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Fresh Seasonal Fare at Red Card Cafe

Chino Farms Yellow Heirloom Gazpacho with Basil, Chili and Olive Oil

Red Card Cafe is a family-owned and operated gastropub-restaurant serving the world’s most popular street foods and contemporary fare inspired by the far reaches of the globe.

Braised Spanish Octopus with Romesco, Frisee, Lentils and Toast

A native of San Francisco’s East Bay region, Executive Chef Jeff Larson helms the kitchen, offering a creative and seasonally-charged menu that he describes as “thought out, yet approachable.”

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Savor Italian Cuisine at Dolce At The Highlands

Stonefruit Salad

Dolce at the Highlands in the Village of Pacific Highland Ranch just off Highway 56 and Carmel Valley Road boasts a sophisticated ambiance paired with a unique energetic vibe. Diners can enjoy traditional Italian American cuisine in a comfortable setting surrounded by quality design.

Crispy Fried Baby Artichoke Hearts

Dolce’s Executive chef Rhoelle Gabriel offers made from scratch specialties from ingredients sourced locally or directly from Italy. “We try to keep our dishes interesting and different,” she says. “I just want to create great  tasting food!”

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Officine Buona Forchetta Is Hot New Restaurant

Burrata Sorrentina

Recently, I was in Italy dining with Master Italian Chef Mario Cassineri. No wait, I was actually at Officine Buona Forchetta in Liberty Station, which is located in the Point Loma community of San Diego. Cooking from the heart, Cassineri serves up simple but universal dishes that remind me of my Italian home, initiating comfort food memories that will last a lifetime.

Salmon Salad

Restaurant founder Matteo Cattaneo joined forces with Cassineri (executive chef and partner of BiCE), to launch Officine Buona Forchetta. Driven by authentic Italian-inspired dishes, the menu draws from the original Buona Forchetta location in South Park, including their hard to beat Neapolitan-style pies, as well as upscale Northern Italian entree and dessert selections overseen by chefs Mario Cassineri, Francesca Peroncelli and Fernando Gorrino. 

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The Oceanaire Seafood Room Lives Up To Its Name

Amuse Bouche: Poached Shrimp, Finger Lime Caviar, Poblano Pesto, Fresno Aioli, Pink Champagne Sorbet, and Togarashi Dust.

The Oceanaire Seafood Room lives up to its name by offering only the finest and freshest sustainably caught seafood.

Japan Hamachi Crudo with Coconut-Curry Noodles, Finger Lime, and Peanut.
With its sprawling, dark-wood dining room and tables adorned in white linen, you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped back in time to a classic 1930s ocean liner.

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Sushi Rocks An Attitude At Wrench and Rodent

Wahoo in Burnt Beet BBQ Sauce

Considered one of the most innovative sushi restaurants in North County, sushi rocks an attitude at Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub.

Tuna Nigiri with Baked Apple
Local Yellowtail with Beet Relish

Owner and chef Davin Waites’s approach is unconventional, resulting in complex flavors that keep diners coming from all parts of Southern California.

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