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Nov 20, 2009 07:01 AM

San Diego New Places Opening

There has been plenty of talk about all of the places closing in SD but there are also some new places that are opening and others that are re-opening in different locations.

-Cucina Italiana is opening on University where Chilangos used to be
-Cups is a new cupcake place that is opening today on Girard in La Jolla
-Cafe Bleu is reopening in the former Zetouna's spot
-Red Door is opening another restaurant in the bar area next to it, called Wellington Steak and Martinin Lounge
-Au Revoir Bistro is opening in the old LaVache
-there is a Japenese place (I forget the name) that is opening on 4th where India Princess used to be
-Chocolat looks about to open its new location on University and 5th
-a new Vietnamese place is opening on 5th in between Robinson and University

This is obviously a tough market to be opening a restaurant so I am looking forward to supporting these places and hopeful that some of them are good enough to survive.

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  1. "-a new Vietnamese place is opening on 5th in between Robinson and University"

    Is that the Cali Deli? Vietnamese sandwich place?


    Airport Lounge is turning into El Camino. Same owners.

    Just Burgers has already transformed into a Santana's taco shop. Quickest conversion ever.

    1. So Chilangos is gone again?

      Funny cause it used to be a board darling a couple years ago. Ever since they reopened I haven't heard any talk about it at all. I went maybe 4-5 months ago and it was pretty good, on par with the original quality back in the day. Unfortunately the couple times I went (on a Friday/Sat night) the place seemed pretty dead.

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      1. re: mliew

        Yeah, its gone again.

        I ate there for lunch a couple of times this year and it was good.

        Charisma Cucina Italiana seemed to almost open for biz last time I passed by.

        1. re: mliew

          Chilangos may have been done in by that train wreck of a Mexi-Carribbean party place on Uni and 2nd. 2 doors up from Chilangos, first stop. Why go for the good stuff when you can fill up on cheap food and cheap drink.

          1. re: mliew

            Oh Chilangos! one of the best flavors in Mexican food was great food in a bad location. No where to park but that seafood cocktail was out of this world...and those beans were quite special. Very different from any Mexican resturant in San Diego. I really miss Chilangos!

          2. Just noticed that Luigi's in Little Italy is now "Landrini's Pizza".

            Anyone know the story?

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            1. re: stevewag23

              A falling-out between Luigi and his partners. There is no connection between the two except the new owners may have "borrowed" from his menu. We'll see how long it lasts.

              1. re: ChrisG

                Figured it had to be something like that. One day it was Luigi's and the next it was Landrini's.

                The question is: Is the quality same, up, or down?

                1. re: stevewag23

                  The current owners of Landini's bought out the biz from Luigi.

                  The restaurant is the same.

                  Ate there today. Seemed the same.

                  So we can call this two new openings: Luigi's and Landini's!

                  1. re: stevewag23

                    New to San Diego. Ate at Luigi's on 25th several times. Ate at Landini's once and this is no Luigi's. Salads are same, pizza at Landini's a notch below Round Table.

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              1. Have you tried Cali Baguette Express (Mira Mesa/Black Mountain)? It has been on my rotation for the last couple months. Curious what other think about it.

                1. re: stevuchan

                  I haven't. I actually am secretly hoping the sandwiches aren't as good as K's although they'd be much more convientent. Feels like I'm cheating on the place.

                  1. re: stevuchan

                    I foud the quality at Cali Baguette Express declining over the last few weeks. We are now more going back to Bale next to Lucky Seafood which is more consistent and better).

                  2. I drove by Cali Deli today and it looks like it's open but I didn't have time to stop in.
                    Has anyone tried it?

                    1. re: keena

                      They have coffee only right now. I was there last weekend for the first time, and the owner said they'd have food in 2 weeks. They'll be making their own bread, and he said they roast their own coffee. The Vietnamese iced coffee there is quite nice.

                      1. re: Josh

                        Did anyone ever eat at Cali Deli? Whenever I stopped in they said that they weren't serving food yet. Finally they did start offering sandwiches but before I could try it they had closed. It has to be close to a record for how quickly they closed. They literally seem to have spent longer perfecting the decorations. I feel bad for them.

                        On a positive note, I walked by Origano, a new Italian restaurant that opened yesterday, next to Pappalecco on 5th. I talked to a couple of the people there and they said that it is authentic Italian and they are making their own pastas. They seem to do a nice job renovating the space and they have an outdoor patio area as well. Their menu is not up yet but they seemed to offer a good mix of antipasta, pastas, and entrees .


                        1. re: sdaints

                          With all due respect, reading the blurb on their web page says they've been doing Italian in SD for the last 20 years. I think the one thing this board pretty much agrees on is that SD doesn't do Italian very well. I'm not sure that really bode well for the "authenticity" of the place. Sounds like this might be another Buscallachi (or how ever you spell it) venture?

                          1. re: DiningDiva

                            Yes I agree. Also the pictures on the site look like the food is from the 90s. If those are the pictures of their best dishes this place is done before it opens.

                            1. re: DiningDiva

                              "a new Italian restaurant that opened yesterday, next to Pappalecco on 5th"

                              Wait, is this the one "across" the street under construction?

                              I don't think this is the same one you guys are talking about because they are still building the building.

                              That one is Busalacchi.

                              1. re: stevewag23

                                Have any of you tried Sapori on Coronado yet? Its a new Italian place (owned and run by couple from Italy) that opened up in the past year. On Orange near the ferry landing. I agree that we do not have great Italian in SD, but this place was really good. They were also really gluten free friendly which is great for my husband who can't have gluten.

                                1. re: LaurenZ

                                  I went the other night one of the best italian restaurants i have been to in san diego.All the desserts are hand made by the owners wife. The chocolate tart is too die for.

                                  1. re: lovesfood11

                                    Would you care to reveal the name and location of this restaurant, lovesfood11, or are you simply taunting us? :)

                                    1. re: RB Hound


                                      We are finally trying this place tomorrow, really looking forward to it.. Beautiful space with some view of the SD skyline from the front patio. We discovered it about a month ago on a post-lunch stroll after dining at another nearby bistro. They told us they have been open several months.

                                      1. re: foodiechick

                                        Thank you. I hope it is still there the next time we spend the day in Coronado - it looks good!

                                        1. re: foodiechick

                                          Just checked out the website. Is that a wall of giant mouths with pasta hanging out of them? Freaky.

                                          1. re: Island

                                            Sure looks like it doesn't it :-)

                                  2. re: stevewag23

                                    Just to clarify, this is not the Busalacchi restaurant. That is being built a block away from this new place. I was talking to the people there about how it is strange that they closed the location they had on 5th, only to build a new location a block away. Maybe they got a better deal on the space.

                                    I don't know anything about the food at this restaurant as it just opened yesterday but I am hopeful that we can get some better Italian food here. I was not blown away by it but I had a good meal at Bencotto a couple of months ago and the place was packed. It was definitely one of the better Italian places that I have tried in town.

                                  3. re: DiningDiva

                                    Agree the 20 years blurb gives it away, this has all the markings of another Busalacchi's resto.

                                    On a lighter note, there's a new Rubio's opening soon in LJ on Fay.

                                  4. re: sdaints

                                    Cali Deli, if you'll pardon the crudity of the following, sucked.

                                    The iced coffee was good, but their sandwiches were a disaster.

                                    1. re: sdaints

                                      Didn't realize Origano opened, we'll have to check it out as we live pretty close by. I feel weird about cheating on Bruno, though.

                                      1. re: Josh

                                        You'll need to ask for forgiveness!

                              2. The Linkery will take over the recently closed Aperitivo space just down the street from their current location on 30th near University. Look for a Summer 2010 open with a California-Spanish-Baja small plate affordable concept. More to be fleshed out in the coming months.