Explore New Fall Flavors

Explore New Fall FlavorsWest Coast Tavern is making waves in North Park with the release of their new fall menu. The old-world inspired destination boasts an eclectic, yet classic selection of American comfort foods.

From weekend brunch to late night bites and everything in between, West Coast Tavern is hitting all of the right notes with their reimagined menus. Executive Chef Abe Botello is proud to introduce playful dishes that feature seasonal ingredients. The eatery’s brunch menu boasts hearty, unique items to kick off the weekend. The Breakfast Burger pairs a beef patty with bacon, maple aioli, cheddar, two fried eggs and arugula on a toasted bagel.

Chef Abe also brings a modern twist to classic dinner dishes. The Stuffed Pork Loin is filled with tender pork belly, pistachio and cherries. Garlic mash, cherry reduction and a crisp apple arugula salad complement the savory entrée.

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Pan Bon Makes An Entrance

Pan BonBorn in historic Verona, Italy, Pan Bon has made its grand entrance on the quaint streets of San Diego’s Little Italy. With fresh sauces meticulously made from scratch, handpicked ingredients and incredibly balanced flavors, the eatery offers an unmatched authentic Italian dining experience.

Chef Riccardo Brentegani is the culinary genius behind the Old World Italian creations of the Pan Bon kitchen. His passion for gastronomy began as a young boy in his grandmother’s kitchen in Verona. Since then, Brentegani has worked in kitchens in Verona and Paris. The classic Northern Italian cuisine that Brentegani prepares features traditional recipes and the finest ingredients from Italy.

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View Restaurants In San Diego

View Restaurants In San DiegoFrom the Gaslamp to the grains of sand, San Diego is praised for its temperate weather, gorgeous beaches, restaurant scene and exciting nightlife. Located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, it should come as no surprise that it is also home to some of the most spectacular views in the country. Be sure to add these destinations to your list for their classic, and sometimes unexpected, stellar views!

One of San Diego’s hippest areas, North Park, is just the place for a unique view of America’s Finest City. This vibrant neighborhood is full of energy and lots of people watching. Stretching across University Avenue is the famous North Park sign. It welcomes visitors and locals alike into the heart of North Park and is absolutely Instagram-worthy! Located steps from the sign is West Coast Tavern, a laidback urban restaurant with Old World-inspired décor. West Coast Tavern found its home in one of North Park’s historic buildings, making its ambiance and location one of San Diego’s greatest. Grab a table on the front patio for striking views of the North Park sign and the vivacious passersby.

Pacific Beach AleHouse prides itself on great food, fresh beer and epic views. Whether you want to enjoy the scenic ocean views from the upper deck or catch your favorite game on one of the 20 flat screens, PB AleHouse is the spot to be. During cooler nights on the deck, the Chicken Chili is the perfect way to warm up alongside the eatery’s outdoor fireplaces.

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New Mess Hall


New Mess Hall

Opening January 2016, Liberty Public Market Unveils New Staff Appointment and Full Roster of Artisanal Vendors

Blue Bridge Hospitality has tapped Tami Wong CS, one of Wine & Spirits Magazine’ Best New Sommeliers 2014, to lead the progressive new wine program at Liberty Public Market’s in-house restaurant, Mess Hall. Announced last month, Mess Hall’s market-to-menu concept will source all ingredients from the market’s 30-plus artisans and vendors, advocating sustainability and a local ethos from the capable hands of Executive Chef Tim Kolanko (Stake Chophouse & Bar, Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge)

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Grab A Peanut Burger

Peanut Burger

Brian’s 24, downtown’s beloved 24-hour diner, is known for giving customers anything they want, anytime they want it…. even if that includes out-of-the-box concoctions! This Gaslamp novelty has rolled out a Peanut Burger that is too unique to be ignored. The burger, made with a 1/2 lb. patty, topped with creamy peanut butter, bacon and American cheese, combines two American classics into one crazy-good meal.

Those daring enough to try this tender burger are surprised to find that the combination of flavors and textures not only work well together, but are undeniably delicious. I invite you to try this local favorite dish for yourself and see why your regular cheeseburger will never taste the same without Brian’s special ingredient.

This family owned and operated Gaslamp eatery stays true to their motto, “The Restaurant That Never Sleeps.” Inspiring breakfasts to start the day, meeting friends or business associates for lunch, a quiet dinner, late night snack or cap to a night out; only Brian’s can make it happen 24 hours every day. 

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Where To Eat On Thanksgiving

sandiegofoodfinds.comThis Thanksgiving, these local San Diego restaurants are giving you something else to be thankful about- not having to cook!

Start your Thanksgiving Day at the beach with Pacific Beach AleHouse and delight in their savory Prefix Thanksgiving Menu in addition to their regular menu. This three-course dinner begins at 11:00 a.m. and will feature treats the whole family will enjoy. For starters, choose between their Lobster Bisque, Caesar Salad and California Golden Salad. Make room for the main course of Deep Fried Turkey Breast or Baked Honey Ham served with persimmon apple sausage stuffing, mashed sweet potato and turkey gravy, cranberry orange relish and bacon toasted almond green beans. Cap the dinner off with Pumpkin Pie with Cinnamon Whipped Cream. The best part about it (besides not having to cook)? The dinner is only $22.95 per person!

If the family is craving a Thanksgiving breakfast, lunch or dinner, Farmer’s Bottega is the place to be! This Mission Hills eatery will be open 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for breakfast and lunch, and 4:30 – 9:30 p.m. for dinner. Their full menu offers non-traditional, but equally as filling Thanksgiving eats such as Oxtail Ravioli, Buffalo Filet, Rack of Lamb and Flat Iron Pork (just to name a few!).

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Some Like It Hot

Some Like It HotAs the nights cool down in San Diego, a roaring fire is once again becoming the focal point when enjoying the city’s nightlife. Before you break out the thicker coats, check out this list of restaurant’s that keep the scene hot during the fall and winter months!

Pacific Beach Fish Shop has you covered when the wind sweeps over the waves. An informal patio dotted with fire pits will warm you up after a day at the beach, especially when some of the shop’s tasty fish entrees are in the mix. The Fish Shop Chowder – the restaurant’s classic Clam Chowder with chunks of smoked Andouille sausage – is a cozy option that goes great with a craft bottle from one of 11 local breweries they represent.

North Park’s West Coast Tavern is a ’20s-style eatery with a special addition for outdoor diners. Along with a brigade of heat lamps, their patio space contains tables with fire pits built right in the middle. This stunning centerpiece is the perfect accompaniment to the Prosciutto and Burratta Flatbread, a fall option with basil pesto, mozzarella, prosciutto di parma, burrata, arugula and olive oil.

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Mac and Cheese or Barleymac

Mac and Cheese

The Maine Event

This American favorite made its way to the United States when Thomas Jefferson visited France and brought back a pasta machine and classic pasta staples of Europe. In 1802, he served the first Macaroni and Cheese at a state dinner.

Today, nothing says “comfort food” like a bowl of creamy mac and cheese. It’s a dish that people of all ages flock to for its simplicity and rich flavor—and it just got better! barleymash is taking mac and cheese to a whole new level with a spin on the classic American meal. Whether you already love mac and cheese or you’re looking to try something different, barleymash will have you cheesin’ with their “barleymacs.”

The lively eatery is known for its progressive, alcohol-infused dishes, and the barleymacs are no exception. For those who love veggie-filled items, Brussels Heaven is the way to go. The cheesy delight is filled with roasted brussels sprouts, whiskey-caramelized onions, crispy prosciutto, shaved parmesan and a balsamic-Jager drizzle. Looking for something ultra decadent? The Bleu Shroom is loaded with wild and domestic mushrooms, whiskey-caramelized onions, bleu cheese crumbles and a balsamic-Jager drizzle.

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Sizzling Scrambles To Go

Best Breakfast Options To GoThe most important meal of the day just got even better! If you’re on the run and don’t have time to cook a hearty breakfast in the morning, don’t fear. These San Diego spots have your morning cravings covered. From sweet treats to sizzling scrambles, you are just one phone call away from a delicious morning with these eateries’ to-go breakfast options!

Craving something sweet in the morning? The culinary masterminds at Breakfast Republic have a range of mouthwatering options to pick up. Foodies will be satisfied with the gooey S’mores French Toast with graham crackers, toasty marshmallows and warm chocolate sauce or the Cinnamon Roll Pancakes lathered with creamy cinnamon frosting. Stop by Breakfast Republic for a take-out order your taste buds won’t want to miss out on.

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New Chef At Blue Point Coastal Cuisine

Blue Point Coastal CuisineBlue Point Coastal Cuisine, a staple restaurant in the Gaslamp for the past 20 years, is excited to announce the recent addition of Samuel Geffroy as Executive Chef and the launch of his brand new elevated seafood-focused menu.

Chef Geffroy reinvigorates Blue Point’s offerings with his classic French technique and brings a wealth of experience in fine dining restaurants in Europe including Switzerland’s the two Michelin starred restaurant La Côte as well as at the 4-star Le Mont Paisible hotel. Samuel served for eight years in San Diego as the Executive Chef at Tapenade, known as one of the area’s best French restaurants, and most recently was a Chef Instructor at the San Diego Culinary Institute.

New menu items at Blue Point include the fresh Yellowfin and Spanish Octopus ‘Duo’ with swiss chard fondant with tomato confit caper crostini and sauce vierge as well as the Pan Seared Day Boat Scallops served with ricotta gnocchi, bacon, Belgian endive green apple, and spinach citrus red bell pepper sauce. Another new favorite is the Wild Chilean Sea Bass with cilantro jasmine rice piquillo and provencal vegetable chutney curry kaffir lime sauce.

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New Mixolologist At The Westgate

Mixolologist At The WestgateIrving Gonzalez has just been announced as new lead mixologist at The Westgate Hotel, and poster child for “dedication to craft”. Through years of experience in Baja California and San Diego, Gonzalez has developed a passion for crafting unforgettable cocktails.

A native of Aguascalientes, Mexico, Gonzalez developed an early interest for the bartending industry. After earning a degree in Bar Administrations from Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Gonzalez served as the Head Bartender at the Hacienda Guadalupe and Mixologist at the Encuentro Guadalupe in Ensenada. At Hacienda Guadalupe, known as an avant-garde venue, he was able to develop his inspiration and creativity. These position gave him the opportunity to fine-tune his skills and develop bold flavors through unique techniques. Gonzalez found his niche through experimenting with fermentation, bringing modern twists to traditional Mexican drinks like Tepache and Pulque.

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Where To Eat Surf Grub

Where To Eat Surf Grub

Surfing and San Diego go hand-in-hand. A long day of surfing and enjoying the beach can leave you hungry and parched. If your inner surfer is growling for some grub after a killer surf session at one of the town’s beaches, make sure to check out these hotspots near the water

Looking for an energetic atmosphere and great post-surfing munchies in Pacific Beach? Situated in the heart of one of San Diego’s most lively neighborhoods, PB Shore Club boasts a panoramic view of the San Diego sea. If you’re ready to feast after an early morning surf sesh, check out the Crab Cake Benny with fried crab cake, grilled tomato and house potatoes. Whether your hunger kicks in in the morning or late at night, PB Shore Club serves up satisfying meals all day long. The light night menu with classic snacks and tacos is not to be missed!

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Fall Flavors At Bellamy’s

Bellamy'sEscondido’s neighborhood gem, Bellamy’s, has spiced up its menus with autumn-inspired dishes. This farm-to-table dining experience is highly regarded for its modern California cuisine with French influences. Diners can now pair natural, fulfilling dishes with fall flavors. Stop by the restaurant for lunch or dinner and see why food lovers from across San Diego are traveling to North County for a taste!

Bellamy’s seasonal menu was envisioned and brought to life by French Master Chef Patrick Ponsaty. Inspired by his family’s heritage and classical French training, Chef Patrick has established a reputation for providing simple, yet intensely flavorful Modern French cuisine. He brings his Master French Chef title from the Paris-based Association des Maîtres Cuisiniers de France and 15 “Best Of” or “Top 10” awards to Bellamy’s. Bellamy’s offers diners a one-of-a-kind farm-to-table dining experience, serving the most robust flavors of every season and takes pride in supporting local North County farmers, wine makers and sustainable fishermen.

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Check Out The Taco Stand

The Taco StandNothing beats the flavor of age-old family recipes influenced by Latin adventures along the Baja peninsula. Now there is no need to drive south-of-the-border to satisfy those cravings for a taquería with authentic Mexican fixings!  Experience the delicious tastes of Mexico at The Taco Stand, La Jolla’s favorite Tijuana-fresh taco stand.

A fun addition to the eclectic San Diego food scene, The Taco Stand brings more than just high quality Tijuana-style tacos to the table.  Family owned and operated, this eatery offers an atmosphere characteristic of a south-of-the-border street vendors. Choose from their extensive menu, such as a Mexican Coca-Cola paired with a hot burrito or taco plate.  From the traditional flame grilled Carne Asada and Al Pastor tacos with rich guacamole and house-made salsa to their fresh breakfast options such as the  Veggie & Egg Burrito, The Taco Shop has something for everyone to indulge in.

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Fall Beer and Cider Fest

Fall Beer and Cider FestDel Mar’s Fall Beer and Cider Fest will be held at The Racetrack Saturday, November 28 starting at noon in the Seaside Concert area. This month, cheers to Bing Crosby Season by sampling a variety of 100 local and international craft brews including seasonal ales and ciders.

San Diego brewers will set up camp and serve tastes of their signature craft brews – five seven-ounce frosty samples for $20. Come out, grab a beer or cider and catch some world-class Thoroughbred racing. The races begin at 12:30 p.m., gates open at 11:00 a.m. Entrance to Beer and Cider Fest area is free with admission.

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Visit Mia Francesca in Del Mar

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Located in the Del Mar Highlands Town Center, Mia Francesca brings its famous rustic, Italian cuisine to the 150 seat space. Restaurateur Scott Harris has opened over 20 Francesca’s Restaurants in the Chicago Area since 1992, and is excited to bring his concept to the west coast.

Mia Francesca features a large open patio, indoor trattoria style dining, and a 50 person private dining room. Chef Woody Benitez leads the kitchen, providing Francesca’s classic fare of zesty, earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria, and Lazio. The wine list and cocktails are equally impressive in this new, one of a kind location.

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Holiday Cookies And Classes


Holiday Cookies And Classes

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Bake Sale Bakery, located in Downtown’s East Village. Terryl Gavre’s home-style bakery will celebrate the season with specialty holiday items and classes beginning on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

Bake Sale will introduce assorted holiday cookies, including: chocolate crinkle-peppermint crunch, peanut butter kisses, sugar “ornament” cookies and gingerbread.  The cookies will be priced at $1.95 per cookie, $10 per half-dozen or $20 per baker’s dozen. Due to their popularity, Bake Sale recommends pre-ordering the cookies with 24 hours advance notice for pick-up.

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Dinner and a Movie

What’s better than popped corn paired with a blockbuster movie? A fantastic, elevated dish and or cocktail, paired with a blockbuster movie! 

Dinner and a Movie

Inspired by the latest hollywood hit movies, and soon-to-be “boffo” (box office hit) films, Chefs Matt Sramek and Alejandra Pitashny at THE LOT (San Diego’s latest and most innovative luxury cinema, restaurant, bar and café experience) have put together the below food and film pairings—the perfect complements to movies coming to a theatre near you. Recreate them at home, or better yet, experience them at THE LOT—they’ll make your next movie going experience award-wining.

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A French Style Thanksgiving


A French Style Thanksgiving

Bleu Bohème, located at 4090 Adams Ave. in Kensington, will celebrate Thanksgiving by offering a decadent prix fixe dinner from 1 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 26.

Created by owner and executive chef, Ken Irvine, Bleu Bohème’s specialty three-course menu will be priced at $58.95 per person, with a children’s menu available for $16.95. A specialty cocktail and wine special will also be available for the celebration.

For starters, guests may choose between soupe de citrouille, a pumpkin-hominy soup with crispy parsnips and chive crème fraiche; salade de betteraves, made with fresh gold and red beets, sesame Chevre chaude, rocket greens, toasted hazelnuts and shallot dressing; or la charcuterie, featuring duck pâté du maison, prosciutto, garlic sausage, rosette de Lyon, pork terrine de campagne, picked vegetables, olives and Dijon mustard. 

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Celebrate Signature Cocktails


Celebrate Signature CocktailsBANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant, located at 2202 4th Ave., is giving guests ample time to indulge in its signature cocktail menu and other libations on National Happy Hour Day with food and beverage specials at the bar from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. exclusively on Thursday, Nov. 12.

BANKERS HILL’s impressive selection of hand-crafted cocktails created by lead bartender, Kris Rizzato will be available for $2 off per drink, and include the Balboa Constrictor, made with white rum, maraschino liqueur, ancho chili liqueur, lemon juice, grapefruit olio and mint; the Fig Poppa, made with made with fig-infused Slow Hand Six Woods whiskey, armada oloroso sherry, lime juice, cane syrup and black walnut bitters; Pisco Punch, made with house-made pineapple gum syrup, fresh lime juice and Byrrh and served in a coupe with a lemon twist; and more. Additional happy hour drink selections include house white or red wine priced at $5.50 per glass; daily draft beer selections priced at $5.50 per glass; and a daily cocktail selection priced at $8. All beer and wines are available for $1 off per glass.

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New Un Mundo Happy Hour


Un Mundo Mexican Grill, located in the UTC area of La Jolla at 4150 Regents Park Row, #170, is helping Black Friday shoppers reenergize with happy hour specials available all day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and incentives for gift cards purchased on Friday, Nov. 27.  

To help weary shoppers rejuvenate after a long day of shopping, Un Mundo’s happy hour selections include a selection of bottled beers for $3.95, along with draft beers for $4.95. The restaurant’s signature agave-wine margarita, served with house-made margarita mix, is priced at $4.95. With any beer or agave-wine margarita purchased, guests will receive one complimentary appetizer, with the choice between spicy papas, Un Mundo’s signature jalapeño french fries, or chips and salsa.

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Thanksgiving Luncheon


Thanksgiving Luncheon

David & Lesley Cohn Invite At-Risk Students Inside their Kitchen for Seasonal Culinary Fundraiser

In 1996, David and Lesley Cohn of the Cohn Restaurant Group started a Culinary Arts Program at Garfield High School, a local continuation school in downtown San Diego for “last chance students.” They started the program with the hopes of equipping at-risk youth with professional culinary training and skills needed for a potential future in the hospitality industry. Since its inception the Cohns have helped to raise nearly $300,000 for the foundation and in 2014 won the prestigious National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s “Restaurant Neighbor Award” for their philanthropic efforts with Garfield. 

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Gingerbread House Contest

Gingerbread House ContestSan Diego’s New Zealand-inspired hot-spot, Queenstown Public House, will get a holiday gingerbread house makeover and host a Gingerbread House contest on Wednesday, Dec. 9th

Queenstown Public House, a New Zealand-inspired restaurant and bar located in San Diego’s Little Italy, will transform the exterior of its restaurant into a charming, real-life gingerbread house with fluffy white icing around the windows and dazzle the well-known and comforting venue with gumdrops, M&M’s, lights, candy canes and more. The interior will be converted into a picturesque Christmas wonderland to bring holiday cheer to San Diego. In addition to the gingerbread house dreamland transformation, Queenstown Public House will host a Gingerbread House contest on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

“Queenstown Public House will be a sight to see and we welcome all San Diegans to come visit us as a destination spot this holiday season,” said Queenstown Public House Owner, Darren Roach. “Queenstown isn’t just about the food, it’s about enjoying the friendly and warm experience we produce for our customers. We want to share that sense of family, comfort and unity with the community and what better way to do that than through a feel-good, entertaining holiday event.”

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Flemings Steakhouse Redefined

San Diego Food Finds

Founded in 1998 by restaurateurs Paul Fleming and Bill Allen, the first Fleming’s opened in Newport Beach, California. The vision was to create a unique steakhouse experience with an emphasis on generous hospitality, an inviting atmosphere and the very finest aged USDA Prime beef.

In addition to inspired service and expertly prepared Prime Steak, our founders focused on an exceptional selection of wines for Guests to explore. The Fleming’s 100® — our award-winning collection of 100 wines by the glass — was born.

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Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

With its expanse of windows, a très chic lounge, and two decks overlooking the La Jolla Cove, this Eddie V’s is a strong contender for the city’s best view. As for the California cuisine, it’s a matter of splurging on top-notch steaks and fresh seafood with a few Asian twists thrown in. Read more in the Food Lovers’ Guide to San Diego.

Santa Barbara Spot Prawn with Berkshire Pork Belly and Fitzgerald Farm Peaches (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Wild Pacific Salmon Crudo with Mediterranean Vegetables and Aged Sherry-Shallot Vinaigrette (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

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