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Explore the 5 freshest new restaurants to debut in San Diego

Itching to discover the freshest new spots in San Diego? From a toast spot to a a New American restaurant, read on for the newest restaurants to debut around town.

Son Of A Toast

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A newcomer to North Park, Son Of A Toast is a cafe, offering specialty food, coffee, tea and more that's located at 3066 University Ave. So far, it's been well-received: it's got a five-star rating out of 15 reviews on Yelp.

This restaurant, dedicated to toast, offers sweet and savory tartines. On the menu, look for the Madrid, with fig jam, manchego cheese and prosciutto di Parma, or the Socal, with fresh avocado, crumbled goat cheese curds, sesame seeds and micro greens drizzled with extra virgin olive oil.


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Stop by 369 Tenth Ave. in East Village and you'll find Himmelberg's, a bar and traditional American spot.

The restaurant is named after the late Joey Himmelberg, senior project manager of American National Investment, the company behind San Diego eateries. The menu features corn dog poppers, chicken and waffle sliders, pepperoni and sausage flatbread, buttermilk fried chicken sandwich and cheesesteak.

Knotty Barrel

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Head over to 13211 Black Mountain Road in Rancho Penasquitos and you'll find Knotty Barrel, a gastropub.

This is the restaurant's second location. On the menu, look for chicken wings, house-made beer cheese, turkey sandwiches, short rib dip, sesame crusted ahi salad, chipotle glazed meatloaf and mac and cheese.

Louisiana Purchase

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Louisiana Purchase is a Cajun/Creole spot and cocktail bar that recently opened its doors at 2305 University Ave. in North Park.

Chef Quinnton Austin serves up his take on Cajun and Creole dishes. On the menu, look for alligator andouille cheesecake, peaches and scallops, boudin-stuffed quail, barbecue shrimp and rib eye with spicy crawfish cream sauce.

The Florence

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Now open at 13480 Evening Creek Drive North, Suite 150 in Sabre Springs is The Florence, a New American spot.

The restaurant is named after San Diego swimming legend Florence Chadwick, known for being the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions. The indoor/outdoor spot features locally sourced ingredients; on the menu, look for beef Cubano, a double cheeseburger, lamb ragu, steak and eggs and waffle fries.

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