Umi Sushi & Oyster Bar was recently rated the #2 casino restaurant in the U.S. We're already fans of everything Pechanga so accepting an invitation to dine at this highly ranked establishment was a no brainer! While playing the latest slots, we felt a growing hunger within and soon headed to dinner, ready to relax after gameplay.
The restaurant is located to the right of the hotel check-in area and across the hall from Pechanga's casual coffee shop Blends. We've always passed by on the way to the slots, filled with curiosity, especially because it has this intriquing "jewel" strands along the outer walls.
We've always enjoyed food events and Taste of North Park is no exception. Heck, we've visited in 2017, 2015, 2014, etc so we are constantly revisiting to see what's new in the area! This year's event was on October 13 between 11am - 3pm. There were separate $20 beer and $40 food tickets, as well as a combined beer/food ticket for $50. My brother joined us for this crawl and we were all eager to eat and drink!
Mr. Moto Pizza House is a popular New York style pizza parlour that has its roots in Pacific Beach. The business expansion has brought about a third restaurant into San Diego which recently opened in Point Loma. I've previously tried their original location so knew this media visit would be tasty!
The restaurant had just opened at 11am on a Sunday so there was a full display of pizzas to choose from. Pick a PIE! Any PIE! I think there were twelve total to choose from (a few were in progress). Other options include pasta and salad, exhibited to the right in a refrigerated display.
The popular Din Tai Fung (DTF) recently opened a location in the renovated Westfield UTC Mall of San Diego. Foodies have long been raving about this place but the drive to O.C. and long lines kept me away. That is, until now. A friend invited me to join a mid-week lunch during the first week and I excitedly accepted. Currently, the restaurant is in soft opening mode and only takes online yelp reservations, with most of October already booked! It will return to a first-come first-serve basis after 2 months or so.
102 Hub opened about three months ago in the Plaza Sorrento Shopping Center (off Mira Mesa Blvd and Camino Santa Fe). Dennis and I were feeling incredibly hungry so we popped in to explore this local spot. We're slowly making our way to new places around the neighborhood including the recent San Diego Snowy Village and Gen Korean BBQ visits.
Walking in, we were surprised at how roomy the space was. To the left were multiple bar height tables, some bar seating on the opposite side, and a loungy area with couches.
San Diego Snowy Village is a new dessert spot that opened up in Mira Mesa Mall, a few doors down the long corridor from Crab Hut Mira Mesa. One night we were craving Ding Tea but happened to run into a friend finishing dessert from Snowy Village. This interaction convinced us to change course from tea to snow! We also returned two weeks later to use $10 voucher won from a Facebook giveaway.
San Diego Restaurant Week (SDRW) starts this Sunday, September 23, 2018 and continues until September 30, 2018. This bi-annual event features over 180 restaurants offering a prix fixe meal (several courses served at a fixed price) which range between $10 to $50. We were thrilled to be paired with Farmer's Bottega, a farm-to-table inspired restaurant. For SDRW, an ample 4-course meal was offered for $40 with an optional $15 wine pairing. If you ever wanted to explore farm-inspired fare, this prix fixe meal can get you started! The SDRW menu is attached at the end of the review.
A heatwave hit our area one summer weekend and A/C suddenly became a deciding factor in where to eat! We had tried Fish District for lunch and this time caught their daily happy hour. Between 2-5pm, they offered $1 off classics, TKO tacos, and beers.