The Patio Group has once again teamed up with Chef Antonio Friscia's Legal Restaurants for the opening of Bao Beach in San Diego's Mission Beach neighborhood, set to debut softly on Saturday, December 10. Located nearly across the street from The Patio's historic Saska's Steak & Seafood, Bao Beach will offer a menu of Asian-inspired street food from its fast-casual, 600 square foot space on Mission Boulevard.
Bao Beach's menu was designed by Chef Fern Tran, who led the kitchen at Friscia's once-upon-a-time Gaijin Noodle House back in the day (and also made the first bao bun that I've ever eaten). Fern is also responsible for the yakitori options on the menu at Fireside By The Patio and is part of the Legal Restaurants team consulting on the opening of Social Syndicate's Wokou Noodles + Pours project in Carmel Valley.
Centered around the Taiwanese steamed bun sandwiches, or "Asian tacos" as Friscia fondly refers to them, expect a variety of gua bao selections at Bao Beach, as well as poke bowls, onigiri rice balls, and small plates like edamame, fried chicken kaarage and bulgogi beef fries, all available for dine-in, take-out, or to-walk. A selection of Japanese and Mexican sodas will also be offered.
Bao Beach is located at 3735 Mission Boulevard in Mission Beach and will be open Sundays through Thursdays from 11am-8pm, Fridays from 11am-9pm, and Saturdays from 10am-9pm. For more information, visit baobeacheats.com, call 858.381.0033, and check out the full menu below and the promo video featuring a special appearance by Slomo!