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!