6 Innovators of San Diego Dining and Drinking

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Depending on how you look at it, the food scene in San Diego is constantly changing or staying the same.

Mexican food has always been popular in this border city, but it’s also growing up. And sweet endings usually mean dessert but even that has a new spin. Here’s a look at a few food-scene innovators and innovations.


Innovative Chef: Javier Placencia, Romesco Mexiterranean Bistro.
4346 Bonita Rd., Bonita; 619-475-8627
Mexican food has always been a mainstay in the city but there are few chefs who have brought new respect to the cuisine. Chef Placencia recreated Latin favorites and made new fans with his popular pop-up dinner at the now-shuttered El Take It Easy. He currently hangs his toque at Bonita’s Romesco.

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