December 5th, Prohibition or Repeal Day, honors the rich traditions of imbibing and the legitimacy of our beloved bartenders. There is no better way to celebrate than at San Diego’s oldest taverns or with era-themed parties and classic drinks that give a nod to the last 83 years of drinking legally. So gather some friends and observe our constitutional rights at these local San Diego watering holes!
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The holidays are here, which means the season of spending has also arrived. Make your wallet happy by spending less before the time of giving with these San Diego restaurants and bars that offer happy hour entrees and drinks, all under $10!
Indulge in “farm-to-fork” munchies made with organic ingredients and drinks to pair at Farmer’s Bottega, every day between 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday all night at the bar. The Organic Grape Tomato Bruschetta and the Heirloom Tomato Flatbread are perfect starters for the evening and should be enjoyed with a glass of the House Red Wine, a Fresh Puree Bellini in either Strawberry or Blackberry, or a Kombucha cocktail as a Mojito, Margarita, or Mule.
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For visitors and locals alike these restaurants are sure to provide unforgettable evenings offering both traditional Thanksgiving buffets with favorites like roasted turkey and herb stuffing, to three and four-course dinners with unique savory and sweet selections.
Tidal at Paradise Point Resort & Spa | Mission Bay
Gather at Paradise Point Resort & Spa’s signature restaurant, Tidal, right on the shores of San Diego’s Mission Bay for a coastal dining experience this Thanksgiving. Chef Dan Tangalin welcomes you to taste a festive three-course Thanksgiving dinner with optional wine pairings. Seasonal savory menu highlights include apple and walnut salad, butternut squash soup, brown sugar brined free range turkey, maple leaf duck breast, apple cider-coriander glazed pork cheeks, and more followed by delectable desserts such as pumpkin mousse. Reservations are recommended and available from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Adults $65, wine pairings $25, kids $32) with vegetarian and kids options available. To make a reservation call, 858.490.6363.
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With Black Friday right around the corner, it’s time to start planning to get the best specials in town. Check out our picks for some of San Diego’s hottest Black Friday dining deals!
The Commons | San Diego, CA
The Commons, located just steps away from Horton Plaza, will be celebrating Black Friday with a $5 domestic beer and Commons Burger special. Black Friday enthusiasts are encouraged to stop by and re-fuel while shopping at Horton Plaza.
Rustic Root | San Diego, CA
A rooftop respite from the chaos of Black Friday, Rustic Root is an ideal place to rest those weary feet and enjoy half-priced appetizers and $2 off timeless cocktails and draft beers after shopping through the Gaslamp District. Serving fantastic rustic American / global comfort cuisine alongside drinks from an incredible craft cocktail program, Rustic Root is one of San Diego’s best destinations for Black Friday shoppers.
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The San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival ® launches ticket sales for its 13th annual culinary classic held November 14-20, 2016, and announces an impressive lineup of new events and celebrity chefs. Featuring over 40 citywide tasting experiences, Southern California’s largest food and wine festival will welcome 10,000 eager epicurean enthusiasts to America’s Finest City.
Celebrity chefs slated to headline events throughout the week include: Rick Moonen of rm Seafood and Rx Boiler Room; Rick Bayless of Frontera Grill; Michelle Bernstein of Cena by Michy; Marcus Samuelsson of Red Rooster Harlem, Ginny’s Supper Club, and Streetbird Rotisserie; Cosmo Goss of The Publican Restaurant; Erling Wu-Bower of Nico Osteria; Suzette Gresham of Acquerello; Gale Gand, acclaimed pastry chef; television personalities, Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh, the Hearty Boys; Stephanie Prida of Manresa; Renee Erickson of The Whale Wins, Boat Street Café, The Walrus and the Carpenter, and Barnacle; Steve Santana of Taquiza; Justin Woodward of Castagna; Dean James Max of DJM Restaurants, and Chef Jason French of Ned Ludd.
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Ponsaty’s Restaurant, Rancho Santa Fe’s hidden dining gem, is pleased to announce its White Truffle Dinner, celebrating the upcoming holiday season. The over-the-top dinner will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 1st.
Master French Chef Patrick Ponsaty will create must-have dishes including Pheasant and Duck Liver Mousse with Truffle Carpaccio, Aspen Ridge Beef Tournedos served with Maine Lobster and White Truffles, Dover Sole Soufflé with White Truffle Risotto and a Chicken Reduction, and Poached Veal Shoulder Blanquette with Winter Vegetables and White Truffle Veloute.
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Since opening doors this past March, Liberty Public Market has propelled San Diego’s culinary reputation forward and has attracted a national spotlight as the city’s first successful food hall. With 27 debut local artisans and purveyors currently operating within the market, overarching hospitality collective Blue Bridge Hospitality announces four new incoming tenants, utilizing the remaining empty spaces on-site. These spaces were intentionally left unrented prior to the market’s launch, in order to gauge what would complement the existing lineup of vendors inside the bustling food hall. A gourmet candy store, Lolli San Diego Sweets, and Venissimo’s new panini shop, Attic Salt, just recently opened doors. Coming this Fall, Hillcrest’s Pho 5th Avenue will see brand expansion into Liberty Public Market and will be joined by a renowned artisan deli, Roast, out of Canada’s Victoria Public Market.
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Halloween is only a few weeks away and even though the spooky celebration lands on a Monday, San Diego is offering many ways to dawn a costume and celebrate all weekend (or month) long! Here’s our a roundup of San Diego’s funnest events, from “tricks and treats” to “boos and booze.”
Get ready for spooky Halloween fun at Madame B’s Haunted Coco Club (Miss B’s Coconut Club)! Nothing says Halloween like some frightful family fun. This year, the whole family can have a scary good time filled with daring games and wild costume contests!
Miss B’s Coconut Club in Mission Beach is hosting a spooktacular Halloween fest for the whole family. Madame B’s Haunted Coco Club has brewed up a day full of courageous activities for mom, dad and the kids. Families can limbo for their life, make creepy tiki lanterns, or take a daring chance over at Miss B’s Little Table of Horrors. Don’t forget to wear your most ghoulish Halloween costumes for the family costume contest. The best dressed family takes home the grand prize!
This shipwrecked Halloween will take place on Saturday October 29 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. and feature spooky mocktails for the little monsters. Parents can indulge in Liquified Brain Slushies and Dead Man’s Brew Specials. There’s fun to be had for all!
Visit Miss B’s Coconut Club or call (858) 381-0855 for more information. Miss B’s Coconut Club is located at 3704 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109.
PUMPKIN TREATS BY LOCAL CHEFS
Alberto Morreale, Farmer’s Bottega
“As for pumpkin patches, we love going to Oma’s pumpkin patch in Lakeside. There is a cotton seed slide and a dairy farm with newborn cows for the kids to enjoy. Also, my daughter, Alessia and I carve a pumpkin together every year and make sure to bake the fresh salted pumpkin seeds and scoop out just enough pumpkin to add to her and my wife’s homemade pumpkin pies. We also make a spicy chipotle pumpkin soup with sliced avocado, it’s just the right mix of sweet, salty and spicy. Halloween is a great way to kick off the fall season.”
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Banana Pancakes At Fig Tree Cafe
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, which is why it should also be the sweetest. Get wild and have dessert for breakfast! Check out these seven San Diego restaurants for a sugar rush sure to last the whole day.
You won’t want to miss out on Breakfast Republic’s Oreo Pancakes! Crushed Oreos and a sweet frosting glaze sit between three pancakes topped with more Oreo pieces and sprinkled with powdered sugar. These are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth!
Have a fruity start to the day when you head True North Tavern for Sunday NFL Brunch. Try the Berries & Banana Burrita made with sliced bananas, fresh strawberries, blueberries and cream cheese frosting rolled into a crispy tortilla, sliced and topped with a caramel pecan sauce. The fruit totally counts as healthy right!?
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Celebrated Chef, Owner Carl Schroeder to Commemorate Anniversary with 10-Course Dinner and Pairing
Shrimp Crusted Alaskan Halibut (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana From the Market Restaurant + Bar Cookbook)
Since opening 10 years ago, MARKET Restaurant + Bar, located at 3702 Via De La Valle in Del Mar, has remained one of the most highly regarded restaurants in Southern California with owner and executive chef, Carl Schroeder, at the helm.
In celebration of the milestone, Schroeder will host two commemorative 10-course dinner and wine pairings that will honor some of the most popular dishes since MARKET’s opening in 2006. Held Thursday, Nov. 10 and Friday, Nov. 11, the dinners will begin at 6 p.m. Featured dishes include Cabernet braised prime beef short ribs, miso-marinated cod “hot pot,” blue cheese soufflé and the smoked prime rib eye cap, among others.
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Rancho La Puerta has release the dates for its next two Brunch Wine Bazar events, set to take place on November 20 and December 4. The Brunch Wine Bazar is an incredible day of Baja Med Cuisine from the Ranch’s La Cocina Que Canta; culinary demonstrations; delicious wine tastings featuring Valle de Guadalupe wines, and a dedicated Bazar, featuring goods handcrafted in Mexico. The brunch wine bazar at Rancho La Puerta includes a gourmet farm brunch, including seasonal dishes such as Executive Chef Denise Roa’s white fish ceviche with tropical fruit and chilies; grilled tostadas de pulpo topped with apple parsley slaw; housemade jams and fresh baked breads, all accompanied by a dynamic range of Valle de Guadalupe wine tastings and pairings.
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Organic Quinoa Wrap At Como Ceviche
Grab a few friends or loved ones and set sail to find San Diego’s iconic dishes from the sea.
From the deepest depths of the sea, head on over to Bracero Cocina de Raiz for the Grilled Octopus, assorted with meyer lemon, olives, crispy garbanzo beans, yuzu roasted peanuts and jalapeno. This Baja Mediterranean dish is one to get your “tentacles” on. Are you fishing for a meal less daring? Then the Pan Seared Fish of the Day is a superb alternative. With red pipian, a black bean puree, seasonal mushrooms and verdolaga, enjoy the latest catch in this wholesome dish.
Get fishy with it at The Fish Shop in Pacific Beach and Encinitas. Customize your palate by building your own dish such as tacos, a salad, a sandwich or plate with freshly caught fish in a marinade or seasoning of your choosing. The Fish Shop, established in 2010, has become a local favorite and a hub for the freshest fish in each of their locations. In a rush to get home but still need a plan for dinner? Stop at The Fish Shop market to order the daily catch selections to make in the comfort of your own kitchen.
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Ravioli Ganchio Classici At Bencotto
Fall is officially underway and this means a craving for comfort foods such as everyone’s all-time favorite—pasta. With National Pasta Day on October 17th and World Pasta Day on October 25th, you can indulge in unique specialties such as squid-ink pasta and braised oxtail raviolini at some of San Diego’s top Italian eateries.
Bottega Americano’s Pappardelle
Enjoy dried-egg pappardelle noodles with a tender braised lamb sugo topped with pecorino cheese and fresh mint this National Pasta Day. This dish from Bottega Americano focuses on bringing classic Italian flavors to every bite.
1195 Island Ave. San Diego, CA/(619) 255-7800/www.bottegaamericano.com
Monello’s Spaghetti Neri con Polipo
You haven’t lived until you’ve tried Monello’s home-made Squid Ink pasta! Enjoy Spaghetti Neri con Polipo made with black squid-ink spaghetti, mildly spicy lobster bisque sauce and sautéed octopus for $22. Please note, Monello is closed on Mondays (including National Pasta Day) but foodies can stop by any other time to enjoy this delicious pasta creation.
750 W. Fir Street Suite 201 San Diego, CA/(619) 501-0030/www.lovemonello.com
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Oreo Cookie Pancakes At Breakfast Republic
Breakfast has been transformed and these pancakes have taken the lead. With these hot cakes, they won’t be the only ones flipping with excitement for breakfast.
Soothe your sweet tooth with Breakfast Republic’s Oreo Cookie Pancakes that are sure to distract you from those Sunday night blues. Are you looking to mix it up? Get creative with the Flight of 3 Pancakes! Choose 3 pancakes of your liking between the original Buttermilk, Oreo Cookie, Bacon, Churro, Apples 2 Ways, Cinnamon Roll, Pineapple Upside Down or Mint Chocolate Chip. Customization at its finest!
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Every holiday is better celebrated with good food and Dia de los Muertos is no exception. Save the date for October 26 because Bracero Cocina de Raiz in Little Italy is hosting a special dinner in honor of this Mexican holiday that you won’t want to miss!
Bracero invites guests to discover the bold flavors of authentic Mexican cuisine through a prix fixe menu and, as an optional enhancement, wine pairings from the Valle de Guadalupe region will be offered.
Three guest chefs are expected to join Chef Javier Plascencia and Chef Diana Barroso at Bracero for this exceptional event. Chefs Iker Castillo, Xavier Perez Stone and Juana Bravo all hail from different regions of Mexico and will be contributing their own talents and recipes to help create a remarkable meal in celebration of the holiday.
Join Bracero this upcoming Dia de los Muertos and indulge in Mexican fare that’s high in both quality and flavor.
In support of national Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, we wanted to share with you how San Diego is thinking pink all month long. From a Battle of the Bras: No Limit Hold ‘em Poker Tournament at Harrah’s Resort Southern California to a beachfront Drink Pink fundraiser at FIREHOUSE American Eatery + Lounge to luxurious spa specials, these hotels, restaurants and shops have partnered with various nonprofits to raise awareness and join the fight against the disease.
Harrah’s Resort Southern California | San Diego, Calif.
Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Harrah’s Resort Southern California by dealing into the annual Battle of the Bras: No Limit Hold ‘em Poker Tournament on Saturday, October 8. Play alongside special celebrity guests: American Nina Warrior Host, Matt Iseman; Original winner of Last Comic Standing, Dat Phan; stand-up comedian and actor Mark Christopher Lawrence; actress Adrienne Marie Wilkinson; and stand-up comedian Moranzio Vance! Players have the chance to win big by knocking out a celebrity bounty for special prizes. The tournament has $65 buy-in with a $25 tax deductible donation for $10,000 in non-negotiable tournament chips. Additionally, on Thursday, October 29 enjoy a night of laughs with stand-up comedian, actor, director, producer, writer, singer, musician, voice artist, Martin Lawrence while supporting the American Cancer Society. Tickets for the Comedy Show featuring Martin Lawrence start at $53 and are available here.
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Home to culinary innovation and craft cocktails, one-of-a-kind boutiques and fresh musical acts, there’s no arguing that North Park has increasingly become a go-to San Diego destination. With the fall season on the horizon, North Park is adding to the excitement with events that are putting the neighborhood permanently on the map in more ways than one.
Looking to sample all that North Park has to offer? The Taste of North Park is back and better than ever with 50 participating restaurants, 15 local breweries and 15 neighboring businesses joining in on all the fun! On Saturday, October 15 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., participants will be treated with a walking tour through North Park, enjoying the community’s finest bites and sips while exploring local galleries and boutiques. Participating restaurants and breweries include an exciting lineup of neighborhood veterans and newbies alike including West Coast Tavern, Urban Solace and Mike Hess Brewing (just to name a few!). Foodies and connoisseurs of the craft can get their tickets to this delicious event by visiting www.northparkmainstreet.com.
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The Fourteenth annual gathering to “Celebrate the Craft” will take place on Sunday, October 30th at The Lodge at Torrey Pines®. For the past fourteenth years, “Celebrate the Craft” has been one of Southern California’s premier showcases for regionally grown ingredients and innovative cooking and winemaking.
As in years past, the celebration featured the finest food artisans from across California’s broad culinary spectrum, which demonstrated, discussed, showcased, and tasted their way through the vast array of premium food products available throughout the state. “Celebrate the Craft” delights anyone eager for food prepared with natural ingredients and careful craftsmanship. “The growing season runs year-round in our neck of Southern California, and the local agricultural community takes full advantage, affording us a unique variety of the freshest produce,” said Jeff Jackson, Executive Chef at A.R. Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines and an innovator of fresh, regional cuisine. “With a daily abundance of fresh food to work with, it’s little wonder our local chefs are so creative.”
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Tacos at Romesco
In honor National Taco Day on October 4th, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best places in San Diego to go out and grab a taco.
If you’re in the mood for a more refined taco eating experience, head downtown to Bracero Cocina de Raiz. Their Lamb Neck Barbacoa, made with kombucha pasilla salsa and garnished with cilantro, pairs well with any of their handcrafted cocktails made in their exclusive vertical bar. Vegetarian? Try their Cauliflower Tortita with avocado and pickled red onion.
Find time to head over to Romesco Mexiterranean Bistro in Bonita, a local favorite. Their Tijuana Street Food lunch special includes their mouthwatering fish or shrimp tacos. Meticulously pieced together with a Chupacabras pale ale batter, pico de gallo and fresh Mexican cream, this masterful mix of Mediterranean and Mexican cuisine is sure to have you shouting “Ay dios mio!”
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The Popper at Barleymash
October is National Pizza Month! Grab a slice and take a bite out of these pies and flatbreads you won’t want to miss. These San Diego eateries are sure to steal a ‘pizza’ your heart.
Bringing a slice of the Big Apple to America’s Finest City, The New Yorker was designed to convey an East Coast neighborhood bar and kitchen feel whilst embracing downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. Set inside the historic Chinese Laundry building built in 1923, the menu boasts New York Style pizza slices and whole pies, Buffalo wings, deli sandwiches, burgers and soups.
Neapolitan-inspired pizzas made with hand-tossed dough, from red sauce to white pies The New Yorker has just what you like. Starters include classic New York items, such as, Hot Buffalo Wings and a Yankee Stadium Pretzel. If you’re craving a slice or a whole pie, The New Yorker always has four types of slices on hand, red pizzas and white ones made to order or custom design your very own with over 15 toppings to choose from. You can’t go wrong with the San Diego Pizza, fresh spinach, pepperoni, bacon and gorgonzola. Or go for a classic, the Pepperoni or Crispy Pepperoni with fresh mozzarella cheese and pepperoni. End your meal on a sweet note with a slice of New York Cheesecake or house made Tiramisu.
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Stout Braised Short Ribs at Barleymash
Despite San Diego’s proximity to the ocean and the fantastic Mexican food just south of the border, short ribs are stealing the spotlight at many local eateries. The rise in popularity comes as no surprise; this tender dish is packed with flavor and slides off the bone. Head to these six San Diego restaurants cooking up some the best short rib dishes in town.
Carmel Valley’s newest addition, WESTROOT tavern, is firmly rooted in a culture that encompasses fresh food that is infused with Southern California style. Stop by for dinner and try the All Natural Short Rib. Juicy short ribs in a demi-glaze with roasted potatoes, garlic bok choy, snap peas and chives. This dish will warm you right up with its rich demi-glaze.
Known for alcohol-infushed dishes, barleymash in the beating heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, has a beer-infused short rib dish. The Stout-Braised Short Ribs are braised for hours and served over a bed of arugula-mashed potatoes and roasted farmhouse veggies topped with crispy tobacco onions with a horseradish-coffee demi glaze. Deliciously satisfying and filling, this dish will have you coming back for more.
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Let’s face it, with each year, comes a new standard. The stakes get higher, the competition soars, and once again the bar is set higher. Have you ever wondered which San Diego restaurants are pushing these limits, shattering standards, and mastering the art of the dining scene? Look no further than these six restaurants that are, once again, raising the bar.
This prime piece of North Park real estate, Encontro , has people raving about the chic and sleek interior and relaxed atmosphere. Adorned with wood and metal accents, LED lighting, big windows and trendy barstools, the design is enough to get you in the door. Once you’re there, enjoy your choice of 21 rotating craft beers or hard root beer, while satisfying your early or late-night food cravings with one of their signature sausage plates, portobello fries, or a fresh and hearty salad.
America is rooted in giving people freedom of choice, and why should craft beer be any different? Barrel Republic has mastered this concept of self-serve with their “Freedom to Pour” motto, freedom to compare, and freedom to be amongst other like-minded craft beer enthusiasts. This is not your typical bar. At Barrel Republic in Pacific Beach or Oceanside, you are your own bartender and can sample from over 40 different rotating taps that line the wall of this vintage barrel-themed bar.
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This September, San Diego Restaurant Week will CELEBRATE LOCAL by showcasing the fresh and delicious ingredients that our region is known for, from Sunday, September 25th through Sunday, October 2nd, 2016. San Diego residents and tourists’ alike benefit from San Diego’s year-round growing season, providing access to seasonal, nutritious, local food that will be featured this September during San Diego Restaurant Week.
For EIGHT DAYS ONLY enjoy dishes compiled of local products and ingredients at over 180 participating restaurants throughout San Diego County. Dinner will be served as a three-course, prix-fixe menu for just $20, $30, $40 or $50 per person and lunch will be served as a two-course prix-fixe menu for only $10, $15 or $20 per person.
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