Feb. 19 2013 12:00 AM

Our semi-weekly food-news round-up

New Downtown spot Bailiwick has been open for a little more than a month and, this week, launched a brunch menu. The options lean savory-which makes sense, given that Bailiwick's, um, bailiwick, is cocktails. Items include a veggie Benedict with Burrata, Swiss chard, asparagus, grilled tomato and a lemon-verbena Hollandaise sauce; a chorizo-stuffed poussin (chicken) with quinoa and bourbon maple syrup; and oysters grilled in thyme sake and jalapeno brown butter with a side of prosciutto chips. And, oh yeah, the cocktails. If you've got nothing to do the rest of the day, toss back some pancake shots (Jameson's and butterscotch schnapps). Also brunchy-and filled with Vitamin C-is the Nolet's Nectar (Nolet's gin, lime, basil, agave nectar, grapefruit bitters, grapefruit and cucumber) and the Blood & Smoke (Del Maguey Mezcal Vida, Solerno Blood Orange, agave nectar, orange, grapefruit).

Arsalun Tafazoli's nudged San Diego toward food and drink trends that were old-hat elsewhere, but totally new-fangled here. Like not serving ketchup (Neighborhood) and a reservations-only cocktail bar (Noble Experiment). Now he's opened two more spots-Polite Provisions and Soda & Swine-in Normal Heights that we're sure will leave quite a few folks flummoxed. Awesome!

Quick primer: Polite Provisions is drinks only. But what a selection. From cocktails to house-made sodas to fancy booze (a 40-year-old Fernet), beers and wine on draft. The wine selection looks especially nice. No food. Adjoining Soda & Swine, on the other hand, is all about meatballs sandwiches (there are veggie and chicken options), pie and soda. Aside for some sides and small plates, that's about it. You can order food from S&S to enjoy at P&P.

It's been a year since Jeff Rossman (Terra) opened burger joint, Bunz, in the Hotel Circle spot where his family had owned and operated Pam Pam restaurant. To celebrate Bunz's b-day, wish your server a "Happy Bunz birthday" and get a free Thin Mint concrete (a thicker version of a milkshake). Get a move on; you've only got until Friday.


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