Look Out, Linda Vista! There's a New Sushi Restaurant in Town

Plus, Celebrate National Donut Day, SD Loyal Home Opener report, and Commenting on Linda Vista's Historic Future Options

You heard it here first!  Sushi Yorimichi, a new Japanese restaurant, has opened in Linda Vista at 2405 Ulric St, around the corner from Linda Liqour, in the site previously occupied by Thai Papaya (by Sab-e-lee).  Sushi Yorimichi opened on May 30th, and your editors and their carnivore sidekick headed right up there to try it out and give you our report.

The owners of Sushi Yorimichi, Sera and Fernando, were very accommodating and spoke with us about themselves and their restaurant.  They have both worked in the restaurant industry for many years, and trained under a Japanese Sushi chef to perfect their offerings.  They are residents of Linda Vista.  Their menu is very extensive and you can access it here.  They are open for inside dining and pickup.  They accept reservations and although they do not currently have their alcohol license, they will soon be getting it.

As I said, the menu is extensive and it was difficult to select from so many great options.  Fernando said their signature sushi is a Yorimichi roll which consists of imitation crab, cucumber, shrimp tempura, and cream cheese topped with torched salmon and avocado with spicy mayo and eel sauce. So, of course, Steve ordered that ($9.00).  Since I tend to be not be very adventurous, I ordered the Crunchy roll which was Shrimp tempura, imitation crab, cucumber, topped with crunchy tempura with sweet sauce and spicy mayo. ($7.00)  Our young sidekick who did a semester in Tokyo and likes to show off, ordered the Curry Udon which is Udon noodle with beef and veggies in curry soup topped with panko fried shrimp and poached egg ($11.50).

Both of our sushi dishes were excellent and very filling.  The portions were very large and the rolls were chock full and seasoned perfectly.  We would both order these rolls again.  The carnivore said the udon curry was “awesome” and reminded him of his days in Tokyo.  He said the morsels of beef were very tasty as was the broth.  He is anxious to try their Karaage chicken, a dish he reviewed for another restaurant in a previous post, but stated that everything on the menu looked good.  

Fernando made special mention of a fusion dish called Birria Ramen which combines Mexican with Japanese cuisine.  It is yorimichi original ramen topped with beef birria, diced onions, cilantro, radish and lime.  Sounds yummy.  

Besides many sushi rolls, curries and ramen, there are appetizers, rice bowls, bento box meals, sushi bowls, entrees such as salmon, duck, chicken, steak and more.  There are desserts such as mochi ice cream and mango cheesecake.  There is something for everyone and the prices are very reasonable.  We strongly recommend giving Sushi Yorimichi a try. Tell them you read about the restaurant in the Linda Vista Update.  

Their hours are 11:00 AM to 8:30 PM every day.  

The phone number is 858-279-6868. Call for take out or to make reservations.

You can scan the below QR code to check out Sushi Yorimichi on Yelp.


Celebrate National Donut Day—Friday June 4

According to the web site National Day, “the origins of National Donut Day are traced to The Salvation Army’s involvement in World War I. During this time, a group of volunteers was dispatched to the frontlines with the mission of providing comforting meals for the troops. They soon found out that donuts were an effective way to provide food while navigating the difficulties of cooking in very dire circumstances. These brave volunteers would later be known as “donut lassies”. They would even use war helmets as a utensil to fry up seven donuts at a time. In 1938 “Donut Day” was established as a way to honor the members of the Salvation Army that came to the aid of soldiers during World War I.”

We recommend you celebrate National Donut Day at the local level by stopping at Yum Yum Donut, located at the Linda Vista Plaza Shopping Center, for your share of donuts. Jonathan, the manager at Yum Yum Donuts, recommends two good deals—you can buy a box of donuts (14 of them) for $13.99, or a dozen glazed donut holes for $1.99.


SD LOYAL SC OPEN SEASON AT USD

Ed Note: One of our faithful Linda Vista Update readers—Janet Kaye—attended the SD Loyal home opener, held at the University of San Diego’s Torero Stadium. Below is her report of the soccer game.

It was a great SD Loyal vs Las Vegas Lights game played on May 29th.  We won 2-1!

Most of the play was on SD’s end during the first 30 minutes, which went scoreless. LV scored first. We tied the game after halftime. Even thought LV appeared to control the ball well, SD managed to score again close to the 90 minute end.  We needed that win.  

The pep band was loud with drum beats and never-ending spirit.  USD’s Torero stadium is next to the Jenny Craig B-Ball arena.  Plenty of parking, and an easy walk from Linda Vista. There were 4 food trucks, 2 beer tents, plus USD’s inside concessions. Plenty of inside restrooms.

The game was restricted to season ticket holders and families, due to COVID protocols.  There was a section for those who were fully vaccinated.  2,033 attended in the 6,000-seat stadium, but it felt more like 6,000 thanks to all our noise and team spirit.  It appeared most everyone had on a face mask; the mask helped keep me warm in the cool outdoor weather.

The next San Diego Loyal home game is June 19th, 7:30 pm.

The team is apart of the Western Conference, Pacific Division for the United Soccer League Championship.


Commentary

A Tranquil and Historic Future for Linda Vista?

Linda Vista will soon be surrounded.  I’m sure you have taken notice.  Construction is booming all around us!  Big plans are in the works.  Huge condo developments are popping up, or planning to pop up immediately outside our LV boundaries, bringing more and more people, cars and congestion to our next door neighbors in Mission Valley, Kearny Mesa, the Midway District, Old Town and the Morena Corridor.  All this construction means these areas will look quite different in the years to come.

In the meantime, Linda Vista appears to be left undisturbed by what many consider to be societal signs of progress. No big construction projects for our community.  We stand alone as the exception—an area hosting just a smattering of construction cranes and bulldozers. So if things continue as they are, can you imagine the stark contrast in appearance between Linda Vista and our neighboring communities in about twenty or thirty years?  We might end up looking downright ancient in comparison!! 

How should Linda Vista residents view this situation?  Should we take pride in being a an oasis?  A last refuge of relative tranquility?  Where does this leave our community, and what are the implications for our community’s image? In short, is this lack of construction a good or bad thing?  

It seems there is a new major construction project materializing every day in the areas surrounding Linda Vista. When I drive through Mission Valley I can’t help but notice all the new condo developments near the Fashion Valley and Mission Valley Malls. And of course, we await the big Riverwalk project that is expected to bring condos, office and retail space to the area now hosting a golf course. Then, there is the ever-growing Civita development on the other side of the Friars Road/163 interchange. Every time I look, it seems a new segment of the development is going up. They are even building a new elementary school. 

There are big plans to Linda Vista’s west as well. First, there is the Morena Corridor Specific plan, which will take advantage of the new trolley line.  As explained by City Attorney Mara Elliot, “This underutilized transit corridor is now on track to become a vibrant village with restaurants, retail, jobs, accessible transportation and affordable housing.”  It increases the number of housing units allowed in the area from 1,386 to 7,016.  There is also major construction planned for the Midway/Sports Arena district, which will involve a replacement for the ancient Sports Arena and eventually increase housing capacity in the area from 5,040 to at least 11,585 units. And the latest plan submitted by the Navy for the NAVWAR complex along Pacific Highway involves high rise buildings with 10,000 housing units. 

Finally, back in November, the city council approved a community plan update for neighboring Kearny Mesa. This plan will increase Kearny Mesa’s population from 10,400 to roughly 60,000 over the next 30 years by growing the number of housing units from 4,300 to nearly 26,000. 

In other words, big things are happening all around us.  But where does this leave Linda Vista?  Many LV residents insist the last thing Linda Vista needs is the kind of gentrification and densification that major construction would bring to the community.  Why not remain small scale neighborly and family oriented, they ask?  These residents would be quite happy if Linda Vista maintained itself as a peaceful oasis in the midst of all this so-called progress. “Let them have all their traffic, and lack of parking spaces,” they protest. “We don’t need a Starbucks anyways.”

But I see one more alternative. In addition to avoiding densification and gentrification and any other possibly negative “fications”, I believe we can make some money at remaining an oasis free of development progress. I say we become like colonial Williamsburg in Virginia.  This popular tourist venue touts itself as “the world’s largest living history museum,” and includes historic colonial-era houses, taverns and trade shops. Employees/residents of Williamsburg walk around dressed in colonial attire, churning butter and blacksmithing, and playing fifes and drums, allowing tourists to see what life was like around the time the Declaration of Independence was signed. 

If neighboring areas continue to change and things remain the same in LV, I suggest we become the colonial Williamsburg of the West Coast. We can divide up Linda Vista by sections, and each section will be responsible for dressing up as people from different decades or eras. We can call ourselves “Late 20th century Linda Vista.”  For example, some neighborhoods will dress up in 1940’s attire, while others will take the 50’s, or the 60’s. Since my development first started construction in 1979, I volunteer my block for the Disco era. Depending on your block, historically-accurate LV residents would be seen playing with hula hoops, or dancing the Macarena. I figure school kids will want to take field trips here as an educational experience. And on the weekend we’ll entertain tourist families tired of Sea World and the Zoo. We’ll charge a steep admission price and make a fortune for the community. Tourists can park their cars and busses in Mission Valley, because we don’t want any traffic congestion in LV.         

Yes, the more I think about it, the more I’m looking forward to living in a tranquil oasis. 


Upcoming Community Events

Linda Vista Serve Day (Sponsored by the Linda Vista Town Council) : June 5 is the next Service Project Day. 9:30 am to Noon. Volunteers meet in the parking lot of 2130 Ulric Street at 9:30 am on the 1st Saturday every month. We have various projects going on to help the citizens of Linda Vista.

Linda Vista Recreation Center Youth Activities: Check out last week’s post for a schedule of upcoming youth recreation activities, along with sign up information.


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