After one bite, you will be under the spell of The Duck Dive’s magical Voodoo Tacos. The coastal eatery gives the salmon tacos a kick with a special Sriracha- and Sculpin-based sauce that will surprise and impress taste buds. The unique sauce paired with the refreshing flavors of Napa cabbage and papaya salsa will leave you hungry for more. Celebrate Taco Tuesday the Southern California way. Set the buns and hot dogs aside, and dive into these delicious tacos.
It’s time to celebrate the most hauntingly fun month of the year!
From family-friendly pumpkin carving to spook-tacular after-hour parties, we’ve rounded up some of the finest fall happenings of America’s Finest City. Sport your favorite costume (or lederhosen) and join in these Halloween, Oktoberfest and Day of the Dead events.
Pacific and Mission Beach:
Head to the beach where The Duck Dive has a lineup of frighteningly-good October events. Starting on October 26th, Duck Dive kicks into the Halloween spirit with their BYOB Pumpkin Carving event. Carving tools will be provided as you sip on complimentary hot cider and munch roasted pumpkin seeds. The event begins at 9:00, with judging at 11:00 p.m., so don’t miss your opportunity to win!
When life hands you lemons, have yourself an adult lemonade! Check out some of the best lemonade stands on the San Diego block this National Lemonade Day, August 20th.
For a lemonade as refreshing as the ocean, visit The Duck Dive. Steps away from the sand, this restaurant takes fresh ingredients from the local Pacific Beach farmer’s market to create the Cucumber Lemonade with Absolut Elyx (house-infused with cucumber), lemon, fresh mint and agave.
Backyard Kitchen & Tap just rolled out a new cocktail menu that includes their new Cherry Limeade. This bright cocktail is made with Don Julio Silver, lemonade, grenadine, lime juice, lime wheel and a Maraschino cherry. A drink this good is sure to bring out the tequila-lover in all of us.
Just off North Park’s bustling University Avenue, True North Tavern is the ideal place to unwind and relax with craft cocktail in-hand. For a lemonade with a whiskey-twist, check out their Skinny Jeans Lemonade with Wild Turkey Rye Bourbon, fresh lemon juice, honey, orange bitters and soda.
Honor the farmers who provide the freshest products straight to the tables of your favorite restaurants. According to the San Diego Farm Bureau, San Diego County has the 12th largest farm economy among more than 3,000 counties nationally. Farming also adds $5.1 billion annual value to our economy. So whether you’re in the mood for a delicious brunch or a freshly made dinner, the following eateries make sure to shop locally by buying their food from family-owned locations around San Diego County.
Come enjoy one-of-a-kind desserts and celebrate National Dessert Day October 14th at these eight San Diego restaurants.
If your wish is to finish a hearty, Southern meal with a sugar-coated dessert, head to Brazen BBQ in Hillcrest. Order the Pig Candy Brownie infused with bacon and topped with creamy vanilla ice cream. Thinking of something more traditional? The Peach Cobbler will take you back to your grandma’s kitchen with its rich pastry lining stuffed with refreshing peaches.
Looking for a laidback place to relax and enjoy a refreshing dessert on the beachfront? The Duck Dive in Pacific Beach offers a variety of sweet endings to enjoy, including their Cheesecake Jar-fait layered in fresh strawberries and blueberry jam. Additional indulgences include the Chocolate Lava Cake drenched in warm chocolate with a soft, fudge-filled center and The Tableside S’mores for two or four.
Do you enjoy rich Mexican sweets fused with a twist of San Diego influence? Romesco offers Tijuana’s Border Churros prepared with a dulce leche dip and ice cream on the side. In the mood for something fruity? Try the Seasonal Berry Crepes filled with berry preserves and topped with homemade berry sauce and fresh cream.
Authentic French pastries are waiting to be tasted at Gaslamp’s boulangerie, Le Parfait Paris. This sweetshop offers customers a variety of hand-made French delicacies created by oh-so-French executive chef, Jean Francois Fays. Enjoy the Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich prepared with a soft, crunchy exterior and a creamy vanilla center. Or savor the taste of the Tarte Aux Fruits topped with seasonal, hand-picked fruits over an almond-flavored pastry crust.
Food Network holds contest for the nation’s best Bloody Mary
The Duck Dive’s General Manager and Bartender Rob McShea earned top honors for his “Jamaican Me Crazy” Bloody Mary recipe at this year’s NYC Wine and Food Festival. Now you have the opportunity to savor this unique winning cocktail from The Duck Dive’s new brunch menu, launching this Sunday.
California State Winner
McShea won at the statewide level and then advanced through the Food Network’s nationwide competition with his behemoth bloody concoction. Overall, Rob’s cocktail placed 2nd in the country. Made with Absolut Citron, yellow heirloom tomato puree, “Bloody Jerk” mix, agave nectar, a squeeze of lemon, two jerk rubbed prawns and a grilled mango chip as garnish, this bloody puts a tropical spin on the traditional hangover cure.
Check out Rob’s winning recipe from the NYC Wine and Food Festival’s CHOPPED Bloody Mary Contest.
Celebrate National Ice Cream Month This July
Crank it by hand on the back porch. Use liquid nitrogen. Order it at your favorite restaurant. Nearly 90% of this country’s population enjoys ice cream and its creation is anything but vanilla these days. National Ice Cream Month earned a legitimate designation by Congress and was endorsed by President Ronald Reagan back in 1984. In honor of National Ice Cream Month, here are a few local restaurants with frozen treats for you to try.
After a decadent (almost certainly spicy) dinner at Lotus Tai, which features some of the freshest and most innovative Thai dishes in the city—it’s time take it easy on your taste buds. As Buddha as our witness, the Fried Coconut Ice cream might just bring new meaning to word dessert. Visit either location, downtown in the East Village or the recently renovated location in Hillcrest.
There may be no place better in La Jolla to unwind after a busy day than at La Jolla Brewing Company. Endless beer selections, prime sports on TV and delicious cost-friendly American cuisine—what more could you ask for? Well, top off the night with a cherry (literally) and satisfy your sweet tooth with the Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich, topped with chocolate cookies, vanilla bean ice cream and amaretto whipped cream
The Wood in Pacific Beach offers jaw-dropping ocean views, incredible interior décor and seating, endless live entertainment and enough space (three floors in fact) to start a small army. Yet, what puts this PB hotspot over-the-top is their deliciously prepared food. After a meal, end the day with the Cookies and Cream Dream and savor homemade baked-to-order chocolate chip cookie, served warm on a flat iron skillet and topped with creamy vanilla bean ice cream, drizzled with warm chocolate syrup.
Headed to Hillcrest? Try Brazen BBQ, which has everything a true American foodie could ever dream of: slow-roasted BBQ, bold infusions of Southern California and southern cooking and endless variations of innovative and customized cuisine. Save room though, Brazen’s Ice Cream Float demands your pallet’s attention, and it’s something you won’t soon forget.
North Park’s favorite neighborhood destination for sports games and lively nightlife entertainment summons your sweet and savory side at True North Tavern. Enjoy their signature dessert dish which infuses the elements of hot n’ cold, the Coconut Banana Fritter is something nearly impossible to put into words—so try it for yourself. It features shaved coconut, fried bananas, chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream.
Above sea and street level in La Jolla is Prospect Bar & Grill, a chic, modernly elegant restaurant and lounge which manages to capture a perfectly informal, energetic So-Cal ambiance. Panoramic ocean views, live music, neighborhood warmth and creatively customized, delicious food selections; however, don’t be afraid to skip down to desert for the Strawberry Cheesecake French Vanilla Ice Cream Sundae.
Located in the wild heart of Pacific Beach, The Duck Dive offers casual beachgoers and nighttime party animals some of the best food and drink deals around. Featuring a handsome interior décor, HD televisions and unique wave wood-carving—The Duck Dive is closest place you’ll get in the water without getting in it. Toast National Ice Cream Month in surfer-style with Tom’s Cheesecake Donut & Ice Cream, delicious tailored to desert-perfection with a fried banana cheesecake pastry, dusted in cinnamon sugar, and served with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.