Elevate Your Dining Experience

San Diego Food FindsThe New Year brings us tableside cocktails, prime-aged meats, new restaurant openings, low-cal cocktails and so much more. So get out there, and opt to eat and drink the best our city has to offer!


Carne Prima – The newly opened Italian Steakhouse boasts a swank interior and roomy patio overlooking prime 5th Ave. It also offers an unmatched selection of USDA prime-aged steaks, which they patiently age in-house. In addition, they carry hard-to-find cuts like wagyu, and a 32oz. Tomahawk long bone that’s carved tableside. So get ready to be impressed, and up your meat game this year. www.carneprima.com

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Best Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips

Fish and chips is a hot dish of English origin but has become widely popular around the world. Battered and fried fish with deep-fried chips, this comfort food is a favorite at San Diego restaurants. We’ve rounded up the best places in the county to get your fish and chips fix.

Down by the shore, PB Shore Club has given their Fish N’ Chips a Southern California twist! Four pieces of beer battered Pacific Cod served with house sauce, tartar sauce and cocktail sauce. You also get your choice of tots, fruit, mixed greens, onion rings and fries. Wash it all down with Shore Club’s draft Modelo Especial’s.

A neighborhood chef-driven tavern, WESTROOT tavern in Carmel Valley has been serving heaping portions of Southern California inspired dishes. Listed under the comfort plates, the Fish & Chips WESTROOT tavern will fill you with comfort. Battered seasonal white fish served with root slaw and seasoned fries with jalapeno tartar sauce.

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San Diego Surfing Grub

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Pillbox Tavern Mahi Sandwich

Surfing and San Diego go hand-in-hand, even in the middle of winter. 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 surf session at one of the city’s best 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 late-night menu with classic snacks and the tacos are not to be missed!

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X Marks The Spot At Barrel Republic

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Bacon Wrapped Pork Belly, Smoked Salmon and Lamb Meatballs

Barrel Republic in Oceanside California, boasts a modern yet rustic barn atmosphere complete with wood barrels filled with 60 tap handles for beer aficionados to freely pour and enjoy. “The food menu is uniquely created for the Barrel; scratch, fresh and original craft food for craft beer,” says Executive Chef Michael Brown of Barrel Republic’s Oceanside location. “We use seasonal organic and local produce when it’s available, and all of our ingredients are sustainable.”

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Charcuterie Board with Angel’s Salumi

Brown attended Baltimore Culinary Arts Institute and has been in the kitchen for over thirty years since. He especially enjoyed his time working and learning from chef Michel Richard at Citronelle. “I am still learning the skills of the craft,” he says. “My knife skills are really strong, but my best skill is over-all kitchen leadership.”

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Cocktails From Around The World

Uptown Tavern Mojito

Whether served blended, on the rocks or neat; these cocktails are as unique to their countries as any national dish and this is where you can find them in San Diego.

Pina Colada – Puerto Rico

Do you like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain? The blended mixture of rum, pineapple and coconut cream can transport you to a Caribbean island. Many people claim to have been the ones that created this quintessential Puerto Rican cocktail but Tavern at the beach gives it a nice little PB kick. The Frozen Pineapple Express is whipped up Appleton Jamaican rum, spiced liqueur, fresh pineapple, coconut cream and lime.

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Flatbreads That Don’t Disappoint

San Diego Food FindsThere is more to a flatbread than what meets the dough so don’t settle for a dull flatbread again. Visit these San Diego restaurants for special flatbreads that don’t disappoint.

For great food and quality craft beers, dine in at Common Theory Public House. Order from a variety of their unique flatbreads such as their most popular, the “Daygo” Style made with Mozzarella, Tomato, and Almond Basil Pesto. For the meat lovers who need a savory addition, add bacon or sausage to sweeten the dish. Don’t forget to pair with one of the ever changing 30+ craft beers on tap.

Two American classics come together at Barrel Republic in Oceanside and Carlsbad when you order the Double Cheese Bacon “Burger” flatbread. This “burger” is fully loaded with lettuce, tomato, onion, mustard and ketchup. This is one dish you won’t want to share!

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New Restaurants Coming Soon

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Oreo Cookie Pancakes at Breakfast Republic

There’s no shortage of great restaurants in San Diego, and today we add to the list of the most anticipated openings for 2017!

Farmer’s Table (Opening February 2017)

Farmer’s Table is what La Mesa has been hungering for, bringing together fresh, local flavors and unique recipes to create innovative spins on time-tested family favorites. Celebrating the farm-to-table concept, Farmer’s Table will prove that food doesn’t need to be complicated to be good, and the owners will strive to let the natural flavors speak for themselves. “’Honest food done right’ pretty much sums up our mission,” says co-owner Alberto Morreale.

Address: 8141 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91941
Website: www.farmerstablelamesa.com

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Crudo Pride In Carmel Valley

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The new Crudo restaurant in Carmel Valley boasts Mediterranean-inspired cuisine with an Asian touch that features locally-sourced, gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian menu items. Renowned chef and owner Pascal Lorange takes pride in offering diners unique, yet simple presentations that you won’t find anywhere else in San Diego.

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Foie Gras Crudotini with Smoked Duck Breast, Fig Chutney, Scallions and Soy Balsamic

Belgian-born Lorange is a world renowned chef who has cooked in Michelin-star kitchens and been in the restaurant industry for more than 25 years.  As a child, he would accompany his family on weekly trips to the market to help his parents prepare his favorite dish, “pave de cabillaud” (cod steak). From the age of six, Lorange wanted to continue in the family tradition of four generations of chefs, including his grandfather, uncle, brother and nephew.

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Jazz Supper Club at Cusp

A Very Merry Jazz Supper Club Returns to Cusp Dining & Drinks where world-class music and merriment take over Hotel La Jolla’s 11th floor ocean view restaurant.

Celebrate the holidays in style at Cusp Dining & Drinks. On Thursday, Dec. 29, a special holiday Jazz Supper Club will take over Cusp’s ocean view dining room. Enjoy the sounds of the Gilbert Castellanos Trio as they perform holiday classics, while sipping on a variety of seasonal drinks that pair with dinner. Music starts at 6:30pm, reservations from 5pm. cusprestaurant.com – 858-551-3620.

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Side Dishes Worth Ordering

Grilled Little Gems at Encontro

Explore, experiment, and titillate your taste buds with tasty side dishes that are often times overlooked. Another advantage is that these dishes can be swapped out for a gratifying meal!

Over 15 sides to choose from, how will you ever make up your mind? Wood Ranch in Mission Valley has a broad range of sides to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. How does a bowl of Loaded Mashed Potatoes sound? Or hot plate of Skillet Baked Beans? Pretty tasty, huh? Wood Ranch has delicious and decadent sides that will make you want to cheat on your entrée!

Encontro in North Park is stepping up the side game with their a la carte dishes. Tickle your tongue with Patatas Bravas, salt roasted red potatoes with pickled fresno aioli or charred Grilled Little Gems. Try the Mary’s Fried Chicken Sliders made with all-natural chicken breast, sriracha aioli, coleslaw all on a brioche bun. Be sure to save room for your entrée with these game changing sides!

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Vegan and Vegetarian Options

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Jump onto the Meatless Monday trend and visit an eatery with easy-to-navigate vegan and vegetarian menus at the following San Diego locations.

Plant-based foods are served up at South Park’s Mexican eatery, Del Sur Mexican Cantina, in addition to all the Mexican staples such as hearty burritos, enchiladas and tacos. Order up the house-made guacamole with fresh chunks of avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, house pico and lime while you peruse your options. The Jackfruit Tacos are adobe marinated and served with cabbage, poblano crema and chipotle aioli. Try the vegan-friendly Green Mole and Vegetable Tamales or the Veggie Enchiladas a la cart for more variety.

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Ceviche Wednesdays At Sirena Cocina

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Sirena Cocina Latina and Chef Jaime Chavez invite all ceviche lovers to experience Ceviche Wednesdays, when talented pros from both sides of the border demonstrate their ceviche mastery from 5pm-9pm. Come for the ceviche and stay for the full menu of Latin America-inspired fare. Diners can opt for individual ceviches made with seafood, vegetables or tenderloin for $9 each from the à la carte menu, or choose the “chef’s whim” tasting flight of three guest-chef created ceviches with a craft beer for $21. Each Ceviche Wednesday will spotlight one of the 24 Valle de Guadalupe wineries represented by La Mision Associates and Michelle Martain. Optional wine tastings will include 3 to 5 wines for only $15.

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Pappalecco Expands Locations

Pappalecco, a local Tuscan coffee, pastry and dining destination, will have five locations throughout the San Diego area by the end of 2016. Pappalecco is known for its unique Tuscan-style cuisine, authentic Italian experience and friendly guest service. The stores, or “homes” as the brother-owner duo like to call it, are located in Little Italy, Hillcrest, Kensington and Cardiff by the Sea, with Del Mar Highlands opening in mid-December. The extensive menu includes breakfast, organic coffee, paninis, pizza, salads, gelato, homemade pastries, wine and beer, and more.

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Mendocino Farms La Jolla

Mendocino Farms, Southern California’s beloved sandwich destination with a mission of helping guests “Eat Happy,” is pleased to announce the opening of its 15th restaurant location in The Shops at La Jolla Village in the La Jolla area of San Diego. Mendocino Farms features a dynamic chef-driven menu that changes with the seasons and offers guests a gourmet fast casual dining option at affordable prices. Devoted to partnering with local farms and food artisans to create inspired dishes, the culinary team specializes in approachably adventurous sandwiches and salads using fine dining-quality techniques and ingredients. The new Mendocino Farms restaurant is located adjacent to Whole Foods Market, and will be one of the premier dining destinations for the newly redeveloped shopping center and immediate surrounding neighborhoods. 

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Comfort Food Defines Tradition

Mom’s Peach Cobbler at Wood Ranch

There’s no one food that defines American comfort food. Filled with an array of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and traditions each state has developed their own comfort food. One thing these dishes have in common is their ability to make you feel warm, nostalgic, and just a tiny bit indulgent. Get a national taste of comfort food dishes right here in San Diego.

Peach Cobbler – Georgia

A classic Southern dessert, dozens of places serve up treats that feature Georgia’s finest peaches but only Wood Ranch in Mission Valley gets it right. This deep dish cobbler is made with Freestone peaches and topped with whole grains, brown sugar, cinnamon and scoops of vanilla bean ice cream.

Gumbo – Louisiana

There are few dishes more representative of the great state of Louisiana than gumbo. Gumbo is defined by its roux and thickened, seafood or chicken and extra additions like okra or hard-boiled eggs. Brazen BBQ makes a hearty Cajun Gumbo with smoked chicken and Cajun sausage served over a bed of white rice. Try Brazen’s take on this Louisiana staple.

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