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Vintage American: New Chaplos in Cortez Hill

Vintage everything has taken over our modern world. When it’s antique décor, we snag it. When it’s rustic photo filters via Instagram, we gladly participate. And when it’s a vintage menu at a new San Diego restaurant with star chef power, we will gladly feast.

Chef Norma Martinez – formerly of upscale Mexican restaurant El Vitral – brings her international stylings to what’s said to be the next “vintage American” menu. Chaplos in Cortez Hill will spotlight Chef Norma’s tremendous range and give her a home to create for the every-budget with food-forward appetites.

While she was raised in Tijuana, Chef Norma carries with her experience from Belgium and the French kitchen at St. Paul Augier School. She plans on featuring fresh, local and sustainable ingredients with plenty of greens at Chaplos. Guests can order American classics done up differently, like the Grilled Cheese Sandwich stuffed with bleu cheese, salt crusted baked pear, crispy prosciutto and arugula, or the Chaplos Burger with ground chuck, roasted tomatoes, crispy cipollini onions and swiss cheese. If you’ve missed Chef Norma’s Mexi-touch from El Vitral, not to worry. Guests can also get down with the Empanadas filled with spinach and mushroom and Ceviche made with fresh seasonal fish, tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, cucumber, avocado and chile oil.

To drink, there is wine on tap. Need we say more? The 1920s-inspired bar menu will also carry local craft beers, a kegarator and some of those old-fashioned cocktails making a comeback with whiskey and gin. Inside of Chaplos, the ambiance will exude 1920s allure with vintage jewel-tones lamps, fabric walls, plush seating, a family heritage wall and the social hub of the antique dark mahogany bar.

Grand Opening: Head in on Friday, November 9 from 6 to 9pm for a first taste.

Chaplos will be open Mondays from 11am to 2pm; Tuesday through Friday from 11am to 11pm. Happy Hour runs Tuesday through Friday from 4pm to 7pm. 925 B Street between 9th and 10th. For more information, visit

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