Rubio’s® Introduces Crispy Shrimp with a Twist

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Rubio’s® Restaurants, the brand known for its uniquely delicious coastal cuisine and popularizing the fish taco, is adding to its selection of sustainable seafood options with the introduction of the Panko-Crusted Crispy Shrimp Two Taco Plate and Burrito. Created and developed by Co-Founder Ralph Rubio and the Rubio’s culinary team, the dishes are a modern, coastal take on crispy shrimp. Starting February 28, the Panko-Crusted Crispy Shrimp Two Taco Plate and Burrito will be available for a limited time.

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Mardi Gras San Diego Style

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While San Diego is quite a few miles from the French Quarter in New Orleans, that doesn’t mean that Mardi Gras can’t be celebrated out on the West Coast! A few local bars and restaurants will be doing their best to celebrate the Fat Tuesday holiday on February 28th.

Nestled in Solana Beach’s quaint Fletcher Cove neighborhood, Pillbox Tavern has become a cherished spot for friends and family of the neighborhood to connect. Pillbox Tavern is Solana Beach’s best kept-secret as its cozy atmosphere and home-style cooking keeps everyone coming back for more. This Mardi Gras, celebrate with some authentic flavors of New Orleans cuisine and specialty themed cocktails. Executive Chef Shelly Velez is serving up platters of BBQ Shrimp and Jambalaya. Looking for something sweeter? Try her homemade beignets for dessert. Behind the bar, you can’t go wrong with a French 75 or a classic Hurricane.

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Oreo Cookie Crunch Dessert at Wood Ranch

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The Oreo Cookie Crunch dessert at Wood Ranch in Mission Valley, Hazard Center is next level when it comes to satisfying that sweet tooth. Vanilla bean ice cream is hand rolled in ground Oreo cookies, creating these little balls of heaven. Three of them are then plated and topped with a decadent caramel sauce, fudge and fluffy whip cream. If you’re dining with a friend, it would be wise to order your own (not to share), so you can have these sinfully delectable treats all for yourself.

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March Is National Nutrition Month

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Eating healthy doesn’t have to be a bore.  Get ready to invigorate your diet, because March marks National Nutrition Month, and San Diego is the perfect place to celebrate!  This fit city is home to some of the very best wholesome and healthy restaurants, complete with a sunny outdoor atmosphere.  Savor the flavor of eating right at these San Diego restaurants, where the healthy choice certainly doesn’t disappoint!

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Visit The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch

Warm weather, sunny days and spring break are right around the corner. If you’re over this chilly San Diego weather, get a head start on your spring needs at The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch!

Load your body up with healthy eats and plenty of vitamins to shake those winter colds away. Stop by Vitality Tap and nourish your body with fresh and organic juices. Feeling wild? Down a Detox Shot with cayenne pepper or sign up for a juice cleanse. Stop by Trader Joe’s and shop for the season’s healthiest offerings. Locally sourced produced and fair trade products on the shelves will keep your body strong.

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Annual Spring Busker Festival

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For the eleventh consecutive year, Seaport Village is welcoming the most colorful, entertaining and eccentric street performers to its annual Spring Busker Festival. On Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5, 2017, fire breathers, acrobats, jugglers and contortionists will return for another spectacular weekend of live street entertainment. The free festival runs from noon to 6 p.m. each day bringing incredible energy and unforgettable acts to the cobblestone streets of San Diego’s waterfront.

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Cooking Over Fire Is Big Draw at FIRESIDE

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Cocktails: Blueberries in Paradise and The Scofflaw

Gather over wood-fired food, craft cocktails and wine at the newly opened Fireside by the Patio in Point Loma. Consulting Chef Antonio Friscia and Chef de Cuisine Mike Ground and team, offer a menu that revolve’s around the world’s most timeless cooking tool – FIRE!

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Smoked Trout + Quinoa Salad

Yakitori-style grilled and skewered proteins and vegetables as well as salmon, bbq ribs, burgers, pork chops and eclectic flatbreads are cooked over fire or smoked in one of the custom grills or ovens. A chalkboard menu of daily rotating wood-fired proteins available to pick up or enjoy in the restaurant.

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Where to Find Fruit Infused Cocktails

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Spring is in the air and so are fruit-infused cocktails! Treat your spring fever with these San Diego restaurants that offer cocktails perfectly suited to the season.

Looking for a laidback experience at a neighborhood bar? Look no further than True North Tavern in North Park. Sit back and watch a game on one of their numerous sports bar-style flat screens as you sip on a refreshing spring-inspired cocktail. Made with Hendrick’s gin, St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur, pomegranate, cucumber, lime, Simple Syrup and soda, the Edgar Allen Pomegranate is a zesty combination of floral, tart, sweet and sour that will invigorate your taste buds with essential springtime flavors.

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Celebrate National Margarita Day

An intricate balance of sweet, salty, sour and bitter, the margarita is one of the most popular cocktails in the U.S., and for good reason. Let’s toast to National Margarita Day on February 22nd with these top San Diego restaurants and their variations of the beloved beverage!

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Seafood Breakfast Trending Now

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Seafood for breakfast has begun popping up as a new trend for health fanatics and fish lovers alike. Whether you’re looking to dine on the lighter side or simply indulge in traditional SoCal fare to start the day, San Diego offers a variety of restaurants suited to fit your seafood breakfast and brunch needs.

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Underbelly II North Park

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You won’t leave hungry from this new 2,300 square-foot ramen bar boasting a replica menu of its sister space at 750 West Fir Street. A yakatori menu rotates nightly with 20 different options ranging from heirloom tomatoes, cauliflower, oysters and scallops, to more adventurous items like beef tongue, chicken hearts and quail eggs. Experience different house-made broths, including a miso ramen complete with corn, pickled garlic and chicken. UnderBelly’s local brewery offers a 16 tap lineup. Wine and sake is available at the bar as well.

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Richard Walker’s Pancake House

Owner Richard Walker of Richard Walker’s Pancake House has wisely stuck to what he knows best—keeping a signature light touch on his piano and his restaurant’s stove top, where fresh ingredients become classic breakfast fare that satisfies the modern soul.

“I first heard Bach in High School and the heavens opened up,” Walker says. “People put themselves in little boxes and say they only like certain kinds of music. What I’ve come to believe is that I like everything—music, food, and just about anything that is done with passion and excellence.”

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