Enjoy a 3-Course Mother’s Day Brunch at Flemings La Jolla

This year, treat Mom to a special 3-course Mother’s Day Brunch at Flemings La Jolla. They’ll be serving up a one-of-a-kind three-course brunch and all-day dinner menu designed to delight, with options curated especially for her – from Signature Eggs Benedict and Filet & Lobster to a Steak and Spring Vegetable Quiche. Even the little ones will be delighted by a special three-course children’s brunch menu. All entrées include a choice of one starter, sides to share, and your choice of dessert. Brunch starts at 10:00am on May 12th.

Starters

CAESAR SALAD
Hearts of romaine, parmesan, fried capers, crispy prosciutto

LOBSTER BISQUE
North Atlantic Lobster, spiced sherry cream

Entrees

SIGNATURE EGGS BENEDICT: choice of –

  • Sliced Filet Mignon with Hollandaise
  • Crab Cake with Tomato Hollandaise
  • Surf & Turf

STEAK & SPRING VEGETABLE QUICHE
6oz Filet Mignon, caramelized onions, asparagus, green peas, herbed goat cheese with tomato hollandaise

BARBECUE SCOTTISH SALMON FILLET
Mushrooms, barbecue glaze

FILET & LOBSTER
6oz Filet Mignon, North Atlantic Lobster Tail

Sides to Share

LYONNAISE POTATOES
Caramelized onions

FRESH ROASTED ASPARAGUS
Herb butter

Desserts

KEY LIME PIE
Fresh key lime, graham cracker crust, Chantilly whipped cream

CARROT CAKE
Three-layer cake with cream cheese frosting, topped with a drizzle of caramel

Beverages

BERRY MIMOSA

BUTCHER’S BLOODY MARY

BELLE GLOS PINOT NOIR BLANC

Flemings Steakhouse is located at 8970 University Center Lane, San Diego 92122. To make reservations for Easter Brunch at Flemings La Jolla, visit their website or give them a call at (858) 535-0078.

Best Spots for Mother’s Day Brunch in La Jolla

Treat your mother to an incredible meal for Mother’s Day brunch in La Jolla by taking her out to these fancy spots! Delicious food paired with spectacular ocean views will definitely make it a day to remember. From unlimited buffets to specialty prix-fixe and à la carte menus, there’s definitely something for everyone on the list. Shower the mom in your life with love on Sunday, May 13th! Please note that a reservation is required for most of the restaurants on this list, unless otherwise noted.

Flemings La Jolla

When: Sunday May 12th; starts at 10am
Where: 8970 University Center Lane, San Diego 92122
Cost: a la carte
Flemings will open early this year at 10am, so you can celebrate Mom all day! Treat Mom to a special 3-course Mother’s Day Brunch at Flemings La Jolla. They’ll be serving up a one-of-a-kind three-course brunch and all-day dinner menu designed to delight, with options curated especially for her – from Signature Eggs Benedict and Filet & Lobster to a Steak and Spring Vegetable Quiche. Even the little ones will be delighted by a special three-course children’s brunch menu. Reservations required; reserve online or give them a call at (858) 535-0078.

NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar

When: Sunday, May 12th; 10am-2:30pm
Where: 910 Prospect St
Cost: 3 courses for $45/person
Tell Mom you love her with the gift of food!  She deserves nothing more than to be treated to a special, 3-course, prix-fixe Sunday Brunch featuring a choice of starters, entrees, and desserts.  $16 bottomless mimosas and other drink specials will also be available. This is a lovely spot within the Grande Colonial Hotel, and has a cozy and historic feel. Top your meal off with a selection of specialty coffee drinks and pastries! Call (858) 964-5400 or make a reservation online.

The Marine Room

When: Sunday May 12th; 11am-7pm
Address: 2000 Spindrift Drive
Cost: å la carte
The Marine Room boasts one of the best (if not the best) views in La Jolla. Situated right on the water, every seat in the house has incredible ocean vistas; the sound of waves crashing against the windows can be heard anywhere you sit! This year’s a la carte menu features items in their signature contemporary French/seafood style: Ginger Sesame Cured Steelhead Salmon Crudo, Thai Style Butter Basted Lobster Tail, and of course, their Signature Maine Lobster Bisque. Top it off with one of their incredible desserts: the Spindrift Cobblestone Pie, Warm Valrhona Chocolate Cake, and an organic Lavender Lemon Cake. For reservations please call (855) 203-8511 or make an online reservation.

George’s At The Cove (California Modern)

When: Sunday May 12th; 10am-2pm for brunch
Address: 1250 Prospect St
Cost: 3-course menu
Voted La Jolla’s best restaurant, George’s at the Cove is the perfect place to treat your mom to a special brunch. Mother’s Day is one of only two occasions throughout the year that they serve brunch, and this holiday, they have a very special 3-course menu planned. Head to California Modern, their signature fine dining experience, and savor dishes like Bay Scallop and Corn Fritters with Béarnaise, Lobster Quiche with peas and green garlic, Grilled Salmon with mushroom risotto, and Chilaquiles with soft egg and queso fresco. Because it’s so popular, make sure to get a reservation ASAP. Call (858) 455-1616 or book a reservation online.

The Shores Restaurant

When: Sunday May 12th; 9:30am-2:30pm
Address: 8110 Camino Del Oro
Cost: $68 per adult, $39 children 10 to 6 years, $6 per year children 5 and under (buffet style)
This ocean-view feast in the heart of La Jolla Shores shopping and dining district is a brunch to be remembered! Featured buffet items this year are Seasonal Berry Cheese Blintzes, Herb Seared Local Sea Bass, Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham, and Buchmann’s Ranch Cage Free Egg Station. There is a special Children’s Station for the little ones, which will feature kid-friendly dishes and sides. Finish off with a scrumptious dessert, like their Butterscotch Banana Cream Pie or Chocolate Raspberry Bars. Call (858) 456-0600 or make a reservation here.

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

When: Sunday May 12th, 10am-4pm
Address: 1270 Prospect Street
Cost: $49 for adults (three-course menu)
This year Eddie V’s is pulling out all the stops for Mother’s Day! The 2019 brunch menu includes a three-course meal where you have a few different options for each course (however, with each meal you receive a basket of warm cinnamon rolls topped with a citrus glaze!). Dishes this year include Norwegian Smoked Salmon, Deviled Egg Trio, Pan-Seared Steak & Eggs, King Crab Omelette with Three-Citrus Hollandaise, and plenty more. Brunch cocktails are $9, and there will also be a children’s menu available. Call (858) 459-5500 or make reservations online.

The Med at La Valencia Hotel

When: Sunday May 12th; 10am-2pm
Address: 1132 Prospect St
Cost: $89 per adult, $39 per child
Celebrate Mother’s Day at the “Pink Lady” and enjoy a Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet! This year, Executive Chef Alex Emery and his talented team have created a whimsical menu featuring Valencia Orange French Toast, Spinach & Heirloom Tomato Quiche + Leek & Black Truffle Quiche, Assorted Tea Sandwiches, a Carving Station, Slow Roasted Herbed Cornish Game Hens, and a decadent dessert station, to name a few. Regular dinner service starts at 5:30pm. Online reservations are required.

Estancia La Jolla

When: Sunday May 12th; starts at 10am
Address: 9700 N. Torrey Pines Road
Cost: $75 per adult; $25 for children
Celebrate mom surrounded by Estancia’s beautiful botanical gardens at their Roses & Rosé brunch! Mom will receive a complimentary glass of rosé to toast her special day plus an expansive buffet prepared by Executive Chef Vincent Savignano. Dishes this year include Linguica-Potato Hash with poached eggs and parsley crema, Chicken & Waffles with sage-infused maple syrup, a complete Egg Station, a Carving Station, Paella Station, and Risotto station, plus plenty more. Reservations are required.

Cusp Dining & Drinks

When: Sunday May 12th; starts at 9:00 am
Address: 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive
From the food to the views, Cusp’s Mother’s Day Brunch is sure to impress Mom. Chef Ingrid Funes will be serving her regular brunch menu with a few decadent specials. Start the meal one of Chef Funes’ specials, like Crab Benedict with herb focaccia, roasted tomatoes and hollandaise, Brioche Fresh Toast with lime curd and blueberry compote, and Fresh Cinnamon Rolls. Classic dishes includes Greek Salad, Barbacoa Hash, and Housemade Pancakes with assorted toppings. In addition to brunch, guests are encouraged to take mom out to dinner, where Chef has a special surprise for dinner guests! Mother’s will enjoy a welcome glass of bubbly during dinner only. Reservations strongly suggested.

Our Favorite San Diego Brunch Spots

Nothing says the weekend like a leisurely brunch with family or friends, especially in gorgeous San Diego! From classic egg omelettes and Bloody Marys to pastries and house-made sweet treats, these local restaurants are serving up all the best breakfast fare. Enjoy a leisurely Sunday morning at one of these essential San Diego brunch spots – and maybe a mimosa or two!

Farmer & the Seahorse

10996 Torreyana Rd.
San Diego, CA 92121
Farmer & The Seahorse offers al fresco brunch with amazing views and live music every Sunday morning/afternoon. It’s a popular spot for brunch near La Jolla, as it’s just a few minutes’ drive north. Menu favorites include multi-grain pancakes, chilaquiles, and a Moroccan scramble. Also: try one of their flavored mimosas, which come with unlimited bottle service for $20. Guests can choose from five juices to accompany each bottle of bubbly: triple rosemary berry, pineapple mango, traditional orange juice, grapefruit, and blood orange. Farmer & the Seahorse offers mimosa bottle service on Sundays from 10am-2pm.

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Madison

4622 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92116
Madison on Park is a local favorite for dinner and now, with their new brunch menu, is a great spot to dine on the weekends. New brunch items include brioche french toast, huevos rancheros, chilaquiles, paleo bowl, white bean shakshuka with carnitas, banana strawberry Nutella waffle and classic favorites like the beet waffle, avocado toast and waffled churro sticks.

Madison’s bottomless Mimosas are available by the glass or pitcher, and include the Black Magic mimosas with activated charcoal, the Blue Dream mimosa with blue-green spirulina and the Purple Rain Mimosa with aloe vera juice and butterfly pea flower. Brunch hours are Saturday and Sunday from 9:30am to 2:30pm.

Herb & Wood

2210 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101
Little Italy favorite Herb & Wood launched a brand-new brunch menu this past April, which is served on weekends between 10am and 2:30pm. Though known for its excellent dinner options, the new brunch menu is definitely holding its own! Menu highlights include the dutch baby soufflé pancakes, a Jamón Ibérico Benedict, and scallop ceviche. Brunch cocktails and a special brunch dessert menu are also available.

 

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TRUST Restaurant

3752 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92103
Since opening last spring, TRUST Restaurant has quickly become one of the city’s hottest gathering spots. Diners can people watch on the patio while digging into delicious brunch plates from executive chef Brad Wise and his team. Local favorites include the pancakes and fried chicken plate, spicy pork belly grilled cheese, and a seriously epic sticky bun – a show stopping cinnamon roll topped with cinnamon ice cream. Brunch is served on weekends from 9am to 2pm.

The Med

1132 Prospect St.
La Jolla, CA 92037
If you’re looking for a little glamour with your brunch, our very own La Valencia in La Jolla is the perfect spot! Executive Chef Alex Emery’s renowned weekend brunch includes dishes like house-cured salmon, a brunch board loaded with pastries, cheeses and seasonal berries, local spiny lobster Benedict, and grilled flat iron steak and eggs. There are fruit flavored mimosas as well, plus six decidedly different Bloody Marys – standouts include the Sriracha and soy sauce crafted Shanghai, to the namesake Lady V with its impressive crab claw and bacon garnish.

Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30am to 2:30pm.

Galaxy Taco

2259 Avenida de La Playa
La Jolla, CA 92037
Still one of our favorite taco spots in La Jolla, Galaxy Taco does not disappoint when it comes to Sunday brunch! Yummy menu items include a tasty pazole verde with pork, blue and white corn hominy, radish and avocado; and pork huarache (pulled pork flatbread) with fried eggs and roasted tomatillo salsa. If you’re looking for something on the sweeter side, try the fresh cream, banana, lemon zest, and Mexican chocolate dusted waffles while sipping on bottomless Mimosa and Micheladas.

Brunch at Galaxy Taco is served on Sundays from 10am to 3pm.

Oceana Coastal Kitchen

3999 Mission Blvd
San Diego, CA 92109
Panoramic bay views and alfresco dining make Oceana’s Sunday Champagne brunch well worth the splurge! Located at the Catamaran Resort Hotel, you’ll be able to feast on sushi, nigiri, and sashimi selections from the cold bar, in addition to fresh fruit, pastries, salads, and antipasto. Larger plated options, like salmon and prime rib, can also be ordered, plus breakfast favorites such as the Waffle Romanoff, a Belgian style waffle topped with Grand Marnier, strawberries, whipped cream, and maple syrup. Brunch hours are Sundays from 10am to 2pm.

 

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Craft & Commerce

675 W Beech St
San Diego, CA 92101
For some serious next-level indulgence, head to the newly revamped Craft & Commerce in downtown San Diego. Brunch offerings from executive chef Ted Smith range from the goat cheese and orange marmalade topped grilled toast (dubbed ‘The Orange Rides the Goat Toast’) to an old-school hearty fried chicken and waffle plate. Other menu favorites include an over-the-top foie gras breakfast burrito filled with marinated skirt steak. Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 3pm.

Café 21

2736 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
Lines for brunch are always out the door at this cozy Gaslamp Quarter restaurant (they have another location in North Park). Along with its popular mimosa and sangria flights, there are some new morning items worth the wait; with sweet and savory crêpes joining the menu’s cast-iron skillets, omelets, pancakes, and classic French toast with powdered sugar. Other brunch favorites include flavored pancakes like the tiramisu with espresso maple syrup, mascarpone cream, chocolate sauce and cocoa powder; shrimp corn cakes; and a fusion Eggs Benedict with cilantro cream sauce.

Bloody Marys are offered with a red, green or yellow heirloom tomato mix, while mimosa and sangria Flights are served on a tasting tree, with rotating weekly flavors. Brunch is served until 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Crown Room at Hotel Del Coronado

1500 Orange Avenue
Coronado, CA
San Diego’s flagship fancy brunch is still running strong and remains a beloved favorite of locals and visitors, alike. Every Sunday, their Victorian Crown Room dining room fills up with food like King Crab legs, a gourmet Bloody Mary bar, sushi, egg dishes, french toast and much, much more. The regular brunch costs $93 per person for adults, $23 for children, but their Chef’s Table option has one seating at 10am and includes a garden tour, Champagne reception, specially plated courses and a reserve wine selection for $150.

 

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The Pearl Hotel

1410 Rosecrans St
San Diego, CA 92106
The Pearl Hotel’s new restaurant, Charles & Dinorah, is now serving brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Favorites include chilaquiles with two sunny eggs, black beans, farro and salsa verde; chicken fried steak with sausage gravy and hash browns; a Croque Madame with black forest ham, mornay, Irish cheddar and sunny side-up egg; and Nutella french toast with brioche and buckwheat pancakes with apple butter, both served with a house-infused cardamom maple syrup. Brunch hours are 10am to 3pm on Sundays.

Little Lion Café

1424 Sunset Cliffs Blvd
San Diego, CA
Sunset Cliffs’ Little Lion Cafe is a brunch favorite for many locals in Ocean Beach and Point Loma — so much so that people forget they serve dinner, too! The granddaughters of the (now closed) Belgian Lion owners are serving up a rotating menu of superfood bowls, baked eggs in cream, savory lunch options, bruschettas, poached eggs and more in this cozy and super stylish restaurant. Another bonus: vegetarians, vegans and meat- eaters alike will all find something delicious to suit their needs. Don’t skip the vanilla latte and make sure you get there early on weekends to avoid crowds!

For other brunch and breakfast ideas, visit our favorite brunch spots in La Jolla or visit our restaurant directory!

Enjoy a Handcrafted Easter Celebration at Flemings La Jolla

This Easter Sunday, April 21st, create unforgettable moments with family and friends over a three-course brunch at Flemings La Jolla! Complete with favorites like Brioche French Toast, their signature Filet Mignon Eggs Benedict, and a Spring Vegetable Quiche, plus dessert entrees like Flourless Chocolate Cake and beverage options including a Berry Mimosas, there is truly something for everyone this weekend! Brunch begins at 10:00am.

You can choose from the three-course brunch, their full dinner menu, or a three-course Filet & Lobster menu – also available all day.  Even the little ones will be delighted by a special three-course children’s brunch menu.  All entrées include a choice of one starter, sides to share, and your choice of dessert.

Starters

CAESAR SALAD
Hearts of romaine, parmesan, fried capers, crispy prosciutto

LOBSTER BISQUE
North Atlantic Lobster, spiced sherry cream

Entrées

SIGNATURE EGGS BENEDICT: choice of —

  • Sliced Filet Mignon & Hollandaise
  • Crab cake & tomato Hollandaise
  • Surf & Turf

SPRING VEGETABLE QUICHE
Caramelized onions, asparagus, green peas, herbed goat cheese with tomato hollandaise

STEAK & SPRING VEGETABLE QUICHE
6oz Filet Mignon, caramelized onions, asparagus, green peas, herbed goat cheese with tomato hollandaise

BRIOCHE FRENCH TOAST
With strawberry sauce & maple syrup on the side

SALMON COBB SALAD
Hard-boiled eggs, danish blue cheese crumbles, bacon, tomatoes, creamy honey-lime vinaigrette

Sides to Share

LYONNAISE POTATOES
With caramelized onions

FRESH ROASTED ASPARAGUS
With herb butter

Dessert

NEW YORK CHEESECAKE
Classic preparation, topped with caramel & fresh citrus

FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE
Strawberry sauce & Chantilly whipped cream

Beverages

BERRY MIMOSA
BUTCHER’S BLOODY MARY

Flemings Steakhouse is located at 8970 University Center Lane, San Diego 92122. To make reservations for Easter Brunch at Flemings La Jolla, visit their website or give them a call at (858) 535-0078.

Where To Have An Incredible Easter Brunch In La Jolla

Delicious food and quality time with loved ones is what Easter is all about – and Easter Brunch La Jolla comes with that, plus incredible ocean views! Celebrate Easter weekend at one of these world-class La Jolla restaurants. Some are offering a buffet this year, while others will be featuring a prix-fixe menu. Please note that a reservation is required for most of the restaurants on this list, unless otherwise noted.

Fleming’s Steakhouse La Jolla

When: Sunday, April 21st; starts at 10am
Address: 8970 University Center Lane, San Diego CA 92122
Create unforgettable Easter moments over a three-course brunch at Flemings La Jolla, with favorites like Brioche French Toast and a Spring Vegetable Quiche. Choose from their full dinner menu, or their three-course Filet & Lobster menu, also available all day. Even the little ones will be delighted by their special three-course children’s brunch menu! Reservations are required. Call (858) 535-0078 or reserve online.

Nine-Ten La Jolla

When: Sunday, April 21st; 10:00am to 2:30pm
Address: 910 Prospect St La Jolla, CA 92037
Cost: 3 courses for $35/person
Nine-Ten’s Easter celebration is a world-class event! Chef Jason Knibb and Pastry Chef Jose Alonzo, III, will prepare a special Easter Sunday Brunch three-course menu featuring a choice of starters, entrees, and desserts. $16 bottomless mimosas and other drink specials will also be available. Reservations are strongly recommended. Call 858.964.5400 or reserve online here.

The Marine Room

When: Sunday, April 21st; 10:00am to 4:00pm
Address: 2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, California 92037
Cost: $82 for adults, $45 for children
Enjoy a fabulous brunch with one of the best views in La Jolla! The Marine Room is perched on the water and offers up incredible French/American cuisine. This year their Easter buffet will feature a seasonal menu that includes Coronado Island Sea Bass Ceviche, Truffle Eggs Benedict, Spindrift Seafood Crepes, and more. For reservations please call (855) 203-8511 or make a reservation online.

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La Jolla Shores Restaurant

When: Sunday, April 21st; 9:30am to 2:30pm
Address: 8110 Camino Del Oro, San Diego, CA 92037
Cost: $68 per adult; $39 for children 6 to 10 years, and $6 per year for children 5 and under
Enjoy Chef Percy’s brunch on the beach and you’ll find something to satisfy every taste with a buffet that features favorites like Kings Hawaiian French Toast and Hazelnut Crusted Petrale Sole, along with Buchmann’s Ranch Cage Free Egg and Linguini Station, Herb-Roasted Colorado Leg of Lamb, and more. Call (858) 456-0600 or make a reservation online.

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The MED Restaurant

When: Sunday, April 21st; 10:00am to 2:30pm
Address: 1132 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037
Cost: $89 per adult, $39 per child
One of the most show-stopping and popular brunches you just have to attend is Easter at THE MED. The ocean view restaurant boasts a food smorgasbord full of action stations and whimsical dishes. Guests can choose from items such as quiche, pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, a seafood selection of fresh shucked oysters, crudo, crab claws and jumbo shrimp, fresh salads and crudité, as well as action stations such as omelets, meat carving and dessert. They will also have three Easter Egg Hunts for little ones that day: at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, with a special visit from the Easter Bunny at those times as well. Make reservations online or give them a call at (855) 818-6887.

CUSP Dining & Drinks

When: Sunday, April 21st 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Address: 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla CA 92037
Cusp’s Easter Brunch is a family pleaser with classic dishes for all ages. Take advantage of Chef Ingrid Funes’ new brunch menu, featuring classic a la carte dishes like caramel french toast, a variety of Benedicts, and fresh salads. There will also be decadent specials like Prime Rib, Red Velvet Pancakes and House Cinnamon Rolls! Guests will also enjoy complimentary valet. Located on the top level of Hotel La Jolla, Cusp boasts panoramic views of La Jolla Shores, a beautiful backdrop for this special occasion. Reservations strongly suggested. Call (858) 551-3620 or make reservations online.

Limited-Time Burger & Wine Pairing Dinner at Flemings La Jolla

From now through March 12th, savor a mouthwatering burger and wine pairing special at Flemings La Jolla for just $25!

The Pairing

It’s the classic burger and wine pairing, taken to a whole new level. Enjoy Flemings Prime Burger, a combination of USDA prime beef, Wisconsin cheddar cheese, and peppered bacon, accompanied by a glass of Paraduxx By Duckhorn, a Proprietary Red Blend from Napa Valley with rich layers of black raspberry and blackberry pie, finished with notes of cinnamon, vanilla bean, and brown sugar.

The pairing dinner will be available exclusively in the bar at Flemings, now through March 12th for $25 per guest.

About Flemings La Jolla

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse in La Jolla is the ultimate steakhouse destination for food and wine lovers seeking a stylish, lively, and memorable dining experience complemented by attentive and knowledgeable service. Here, you’ll find a passion for steak and wine, reflected in an exceptional menu of hand-cut steaks, an award-winning wine program, and seasonal menu selections showcasing locally-inspired chef dishes courtesy of Chef Partner Matthew Cook, who has been at the helm of the Flemings La Jolla team for several years.

About Duckhorn Wines

Co-founded by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards has spent forty years establishing itself as one of North America’s premier producers of Napa Valley wines. From its modest inaugural vintage of 800 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon and 800 cases of Merlot in 1978, to its addition of Sauvignon Blanc in 1982, Duckhorn Vineyards has crafted a tradition of quality and excellence that continues today.

You can make reservations online, or via phone by giving Flemings La Jolla a call at (858) 535-0078.

Wherever You Are, Southern California Has Special Places to Eat

California is packed with an abundance of beautiful places to visit. There are places to take in the scenic views, enjoy a day on one of the many beaches or watch an exciting sports team. All of those things are great. But when it comes down to it, we all look for awesome places to eat while on vacation. If you need some help with getting around, this restaurant and food guide can point you in the right direction.

Taking the Family for Breakfast

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and it’s time to eat. If pancakes or waffles are on your mind be sure to visit Bea Bea’s in Burbank or Torrance: The original pancake house in Redondo beach to get your fix. Looking for something a little different, check out Koreatown’s Bonjuk La or Republique in Los Angeles for breakfast on the next level.

Let’s Enjoy Lunch

Are you ready for lunch? Well if you are, you need to get in the car and find Pinks. Here you will find an interesting array of hot dogs. Yes, we know what you’re thinking, but trust us. There’s no place in Southern California that is better known for hot dogs. They are named after celebrities and they are piled high with fun ingredients. Or, if it’s beef you’re looking for then head on over to an In-N-Out burger, one of the top-rated burger joints on this earth!

Sweets Please

There something about sweets that call to most of us. If you’re one that enjoys a delectable treat from time to time, make a pilgrimage to California Donuts. Nearly anything you can think of, has been placed on top of a fluffy decadent donut. M & Ms, cereal and sprinkles are only the tip of the iceberg. And if you looking for something a little fancy, try ordering some treats from Bonpastry, a San Diego Dessert Catering company for your family gathering or festive birthday party celebration.

How About Some Drinks?

At Class 302, you can enjoy self-serve boba tea. For those of you wondering what boba tea is, it’s a Taiwanese iced tea drink. It’s usually served with milk, sugar and fun little boba, which are chewy tapioca balls that can be found on the bottom of the cup. And, if you need java in your day, be sure to visit Philz Coffee for a unique selection. Lastly for the adults in the group, the Telegraph Brewing Company has suds to tickle your tastebuds.

Bring on the Dinner Options

We have made it all this way and we haven’t discussed tacos. Oh boy, and in Southern California, no less. First dinner option is Tacos El Gordo. Here you will find a yummy selection of tacos to satisfy your craving. Next on the list is Daikoyoya, where you can get a steaming hot bowl of ramen filled with tasty ingredients. Continuing on the Asian inspired train, visit Sushi Ota for your fill of mouth watering sushi. If raw fish is not your thing, then Zankou Chicken has a varietal menu for you. They have many chicken, tri-tip and falafel options for you to try. Choose from quarter, half or whole chicken sizes for the family to enjoy.

The one thing that is great about Southern California is the abundance of available food options. Never settle, just drive a little to get what you and your stomach really want.

Flemings La Jolla Hosts Wine Pairing Dinner Featuring Tobin James

On January 25th, Fleming’s La Jolla will host a special wine pairing dinner featuring five incredible wines from Tobin James Cellars. This one-night-only event includes a perfectly prepared five-course menu expertly curated for the occasion by Chef Partner Matt Cook – and we are giving away two tickets! 

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We are giving away two tickets to the Tobin James wine pairing dinner at Flemings La Jolla! Tickets are valued at $125 per person. Entries must be submitted by January 22nd, 2019. To enter, visit our Giveaway PageIf you win, you’ll receive an email with instructions and details on the event!

Here’s a sneak peek at the five-course menu for this year’s Tobin James Wine Dinner.

First Course

  • Stuffed Baby Heirloom Tomatoes with chèvre, mint pesto, pistachios.
  • TOBIN JAMES Dream Weaver Sparkling California, NV

Second Course

  • Dungeness Crab Louie with red leaf lettuce, blood orange remoulade, roasted red pepper jam, shaved jicama.
  • TOBIN JAMES James Gang Reserve Chardonnay Monterey County, 2015

Third Course

  • Crispy Korean Pork Belly with marinated radish, potato pancake, pork jus.
  • TOBIN JAMES, Black Magic Petite Sirah Paso Robles, 2014

Entrée

  • Kona-Rubbed Wagyu Ribeye Medallion with spicy smashed cauliflower, gorgonzola cream.
  • TOBIN JAMES, Fat Boy Zinfandel Paso Robles, 2015

Dessert Course

  • Humboldt Fog Cheesecake with walnut crust, fig jam, prosciutto dust.
  • TOBIN JAMES, Liquid Love Late Harvest Zinfandel Paso Robles, 2013

About Flemings Steakhouse La Jolla

Fleming’s La Jolla is located at 8970 University Center Lane, San Diego 92122. Flemings’ menu is filled with your fresh favorites and a local chef’s table that changes monthly with fresh produce and seasonal flavors. The bar manager here has curated a wide selection of locally selected wines, handcrafted cocktails, and distilled spirits for all palettes.

About Tobin James 

Tobin James was the original winemaker at another familiar winery, Peachy Canyon. He put his name—and Paso Robles—on the map, when the very first wine he made won a spot on the coveted “top 100” wines of the year with the Wine Spectator. It wasn’t until 1993, after numerous gold medals and scores of 90+ on his wines, that Tobin decided to build his own winery on highway 46 east of Paso Robles.

San Diego Restaurants Open for the Holidays

While many look forward to home-cooked feasts come Christmas, the truth is that not everyone will be partaking the same way. Some people live far away from their families, have to work, are not interested with the hassle, or don’t celebrate the holiday, to give a few examples! But since everyone has to eat, some of San Diego’s restaurants are releasing special menus for both Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day — just make sure to read the fine print, as not every restaurant provides service on both days. Here’s the roundup of the best La Jolla and San Diego restaurants open to dine in for the holidays! 

Flemings Prime Steakhouse

8970 University Lane, San Diego 92122
Flemings Steakhouse in La Jolla is hosting several holiday specials this year. Starting now through December 21st, they will be open for a savory $38 three-course holiday lunch every Friday from 11:30am to 2:30pm. The menu features entrée favorites, like the tender Filet Mignon with Fleming’s Potatoes; Crab Cakes topped with roasted red pepper and lime butter sauce; and their new vegan California Power Bowl; along with your choice of salad and a dessert.

And for dinner, now through January 6th, indulge in their three-course holiday menu that begins with your choice of indulgent starters: Wild Mushroom Soup or our Seafood Louie Wedge Salad. Then the main event: Filet Mignon and Colossal North Atlantic Lobster Tail, all dressed up for the holidays with cabernet demi-glace, mixed sautéed mushrooms, and merlot salt. View the full menu here, and make your reservations today!

A.R. Valentien

11480 N Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla 92037
Spend Christmas Day at A.R. Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines this year. Enjoy a prix fixe four-course meal prepared by renowned Executive Chef Jeff Jackson in the timbered indoor- outdoor dining room overlooking the 18th hole of Torrey Pines Golf Course. Dinner will be held from 5pm to 10pm, and costs $115 per person or $130 with wine pairings. It’s $60 for children under 12. For a less casual dining experience, head to The Grill, where you can indulge in a three-course meal for just $60 a person. 

The Marine Room

2000 Spindrift Dr., La Jolla 92037
The Marine Room in La Jolla will be open for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day this year. Christmas Eve dining begins at 5pm on the 24th, and includes their seasonal dinner menu in addition to several holiday specials: Norwegian Halibut, Spindrift Trilogy (lobster tail, diver scallops, and wild prawn paired with asparagus and a tangerine absinthe infusion), and Colorado Lamb Osso Buco. On Christmas Day from 12pm to 7pm, you can enjoy a festive, holiday-themed a la carte menu featuring items like a Blackberry Cider Brined Mary’s Farm Turkey Breast, Thyme Fleur de Sel Roasted Branzino, and Cervena Farm Elk Medallions. 

The Shores Restaurant

8110 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla 92037
On Christmas Eve from 5pm to 10pm, The Shores Restaurant will be serving up a variety of á la carte Christmas Eve specials in addition to their regular menu: Maine Diver Scallops with Chorizo Risotto and wilted baby kale; Crispy Skin Sea Bass with saffron cauliflower couscous and bacon jam; and an Angus Bone-in Ribeye Steak with herb peewee potatoes, cremini, and arugula salad. On Christmas Day, enjoy a stress-free holiday buffet from 10am to 7pm for $64 per person. The buffet menu will feature a variety of appetizers, entrees, and desserts, including a traditional turkey meal and a bone-in ham option. Be sure to make a reservation in advance!

George’s California Modern

1250 Prospect St., La Jolla 92037
Head to George’s California Modern restaurant for a festive menu and glass of wine from 3pm to 8pm on December 25th, which includes a three-course dinner for $62 per person. Enjoy lobster bisque, carrot campanelle pasta with soft egg, Jidori chicken, spinach and artichoke lasagna, swordfish, spiced apple and caramel mousse, plus much more! Vegetarian and vegan options will be available upon request. Their other dining areas, Level2 and Ocean Terrace, will also be open for Christmas serving regular dinner menus. Make your reservation ahead of time, as this will fill up.

Cusp Restaurant 

7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla 92037
This year, head to Cusp (inside Hotel La Jolla) on Christmas Day for a delicious three-course meal between 3pm and 8pm for $65 per person. Chef Ingrid Funes has prepared a three-course menu, starting with a selection of starters like Burrata & Serrano Ham and Potato Leek Soup and followed by delicious entrees such as Pan Roasted Filet Mignon and a Duo of Duck: half roasted duck breast and duck raviolo. Seasonal desserts finish off the meal, including White Chocolate Bread Pudding and Chocolate Tart. Dinner is $65 per adult and $35 for kids.  Make your reservation here.  

Nine-Ten Restaurant & Bar

910 Prospect St., La Jolla 92037
This year, Nine-Ten Restaurant will be open for Christmas Eve dinner from 5:30pm to 9pm. Guests will be treated to an amazing three-course prix-fixe dinner menu for $70 per person ($105 with wine pairings), featuring festive holiday dishes. On Christmas Day, the restaurant will be serving an a la carte brunch menu from 7:30am to 2:30pm, as well as a full pastry bar and $16 bottomless mimosas and drink specials. They will be closed for dinner on Christmas Day. 

Rustic Root

535 5th Ave., San Diego 92101
Rustic Root will offer a a festive, holiday-themed menu from 3pm to 9pm in the downstairs dining room on Christmas Day in downtown San Diego! Menu details will be announced closer to Christmas Day, but the meal will be priced at $55 per person.

Pacifica Del Mar

1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar 92014
On Christmas Day from 12pm to 9pm, enjoy a special 3-course menu full of holiday classics and Pacifica favorites set to stunning ocean views for $65 per person. This year’s menu features food like oven roasted free-range turkey, braised beef short ribs, pan roasted sea bass, and sugar spiced salmon, as well as several appetizer and dessert options. Reservations can be made early online or by phone, and are strongly suggested!

Experience the Holidays at Flemings Steakhouse in La Jolla

This holiday season, Flemings Steakhouse in La Jolla is hosting several holiday dining specials this year! From now through December 21st, the restaurant will be open for lunch from 11:30am to 2:30pm on Fridays until December 21st; they will also be featuring a special Holiday Prix Fixe Menu for $99 per person.

Chef’s Table Holiday Lunch Menu

$38 per guest; 11:30am-2:30pm every Friday through December 21st (12/14, 12/21).

Starter:

  • Wild Mushroom Soup 

OR

  • Flemings Chopped Salad

Entrée Options:

  • 6 oz. Filet Mignon (served with signature Flemings Potatoes)
  • California Burger
  • Crab Cakes
  • Breast of Chicken
  • California Power Bowl 

Dessert Options: 

  • Key Lime Pie
  • New York Cheesecake
  • Housemade Chocolate Truffles 

View the full lunch menu here. 

Happy Holidays Dinner Menu

$99 per guest; through January 6th, 2019

Starters:

  • Seafood Louie Wedge Salad (colossal shrimp and crab meat, shredded egg, baby iceberg lettuce, lemon balsamic vinaigrette)

OR

  • Wild Mushroom Soup (truffle cream, thyme)

Entreé:

Filet Mignon & Colossal North Atlantic Lobster Tail (with a Cabernet demi glace, mixed sauteed mushrooms, and merlot salt)

Dessert:

Pumpkin Cheesecake (with pumpkin spice and gingersnap crust)

Featured Beverages

  • Fireside Rye: Knob Creek Rye, fresh grapefruit juice, house-made Chardonnay honey syrup
  • 8 Years in the Desert by Orin Swift: $25 per glass (Red Blend, California 2017) 

View the full dinner menu here!

Flemings La Jolla is located at 8970 University Center Lane, San Diego 92122. You can make reservations online, or via phone by giving them a call at (858) 535-0078.

Best Restaurants in North County

With something of a restaurant renaissance happening in North County, San Diego right now, it’s hard not to shine a spotlight on how many fantastic eateries are opening. Many long-standing favorites in central San Diego have opened second outposts in North County within the last few years, and now spots like Del Mar, Cardiff, Encinitas, and Oceanside have become North County foodie destinations for locals and visitors alike. Here are the best restaurants in North County San Diego to check out for Happy Hour or dinner after a day at the beach!

Pacifica Del Mar

1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar
Pacifica Del Mar has consistently gotten rave reviews as one of San Diego’s best ocean view restaurants featuring fine dining like steak, pasta, and seafood. It’s slightly fancier than most (white tablecloths, for example), which makes it the perfect pick for a romantic date night accompanied by a couple of glasses of wine. In the past Pacifica has gained a reputation for being a bit pricey, a special occasion place, but that’s plain silly when you can come at Happy Hour for specials like the $9 Tuesday taco duo complete with a Corona or the inexpensive sunset dinner (you wanted to be here at sunset anyway!) that includes starter and entree for less than $25.

Market Restaurant + Bar

3702 Via De La Valle, Del Mar
Despite being in a somewhat underwhelming office complex several minutes away from the beach, Market Restaurant is still serving up some of the best food in Del Mar, and many say it’s all due to the executive chef. His passion for finding the freshest local ingredients and coming up with a new menu each day based on what’s fresh new has made this is the type of place where other chefs come for fine dining and continues to get rave reviews!

Viewpoint Brewing

2201 San Dieguito Drive, Del Mar
Despite its reputation as Del Mar’s very first brewery and one of the best breweries in North County, Viewpoint is also serving up some pretty epic cuisine to pair with it. The 7,000-square-foot brewery, tasting room, and gastropub opened last summer, led by owner and chef Charles Koll and executive chef Gunnar Planter. The setting is perfect for adults and kids alike, with a view overlooking the San Dieguito Lagoon and plenty of lawn games. They have nearly a dozen beers on tap, including smooth chocolate stouts and the tropical-tinged Moesaic.

Solace & the Moonlight Lounge

25 East E Street, Encinitas
The sister restaurant to popular chef-driven Urban Solace in Hillcrest, Solace is tucked away on a quiet side street in downtown Encinitas. As one of the earliest restaurants to pop up in North County, Solace is still trendy and popular and serves up some of the best “elevated comfort food” in the city. Their food philosophy is to create modern American standards using natural ingredients, and avoid the mass-produced and artificially flavored junk that shows up even in the finest restaurants. The result is food that is never boring, always fresh, and beautifully presented; essentially, it’s comfort food for foodies! Sit upstairs in the Moonlight Lounge for the ocean view in a rustic industrial setting and live music on Sundays.

The Crack Shack

407 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas
The casual fried chicken concept created by Juniper & Ivy owner Michael Rosen made it way to Encinitas back in 2017, and the new location certainly hasn’t disappointed! At 6,000-square-feet with plenty of parking, it’s larger than the original but has the similar counter-style ordering, a see-through kitchen, and to-go window that feature its soft-serve ice cream machine and an espresso bar fueled by Lofty Coffee Co.

Specializing in chicken and egg sandwiches, the big favorites include the Royale (chicken sausage, sunny-side egg, and smoked cheddar on an English muffin) and the Coop Deville (fried chicken, pickled fresno chiles, lime mayo, and napa cabbage on brioche). And you can’t say no to the 24 taps of local craft beer and wine!

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Park 101

3040 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad
This bi-level, 8,000-square-foot complex in the heart of Carlsbad Village marries the outdoor views of a park and the vibe of a community, topped off with great food and beverage options. Kids are encouraged to play – and adults too – as they walk around a large, open-air restaurant with casual eats like sandwiches, juices, coffee, and ice cream, served with a side of board fun adult games. Guests can enjoy cornhole, life-size Connect 4, and Jenga, to name a few! On the upper Tamarack View Deck, you’ll find a more low-key adult space with wines, beers on tap, and small plates around fire pits to keep you cozy.

Campfire

2725 State St., Carlsbad
Sitting around an open fire with friends is even better when there are good food and drinks involved! And with a name like Campfire, it’s no surprise that between that and the woodsy decor, you’ll feel like you’re on a mountain retreat rather than a bustling downtown. There’s even a teepee primed and ready for the kiddos! This 6,000-square-foot, indoor/outdoor partial Quonset hut in Carlsbad is one of the most unique concept restaurants to set foot in North County and features a stunning “campground” outfitted with communal wood dining tables, a custom 12-foot hearth, fire pits, and more.

The market-driven, seasonal menu focuses on dishes made from primitive, live-fire cooking methods—using wood, charcoal, and embers. Think grilled T-bone steak, smoked chicken, whole fish preparations, and roasted vegetables. Rotating cocktails range from shareable growlers and stiff classics to fire-tinged, smoky infusions with names like Roasted Beets and Charred Cactus. And for dessert? S’mores, of course!

Land & Water Company

2978 Carlsbad Blvd #110, Carlsbad
Sustainable seafood is a big deal. Thankfully, Land & Water, helmed by local Chef Rob Ruiz, is focused on serving foodie worthy sustainable French-Cali-Japanese cuisine in a vintage restored historic building. And we’re talking seriously sustainable: all of the restaurant’s sushi is sustainable. They serve zero bluefin tuna. They serve Scottish Loch Etive steelhead (a trout related to salmon) rather than Atlantic salmon. They serve aquaculture-raised hiramasa (yellowtail) from San Diego, and serve absolutely zero frozen fish of any kind. Overall, the menu is a mix of creative sushi, yakitori, and full-on French and global cuisine.

Wrench & Rodent Seabasstropub

1815 S. Coast Hwy, Oceanside
Wrench & Rodent continues to push all kinds of boundaries with its innovative, eclectic menu of seafood dishes crafted from the fresh catch of local fishermen and some of the city’s top suppliers (Catalina Offshore Products and Specialty Produce). Tucked in the back of Oceanside’s Bull Taco, the eatery is the brainchild of Davin Waite, a local sushi chef who came up through the ranks of La Jolla’s Cafe Japengo. Items like black garlic mahi-mahi on a block of pink Himalayan salt, plant-based sushi rolls, and shishito pepper “poutine” with duck fat gravy, and other unorthodox nigiri and sashimi plates are just some of the reasons the eclectic restaurant is worth the drive.

Flying Pig Pub + Kitchen

626 S. Tremont St., Oceanside
The original Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen (they recently opened another location in Vista) was one of the first trendy restaurants of the ‘new wave’ Oceanside has seen in recent years. As members of the Slow Food movement, this meat-happy restaurant bills itself as a purely farm-to-table operation with house-made pasta, craft beer, carefully selected wines, and other artisanal, high-quality food. This means the menu regularly changes, but diners can expect weekly specials, like their special Sunday menu, Meat Mondays, or spaghetti & meatball Tuesdays.

Masters Kitchen + Cocktail

208 S. Coast Hwy, Oceanside
Occupying a storied location in town that was a former 1930s-era auto repair shop, Masters Kitchen and Cocktail now serves food and cocktails just steps away from the beach. The 165-seat “elevated casual” restaurant, which opened in 2014, serves up locally-sourced fresh plates and handmade cocktails. A longtime local favorite is the burger, served with bacon aioli, horseradish-chive cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles on a bun with truffle parmesan fries. Added bonus: they now offer live music a few days a week, which makes this a fun destination for an uptown date night dinner.

For more north county restaurants and tips, visit our Restaurant Guide or check out some of Encinitas’ best restaurants!

Thanksgiving at Flemings La Jolla: A 3-Course Dining Experience

This year, Flemings La Jolla is hosting an incredible three-course Thanksgiving dinner on November 22nd, starting at 11:00am.

The epic Thanksgiving feast will include all of the traditional classics, like Mixed Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast and Sliced Beef Tenderloin, and an array of sides including buttery Yukon Gold mashed potatoes and sage and brioche bread stuffing. There will also be a special three-course Children’s Menu available for just $19, so feel free to bring your little ones!

Here’s a peek at the Thanksgiving Day Menu! Adult dining reservations are $49 per person.

Appetizer

  • Artisan Bread Basket, with a selection of fresh bread and special pumpkin butter.

First Course

  • Fleming’s Chopped Salad, OR
  • Lobster Bisque

Main Course

  • Mixed Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast: with savory turkey and fresh cranberry, topped with orange and cinnamon sauce, OR
  • Sliced Beef Tenderloin, with cabernet demi glace.

The main course will be served with:

  • House-made Sage & Brioche Bread Stuffing
  • Green Beans & Onions

Sides to Share

  • Butter-Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  • Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes

Dessert

  • Apple Crisp with Chantilly cream and cinnamon, OR
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake with pumpkin spice and a gingersnap crust.

Cocktail

Fireside Rye: Knob Creek Rye, fresh grapefruit juice, and house-made chardonnay honey syrup.

View the full menu, and the Children’s Menu, here!

About Flemings La Jolla

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse in La Jolla is the ultimate steakhouse destination for food and wine lovers seeking a stylish, lively, and memorable dining experience complemented by attentive and knowledgeable service. Here, you’ll find a passion for steak and wine, reflected in an exceptional menu of hand-cut steaks, an award-winning wine program, and seasonal menu selections showcasing locally-inspired chef dishes courtesy of Chef Partner Matthew Cook, who has been at the helm of the Flemings La Jolla team for several years.

Flemings La Jolla is located at 8970 University Lane, San Diego 92122. You can make your Thanksgiving Dinner reservation online or by giving them a call at (858) 535-0078.

Top 10 Breweries in North County

We all know that the city of San Diego is a beer lover’s paradise. With over 150 craft, nano, and micro breweries and counting, San Diego County has seen an explosion of breweries and tasting rooms, especially along North County’s “Hops Highway.” But others are cropping up throughout San Diego’s 4,500 square mile region, even as far as the small, mountainside town of Alpine. You can spend all year hopping around, tasting new varieties, and never get bored. Here are the top 10 breweries in North County, San Diego!

Viewpoint Brewing

2201 San Dieguito Dr, Del Mar 92014
The relatively new Viewpoint Brewing location in Del Mar doesn’t yet have the accolades many of the more established breweries on this list have. What it does have, however, is an unbeatable view/atmosphere; overlooking the San Dieguito Lagoon, there might be no brewery with a better view within San Diego, and its outdoor patio is always playing live music. Plus, there’s some truly decadent food on the menu (like beef tartare and bone marrow), as well as a constantly rotating tap list that indulges head brewer Moe Katomski’s experimental side.

Culture Brewing Company

111 S. Cedros Ave, Suite 200, Solana Beach 92075
Culture Brewing aims high with all their beers, focusing on keeping things simple. Classic styles done beautifully is what Culture is all about. Give their Ginger Snap Red Ale, Tart Cherry Wit, and Milk Stout a try. Non-alcoholic drink options include root beers and La Croix. They also feature local artists with live music every month. The tasting room has a trendy vibe with modern-rustic flair. The Solana Beach tasting room serves up some craft beers on tap and offers patio seating for beer lovers alike.

Pizza Port

135 N. Highway 101, Solana Beach 92075
One of the earliest North County breweries, Pizza Port was previously a struggling pizza place that opened in Solana Beach which siblings, Gina and Vince Marsaglia bought in 1987. Vince started dabbling with home brewing in the storage area, and the rest is history. Pizza Port has three North County locations, so you’re never too far from a pint of beer and some Pizza Buddies!

The Lost Abbey – The Confessional

2007 San Elijo Ave., Cardiff 92007
Lost Abbey’s Cardiff tasting room, cheekily named The Confessional, serves beers from its namesake, as well as from Port Brewing and The Hop Concept. One fan raved about the fact that visitors can grab food from the pizza place next door or from Seaside Market for the perfect beer accompaniments.

Burgeon Beer Company

6350 Yarrow Dr., Suite C, Carlsbad 92011
Burgeon’s another relatively new brewery that, much like Viewpoint, is building a budding reputation and features stunning scenery. Burgeon is helping to pioneer Carlsbad’s emerging brewing scene, and there’s hardly a day that goes by when it won’t be filled with professionals lounging in the tasting room adorned with lush flora. Their Noble Miner, which won gold for session beers at the 2017 California State Fair, is as perfect of a session ale as you will ever have.

Bagby Beer Company

601 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside 92054
Bagby Beer Company is a sprawling indoor/outdoor playground for beer buffs that is kid- and dog-friendly. This popular hangout in a converted car dealership has an open-air bar on the ground floor as well as a tasting room, courtyard, patio with another bar, and ample room in which to hang out. This is a great spot for groups, and the self-contained upstairs area has a deck, a bar, and an indoor restaurant serving an eclectic menu featuring items like brie pizza, pork belly poutine, and short rib tacos.

An added bonus: the mixed drinks are strong, and the wine tasting on tap is surprisingly good – so even if you don’t like the selection of beers, you’ll find something here!

Belching Beaver

302 E Broadway, Vista 92084
Although there are various brewing locations throughout the city of San Diego, Belching Beaver decided to put its Tavern Grill in the heart of North County’s brewing hub in Vista. The tavern is a rustic indoor/outdoor patio with fire pits and two spacious hangout areas, both of which your furry friend is welcome to join you in. The tavern offers lunch Wednesday through Sunday, and dinner Monday through Friday, with a weekday Happy Hour. There are over 60 types of beer on tap to choose from, plus wine tasting for beer lovers bringing along a non-beer drinking buddy.

Mother Earth Brewing

206 Main Street, Vista 92084
Founded and opened in 2008 by three passionate home brewers based in a humble garage, Mother Earth Brew Co. had one goal: to create distinguished, hand-crafted beers that stimulate sensory conversation and a desire for the next sip. Today, they brew in a 2000 plus sq. foot facility with two available tasting rooms in Vista. If you’re hungry, there are plenty of local places to grab a bite on Main St. But if you wait a minute, someone will show up with menus and will do the ordering and pick up for you. It’s totally legit. Just make sure to pay after you get your food.

New English Brewing

11545 Sorrento Valley Rd Ste 305, San Diego 92121
Sorrento Valley’s New English Brewing focuses on producing English-style ales, West Coast IPAs, barrel-aged brews, light beer styles, and coffee stouts. Enjoy from a selection of 16 to 20 beers on tap, including one nitro tap and one cask-conditioned tap, as well as local food trucks on Thursdays. Customer favorites include the Pure and Simple IPA, Zumbar Imperial Stout, Whole Lotta Hazy IPA, and Blueberry Blonde. Mega fans will appreciate their Growler Club.

Mason Ale Works

2002 South Coast Hwy., Oceanside 92054
Mason Ale Works is the in-house brewery of Urge Gastropub and Whiskey Bank, a full-service venue offering cocktails, wine, a selection of whiskeys and a large selection of beers, including nine Mason offerings. This busy spot has an upbeat, festive vibe in a large rustic room; the bar area can feel like a sports bar. Food first: We enjoyed crispy Brussels sprouts with bacon, smoked dates and candied nuts; blue cheese sliders; and a beef short rib burger with fries.

Start with the tasting menu, $2 to $3 a pour. The Imperial Coffee Stout tasted like a smooth strong cup of java. Two fruit-flavored concoctions, the Mahalo Nui Loa (Hawaiian pineapple juice) and the Gose Be Trippin’ (mango), had strong aftertastes.

Bonus: Stone Brewing Company

1999 N. Citracado Parkway, Escondido
We would be remiss to write about North County breweries without mentioning Stone Brewing! The 800-pound gorilla of San Diego indie brewers just celebrated its 20th anniversary in production, and is still going as strong as ever with their recent brewery opening in Berlin, Germany. Their original North County location, its main production facility, offers brewery tours, a gift shop and growler outlet, and lovely grounds that encompass the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, a fine-dining restaurant. The restaurant stands on its own as a destination, and the bars have dozens of beers from Stone and “guest” brewers.

With the copious amounts of beer on tap, local favorites are the Stone Vanilla Bean Porter, a creamy dark brew, and the 20th Anniversary Encore Series: Vertical Epic Ale, a resurrection of a fan favorite 2002 Belgian-style brew with a nice touch of orange and spice.

For more information on local breweries, check out our complete Guide to San Diego Breweries!

Where to Have Thanksgiving Dinner in La Jolla

Thanksgiving is a time to express gratitude, take pleasure in the company of others, and dive into some amazing food; but if you don’t have time this year to cook up a huge meal for your family, or if you just want to spend time relaxing on your holiday, don’t fret–you can still have a great meal and day by trying out some of the excellent restaurants that La Jolla has to offer. We’ve rounded up the best La Jolla restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, November 22nd. Whether you’re a Thanksgiving traditionalist or adventurer, we’ve got something for you.

Flemings La Jolla

Join Flemings Steakhouse La Jolla for a three-course Thanksgiving feast for just $49 per person, including classics like the Mixed Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast, or Sliced Beef Tenderloin. Sides include delicious butter-mashed sweet potatoes or Yukon Gold mashed potatoes. And bring the kids, too! This year, they have created a special three-course Thanksgiving Children’s Menu for just $19.

Thanksgiving dinner will be served from 11:00am on. Reservations are highly encouraged, as this well sell out! Call 858-535-0078 or visit their website to reserve your table.

The Marine Room

With a breathtaking ocean view, the Marine Room is a great spot a for high-class Thanksgiving dining. The holiday menu also offers a wide variety of dishes for the occasion, so if you don’t like turkey, that’s okay! You’ll have plenty of options. Celebrate the day with a mouthwatering filet mignon or an almond-crusted Swordfish cooked to perfection.

Seating is open and available on November 22 from 12pm to 7 pm. Be sure to make a reservation ahead of time by calling 866.644.2351 or visiting their website.

NINE-TEN

Nine-Ten (located within the Grande Colonial Hotel) offers an unparalleled dining experience day of the year, November 22nd being no exception! This year they are offering a three-course, prix-fixe meal for $75 per person ($110 with wine pairings). In addition to the chefs’ dedication to using only the freshest local products, their innovative and creative style guarantees a unique meal that’s worth the visit.

Reservations are required, so call (858) 964-5400 to grab a spot between 3:30 and 8:30 pm. Children 12 and below get a discounted price of $25.

A. R. Valentien

A.R. Valentien is located in The Lodge at Torrey Pines, La Jolla’s world famous five-diamond hotel. If you’re looking for luxury, you’ve come to the right place. The wooden interior and seating overlooking the golf course give this spot the feeling of a high-end country club. This is a great spot for anyone who enjoys a traditional, all-out thanksgiving meal. The Lodge is also a great option for anyone who has family coming in from out of town.

This year, the restaurant is offering a four-course prix fixe meal featuring the tastes of the season. Dinner will be served from 4pm-10pm. We recommend you make a reservation, which you can do either by calling (858) 453-4420 or visiting their website.

The Shores Restaurant

Pick and choose from your favorite holiday treats at The Shores Restaurant (located at La Jolla Shores Hotel)! This Thanksgiving buffet is stuffed to the brim with anything you could want – including a variety of savory appetizers; delicious main courses including Red Sage Peppercorn Brined Carolina Tom Turkey and BBQ Rub Angus Prime Rib Roast; seasonal sides, delicious pies, and sweet treats. Its diverse, all-you-can-eat menu makes it perfect for big groups or picky eaters.

In addition to the fantastic variety, the Shores offers some of the best prices. Adults eat for $64 per person, while children can eat for anywhere from $5 to $38 depending on age. Food will be served from 10:00am-7:00pm. Reservations aren’t required, but for anyone who loves buffets as much as we do, it’s a good idea to secure your spot by calling 866.644.2630 or going online.

George’s California Modern

Are you looking for something a little more “advanced?” California Modern, part of the infamous George’s at the Cove, can help with that. The chefs offer creative takes on Thanksgiving classics. It’s a three course meal, so you can sample a persimmon salad, stinging nettle spaghetti, or beef tartare without having to give up your full turkey dinner. And since George’s is known for their seafood, of course we have to recommend the fish tacos.

Meals are $62 per person, with one choice of appetizer, entree, and dessert. The special menu will available from 3:00-8:00pm. Make a reservation by calling (858) 454-4244 or visiting their website.

Duke’s La Jolla

Sometimes all you want is to relax with your family, breathe in the fresh ocean air, and have a good meal. Duke’s keeps it simple with their Thanksgiving Dinner Special, and there is a smaller portioned version for children. You get all the goodies and fixings you would if you were at home, but with the addition of stellar patio seating and a view of the waterside cliffs that can’t be beat. Don’t forget to leave room for the pumpkin pie!

It’s also one of the most economical options, especially for big groups or groups with younger guests. Reservations aren’t necessary, but if you’d like to make one you can call (858) 454-5888 or visit their website.

Eddie V’s

Eddie V’s will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings this year – complete with Brioche Sage Stuffing and hand-whipped potatoes, to name a few! If you’re not feeling festive, you can always order from the regular menu; no one could blame you for eyeing the Chilean sea bass or lobster tacos at this well-known seafood destination in La Jolla.

Both menus will be served from 11:00am-9:00 pm. Reservations are recommended –call (619) 615-0281 or head here.

Stay tuned for more Thanksgiving tips, ideas, and events!

Flemings La Jolla Hosts Whiskey & Wine Dinner

On Friday, October 26th at 6:30pm, Flemings La Jolla will host an incredible Whiskey & Wine Dinner at their restaurant. The event will feature an incredible five-course meal prepared by Flemings exclusively for the event, paired with a series of barrel-aged wine and handcrafted whiskey cocktails – and we are giving away two tickets!

GIVEAWAY

We are giving away two tickets to this exclusive Whiskey & Wine Dinner! Tickets are valued at $100 per person. Entries must be submitted by October 24th, 2018. To enter, visit our Giveaway PageIf you win, you’ll receive an email with instructions and details on the event!

Here’s the menu breakdown for this delicious five-course dinner pairing.

flemings la jolla wine whiskey dinner

First Course

King Crab Salad: roasted corn, avocado, smoked chili lavash crackers
Beverage Pairing: Bourbon Smash (fresh lemon, house-made simple syrup, basil)

Second Course

Seared Ahi Tuna: roasted cauliflower, arugula, Castelvetrano olive vinaigrette
Beverage Pairing: Watermelon Rye (Jack Daniel’s rye, alpine vermouth, watermelon, mint)

Third Course

Maple-Bourbon Glazed Pork Belly: butternut squash, brussels sprouts hash, toasted hazelnuts.
Beverage Pairing: Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon served neat.

Fourth Course

Duo of Beef: Wagyu New York strip, Braised Short Ribs, shiitake mushroom risotto, cabernet demi glace sauce, pickled onions.
Beverage Pairing: 1000 Stories Gold Rush Red California, 2016

Fifth Course

Apple Bacon Butter Cake: warm butter cake, sautéed apples & bacon, vanilla ice cream
Served with: coffee & hot tea.

About Flemings Prime Steakhouse

Fleming’s La Jolla is located at 8970 University Center Lane, San Diego 92122. Flemings’ menu is filled with your fresh favorites and a local chef’s table that changes monthly with fresh produce and seasonal flavors. The bar manager here has curated a wide selection of locally selected wines, handcrafted cocktails, and distilled spirits for all palettes.

This fall’s Whiskey & Wine Dinner features several select, high quality whiskeys, including Woodford Reserve, Jack Daniels, and Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon. The fourth course will be paired with a delicate barrel-aged wine: Gold Rush Red California (2016) by 1000 Stories Wine.

Where to Find the Best Mexican Food in San Diego

One of the best things about San Diego is its plethora of incredible authentic Mexican food and drink – from quick and easy to sit-down fine dining, there is no shortage of it here! We’ve rounded up the very best Mexican food in San Diego, all the way from downtown to North County. Here’s where to go next time you’ve got that craving!

Puesto

Puesto put down its roots in La Jolla several years ago, and has been a beloved local favorite ever since. The cozy, open air restaurant has reached national acclaim for its Mexico City-style tacos complete with fresh blue corn handmade tortillas, crispy melted cheese, and scratch salsas courtesy of Executive Chef/Partner Luisteen Gonzalez and Executive Creative Chef Katy Smith. Puesto has been awarded as the people’s choice for best taco at the notable Tacolandia competition for the past three years, and has been named a delicious taco destination by USA TODAY.

What to get: tacos! Come here for your next Taco Tuesday – their taco options range from traditional carnitas to zucchini with nopales (a type of cactus), in addition to snacks like chicharrónes and ceviche. The drinks menu is basically an homage to Mexico, and includes the classic margaritas, and impressive tequila and mezcal list, plus beers and wines from Valle de Guadalupe.

El Indio

Opened in 1940, this landmark in Mission Hills is a casual, family-run Mexican restaurant that still manages to be cozy, delicious, and consistently good. Their menu includes an extensive lineup of classic authentic Mexican dishes, including enchiladas, tamales, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, chimichangas, beans and rice, and more. Or if you’re feeling bold you can try some carne asada fries with chips and salsa on the side. Enjoy the authentic Mexican ingredients you know and love!

What to get: some say El Indio invented the taquito, and although that might be up for debate, they are definitely the restaurant’s specialty. The crispy rolled tacos come in beef, chicken, or potato and can be topped with cheese, guacamole, or sour cream.

Las Cuatro Milpas

If you’re in the Barrio Logan area, this is definitely where to go for Mexican food. There’s always a long line outside this super no-frills, cash-only taqueria, so use that time to figure out what you want (don’t worry, the menu isn’t long).

What to get: the rolled tacos slathered in sour cream and cheese, along with the rice and beans with chorizo served with two flour tortillas. Everything is made fresh daily, right there in-house, and the spot has been a San Diego staple for decades.

Galaxy Taco

Located in the heart of downtown La Jolla Shores, this colorful, sunny restaurant is known for its non-traditional take on Mexican street food—you can add uni to your guacamole, and the Tres Leches cake is made of sweet potato. The spot serves a variety of classic and updated regional Mexican dishes, ranging from tostadas, to tlayudas, to grilled fish, alongside a stacked craft cocktail menu with plenty of agave spirits and cocktails involved. The vibe is light enough for happy hour with friends, but still polished enough for date night, a work lunch, or a family meal.

What to get: any of the tacos or shared plates. Their fresh tortillas are definitely a must-try: they’re made in-house, using heirloom blue corn sourced from small-scale farms back in Oaxaca. With at least six taco options at any given time and an extensive roster of larger shared apps, you can’t go wrong with trying a combination of items.

The Taco Stand

What originally started in downtown La Jolla as a small, casual taco place has now expanded to three locations across San Diego County. The cozy spot, made to resemble a Mexican taco stand, is still cranking out Tijuana-style tacos in its original brick-and-mortar storefront in La Jolla.

What to get: favorites include the classic al pastor; the Sonora taco with steak, cheese, beans, guacamole, onions and cilantro in a flour tortilla and the grilled mahi mahi. Vegetarians can also try the nopal taco, with grilled cactus, cheese, cilantro sauce tomato and avocado—vegans can swap out the cheese for beans.

Tacos El Gordo

With its flagship location in Tijuana, Mexico, Tacos El Gordo delivers truly excellent authentic Mexican cuisine. The taco shop makes its own homemade corn tortillas, serves top-grade meat, and uses fresh ingredients in its house-made guacamole and salsas.

Located south of downtown in Chula Vista, Tacos El Gordo’s motto is that every customer is family. What to get: there is no wrong choice when it comes to the tacos, but popular ones include the tender and flavorful adobada (spiced pork), the succulent lengua (beef tongue) and the traditional tripa (beef tripe). The restaurant also serves Mexican soda. The best part? All tacos cost less than $2.50!

Super Cocina

Super Cocina seems like another unassuming storefront in City Heights, but what isn’t obvious on the surface becomes so once the food is sampled. The cooking here is more like what you’d find in a Mexican home than a traditional restaurant, with dishes like chicken in cilantro sauce or pork in a chile Colorado sauce often featured alongside red or green posole. Super Cocina also offers a catering service, which means you can bring its bright flavors to homes all over San Diego.

What to get: the Chicken Mole Poblano is a classic favorite. The chicken is simmered in a rich brown sauce made from poblano chiles and chocolate, and the flavor is like nothing else here in San Diego.

El Comal

El Comal is a cozy, homestyle Mexican joint in North Park that’s particularly loved for its thick, homemade corn tortillas, enchiladas, gorditas, red or green pozole, and variety of other regional Mexican dishes.

This place also has a long cocktail list, with many different kinds of tasty margaritas, micheladas, and other Mexican drinks, as well as a happy hour special where beer costs just $3.
What to get: start with a cup of the Pozole, and finish off with an order of the enchiladas or gorditas. You can’t go wrong with any of the authentic classics!

La Puerta

If you’re looking for great, traditional Mexican food in the Gaslamp Quarter, this is the place to be! Street food-style tacos might be the meal du jour in San Diego, but this sleek place on Fourth Avenue also delivers heartier family recipes in quesadillas, sopas, and specialty burritos, like “The California” made with Arranchera Steak, French fries, and grilled onion.

La Puerta offers over 100 different tequilas and mezcals, as well as raicillas, sotols, and bacanoras with fresh lime. Just ask the bar staff for guidance – they’ll give you a great recommendation. This is an affordable, casual, and festive spot that’s great for groups or even a casual date night.  What to get: Street tacos and the guacamole, or the delicious California burrito. Pro-tip: come for Happy Hour, which runs 3pm-7pm on weekdays and features half off a bunch of different menu items.

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Oscar’s Mexican Seafood

San Diego is well known for having some incredible fish tacos (and some of the best in the entire state), seeing as they were invented just down the road in Ensenada (which is about an hour and a half south of the border).

What to get: There are many places to find great ones in San Diego, but local mini-chain Oscar’s churns out a perfect version of the classic fried fish in a corn tortilla with cabbage, chipotle mayo, crema and salsa bandera. Head to their Pacific Beach location, which is right next to the ocean, for maximum effect.

El Agave Tequileria

If you’re looking for mole and mezcal, this is your spot! Some of the best mole turns up at this high-end Old Town San Diego Mexican restaurant featuring excellent, authentic regional dishes made with fresh ingredients. Their drink list consists of more than 2,000 types of tequilas and various mezcals, and their customer service in an upscale-rustic setting seals the deal.

What to get: Any of their mole dishes. You’ll find seven different variations, including the traditional mole poblano, mole verde, and mole negro as well as veggie mole and Ahogado en Natas, which is chicken or pork smothered in guajillo and puya chili and a touch of nata (reduced milk) and served with agave style rice. Pair it with a specialty drink with tequila or a margarita and you’re set!

Try these Mexican eateries for some of the best Mexican food in San Diego! Or, for more restaurant and dining ideas, head to our complete restaurant directory or check out our La Jolla Restaurant Guide!

San Diego Restaurant Week: La Jolla Edition

San Diego Restaurant Week happens twice a year (January and then again in September or October) and is one of the most exciting culinary events of the season. Participating San Diego County and La Jolla restaurants offer designated fixed-cost menus throughout the week, each being two or three courses – an appetizer (sometimes two), a main dish, and a dessert. Most restaurants participate in either lunch or dinner, though some are doing both this year, and some choose to do a prix-fixe menu instead. Here are some of our picks for San Diego Restaurant Week in La Jolla!

For Lunch

Puesto

Where: 1026 Wall Street, La Jolla 92037
Cost: $15 per person
Cuisine/What to Get: Mexican, seafood. Puesto is a chic, casual spot that’s known for their epic tacos and incredible margaritas! Taco options include Chicken al pastor, zucchini and cactus, Maine lobster, and plenty more. There is a great selection of shared plates, bowls, and appetizers, as well as a few traditional Mexican desserts.

Spice & Rice Thai Kitchen

Where: 7734 Girard Ave #C, La Jolla 92037.
Cost: $10 per person for two courses
Cuisine/What to Get: Thai, Asian, fusion. From traditional noodle dishes like Pad Thai to main courses like yellow curry, cashew nut chicken, and Thai stir fry, there is plenty to choose from on this extensive menu! As one of the only Thai restaurants in La Jolla, this is a great spot to grab a casual lunch during the week – and it won’t break the bank.

Brockton Villa

Where: 1235 Coast Blvd, La Jolla 92037
Cost: $15 per person for two courses; two courses with wine pairing $20
Cuisine/What to Get: American, California, contemporary. Housed in a beautiful historic cottage right on the coast (with great ocean views), Brockton Villa is a great place for a more casual lunch. Main dishes include Beer Braised Corned Beef Sandwich, a Grilled Atlantic Salmon BLT, and a Cove Club. For dessert, we suggest their ‘world famous’ Coast Toast, which is a rich French Toast topped with vanilla ice cream.

Olive and Basil

Where: 8008 Girard Ave No 220, La Jolla 92037
Cost: $15 per person for two courses
Cuisine/What to Get: Greek, Mediterranean, Persian, seafood. Enjoy incredible Mediterranean food just steps away from La Jolla Cove! Olive and Basil is a great lunch deal for SDRW. The Hummus Platter is the way to go for the appetizer; main dishes include items like a chicken skewer plate, Gyro plate, and their signature Olive and Basil Pasta. You can add baklava or Persian ice cream to your meal for an extra $6.

Galaxy Taco

Where: 2259 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla 92037
Cost: $20 for two courses
Cuisine/What to Get: Galaxy Taco is a chic casual spot for tacos down at La Jolla Shores, and a great lunch spot for during the week. Shareable appetizers include made-to-order guacamole, Mexican chicken and rice soup, and a Mexican Caesar Salad. For the main dish, diners can choose any two tacos from their selection of nine – including Baja fried fish, Barbacoa short rib, Quesa Carnitas, and grilled avocado; to name a few! It’s a kid-friendly spot (complete with a kids menu), so this is a great place for families.

For Dinner

Catania

Where: 7863 Girard Avenue #301, La Jolla 92037
Cost: $50 per person for three courses; entire menu is available
Cuisine/What to Get: Italian, contemporary. Catania is known for its authentic, handcrafted Italian dishes. We recommend starting with the Wagyu Beef Carpaccio or the Braised Beef Meatballs, both of which are hit appetizers. Main entrées on the Restaurant Week Menu include a variety of pizzas, pastas, and a few select fish (including Whole Branzino and Grilled Swordfish) and chicken dishes.

Mustangs & Burros

Where: 9700 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla 92037 (at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa)
Cost: $30 per person for three courses
Cuisine/What to Get: Delight in a delicious three-course dinner on Mustangs & Burros’ hacienda patio this SDRW. This casual La Jolla restaurant serves up Baja-inspired cuisine for lunch and dinner; creative dishes are both locally inspired and locally sourced by the in-house culinary team, who also take a personalized approach to an innovative spirits program. Special new Baja-inspired entrée options for Restaurant Week include grilled Mahi Mahi, Bavette steak with lobster-corn risotto, and pan-seared duck with cherry balsamic.

The Grill at Torrey Pines

Where: 11480 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla 92037
Cost: $40 per person for three courses
Cuisine: American, California contemporary. Complete with a beautiful backdrop, the Grill at Torrey Pines sits atop the cliffs next to Torrey Pines State Reserve and the golf course, inside the Lodge at Torrey Pines. The spot is known for its fresh take on California cuisine and dedication to farm-to-table fare. For appetizers, we recommend the Ahi Tuna Carpaccio or the Green Goddess Salad. Entrée items include Wood-grilled Tri-Tip and a yummy Hot Smoked Salmon.

NINE-TEN Restaurant

Where: 910 Prospect Street, La Jolla (inside the Grande Colonial Hotel)
Cost: $50 per person for three courses; $75 per person with wine pairings
Cuisine/What to Get: American, California. NINE-TEN is an award-winning restaurant in the heart of the Village, known for its fresh, farm-to-table California contemporary cuisine. Appetizers include items like Short Rib Ravioli and Grilled Octopus, entrée dishes include Prime Beef Short Rib, Steelhead Salmon, and Anson Mills Far Verde + Roasted Vegetables.

Duke’s La Jolla

Where: 1216 Prospect Street, La Jolla 92037
Cost: $40 per person for three courses, your choice of entrée from a prix-fixe menu
Cuisine/What to Get: Hawaiian, Seafood, Contemporary. Duke’s has a wide ranging menu with plenty of options, including seafood, steaks, and more. We suggest starting with the classic Maui Onion Soup, followed by either the BBQ Baby Back Ribs or the Sautéed Macnut & Herb Crusted, which is a parmesan and panko-dusted fresh fish topped with tomato lemon caper butter, jasmine rice, and bok choy macadamia nut slaw.

The Marine Room

Where: 2000 Spindrift Dr., La Jolla 92037
Cost: $50 per person for three courses
Cuisine/What to Get: French, Seafood. The Marine Room is a world-class restaurant that sits right on the water and treats diners to incredible views of the crashing waves as they eat. You can’t go wrong with any dish on the menu here! Our favorite appetizer is the Lobster Bisque, while some of the delicious dinner menu available specially for Restaurant Week include Red Walnut Zaatar Coated Maine Diver Scallops and Sea Salt Crispy Skin Branzino. Signature entrées (regular menu items) are available for $15 more per person.

George’s at the Cove: Ocean Terrace

Where: 1250 Prospect St., La Jolla 92037
Cost: $30 per person for three courses
Cuisine/What to Get:American, contemporary, California. George’s at the Cove is famous for its sweeping ocean views and incredible patio dining. You just can’t beat the atmosphere for a night out with great food! Appetizer menu items for Restaurant Week include an assortment of small seafood plates (grilled octopus, fresh fish tacos, and Ahi tostadas), and this year’s dinner options on the Restaurant Week menu include Spaghetti with Clams, Sesame Crusted Tombo, Grilled Faroe Island Salmon, and Pork Tacos; to name a few!

For more information on all of the La Jolla restaurants participating in SDRW, including those in downtown San Diego and the rest of San Diego county, visit sandiegorestaurantweek.com!

 

 

Planning a Date Night in Encinitas

As a fun coastal beach town with a laid-back vibe, Encinitas, California is a great location to have a date night with your significant other! Because the gorgeous coastline stretches across this gorgeous San Diego neighborhood, you’ll get to incorporate the water into your evening plans while enjoying the best Encinitas bars, restaurants, and more. Here are ten great date night ideas in the city of Encinitas!

 

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Have a bonfire at Moonlight Beach.

Pack up a cuddling blanket and your favorite stuff to barbecue and head to Moonlight Beach in Encinitas for a romantic evening! Keep it simple by simply making s’mores and bring a bottle of wine. Be sure to get there early to stake out one of the eight fire pits for your sunset grilling session. You can also bring your own grill to South Carlsbad State Beach or use one of the fire rings at Oceanside Beach and make your own party of two.

Cozy up with some live music and dinner.

One of Encinitas’ best restaurants is Solace and the Moonlight Lounge. Known for its cozy atmosphere and unique take on elevated comfort food, this is a great place for a date night. Every Sunday Night, you’ll be treated to live music in the Moonlight Lounge from 7 to 9pm; an added bonus to impress that special someone! Menu food specials for Sunday evenings include Oyster Specials and Buttermilk Fried Jidori Chicken.

Do some wine tasting at Solterra.

You don’t have to drive all the way to Temecula to do some wine tasting in San Diego! Encinitas has its very own beachside winery and tasting room: Solterra Winery + Kitchen. Located right on Highway 101, this Encinitas restaurant offers everything from wine tastings and bottles to-go, to an all-you-can-eat Mediterranean tapas buffet. Sit at the bar for wine-tasting and sample six of their wines at a time, or stick to a single selection by the glass, bottle, or get an entire growler of wine on tap.

Solterra winery also hosts live music most Friday and Saturday nights, so be sure to double check their event calendar before you go!

Catch a movie at the historic La Paloma Theater.

The magic of going to a movie theater on a date may have been lost when the gigantic multiplexes took the reins from the quaint, hometown theaters; but it’s different at the La Paloma Theater! Take a stroll back through time by visiting this historic spot along the 101 for an evening. The venue opened in 1928, and still maintains much of its charm. You may not find the latest blockbuster here, but you will always find a weekly midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and other select indie films.

 

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Have a picnic at Oakcrest Park.

Oakcrest Park is a big grassy area on a hillside with shade trees, picnic tables, and BBQs, which makes it a perfect place to post up with a blanket and some sandwiches with your partner. If you’re in the mood for games, you’ll find a sporting area with a children’s playground, two half basketball courts, a Bocce ball area, and horseshoe pits right next to the park. Two trailheads lead from the west end of the park into the hills, offering a fun way to stretch your legs once you’ve finished picnicking.

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Get competitive at a local Trivia Night.

Impress your date with your vast knowledge! Trivia Nights have become incredibly popular in San Diego the past few years, and there are great bars and pubs all over the county that host them weekly. There are several in Encinitas alone! Regal Seagull hosts one every Tuesday, D Street Bar & Grill holds them on Thursdays, and Schooner Station Pizzeria hosts them on Tuesdays as well.

Have cocktails by the sea.

The city of Encinitas boasts a great bar scene, and a wide variety of pubs, saloons, and romantic cocktail bars. If you’re just looking to have a few drinks and chat with your date, try Union Kitchen & Tap or the Bier Garden of Encinitas for a slightly livelier atmosphere. 3rd Corner Wine Shop & Bistro has a cozier, restaurant-style vibe, but they have a great daily Happy Hour and is a must-try for wine lovers! You can even pick up your own bottle at their wine shop and take it to-go for a picnic by the sea.

Encinitas, California is a great place for your next San Diego date night! With a wide variety of incredible restaurants, bars, pubs, outdoor activities, and other things to do, we can guarantee you and your partner won’t have to worry about what to do next. For even more things to do, check out our 10 must-dos in Encinitas or browse surrounding neighborhoods such as Del Mar.

Balboa Park Dining

Balboa Park is a true San Diego gem, and with dozens of museums, gardens, cultural activities, and outdoor adventures, there are many ways to spend your day here. But after all that exploring, you’re bound to need some sustenance! Several new cafes have popped up in the park in recent years, and there is certainly no shortage of delicious restaurants to enjoy a great meal after a day of adventuring. Here’s your insider’s guide to Balboa Park dining, from casual to elevated cuisine.

The Prado

The park’s only fine dining spot is located in the historic House of Hospitality and is another offshoot run by the Cohn Restaurant Group. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner seven days a week, except Mondays when it’s closed for dinner. The historic building only adds to its quaint, unique charm, and it’s a great spot to enjoy a date night in San Diego or an evening with friends.

Prime dinner reservations are hard to come by on weekend nights, but if you put your name in at the hostess stand 10 minutes before dinner service begins at 5, you might get lucky with a scenic patio table. Another best-kept secret here is their Happy Hour menu, with $4-$5 wines and $5-$8 appetizers; it runs from 4pm-6pm/8pm-10 on Tuesdays-Fridays and 8pm-11pm Fridays and Saturdays. Address: 1549 El Prado, San Diego.

Specials at The Prado

  • MOPA Thursday Night Dinner Package: The Museum of Photographic Art and The Prado have teamed up to bring you culture and cuisine in Balboa Park. Visit The Prado on Thursday Nights through September 2nd and enjoy their MOPA Thursday Night Dinner Package. The package includes a 3-course dinner with a bottle of wine, and two tickets to the Museum of Photographic Arts Exhibitions. The package is priced at $79.95 per couple.
  • Wine Down Wednesdays: Enjoy 50% off all bottles of wine under $75 every Wednesday. You can also bring your own bottle of wine and enjoy no corkage fees.

Panama 66

This tucked-away spot in the San Diego Museum of Art’s outdoor sculpture garden pours a rotating tap of 20-plus San Diego brews along with locally sourced salads and sandwiches. The open dining room, tucked inside a sculpture garden, hosts live music every Wednesday nights well as a popular weekend brunch.

Panama 66 has brought some much-needed night life to the park center, but do call first to check availability as it gets quite busy, especially on weekends. Evening hours can be spotty due to special bookings like weddings. Address: 1450 El Prado, San Diego.

Cafe Mingei

Need a coffee break? This speedy café serves hot and iced espresso drinks made with coffee from local roaster West Bean, plus a selection of vibrant teas, gourmet hot chocolate, and other refreshing beverages. Fresh, daily pastry selections are provided by a variety of local bakeries including Cardamom and The Cravory (cookies). Located on the Plaza de Panama. Address: 2402 Pan American Rd E, San Diego.

The Tea Pavilion

If coffee isn’t your thing, just a few dozen yards away is the recently renovated outdoor cafe at the Japanese Friendship Garden, offering dozens of hot and iced green, white, oolong, herbal, and black teas, as well as sushi made fresh daily, Japanese noodles, rice, miso soup, salads, and tempura appetizers. Enjoy the magnificent views from inside the Tea Pavilion or from the outdoor courtyard and deck. There are also unique imported food, beverages, bulk teas, and gifts available for purchase. Address: 2215 Pan American Rd E, San Diego.

Lady Carolyn’s Pub

The Old Globe Theater’s outdoor food and beverage pavilion offers hearty soups in sourdough bread tureens, crisp salads, and assorted desserts and beverages (local favorites include their Italian sodas, cappuccinos, and steaming Irish Coffee). This is a great pit stop before or after you watch a show at the Theater. Address: 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego.

Home Plate Sports Café

Located in the Federal Building, (formerly the San Diego Hall of Champions), the Home Plate Sports Café offers a wide variety of choices; including deli sandwiches, freshly grilled burgers, grilled panini, salads, and wraps. Beer, wine, and specialty coffee drinks are available to sip while you watch the latest game on one of their big screen TVs. Be sure to finish off your meal with a bowl of their gelato, a local favorite! Address: 2131 Pan American Plaza, San Diego.

Craveology

Craveology is the perfect location to grab a quick lunch. It’s casual and family-friendly, and offers a great selection of items; including salads, sandwiches, wraps, flatbread pizzas and panini. For those hot days, they also offer smoothies, frappes, or specialty iced coffees. There is outdoor patio seating, located right in front of the iconic Balboa Park Bea Evenson Fountain.

Admission to the Fleet Museum is not required for a visit to Craveology, so stop by, feed your craving and enjoy the view! Address: 1875 El Prado, San Diego.

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Cafe in the Park

A wide variety of options make Cafe in the Park a perfect place to grab a bite. From salads to sandwiches, soup, paninis, baked goods, specialty coffees, and even breakfast options, this cute little cafe has something for everyone. Café in the Park is located in the Casa del Balboa building, between the San Diego History Center, and the Museum of Photographic Art.

Flight Path Grill

This is a fun, casual outdoor restaurant featuring hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, salad and more outside the San Diego Air & Space Museum (admission is required). The grill is only open on Saturdays and Sundays, from 11am to 4pm. However, during the summer, they are open for those hours daily. Enjoy your meal at a picnic table or covered cabana on the patio – there are great views here of the rest of the park. Address: 2001 Pan American Plaza, San Diego.

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Food Trucks

If you’re looking for something super-casual, try the local food truck located near Spanish Village Arts Center. The food trucks will vary by week, but one will be there every day; hours are 11:00am – 3:00pm Monday through Friday, and 11:00am – 4:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Special Dining Events

Food Truck Fridays
Every Friday evening in the summer, more than a dozen food trucks make for a pop-up food court on the Plaza de Panama and El Prado walkway. The trucks serve up everything from wood-fired pizza to boba tea and street tacos. Every Friday, there will also be different musical performers or DJs spinning live music; the Plaza’s “living room” setup will be rolled out, including a big artificial lawn for children to play on and giant family game sets.

Various Balboa Park museums will also have booths set up with hands-on activities and crafts for kids. Bonus: Admission to the San Diego Museum of Art is only $5 after 5:00pm on Friday nights! This is a great way to really experience everything Balboa Park has to offer; feel free to bring lawn chairs or a blanket to sit in the lawn area in front of the Botanical Building, or enjoy craft beers, wine, and cocktails inside nearby Panama 66 and the Prado.

Lawn Programs at the International Cottages
On Sunday afternoons, stroll the lawn and gardens among the little houses at the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages during their weekly lawn programs. From 2pm-3pm, you’ll be treated to live music, traditional dance and costumes, arts, crafts, and a wide variety of ethnic foods.

If you feel like having your own picnic, the Park is a great place to do so. There are large grassy areas and shady locations under the trees to lay down a blanket, eat a picnic lunch, and take in the sights and sounds of one of San Diego’s most iconic landmarks.

Whether you’re with the family and in the mood for something casual or out with friends, there’s definitely a dining option for everyone at Balboa Park! Take time to explore the park’s multitude of gardens, major San Diego museums, and cultural activities once you’ve enjoyed lunch or dinner; from the beloved San Diego Museum of Man to the Botanical Garden and the San Diego Natural History Museum, there are many ways to spend the day at this one-of-a-kind park.

New La Jolla Restaurant, Dominic’s Table, Opens in The Village

A new La Jolla restaurant is in town! Dominic’s Table has taken over the space formerly occupied by Roppongi on Prospect Street, and reflects owner/chef Dominic Tedesco’s “journey through life with food.” The veteran chef, who has cooked professionally for over 30 years, spent the last 15 years in Las Vegas – where he was a frequent guest on food television while he worked at the famous MGM Grand and as a private chef.

After 17 years serving up Asian fusion in La Jolla, Roppongi closed in November 2015, leaving its space empty for more than 2 years before chef and restaurateur Dominic Tedesco noticed it during a visit to San Diego last year. Tedesco was in America’s Finest City visiting a friend when he spotted the prime restaurant location – and the rest is history! Tedesco says he’s made mostly cosmetic changes to the 5,700-square-foot corner space, which includes two outdoor patios and a huge kitchen.

Menu Highlights

The Dominic’s Table international menu will change weekly, and is mostly comprised of Italian inspired dishes. There is also a Mediterranean-style raw bar along with a handful of dishes from various regions around the world, all made as authentically as possible using fresh local ingredients.

The main menu includes pizza, pasta, seafood, and meat dishes, along with a variety of sushi and sashimi rolls.

Highlights include the Baja Roll (Spicy Albacore and Yellowtail mix, avocado, cucumber, and gobo garnished with garlic mustard Ponzu, cilantro oil, Serrano Pepper, and cilantro), and the Whole Branzino (fresh Mediterranean Sea Bass in a white wine sauce with capers, olives, and cherry tomatoes served with golden mashed potatoes).

The upscale eatery will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, featuring a full bar, live jazz on Friday and Saturday nights. Breakfast and brunch will start at 8am on Sundays. For more information on the new La Jolla restaurant, visit their Facebook page or their website.

Where to Go for Taco Tuesday in La Jolla

It should come as no surprise that you can find some of the best Mexican food in San Diego, and Taco Tuesday is no exception. Taco Tuesday isn’t an occasional indulgence in Southern California; it’s a beloved weekly tradition! From beer battered to grilled, from classic cod to rare taco-fillings, restaurants in La Jolla, California have fierce competition for the best tacos. We did some serious food research to put together a list of our top recommends for Taco Tuesday in La Jolla.

Puesto La Jolla

Taco Tuesday at Puesto is a great deal. The popular La Jolla restaurant offers their Taco Tuesday specials from 3pm-close, and includes:

  • Tacos for $3.50
  • Puesto Perfect Margaritas for $9 (from 3pm-5pm)
  • Model Especial Cans for $3.50

We love the taco selection here, particularly their Chicken Al Pastor, Maine Lobster, Carnitas, and Zucchini & Cactus (a combination you definitely won’t find anywhere else in La Jolla!). Their drinks are great, as well, and their version of a traditional margarita is great on a hot day.

Puesto is located at 1026 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92037.

Galaxy Taco

Galaxy Taco opened in 2014 and is still one of the most popular taco spots in La Jolla. The second restaurant of George’s at the Cove’s Trey Foshee and located at La Jolla Shores, this cute restaurant is known for its unusual take on traditional Mexican cuisine.

Every Tuesday, Galaxy offers a #TacoTuesdayTakeover, where a guest chef creates three additional tacos for the menu. The special runs from 5pm till close, and is a great way to experience something a little different that isn’t normally on the menu.

Traditional taco options include Chicken Tinga, Grilled Fish, Mushroom, and Barbacoa Short Rib – all on delicious handmade blue corn tortillas.

Galaxy Taco is located at 2259 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA 92037.

Jose’s Courtroom

Jose’s Courtroom is a great place to unwind after a day at the beach or exploring La Jolla! Situated right on Prospect with a great view of the water and a breezy patio, Jose’s offers all kinds of traditional Mexican cuisine; including tacos! Their Taco Tuesday special goes from 3pm-6pm and includes:

  • $3 Bud Light, Pacifico, & Dos XX Draft Beer
  • $4 Well Cocktails, House Margaritas, & wines by the glass
  • $5 Cheese Quesadilla, Street Tacos (4): Pollo Asado or Carnitas, Flautas (2): Chicken or Beef

Jose’s is located at  1037 Prospect St., La Jolla 92037.

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Verdes El Ranchero


Lovingly known as The Ranch, this La Jolla restaurant has been around since 1945. It’s mere blocks from the beach, and serves up yummy classic Mexican dishes along with a renowned cheese crisp. Their Taco Tuesday runs all day, and includes:

  • $2 street tacos, including carne asada, carnitas and pollo asada
  • $3 beer-battered fish tacos

Verdes El Ranchero is located at 7404 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla, CA 92037.

Shore Rider


Shore Rider is located at La Jolla Shores and is just a few quick steps from the beach, making it a perfect Taco Tuesday destination after a day out kayaking or snorkeling. Their Taco Tuesday specials run from 3pm til close, and include:

  • $4 Model 16 oz. drafts
  • $3.50 street tacos (carnitas, chicken tinga, carne asada, blackened shrimp)
  • $4 specialty tacos (Baja Fish and Grilled Fish)
  • $4 specialty dishes, including a TJ Dog, Carnitas Mulita, Ceviche Tostada, and a Potato Flauta

Shore Rider is located at 2168 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla CA 92037.

Where to Go for Happy Hour in La Jolla

Where will you find the happiest Happy Hour La Jolla? There are definitely plenty of contenders around here! Several La Jolla restaurants have crafted unique menus that keep folks coming back. After a little recon, here are some of our top picks in the neighborhood.

We Olive & Wine Bar

This is the prime spot for wine lovers – with a view! Happy Hour is Monday-Friday from 3:30pm-6:30pm and features $3 off wines by the glass and $2 off draft beers. The wine bar is tucked away in back of the shop, and features a terrific patio with ocean views. You can try wines by the taste, glass, or bottle. If you’d rather try several different wines, we recommend the wine flight to give your taste buds some variety. They’ll bring out olive oil and balsamic pairings to try at the same time, too. If you prefer beer, don’t worry, they offer several craft varieties.

We Olive also offers perfectly paired appetizers, such as their Artisan Cheese and Charcuterie Plate and We Olive Duo Dip.

Herringbone La Jolla 

Herringbone is widely known for their take on Happy Hour in La Jolla, fondly referred to as “Oyster Hour.” It runs daily from 4pm-6pm (all evening on Mondays), and features $1 oysters, $8 cocktails, and $6 glasses of wine. The cozy spot, which opened in 2014, features a laid-back bar and lounge area with couches and comfortable seating. There is live music playing on Fridays and Saturdays, and is known for their yummy handcrafted cocktails and sangria.

Food-wise, enjoy $1 clams or choose something from the regular menu. Looking for something to share? We recommend the Local Ceviche, which is served up with a yummy combo of aquachile, jalapeño, avocado, red onion, and cilantro atop a bed of blue corn tortilla chips.

 

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Catania

For the ultimate happy hour atmosphere and ambience, we recommend Catania. Happy Hour is 3pm-6pm daily on the rooftop patio overlooking Girard Avenue, which offers wide views of the city, sky and ocean. Soak up the friendly, happily out-of-the-office atmosphere of people meeting friends, happily chatting and clinking glasses.

There’s an extensive list of drinks offered, including the popular Aperol Spritz (a summer drink infused with orange), and the Fortunella (a yummy blend of vodka, kumquat pureé, orange blossom, and prosecco). If you’re hungry, their decadent pizzas like Merguez Sausage and Fungi are only $11 each. Good to share…or tackle your own for dinner.

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The Shores Restaurant

If you’re closer to the La Jolla Shores area of town, no need to trek to the downtown La Jolla Village – hit this hidden gem right on the beach! Happy Hour is Sunday-Friday from 3pm-6pm and features an “Eight for $8” menu, where you can mix and match your choice of small bites and appetizers. Select from a variety of wines by the glass, handcrafted cocktails, and well drinks while you hang out on their beachfront patio (we love the Shores Margarita!).

 

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Duke’s La Jolla

Duke’s “Aloha Hour” goes from 3pm-close on Mondays, and 3pm-6pm Tuesday-Friday. Along with an expansive ocean view, their Barefoot Bar (where Happy Hour is located) features a yummy menu. Get $2 off all pupus (appetizers), $4 off Duke’s Favorites, $7 glasses of wine, and $5 draft beers. We love their Hawaiian spin on seafood; give the Korean Sticky Ribs or the Poke Tacos a try! Indoor seating is available if it’s a chilly day.

 

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Puesto La Jolla

Known as one of the best places to get Mexican food in San Diego, if you’re in the mood for tacos and margaritas, this is your spot! Happy Hour at Puesto is Monday-Friday from 3pm-5pm, and features a yummy assortment of Mexican inspired favorites. All tacos are $4 during Happy Hour, and you can get a Puesto Perfect Margarita for $9 (featuring Blue Agave Reposado Tequila and agave). They are known for their tacos: local favorites include Chicken Al Pastor, Maine Lobster, and their vegetarian Zucchini & Cactus tacos! The indoor/outdoor bar and lounge area is a good place for families with kids or a small group, but it does get crowded on weekends and during Happy Hour – plan to arrive early to secure a spot.

If you aren’t feeling tacos, they also offer a variety of bowls, shared plates, and seafood dishes.

Onto Dinner Next?

If your Happy Hour La Jolla is simply leading up to dinner, you may wish to stay for one of these location’s dining menus or head to a new spot. Learn more about top dinner options on our Restaurant Guide!

6 La Jolla Restaurants to Celebrate Dad

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16th – this year, treat Dad to a delicious brunch in La Jolla! Whether your dad prefers an ocean view brunch or he’s more of a tacos and beer guy, we’ve rounded up a few different La Jolla restaurants that will make Dad’s day super special. Make a whole outing of it and spend the rest of the afternoon at La Jolla Cove or down at La Jolla Shores for a beach day. Check out must-dos and what to see with our La Jolla Cove guide.

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Caroline’s Seaside Cafe

8610 Kennel Way, La Jolla, CA 92037

Looking to treat dad to brunch with an ocean view? Caroline’s Seaside Cafe, located at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography campus, is the perfect spot. Brunch is offered from 8am to 2pm.

What to get: Beef short ribs “hash” & eggs served with peppers, onions, potatoes and toast ($12).

Sadly, Caroline’s does not take reservations and you order at the counter before choosing a seat. Tip: Paid parking is available on the adjacent parking lots during weekends only. UCSD students receive 30% off with student ID.

 

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Puesto La Jolla

1026 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92037

If your dad prefers lunch tacos over brunch fare, then Puesto La Jolla is the top choice! Puesto boasts some of the most authentic and delicious Mexican food in town, and is always a great family choice because of the casual atmosphere. They’re open on Saturday from 11am to 10pm, and on Sunday from 11am to 9pm. 

What to get: Try the Chicken Al Pastor tacos – it’s one of their specialties. Splurge on a Frozen Horchata For A Cause: $1 from the sale of every horchata will be donated to a local charity, which changes monthly (ask your server which one is up for June).

This is a popular spot so be sure to make reservations days in advance. Parking is also tricky so give yourself plenty of time.

The Marine Room

2000 Spindrift Dr., La Jolla, CA 92037

Treat Dad to a special brunch buffet that he will always remember! Enjoy an amazing selection of hearty main courses like their Signature Seafood Crepes, Ancho Coffee Roasted Angus Prime Rib, and Blackberry Wine Braised Kruobuta Pork Cheeks. Father’s Day Brunch will be offered on Sunday, June 16th, from 10am to 2pm.  Á la carte dinner specials will be available starting at 5:30 pm.

Cost: $82 per person, $45 for children 6 to 10 years, children 5 and under free.

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Pro-tip: If you’ve yet to experience a High Tide Dinner, be sure to put it on your summer bucket list!

Piatti La Jolla

2182 Avenida De La Playa., La Jolla, CA 92037

Nestled in the La Jolla Shores neighborhood, Piatti’s inviting atmosphere and delicious Italian food is a great option for a Father’s Day lunch!

What to get: Benedetto Con Salmone, Uova Con Salsa Verde, or the Pizza Chorizo! Weekend brunch is served from 10am to 2pm. 

Tip: Both lunch and brunch menus are available during this time.

The Shores Restaurant

8110 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla, CA 92037

Show Dad how much you love him with an oceanfront brunch buffet. You’ll find a range of yummy options during this special Father’s Day Brunch – everything from Cinnamon Raisin Brioche French Toast to Slow Roasted Prime Rib of Beef. Enjoy plenty of tasty sides, a complete children’s station, and more. Brunch will be offered on Sunday June 16th from 10am to 2pm, and admission is $64 per adult.

How will you be celebrating Father’s Day? Looking for more food options? Check out our ultimate guide to La Jolla restaurants here.

Sugar & Scribe: Chef Maeve Dishes on What’s Next for La Jolla’s Favorite Bakery

Since its revamp and reopening in 2015, Sugar & Scribe has quickly become a La Jolla favorite: delicious baked goods, sandwiches the way your mom used to make them, and sweet treats, all infused with a touch of old-world Irish magic. Chef Maeve is a veritable force in the restaurant industry, and takes pride in having built her business from the ground up.

Chef Maeve

It was a sunny day when we stepped into Sugar & Scribe for lunch; the doors were wide open, and we were greeted with Chef Maeve’s characteristically contagious grin as she came from the kitchen. While we waited for some new menu samples, the restaurant was buzzing with activity, and we got the chance to chat with Maeve about this year’s exciting updates; her inspiration for the new menu; and where she sees the bakery in five years.

To this day, Chef Maeve creates everything on the menu completely from scratch, and takes much of her inspiration from her homeland in Ireland. Ingredients are locally-sourced when they can be, and the entire team at the restaurant (including Maeve’s husband, Andrew) have full input when it comes to crafting the next menu.

New Menu: Fresh Favorites & Classic Comfort Food

The La Jolla restaurant’s brand new menu has made its debut, and we are loving it. This particular menu iteration took a lot of teamwork and multiple test batches; it kept the staples of her old menu, but she felt ready to experiment and mix things up a little. Maeve’s goal here was to take food items that already exist, and do something totally different with them. She was inspired, in part, by one of her chefs – Chef Bernard – and the way he utilizes everyday items in unusual ways. She worked tirelessly with her entire team to fully flesh out the menu, and it shows.

For Maeve, the best part about cooking is  being able to “serve emotions;” to create food that people don’t just simply taste. We had the opportunity to sample some of Maeve’s favorite items, including:

The Loaded King Sandwich: An open-face sandwich packed with BBQ beef, Fontina cheese, grilled onions, and an egg cooked any way you like. The BBQ beef is cooked “low and slow,” in Maeve’s words: “the only way to go!” The meat takes six hours to slow-cook, and its flavors are a scrumptious combination of the best parts of both Kansas City and Texas barbecue.

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Farmers Salad: Fresh, packed with fresh veggies, and decidedly not just another lunchtime salad! Tons of greens, radishes, sliced chicken, corn, goat cheese, avocado, and tomatoes are all topped with a tangy-sweet poblano honey dressing. The salad is a quirky blend of Maeve’s Irish heritage, with a little bit of a Baja twist; it’s still one of her favorite things on the menu.

Nutella Nuts French Toast: This was a serious treat. Cinnamon Brioche toast is topped with strawberry compote, Nutella, strawberries, vanilla bean whipped cream, and toasted almonds. It’s fluffy, light, and totally decadent – just the way French Toast should be!

Seasonal Mimosas: These are must-haves if you’re here for brunch. We tried the lemon lavender and the tangerine, which were delicious – crafted with house-made lemonade and fresh-squeezed juice, both flavors of the new mimosas are light, fresh, and just tangy enough. The best part? They’re bottomless!

Don’t worry; all the favorites and classics from their old menu are still available! The restaurant/bakery has an even larger selection of sandwiches, salads, house specialties (like Rochford Shepherd’s Pie and the Full Irish Breakfast), and baked goods, coffee, tea, and specialty drinks.

What’s Next for Chef Maeve and Sugar & Scribe

This has already proven to be an exciting year for Chef Maeve and the team at Sugar & Scribe La Jolla. Along with the new menu, they’ve revamped their outside patio and added waiter service. They’ve also seriously upped their coffee game, and are now brewing espresso and drip coffee from Dark Horse Roasters and nitro and cold brew from Bird Rock Coffee Roasters down the road. Pro-tip: their new Charcoal Latte with Micro-Fuchsia is a must-try!

The restaurant, this year alone, won not one but four Village News Readers’ Choice Awards: Best Desserts, Best Pastry, Best Pet-Friendly Restaurant, and Best Breakfast.

And that isn’t all! Maeve plans to launch her own cookware/bakeware line of Chef Maeve-branded products in HomeGoods stores and on Amazon.com in a few months. And toward the end of 2018, she’ll be collaborating with Chef’d (a meal kit service that delivers fully-prepared meals to your door) to develop tradition-based recipes for at-home cooks; another nod to her Irish heritage and influence. The meals will be seasonal and packed with fresh ingredients, and simple but full of flavor. Those who opt in will be able to pick and choose just one meal at a time, which will make it a great option for impromptu dinner parties!

Chef Maeve’s passion and enthusiasm for what she does is tangible, contagious, and altogether inspiring. A desire to support the local community and her deeply-rooted love of cooking has turned Sugar & Scribe into an iconic and beloved part of La Jolla; and with so many restaurants becoming less and less community-oriented, stepping into the warm, friendly atmosphere of Sugar & Scribe is truly a breath of fresh air.

Sugar & Scribe is located at 7660 Fay Avenue. They’re open Monday-Saturday from 7am-3:30pm, and Sunday from 7am-2:3-pm.

Herringbone La Jolla, San Diego, CA

Take After-Work Drinks to the Next Level at Herringbone’s Oyster Hour

With its charming ambience, tempting craft cocktails, and inventive takes on classic American fare, happy hour in La Jolla at Herringbone is not your average after-work bar. Executive Chef Brian Malarkey, a Top Chef finalist and founder of several successful restaurants (including Searsucker restaurant in San Diego), has created a space that’s both trendy and communal – so even though it’s stylish, it’s still got an inviting feeling that makes it perfect for a night out with friends. Not to mention Malarkey’s menu of savory dishes, which will totally change your concept of bar food.

Take your evening drinks to the next level and check out happy hour (or Oyster Hour, as they call it) at Herringbone first.

Romantic Coastal Lounge

Herringbone is well known by locals for its lofty, modern-rustic atmosphere. With its high ceilings, wooden beams, and exposed brick give it a “repurposed vintage” vibe. The location is actually a renovated 1930s warehouse; it was transformed from a practically abandoned building, to a chic space. Throughout this romantic coastal lounge, 100-year-old olive trees and strung fairy lights bring the outside in and add a touch of whimsy.

The restaurant has two areas: the sky-lit dining room in the back, and a more casual area in the front where happy hour takes place. With plenty of seating both inside and out (where you can enjoy some of the year-round lovely weather in San Diego) it’s great for a social dining outing. It’s spacious enough to fit everyone in your party while still feeling cozy. There are tables for bigger groups, while the plush chairs and window-side sofa are great for more intimate conversation. The wood-burning fireplace will keep you warm, too, if you can snag a seat nearby during the chilly nights. The outdoor patio is pet friendly, so feel free to bring along your furry friend.

Chic But Chill

Downtown La Jolla is perfect for when you’re feeling festive, but want something more laid back than a trip to the Downtown San Diego area or Pacific Beach.

While Herringbone is an upscale place, it’s low-key enough to still enjoy Happy Hour on the casual side. It’s definitely on the fancier side compared to an Irish Pub like Hennessey’s Tavern, but not quite as formal as the Marine Room – so no need to worry about a dress code. This makes it perfect for drinks before a date, a fun work get-together, or ladies night out to catch up with friends.

Live Music

Did we mention the music? Every Thursday and Friday from 5:00-7:00 pm, you can enjoy free live music from local artists as you sip your cocktails and taste delicious small plates. If you’re stopping by during the weekend, they have a set at 12:00-2:00 pm and again from 4:00-6:00 pm.

A tip for beer lovers: On Saturdays from 12:00-4:00 pm, the restaurant also hosts “Acoustics and Ales,” where they feature draft beers from a visiting brewery along with chill acoustic tunes.

Well Pours, Poured Well

A good happy hour starts with one thing: a good drink. Luckily, Herringbone has you more than covered there. Its happy hour menu has got some of the best cocktails in La Jolla, with a variety of both original recipes and classics. They’ve got well drinks down (and for only $5), but if you want something different, you’ve got to try one of their specialty cocktails.

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Snake In The Grass [pictured left]

This is for anyone looking to step up their usual Gin and Tonic. Cucumber gin, lime, mint, and soda come together in this refreshing mix.

Jaleberry [pictured right]

Sweet, spice, and everything nice. The kick of the strawberry jalapeño tequila is balanced out with a little bit of lime and agave.

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La Jolla Aviation

This luscious combination of gin, maraschino, creme yvette, and lemon will have you soaring.

Ocean Breeze

Probably the fruitiest cocktail option, this drink is a delicious concoction of Effen black cherry vodka, pineapple, cranberry, and lemon.

Housemade Infusions

The bar at Herringbone offers its own house-made infused liquors, which are made by soaking fruits or spices in spirits to create a unique flavor from natural ingredients. The happy hour menu includes two of their most popular, the cucumber gin and the strawberry jalapeño tequila.

The Usuals

Not into the hard stuff? They carry local craft beer like St. Archer, as well as other popular names like Anchor. The wine list also covers pretty much all of your bases, whether you want a light chardonnay or an earthy Pinot Noir (hint: visit on “Tannin Tuesdays” for half-off all bottles of wine during lunch and dinner, or on Saturdays for endless $25 rosé wine).

Fish Meats Field

When Malarkey opened Herringbone La Jolla in 2012, he envisioned a fine dining experience of “Fish Meats Field:” coastal cuisine made with the best seafood that markets have to offer, as well as the freshest farm produce of the season. His approach to contemporary American cuisine brings in the best of both worlds, reflected in the carefully curated happy hour menu that’s the perfect balance of surf and turf.

Seafood Offerings

Even though it’s a favorite around town for evening drinks, Herringbone is known first and foremost for having some of the best seafood in La Jolla. Only two of the options of happy hour selection come from the usual coastal menu, but they’re seriously delicious, and and seriously good deals.

Oyster Hour

Of course one of the of the most popular features of Herringbone’s happy hour menu is the Oyster Hour. Order their famous shucked oysters on the half shell for just a $1 each. It’s a great deal, and they’re always incredibly fresh. The variety depends on the chef’s selection of what’s best on the market that day.

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Curried Mussels

This one is more of a full plate, which makes it optimal for sharing. If you usually shy away from mussels because of a “fishy” taste, you’re going to be pleasantly surprised by the subtle flavor here. Served with indian-inspired yellow curry, there’s a bite from the Calabrian chilies that’s balanced by the coolness of a little mint. Plus, on the side is helping of warm naan bread.

Arancini Risotto Balls

Filled with the creamy goodness of a three-cheese risotto cooked to perfection, these crispy delights are petite but very satisfying. They’re served with an herb aioli on the side for dipping.

Before You Go

Oyster Hour is from 4:00-6:00 pm Tuesdays through Sundays, and from 4:00 pm until close on Mondays. Since it’s a pretty casual event, Herringbone doesn’t take reservations for this time. However, you should be fine on any weekday – things usually pick up after 6:00 pm, or a little earlier on Saturdays.

Herringbone is located on 7837 Herschel Ave. There’s a private free lot for parking, and valet on Fridays and Saturdays. There are also some paid lots or free street parking on Herschel and Silverado (the two-hour spots are only monitored until 6:00 pm in La Jolla, so if you arrive at 4:00 or later try to find one of those).

8 Must-Try Spots in La Jolla for Breakfast & Brunch

You know the saying: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Well, it’s true! Eating breakfast has not only been shown to promote weight loss by jump starting your metabolism, according Deborah Enos of Live Science, indulging in a morning meal has been linked to improved cognitive brain function, higher memory retention, and lower risk of heart disease. Not to mention it’s simply delicious – and these La Jolla breakfast spots are no exception.

So the next time you’re in La Jolla or La Jolla Cove, do yourself a favor and give one of these local La Jolla breakfast restaurants a try!

On-the-Go Breakfast: Brick & Bell Café

Headed into work or need a quick bite between appointments? Brick and Bell Café is a bustling spot full of people on the run who still want a good morning meal. This bakery and cafe is famous for its baked goods and deliciously fresh coffee. They’re especially well known for their scones; but their buttery croissants and hearty banana walnut bread are equally as delicious. Select any of these or one of their breakfast sandwiches (all at incredibly reasonable prices) and pair with a coffee or tea for a boost of energy.

They have two locations now: one in downtown La Jolla and one at La Jolla Shores business district.

Breakfast with an Ocean View: Brockton Villa

Two words: Coast Toast. This orange-zest, award-winning soufflé French Toast is reason enough to check this place out. Offering a variety of breakfast items, from nutritious veggie burritos to decadent Eggs Benedict and pancakes, there’s something for everyone at this decadent, sit-down venue.

The view from Brockton Villa overlooks La Jolla Cove and the beautiful Pacific Ocean, and can be enjoyed from either indoor or outdoor seating. Our only warning: a slight aroma can sometimes arise from the nearby sea lions! However, with the breathtaking view, it’s nothing that should stop you from trying this incredible restaurant.

Old-School Diner: Harry’s Coffee Shop

Harry’s Coffee Shop is the oldest, family-owned diner in this neck of the woods. It’s been serving up classic breakfast food (and non-breakfast food like burgers and sandwiches) since its opening in 1960 and has a true locals vibe; it’s definitely a beloved local icon and is a must-visit if this is your first time to La Jolla.

Tip: Look for their infamous “Wall of Fame” when you walk in; it’s a tribute to the founder’s, Harry Rudolph himself, love of baseball!

Coffee with a Side of Food: Pannikin La Jolla

Pannikin is not just a coffee shop; it’s a haven for locals and coffee lovers. If you’re like me, you love to jump start the day with caffeine. Come to Pannikin for your coffee fix (black, latte, white chocolate mocha…they do it all) and add on a breakfast pastry for the perfect pairing. You can also order a full-on breakfast, such as the Huevos Rancheros and Greek Eggs. Two other perks? Pannikin is dog-friendly (they have a great outdoor patio that’s perfect for these warm La Jolla days), and also provides WiFi.

Pancake Lovers: Richard Walker’s Pancake House

Pancakes are an American breakfast staple. At Richard Walker’s Pancake House La Jolla, Choose from a wide variety of types, such as the famous Apple Pancake, German Pancake (which comes with whipped butter, lemon, heavenly maple syrup and lots of fluffy, powdered sugar) or “Pigs in a New Car” (Pancakes rolled with sausages in the middle).

If you’re with a friend or group who isn’t a pancake fan; no worries. Their menu has plenty of other options like Corn Beef Hash and the Eggs Benedict English Muffin.

Yummy Classics with a Twist: Sugar & Scribe

Sugar & Scribe is nothing short of scrumptious! With a brand new 2018 menu, this Irish-inspired restaurant is helmed by Food Network Champion Chef Maeve. Their menu features a little bit of everything! Attack your sweet tooth head on with Brioche French Toast, or try a traditional egg scramble or Eggs Benedict (they have four options). House specialties include the Full Irish Breakfast, Rochford Shepherd’s Pie, and good old-fashioned Biscuits & Gravy.

Hidden Gem in Heart of the Village: Coffee Cup

Next to Burger Lounge, near the heart of the downtown La Jolla, sits Coffee Cup, an assuming storefront with an incredible menu. Many of their dishes are a magical fusion of Asian and Mexican cuisine, utilizing unique ingredients for both their breakfast and lunch entrees.

Top breakfast recommendations include: the Pesto Scramble, Soy Chorizo Scramble, Breakfast Enchiladas, and Coffee Cup French Toast. (No matter what, though, the crispy rosemary potatoes are a must try and are included with several of the meals.)

Best All-American Breakfast: The Cottage

The Cottage La Jolla is a veritable institution here in the Village! Though they do also serve lunch and dinner (during the summer months), they are definitely most famous for their breakfast. Most notably: the Brioche French Toast, a Cottage specialty (complete with bourbon-pecan, banana-citrus caramel, or seasonal warm fruit and cream topping) and the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes are seriously delicious.

If you want something more savory, they also offer several egg combos, omelets, Eggs Benedicts, and classic breakfast plates; but really, you can’t go wrong with anything on their breakfast menu!

Inside Look at Nautilus Tavern: La Jolla’s New Neighborhood Bar & Grill

Tucked away on La Jolla Blvd., just past the La Jolla Community Center, Nautilus Tavern is unassuming yet welcoming. A spacious patio and large floor-to-ceiling doors that open up to reveal a cozy dining room create a comfortable vibe that stands out in its own way among the sea of ever-changing La Jolla restaurants.

While many eateries in the Village trend toward upscale/ fine dining, Nautilus Tavern picks up where places like ultra-casual La Jolla Brewing Company (RIP) left off: the cozy bar and grill next door. Combine that friendly atmosphere with some seriously flavorful comfort food, and you’ve got yourself La Jolla’s newest dining gem. We got the chance to visit the Tavern and sample some of their dishes while chatting with Executive Chef Shelly Velez to get the inside scoop on what makes this place tick.

Location, location, location!

The Tavern fits in well with La Jolla’s seaside vibes; just a block from the beach and up the road from Windansea Beach, its nautical theme is infused with a touch of modernity and exudes a ‘costal chic’ vibe.

The 2,500 square-foot space, though large, doesn’t feel overwhelming. The back patio is a great area for families with kids, and the front patio offers the best of both worlds.

[Veggie Sandwich]

Upscale Comfort Food – With a Twist

Executive Chef Shelly Velez is the woman behind the menu at Nautilus Tavern in La Jolla. Having known the owners since they opened up Pillbox Tavern in Solana Beach, she has expertly curated both restaurants’ menus and added her own flair to each – and that flair comes in the form of all things flavorful. From Southern-inspired comfort food to spicy, smoky maple-infused barbecue, Shelly has been crafting her art and love of cuisine for nearly 20 years.

Shelly was born in Panama, where she cultivated a deep love for flavorful, traditional dishes; she learned to cook gravy from scratch and developed a passion for making sauces. Today, she has her own line of barbecue sauces that you can purchase by the bottle at Pillbox Tavern: California Style, Habañero BBQ, and Maple Bourbon Bacon, a local favorite that can be spotted on the menu at Nautilus Tavern in the form of Maple Bacon Bourbon Wings.

Shelly makes all of the dressings and other sauces from scratch each day; oftentimes, she’ll team up with the head Mixologist, who makes his own syrups to add to the cocktails. Once, she turned a berry syrup that he didn’t use as a dressing for the Power Spinach Salad – a pretty excellent way to collaborate, we must say!

[Cubano Sandwich]

Shelly crafted the Tavern’s menu to combine traditional comfort food with a bit of a Southern twist; hints of her Panamanian heritage are sprinkled throughout the menu, as well, from the Grilled Mexican Caesar Salad to the side of Sweet Plantains.

Handcrafted Cocktails

No good restaurant is complete without a cocktail and beer menu! The Tavern’s hand-picked collection of cocktails emphasize fresh ingredients and house-made syrups. From the “It’s Noon Somewhere” (which is a combo of vodka, ruby red grapefruit juice, lime juice, and elderflower liqueur infused with house-made habañero syrup and a touch of rhubarb bitters vodka) to their take on a classic Margarita (casa noble reposado tequila, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, and tepa agave), you can’t go wrong with any of their selections. The Tavern has 30 beers on tap at any given time, and the selection includes several local breweries sprinkled with a few more exotic options (Boochcraft, anyone?).

[Mexican Caesar Salad]

House-Made Appetizers & Shareables

The Tavern offers up a wide range of dishes, from shareable appetizers to large plates and several options for hot wings; there’s even a “Grown-up Grilled Cheese” in the mix!

Our favorite appetizers included a well-rounded Hummus Plate that boasts three different flavors of hummus and a generous assortment of pita bread; and spicy chicken lettuce cups, which are just spicy enough to bring out all of the flavors in the meat and poke sauce.

Next up was the Grilled Mexican Caesar Salad, which is seriously not your typical Caesar salad: it packs a one-two punch with grilled-to-perfection Romaine wedges and a light, slightly spicy Avocado Caesar dressing (made from scratch in-house, of course). The wedges are topped with a generous portion of pepitas, shaved parmesan, diced tomatoes, blackened chicken breast, and fried shallots to create a yummy Ceasar with a Mexican twist.

[Hot Wings]

Traditional Plates Packed with Flavor

The hot wings were some of our favorite items on the menu. Bursting with flavor, there are seven different types and styles of wings you can choose from. We sampled the Maple Bacon Bourbon, smothered in that delicious Shelly-style BBQ sauce; the Marea Ancho Chile, which are rubbed with a dry ancho Chile powder infused with local coffee (not overly spicy); and the more traditional Buffalo Wings, which are packed with a punch of spice and flavored with the famous Frank’s Hot Sauce.

If you’re into grilled cheese, you’ll definitely want to sample the Grown Up Grilled Cheese. Serrano cream cheese, Gouda, Havarti, cheddar, swiss, sliced bacon, and tomato are packed between two thick slices of Parmesan-crusted Amish bread for a serious (and epic) twist on the good ol’ classic. If you want a little something extra, Shelly recommends adding chicken to round it out. The Muenster Veggie sandwich was a close runner-up (the black bean veggie patty was to die for), complete with a big portobello mushroom and basil hummus spread to finish it off. 

[Nautilus Plate]

For a more traditional dinner, go with the Nautilus Plate. Chunks of house-smoked Kahlua pork are served with sweet plantains, macaroni salad, and coco (coconut) rice. The pork is the sweet, flavorful, melt-in-your-mouth kind of good – after being marinated in sea salt for a full day, the pork gets slow-roasted for a solid four hours before it served to guests.

A New Spot for the Locals

What we liked most about the Tavern is its homey, neighborhood feel; the kind of place you can meet up with friends or family after work for a happy hour or watch the game, have a pint and dig into a no-frills comfort food that’s cooked exactly the way it should be.

Nautilus Tavern La Jolla is located at 6830 La Jolla Blvd. in La Jolla. They’re open for brunch, lunch, and dinner; Monday-Friday from 11am-12am, and Saturday/Sunday from 10am-12am.

Why Snooze La Jolla Is Your New Favorite Boozy Brunch Spot

An alcoholic Orange Julius (complete with vodka-infused whipped cream). Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes. If your mouth is already watering, just wait until you see the rest of the menu at Snooze La Jolla.

Tucked away in the Shops at La Jolla Village Center on Villa La Jolla Dr., Snooze, An A.M. Eatery is a casual, funky breakfast and brunch restaurant. While it is a chain (other locations in San Diego include Del Mar and Hillcrest) it’s absolutely not your local Denny’s or IHOP.

Snooze usually gets attention for its imaginative and indulgent food, but what makes a visit really worth your time is the seemingly endless list of craft breakfast cocktails. If you want a new kind of happy hour in La Jolla, look no further – here’s why you should enjoy your next brunch with booze at Snooze!

snooze la jolla pancakes

The fun, young atmosphere

Brunch is a full-on outing; you want an environment that gives you a great experience in addition to great food. A modern update on the 1950s-style diner, the atmosphere at Snooze La Jolla is both friendly and laid back. Every Snooze is required to have a full bar, so there’s no judgement for enjoying some good old-fashioned day drinking – that’s what a lot of people are there for!

With its proximity to UCSD and reasonably priced high-quality food, Snooze is perfect for students and young professionals; most other brunch spots require a trek to Downtown La Jolla or UTC Mall.

The cocktails

At Snooze, you can forget about basic. While you can still get your favorite traditional drink, the menu is full of innovative libations, from savory to sweet. Besides the year-round menu, they also have a rotating list of new concoctions for every season.

Here are a few that we love:

The Palomimosa. Feeling classy? This drink combines the sweet sparkle of a mimosa with the tangy goodness of a grapefruit Paloma. It’s refreshing, light, and perfect for sipping on during a Sunday with pals.

The Bangkok Bloody Mary. Attention, fans of the savory. It’s difficult to pick only one out of the 5 knockout bloody recipes on Snooze’s menu, but this is consistently the most popular. The fish sauce, sriracha, and basil give this drink an Asian-fusion flavor and will satisfy your salt craving. If you’re looking for something with more kick, you’ll want to go with the Spicy Bloody Mary.

The Orange Snoozius. An adult version of the infamous DQ classic, the Orange Snoozius will take you back a few years. With vodka-infused whipped cream to top off its sweet and citrus-y blend, this is for the big kid in you. It’s even topped with a giant maraschino cherry.

The Dirty Drunken Chai. Hey, we get it, mornings are for coffee! But that doesn’t mean you can’t shake things up. The Dirty Drunken Chai is a spiced blend of everything delicious, with an added shot of espresso and some rum for a little something extra.

Snooze La Jolla Food

The epic shareable plates

Even if you’re only coming for the drinks, every brunch cocktail needs some quality munchies. There’s no need to drink on an empty stomach when you can enjoy the huge variety of breakfast, brunch, and lunch options on Snooze’s menu!

If you’re looking at the menu and already getting FOMO about all the dishes you won’t get to try because you have to pick just one, don’t fret. Snooze lets you combine some of their most popular choices as half orders. So if you’re having a difficult time giving up your traditional Eggs Benedict for the chili verde style, you don’t have to.

Can’t decide which of the nine different types of pancakes and french toast you want? Go for the “pancake flight” that lets you try three different styles. We recommend the Nana’s Hot Cocoa or Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes.

This family-style approach to the menu also makes it ideal for groups. Everyone can try several dishes and there’ll still be plenty of food to go around.

A Few Tips for When You Go

  • While the other locations in San Diego are packed from the moment they open, it’s much easier at this Snooze eatery to grab a table. We were seated as soon as we walked in on a Thursday, and within minutes on a Saturday.
  • Take advantage of the patio outside if it’s sunny. There are heaters to keep you warm while you soak in the homey outdoor vibe.
  • Waiting on the rest of your group? Challenge your friends to a round of giant Jenga or corn hole to pass the time.
  • Fun fact: if you’re really set on having a certain dish, but are dying to try one of the pancakes, you can sub in one of them instead of having toast or hash browns as a side.

Snooze La Jolla is located at 8861 Villa La Jolla Dr #509, La Jolla 92037, and is open from 6:30am-2:30pm daily.

Maple Smoked Turkey: Holiday Recipe From Chef Guillas of The Marine Room

 

Chef Bernard Guillas, Executive Chef at The Marine Room and The Shores Restaurant, is one of the most well known chefs in La Jolla and San Diego. We are so excited to be able to share this holiday featured recipe from his archives! This recipe is for a Maple Cider Smoked Turkey, complete with Preserved Fig Cranberry Relish and Black Muscat Sauce. This makes for a perfect Thanksgiving meal and is large enough for the whole family to enjoy.

Maple Cider Brine

2 gallons apple cider
2 ½ cups organic sea salt
2 cups maple syrup
1/4 cup liquid smoke
1 bunch thyme
1/4 cup freshly cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon ground pickling spice

Combine all ingredients in large pot. Heat to 160°F. Do not boil or it will harm flavor. Remove from heat. Cool to room temperature. Place turkey in brine in non-reactive container (or plastic bucket). Place heavy platter on top of turkey to keep turkey submerged. Refrigerate 12 hours. Remove turkey from brine. Pat dry.

Spice Rub

2 tablespoons fennel seeds
2 tablespoons mustard seeds
2 tablespoons ground dried orange peel
1 tablespoon fleur de sel
1 tablespoon togarashi pepper mix
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon ground cumin

Process fennel and mustard seeds in coffee grinder to powder stage. Combine with remaining ingredients.

Cooking the Turkey

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup peeled cipollini onions or pearl onions
30 small new potatoes, halved
20 baby carrots, peeled
20 baby beets, peeled
3 medium parsnips, peeled, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1/2 cup unsalted butter
to taste sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 bouquet fresh herbs
Pre-heat oven to 350°F.

Remove the turkey from brine. Rinse. Pat dry with paper towel. Coat olive oil over entire turkey. Rub spice mixture on turkey. Bake turkey in roasting pan, breast side up. Brush with glaze every 30 minutes. After 2 1/2 hours, surround turkey with vegetables dotted with butter. Season vegetables with salt and pepper. Cook 1 hour or until internal temperature reaches 160°F at thickest part of leg. Turn off oven. Transfer turkey to ceramic serving platter. Surround with root vegetables. Tent with foil. Keep warm in oven. Garnish with fresh herb bouquet before serving.

Preserved Fig Cranberry Relish

1 2/3 cups ruby port
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
8 dried black Mission figs, stemmed, chopped
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 stalk lemongrass, split
1-12 ounce bag fresh cranberries

Combine first 5 ingredients in medium saucepan. Bring to boil. Stir until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to low. Simmer 10 minutes. Remove lemongrass. Add cranberries. Cook over medium heat until liquid is slightly reduced and berries burst. Stir occasionally, about 5 minutes. Cool. Transfer sauce to bowl. Chill until cold. (Can be prepared 1 week ahead. Cover and keep refrigerated).

Black Muscat Sauce

**reserved neck and giblets, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup minced shallots
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup black muscat
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1/4 cup diced sun dried apple
to taste sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat olive oil in heavy skillet over high heat. Roast neck and giblets five minutes. Add shallots and thyme. Add 2 Tbsp. butter. Sprinkle in flour. Stir to combine. Pour in chicken stock, black muscat and sherry vinegar gradually, stir constantly. Bring to boil. Reduce to spoon coating consistency. Strain through fine sieve. Return to pan. Add sun dried apples. Finish with 1 Tbsp. butter. Season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Not cooking this year? Make a reservation for Thanksgiving dinner at The Marine Room or the Shores Restaurant!

 

 

The Inside Scoop on Himitsu, La Jolla’s Newest Sushi Spot

Himitsu, one of the highly anticipated new La Jolla restaurant has officially opened its doors. The name, which means ‘secret’ in Japanese, is well suited to its tucked-away corner on Torrey Pines Road. Executive Chef Mitsu Aihara has curated a unique menu of traditional sushi and nigiri along with Japanese-style tapas, multiple sakes, an excellent wine list, and essential Japanese beers.

Aihara has been a fixture behind the bar of well known Sushi Ota in Pacific Beach for the past 16 years until he received the blessing of his mentor to forge ahead with his own venture – Himitsu. The new spot (which was initially called Mitsu), is the latest project under the direction of Julian Hakim and Aram Baloyan, the duo behind the popular La Jolla Mexican restaurant, The Taco Stand.

Himitsu well on its way to becoming La Jolla’s premiere new authentic dining spot. We got the chance to try it out for ourselves – and it did not disappoint! Here’s the rundown on the new eatery.

Aihara’s take on Japanese cuisine is similar to the experience at Sushi Ota but includes other fresh seafood dishes and small plates (including omakase) that will rotate weekly or even nightly, depending on fish availability and the Chef’s preference.

The Dining Experience

Our dinner for the evening consisted of an appetizer, sushi rolls, and scallops. We started off with the Spicy Edamame, which is flavored with a hint of garlic salt, chili pepper threads, and shichimi pepper. It was spicy, but not too spicy – and delicious.

Next up were the Seared Scallops (pictured above). Five Maine Scallops were served with a creamy, smooth corn puree,  mixed with a brown butter-soy cream with Mentaiko. This was definitely one of my favorite dishes of the evening; the sauce was melt-in-your-mouth incredible and complimented the mild flavor of the Scallops quite well.

We also indulged in the Himitsu Roll (pictured above), with spicy salmon and crab, scallop, jalapeno, cilantro aioli, and a hint of lemon zest. These were surprisingly fresh and light-tasting; I could see this being a go-to dish during the summer. All of the seafood was incredibly fresh, as well. The Soft Shell Crab Roll (pictured above) was filled to the brim with deep-fried soft shell crab, lettuce, asparagus, and drizzled with salsa – which gave it a different taste, and overall had a somewhat smoky feel. What stood out to us was how different each roll tasted. You could really tell which was which, and at a sushi restaurant, this really points to the skill of its chefs.

The Space

The space itself is composed of a large outdoor patio and an indoor intimate sushi bar. The outdoor patio is inviting, warm, and well-lit, which makes it perfect for a date night or dinner out with friends. Its location is central to downtown La Jolla, but the patio is set back and removed enough that you don’t take notice.

A few things that really stood out to us at Himitsu were the comfortable (casual but still with an air of fine dining) atmosphere, the unique textures and flavors of each roll, and the customized presentation of every dish. This is definitely a one-of-a-kind sushi restaurant, and a new La Jolla restaurant that should definitely go on your must-try list for sushi in San Diego.

The restaurant opened only recently (early October), so their menu is always changing. We may see a Happy Hour menu and lunch service in the near future.

Himitsu is open Monday-Friday from 5pm-10pm, and Saturdays from 5pm-10:30pm. They are located at 1030 Torrey Pines Road, Suite G, right in La Jolla and just a half hour north of downtown San Diego. Visit himitsusd.com for reservations or give them a call at (858) 263-4463.

[Images courtesy of Himitsu La Jolla]