Jeff Smith 2 p.m., Dec. 5
Asian-inspired Mexican Street Food Sans Truck Exhaust
Asian tacos and burritos — they're not just for food trucks anymore. In early March, Taco Banh, a new non-mobile spot specializing in Latin-Far East fusion, will debut in Hillcrest. Organic and all-natural will be the name of the game on the ingredient front for this fast-casual Asian-inspired taqueria. The menu will be the product of executive chef Chris Sayre. The most recent notch on his résumé is Del Mar's Paradise Grille.
Entrées will include a bahn mi-style burrito stuffed with hoisin sauce-dressed black beans, pickled dykon carrots, cucumber, cilantro, and avocado. Protein mix-in options include free-range chicken from Mary's Farm in the San Joaquin Valley, Niman Ranch pork, Imperial Farms American Kobe-style beef, or organic tofu. The burrito is dressed with Sriracha (Thai hot sauce), but numerous multi-cultural salsas, such as ginger-verde and papaya-tomatillo, will also be available.
The 1000-square-foot eatery will be decked out in an "Asian industrial" motif, combining metal with natural woods and a vivid color scheme. Seating will be available both indoors and on a small outside patio. Wines and beers hailing from as far away as Asia and as close-by as Mira Mesa will make up the adult portion of the beverage program.
Taco Banh will be located at 3850 Fifth Avenue and will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, and up until 2:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.