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Press + News for Curadero, a San Diego Restaurant

Curadero’s lead bartender talks mezcal and her inspiration for the new Mexican restaurant’s cocktails

04-12-2017 | San Diego Magazine

You might assume Jade Boyd’s lived in San Diego—or somewhere near the Mexican border—her whole life. She speaks fluent Spanish and can talk at length about the nuances of agave spirits. And, as the lead bartender at Curadero, which replaced Saltbox at the Hotel Palomar, she’s come up with a menu that hits all the right notes and pairs perfectly with the restaurant’s coastal Mexican cuisine: fresh juices, lots of spice, and plenty of tequila and mezcal options. But Boyd’s still relatively new to San Diego, having moved here from Columbus, Ohio, three years ago. (“For the weather,” she says, “for the amazing weather.”)

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04-07-2017 | NBC San Diego

Curadero Brings Mexican Food, Cocktails & Late-Night Eats Downtown
Now open inside Kimpton Hotel Palomar is a colorful new eatery that bills itself as a "soulful, coastal Mexican kitchen.” Curadero offers a regional Mexican menu featuring local ingredients and craft cocktails. Upstairs, a late-night bar and game room also features a walk-up window where patrons can order tacos.

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04-06-2017 | SanDiegoFoodFinds

The bar at Curadero houses over 80 premium tequilas and other Mexican spirits, like mezcal, bacanora, and sotol. Guests can indulge in a number of liquid remedies by Lead Bartender Jade Boyd. Boyd, who concocted a menu to pair with Chef Kraten’s bold food, will utilize ingredients and garnishes that will surprise the eyes as well as the palate. Try the mildly wild and slightly smoky A.K.A Silvestre with Los Javis Mezcal, sweet vermouth, fresh ginger, grapefruit and lemon juice, Bitterman’s Mole bitters and served with a scorpion lollipop.

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The Dish: Culinary community fights hunger, new menus, openings

04-05-2017 | San Diego Union Tribune

Curadero, the multi-level Mexican kitchen and game lounge, has hired Jade Boyd as its lead bartender. Formerly with Juniper & Ivy, Boyd has more than 15 years of experience in the restaurant business working as server, trainer, bartender and manager. With Boyd’s knack for creating simple, strong and balanced cocktails, the beverage menu will feature drinks that are made with fresh ingredients and quality spirits, and pair well with chef Brad Kraten’s soulful, coastal Mexican cuisine.

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New Restaurant: Curadero Opens to Acclaim

04-05-2017 | Eat. Drink. Be. SD.

While every dish we tried was top-notch, the CEVICHE DE PESCADO with white fish, tomato, cucumber, serrano, cilantro, avocado, was a stand out as hands down the best ceviche in San Diego.  Flavorful and bright with a perfect balance of spice and salt, the fresh fish is brought to its best with every tender bite.

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Curadero Modern Mexican Now Open In Downtown San Diego

04-04-2017 |

Curadero was created by award-winning interior architects, Studio Unltd. The interior is a vibrant, space that exudes an alluring south of the border feel, with a nod towards San Diego’s coastal vibe.

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Bold, Soulful Mexican Kitchen and Bar has arrived downtown San Diego

04-04-2017 | Nardcast

Derived from Curandero, or native healer, Curadero is a place to gather and be healed of hunger, hangover, boredom or anything else that ails you. It’s a vibrant place where urban lifestyle and bold, flavorful Mexican food collide.

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Curadero brings Mexican street food, and drinks, to Hotel Palomar

04-04-2017 | San Diego Magazine First Look

Curadero's exec chef Brad Kraten and sous chef Emiliano Najera are using top ingredients to interpret street classics, complete with a full crudo bar.

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Coastal Mexican Kitchen, Bar and Late-Night Eatery Debut Downtown

04-03-2017 | Eater San Diego

Coastal Mexican Kitchen & Taco Shop/Game Room Coming Downtown

03-20-2017 | Eater San Diego


03-20-2017 | THE SCOOP

Downtown’s Saltbox Switching to Soulful Mexican Street Food

01-20-2017 | Eater San Diego