With small brick-and-mortar businesses taking a hit in the economy, shopping local and eating local is becoming increasingly important in supporting the San Diego community during this holiday season. In honor of Small Business Saturday on November 26th, celebrate the significance of eating small with locally owned eateries around San Diego to preserve the community’s quality and uniqueness. Bites mean more when served up by local restaurateurs!
Docking in Mission Hills, Fishmonger’s Market has answered San Diego’s call for an authentic, European-style fish market and dining destination. This seafood restaurant and market features a menu swimming with irresistible choices, all designed by Top Chef’s Celebrity Chef Frankie “The Bull” Terzoli. Supplemented with sustainable fishing and direct sourcing, Fishmonger’s offers an impressive seasonal seafood collection and present customers with the freshest mecca of flavors and variety at wholesale prices. Sink your teeth into the Salmon Carbonara with perfectly grilled salmon, three-cheese tortellini, and shaved parmesan for a meal that will bring you back time and time again!
It’s a time-honored tradition that weekends in San Diego are reserved for two things: mimosas and brunch! Grab your crew and head to The Rail, San Diego’s oldest known LGBT bar. A longstanding icon of San Diego nightlife, this eatery is now serving up a fresh new spin on the most important meal of the day, including the Fig & Prosciutto Flatbread, made with fig jam, brie cheese and prosciutto baked perfectly and finished with fresh arugula, or the delightfully dainty Coffee & Doughnuts, coffee-cured bacon bites and doughnut holes served with a creamy vanilla latte dipping sauce.
Nestled in the heart of Carmel Valley and designed with the community in mind, The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch is your one-stop spot for local grub! Bringing together gourmet dining and casual options, The Village is the perfect place to grab a bite amongst other small business favorites. Check out Dolce at The Highlands, a dining destination for farm fresh California Italian cuisine, and carb up for the with the house Eggplant Lasagna, made with marinated eggplant, fresh pasta, ricotta, mozzarella, parmigiano reggiano, and pomodoro on top.
With so many drinking and dining opportunities at The Village, it’s tough to pick just one. Conveniently stroll through the Santa Barbara-inspired mosaics, gardens, and pedestrian friendly Main Street at The Village just over to Crudo, an eatery brought to life by the heart and soul of award-winning chef Pascal Lorange. This restaurant boasts sophisticated simplicity with Mediterranean dishes, fresh seafood and salad options, tapas, and crudo. Order the fresh and hearty Coconut Chilean Sea Bass, loaded with coconut milk, soy, carrots, pearl onions, spinach, cilantro, fresh lime juice, and mild Bombay sauce over a bed of rice.
Head north to Jalisco Cantina, the newest addition to Oceanside’s eclectic food scene! Named for the picturesque region of Mexico that is home to the beloved blue agave plant, Jalisco specializes in creative handcrafted cocktails, delicious fresh food pairings courtesy of their 100% scratch kitchen, and a menu of uniquely made dishes and drinks that reflect a region and culture as vibrant as the Mexican sun. You can’t go wrong with the Street Corn “Elote” Salad, a tasty take on traditional street corn with corn off the cob, romaine, pico, cotija cheese, chile and cayenne for spice, fresh lime, mayo, crispy tortilla strips, red jalapeno, cilantro, and a light vinaigrette to top it off.