Solace and the Moonlight Lounge now open

Year-plus wait pays off, Matt Gordon's new place in Encinitas finally happening

Sign On San Diego Published on: 08/16/2011 by Keli Dailey

A soft launch is when a missile launches non-explosively.

There’s another meaning, for sure. But this week’s soft launch of Solace and the Moonlight Lounge in laidback Encinitas – I’d call this a quiet, cozy, non-ballistic approach to opening a restaurant.

(For explosive restaurant launches, please see Del Mar’s Burlap. It had lion dancers…who were probably overshadowed by Burlap’s mega-personality chef, Brian Malarkey.)

Solace and the Moonlight Lounge: 25 East E St; Encinitas; (760) 753-2433; eatatsolace.com. Dinner only (for now).

For more than a year food journalists have been doing a drum-roll for Moonlight. (See mention of it in this story I wrote last August.) Finally, 18 hours ago, came this low-pitched tweet from chef-owner Matt Gordon. “oh.. and by the way.. WE’RE OPEN!!!! #solace&themoonlightlounge.”

You may recognize the chef at the heart of Moonlight’s mission control center. Gordon has put a warm cheese biscuit lathered with honey-butter into the hand of every North Park visitor, courtesy of his comfort-food-but-cosmopolitan Urban Solace restaurant.

And the under-$20 menu at Moonlight looks comparable to Urban. There’s Braised Brandt Farms Beef Cheeks and BBQ Glazed Duroc Pork Belly at both, a peek at their menus reveal. But North County should riot if there really isn’t any duckaroni (mac ‘n cheese with duck confit, bleu cheese).

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  • Brunch Callout

    Brunch
  • Hours Callout

    MONDAY thru FRIDAY
    Open for Lunch at 11:30am

    Mon - Tues, Kitchen closes at 9:00pm
    Wed - Thurs, Kitchen closes at 10:00pm
    Friday Kitchen closes at 11pm

    SATURDAY & SUNDAY
    Brunch begins at:
    10:30am Sat. & 9:30am Sun.

    Saturday Kitchen closes at 11 pm
    Sunday Kitchen at 9pm

    The Moonlight Lounge will remain open one hour after dinner.

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