Explore these 4 new Hillcrest restaurants

Interested in getting intel on the newest restaurants to open in Hillcrest? From a healthy food spot to a creperie, read on for the newest destinations to open in this San Diego neighborhood.


1255b University Ave.

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Freshii is a spot to score juice, smoothies, salads and wraps.

The restaurant serves up healthy fast-casual food. Order a signature salad, wrap, burrito or bowl, or choose the build-your-own option.

Freshii's current Yelp rating of four stars out of 23 reviews indicates the newcomer is finding its way, but it's still early days.

Yelper Evelyn W., who reviewed Freshii on Feb. 7, wrote, "I love all the options (salads, bowls, juices, etc.) but especially was sold on their very simple but filling Superfood soup made with veggie broth and packed with high-nutrient ingredients. The food is amazing, but the service is the absolute best."

Margo L. noted, "Food was great and staff was very friendly. All of the ingredients were really fresh. Really cool atmosphere."

Freshii is open from 7 a.m.–9 p.m. daily.

Natural Style Chicken

501 University Ave.

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Natural Style Chicken is a chicken shop and Asian fusion spot.

The menu features chicken wings, spicy Korean chicken nachos, shrimp tacos, kimchi fried rice and bulgogi fries. This is the restaurant's second location.

Natural Style Chicken's current rating of four stars out of 57 reviews on Yelp indicates the newcomer is finding its way, but it's still early days.

Yelper Errol A. wrote, "One of my favorite hidden fast casual spots. The chicken is truly magical. Never dry, always just the right kind of tenderness.

Thao N. noted, "Unexpected find in San Diego! The food was delicious. The combo plates were huge. The chicken teriyaki and the Galbi — Korean beef short ribs — were both delicious and worth every penny. The restaurant was nicely decorated and very clean."

Natural Style Chicken is open from 11:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m. daily.

The Blazzin Buffalo

120 Washington St., Suite B

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The Blazzin Buffalo is a spot to score chicken wings and more.

The restaurant specializes in chicken wings and chicken tenders. It also offers buffalo fries, salads, sandwiches and sides like macaroni salad, baked beans and coleslaw. The wing sauces include mild, chipotle, lime cilantro, mango habanero and garlic parmesan.

The Blazzin Buffalo's current rating of four stars out of 67 reviews on Yelp indicates the newcomer is finding its way, but it's still early days.

Yelper Steph G., who reviewed The Blazzin Buffalo on March 12, wrote, "The wings were perfectly cooked, crispy on the outside, not dry at all, and way bigger than anticipated! We had mild and hot sauce and both were super flavorful and not too spicy. Crispy, lightly seasoned fries and they brought us breadsticks too. Fluffy, warm and delicious. Great place to stop in for wings and more."

John S. noted, "The Blazzin Buffalo is a hidden gem in Mission Hills. Looking at the menu, it's simple, but has so many choices at the same time. They pretty much have wings and three options for the number of wings you want. There are a ton of flavors to choose from."

The Blazzin Buffalo is open from 10 a.m.–10:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and 10 a.m.–midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Creme De La Crepe

142 University Ave., Suite C

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Creme De La Crepe is a creperie that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The menu features savory and sweet crepes, as well as salads, burgers, pasta and other entrees. The restaurant also offers weekly specials like all-you-can-eat mussels and fries on Tuesdays and no corkage fee on Wednesdays. 

Creme De La Crepe currently holds five stars out of 74 reviews on Yelp, indicating good reviews.

Yelper Geraldine D., who reviewed Creme De La Crepe on Jan. 27, wrote, "Creme De La Crepe is definitely a hidden gem. The crepe was delicate yet firm and not soggy. The warmth of the crepe balanced the frozen vanilla ice cream on top, and the sweet whipped cream with the buttery savoriness of the crepe."

Jamie R. noted, "From the French music to the homey tables to the petite fleurs on the tables, the atmosphere was charming. The service was excellent, and our coffees were refilled without ever asking."

Creme De La Crepe is open from 8 a.m.–10 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. (It's closed on Wednesday.)

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