As March draws to a close and April is more than ready to spring into action, our anticipation for Foodquart is intensifying by the second. You can practically feel the heat coming from the fire that’ll be going down in San Diego this Saturday.
Food—20+ restaurants from San Diego offering tastes of what they can do, plus drinks provided by cool people like Sailor Jerry and Mike Hess Brewing (and did we mention the Build Your Own Bloody Mary bar?).
Fun fun fun—fine folks such as yourself will be there (assuming you’re in SoCal, but hey, come from near or far) that you’re going to want to party with.
Right now we’re taking a look into a few of the younger Foodquart participant restaurants: San Diego Poke Co, Pop Pie Co, Supernatural Sandwiches, and The Baked Bear. These four have only opened within the last few years but have already found huge success among the competitive snacking scene in San Diego—and they’re only growing bigger, each looking into opening in additional locations. You’ll have the delicious opportunity to check ‘em all out at Foodquart:
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Bringing “…a mix of traditional and new style of poke,” you can often find San Diego Poke Co. serving bowls at Scripps Ranch Farmers Market or Hillcrest Market. Their first brick and mortar location will open in Mission Bay this April, so there’s a fair chance you might get to taste a menu exclusive at Foodquart!
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Baked Bear is making plenty of noise: 4 locations in San Diego alone, plus a newly debuted San Franciscan location, and a soon-to-be debuted Scottsdale location. Though, their website says they’re expanding to multiple locations nationwide. Get your taste exclusively in San Diego’s Foodquart before the rest of the world can!
What do 20 impeccable restaurants, incredible live music, and the beautiful city of San Diego have in common? One. Epic. Night.
FOODQUART, going down April 2 at Quartyard San Diego, will be a magical evening that will bring together the SoCal savants of LOCALE Magazine, music personalities like KCRW’s Jason Bentley and Bag Raiders, and your favorite digital food news publication (that’s us), all for a gloriously gluttonous celebration of LOCALE’s March issue release. We’re celebrating the only way we know how—with food, drinks, music…and more food.
You’re going to want to get your tix A$AP Rocky, obviously. Just check out the sensational food vending participants below and see what’s in store at the first ever FOOD QUART.
Who: Foodbeast x LOCALE Magazine x Sailor Jerry, featuring guests Jason Bentley and Bag Raiders
* Admission includes 5 tokens to choose your restaurant and you can buy an additional 5 for $20 at the venue.
It’s at Supernatural Sandwiches where ingredients are transferred from “sea to sandwich.” Each of their incredible seafood sandwiches is made fresh to order and uses local and sustainable ingredients. To get you psyched for their soon-to-be-debuted FoodQuart dish, here’s their ‘Siren’—a spicy garlic shrimp sandwich with a fried egg!
West Coast Tavern
West Coast Tavern is where any well-minded San Diegan would look for great grub, drinks, and a good time in North Park. The urban eatery will be serving Chili Rubbed Hamachi Tostadas at this year’s FoodQuart, made with Fava bean purée, cabbage, hibiscus chipotle sauce, cotija cheese, and radish.
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Pancake flights, beautiful brunches, and boozy breakfast drinks for daaays pretty much sums up SD’s Breakfast Republic. Taking tasty twists on classic American breakfast dishes (ie: Oreo Pancakes, Chicken Wing Breakfast Bowls, S’mores French Toast), it’s no surprise they’ve already got a second location in the works. We can’t wait to see what they serve up at FoodQuart.
Numerously dubbed “Best Thai in San Diego” by a multitude of outlets, Lotus Thai Restaurant will be bringing exotic Thai flavors to this year’s FoodQuart. Pictured are their gloriously colorful springs rolls, with rice paper, Vermicelli noodles, fresh shrimp, bean sprouts, and crispy cucumbers.
Named quite appropriately, Sol Cal Cafe is pure sunshine and happiness. The vegan market and juicery uses organic, local, and unrefined ingredients that are free of gluten, GMOs, dairy, and soy, to offer deliciously clean eats that will suit any and every palate. We’re cool with that.
Baked BearThe Baked Bear has been making sugar-coated dreams come true since 2012 with their custom ice cream sandwiches. Now our sweet wishes have been granted, since they’ll be chillin’ with us at FoodQuart! Here are their red velvet and funfetti cookies sandwiched with vanilla ice cream, Fruity pebbles and sprinkles, to get your sweet tooth a-hankering.
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Bugsy’s’ ‘Pitmaster’ Jake Green has worked with some of the nation’s top spots for good ol’ fashioned American BBQ. He currently utilizes that experience in addition to a red-hot fiery passion for smoking meats at Bugsy’s. Our mouths are already watering as we fantasize what succulent meats/treats they’ll be sharing at FoodQuart.
Board and Brew, makers of fine sandwiches and providers of amazing craft beers, will be struttin’ their stuff at FoodQuart this year. If you dig their California Delight, with Turkey Breast, Cream Cheese, tomato, Lettuce, Sprouts, Secret Sauce (as seen above), you’re not going to miss them at the event.
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When you’re in San Diego, you do seafood, and you can’t properly “do” seafood without dipping your toes into Poke waters! San Diego Poke Co. will be in the house this year at Food Quart to share some fab fish.
This video alone should explain why we are so pumped to have Notorious Burgers be a part of FoodQuart. Their “Capone Burger” has Brandt beef chuck, habanero jack cheese, crispy onion, pan fried cage free egg, avocado mash, and sriracha aioli. Burgers this finger-lickin’ fantastic ought to be criminal.
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You know Rooftop600 as the ultra hip and classy rooftop bar that makes Andaz SD—and h*ck yes, you can bet your bottom dollar they’ll be gracing us with their ultra hipness at FoodQuart! Or should we say, top dollar? Get it? Rooftop? Either way…#blessed.
Pies are always a great idea because it’s physically impossible to eat one without smiling. Here’s a Chicken Pot Pie from participating FoodQuart vendors Pop Pie—may your day be merry and bright, and may this video hold you over until next weekend.
Not only does Puesto serve Mexican street style food with a unique twist (swordfish or octopus tacos, anyone?)—the SD eatery also makes sure to prepare their signature dishes using all-natural meats, sustainable seafood, and local organic greens. Here’s their Lobster Taco, as if we needed MORE reasons to love them (and tacos)!
Yes, these desserts are actually delivered straight from the skies above. How else could you explain their New Orleans Bourbon Bread Puddin’, or the 18k Raspberry Cheesecake? Dessert is our religion, trust.
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With an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine, a Gold Medallion for Best Hotel Restaurant in Fine Dining from the CA Restaurant Association, and a Best Hotel Restaurant title awarded from San Diego Magazine, Kitchen 1540 is sure to bring some foodie flair and turn some heads at this year’s FoodQuart.
And of course, you will be able to DRINK at FoodQuart:
Of course, our favorite rum will be stocked at the FoodQuart bar as well.
Bloody Mary lovers, you’re in luck. LAVA, the locally produced, better for you, craft Bloody Mary Mix, will be hosting a build-your-own-Bloody-Mary bar at FOODQUART. We’re already feeling all warm and tingly inside.