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Novo Brazil Mission Valley, San Diego Kombucha Brewery opening
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New Restaurants Openings in San Diego

Novo Brazil Brewing Company Opens Fifth Location in Mission Valley

There’s a new spot in Mission Valley to keep up with the NFL playoffs. Novo Brazil Brewing Company recently opened their latest restaurant and sports bar at the Mission Valley Mall—the brewery’s first location outside of the South Bay. The expansive, 11,500-square-foot indoor and outdoor space offers 64 brews on tap, including hard seltzers, plus a handful of cocktails made with fermented alcohol. The menu also features sister company Nova Easy Kombucha’s hard and non-alcoholic kombuchas, including the new Azteks Raspberry, a flavor created in collaboration with players on the SDSU men’s basketball team and the Mesa Foundation. 

Food options resemble those at the company’s Imperial Beach and Otay Ranch Town Center outposts, with Brazil-inspired dishes like empanadas, yucca fries, and “El Charro,” a 14-ounce grilled ribeye served with a baked potato and asparagus. The brewery also has its fair share of classic brewpub food on hand, like burgers, chicken wings, and carne asada fries (a San Diego staple). 

With LED screens covering 100 feet of the brick-and-mortar’s walls, Novo Brazil is designed to be the ideal place to cheer on your favorite team. And, if you’re looking to get schooled on the brewing process, the Mission Valley location offers opportunities to learn about Novo’s beers or even craft your own. 

Food dishes from Piper restaurant at the Seabird Resort & Spa in Oceanside, San Diego
Courtesy of the Seabird Resort & Spa

San Diego Restaurant News & Food Events

Piper, The Seabird Ocean Resort & Spa’s California-coastal restaurant, recently welcomed Chris Carriker as its new chef de cuisine. Carriker was most recently the chef de cuisine at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort Golf Club & Spa, with stints at Avant Restaurant at Rancho Bernardo Inn and International Smoke. He was also a contestant on the Food Network’s Chopped in 2019.


By Elena Gomez

Elena Gomez is an Emmy-nominated reporter who has spent much of her journalism career working in broadcast news in San Diego and Los Angeles. She joined the San Diego Magazine team as a freelance writer in 2020.

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