Known for its wide selection of chilaquiles, served with a variety of salsas and toppings, as well as sampler platters featuring a selection of classic Mexican breakfast dishes like machaca and huevos rancheros, Cocina 35 is embarking on a expansion quest which includes upcoming projects in Liberty Station, Barrio Logan and Otay Mesa.
With existing fast-casual locations in Downtown San Diego and Otay Mesa, Liberty Station will host Cocina 35 Brunch, a new full-service establishment that will add brunch cocktails to its lineup of mimosas and micheladas as well new items like mole chilaquiles and cauliflower rellenos with corn tamales. He goes to the old Soda & Swine site, where owner Paulina Chaidez tells Eater that they are building a second patio; Matt Moser of Retail Insite was the lead listing broker for the space, which had been inactive since the first pandemic shutdown of 2020. Open from early to mid-October, the restaurant and bar will operate from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Chaidez and his brother, who come from a family of restaurateurs – their parents ran restaurants in Mexico for more than three decades – are also preparing to launch a virtual food hall, geared towards takeout and delivery, which will will be headquartered in Barrio Logan but also operate from a take-out outpost at Cocina 35 in Otay Mesa. Called the Mexican Food Hub (2649 Boston Ave.), it will offer everything from tortas and burritos to omelets and sandwiches.
And look for the Mexican brunch spot to keep growing: Chaidez says they hope to open locations in Mission Valley and North County.