Now in its third generation of family ownership, the VG Donut & Bakery has called Cardiff home since 1969. This locally famous icon serves some of the best bakery items in all of San Diego, but it’s the wide range of classical donuts that keep long lines waiting nearly every morning any day of the week. Best of all, they are one block west of Highway 101 and the San Elijo State Beach, making access to the ocean just a simple walk. There’s no better experience in the morning than a freshly made donut hot from the oven and waiting to pair with your favorite coffee drink. Be sure to take your prize down the street and enjoy on a bench overlooking the spectacular views. Just remember to pack plenty of napkins! 106 Aberdeen Dr., Cardiff, 760-753-2400, vgbakery.com, Neighborhood: Cardiff by the Sea.
As a leader in San Diego’s culinary landscape for the last seventeen years, celebrated proprietor, restaurateur and interior designer Tracy Borkum’s CUCINA enoteca is a beautiful two-story, 7,000 sq ft restaurant and wine shop located in Del Mar’s Flower Hill Promenade.
The exceptional culinary team is led by Executive Chef Joe Magnanelli, who combines the flavors of Italy with the organic freshness of California. Keeping in line with the signature CUCINA experience, the modern Italian kitchen-meets-rustic-farmhouse concept presents guests with the same highly curated “restaurant to retail” environment found in their existing locations. Offering diners nearly everything for sale, including the customized furniture, lighting and décor, CUCINA enoteca Del Mar also features a dedicated wine shop where guests can purchase hand-selected wines at retail price, either to enjoy with their meal or take to go.
Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles a Long Beach, California-based soul food restaurant chain, is coming to the Barrio Logan neighborhood of San Diego by late 2016 and will span nearly 17,500 square feet. As the name states, Roscoe’s is best known for serving chicken and waffles, both together and separately, although they are also famous for their delicious greens, Mac and Cheese, hot water cornbread, and red beans and rice.
As humans we are innately curious creatures, and more than anything, we crave connection. Through valuable interactions we meet, we find and we discover, and that is the exact essence of the Spanish verb encontrar. Derived from this very word, and bringing this spirit to life, is the restaurant Encontro North Park. This new community hub is where discovery, connection and craft food get real. Here is where you will find fast, simple, authentic food complete with 21 rotating craft beers.
San Diego-based Cohn Restaurant Group, brings the region’s first self-serve beer and game bar to the downtown La Mesa neighborhood with the launch of COIN HAUS, a 2,400 square foot haven for the young-at-heart. Customers can enjoy more than 30 video game classics such as Super Mario Brothers, Donkey Kong, and Frogger, as well as new releases like Game of Thrones and Ghostbusters pinball, all accessible using the same wristband key fob that allows guests to enjoy beer, wine, as well as Boochcraft Kombucha and Cold Brew Coffee pouring from the 50 self-serve taps.
Breakfast Republic has officially opened its doors to hungry morning birds landing in Liberty Station. Having just hatched on July 16th, this new location has added an impressive cocktail menu to its flock of chirp-worthy dishes. You’re familiar with their location in North Park, but you’re sure to find some surprises in décor and taste at Liberty Station. I would love to invite you to start your day on the right foot (or claw) and see why BR will make you want to put all your eggs in one basket.