What’s New in East Village, Including Callie Restaurant – NBC 7 San Diego

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Even amid the coronavirus pandemic, new food continues to emerge in San Diego County, including in the downtown East Village. Callie, a highly anticipated restaurant owned by Chef Travis Swikard, is set to debut soon (and he joined our podcast this week to talk about it). Then a food truck rolls in to present Southeast Asian dishes. Eater San Diego shares this stories and other top news of the week from our local food and drink scene.

Hometown Chef returns to San Diego to open first solo restaurant
In the latest episode of the San Diego podcast, Scene, acclaimed San Diego native Travis Swikard talks about Callie, his new East Village restaurant, and previewing his Californian Mediterranean menu. Delayed by the pandemic, the eagerly awaited bar is now set to open at the end of May or June. You can listen to our podcast episode with Swikard here or below:

Listen to or subscribe to the San Diego Podcast Scene for the latest local lifestyle stories and news from our local food and drink scene. As we continue to adapt to life (back and forth, back and forth) in these times of the coronavirus pandemic, the way we enjoy our city has changed. We’ll keep you updated on how these changes will affect the things you love to do in our city. Tap here to find Scene in San Diego wherever you’re listening to podcasts.

Southeast Asian food truck is parked in the East Village
The Stick Rice Spot food truck was created to highlight the cuisine of Laos and Cambodia and is now regularly parked in the East Village and other markets around the city. It serves Laotian and Khmer dishes and has everything from authentic street food to traditional stir-fry to walk-up or call-in ordering and delivery.

Bottlecraft and community coffee are coming to Oceanside
A mixed-use development opening later this summer on the Oceanside coastline will host a variety of local businesses, including Bottlecraft, a popular craft beer shop and restaurant, and Communal Coffee, the cafes in North Park and South Park operates. The 13,000 square meter Tremont collective will also include outdoor space for events and concerts as soon as these things are allowed again.

Taiwanese Tea Store Expands to Fashion Valley
The global tea store Ding Tea is bringing a new branch to the Fashion Valley Mall that will be a standalone outpost with an outdoor terrace. It is slated to open in summer or autumn and will offer the Asian café’s entire range of trendy Boba tea and coffee drinks as well as a special dessert menu with crpes, bubble waffles and other sweets.

Where can you get a date night snack in San Diego?
Although meeting up in the city is not that easy or convenient these days of the pandemic, meeting up in the city can be a leisurely and convenient choice as local restaurants have plenty of atmospheric take-away options. With fun, shareable dishes like hot pot or Ethiopian food, Eater’s latest guide offers great ideas for meeting at home.

Candice Woo is the founding editor of Eater San Diego, a leading source of news on San Diego’s restaurant and bar scene. Stay up to date with the latest news from Eater San Diego via Facebook or Twitter and sign up for the Eater San Diego newsletter here.

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