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Roll With It At Ken Sushi Workshop

Hula Roll
Hula Roll

Don’t miss this Japanese fusion restaurant in the Carmel Valley neighborhood of San Diego where Chef Ken offers unique sushi roll presentations.

Ken Sushi
Ahi Special

Tucked away in an unassuming business park near the I-5 and 56 interchange is one of the more impressive sushi establishments in Southern California.  

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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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Nick & G’s Is Big Draw In Rancho Santa Fe

Mussels Brodetto: green lipped mussels, garlic, white wine, and herb bread crumbs.

Savor unique Mediterranean/Italian food at Nick & G’s, nestled in the heart of Rancho Santa Fe. Choose from an enticing selection of signature flatbreads and pastas, as well as meat and seafood dishes.

Calamari Gremolata with lemon caper aioli and checca sauce.

Enjoy the restaurant’s warm and inviting dining room, or a seat on their cozy outdoor patio. With Executive Chef Brian Freerksen heading up the kitchen, Nick & G’s satisfies every discriminating palate.

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Full-On Foodies Flock To The Cork and Craft

1st course. Strawberry Burrata Tartine: sourdough, caviar, mint pesto, and compressed strawberry radish.

With a menu that strikes an edible equilibrium of bar food with steady entrées that attract full-on foodies, Executive chef Scott Cannon is changing the way people think about dinner at The Cork and Craft.  “The best thing about being a chef is having something that is constantly pushing me to be better everyday, ” he says. “I  love teaching and expressing myself through food.”

2nd course. Heirloom Tomato Salad: sun dried tomato biscuit, ramp pesto, arugula, and basil ricotta purée.

Cannon attended the Institute of Technology Culinary Arts program, but his hands-on training came from Paul McCabe and the culinary team he worked with at Kitchen 1540; his first kitchen job in San Diego.

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Farmer’s Bottega Delivers Rustic Mediterranean Food

Hearts of Artichoke with parsley beurre blanc served with Manchego rosemary focaccia.

Embracing the beauty of simplicity, Farmer’s Bottega in Mission Hills is a unique neighborhood eatery focused on delivering farm-to-table rustic Mediterrranean food.

Burnt Carrot Salad with avocado, red onion, cilantro, feta, and citrus thyme vinaigrette.

Upon entering the intimate eatery, the vintage décor creates a farmhouse ambiance.  From a treadle sewing machine to a 40-year-old table-top recovered from the ocean, this warm details of this restaurant radiate authenticity. The Edison bulbs, dimly glowing from iron chandeliers and hallowed wine barrels, produce a welcoming and familiar atmosphere.  

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