Oceanside’s iconic Coast Highway just added a new foodie destination to its eclectic restaurant scene with Jalisco Cantina! Their name, “Jalisco,” combines two Nahuatl words and is the language of the Aztecs meaning “sandy place.” It is also home to the blue agave plant and some of the finest tequilas in the world. Jalisco Cantina’s scratch kitchen is dishing out some authentic Central-Coastal Mexican specialties that raise the bar on fresh Mex, and are developed to pair beautifully with their line-up of fine tequilas and uniquely prepared hand-crafted cocktails.
A cozy new jewel on Mission Avenue in Oceanside, 608 is a must-try for affordable, yet elegantly-prepared dishes. The simple interior is inviting, with rough wood and brick walls, a small bar area, and 4 TVs broadcasting the latest sporting events.
Diners can expect smaller portions and food boasting unique flavor combinations, including in-house dry-aged beef and a 7-course chefs tasting menu. “Other restaurants offer tasting menus, but 608 really displays our style,” says executive chef/partner William Eick. “We strive to create great food with what grows wild in North County, including proteins that are either indigenous or raised by local farms.”
With an ode to the Prohibition era, guests can look forward to enjoying unique craft cocktails in an intimate atmosphere at this new Oceanside speakeasy. Setting up shop in a former bank vault in the catacombs of Urge Gastropub and Whiskey Bank at 2002 S Coast Hwy in Oceanside, CA., this reservation-only journey begins at the exclusive vault door entrance on Vista Way. 101 Proof features copper penny floors, a copper ceiling and hits capacity at 35 guests. The cocktail lineup will utilize hand-pressed juices and hand-carved ice; patrons, however, guests can also indulge in a carefully curated beer and wine list and mouthwatering small plates by the Urge culinary team.
Located on a rather quiet residential street just 1 block west from the South Coast Highway, this small gastropub is a hidden gem. Husband-and-wife team Rodney and Aaron Browning have deep experience in the local culinary community, working with some of the most respected chefs in Southern California.
This eatery is dedicated to the slow-food movement, a farm-to-table philosophy utilizing locally sourced and fresh ingredients. Rustic American cuisine is featured throughout the menu, with a touch of Southern-style comfort. One of the signature dishes is the Durac Pork Belly served with collards, caramelized apple, and polenta spoon bread.
Oceanside’s 333 Pacific is North County’s best upscale dining destination, complete with a breathtaking view of Southern California’s shoreline from every seat in the house. A stellar California coastal menu effectively highlights local seasonal ingredients and wholesome preparations that are executed with meticulous care. Diners have a variety of options to choose from, including raw bar and sushi offerings, soups, salads, pasta, seafood, steaks, chops and vegetarian choices. “We have a number of purveyors who we source from local farms,” Executive Chef Brian Hyre said. “During the summer months, we even have a guy who grows special vegetables and herbs just for us.” 333pacific.com
Read more about 333 Pacific in the ‘Food Lovers’ Guide to San Diego‘ and get Chef Hyre’s recipe for Black Trumpet Mushroom Encrusted Lamb Sirloin in my new book: ‘San Diego Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes From America’s Finest City.’