Daddy’s Hot Dogs is coming to 1281 University in Hillcrest, a few doors down from Filter… Further west on Universtiy, we had our first Five Guys burgers today at their newly-opened location and found them to be a deliciously sloppy mess. The digital soda machines were a cool touch – who knew there was a Vanilla Diet Barq’s?… North Park Fish Market has closed, as has Yakitori Yakyudori in Hillcrest. Glad we got to the latter one last time recently; apparently the owners will be focusing on their new location in Kearny Mesa… After another visit this weekend, Thai Joint in Normal Heights is quickly growing on us with its wide variety of flavorful vegetarian dishes… Plenty of fresh vegetables on the “Pacific Rim-inspired” menu at the new Bistro restaurant at UCSD, including the baby bok choy with sauteed mushrooms and udon noodle entrees shown below. The tri-tip steak salad was quite good and another solid value; most of the lunch items are less than $10. There’s also a sushi bar but you’ll have to go elsewhere for sake; no alcohol is served at this university dining services facility for the time being.
The Bistro is in the north campus housing area that’s recently finished construction and uses some innovative concrete techniques for its structures.
The restaurant’s interior has interesting narrow wooden lighting fixtures and a wide-open, modern look:
– Hillcrest was packed this weekend for Pride, where the sun came out just as the parade started Saturday (video/photo set). Could this be the best week of the year in San Diego, with Pride, opening day at the track in Del Mar, and Comic Con all happening under near-perfect weather? We walked the parade route and took a quick detour to Local Habit for a craft brew:
– The Balboa Park Bypass Bridge/Plaza de Panama project has reared its ugly head again, as Mayor Sanders disregards public input from the last city meeting concerning the project’s Memorandum of Understanding. The full city council will vote on the MOU this Tuesday at 2 pm at City Hall after the mayor heavy-handedly asked the park’s museums to contact their members to support the plan. There’s a rally Monday from 2-4 in opposition to the project on Cabrillo Bridge; a summary of just how damaging the project is to the park can be read at VOSD from SOHO’s Bruce Coons, who also produced a detailed rebuttal to the mayor’s misleading “fact” sheet. The more you analyze the Jacobs/Sanders plan for the park, the more surreal it becomes that they’re pushing a project of this scale onto a mostly-opposed public, and that it would actually increase traffic into the heart of the park. Unlike what the mayor is saying, much less damaging options exist to create a car-free Plaza de Panama, like closing Cabrillo Bridge on weekends and for special events.