From Bead to Shining Bead

From Bead to Shining Bead

Celebrate Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp

By Annie Abrahamson

Pull out the beads, dust off the masks, and get ready for a festival fit for a king! Mardi Gras is around the corner and San Diegans are already starting to feel the carnival spirit. Starting this weekend, and on (Fat) Tuesday, February 25, dine, drink, and dance your way through the Gaslamp during this fun-filled celebration!

 

The Big Easy Booze Bites and Beads Tour

Gaslamp Quarter’s Big Easy Booze Bites & Beads Tour

Saturday, February 22

The Big Easy Booze Bites & Beads Tour is BACK! Grab life by the beads while you eat and sip your way through 15+ Mardi Gras-inspired small plates and 15+ Carnival Cocktails. Collect beads from ten Gaslamp hotspots and then show them off at the Mad House Comedy Club for VIP entrance to the exclusive after-party! Grab your tickets and get more information here

El Chingon

El Chingon

Get into the “Fight or Flight” mode at El Chingon on February 25! This Forty Twosday party includes tacos, tequila flights, and a live band. Reserve your spot here. 

Gaslamp Mardi Gras

Gaslamp Mardi Gras & Fat Tuesday

On Friday, Saturday and Fat Tuesday starting at 6 p.m., enjoy entries to 20+ restaurants, bars, and clubs, a map with pre-planned/suggested routes with meet-up points, live entertainment, live music, DJ’s, dancing, face painting, extended Happy Hour on food and drinks at selected venues, Play & Stay Hotel deals, $3 off parking at LAZ parking (707 Broadway) with an overnight parking option at no additional charge, plus more mardi party perks.  Choose your night, grab your tickets and get more information here.

House of Blues

House of Blues

To celebrate Mardi Gras, House of Blues is throwing the greatest Fat Tuesday party west of Bourbon Street. “Bring On The Beads” with Happy Hour from 4-6pm, live music by Madame Leroux & Krewe at 6 p.m., interactive entertainment, giveaways, and more! All ages are invited. Make dinner reservations here or call 619.299.2583.

Mardi Gras San Diego Club Crawl

San Diego Club Crawl

San Diego is called “New Orleans West” for good reason!  San Diego Club Crawl will let the good times roll at four of Gaslamp Quarter’s most popular clubs in one night! Saturday, February 22, beginning at 9:30 p.m. at American Junkie the party be on!  Guests receive a free welcome shot at each location, Mardi Gras beads, VIP express entry at each club and more.  Get your tickets here.

 

 

The Smoking Gun

The Smoking Gun

In true Louisiana fashion, The Smoking Gun is celebrating Mardi Gras with a good ol’ fashioned Crawfish Boil! For $25, guests can dive into an all-you-can-eat experience…the perfect way to spend Fat Tuesday! Get more information here

 

 

Tin Roof

Tin Roof

Sunday, February 23

For those planning to celebrate all weekend long, Tin Roof will be serving up a heaping scoop of Hangover Brunch! On Sunday, February 24 starting at 11am, enjoy drink specials and a live brass band – the perfect combination for a proper Mardi Gras Sunday Funday!

 

 

Love (and a night out) is all you need

Love (and a night out) is all you need

Valentine’s Day in the Gaslamp Quarter

 

By Annie Abrahamson

While cupid sharpens his arrows and tightens his bow, the Gaslamp Quarter prepares for Valentine’s Day with luscious cocktails, indulgent desserts, dinners for two, and singles parties. So couple up with the one you love and treat yourselves to a romantic night or grab your pals and celebrate in America’s Finest City! 

 

The Perfect Night for Two

Bandar

Bandar

Elevate your Valentine’s Day by experiencing Bandar’s exceptional Mediterranean spiced French double-cut lamb chops cooked to perfection.  View the menu and make your reservations here

Cafe Sevilla

Cafe Sevilla

If anyone knows how to add sultry spice to Valentine’s Day, it’s Cafe Sevilla. Treat your date to a special four-course meal alongside an exciting Flamenco Show performance. This good time also includes live latin music and a tapas bar starting at 11 p.m. View menu and make your reservations here

Greystone Steakhouse

Greystone Steakhouse

This Valentine’s Day, diners can indulge in a carefully curated prix fixe menu during a 2-hour dining experience with a Queen of Hearts theme. As an added bonus, the best dressed couple will win a gift basket, complimentary champagne, and gift card! Save your spot here.

Havana 1920

Havana 1920

Bring your amor to this intimate Cuban restaurant for a sweet and romantic date. Start the night with a Valentine’s Day shared cocktail before diving into a delicious 3-course meal! Get menu and reservation info here.

Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine

Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine

Give that special someone in your life a meal they will remember! Lionfish is planning a special 3-course tasting menu curated by Chef JoJo Ruiz! Make your reservations here.

Meze Greek Fusion

Meze Greek Fusion

Set the mood with a Greek-inspired, 4-course meal from Mezé. The dinner will include a bottle of house wine followed by a trio of cold mezé (appetizers) to share. Get the The Opa Your Heart To Me cocktail, and you’re sure to have your date making heart eyes at you all night long! See menu and make your reservation here.

Osetra Seafood and Steakhouse

Osetra Seafood and Steakhouse

This Valentine’s Day weekend, Osetra will be offering love birds a carefully curated pre-fixe menu featuring goodies such as the Seafood Napoleon, and North Atlantic Salmon. View the menu and make your reservation here.

Panevino

Panevino

All Valentine’s Day weekend Panevino is serving an exclusive menu featuring all of their favorite dishes like pan seared scallops, and risotto all aragosta for you and your date to enjoy. View the menu and make your reservations here

Rockin Baja Lobster

Rockin’ Baja Lobster

Say Hello to the Valentine Love Bucket. Rockin’ Baja Lobster is featuring a WHOLE Lobster, a Guacamole Appetizer, Skirt Steak, Crab Clusters, Baja Style Shrimp, Grilled Chicken, Grilled Corn on the Cob, “All You Can Eat” Ranchero Beans, Citrus Rice, Warm Flour Tortillas, Honey Chili Butter & their World Class Fresh Salsa Bar! In a Sweet Bucket for Two. Only $79.99* Available Friday Feb 14 through President’s Day, Mon Feb 17, 2020.

Rustic Root

Rustic Root

Love is in the air at Rustic Root! Celebrate Valentine’s Day all weekend with His & Hers Love Elixir cocktails, Shrimp & Crab Martini appetizer, Surf & Turf entree, and their signature Chocolate Cake For Two! Reserve your table here.

Searsucker

Searsucker

For couples who love luxury, Searsucker is serving up an elegant dinner complete with wine pairings (who doesn’t love a good wine pairing?!). Reserve your spot here

Theatre Box

Theatre Box

Sip, dine, and recline this Valentine’s Day at Theatre Box. Treat your love to a classic night “dinner and a movie” with offerings from Sugar Factory including a holiday-inspired Smoking Candy Goblet and Insane Milkshake. Get more information here.

The Butchers Cut

The Butchers Cut

Make a date this V-Day to enjoy a tasty pre-fixe menu at The Butcher’s Cut featuring some favorites including Avocado Toast and Bone-in Ribeye. View the menu and grab a table here.

The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot

Impress your Valentine with five courses of alluring fondue!  The Melting Pot will be featuring a prix-fixe menu, which has been specifically designed for this special occasion that will include tax and gratuity. .This Valentine’s Cupid’s got some new arrows!

Also, There are few things more romantic than cooking together! Grab your cutie and head to The Melting Pot for a Couples Valentine’s cooking class! Learn how to prepare cheese and chocolate fondue paired with wine. The best part is, you get to eat and enjoy your creations! Register for the class here.

The Melting Pot wants to celebrate with your little cupids! On Friday, February 9, bring your little princesses, princes, and knights for a dinner fit for royalty, plus a costume contest and a chance to pose with a real-life Snow Queen and Ice Princess! Each child in attendance will receive a gift, an autographed photo, and a box of signature chocolate covered strawberries. Get more info here.

Toscana Cafe & Wine Bar

Toscana

Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to dress up and eat out. So grab a date and make a reservation for dinner at Toscana Cafe and Wine Bar. Book your table here

 

 

Single and Ready to Mingle

El Chingon

El Chingon

No relationship? No problem! Head to El Chingon for a “Singles’ Party” featuring everyone’s favorite date, tequila! 

Prohibition

Prohibition

Valentine’s Day doesn’t always evoke feelings of happiness and love. If you’re rebelling against V-Day this year, Prohibition is your spot. This “I’ve Got the Blues” party includes cocktails like “The Bitter” and live music. As added closure, tear up a picture of your ex, and you’ll get a complimentary shot of whiskey!

The Shout! House

The Shout House

Traffic won’t slow you down this Valentine’s Day! Head to the Shout House for an oh-so-fun Stop Light party! Taken, Maybe, or Single…hang out in a fun environment and maybe spark a new romance or rekindle your current one! This event sells out, so make your reservation here

 

 

The smoking gun

The Smoking Gun

The Smoking Gun presents Fishin’ For Some Kissin’- Singles Night’  Feel the love at the Gun Valentines evening starting at 9 p.m. with special guest appearances, games and activities, DJ Dub B and Uncle Eds DMN Good Vodka drink specials until 3 a.m.

Foodies Unite: It’s Time to Dine

Foodies Unite: It’s Time to Dine

San Diego Restaurant Week is back January 19 – 26

By Annie Abrahamson

From steak and seafood to fondue and dessert, San Diego Restaurant Week (Jan 19 – 26) is a food lover’s dream. With so many noteworthy restaurants to choose from in the Gaslamp, SDRW gives guests the opportunity to try a new spot (or return to a favorite) by offering a special menu at a reduced price. Check out this mouth-watering line-up and start making your reservations now!

Butcher's Cut

Butcher’s Cut

Price: $40 per person

Menu Highlights: Hipsters, Yoga Teachers, and guac lovers will be thrilled with the delicious Avocado Toast option. And if you’re looking for a good seafood dish, the Salmon with spinach risotto, sauteed carrots, dill cream and lemon bordelaise emulsion looks delish!

 

De Medici Cucina Italiana

De’Medici Cucina Italiana

Price: $40 per person

Menu Highlights: This menu is an Italian paradise featuring choices like Calamari Fritti, their signature Sole Fortofino, and of course, Cannolis!

Fogo de Chao

Fogo de Chao

Menu Highlights: Fogo de Chao knows the key to winning people over…is BRUNCH! Not only do they have a special San Diego Restaurant Week menu for lunch, dinner, happy hour, drinks, and dessert, but they are also including brunch featuring selections like Braised Beef Hash and Bolo de Fuba (sweet cornmeal cake with whipped caramelized banana creme).

Greystone Steakhouse

Greystone Steakhouse

Price: $50 per person

Menu Highlights: Veggie-lovers will swoon over the Portobello with artichoke, aged gorgonzola, spinach, bell pepper, roasted tomatoes, and bechamel sauce, while meat eaters can indulge in the Bourbon Braised Pork Chop. 

The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot

Price: $30 per person

Menu Highlights: Dipping yummy things in yummy things. And also cheese. Need we say more?

Nobu

Nobu

Price: $60 per person

Menu Highlights: Nobu is offering special and an indulgent 5-course meal complete with Assorted Sushi, Snow Crab Tiradito, and more! Guests have the option to up their cuisine game for an extra $15 and upgrade the fourth course with items like Lobster with Wasabi Pepper Sauce and 28 day Dry-Aged New York Strip with Anticucho.

 

 

Oceanaire Seafood

Oceanaire Seafood

Price: $40 per person

Menu Highlights: A classic and delicious 3-course meal featuring favorites like oysters on the half shell, filet mignon, and key lime pie! 

Osetra

Osetra Seafood and Steak

Price: $50 per person

Menu Highlights: This menu has something for everyone! From yellowtail carpaccio to Italian sausage rigatoni, every guest is sure to find something to get their taste buds dancing!

Provisional Kitchen

Provisional Kitchen Cafe & Mercantile

Price: $20 per person | add $12 for Wine Pairing

Menu Highlights: This two course menu is like a “choose-your-own-adventure” book. Choose a starter and entrée, or entrée and dessert!

Rei do Gado

Rei do Gado

Price: $30 per person

Menu Highlights: Rei do Gado’s rodizio-style all-you-can-eat parade of mesquite, charcoal grilled meats served at your table side is reason enough to hit up this spot during SDRW.

Rockin' Baja Lobster

Rockin’ Baja Lobster

Price: Lunch – $15/$20 | Dinner – $30

Menu Highlights: During lunch, upgrade your second course for just $5 and get yummy options like Seafood Enchiladas or a Warm Lobster Roll. Both lunch and dinner menus include their specialty, Fried Ice Cream (YUM!).

Searsucker

Searsucker

Price: $25 per person (lunch)

Menu Highlights: Guests can munch on a classic fave (among other delicious choices): Grilled Cheese & Tomato with gruyère, provolone, parmesan, basil oil. Follow it up with something sweet like a Warm Chocolate Chip Cookie or Berry Panna Cotta!

 

 

STK

STK

Menu Highlights: Come for brunch, stay for dinner, and sip on some cocktails in between! STK has a big menu perfect for a big appetite!

The Field Irish Pub

The Field Irish Pub

Price: $15 per person

Menu Highlights: Want a great meal that doesn’t break the bank? The Field is offering two course with delicious items like the Corned Beef Sandwich and Shepherd’s Pie.

Union Kitchen & Tap

Union Kitchen & Tap

Menu Highlights: Union’s entire menu is up for grabs….brunch, lunch, social hour, kids, you name it, they have it for SDRW! Try their Gumbo Poutine or Alehouse Beer Cheeseburger (drool!). 

Breakfast Company Expands to The Gaslamp

Breakfast Company Expands to The Gaslamp

(Press Release)

The much-awaited second Breakfast Company excitedly welcomes brunch lovers, in the heart of the Gaslamp! Known for their tantalizing twists on traditional breakfast staples, modern vibe and warm staff, the restaurant is undeniably an instant hot spot for downtown dwellers.

From the same owner/founder of San Diego’s most well-known breakfast model, Breakfast Republic, Gaslamp Breakfast Company’s menu boasts fan favorites, such as their infamous and super-savory Mashed Potato Waffles, topped with a mouthwatering cheese sauce, spicy sausage, green onions and eggs. Their most frequently ordered (and hangover-curing) Fried Rice Benedict is also a must-try, paired with coffee served in an oversized mug – a caffeine connoisseur’s dream. Plenty of their signature veggie-inspired libations are available at the bar, along with crafted espresso drinks, such as the Golden State Latte and the Dirty Beet Latte.

Positioned in an impressive 3,148 square-foot space that includes a robust patio, perfect for people watching, the restaurant is both inviting and intimate. Their stylish décor, eye-catching use of color and perfectly placed lighting, warms the immaculate, industrial atmosphere.

mashed potato waffle
Beet juice cocktail
Fried Rice Benedict
Gaslamp Breakfast Company Interior
Gaslamp Breakfast Company Exterior
Gaslamp Breakfast Company Interior

As a part of the San Diego-based Rise & Shine Restaurant Group, the second Breakfast Company joins Breakfast Republic, Fig Tree Café, Feast & Fareway, and Liberty Station’s newly revamped Mexican restaurant, El Jardín Cantina. Pioneer of San Diego’s brunch culture, Johan Engman has not only created a lifestyle for those who want to enjoy fantastic food, he’s also become a local star and industry leader, with his unending thirst for revolutionizing the breakfast world and beyond. He’s done it again, and there’s much more to come.

Come spoil your palate with an exceptional selection of food and drinks, and welcome Breakfast Company to the table… again!

Breakfast Company is located at 551 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Open daily from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Another Purrr-fect Parade, and Paw-some event!

Another Purrr-fect Parade, and Paw-some event!

Dogs, Cats, Birds, and Pigs paraded through the Gaslamp Quarter last Sunday for the 12th annual Just Food For Dogs Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade.  The annual event included 20 vendors in the Holiday Pet Market, dignitaries, bands and 350 pets with their handlers parading up Fifth Avenue and down Fourth.

 

Daisy the Pig
Diana and Lambchop
Jaimie and Queen Tia
Grand Marshal Bailey and Handler Mary
The Padres
Tucker and Sandie Lampe
Mizzou wins the Stanley Cup

Photos by: Crystal Carpenter-Hall

Chance the Dog
Harry Potter

(More Photos coming soon)

Congratulations to this year’s contest winners!

Best Ugly Sweater

3rd Place- Tabitha the Mastiff with handler Elizabeth Flores

2nd Place- Lily the Dog with handler Emily Pearson

1st Place – Ollie the West Highland Terrier with handler Victoria Brunzell

Cutest Critter

2nd Place- Daisy the Pig with handler Gabriel Doyle

1st Place- Chicka the chicken, Gingerale the chicken and Waffles the Rabbit with handlers Mikey Johnson, Hunter Johnson and Grace Green (Alice in Wonderland)

Best Pet Costume

3rd Place- Sammie and Sweet Pea the dogs with handler Jackie Silva- (Batman Themed)

2nd Place- Harlee and TooTuff the dogs with handlers Laura and Phil Keznetzoff

1st place- Leuke with handler Viki Solano

Best Pet Costume (non-canine)

3rd Place- Hiro the cat and Haruka the Dog with handler Lori Guild

2nd Place- (2 dogs and a cat) with handler Corey Dobbs (flamingo Snow Globe)

1st Place- Jazzy the dog and Maya the Cat with handlers Greyfield Nguyen and Angela Aguilar

 Best Pet Holiday Costume

2nd Place- Charlie the Dog with handler Jeffrey Nieboer

1st Place– Sir Ruffles Von Vicious (Ruffy) with handler Jan Savage _ (Feliz Navidog)

Best Costumed Duo

3rd Place- Peaches the Maltipoo (Dog) with handler Eric Jones

2nd Place- Sakari the dog with handler Jay Nora

1st Place- Tia the dog with handler Jaimie Flores (Queen Tia)

 Best Costumed Group (3 or more)

3rd Place  Mizzou the Siberian Husky with handler Robert Ivey jr. and partner  (Stanley Cup)

2nd Place – Barney, Oscar, Woodie and Stitch (all dogs) with handlers, Janet Bock and Lynne Newman

1st Place- – Kylo-Ren the dog with handlers, the Andrews Family- (Where’s WALDO)

 Best Float

3rd Place  – Kayden, Koah the dogs with handler Tina Cox- (Paw-rate Ship)

2nd Place- Carson the Dog with handler Jill Nakano – (Space Shuttle)

1st Place-  Lucy the Boston Terrier with handler George Pisano- (Harry Potter)

Best in Show

3rd Place- Kindle the Dog with handlers The Toyers (Bartender)

2nd Place-  Leuke with handler Viki Solano- Ghostbusters

1st Place- Zachary and Belle the dogs with handlers the Hoeberecht Family

The Hoeberecht Family will be the Grand Marshal’s next year!

A Very Gaslamp Christmas

A Very Gaslamp Christmas

Holiday Feasts The Will Leave You Feeling Merry and Stuffed!

 

By Annie Abrahamson

On the first day of Christmas, the Gaslamp gave to me….

A festive list of restaurants ready to serve up some fun and delicious Christmas cheer! Dining out on the holidays is the perfect way to celebrate with friends and family without the stress of cooking for a large group. So, instead of dashing through the kitchen, leave the food prep to the professionals and spend Christmas feasting away!

 

 

Asti Ristorante

Asti Ristorante

Elegant and warm, Asti Ristorante is serving up an Italian-style, 3-course on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Choose from delicious dishes like Costolette Brasate (braised short ribs) or Filet Mignon. Bring the whole family; the little ones can enjoy a special 2-course meal of their own! $59 for adults, $21 for kids. Make your reservations here

Bandar

Bandar

If you love Persian cuisine, Bandar is just the place to spend your holidays! The will have a special menu available on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day including their Classic Hummus, World Famous Chicken, and Filet Mignon Shish Kabob. Save your seat here.

 

 

Cafe 21

Cafe 21

The Gaslamp’s beloved cafe is getting in the holiday spirit by launching a new line-up of kitchen libations, vegan hot drinks, and organic teas and coffee! On Christmas Day, prepare to sip as well as dine with a special 3-course preset menu for both brunch and dinner. See the menu and make your reservation here.

 

Cafe Sevilla

Cafe Sevilla

Rock around the Christmas tree with dinner and live music at Sevilla this Christmas Eve and Day! Dine on a special 3-course meal including holiday favorites with a Spanish twist. Check out the menu here.

Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine

Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine

A beautiful sight, we’re hungry tonight…walking in a modern coastal wonderland! Head  to Lionfish on December 24 where Chef Jojo Ruiz will be cooking up a delicious Christmas Eve dinner. Make your reservations here

Rockin' Baja Lobster

Rockin’ Baja Lobster

Rockin’ Baja Lobster is giving a gift to your taste buds with their “Holiday Bucket”! This seafood-lover’s dream includes a WHOLE lobster, baja style shrimp, grilled chicken, skirt steak, crab cluster, grilled corn on the cob, a queso dip appetizer, and a partridge in a pear tree! (That last item isn’t actually included.) For just $69.99 per person, this feast is hard to beat! 

Rustic Root

Rustic Root

Santa’s got the presents, so Rustic Root will take care of dinner! This Christmas Day, they are serving a special three-course meal with delicious choices like Crab Stuffed Deviled Eggs, Seared Scallops Orzotto, and Eggnog Cheesecake. Bring the whole gang and dig into some family-style side dishes too! Save your seat here.

STK Steakhouse

STK Steakhouse

Let the grinch have his roast beast while you head to STK for a Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Prime Rib Special! Even kids can join in with their very own menu featuring a beef filet, mac & cheese, and chocolate cake! $58 for adults, $24 for kids. Book your reservation here

 

 

Union Kitchen & Tap

Union Kitchen & Tap

Wake up early, open your presents, and head over to Union Gaslamp for a special Christmas Day brunch (don’t forget to change out of your pajamas). Kitchen opens at 10am. 

Looking for a last minute gift or stocking stuffer? Grab a gift card at one of your favorite Gaslamp restaurants, bars, or shops! Here are a few holiday offers that will give you more bang for your buck!

Eyes on Fifth

Eyes On Fifth

Get a $20 bonus card for every $100 you spend.

Huntress

Huntress

Purchase $100 gift card and get a mini-Christmas tree display.

Lumi Rooftop

Lumi

Purchase $100 gift card and get a mini-Christmas tree display.

Rustic Root

Rustic Root

Purchase $100 gift card and get a mini-Christmas tree display.

Cafe Sevilla

Cafe Sevilla

Buy $100 gift card, get $25 free.

STK Steakhouse

STK Steakhouse

Buy $100 and get $25 OR buy $50 and get $10.

 

Volcano Rabbit

Volcano Rabbit

Purchase $100 gift card and get a mini-Christmas tree display.