Weekend Getaway: Idyllwild (Where To Eat + Things To Do)
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It’s official – 2017 is here. We’re looking forward to a great year ahead, earmarked by some highly anticipated restaurant and other venue openings. Below are several locations we’re especially excited to see open soon!
First opened in Little Italy in November 2015, the Crack Shack quickly grew to obsessed-fan status. The gourmet fried chicken eatery envisioned by the Juniper & Ivy founders features free range, organic Jidori chicken sandwiches and more. Expanding to Encinitas in spring 2017, Crack Shack will open in a former Coco’s restaurant and have a walk-up order window, open-air seating, a bar, bocce court, dog-friendly patio and a sandbox for the kids. Like its Little Italy location, Crack Shack will continue its chicken theme in Encinitas and serve all-day chicken and egg options. In its brief tenure in San Diego, the spot has already earned a number of accolades, including being named by MSN as one of the best chicken restaurants in the U.S.
Described as a neighborhood dining and drinking hub, Park 101 will open in Carlsbad Village in late January, and house 8,000 square feet of multi-level, plaza-style food and drink “concepts.” As its name references, Park 101 will sport a park-themed vibe with trees, benches, and other natural decor where inside the modern open-concept destination will serve grab-and-go sandwiches, coffees, ice cream, etc. Other eateries include Park 101 Barbecue, the Garden Pub, and Tamarack View Deck, a rooftop lounge where visitors can enjoy beer and wine. Many spaces within Park 101 are also kid- and dog-friendly.
Park 101’s concept is masterminded in part by the developer of Duck Dive in Pacific Beach and Miss B’s Coconut Club in neighboring Mission Beach.
This popular craft-beer-and-American-food pub concept also hits The Shoppes at Carlsbad, but at the end of 2017. Currently, the closest location to North County is Mission Valley, so fans soon won’t have to Uber as far to enjoy its charms.
Serving its signature fun from a 10,000-square-foot location next to Regal Cinemas, Yard House should be a perfect before- or after-movie dining destination.
You’re surely familiar with the Dave & Buster’s off the 8 in Mission Valley – and now us North County residents will have a location closer to home. Slated to tentatively open at the end of January, the popular sports bar/arcade/restaurant chain will be located at the Shoppes at Carlsbad.
Dave & Buster’s second San Diego site will measure 40,000 square feet and be a hot spot for local families – not to mention a job magnet because the chain is currently hiring for more than 250 positions.
The Shoppes at Carlsbad currently hosts a Regal Cinemas, dozens of retail stores, and a Macy’s.
A whole place devoted to grilled cheese? Heaven exists! First opened in La Jolla by the Greengo Grilled Cheese food truck people, Grater’s second gourmet grilled cheese brick and mortar establishment will open sometime in early 2017 in the Del Mar Highlands Town Center. North County foodies will soon be able to inhale cheesy delights from the signature Basic 5 featuring a blend of five cheeses to a lobster grilled cheese made with butter-fried lobster and snow crab.
Japanese noodle house and barbecue, Wokou, will open in Carmel Valley within The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch in early 2017. The 3,000-square-foot restaurant will serve ramen noodle soups, yakitori, and Japanese-inspired tapas, plus a big selection of craft beers and cocktails focused on Japanese whiskey. Concepted by Social Syndicate, the imagineers behind The Local, The Rabbit Hole, and Ocean Beach’s new OB Surf Lodge, Wokou is reminiscent of urban noodle houses and sake bars.
Also joining the wildly expanding space at The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, Breakfast Republic will open in spring 2017. Breakfast Republic already has locations in North Park, Liberty Station and Encinitas, and is known for cooking up unique twists on classic breakfasts. Look for cool entree options like Breakfast Bacon Mac ’n Cheese, Vietnamese Chicken Wing Breakfast Bowl, and Mashed Potato Omelettes. If you’re not in the mood for coffee, enjoy a beer on tap, offered as accompaniments to the savory and funky dishes Breakfast Republic concocts.
Estimated to come in at 3,100 square feet with a patio and mezzanine level, Breakfast Republic’s newest location should accommodate the influx of new fans sure to come its way in April.
What restaurants or other hot spots have you heard are opening in 2017? Let us know in the comments!