Finding Berries

Strawberry Salad at Clara
Strawberry Salad at Clara

July is National Berry Month, the best time of the year to taste the freshest blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries! Not only do these berries taste good, but they also pack a nutritious punch as they are loaded with antioxidants, provide health benefits for you skin and are high in fiber, among many others. Here are some top San Diego spots where you can indulge in fresh berries during National Berry Month!

Head up the coast and stop for lunch or dinner at CLARA, a trendy dining destination located in the Carlsbad Village Faire center. Enjoy the Cyclops Farms Strawberry Salad, a fresh mix of baby kale, arugula, Smit Farms almonds, white cheddar cheese, pickled currants and strawberries, all drizzled in a local honey citrus vinaigrette. Pair with any of CLARA’s craft cocktails or a glass of white wine!

The Gaslamp District’s Lazy Hippo is your one-stop breakfast location, as they offer everything from omelets to French toast, oatmeal to pancakes. To taste fresh berries during National Berry Month, we recommend the Blueberry Chia Pancakes. Fluffy yet filling, this delicious menu item will leave you feeling satisfied all morning long.

Sammy’s, with locations in Mission Valley and La Jolla, offers some of the city’s best woodfired pizzas. Start thing off with the Tuscan Kale and Romaine salad, made up of toasted almonds, dried cranberries, feta cheese, red onion and a sherry-Dijon dressing. Follow it up with any of their scrumptious pizzas, you truly can’t go wrong with any selection on the menu!

Start your day the healthy way by stopping into Spill the Beans, an eclectic coffee and bagel shop in the Gaslamp District. Fuel up with a cup of Dark Horse Roaster coffee and their Chia Berry Bowl, which consists of chia pudding, coconut milk yogurt, seasonal berries and seed garnish. You can even customize your breakfast by adding in more berries, brown sugar or almond butter.

Acai Bowls are a staple San Diego dish and Mavericks Beach Club, in PB, makes ‘em like no one else does. On Saturdays and Sundays, head to the beach bar between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to try their Acai Bowl, a refreshing blend of organic acai, granola, honey, strawberries, blueberries and bananas. You might also want to check out their Sweet Tooth pancakes, especially during National Berry Month. Three buttermilk pancakes come topped with strawberries, blueberries, powdered sugar and a Nutella cream drizzle.

Known for their fresh pizzas that come piled high with toppings, Woodstock’s also offers wings, loaded tots and appetizing salads! Next time you swing by their PB or El Cajon Blvd location, order the Strawberry Fields” salad, a fresh combo of field greens topped with feta, caramelized pecans and sliced, organic strawberries drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette. At Woodstock’s, you can even build your own custom salads and pizzas. It doesn’t get much better than that!

If you’re searching for San Diego hippest brunch spot, look no further than The Smoking Gun. This Gaslamp District restaurant and bar features a Saturday and Sunday Breakfast Club brunch, with biscuit and gravy dishes, savory plates and a few delicious sweets styles. The Nutella Toast, homemade sourdough bread topped with Nutella spread, bananas, fresh berries and berry coulis drizzle, is a must-try!