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Morgan Golumbuk | Photo: Courtesy Image | September 6, 2013
The spotlight hits South Park! This blossoming neighborhood is harboring some of the city’s best secrets, and foodies from all over are catching wind of what the new kid’s got on its block.
What’s more perfect than a glass of wine at the end of a long day? A glass of wine at happy hour price, perhaps? Weekdays at Rose Wine Pub are vino heaven, where $5 will get you a glass of one of the bar’s hand-picked selections. If you’re looking for a little something to nibble on while you sip your Chardonnay, the “feta-ishes” (grilled pita full of feta and persimmons with honey drizzled on top and tzatziki sauce for dipping) are your answer. Relax, unwind, wine and dine! 2219 30th St., therosewinepub.com
Thorn Street Brewery is bringing the craft beer scene to the neighborhood. This 7-barrel brewhouse is churning out some of the best in the city, from their “Bad Moon Weizen” Hefeweizen to their “Relay” IPA. Take to the gorgeous, light-flooded tasting room in the back for a sample of all ten beers, then head back out front for some food from a rotating cast of food trucks (Casanova Tacos is a veteran favorite). South Park, your hoppy hideaway has arrived. 3176 Thorn St., thornstreetbrew.com
If you’re looking for authentic Italian food in the neighborhood, Buona Forchetta is your destination. Start with the Affettati Misti for a classic savory starter -- a charcuterie plate piled high with fresh salame nostrano and prosciutto di Parma. Then let the floor-to-ceiling chalkboard be your guide to the chef’s specials, an ever-changing list of pizzas (check out Sofia, the gold-tiled pizza oven!) and pastas that promise not to disappoint. And between bites, a glass of Prosecco...it’s like a little slice of Naples landed right in your own backyard! 3001 Beech St., buonaforchettasd.com
A coffee shop with class; enter Piacere Mio. A relative newcomer to the neighborhood, the café is bringing a little bit of Little Italy to South Park. The freshly-baked croissants with creamy nutella are a must-try, and the Marocchino, served in a chic martini glass and bursting with rich flavor, is the perfect complement. Once your sweet tooth has been satisfied, a panini like the Raffaello, with sautéed zucchini, goat cheese, mint and tomato, is your next move. Who says you can’t have dessert first? 1947 Fern St.
Great food plus great minds equals Alchemy. While we’re not sure that’s the dictionary definition, this purveyor of cultural fare is the paragon of idealist chic. One of their revolutionary concepts: “Dinner with 6 Strangers”, where your three-course, family-style dinner is to be shared with some new South Park pals. If á la carte is more your style, try the vegan curry, a wildly flavorful dish filled with baby indian eggplant, fingerling potato, okra, steamed rice and vindaloo sauce. Ask for a side of brown sugar-coated brussels sprouts and admire the newest installation of local artistry...a truly burgeoning combination. 1503 30th St., alchemysandiego.com