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JUNIPER & IVY
Chef Richard Blais and his superstar team
of culinary wizards (including Executive
Chef Jonathan Sloan and Pastry Chef Bradley
Chance) present some of the most creative
fare in the city. The edgy-yet-sophisticated
space, located in a former warehouse, is com-
plete with details such as exposed concrete,
antique redwood beams, gleaming hickory
tables and an open kitchen, where diners can
get ringside seats to the action. The menu of
“left coast” dishes includes favorites like giant
buttermilk biscuits topped with smoked butter,
beef tartare on toast with sunny-side-up quail
eggs, and bone-in prime rib—each comple-
mented by stellar desserts and cocktails.
2228 Kettner Blvd.
Homemade pastas and a special vegan menu
with items such as oyster mushroom “calamari,”
vegan ravioli stuffed with spinach and “ricotta,”
and vegan tiramisu add appeal to this new
restaurant helmed by Italian-born brothers
Dario and Pietro Gallo. Design highlights of the
bright-yet-cozy space include a feature wall that
transforms everyday kitchen implements into
modern art, and dark-wood-framed windows
that let in fresh air and sunlight.
1845 India St.
IRONSIDE FISH & OYSTER
No detail was spared decking out this
4,500-square-foot, 1920s-era warehouse—the
former Ironside Metal Supply—run by two-star
Michelin Chef Jason McLeod. The nautically
inspired décor is evident in bold design choices
like a wall of glittering piranha skulls, sea-foam
green benches, live fish tanks and mermaid
sconces. It’s just the place to knock back an
innovative cocktail and feast on Baja stone crab
claws, lobster rolls and fresh-caught fish.
1654 India St.
On Saturdays, more than 200
vendor booths set up shop in
Little Italy, selling everything
from seasonal produce and
baked goods to artisanal
pantry items, flowers and plants,
unique gift items and prepared
foods and beverages.
A few favorites include live
sea urchin topped with fresh
mango salsa from Poppa’s
Fresh Fish, sweet and savory
crepes from Fabrison’s Crepes,
guacamole and chips from H&B
Guac Shack, gourmet caramel
sauces from Praline Patisserie,
fresh-squeezed OJ from Polito
Family Farms, cheese curds
from Spring Hill Cheese, locally
roasted beans and fresh brewed
coffee from Café Virtuoso and
baskets of colorful berries from
Pudwill Berry Farms. Saturdays,
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
W. Cedar St. between Kettner
Blvd. and Front St.
Ironside Fish & Oyster