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6 NEW North County San Diego Restaurants (Part 1)

NEW North County San Diego Restaurants: Little Italy Bar & Grill Scripps Ranch

It’s always nice to have options. If you’re a foodie, a trend follower, or just eat out a lot, you’ll want to know some of the newest spots to open in the area. Read on for what’s happening new restaurant (and food truck) wise in North County.

1. Little Italy Bar & Grill

This casual little Italian place in Scripps opened in early June where La Bastide used to live. Featuring a bar, artsy decor, and patio seating, Little Italy is attracting the locals who want to check out the newest Italian restaurant player in town. Word is the atmosphere sports a New York cafe vibe and the menu boasts a great selection of authentic Italian dishes with appetizers and specialty entrees (try the Calamari Diablo.)

Happy Hour happens every day from 3-6PM and again from 9:30-midnight, so if you’re looking to give the place a try order up some half-off drinks and appetizers and see what you think.

2. Ponsaty’s Fine Dining + Lounge

A new restaurant addition to the Village, Ponsaty’s serves French-inspired cuisine in a beautifully appointed dining room. An upscale French bistro, Ponsaty’s welcomes one of the only two French Master Chefs in San Diego to its kitchen (the other is the Marine Room’s Bernard Guillas). Ponsaty’s executive chef Patrick Ponsaty already has his following: he was former chef de cuisine at the beloved El Bizcocho in Rancho Bernardo.

  • Address: 6106 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe 92067
  • Website: ponsatys.com

3. Bella Giulia

This fairly new Italian cafe in The Lofts is operated by Italian owners who hail from Rome. Casual and family-friendly, Bella Guilia wins exceptional raves for its pizettes (mini pizzas) served in a variety of flavors from sausage to veggie. A casual after-beach spot where you order from the counter and the food is brought to you, Bella Giulia features outdoor/indoor seating and authentic food at reasonable prices.

  • Address: 90 N.Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas 92024

4. Queen of Sheba Ethiopian Cafe

Finally! Ethiopian food in North County! If you’ve been driving to the University Heights area for your Ethiopian cuisine (note: Harar is amazing), you’re in luck – there’s now an option closer to home. Queen of Sheba opened a few months ago and is a food truck serving authentic Ethiopian favorites. Featuring vegan options like split lentils and kale, Queen of Sheba of course offers injera – made from teff flour – as the perfect dipping bread.

Queen of Sheba makes appearances at the Stone Brewery Company Store in Oceanside and Oceanside Ale Works. Try emailing for news on where the food truck will appear next.

5. The Flame Broiler

Great news for the working folks in the area – there’s another midday lunch option in town. Cheekily described by some fans as the “Chipotle of Asian Food.” Flame Broiler offers build-your-own-bowl options starting with white or brown rice and your choice of veggies and/or meat. Add your own sauce from a self-serve station offering options like “Hot Hot Sauce,” Triple Hot Sauce,” and the popular “Magic Sauce.”

6. California Braise

Fans of the food truck will be thrilled to know that California Braise recently opened its first storefront in Vista. Sit down and order anything from breakfast to sandwiches to soups. Also offered are hot and cold sides and salads. Known for its fresh, locally sourced menu, California Braise was founded by chef Cory Newman formerly of the Del Mar Hilton and Urban Plates.

Your Turn…

Know anywhere new? Let us know in the comments! We’re posting more new restaurants next week so would love to include your feedback!

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Debbie Anderson: Debbie is a freelance writer and editor who’s been blogging at San Diego Momma since 2007. Debbie's been featured in Writer's Digest, the San Diego Reader, and San Diego Magazine, and was named Top 25 blog by Red Tricycle, nominated for an InfluenceSD "Best in Lifestyle" blog award, and appeared on NBC, Fox, and The CW Network as a blogger spokesperson. You can connect with her on LinkedIn or at Google+.