredients to create innovative entrees such as Spicy Carnitas Ramen for a distinctive SoCal flair that you won’t find at any other ramen spot.

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Breakfast Republic Year Founded: 2015

With locations in North Park, Liberty Station, Encinitas, East Village, Ocean Beach, Carmel Valley, and Pacific Beach Breakfast Republic is raising feathers in San Diego as a top spot to enjoy the most important meal of the day. Serving tasty takes on American classics such as Oreo Pancakes, Shrimp & Grits and S’mores French Toast, BR is an innovative breakfast destination that locals and visitors will flock to when they’re in search of a fun and unpretentious place to begin the day. Raising the “bar” is BR’s rotating list of 20 beers on tap, which are available as samplers to complement many of the unique dishes they serve.

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Casa Rustica Year Founded: 2018

Casa Rustica is a family-friendly restaurant with a “Fun Mex” atmosphere serving made-from-scratch modern Mexican recipes that will make your taste buds celebrate. You’ll find yourself in the middle Carmel Valley’s bustling Village at Pacific, which is where you want to be with friends and family when you’re in the mood to spice up your life and your taste buds. Make this your destination for celebrating with authentic Mexican fare.

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Eggies Year Founded: 2018

If you are looking for a new spin on breakfast, look no further. Eggies has fun, fast-casual dining for those who want a grab-and-go breakfast in an egg-centric way. This unique walk-up eatery sits within a repurposed shipping container kiosk located near three of San Diego’s busiest Breakfast Republic locations – Pacific Beach, East Village and North Park. Eggies serves up a variety of breakfast sandwiches and delicious entrees served in Mason jars, along with their unique organic nitro cold brew, organic drip coffee and even fresh squeezed orange juice. Rise and shine with a modern twist on breakfast that will open your mind to all new possibilities throughout your day.

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NorPa Kitchen Year Founded: 2018

Located in hip, quirky surroundings in the heart of North Park, NorPa Kitchen is the place for a truly unique dining experience. Specializing in Neapolitan-style pizzas baked in wood-fired pizza ovens shipped in from Italy and housemade pasta and house-cured meats, this new restaurant offers views like none other— you get a full view of our glassed-in stations, so you’ll have unique insight into your food. Whether you choose to dine in the eccentric decor of the main area or on the playful rooftop patio, enjoy a craft beer or one of four house wine varietals— all served with custom labels to help you remember just how incredible your visit was. With all the enticing features that NorPar Kitchen has to offer, it will be hard to stay away.

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California Native Year Founded: 2018

California Native celebrates the quality & lifestyle of sunny California, infused with homegrown freshness & innovation that native Californians pride themselves on. California Native promises to energize our guests with something new and unexpected. Not your typical chain restaurant that can be easily replicated, we are the next hidden gem, where families, friends and fellow Natives will gather to enjoy great food, great drinks and that notable California hospitality.

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Madero's Mexican Tequila Bar

Madero’s Year Founded: 2019

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