You've Been Waiting Your Whole Life to Face San Diego's The Kraken Burger
Replacing the old Axiom sushi spot in Ilume, Ai Sushi is... another sushi spot! This time, they're also running cooked numbers like Korean-style seafood pancakes, deep fried soft-shell crab, bulgogi, NY strips, and a fried rock lobster.
Aiming to give Toby Keith a run for his bar & grill's money that he probably won't love, GMBNG's a Toby Keith-proximate, sprawling ode to music and great food from the dudes behind Discovery's Fast 'N Loud. Grab smoked brisket alongside three-cheese mac and fried green beans, then wash it all down with brews from one of 32 taps.
OK, so they've got just about any topping you could realistically want (jalapeno hummus!), and they're putting their hot dogs in Empire Baking Company buns, and and and they've got a quartet of chilis (green, chicken, beef, vegan), but you've gotta go here for Samson's "9 Inch Wonder Weenies", which Samson calls "nine inches of fun in a bun" with almost no double entendre.
This? It's just another restaurant inside of a giant glass box that serves delicious eats (pork & beef meatballs, grilled flat iron steak, high-marbled pork loin) and drinks (cocktails + 12 craft taps).
The dude behind Mr. Mesero (not, like, hangs-out-in-the-parking lot-in-back behind, but, like, behind behind) opened up this twin-storied Tex-Mex-topia in the old Cuba Libre/Alma spot; NOSH ex Jon Stevens pitched in an assist on a menu that includes everything from Wagyu steaks & burgers, to garlic-y offshore numbers, to tacos stuffed with duck confit.