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the arts & culture issue

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33 Dining Restaurants by cuisine and neighborhood

San Diego has spirit; yes we do!

4 Hot Dates Anza-Borrego wildflowers, San Diego Earthfair, Del Mar National Horse Show and more.

48 Entertainment Events, festivals, performing arts, concerts and sports

64 30 Things We Love

52 Attractions + museums Theme parks, activities and exhibitions

Mission Federal Artwalk, Oceanside Pier and more.

55 Shopping The county’s best malls and major retail destinations

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56 nightlife Hot dance clubs, laid-back lounges and cool cocktail bars

Cloak & Petal, Nonna and Cafe Zucchero in Little Italy; and Monkey King in the Gaslamp.

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57 TOURS + TRANSPORT Getting out, getting around and getting an insider’s look at the city

Cloak & Petal

Get your skin pampered and prepped for spring at these fabulous spas around town.

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The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch return for another season, with new surprises in store.

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CELEBRATING 40 YEARS

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A Note From the Editor

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Sea of Hope (triptych, center panel) Original painting by Wyland ©

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Seaport Village 855 W. Harbor Drive, #52 San Diego, CA 92101 800-WYLAND-5 619-544-9995 OPEN DAILY 10 AM TO 9 PM

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The spirit of San Diego can be found in its spirits. That’s right; a growing number of ambitious local entrepreneurs are opening their own distilleries—crafting whiskey, vodka, gin, rum and more. While the county is known as the craft beer capital of the U.S., distilleries are making their own mark alongside our craft cocktail movement. Read about a few of our favorites on p. 14. The spirit

While the county is known as the craft beer capital of the U.S., distilleries are making their own mark alongside our craft cocktail movement.”

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Spirit & Springtime

of San Diego also can be found in our seasons. (Yes, we have seasons.) Springtime means brilliantly blooming flora, from Anza-Borrego Desert State Park’s wildflowers to The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. And my personal favorite spring event: Art Alive, April 27-29, when designers create art installations—made entirely of flowers—that mirror the San Diego Museum of Art’s permanent works. Speaking of art, the city’s spirit is also reflected in our many fabulous galleries, exhibits and festivals. (see p. 10). The Museum of Photographic Arts presents more than a handful of new exhibitions this spring. Chicano Park Day on April 21 celebrates Chicano culture, history and art, with Chicano Park’s 72 vibrant murals below the Coronado Bridge as the backdrop. Mission Federal Artwalk, April 28-29, brings together more than 350 visual and performance artists and 100,000 visitors in Little Italy. These are just a few. The spirit of San Diego is alive in our ambitious dining scene. Cloak & Petal is a new Tokyo-inspired Japanese tapas bar and craft cocktail lounge; Nonna serves nostalgic Italian comfort food; Monkey King offers modern Chinese cuisine; and Havana 1920 boasts authentic Cuban dishes and live music. These and many more new outposts collectively offer a culinary trip around the globe without leaving town. And the best thing about the spirit of San Diego? It’s meant to be shared. Be our guest this season and enjoy. —SARAH DAOUST

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HOT DATES Spring 2018

TOP STOPS

SPRINGTIME IN S.D. IS ALL ABOUT THE GREAT OUTDOORS.

MARCH 17 ST. PATRICK’S DAY The party starts at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival near Balboa Park with dancers, a beer garden and Celtic Village. Then head to the Gaslamp for the annual ShamROCK party, with Irish rock bands, green beer and 40,000 square feet of Astroturf. p. 48

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7 THINGS NOT TO BE MISSED 1 FESTA DELLA DONNA > MARCH 11 In honor of International Women’s Day, Urban Kitchen Group will bring together two dozen notable female chefs and winemakers at Cucina Enoteca in Del Mar for a pairing event benefiting the Center for Community Solutions. p. 48

HERE FOR THE WEEKEND? Check out our Weekend Roundup at SoCalPulse.com for the up-to-the-minute lowdown on the coolest concerts, sporting events, festivals, art exhibits and restaurants.

4 BASEBALL > ONGOING Here’s to (hopefully) a winning season for the San Diego Padres. Catch a home game at Petco Park in downtown’s East Village, including the home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers on March 29. p. 48 5 DEL MAR NATIONAL HORSE SHOW > APRIL 17-MAY 6 This prestigious equestrian event features Western riding, dressage and hunter/jumper competitions; plus special events such as the Grand Prix of Del Mar. p. 48

2 LATINO FILM FESTIVAL > MARCH 15-25 Highlights include at least 150 feature-length and short film screenings at AMC 18 Fashion Valley; guest filmmakers and actors; industry workshops and seminars; art exhibits; and parties. p. 48

6 SAN DIEGO EARTHFAIR > APRIL 22 Balboa Park hosts the world’s largest Earth Day celebration and eco fair produced by volunteers, drawing 60,000 visitors to its 300 exhibits. p. 48

3 S.D. CREW CLASSIC > MARCH 24-25 Around 4,400 athletes will compete in more than 100 rowing races at Crown Point Shores on Mission Bay for the 45th annual regatta. p. 48

7 ADAMS AVENUE UNPLUGGED > APRIL 28 Enjoy approx. 150 performances by 135 acts across 25 stages in a musical walkabout of sorts along a 2-mile stretch of Adams Avenue. p. 48

MAY 4-6 CINCO DE MAYO Check out the annual Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo in historical Old Town, and celebrate Mexican history, culture and cuisine—featuring historical reenactments and live music. p.48 MAY 10-13 GATOR BY THE BAY The annual Gator by the Bay Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival takes over Spanish Landing Park with 100-plus performances across seven stages; plus dance lessons, Cajun cooking demos, and authentic cuisine ranging from boiled crawfish to deepfried beignets. p. 50

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MARCH-APRIL CALL OF THE WILDFLOWER

Take a field trip to Borrego Springs and California's largest state park, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park—a 600,000-acre natural playground in the far northeast stretches of San Diego County—to hike the Palm Canyon Trail and see the Anza-Borrego spring wildflowers in full bloom. Flowers range from delicate halgania solanacea to yellow asters to fields of sunny brittlebush. Adding to the vibrant landscape are palm groves, cacti and sweeping vistas for miles. Late March and early April are ideal to visit. p. 48

INCREDIBLE CARS Head to Ellen Browning Scripps Park for the annual La Jolla Concours d'Elegance, one of the most anticipated concourses in the world. Automobile aficionados will swoon over dozens of fully restored luxury cars. p. 48

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WHERE NOW The best in entertainment, attractions, shopping and dining

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Asian Persuasion

The cherry blossom trees plunked in the middle of the bar set an exotic, urban stage for Cloak & Petal. With concrete flooring, minimal booths and edgy artwork by Shane Bowden dotting the walls (rapper Tupac Shakur makes an appearance), the decor channels an abandoned Tokyo subway. The menu is ambitious—stocked with elevated Japanese tapas, sushi and craft cocktails. Small plates range from BBQ rib-eye lettuce cups to elk sashimi to Jidori wings to sushi rolls. Larger plates include seafood houba yaki (pictured) and Japanese A5 wagyu rib-eye (a delicacy at $105 a pop). A progressive cocktail roster includes stars such as Japanese to English—a Japanese-style Manhattan with a sesame-infused iwai Japanese whiskey. For a sweet finish, try the green tea creme brulee. 1953 India St., Little Italy, 619.501.5505

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Grilled octopus and potatoes, bucatini with rolled eggplant, and whole fish at Nonna.

OPPOSITE, COURTESY CLOAK & PETAL; TOP RIGHT, JAMES TRAN; BOTTOM RIGHT, JIM SULLIVAN PHOTOGRAPHY

COMFORT CUISINE It’s hearty down-home cooking done with love, just like your Italian grandma (or your friend’s Italian grandma) would make. Welcome to Nonna, inspired by the locally renowned Busalacchi family’s own matriarch, Christina. Replacing the former Trattoria Fantastica, the overhauled 5,000-square-foot, indoor/outdoor space still houses Cafe Zucchero, serving coffee and Italian pastries. The restaurant component that is Nonna has been transformed into an inviting trattoria—complete with warm wood paneling, buttery yellow banquettes and elegant crystal chandeliers. The menu is a study in Italian comfort food, with homemade pastas, pizzas, seafood and antipasti. Standouts include the lasagna with meat ragu and Bechamel sauce; the chicken Parmesan with marinara, mozzarella and served with tortellini; and the Bolognese Nonna with meatballs. Save room for the made-fromscratch cannolis for dessert. 1735 India St., Little Italy, 619.531.1731

Monkey Business A trendy downtown cocktail lounge meets a contemporary Chinese kitchen at Monkey King, the Gaslamp’s newest culinary outpost—serving lunch, dinner and late-night eats (open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily). From hoisin BBQ baby-back ribs, to “drunken” lobster served Hong Kong style, to black pepper beef with wok-roasted Maui

onions and crispy potatoes, Executive Chef Brendan Mica’s modern menu is ambitious and creative. A fan favorite: the beautifully plated Fat Boy Special with spicy kung pao chicken. The space features exposed brick and garden walls; cozy booths; an exposed industrial ceiling; gold accents; a butterfly motif; an authentic, imported dim sum table

seating eight people; and a generous patio. Back inside at the rectangular bar, choose from Asian-inspired cocktails such as the Jade Mule with cucumber vodka, and the tequila-based Mandarin Take-Out with coconut, lemongrass, fresh lime and Mandarin Redbull; plus sake, wine and beer. 467 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.359.8897

The colorful, low-lit interior of Monkey King

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The Spa at Rancho Valencia's yoga pavilion; healing crystals at Four Moons Spa in Encinitas.

SPA + BEAUTY

Spring Cleaning Get your skin prepped (and pampered) for a new season. For ultra-posh indulgence, look no further than The Spa at Fairmont Grand Del Mar—San Diego’s only Forbes Five-Star spa. The opulent haven encompasses plush treatment rooms; an adults-only relaxation pool; a fitness center; hair salon; boutique; and men’s and women’s relaxation lounges with fireplaces, indoor whirlpools and wet and dry saunas. The full-service spa is only the second location in the U.S. to carry the coveted Dr. Burgener Switzerland products and provide its treatments. One such treatment is the ultra-luxe Grand Cru Facial ($450)—90 minutes of pure bliss that plumps, hydrates, smooths and firms the skin. The facial incorporates the flavonoid-rich Repairing Grand Cru Gold Complex—a meld of chardonnay, pinot meunier and pinot noir enhanced with gold minerals; green caviar, a rare algae used in Japan; a potion

of FicuVita stem cells, peptides and hyaluronic acid; a VitaSkin ultrasound infusion; and microdermabrasion. Translation: Your skin will simply glow. The Spa at Rancho Valencia, a luxurious, intimate resort tucked away in Rancho Santa Fe, offers its Elemental Wellness treatments combining ancient wisdom with modern science to stimulate healing and vivacity. The Vitality Ritual ($285, 90 minutes) is a therapeutic body treatment that begins with cleansing and drybrushing, followed by a mineral body wrap and head massage, and finished with an aromatic bath soak. The spa includes a yoga pavilion, a Pilates studio, a pool with cabanas, lush gardens and tranquil water features. Treatment rooms feature fireplaces and private outdoor soaking tubs. With signage that reminds you that “your face is fabulous,” Shop Good is a “clean beauty”

boutique in North Park, owned by Leah Kirpalani. Shop among coveted beauty lines such as Alima Pure, RMS Beauty and Ecobrow; and enjoy a customized Organic Facial ($100, 75 minutes) by a holistic esthetician in its treatment room. The facial incorporates the Botnia skin care line and includes a neck, hand and foot massage. An oasis for wellness in North County, Four Moons Spa makes you feel instantly transported to Bali—a private

campus of bamboo trees, gardens, ponds, teak daybeds and twinkle lights. Choose from a full menu of therapeutic massages and spa, skin and nail treatments. For spring, try the Lymphatic Massage Facial ($175, 75 minutes)—a combination of its signature Four Moons Facial (an organic facial, customized to your skin needs, that purifies, brightens and hydrates) with a lymphatic drainage massage to remove toxins and alleviate stress and anxiety. Four Moons also offers acupuncture, astrology and spirit readings, integrative healing, yoga therapy, workshops, special events, sessions with a medical medium and even “soulagory”—a shamanic journey of sorts that yields soul and life path discovery. Now that’s deep.

Treatment products at Shop Good; The Spa at Fairmont Grand Del Mar (below).

DETAILS Four Moons Spa 9775 N. Vulcan Ave., Encinitas, 760.436.5140 Shop Good 3030 North Park Way, North Park, 619.501.5362 The Spa at Fairmont Grand Del Mar 5300 Grand Del Mar Court, Del Mar, 858.314.2020 The Spa at Rancho Valencia 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe, 858.756.1123

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The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch offer new surprises.

Spring has sprung at The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch, open daily March 1-May 13. Roam along the ranch’s softly rolling hillsides, where 50 acres of tecolote ranunculus flowers—along with orchids, roses and sweet pea blossoms—have sprouted up for their moment in the sun. The property features several cool new renovations this year—including newly landscaped display gardens developed by San Diego Master Gardeners; new pathways in the sweet pea maze; new flower-filled greenhouses offering gardening classes; and a new picnic area where guests can either purchase food or bring their own. A brand-new wedding stage—ensconced in flowers and flanked by three separate themed gardens—can be booked for romantic, storybook nuptials. Also newly renovated is the ranch’s Paul Ecke Jr. Barn—a 200-seat reception hall for informal gatherings. And keep an eye out for new events this year, including sunset wine tasting and live music. 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, theflowerfields.com

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Alejandra Laviada, Purple, Orange, Yellow Circles. Opposite: Pablo López Luz, San Diego County/Tijuana - Mexicali VI, Frontera USA – Mexico. Both are on view at the Museum of Photographic Arts.

OF ART FROM MUSEUMS TO GALLERIES TO FESTIVALS, SAN DIEGO IS BRIMMING WITH ARTSY GEMS THIS SPRING.

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pring is in the air and in San Diego’s blooming art scene. Consider this your guide to cool artsy venues, events and exhibits that capture the vibrant energy of the city and the season. See an iconic San Diego cultural hub in full bloom. One of the most anticipated museum events of the year, Art Alive at the San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA), returns for its 37th installment, April 27-29. In this nationally acclaimed annual exhibition, more than 100 competing designers from SoCal and across the U.S. will transform works from the museum’s permanent art collection into stunning floral sculptures and installations, essentially creating an intricate and elaborate flower version of each art piece. This year, the museum’s rotunda will be overhauled into a one-of-a-kind, flower-filled wonderland —courtesy of husband-and-wife team

Natasha Lisitsa and Daniel Schultz of Waterlily Pond Studio. Festivities also include the Bloom Bash on April 27, with flower-themed cocktails, bites by top local restaurants, live music and dancing. 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.232.7931, sdmart.org/artalive The largest and longest-running art festival in the region, Mission Federal ArtWalk returns April 28-29, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Spanning 17 blocks in Little Italy, the urban arts festival brings together 100,000 visitors— with more than 350 artists showcasing around $1 million worth of artwork over two days filled with live music, performance art, food vendors and family-friendly fun. Wear your walking shoes. Little Italy, artwalksandiego.org Take in Chicano history, culture and art at the 48th annual Chicano Park Day on April 21, celebrating Chicano Park—designated a National Historic Landmark in January 2017. An often-overlooked (literally) cultural gem, Chicano Park sits beneath the Coronado

Bridge overpass near downtown—an enclave for local artists and a proud community steeped in Mexican heritage. Founded in 1970, the park eventually housed 72 vibrant murals created by various artists throughout the 1970s and 1980s—making it the largest collection of outdoor murals in the country. The free, family-friendly festival will feature traditional music and dance; a lowrider car show; art workshops for kids; and food vendors. Chicano Park, between National and Logan avenues, Barrio Logan, chicano-park.com Art, craft beer and culinary delights collide at the San Diego County Credit Union Festival of Arts in North Park on May 12. This 22nd annual celebration of all things artistic will feature more than 40 artists showcasing their work—including live, interactive art installations and performances—plus handcrafted jewelry, a kids’ art block, live music, a craft beer block and food by North Park’s popular restaurants and gastropubs. University Avenue

Ramon Purcell. opposite, clockwise: courtesy sdma, Adam Ryan Morris; courtesy basile IE studio, ©Ana Casas Broda / courtesy mopa.

Brightly colored murals at Chicano Park in Barrio Logan

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Ramon Purcell. opposite, clockwise: courtesy sdma, Adam Ryan Morris; courtesy basile IE studio, ©Ana Casas Broda / courtesy mopa.

Clockwise from left: After Many Days at Art Alive 2017; a recent MOPA documentary screening of The Blood is at The Doorstep; Flying Cutlet by Chris Martino; Milk II (3) by Ana Casas Broda at MOPA.

between 30th and 32nd streets, North Park, northparkfestivalofarts.com The Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) constantly wows with its boundarypushing portfolio. And spring is prime time to visit, as the museum is hosting a half-dozen, uniquely diverse exhibits. Defining Boundaries, on view through March 18, showcases works of 100 students (K-12) across San Diego County and Tijuana—examining the boundaries between video and photography. Due to its popularity, Point/Counterpoint: Contemporary Mexican Photography—with works by 19 contemporary Mexican photographers—has been extended to April 15. George Hurrell, with pieces by the famed photographer who captured the glamour of Hollywood during the 1930s and 1940s, opens March 24. Hidden Worlds, which explores the history of worlds that can only be recorded through a camera lens, opens March 31. Artist Speaks: Erica Deeman—the contemporary artist’s

exploration of the history of race with largescale photos of people of color—runs April 21-Sept. 16. Moment in Time: A Collection of Photographs runs May 5-Sept. 23. 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.238.7559, mopa.org The architecturally striking Lux Art Institute—the property is LEED-certified and a Grand Orchid design award winner—itself is a work of art. Find more art inside, where guests can view completed art masterpieces and also have a chance to watch the artistic process firsthand. Lux’s acclaimed artist residency program features a changing lineup of internationally recognized artists who work in a live studio environment for approximately one month, with their newly completed works on exhibit for another month following their residency. Works by recent artist-inresidence Francis Upritchard are on exhibit through March 23. (Check website for more spring artists and exhibits.) This spring, Lux also offers art classes and programming for

kids, teens and adults, including art camps and yoga in the garden. 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas, 760.436.6611, luxartinstitute.org Spring exhibitions abound at Barrio Logan’s BLDG, which houses two progressive art galleries, basileIE and CM Curatorial. Guillermo Valenzuela takes over the galleries with Naked Circus 2: Team Monstro + the Barrio Logan All-Stars, March 10-April 7—an assemblage of top artists from Barrio Logan and Tijuana who will create an immersive experience that combines art and performance. In Grazing the Infinite, April 14-May 5, local artist Cynthia Colis will have you reconsidering how you look at cows, (yes, cows)—domesticated farm animals who symbolize so much more than meets the eye. Imperial Conquests of the Palate (Shut Up & Eat), May 12-June 2, is a group show that examines food as both artistic inspiration and as various forms of art—from wall pies to sculptures to installations. 2070 Logan Ave., Barrio Logan, basile-ie.com SPRING 2018 WHERE SAN DIEGO  13

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Sunday Gin (this page) and the Sage Advice cocktail (opposite) by You & Yours Distilling Co.

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Don’t worry, San Diego is in no danger of losing its stance as the nation’s craft beer capital. (New breweries continue to open and operate with abundance.) But making its own strides alongside the craft cocktail craze is the city’s distillery movement—with local outfits crafting their own spirits from rum to vodka to whiskey to everything in between. Get to know a few of our favorite local distillers, each of which is helping to put San Diego on the map as a spirits destination in an innovative way. Just remember to sip slowly. You & Yours Distilling Co. Dubbing itself as California’s first urban destination distillery, this stylish spirits company in East Village—founded by Laura Johnson—churns out gin, vodka and craft cocktails infused with both. Its two flagship babies: Y&Y

Vodka, which blends American corn, potato and California grapes for a smooth, rich taste and subtle floral finish; and Sunday Gin, a sophisticated meld of citrus, pine and florals, with soft notes of coriander and mint. Signature cocktails include the

vodka-based Side Salad with green bell pepper, lime, honey, sea salt and herb-infused olive oil; and the gin-forward Sage Advice with burnt sage, blood orange, lemon and sea salt. The airy, contemporary tasting room houses a bar and comfy lounge area with

industrial ceilings and white brick walls. Stop by for tasting flights, cocktails, bottle sales and tours of the distillery.

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Details The California Spirits Company 382 Enterprise St., Suite 104, San Marcos, 619.677.7066, calspirits.com Liberty Call Distilling 2739 Via Orange Way, Suite 110, Spring Valley, 619.630.1240, libertycalldistilling.com Malahat Spirits 8706 Production Ave., Miramar, 858.999.2326, malahatspirits.com Old Harbor Distilling Co. 270 17th St., East Village, 619.630.7048, oldharbordistilling.com San Diego Distillery 2766 Via Orange Way, Suite H, Spring Valley, 619.361.1525, sddistillery.com Seven Caves Spirits 7950 Stromesa Court, Miramar, 619.300.1624, the7caves.com You & Yours Distilling Co. 1495 G St., East Village, 619.955.8755, youandyours.com

operation, beginning with their craft beer-based whiskey. That’s right, San Diego Distillery makes whiskey made from stouts, ambers and doppelbocks (a doublestrength German lager). They also make a single malt whiskey, distilled from seven malted barleys and based on a Russian imperial stout—yielding scents of toffee and mocha, and mild tastes of fudge, roasted espresso and wood-fired marshmallow, with a silky finish. Also sample their Vienna malt bourbon, rye whiskey and smoky peated whiskey. Their low-lit, speakeasy-style tasting room adds to the fun.

Malahat Spirits It’s all about handcrafted, lovingly made small batches at Malahat. Rum is king here, with spiced rum (perfect for making a hot buttered rum cocktail), ginger rum, black tea rum and even cabernet-barrel-aged rum; plus bourbon, rye whiskey and vodka. Tastings are offered every Friday and Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. (private tastings by appointment). And Malahat offers one of

our favorite tasting deals: Sample six exclusive artisanal spirits not found in stores for $15, including a glass to take home.

The California Spirits Company Find delicious spirits made from scratch—including gin, rum, vodka, whiskey and specialty items—at this small-batch microdistillery in San Marcos. The company was founded by Casey Miles, who is passionate about his craft and loves to give educational tours. The distillery is open Monday through Friday at varying hours and by appointment on Saturday; Miles recommends calling ahead.

Old Harbor Distilling Co. This downtown distillery is known for three signature spirits. Their Barrelflag Navy Strength Rum is a potent, nutty libation made with pure cane juice and premium-grade molasses, perfect for making mai tais. The San Miguel Southwestern Gin is an herbal, spicy, botanical-forward pour, with notes of sage, lime,

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While Brugal 1888 Rum is not made in San Diego, it’s certainly making a splash here. Dating back to 1888 and distilled in the Dominican Republic—double-cask aged in American oak and sherry casks for a total of 14 years— it’s a smooth, mildly spicy, premium sipping rum, served neat or as a cocktail. Find it at the city’s top restaurants and cocktail dens, including Kettner Exchange, Ironside, False Idol, The Nolen and Havana 1920. 1888rum.com

cilantro and cucumber. Ampersand is a coffee-lover’s dream—a cold-pressed coffee liqueur made from rum blended with cold-brew coffee from local outfit Coffee & Tea Collective.

Liberty Call Distilling Discover distinctive spiced rum, white rum, gin and whiskey at this Spring Valley distillery. Of note, we love the light, slightly sweet and floral gin, which is a refreshing departure from pine-heavy gins; the Blue Ridge, a robust four-grain whiskey made with beer yeast; and Old Ironsides, an American single malt whiskey.

Seven Caves Spirits Tours of this Miramar distillery are available by appointment. Inside, Seven Caves makes exceptional rum, aged in oak casks— offered with fun corresponding cocktail recipes such as the San Diego Mule and a rum-based Old Fashioned. The company also has a new whiskey in the works, with plans to make gin, liqueurs, agave-based spirits and more.

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GASLAMP QUARTER Businessman Alonzo Erastus Horton envisioned San Diego as a bustling port city, and in 1867 he spent $264 for 800 acres he called “New Town.” Today, New Town is known as the historical Gaslamp Quarter, celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2017. Comprising more than 16 square blocks, the Gaslamp stretches from Broadway to Har­bor Drive (just north of the Convention Center), with Fourth, Fifth and Sixth ave­nues as its main thoroughfares. Anchoring the area’s northwest end is Horton Plaza, a small square with a bubbling fountain on the corner of Broadway and Fourth. The Gaslamp’s immaculately preserved Victorian-style buildings are home to dozens of restaurants, clubs, ­theaters and retailers. Several tour guides offer an insider’s look at the area, or explore on your own. If you start your exploration at the southern end of the Gaslamp, be sure to visit the

Chuck Jones Gallery (232 Fifth Ave.) for cool animation art by emerging artists. Also check out the Art of Tim Cantor Gallery (527 Fourth Ave.) for a variety of one-of-a-kind conceptual art, oil paintings and writings. Shop for pre-owned luxury watches at Nikki & Co. Fine Jewelers (562 Fifth Ave.). Stop in locally owned Dolcetti (635 Fifth Ave.) for contemporary men’s and women’s clothing and accessories. For national retailers, venture farther up Fifth, where you’ll find well-known stores such as trendy hat boutique Goorin Brothers (631 Fifth

Ave.), Quiksilver (402 Fifth Ave.), Urban Outfitters (665 Fifth Ave.) and Bubbles Boutique (226 Fifth Ave.), carrying womenswear, accessories and gifts. Or make your way over to Westfield Horton Plaza, a multilevel outdoor mall with a kaleidoscopic design that kicked off the revitalization of downtown when it was constructed in 1985. It’s now home to dozens of restaurants and shops. There’s also culture to be had at the mall: San Diego Repertory Theatre performs on the Lyceum Theatre stage; and historical Balboa Theatre anchors the shopping

center’s eastern edge, at Fourth Avenue and E Street. And stroll through Horton Plaza Park— featuring an amphitheater, vendors and art installations. For a fun group activity, book an exhilarating interactive experience called The Great Room Escape (424 Market St.), where you’re given clues, riddles and an hour to escape a room. Parking can be dicey in the Gaslamp; a garage is your best bet. Park It On Market is a 500-space garage at Market Street with entrances on Sixth and Seventh avenues (619.232.1271); while 6th & K Parkade offers 1,230 spots, with entrances on Sixth and Seventh avenues (619.233.3994). For more information, call the ­Gas­lamp Quarter Association (619.233.5227).

DOWNTOWN’S CORE Arts and culture abound downtown; favorite sites include the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and The New Children’s Museum, an interactive art/play place with innovative exhibits for kids of all ages. The San Diego Chinese ­Historical

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CUBA CALLING Hemingway’s Cuba comes to life at Havana 1920, a Cuban restaurant and bar featuring authentic cuisine, live Latin music and 150 rums. The new spot serves up classics such as the Cuban sandwich, Ropa Vieja (the national dish of Cuba, with shredded beef and tomato), fried plantains, black beans and rice, and cocktails with freshpressed sugarcane juice. 548 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.369.1920

(CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT) COURTESY IMAGE, KEN HOWARD/ALAMY STOCK PHOTO, BROWN W. CANNON III/INTERSECTION PHOTOS, PAUL BODY, COURTESY HAVANA 1920

Downtown San Diego is the city’s bustling, historical core, which has grown by leaps and bounds in the last 10 years. From its trendy shops, restaurants and nightlife, to its noted landmarks such as Petco Park in East Village and the USS Midway on the harborfront, no two downtown visits need be the same.

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stocked with rare artwork, home wares, bath products, jewelry and gift items; as well as Vitreum (619 W. Fir St.), specializing in simple, elegant ceramics. On Cedar, Vocabulary (414 W. Cedar St.) is a chic boutique featuring emerging designers. Running parallel to India Street, Kettner Boulevard forms the spine of the art-and-design district. A gallery cluster near the corner of Kettner and Kalmia includes Subtext Gallery (2479 Kettner Blvd.), focused on lowbrow and graphic artists. Shop for vintage and modern furniture, art and home accents at @HOM (2310-B Kettner Blvd.). And pop into Kapreeza (1772 Kettner Blvd.), a European lingerie and swimwear shop. Foodies will enjoy roaming the popular Saturday morning Mercato farmers market on Cedar Street (619.233.3769).

Left to right: Downtown’s Waterfront Park; a Gaslamp Quarter light post; shopping at Horton Plaza.

Museum (404 Third Ave.) features a garden and koi pond. The San Diego Symphony performs at Copley Symphony Hall, while San Diego Opera and Broadway/San Diego present productions at the Civic Theatre (1100 Third Ave.), and the Spreckels Theatre (121 Broadway) hosts performing arts events throughout the year.

EAST VILLAGE Petco Park (100 Park Blvd.) and the Central Library (330 Park Blvd.) are major landmarks of this edgy neighborhood. Enjoy some open, green space at Fault Line Park (1433 Island Ave.). For some retail therapy, stop by McKenzie Rae Dresses (643 G St.), which sells elegant frocks and accessories; and Wild Dove Boutique (740 Market St.) for contemporary women’s fashions. The area’s burgeoning art scene includes a few notable out-

posts: Space 4 Art (325 15th St.), a gallery/arts center where artists live and work; and Alexander Salazar Fine Art (225 W. Market St.), a modern art gallery.

LITTLE ITALY A few blocks north of ­downtown, Little Italy is home to restaurants, galleries, boutiques and markets dotting the main drag, India Street. Highlights include M Winehouse (1918 India St.) wine bar and Ballast Point (2215 India St.) craft beer tasting room; a handful of galleries, such as Meyer Fine Art (2400 Kettner Blvd., #104), featuring contemporary art by renowned artists; and cool shops, including Little Apple (1980 Kettner Blvd., #60), selling women’s clothing. Take time to explore the streets branching off from India, too. The colorful cottages of the Fir Street Shops include Love & Aesthetics (621 W. Fir St.),

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BOTTOM’S UP Try these stylish downtown watering holes for fabulous craft cocktails, beer and wine. Craft & Commerce/ False Idol 675 W. Beech St., Little Italy, 619.269.2202

EMBARCADERO Shop and dine at The Headquarters at Seaport, offering boutiques and galleries; and Seaport Village, with shops, restaurants and galleries such as Wyland Galleries (855 W. Harbor Drive), selling paintings, prints and sculptures by marine life artist Wyland. Grab an iced cappuccino at Upstart Crow Bookstore & Coffeehouse (835-C W. Harbor Drive) and head for the Embarcadero Marina Park, which offers bike and jogging trails, basketball courts and picnicking. Continue north along the harbor to Broadway Pier and embark on sightseeing cruises and/or dinner excursions aboard the Hornblower (970 N. Harbor Drive), or catch the Coronado Ferry (1050 N. Harbor Drive). Make time to tour the retired USS Midway aircraft carrier and the floating Maritime Museum.

Fairweather 795 J St., East Village, 619.255.6507 The Lion’s Share 629 Kettner Blvd., Marina District, 619.564.6924 Noble Experiment 777 G St., East Village, 619.888.4713 The Nolen 453 Sixth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.796.6536 Queensborough 777 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.546.4995 Top of the Hyatt Manchester Grand Hyatt, 1 Market Place, downtown, 619.232.1234 You & Yours Distilling Co. 1495 G St., East Village, 619.955.8755

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SHOPS & GALLERIES

/ ARTS & SCIENCE / GOLDEN TRIANGLE / RECREATION / TORREY PINES

LA JOLLA Translated as “the jewel,” La Jolla is a gem. The upscale village is known for its specialty boutiques, art galleries and fine-dining venues that offer jaw-dropping coastline views. Nearby, hike at Torrey Pines and shop in the Golden Triangle. Verbicky. Joseph Bellows Gallery (7661 Girard Ave.) mounts regular exhibitions of stunning black-and-white photography. La Jolla Boulevard heads south out of the village toward Bird Rock, where worthwhile boutiques for cutting-edge threads for women include Shabby Chic (5651 La Jolla Blvd.) and Mimi & Red (5680 La Jolla Blvd.). Break for gourmet coffee, tea and snacks at Bird Rock Coffee Roasters (5627 La Jolla Blvd.), or pick up a loaf of freshly made gluten-free bread at Julian Bakery (5621 La Jolla Blvd.). The ‘hood of La Jolla Shores, just a short drive up Torrey Pines Road, is also worth a visit. The wide, flat beach is perfect for swimming and sunning, while the main drag, Avenida de la Playa, is lined with eateries and rental shops with surf and kayak gear.

ARTS & SCIENCE The University of Cali­fornia, San Diego (9500 Gilman Drive) is home to one of the best theaters in the region: La Jolla Playhouse. The theater was founded in 1947 by actors Mel Ferrer, Dorothy McGuire and La Jolla native Gregory Peck.

Left to right: Shopping at La Plaza La Jolla in La Jolla Village; surfing at Windansea Beach.

The Stuart Collection, a group of site-specific outdoor artworks, adds to the artistic setting at UC San Diego. A 24-foot giant teddy bear made of boulders and a 560-foot-long “Snake Path” are among the works placed throughout the 1,200-acre campus. Just north of campus is the Salk Institute for Biological Studies (10010 N. Torrey Pines Road), an architectural masterpiece designed by Louis Kahn. The scientific research complex was named in honor of Dr. Jonas Salk, who discovered a vaccine for polio and later lived in La Jolla. Tours of campus architecture are available to the public (858.453.4100).

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PIT STOP Nestled near Windansea, Nautilus Tavern is a casual beach bar with style. With nautical decor, two patios, 30 craft brews on tap and plenty of flat-screen TVs, it’s a prime spot to catch the big game. The menu offers elevated bar fare, with gourmet sandwiches, wings, salads and entrees such as beer-battered fish ‘n’ chips and a seasonal veggie stir-fry. 6830 La Jolla Blvd., #103, La Jolla, 858.750.2056

(CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT) COURTESY LA PLAZA LA JOLLA, ASHOK SINHA, COURTESY DUKE’S LA JOLLA, COURTESY NAUTILUS TAVERN

SHOPS & GALLERIES La Jolla’s stylish streets are lined with high-end boutiques, antique stores and art galleries. Prospect Street and Girard Avenue form the spines of the village shopping district, and hidden gems await on the side streets, including boutique stationery shop Sweet Paper (7660 Fay Ave.); and Las Manos del Artesano (7940 Herschel Ave.), a gallery with Latin American folk art. On Girard, La Plaza La Jolla (7863 Girard Ave.) is a fabulous luxury shopping center. We also love women’s apparel boutique Laura Gambucci (7655 Girard Ave.), a well-appointed spot run by Laura herself—offering designer clothing, accessories and shoes. Farther down Girard is Adelaide’s (7766 Girard Ave.), a fabulous floral shop that also sells candles, skin care and home accessories; as well as Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps (7463 Girard Ave.) and independent bookseller D.G. Wills (7461 Girard Ave.), stocking that rare first-edition. Back on Prospect Street, a slew of female-friendly stores

welcome shoppers, including locally designed swimwear shop Sauvage (1025 Prospect St.) and Robina (1261 Prospect St.), with chic women’s apparel and accessories. There’s also Westime (1227 Prospect St.), offering high-end designer watches for both men and women. Also be sure to check out We Olive (1158 Prospect St.), a wine and olive bar featuring olive oil tastings, unique gift ideas and an ocean-view back patio. The village is also home to many well-respected art galleries, whose collections range from landscape photography to Picasso canvases. A handful are clustered close together on Girard Avenue, making it easy to hop between them. Cosmopolitan Fine Arts (7932 Girard Ave.) showcases contemporary French impressionist paintings; MANGELSEN: Images of Nature Gallery (7916 Girard Ave.) spotlights nature and wildlife photography by noted artist Thomas Mangelsen; and Madison Gallery (1055 Wall St.) represents emerging and mid-career artists, as well as collections that include works by the likes of Jason Sims, Marc Petrovic, Retna and James

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OCEAN VIEWS Grab a table at these La Jolla restaurants offering gorgeous views of the cove and coastline. Southwest of campus sits the famous Scripps Institution of Oceanography (8622 Kennel Way) and Birch Aquarium (see p. 60); both are top-rated ocean-life learning centers. In La Jolla Village, the oceanview Museum of Con­temp­orary Art San Diego (temporarily closed for renovations), is housed in the former home of Ellen Browning Scripps. The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library (1008 Wall St.) features art exhibitions, concerts, books and records.

RECREATION La Jolla is paradise for outdoorsy types. The Cove (1100 Coast Blvd.) hosts swimmers, snorkelers and kayakers. Try La Jolla Kayak (2199 Avenida de la Playa), Hike Bike Kayak (2222 Avenida de la Playa) and Bike & Kayak Tours (2158 Avenida de la Playa) for rentals and tours. La Jolla Shores (8200 Camino del Oro) has easy access for scuba divers. Windansea (6800 Neptune Place) is a great surfing break.

Children’s Pool, a small cove next to Ellen Browning Scripps Park, is a place to observe wildlife, particularly the harbor seals that have taken over the area. The seals’ encampment has caused an ongoing community debate: Some residents want to reclaim the cove for a children’s pool; others advocate for the seals.

TORREY PINES Torrey Pines is just north of La Jolla Village. There, you’ll find the 2,000-acre Torrey Pines State Reserve, which offers 8 miles of hiking trails winding through wind-sculpted pines and wildflowers. Located off Coast Highway 101 between La Jolla and Del Mar, the reserve was established to protect the nation’s rarest pine tree, the Pinus torreyan. One of the reserve’s trails leads directly to Torrey Pines State Beach, located on North Torrey Pines Road. The beach, which spans 4.5 miles from Del Mar to the cliffs at Torrey Pines

Mesa, is a great place for swimming, boating and fishing. You can also catch these amazing ocean views from up high, via a hang glider or paraglider. The Torrey Pines Gliderport (2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive) offers flights (tandem, too) for novices and extreme adventure seekers. Adjacent Black’s Beach is a remote, 2-mile sandy strip known for great surfing—and nude sunbathing (“not officially sanctioned”). Nearby, Torrey Pines Golf Course gives golfers the ultimate indulgence: two public courses with stunning ocean views. It’s also the site of the PGA Tour’s annual Farmers Insurance Open.

Brockton Villa 1235 Coast Blvd., La Jolla, 858.454.7393 Cusp Dining & Drinks 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, 858.551.3620 Duke’s La Jolla 1216 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.454.5888 Eddie V’s 1270 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.459.5500 George’s at the Cove 1250 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.454.4244 The Hake 1250 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.454.1637

GOLDEN TRIANGLE The area east of La Jolla Village is known as the Golden Triangle (or University Town Center, aka “UTC”). Find upscale hotels, fine dining and a shopping district flanked by Westfield UTC, an outdoor mall with shops such as Ben Bridge Jeweler.

Marine Room 2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, 858.459.7222 The Med La Valencia Hotel, 1132 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.454.0771

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CORONADO

/ SHELTER ISLAND & HARBOR ISLAND / OCEAN BEACH & POINT LOMA / MISSION BEACH

BEACH CITIES Island, with its many restaurants and nautically themed stores, is the departure point for various sportfishing charters. The area is also home to Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, a 1,400seat outdoor venue. Nearby Harbor Island has its own, smaller outdoor festival site, Spanish Landing Park, and several bayview restaurants. Both islands offer postcard vistas of the downtown skyline, plus flat paths for walks and bike rides.

CORONADO Coronado is an island with smalltown charm. Well, it’s not really an island, though many locals call it that. Coro­nado is actually an ­isthmus, attached to the mainland at the southern end of Silver Strand State Beach. Though driving there via the iconic Coro­nado Bridge is always a thrill, it’s also great fun to travel by sea. The Coronado/ San Diego Ferry leaves on the hour from downtown’s Broadway Pier between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. (619.234.4111), while San Diego Water Taxi offers on-call transportation around the bay from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (619.235.8294). Upon arrival, check out the shops at Coronado Ferry Landing (1201 First St.), then rent a bike at Pedego Electric Bikes (1132 First St.) to explore Coronado’s quaint side streets. Head south on the main drag of Orange Avenue to find an inviting retail district, with shops like Root 75 Flowers & Home (845 Orange Ave.); Coronado

Taste of Oils (954 Orange Ave.) to sample gourmet olive oils and vinegars; and Blue Jeans and Bikinis (971 Orange Ave.) for clothing and swimwear. Pick up a new paperback at Bay Books (1029 Orange Ave.), and pop into The Attic (1011 Orange Ave.) for home accents and jewelry. Find more boutiques inside the storybook Hotel del Coronado (1500 Orange Ave.), opened in 1888 and a National Historic Landmark. For more on the town’s history, stop by the Coronado Museum of History and Art (1100 Orange Ave.). Other Coronado gems

include Wag’n Tails (945 Orange Ave.) for pet pampering and supplies; Art & Frames by Wood Gallery (936 Orange Ave.), and Emerald C Gallery (1331 Orange Ave.) for art inspiration. Catch a play at Lamb’s Players Theatre (1142 Orange Ave.), the area’s best ensemble outfit.

SHELTER ISLAND / HARBOR ISLAND Shelter Island and Harbor Island aren’t really “islands” either; they’re connected to the mainland and were created nearly 40 years ago with tons of sand dredged from the bay. Shelter

OCEAN BEACH & POINT LOMA “O.B.” for short, this neighborhood is truly one of San Diego’s most unique. It’s an endless summer of love and sense of community in O.B., an aggregation of aging hippies, surfers, ­bikers, artists, ­musicians and other free spirits. The main drag, Newport Avenue, smells of incense and has many shops catering to the O.B. lifestyle, and also cool spots like awardwinning winery Gianni Buonomo Vintners (4836 Newport Ave.). Music junkies will love the vintage vinyl at Cow Records (5040 ­Newport Ave.), while Galactic Comics (4981 Newport Ave.) is

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ARTISANAL EATS A fun gathering place arrives at Liberty Station: Banyan Kitchen + Café, which also houses chocolatier Chi Chocolat. The former is a health-focused restaurant and full-service catering company; while the latter offers handcrafted artisanal chocolates and espresso. Nibble on organic salads, pasta, panini and more; and sip an iced, spiced mocha. 2690 Historic Decatur Road, Point Loma, 619.546.0650

(CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT) BROWN CANNON III/INTERSECTION PHOTOS (X3), SHANE GARLOCK, COURTESY BANYAN KITCHEN + CAFE

San Diego’s beach cities epitomize quintessential SoCal; they’re diverse, laid-back and full of charm. Coronado is known for the historical Hotel Del and its pristine beaches; Ocean Beach is a fun, funky community of surfers and hippies; and Mission Bay offers outdoor recreation at its best. Take your pick.

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Left to right: Surfing and Hodad’s in Ocean Beach; Pacific Beach boardwalk.

heaven for graphic-novel fans. The Corner Store (4873 Newport Ave.) is home to shabby-chic furnishings, tea sets, vintage jewelry and home/garden treasures. Just off Newport, Noon Design Shop (4993 Niagara Ave.) has handmade letterpress cards and jewelry. Wind down the day with a stroll along the Ocean Beach Pier, or romp with the pooches at Ocean Beach Dog Beach. Nearby, Point Loma is home to Liberty Public Market (2820 Historic Decatur Road), the Arts District Liberty Station (2825 Dewey Road) and the Cabrillo National Monument, Fort ­Rosecrans ­National Cemetery. The Cabrillo National Monument offers panoramic vistas stretching from San Diego to Mexico. There are also hiking trails, tidepools, a historical ­lighthouse, and museum exhibits about conquistador Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, the founder of San Diego.

MISSION BEACH & PACIFIC BEACH Two of San Diego’s most popular beaches, Mission Beach and Pacific Beach form an ­unbroken band of sand that ­stretches for 3 miles, from the mouth of Mission Bay to the rocky points of La Jolla. Both are overflowing with restaurants, bars and boutiques. South Mission Beach is home to beach volleyball and bayside basketball games. Farther north, check out the star attractions at Belmont Park amusement park: the Giant Dipper, a restored 1925 wooden roller coaster; and WaveHouse (3125 Ocean Front Walk), where you can surf an artificial wave. Another landmark dating back to 1925 is Crystal Pier, at the foot of Garnet Avenue in P.B. This 400-foot-long wooden pier is gated and lined with rental cottages and is always popular with fishermen during the day.

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The best way to experience this area is to walk along the boardwalk, where people-watching is not just encouraged; it’s a must. If the nonstop parade of skateboarders, in-liners, bikers, ­joggers and walkers gets to be too much, walk across Mission Boulevard to the quieter bayside boardwalk. Garnet Avenue and Mission Boulevard form the backbone of this funky, retro retail district, which boasts dozens of small shops filled with surfing gear, swimsuits and casual wear. Begin the 10-block shopping stroll where the two main streets intersect, then head east. First order of business: Find that perfect bikini. Brazil Anna (954 Garnet Ave.) can help, with stylish swimwear and casual beachwear. For the rest of the outfit, try The Fabulous Rag Boutique (829 Garnet Ave.), a quaint shop on the main drag. Farther up Garnet Avenue is Rusty Spokes Vintage Bicycles (1344 Garnet Ave.), which specializes in antique and classic cycles. Heading south brings you to Mission Beach, home to popular bikini emporium Pilar’s Beachwear (3790 Mission Blvd.).

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CORONADO MUSTS Spending a sunny day in Coronado? Be sure to visit these cool spots. Bluewater Boathouse Seafood Grill 1701 Strand Way, Coronado, 619.435.0155 Coronado Beach Ocean Boulevard, Coronado Coronado Cays Gondola Rides 503 Grand Caribe Causeway, Coronado, 619.429.6317 Coronado Ferry Landing 1201 First St., Coronado, 619.435.8895

MISSION BAY PARK Mission Bay Park is a 4,000-acre gathering spot to enjoy activities like running, biking, skating, kite-flying, sailing, stand-up paddle boarding and boating. Several sportfishing charters depart daily from Mission Bay, and a variety of ­watercraft can be rented from nearby shops. The west side of the bay is also home to several resort hotels and world-renowned SeaWorld. Don’t miss the thrilling Shark Encounter and the Turtle Reef exhibition and ride.

Coronado Museum of History & Art 1100 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.435.7242 Hotel del Coronado 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.435.6611 Lamb’s Players Theatre 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.6000 Stake Chophouse 1309 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.522.0077

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HILLCREST The hub of Hillcrest, at the intersection of University and Fifth avenues, is always a buzzing, heavily trafficked scene throughout the day, with joggers, dog-walkers and coffeesippers crowding the sidewalks. It’s also San Diego’s official LGBT community and hosts the Pride Festival and Parade every July. Fabulous shopping begins at University and First avenues and runs 12 blocks to Park Boulevard. Find stylish travel accessories at Index Urban (3833 Fourth Ave); art and handmade gifts at Creative Crossroads (502 University Ave.); and olive oils, vinegars, wines and spirits at Vom Fass (1050 ­University Ave.). Just off the main drag, you’ll find all manner of headgear at the Village Hat Shop (3821 Fourth Ave.). Leave time to peruse ­Bluestocking Books (3817 Fifth Ave.), whose rustic

shelves are lined with many out-of-print and rare tomes. By night, the area lights up with dozens of ethnic restaurants, bars and dance clubs, and an art-house movie theater showing indie films, the Landmark (3965 Fifth Ave.).

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS & MISSION HILLS Northeast of Hillcrest on Park Boulevard lies adorably funky University Heights, home to ethnic eateries and fun shopping at places like Frock You (4121 Park Blvd.), a clothing store specializing in vintage fashion. University Heights also has an astonishing number of cafes for such a small neighborhood; we love the bohemian vibe at Twiggs Coffeehouse (4590 Park Blvd.). Presenting LGBT-themed productions, Diversionary Theatre (4545 Park Blvd.) is a local theatrical gem.

The streets of Mission Hills, northwest of Hillcrest, are lined with stately homes, quaint cafes and boutiques. Isabela (1111 Fort Stockton Drive) is an elegant skin care boutique; The Patio Express (928 Fort Stockton Drive) offers gourmet pantry items, home decor, and pet and garden products; and Maison en Provence (820 Fort Stockton Drive) is stocked with Frenchcountry home accessories. Presidio Park (619.692.4918) at the western edge of ­this neighborhood, is historically significant as the site of the first European settlement in California. Scenic trails lead to the neighboring Junípero Serra Museum. The museum, built in 1929, is a ­replica of the mission erected there in 1769.

NORTH PARK Centered at University Avenue and 30th Street, North Park is a

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bountiful arts district, thanks in part to the restoration of the historical theater, Observatory North Park, formerly the North Park Theatre (2891 University Ave.). Gallery hops and art festivals are held often; for event details, North Park Main Street is a great resource (northparkmainstreet.com). The area is also home to dozens of independent clothing and decor boutiques. We love the organic cotton baby clothes and stylish art books sold at Pigment (3801 30th St.), while Mimi & Red (3041 University Ave.) has trendy women’s clothing and accessories. After dark, North Park comes alive with dozens of bars, hipster clubs, edgy restaurants and lively coffeehouses.

SOUTH PARK About a mile south of University on 30th Street lies the quiet neighborhood known as South Park. Though largely residential, South Park has several great eateries and bars, and is an ideal place to shop for gifts while supporting local merchants. Favorite retailers in this area include South Park Dry Goods Co. (3010 Juniper St.), which stocks natural fiber yarns, gift items and handmade cards; Grafitti Beach (2220 Fern St.), with locally made clothing, home accents and gifts; Grant’s Marketplace (2953 Beech St.) for gourmet groceries; and South Bark Dog Wash (2037 30th St.), to pamper your canines.

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Uptown encompasses some of S.D.’s most diverse, artsy and dynamic neighborhoods—including Hillcrest, one of the county’s most progressive areas, as well as North Park, South Park, University Heights and Mission Hills, all of which are filled with Craftsman-style homes, trendy eateries and hipster boutiques.

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COFFEE TALK In need of a java jolt? These quaint uptown cafes and coffee shops are here to help. But first, coffee ... Caffe Calabria 3933 30th St., North Park, 619.291.1759 Communal Coffee 2335 University Ave., North Park, 619.363.7737 Dark Horse Coffee Roasters 3260 Adams Ave., Normal Heights, 619.344.6962

Left to right: Junípero Serra Museum; Bluestocking Books in Hillcrest; Cafe Madeleine in South Park.

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GO FISH Seafood lovers: We found your mother ship. Fishmonger’s Market, headed by chef Frank Terzoli, is a European-style fish market and seafood bar selling fresh catches and smoked fish. The 5,000square-foot space (shared with 57 Degrees, a wine and beer shop) boasts two patios, communal seating, a 24-foot fresh fish case, a crudo bar and entrees. 1735 Hancock St., Midtown, 619.756.7345

Hawthorn Coffee 3019 Adams Ave., University Heights, 619.501.4882 Heartwork Coffee Bar 3993 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills, 619.293.3300 Influx Cafe 3000 Upas St., North Park, 619.795.0680 Pappalecco 3650 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest, 619.906.5566 Subterranean Coffee Boutique 412 University Ave., Hillcrest, 619.756.7513

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DEL MAR

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NORTH COAST San Diego’s North County coastal communities have a certain charm and slower pace that must be experienced firsthand to fully appreciate. Its many quaint pockets offer the best in boutique shopping, gallery hopping and beaches.

SOLANA BEACH Solana Beach is home to some of the chicest stores in San Diego County. The Cedros Design District begins at South Cedros Avenue and Lomas Santa Fe Drive, easily accessible by the Coaster, the train that runs from downtown San Diego to Oceanside. More than 50 shops spanning a quarter-mile feature fashion, home furnishings and antiques. Most of the boutiques on South Cedros are housed in renovated Quonset huts (iron warehouses

shaped like a half-cylinder), giving the ‘hood an artistic feel. Fuel up for your walking tour of the neighborhood at Claire’s (246 N. Cedros Ave.), across from the train station. It’s an ecoconscious cafe with preferred parking for electric and hybrid cars. This stretch of Cedros is also home to Susan Street Fine Art (200 N. Cedros Ave.), a contemporary art gallery; and Tobi Blatt (152 N. Cedros Ave.), which stocks women’s clothing from coveted labels. Cross Lomas Santa Fe to explore South Cedros. We love Cedros Soles (143 S. Cedros Ave.) for footwear; HIS (also at 143 S. Cedros Ave.), a store geared toward the style-minded guy; Bixby & Ball (214 S. Cedros Ave.), with linens, home decor items and other coastal lifestyle accessories; and Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery (415 S. Cedros Ave., #110). Linger long enough to smile at dogs and their humans coming and going at Muttropolis (227 S. Cedros Ave.), which sells premium pet supplies. You’ll also find hip home decor and art books at Solo (309 S. Cedros Ave.), and everything for the modern garden at

Left to right: Better Buzz Coffee Roasters in Encinitas; The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch.

color-splashed Chicweed (240 S. Cedros Ave.). Nestled among the retail shops is one of the county’s top live music venues: the Belly Up (143 S. Cedros Ave.), a landmark for 40 years and counting.

ENCINITAS & CARDIFF-BY-THE-SEA Heading north on 101 from Solana Beach, you’ll pass through the surf community of Cardiffby-the-Sea. Be sure to take a picture with the infamous “Cardiff Kook” sculpture. As you continue north approaching downtown Encinitas, you’ll see a unique silhouette among the palm trees. The Self-Realization Fellowship Retreat and Ashram Center (215 K St.), with its lotus blos-

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BREWS & BITES Carlsbad welcomes Draft Republic, a stylish gastropub with 101 craft beers on tap. The industrial space features outdoor picnic tables, 50 TVs, Ping-Pong, billiards, video games and an in-house butchery. To eat: house-made sausages, beer-brined chicken breast, buffalo-buttermilk chicken lollipops, flatbreads and the Banh Mi “Ramen” Burger. 5958 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, 760.448.4627

(CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT) SAM WELLS, EDWIN SANTIAGO, TREVOR DYCK, COURTESY DRAFT REPUBLIC

DEL MAR Del Mar’s celebrity status began more than 80 years ago, when the oceanside paradise became the home of the Del Mar Racetrack (2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.). Celebs Bing Crosby and Pat O’Brien helped establish the track—and its track record for hosting the Hollywood elite at the Thoroughbred Club. Ava Gardner, W.C. Fields, Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Jimmy Durante and Mickey Rooney were among the regulars in the late 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s. Today, racing season runs from mid-July to early September (then returns for the month of November), but fun events are held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds year-round. Jimmy Durante Boulevard— named for the famous entertainer who lived in Del Mar—paves the way from the track to the heart of the village. The intersection of Camino Del Mar and 15th Street forms Del Mar’s center. The Del Mar Plaza has scenic fountains and sweeping ocean views, plus upscale shops, clothing boutiques and restaurants. There’s more retail along Del

Mar’s main street, Camino Del Mar, and the area can easily be covered on foot. The shopping district is lined with shops, including Carolyn’s (1310 Camino Del Mar), with designer resale items, plus cafes and eateries. Great shopping continues east of the fair­grounds on Via de la Valle at Flower Hill Promenade (2720 Via de la Valle), where shops include trendy women’s boutique Van De Vort, men’s clothier Patrick James and Venissimo Cheese & Wine Bar. At the end of the day, head to Seagrove Park (Coast Boulevard at 15th Street) to enjoy a brilliant sunset overlooking the Pacific.

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FIELD TRIP For more fabulous cultural destinations and dining, head a bit farther north to Oceanside. som–shaped towers, dates back to 1937. A portion of the grounds is open and free to the public. A stroll through the lush, cliffside gardens offers views of surfers at nearby Swami’s Beach (1298 S. Coast Hwy. 101), a popular break for longboarders. Stock up on gear at Hansen’s Surf Shop (1105 S. Coast Hwy. 101). Up the road, The Lumberyard’s two dozen shops include clothier Reign & Clover, modern home-and-garden store Grounded and Chuao Chocolatier. Don’t miss DeepFling, with silver jewelry from Scandinavian designers. The Lumberyard also has an array of wine bars, eateries and cafes, many with outdoor seating (937 S. Coast Hwy. 101). In the center of downtown, the historical La Paloma Theatre (471 S. Coast Hwy. 101) has anchored the district since the 1920s and still hosts concerts and independent films. Boutiques and restaurants also line the strip. Pacific Station is a favorite—home to Icons

boutique, with denim, tees, boho-chic blouses and more (687 S. Coast Hwy. 101). North Coast Highway 101 runs through sleepy Leucadia, where it’s easy to speed right by gems like Lou’s Records (434 N. Coast Hwy. 101), with its selection of hip LPs and CDs, and Ducky Waddles ­Emporium (414 N. Coast Hwy. 101), with its ­excellent collection of books on all things artsy or bawdy. A great cluster of shops is found at The Gold Coast (466 N. Coast Hwy. 101), whose tenants include stylish children’s boutique Daisy B. A short drive inland leads to San Diego Botanic Garden, showcasing 3,000 rare and exotic plants.

CARLSBAD Downtown Carlsbad is a picturesque seaside village. Along Carlsbad Village Drive, you’ll find Frazier’s Well (2802 Carlsbad Blvd.), where infamous sea captain John Frazier discovered mineral water back in 1882.

California Surf Museum 312 Pier View Way, Oceanside, 760.721.6876

Nearby is Carlsbad Village Faire, a shopping center that is home to several casual eateries and shops. Retail on nearby State Street includes antique stores and shops like Coolest Shoes in California (2984 State St.), Mulloys Fine Jewelry (2978 State St.) and Seaworthy Surf Shop (2988 State St.). A short drive east of the freeway on Palomar Airport Road leads to great outlet shopping at Carlsbad ­Premium Outlets; as well as unique Colonial Era artifacts at Green Dragon Museum. Continuing along Palomar Airport Road, popular attraction Legoland is 128 acres of kid-­friendly entertainment that includes the Sea Life Aquarium. Nearby, the Museum of Making Music is filled with musical memorabilia. Omni La Costa Resort and Spa (2100 Costa Del Mar Road) is home to the Chopra Center for well-being. Two miles south of La Costa is The Forum Carlsbad, an outdoor, Spanishstyle shopping mall.

Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen 626 S. Tremont St., Oceanside, 760.453.2940 Harney Sushi 301 Mission Ave., Oceanside, 760.967.1820 Mission San Luis Rey de Francia 4050 Mission Ave., Oceanside, 760.757.3651 Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, 760.435.3720 Oceanside Pier The Strand N., Oceanside The Whet Noodle 1813 S. Coast Hwy., Oceanside, 760.453.2738 Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub 1815 S. Coast Hwy., Oceanside, 760.271.0531

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ARTS & CULTURE

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BALBOA PARK European and Byzantine art, including exquisite Russian religious paintings. The San Diego Art Institute’s Museum of the Living Artist presents exhibitions by contemporary local artists every four to six weeks, and the historical Spanish Village Art Center is a collection of 37 studios representing more than 200 artists working in media ranging from sculpture to blown glass; the charming courtyard setting evokes that of an Old World town square. Nestled between palm trees and botanical gardens, ornate Spanish Colonial buildings house many of the park’s museums and art exhibits. Several of the buildings were constructed as part of two world fairs: the PanamaCalifornia Exposition in 1915– 16, and the California-Pacific International Exposition in 1935–36. ­ It can take more than one day to see and enjoy each museum, garden and attraction. The Visitors Center (619.239.0512) in the House of Hospitality offers the Explorer Pass, allowing admission to any of the park’s museums for one week. (Keep in mind some museums are closed on Mondays.) Deluxe ­packages include passes to the neighboring San Diego Zoo. Or go high-tech and let the park’s mobile app be your guide.

ARTS & CULTURE Performing arts abound in the park. A staple since 1935, The Old Globe theater presents superior theatrical talent with its world-renowned plays and musicals. Elsewhere in the park, the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre presents whimsical puppet shows, while the famous Spreckels Organ Pavilion houses the world’s largest ­outdoor pipe organ, with more than 5,000 pipes. Free concerts are offered on Sundays at 2 p.m. The park is also home to groups celebrating culture. The House of Pacific Relations International Cottages promotes the heritage of countries around the world by hosting open houses and weekend festivals. Neighboring WorldBeat Center uses art, music, dance and education to celebrate

African and indigenous cultures, while Centro Cultural de la Raza is a multidisciplinary center dedicated to the preservation of Chicano and Latino culture. The park has a vast array of institutions celebrating the visual arts, past and present. Known for its presentation of eclectic traveling exhibits, the San Diego Museum of Art also has a trove of Renaissance and Baroque-era works, plus a large Asian collection. The worldclass Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) showcases compelling photography and presents films in its state-of-the-art theater. The Mingei International Museum is dedicated to folk art, craft and design from around the world, while the Timken Museum of Art is home to the Putnam Foundation’s renowned collection of

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SCIENCE & HISTORY Balboa Park’s many non-visual art museums are a huge draw for children, but most distinguish themselves by crafting exhibitions that also appeal to adult sensibilities. The San Diego Air and Space Museum salutes aviation with 68 original, reproduction and model airplanes and spacecraft. The Fleet Science Center has interactive science exhibitions and an IMAX Giant Dome theater. From antiques to hot rods, the San Diego Automotive Museum’s collection illustrates the evolution of the automobile. The vast San Diego Natural History Museum’s life-sized T-Rex skeleton, fossil exhibits and 3-D theater let visitors explore the natural world—with a focus on Southern California and Baja—via exciting interactive and educational media.

(CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT) EDWIN SANTIAGO, COURTESY SAN DIEGO ZOO, JON BILOUS/ALAMY STOCK PHOTO, COURTESY CUCINA URBNA, STEPHANIE STARR

Spanning 1,200 acres of lush, beautifully landscaped terrain, Balboa Park is known as San Diego’s “crown jewel,” offering a variety of both cultural and outdoor recreation options for kids and adults alike, not to mention a verdant respite from the bustle of the city’s increasingly metropolitan pace.

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EAT SHEET Looking to grab a bite, a pint or cappuccino? Visit these dining and drinking outposts located in and close to the park. Albert’s Restaurant 2920 Zoo Drive, 619.685.3200 Balboa Park Village Grill 1770 Village Place, 619.702.2428 Cucina Urbana 505 Laurel St., 619.239.2222 Flight Path Grill San Diego Air & Space Museum, 2001 Pan American Plaza, 619.234.8291 Left to right: Museum of Man; elephants at San Diego Zoo; Botanical Building and lily pond.

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MAKE FRIENDS A peaceful oasis inside the park, the Japanese Friendship Garden (aka San Kei En), is an expression of friendship between San Diego and its sister city, Yokohama. Stroll along 12 acres of winding paths, lush greenery, flowers, cherry blossom trees, koi ponds and sukiastyle buildings. The garden also hosts educational programs, exhibits and festivals. 2215 Pan American Road E, Balboa Park, 619.232.2721

Lady Carolyn’s Pub 1363 Old Globe Way, 619.231.1941 Panama 66 1450 El Prado, 619.696.1966 Poppy’s Patio Zoo Place, 619.231.1515 The Prado at Balboa Park 1549 El Prado, 619.557.9441 The Tea Pavilion 2215 Pan American Plaza, 619.231.0048

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Dedicated to the study of anthropology, the San Diego Museum of Man explores cultures of the world, especially the Americas. The largest of its kind, the Model Railroad Museum boasts scale models and interactive features for children. The San Diego History Center is for visitors of all ages, featuring interactive and engaging exhibits showcasing San Diego’s storied past. At the Veterans Museum & Memorial Center, visitors will find military uniforms from World War I, the Vietnam War and the Korean War, as well as maritime paintings by local artists and other displays. The Marston House, a Craftsman Prairiestyle mansion designed in 1905 by noted architect Irving Gill, is a must for history and architecture buffs; the grounds also feature a carriage house and gardens.

ATTRACTIONS & GARDENS The park’s major attraction is, of course, the 102-year-old San Diego Zoo, with some 4,000 rare and endangered species. Among the animal residents you’ll find the much-beloved meerkats, Asian and African elephants, monkeys, birds and more. Be sure to stop by Panda Canyon to say hello to all of the adorable giant pandas. After visiting the zoo, try your hand at the brass ring game from your perch atop a hand-carved pony on the Balboa Park Carousel. Both kids and grown-ups are welcome on the Balboa Park Miniature Railroad, which takes a three-minute, halfmile trip through 4 acres of the park. The park also features several gardens, a legacy left by its founding “mother,” botanist Kate Sessions. Complete with ornate fountains and colorful tiling, the Spanish-style Alcazar Garden, which abuts the Art Institute and Mingei Museum, blooms with 7,000 brilliantly colored annuals. The Japanese Friendship Garden features a Zen meditation garden and bonsai exhibit, while the sunken Zoro Garden has an interesting history: It was designed as a nudist colony during the 1935 California-Pacific International Exposition, but is now a habitat for monarch, sulfur and swallowtail butterflies. Also built for the Expo, the Old Cactus Garden has succulents and other exotic plants. With some 2,100 orchids, ferns, poinsettias and other plants, the striking Botanical Building is among the world’s largest lath structures; along with its gorgeous Lily Pond in front of the building, it’s one

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of the park’s most photographed, scenic and romantic sites.

RECREATION From hiking and jogging to tennis and bocce ball, you’ll find it in the park. The Balboa Park Activity Center has facilities for badminton, table tennis, volleyball and more, while the Balboa Park Municipal Golf Course offers striking views of downtown and Coronado. At Texas and Upas streets, on the park’s northeast end, the Morley Field Sports Complex is a haven for disc golf fans and other sports nuts, boasting a velodrome, archery range and bocce court. Check in here for information on the many hike and bike trails through Florida Canyon, a popular workout spot for joggers. The nearby Balboa Tennis Club is open to the public, with 25 courts and a full-service pro shop, plus lessons and clinics. The dapper, white-clad members of the San Diego Lawn Bowling Club, which has been around for more than 75 years, play seven days a week near the corner of Sixth Avenue and Laurel Street. Visitors are welcome to join the fun and get a free lesson. There are also a few leash-free dog parks here, including one at Balboa Drive and El Prado, south of the Cabrillo Bridge, and another at Morley Field, northwest of the tennis courts. The park is among the most dog-friendly public recreational properties of its kind in the world. Expect to see dozens both on and off leash at every turn.

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DINING Several casual snack bars and coffee carts can be found throughout the park and inside certain museums. For a sit-down experience, try The Prado, whose lively, colorful interior and charming garden patio—not to mention delicious Latin American cuisine, refreshing salads and exotic South American cocktails—have made it a longtime local favorite. Another popular outpost, The Tea Pavilion at the Japanese Friendship Garden serves tea, noodles and sushi in a casual setting. Other park dining favorites include Cafe Mingei located in the Mingei International Museum; Flight Path Grill, an outdoor restaurant at the San Diego Air & Space Museum serving hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza and salads; and dog-friendly outdoor gastropub Panama 66, serving craft beer, cocktails and local fare at the San Diego Museum of Art. SPRING 2018 WHERE SAN DIEGO  31

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/ DINING AMERICAN BANKERS HILL BAR & RESTAURANT  Mismatched antique chairs decorate this casual spot with an urbanindustrial vibe. A seasonal menu includes braised pork tacos, an excellent burger and their famous truffled fries. D (nightly), Br (Su).  2202 Fourth Ave., Bankers Hill, 619.231.0222. $$$  Map O16 BROCKTON VILLA  An 1894 cottage with a spectacular ocean view. Try the Coast Toast, a French toast soufflé from the breakfast menu. B, L, D (daily).  1235 Coast Blvd., La Jolla, 858.454.7393. $$  Map W19 BROOKLYN GIRL EATERY  This trendy neighborhood joint is known for its complimentary daily popcorn and urban Brooklyn pantry vibe. Try the gnocchi and short rib entree. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  4033 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills, 619.296.4600. $$$  Map M15 CAMPFIRE  The striking indoor/outdoor restaurant features campground-inspired decor, wood-fired dishes and smoky craft cocktails. L (Tu-Su), D (nightly).  2725 State St., Carlsbad, 760.637.5121. $$$  Map T22

Hidden Gem Off the beaten culinary path in Lemon Grove, Giardino Neighborhood Cucina by owners Marco Provino and Karina Kravalis is a delightful dining surprise. The cozy, casual cucina welcomes with its whitewashed brick walls, antique floral accents, two patios and Italian-inspired seasonal fare. The menu includes wood-fired pizzas, pastas, seafood, salads and antipasti ranging from stuffed mushrooms to prosciutto carpaccio. Menu standouts include the truffle burrata salad with grilled eggplant; The Chef pizza with mascarpone, pancetta, spinach, fig jam and shaved Parmesan; the fettuccine carbonara; and the steak Siciliano entree with a side of shrimp mac ‘n’ cheese. Don’t miss the sausage panini and cannoli waffles served at weekend brunch. 8131 Broadway, Lemon Grove, 619.825.7112

CAROLINE’S SEASIDE CAFE BY GIUSEPPE  Overlooking the Pacific, the contemporary indoor/outdoor cafe serves healthy, organic California fare. Try the vegetablepesto wrap or white albacore tuna salad sandwich for lunch; and the smoked salmon egg scramble for weekend brunch. B (M-F), L (daily), Br (Sa-Su).  8610 Kennel Way, La Jolla, 858.202.0569. $$  Map U20 CHART HOUSE  Seafood and steakhouse has picturesque coastline location with floor-to-ceiling windows. Indulge in hot chocolate lava cake for dessert. L, D (daily); Br (Su).  2588 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, 760.436.4044. $$$  Map W22 CLAIM JUMPER  This popular saloon-style chain offers something for everyone—from Southern-style comfort dishes such as country-fried steak and chicken pot pie; to seafood, pasta, pizza, burgers, soups and salads. B (daily at new Wyndham San Diego Bayside location only); L, D (daily); Br (Su at La Mesa and Carmel Mountain locations). Visit claimjumper.com for addresses and info. $$ CRAFT & COMMERCE  Sip inventive craft cocktails at its taxidermy-adorned main bar or in its speakeasystyle tiki lounge, False Idol; or nosh on refined gastropub fare in its cozy-chic library. Must-try dishes include the bone marrow and chicken-fried quail. D (nightly), L (Sa-Su).  675 W. Beech St., Little Italy, 619.269.2202. $$$  Map P15 CRAFTSMAN NEW AMERICAN TAVERN  This stylish Encinitas watering hole serves up the Devil’s Free Range Chicken, deep-fried Brussels sprouts and Root Beer Cake. L (M-Sa), D (nightly), Br (Su).  267 El Camino Real, Encinitas, 760.452.2000. $$  Map V22 GARAGE KITCHEN + BAR  This hip hangout housed in a historical building features a music motif and menu of craft cocktails and new American eats—including flatbreads, sandwiches, salads and entrees like duck confit with ancient grain risotto. Br (Sa-Su), D (nightly).  655 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.231.6700. $$  Map Q16 HERB & WOOD  Dine on wood-fired dishes and sip old-school cocktails inside Brian Malarkey’s sprawling warehouse-turned-chic hotspot. D (Tu-Su).  2210 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619.955.8495. $$$$  Map P15 HERRINGBONE  Expect farm-to-sea American dishes with global influences, craft cocktails and 100-year-old olive trees enhancing the decor inside this refined warehouse-style space. L (M-Sa), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  7837 Herschel Ave., La Jolla, 858.459.0221. $$$  Map W19

GUIDELINES

Restaurants are listed by city on page 45. Map locators at the end of each listing (Map A3; Map H10, etc.) refer to maps on pages 60-63. Compendium includes editors’ recommendations and advertisers.

INDEX American.........................34 Italian...............................39 Breakfast.........................35 Japanese/Pacific Rim....41 California Cuisine...........36 Mexican/Southwestern.41 French.............................36 Seafood......................... 42 International...................38 Steak............................. 44

HODAD’S  Renowned burger joint with fresh toppings, huge portions, onion rings, milkshakes and microbrews on tap. Try the double bacon cheeseburger if you dare. L, D (daily).  5010 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach, 619.224.4623, Map J8; 945 Broadway, downtown, 619.234.6323. $$  Map Q17 HORNBLOWER CRUISES  Celebrate a special occasion or surprise your sweetheart with a three-hour dinner cruise aboard a luxury yacht along San Diego’s stunning waterfront. Enjoy a three-course meal, chilled sparkling wine and dancing. D (nightly).  970 N. Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, 619.686.8715. $$  Map Q14 JIMMY’S FAMOUS AMERICAN TAVERN  Spicy California cheeseburgers and specialty cocktails served in a fun, casual bayside venue; outdoor patio offers great marina views. L, D (daily); Br (Su).  4990 N. Harbor Drive, Point Loma, 619.226.2103. $$  Map K9 KETTNER EXCHANGE  Little Italy hotspot offers progressive American dishes such as big-eye tuna pizza and gluten-free gnocchi. Downstairs is a sumptuous space with a two-way fireplace; upstairs is a sprawling rooftop lounge. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  2001 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619.255.2001. $$$  Map P15 THE MED  La Valencia’s charming, Mediterranean-villastyle eatery features locally sourced, sustainable dishes such as miso Chilean sea bass, an ocean-view terrace and live music five days a week. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  1132 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.551.3741. $$  Map W19 MISTER A’S  Incredible 12th-floor views and romantic ambiance complemented by fresh, seasonal ingredients. Appetizers range from mac ‘n’ cheese to pan-seared scallops, plus an outstanding wine list. L (M–F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  2550 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill, 619.239.1377. $$$$  Map O16 NEIGHBORHOOD  This gastropub is a bit snobbish about its condiments (you’ll find no ketchup here), but makes up for it with tasty gourmet burgers, hand-cut sweet potato fries and craft brews. L, D (daily).  777 G St., East Village, 619.446.0002. $$  Map Q16 ONE DOOR NORTH  Inspired by the great outdoors, the upscale-casual eatery houses safari-style dining tents and serves “campfire cuisine,” such as grilled street corn, smoky burgers and s’mores bars. D (nightly).  3422 30th St., North Park, 619.618.1285. $$$  Map J12 PACIFIC STANDARD COASTAL KITCHEN  Dine on hearty American cuisine using local ingredients inside this bright, modern culinary outpost at the Hilton Garden Inn. Try the steak frites and house-made brioche bread with ricotta cheese. B, L, D (daily).  2137 Pacific Hwy., Little Italy, 619.819.0090. $$$  Map O15

W In the mood for sushi? Try one of the county’s popular outposts for authentic and creative fare—including Nobu, Zenbu and Azuki Sushi p. 41.

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DINING SEARSUCKER  At this hotspot, chef Brian Malarkey crafts a bold menu that ranges from a mammoth 32-ounce rib-eye to mini appetizer bites. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Su).  611 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.233.7327, Map Q16; 12995 El Camino Real, Del Mar, 858.369.5700. $$$  Map X22 SLATER’S 50/50  Design your own gourmet burger, or choose from one of 10 specialty burgers, including the Peanut Butter & Jellousy burger with peanut butter, strawberry jelly and bacon. Signature patty is the 50/50 with ground beef and bacon. Plus craft beer and fun cocktails. L, D (daily); B (Su).  2750 Dewey Road, #193, Point Loma, 619.398.2600. $$  Map J9 SOLACE & THE MOONLIGHT LOUNGE  The second eatery and bar by chef Matt Gordon, this North County favorite serves upscale comfort food with a focus on seafood. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  25 East E St., Encinitas, 760.753.2433. $$$  Map W22 STACKED “Food well built” is the slogan at this innovative eatery where diners order their meal via an iPad at every table, allowing them to customize their own burger, sandwich, pizza, salad, mac ’n’ cheese and more. Plus, a full bar. L, D (daily).  7007 Friars Road, #356, Fashion Valley, 619.225.7900. $$  Map M16 URBAN SOLACE  Neighborhood joint features updated New American comfort cuisine and an intriguing wine, craft beer and cocktail list. Locals love the warm cheese biscuits and Sunday bluegrass brunch. L, D (daily); Br (Su).  3823 30th St., North Park, 619.295.6464. $$$  Map N17

BREAKFAST BEACH GRASS CAFE  Breezy, casual-chic eatery by the beach serves up a health-conscious menu of granola, flapjacks, salads and more. B, L, D (daily).  159 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Solana Beach, 858.509.0632. $$  Map X22 BREAKFAST REPUBLIC  Breakfast-centric eatery serves fun spins on classic dishes, such as Oreo pancakes, s’mores French toast, breakfast hot dogs and turkeymeatball hash. B, L (daily); D (nightly at Liberty Station locale only).  2865 Sims Road, #106, Liberty Station, 619.693.5434,  Map J9; 251 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas, 760.452.2121, Map V22; 2730 University Ave., North Park, 619.642.0299. $$  Map J12 BRIAN’S 24  Old-school clubby spot features a mahogany bar, crystal chandelier and 24-hour dining (midnight brunch, anyone?). Burgers, steaks and chicken ‘n’ waffles, too. B, L, D (daily).  828 Sixth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.702.8410. $  Map Q16 CAFE 222  Locals line up in droves for Cafe 222’s quirky American cuisine and whimsical decor. Popular menu items include the peanut butter waffle with bananas at breakfast; tuna melts, salads and more at lunch. B, L (daily).  222 Island Ave., downtown, 619.236.9902. $  Map R15 THE COTTAGE  Housed in a charming turn-of-thecentury home complete with a quaint garden patio. All the usual dishes for breakfast; sandwiches, salads and burgers at lunch. B, L (daily).  7702 Fay Ave., La Jolla, 858.454.8409. $  Map W19 HASH HOUSE A GO GO  Huge portions of “twisted farm food” that will make your eyes bulge: egg scrambles, hashes and more arrive on massive platters, speared with a giant rosemary branch. Housed in a rustic-urban bungalow with a quaint back patio. B, L (daily); D (Tu-Su).  3628 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest, 619.298.4646. $$  Map N16 ISABEL’S CANTINA  This cool, casual spot serves health-conscious, bold-flavored Latin and Asian-influenced fare. For breakfast, try the soy-chorizo scramble or blackberry-banana pancakes. B, L, D (daily).  966 Felspar St., Pacific Beach, 858.272.8400. $$  Map H7

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The Mission  Acclaimed local mini-chain is known for pancakes, French toast, smoothies, breakfast burritos and health-conscious Latin dishes. B, L (daily).  3795 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach, 858.488.9060, Map I8; 2801 University Ave., North Park, 619.220.8992, Map J12; 1250 J St., East Village, 619.232.7662. $  Map Q17 richard walker’s pancake house  Popular casual spot with a huge selection of mouthwatering flapjacks and other breakfast and lunch fare. Favorites include the baked apple pancake. B, L (daily).  520 Front St., downtown, 619.231.7777, Map Q15; 909 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.459.8800. $  Map W19 SNOOZE, an a.m. EATERY  This bright, energetic joint features breakfast and brunch faves like eggs Benedict, pancakes, French toast, cocktails, a fun coffee menu and a breakfast pot pie. B, L (daily).  3940 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest, 619.500.3344, Map N16; 3435 Del Mar Heights Road, Del Mar, 858.703.5300, Map X22; 8861 Villa La Jolla Drive, La Jolla, 858.483.5556. $$  Map W19

California Cuisine

the patio on lamont  This popular neighborhood nook features craft cocktails, beer and a global menu of small plates, salads, flatbreads and entrees with California influences. Dogs welcome outside. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  4445 Lamont St., Pacific Beach, 858.412.4648. $$  Map H8

the flying pig pub and kitchen  This foodieapproved restaurant features farm-to-table cuisine focused on Cali-American dishes. Think handmade pasta, organic salads and Duroc pork belly. D (nightly).  626 S. Tremont St., Oceanside, 760.453.2940. $$$  Map S22

prepkitchen little italy  Its stylish second-story locale makes for a fab alternative to the area’s Italian eateries. Daily specials include the farmers market flatbread and local halibut. D (nightly), L (M-F), Br (Sa-Su).  1660 India St., Little Italy, 619.398.8383. $$$  Map P15

George’s AT THE COVE  La Jolla institution comprises three levels (from elegant to casual) of ocean views. Chef Trey Foshee creates seafood, steak and regional dishes. Mid-level bar is a great happy hour spot. L, D (daily).  1250 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.454.4244. $$$$  Map W19

STARLITE  Dazzling interior design and a cool back patio complements sustainably farmed food and boutique cocktails at this ultra-hip restaurant/bar. Don’t miss the burger on brioche and the signature Starlite Mule. D (nightly). 21+.  3175 India St., Midtown, 619.358.9766. $$  Map O15

Grant grill  Expect seasonal dishes with ingredients native to the region—jumbo diver scallops are a signature dish—while Jeff Josenhans crafts his mixology magic behind the bar, all housed inside the historical US Grant hotel. B, L, D (daily).  326 Broadway, downtown, 619.744.2077. $$$$  Map Q16 great maple  This upscale “diner” serves comfort food and cocktails. Choose from salads, sandwiches, seafood, pasta, flatbread pizzas and maple-bacon doughnuts. B, L (M-F); D (Tu-Su); Br (Sa-Su).  1451 Washington St., Hillcrest, 619.255.2282, Map N17; 4545 La Jolla Village Drive, UTC, thegreatmaple.com/la-jolla. $$.  Map T21 JRDN  Hip restaurant and bar at Tower 23 hotel has steak and seafood dishes, plus a full raw bar and happy hour specials. Patio offers boardwalk and ocean views, plus fun people-watching. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  723 Felspar St., Pacific Beach, 858.270.5736. $$$  Map H7 juniper & ivy  Top Chef star Richard Blais oversees the modern Cali-American menu loaded with artisanal dishes—from raw seafood, pastas and small plates, to mains such as prime strip loin and local chicken served with English pea gnocchi. D (nightly). 2228 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619.269.9036. $$$  Map P15

1500 OCEAN  House-made pastas and adventurous starters define this special-occasion spot, complete with an ocean-view terrace, beach cabanas and a wine cellar. D (Tu-Sa).  Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.522.8490. $$$$  Map L10

Leroy’s Kitchen & Lounge  Recognized for its farm-to-table fare, Leroy’s offers seafood, meat and pasta dishes. Favorites include roasted rainbow trout and duck pot pie. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  1015 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.6087. $$  Map L11

Arterra  A favorite power-lunch spot with a seasonal menu, plus a sushi bar and outdoor lounge with fire pits and cabanas. B (daily), L (M–F), D (M– Sa).  Marriott Del Mar, 11966 El Camino Real, Del Mar, 858.369.6032. $$$  Map X22

madison  Nosh on SoCal-Med cuisine inside a sleek, cedar-walled space with vaulted ceilings; plus a trendy bar and lounge with unique cocktails. D (Tu-Su), Br (SaSu).  4622 Park Blvd., University Heights, 619.269.6566. $$$  Map M17

CARNITAS’ SNACK SHACK  This pork-centric eatery by Hanis Cavin serves a fun menu of smoky meat dishes, sandwiches, carnitas tacos, cocktails and soft-serve ice cream. Don’t miss the Triple Threat sandwich. Visit carnitassnackshack.com for hours.  2632 University Ave., North Park, 619.294.7675, Map J12; 1004 N. Harbor Drive, downtown, 619.696.7675. $$  Map Q15

Marine Room  Outstanding nouveau French-infused California cuisine such as macadamia-pesto-crusted salmon and artisanal cheeses by chef Bernard Guillas in an unparalleled oceanfront location. D (nightly).  2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, 858.459.7222. $$$$  Map W20

the crack shack  This hip outdoor eatery serves all-day chicken and egg dishes; plus a full bar and bocce court. B, L, D (daily).  407 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas, 760.230.2968, Map V22; 2266 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619.795.3299. $$$  Map P15 cusp dining & drinks  Head 11 stories up at Hotel La Jolla for Mediterranean-influenced California cuisine and small plates overlooking the coastline. D (nightly), B (M-F), Br (Sa-Su).  7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, 858.551.3620. $$$  Map V20 Eat at the pearl  Explore a coastal California menu at The Pearl hotel’s retro-cool eatery—with seasonal dishes and simple flavors; we love the duck breast, glutenfree gnocchi and shrimp ‘n’ grits. D (M-Sa), Br (Su).  1410 Rosecrans St., Point Loma, 619.226.6100. $$  Map J8

MARKET RESTAURANT + BAR  Chef Carl Schroeder crafts modern cuisine using local produce, handmade cheeses and locally raised meat. Highlights include the blue cheese soufflé, market veggie tasting and Meyer lemon-cream crepes. D (nightly).  3702 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, 858.523.0007. $$$$  Map X22 NINE-TEN  Award-winning chef Jason Knibb creates evolving California cuisine from local, organic ingredients. The Jamaican jerk pork belly appetizer and the braised short rib entree are highlights. B, L, D (daily).  910 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.964.5400. $$$  Map V19 THE PATIO ON GOLDFINCH  Neighborhood spot features a glass-encased cheese cave and two “living walls.” Seasonal menu includes salads, flatbreads, seafood and meat dishes; as well as cocktails, global wines and local craft beers. B, L (M-F); D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su).  4020 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills, 619.501.5090. $$$  Map N15

WAYPOINT PUBLIC  Laid-back gastropub features 100 international beers; a custom 30-tap system focused on West Coast craft brews; and comfort dishes such as the buttermilk-fried chicken and biscuit sandwich. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  3794 30th St., North Park, 619.255.8778. $$  Map J12 WE OLIVE  Olive oil tasting room also includes coastal-view wine bar featuring California wines and tastings of gourmet food items, plus specialty gifts. Great spot for happy hour, featuring discounted cheese plates and other gourmet nibbles, plus wines by the glass. L, D (daily).  1158 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.551.8250. $$  Map W19 whisknladle  Chef Ryan Johnston uses local organic ingredients in dishes like roasted bone marrow and chorizo-date fritters. Trendy bar and lounge area serves up exceptional craft cocktails. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  1044 Wall St., La Jolla, 858.551.7575. $$$  Map W19

French ADDISON  Executive Chef William Bradley creates delectable, elegant dishes from local ingredients at this ultra-fine-dining restaurant at Fairmont Grand Del Mar. It’s the only AAA Five Diamond Restaurant and Forbes Five-Star Restaurant in SoCal. D (Tu-Sa).  5200 Grand Del Mar Way, Del Mar, 858.314.1900. $$$$  Map X22 bleu boheme  Kensington’s charming bistro, with its candlelit rooms and old-world European ambiance, is known for its traditional French fare—including mussels, coq au vin and boeuf bourguignon. L, D (daily).  4090 Adams Ave., Kensington, 619.255.4167. $$$  Map I12 Bo-Beau kitchen  Classic French dishes (boeuf bourguignon, chicken fricasse)—along with craft cocktails and French wines—are served in a cozy and inviting bohemian atmosphere. Great spot for conversation and date nights. D (nightly).  4996 W. Point Loma Blvd., Ocean Beach, 619.224.2884, Map J8; 1027 University Ave., Hillcrest, 619.481.5033. $$$  Map N17 CAFe CHLOE  Locals’ fave offers afternoon “urban tea” (booking required) and bistro cuisine such as smoked trout salad, cheese plates and moules frites in a casually elegant setting; plus a sidewalk patio. B, L, D (daily).  721 Ninth Ave., East Village, 619.232.3242. $$  Map Q17 THE FRENCH GOURMET  This quaint restaurant, bakery and wine shop serves California-influenced French cuisine. Entrees include duck confit, rack of lamb and vegetarian ratatouille. Visit the bakery for to-go sandwiches, cheese, charcuterie and desserts. B, L (daily); D (Tu-Sa).  960 Turquoise St., Pacific Beach, 858.488.1725. $$  Map H8 Mille Fleurs  This romantic, fine-dining restaurant is a classic date spot. The cuisine is creative, updated French/California (think: escargot and whole Dover sole meunière). L (Tu–F), D (nightly).  6009 Paseo ­Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe, 858.756.3085. $$$$  Map W23

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FIRESIDE BY THE PATIO  The sprawling indoor/outdoor eatery focuses on wood-fired, charcoal-grilled, globally inspired cuisine. Think flatbreads, salads, smoked chicken and pork rib entrees, and a yakitori menu. Great wine list and dog-friendly patio. L, D (daily).  2855 Perry Road, Bldg. 8, Point Loma, 619.432.2100. $$  Map J9

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Dining Pamplemousse Grille  Chef ­Jeffrey Strauss presents a country-French–influenced American menu in a quirky, casually elegant setting near the racetrack. Don’t miss the basil-roasted sea bass with sauteed rock shrimp and a polenta cake. L (F), D (nightly).  514 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, 858.792.9090. $$$$  Map W22

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Parc Bistro-Brasserie  Dine on exceptional, refined French dishes and seafood inside this elegant neighborhood bistro that blends Old World charm with contemporary touches. Standouts include the escargot and duck confit. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill, 619.795.150. $$$  Map P16 the smoking goat  This cozy neighborhood bistro serves up French and American cuisine with a countryside flair. Expect such dishes as the Berkshire pork chop, steak frites and its famous duck fat truffle fries. D (Tu-Su).  3408 30th St., North Park, 619.955.5295. $$$  Map J12

International Cafe Sevilla  A celebrated staple of the Gaslamp, Cafe Sevilla still serves up the same Spanish tapas, seafood specialties, and flamenco and salsa lessons that have made it a longtime locals’ favorite. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 353 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.233.5979. $$$  Map R16 THE HAKE  Inspired by global brasseries, the recently renovated restaurant focuses on seasonal seafood with Mediterranean, Latin American and Asian influences. Enjoy large shareable plates and tapas-style dishes; plus award-winning wine and cocktail programs; and lovely views of La Jolla Cove and the ocean. D (Tu-Su).  1250 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.454.1637. $$$  Map W19 indigo grill  The popular Cohn Group restaurant features a Latin-inspired menu that includes unique offerings such as achiote-marinated prime flat iron steak and “Flaming Hot Cheetos,” made with pig ears and cotija cheese. Plus an outdoor patio along India Street. D (nightly).  1536 India St., Little Italy, 619.234.6802. $$$  Map P15

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Lotus thai  Elegant bamboo decor and modern Thai cuisine, with authentic dishes from Bangkok, Chiang Mai and north Thailand. Specialties include Choo Chee pork chops and roasted half-duck curry. L (M-F), D (nightly).  3761 Sixth Ave., Hillcrest, 619.299.8272, Map N16; 906 Market St., East Village, 619.595.0115. $$  Map Q17 The Prado  Its dramatic garden patio is lovely, and the eclectic American menu is spiked with Latin/Italian flair. Try the lobster bucatini and the chicken and gnocchi dumplings with bacon. L (daily), D (Tu-Su).  1549 El Prado, House of Hospitality, Balboa Park, 619.557.9441. $$$  Map O17 q’ero restaurant  A cozy Peruvian restaurant featuring regional classics such as lomo saltado and the signature beverage, chicha morada, made from purple corn. L, D (W-Sa).  564 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, 760.753.9050. $$  Map V22 QUEENSTOWN PUBLIC HOUSE  Salads, burgers and specialties like fish ‘n’ chips rule the menu at this New Zealand-inspired eatery, featuring a charming dining porch and dog-friendly dining lawn and patio. Weekend brunch includes chicken ’n’ waffles and sangria. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  1557 Columbia St., Little Italy, 619.546.0444. $$  Map P15 REI DO GADO  Brazilian-style steakhouse serves succulent mesquite-cooked beef and pork, brought tableside on skewers until you tell them to stop. L, D (daily).  939 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.702.8464. $$$  Map Q16 soltan banoo  Eclectic, casual Persian restaurant featuring authentic lamb, beef, vegetarian and curry dishes with fragrant basmati rice; plus kebabs.

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DINING L, D (daily).  4645 Park Blvd., University Heights, 619.298.2801. $$  Map M18 TAPAS & BEERS  Relaxed, casual space features a Mediterranean-inspired menu of small plates ideal for sharing— cured meats, crostini, hummus—plus flatbreads, sandwiches, salads and paella. To drink, enjoy a glass of wine or local craft beer. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  926 Broadway Circle, downtown, 619.564.7255.  $$  Map Q16

ITALIAN ALEXANDER’S  Romantic neighborhood eatery known for its darling back patio, white-on-white decor, traditional pasta dishes and its White Room pizza with chicken and pesto. D (nightly).  3391 30th St., North Park, 619.281.2539. $$  Map J12 ARRIVEDERCI  Charming Hillcrest restaurant with sidewalk seating draws locals for its daily gnocchi. Sandwiches, pizzas, salads and wines also available. L, D (daily).  3845 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest, 619.299.6282. $$$  Map N16 BARBUSA  The stylishly modern trattoria is owned by the Busalacchi family. On the menu: updated Sicilian classics such as the Arancini Trio (stuffed risotto balls), handmade pastas, pizzas and seasonal cocktails. Don’t miss the Nutella-banana tiramisu for dessert. L, D (daily).  1917 India St., Little Italy, 619.238.1917. $$$  Map P15 BENCOTTO  This mod spot in the Q building earns raves for simple but well-executed create-your-own pasta dishes and other Italian specialities. L, D (Tu-Su).  750 W. Fir St., Little Italy, 619.450.4786. $$$  Map P15 BOTTEGA AMERICANO  This Euro-style “foodery” features interactive food bars (including a raw bar with fresh shellfish) and full-service dining. On the menu: stone-fired pizzas, handmade pasta, wine, cocktails and authentic desserts. L, D (daily).  1195 Island Ave., East Village, 619.255.7800. $$$  Map Q16 BUONA FORCHETTA  The wood-fired oven named “Sofia” takes center stage at this cozy corner eatery known for its traditional Neapolitan pizza, house-made pastas and tiramisu. Don’t miss the “pasta of the day” special. L (Sa-Su), D (nightly).  3001 Beech St., South Park, 619.381.4844. $$  Map K12 CAFFE BELLA ITALIA  Sample delectable Italian cuisine made from scratch—ranging from wood-fired pizzas to veal scaloppini—amid a cozy ambiance complete with a romantic dining patio. D (nightly).  1525 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach, 858.273.1224. $$ Map H8 CATANIA COASTAL ITALIAN  Enjoy authentic coastal Italian fare and 180-degree ocean views in the heart of La Jolla. The menu features salads, small plates, woodfired pizzas, pastas and entrees like whole-roasted branzino. Save room for the semifreddo for dessert. L, D (daily).  7863 Girard Ave., #301, La Jolla, 858.551.5105. $$$  Map W19 CIVICO 1845  Contemporary Italian bistro features a warm decor clad with reclaimed wood, a patio, handmade pastas and traditional entrees; plus a separate all-vegan menu. L, D (daily).  1845 India St., Little Italy, 619.431.5990. $$  Map P15 CUCINA ENOTECA  Located at Flower Hill Promenade, the stylish eatery features a rooftop patio and a Cali-Italian menu with antipasti, salads, pastas and artisanal pizzas; plus a retail wine shop. L (Tu-Su), D (nightly).  2730 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, 858.704.4500. $$$  Map X22 CUCINA URBANA  Crowded, chic hotspot features house-made pastas, pizzas, farm-to-table dishes, houseinfused cocktails and wine shop. L (Tu-F), D (nightly).  505 Laurel St., Bankers Hill, 619.239.2222. $$$  Map O16 DAVANTI ENOTECA  Lively hotspot serves rustic Italian shareable plates like mascarpone polenta, plus pasta, pizza and salumi. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  1655 India St., Little

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Dining Italy, 619.237.9606,  Map P15; 12955 El Camino Real, Del Mar, 858.519.5060. $$$  Map X22 isola pizza bar  Casually elegant restaurant and bar featuring a romantic back patio, sidewalk patio and hand-tossed pizzas baked in a stone woodburning oven; plus pastas, antipasti and boutique wines. L, D (Tu-Su).  1526 India St., Little Italy, 619.255.4230,  Map P15; 7734 Girard Ave., La Jolla, 858.412.5566. $$$  Map W19 Jack & giulio’s  Known for its scampi, spaghetti and meatballs, and other traditional dishes, this Old Town Italian spot is a locals’ favorite. Excellent wines for pairing. D (nightly).  2391 San Diego Ave., Old Town, 619.294.2074. $$$  Map N14 monello  The vibe is casual-glam, with the menu focusing on Milanese street food—pizzas, flatbreads, gelato, a daily aperitivo from 4-7 p.m. with hosted nibbles from the chef, and its signature vermouth. B, L, D (Tu-Su).  750 W. Fir St., Little Italy, 619.501.0030. $$$  Map P15 OFFICINE BUONA FORCHETTA  Sister location of the popular South Park neighborhood restaurant serves up its famous wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, calzones, salads, and house-made pastas. Family-friendly outdoor patio features a playground for kids to run free while their parents dine. L, D (daily).  2865 Sims Road, Point Loma, 619.548.5770. $$  Map J9 Old Venice  Local favorite boasts candlelit atmosphere and romantic courtyard, white-on-white decor and Italian cuisine with Mediterranean flavors. Enjoy dishes like the spicy Roma shrimp and chicken picatta. L (M–Sa), D (nightly).  2910 Cañon St., Point Loma, 619.222.5888. $$$  Map K8 OSTERIA PANEVINO  This casual, Tuscan-inspired eatery conjures the sights, sounds and smells of the Old World right in the heart of the Gaslamp, and features rustic, farmhouse ambiance, a lengthy wine list and house-made bread and pastas. B, L, D (daily).  722 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.595.7959. $$ Map Q16 Piatti  Delicious pastas, pizza made from a stonehearth oven and other Italian faves near the ocean in La Jolla Shores. L, D (daily); Br (Sa–Su).  2182 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla, 858.454.1589. $$$  Map V20 TRATTORIA I TRULLI  Superb pasta and sauces in a rustic setting featuring more than 100 wines. The creme brulee shouldn’t be missed. L, D (daily).  830 S. Coast Hwy. 101, #100, Encinitas, 760.943.6800. $$  Map V22 Vigilucci’s cucina italiana  Bustling Italian bistro nestled in the heart of Carlsbad Village serves everything from pasta to veal to seafood; plus an outdoor patio. L, D (daily); Br (Su).  2943 State St., Carlsbad, 760.434.2500. $$$  Map T22 VIGILUCCI’S GOURMET MARKET & CATERING One part cafe and one part gourmet Italian market, this charming nook offers boutique wines, salami, cheeses, customized antipasti trays, hot and cold panini, homemade lasagna and daily lunch specials. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.  2943 State St., #102, Carlsbad, 760.720.0188. $$  Map T22 VIGILUCCI’S TRATTORIA ITALIANA  This quaint Italian eatery is known for its homemade pasta dishes, prime steaks, fresh seafood and pizza—featuring an authentic Florentine wood-burning brick oven. L, D (daily).  530 N. Coast Hwy. 101, Leucadia, 760.634.2365. $$$  Map V2

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Vivace  Marvelous Northern Italian cuisine with a California twist made fresh using organic ingredients at this gorgeous restaurant at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort. D (M-Sa), Br (Su).  7100 Four ­Seasons Point, Carlsbad, 760.603.6999. $$$$  Map U22

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DINING JAPANESE/PACIFIC RIM AZUKI SUSHI  Seemingly a hole in the wall from the street view, but inside lies a charming eatery and sushi bar with an airy back patio. Excellent, expertly prepared sushi and specialty rolls. L (M-F), D (nightly).  2321 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill, 619.238.4760. $$$  Map O16 BALI HAI  Tiki oasis has a Polynesian menu, featuring Korean barbecued ribs and wok-fried whole striped bass, plus fabulous bay views and stiff mai tais. L (M-Sa), D (nightly), Br (Su).  2230 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island, 619.222.1181. $$$  Map K9 BLUE OCEAN ROBATA & SUSHI BAR  High-style design meets mod Japanese cuisine. Yakitori-skewered proteins & veggies are charcoal-fired on a robata grill; plus sushi and Japanese whiskey. L (M-Sa), D (nightly).  2958 Madison St., Carlsbad, 760.434.4959. $$$  Map T22 BLUE SMOKE SUSHI LOUNGE  Fashion Valley Mall’s stylish eatery features signature sushi rolls and tapas-style Japanese dishes in a modern dining environment; plus wine, beer and sake. L, D (daily).  7007 Friars Road, #336, Fashion Valley, 619.291.7711. $$  Map M16

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HARNEY SUSHI  Find award-winning sushi and specialty rolls with a molecular gastronomy twist at this groovy local mini-chain, where live DJs spin nightly. L (M-F), D (nightly).  3964 Harney St., Old Town, 619.295.3272,  Map J10; 301 Mission Ave., Oceanside, 760.967.1820. $$  Map S22 NOBU  The hotspot at Hard Rock Hotel by the renowned Nobu Matsuhisa serves authentic sushi, the chef’s famous jalapeño-yellowtail sashimi and excellent miso black cod. D (nightly).  207 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.814.4124. $$$$  Map Q16 ROY’S  High-end chain serves chef Roy Yamaguchi’s Hawaiian-fusion fare—including steak, seafood and sushi—in a contemporary setting; plus, an exceptional wine list and service. L, D (daily).  8670 Genesee Ave., La Jolla, 858.455.1616, Map T21; Marriott Hotel, 333 W. Harbor Drive, Marina District, 619.239.7697. $$$  Map Q15 ZENBU  Innovative sushi rolls and sashimi crafted from line-caught fish brought in by the owner’s personal fleet of fishing boats. D (nightly).  2003 San Elijo Ave., Cardiff-bythe-Sea, 760.633.2223. $$$  Map W22

MEXICAN/SOUTHWESTERN BARRIO STAR  Trendy eatery serves up healthful Latin American-influenced dishes, including tacos, bowls, tortilla soup and chipotle chicken wings. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  2706 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill, 619.501.7827. $$  Map O16 CAFE COYOTE  Choose from more than 100 tequilas in your margarita to wash down the enchiladas suizas and addictive tortilla chips. B, L, D (daily).  2461 San Diego Ave., Old Town, 619.291.4695. $$  Map M14

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CANDELAS  Find skyline views, tequila prawns flambé over ahi tuna, and Mexico City-inspired dishes at this romantic nouvelle ­Mexican spot overlooking the bay. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Su).  1201 First St., #115, Coronado, 619.435.4900. $$$  Map L10 CASA GUADALAJARA  Bazaar del Mundo’s awardwinning Mexican restaurant and cantina features a colorful outdoor patio, live mariachi music and some of the best enchiladas and flautas in town. L, D (daily).  4105 Taylor St., Old Town, 619.295.5111. $$  Map M13 COASTERRA  The stars are its massive waterfront dining deck and regional Mexican cuisine. Bar offers more than 100 tequilas and a dozen mezcal infusions. L, D (daily).  880 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island, 619.814.1300. $$$  Map J10 EN FUEGO  Lively Mexican restaurant and bar with traditional dishes such as empanadas, tamales and seafood;

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Miguel’s Cocina  This family-owned restaurant chain dates back to 1982. Each location has its own breezy vibe, but all serve Miguel’s seriously addictive queso dip. L, D (daily); Br (Su, also Sa in Coronado).  2912 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island, 619.224.2401, Map K9; 1351 Orange Ave., Coro­nado, 619.437.4237, Map L10; 2444 San Diego Ave., Old Town, 619.298.9840. $$  Map N13 Old Town Mexican Cafe  This Old Town staple is famous for its handmade tortillas, which you can see being made fresh daily through the restaurant’s front window. A festive atmosphere and traditional Mexican dishes await inside. B, L, D (daily).  2489 San Diego Ave., Old Town, 619.297.4330. $  Map N13 pueblo  Just two blocks from the ocean, this upscale restaurant and bar features a rooftop deck, modern Mexican cuisine focusing on Baja-style dishes and seafood, cocktails and wine. Menu changes daily to include only the freshest catches and seasonal, local produce. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  877 Hornblend St., Pacific Beach, 858.412.3312. $$$  Map H8 PUESTO  The organic, taco-laden menu boasts potato soy chorizo tacos and lobster tacos with black beans and crispy onions. Plus specialty cocktails, beer, wine and an array of high-end tequila and mezcal. L, D (daily).  789 W. Harbor Drive, #155, downtown, 619.233.8880, Map K11; 1026 Wall St., La Jolla, 858.454.1260. $$  Map W19 RED O RESTAURANT  The latest culinary foray by celeb chef Rick Bayless, this new upscale Mexican bistro and tequila lounge features gourmet, modern twists on traditional Cali-Mex fare, plus a generous patio and extensive spirits list. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  4340 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, 858.291.8360. $$$  Map T21 salud!  Cult-followed casual eatery offers elevated tacos, craft beer, a salsa bar, and churros with ice cream for dessert. Weekly specials include ceviche tostadas on Wednesdays and homemade empanadas on Thursdays. B, L, D (daily).  2196 Logan Ave., Barrio Logan, 619.255.3856. $$  Map R17

Seafood Blue Point Coastal Cuisine  Enjoy Cali-style seafood and fresh oysters, as well as blue crab and white truffle mac ‘n’ cheese. Hip martini bar with plenty of specialty cocktails and decadent desserts, too. D (nightly).  565 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.233.6623. $$$$  Map Q16 BLUEWATER BOATHOUSE SEAFOOD GRILL  This classic fish house features fresh, sustainable seafood, house-made chowders and an oyster bar. (Coronado location sits over the water in the historical former boathouse of the Hotel del Coronado.) L, D (daily).  1701 Strand Way, Coronado, 619.435.0155, Map L10; 417 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, 760.730.3474. $$  Map T22

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DINING lounge. To drink: an expansive wine list and martinis. D (nightly), L (F-Su La Jolla only).  1270 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.459.5500,  Map W19; 789 W. Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, 619.615.0281. $$$$  Map Q15 THE FISH MARKET/TOP OF THE MARKET  Casual dining includes seafood, sushi, an oyster bar and bay views at the downtown location. Upstairs: fine dining and expanded wine list. L, D (daily).  750 N. Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, 619.232.3474,  Map Q15; 640 Via de la Valle, Solana Beach, 858.755.2277. $$  Map W22 HUMPHREYS RESTAURANT  Yacht-club views with bayside seafood by chef Nicolas Bour, such as sauteed Georges bank scallops and pepper-crusted king salmon. Sunday brunch is spectacular, with carving stations and free-flowing bubbly. B, L, D (daily); Br (Su).  2241 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island, 619.224.3577. $$$  Map K8 IRONSIDE FISH & OYSTER  Dine on seafood-focused plates, such as lobster rolls, daily fresh catches and fried oyster sliders, and sip on custom cocktails at this happenin’ bar and restaurant. Raw bar stays open till midnight (till 2 a.m. F-Sa). L, D (daily).  1654 India St., Little Italy, 619.269.3033. $$$  Map P15 ISLAND PRIME  Seafood, steak, salads, cocktails and dreamy views of the skyline. Adjacent C Level Lounge on the spacious deck is popular with the after-work crowd. L (daily at C Level only), D (nightly).  880 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island, 619.298.6802. $$$  Map J10 LIONFISH  Hotspot inside The Pendry hotel features modern coastal cuisine, from elevated sea fare—big-eye tuna pizza, specialty sushi rolls, daily fresh catches and a full raw bar—to carnivore-friendly options like duck confit tostadas. To drink, enjoy sake, wines by the glass and specialty cocktails. D (nightly).  8435 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.738.7200. $$$  Map Q16 MCCORMICK & SCHMICK’S  Stylish seafood chain is located in the Omni Hotel. Fresh catches include some local selections such as swordfish and albacore from nearby Catalina Island. B, L, D (daily).  675 L St., downtown, 619.645.6545. $$$  Map Q16 THE OCEANAIRE SEAFOOD ROOM  Retro oceanliner design features a bustling cocktail scene with oyster bar. (Try a dirty vodka martini with a selection of oysters on the half shell.) Market-fresh seafood and regionally inspired dishes star on the daily-changing menu. D (nightly).  400 J St., Gaslamp, 619.858.2277. $$$  Map Q16 OSETRA  Indulge in caviar, vodka and oysters at this progressive eatery, whose interior is defined by a three-story wine tower. Prime-aged meats are also on the menu. D (nightly).  904 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.239.1800. $$$  Map Q16 PACIFIC COAST GRILL  Plopped literally right on the beach, Pacific Coast Grill epitomizes casual-chic coastal dining. Locals love the lobster tacos and fresh seafood entrees, and the view is the stuff of California dreams. L, D (daily); Br (Su).  2526 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Cardiff-by-theSea, 760.479.0721. $$$  Map V22
 PACIFICA DEL MAR  Upscale, ocean-view, Asian fusion spot attracts a power crowd with mustard catfish and sugar-spiced salmon. Visit the vodka bar with more than 160 selections. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.792.0476. $$$  Map X22 PEOHE’S  Tropical decor with spectacular water views looking back at the San Diego skyline; plus Pacific Rim plates like crispy wok-fried whole bass and fire shrimp. And try the surf ‘n’ turf roll with lobster and seared filet mignon. L, D (daily); Br (Su).  1201 First St., Coronado, 619.437.4474. $$$  Map K10 POSEIDON RESTAURANT  Its beachfront deck offers unrivaled views. Dinner entrees such as lemon peppercrusted diver scallops, blackened Pacific swordfish and

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Dining wasabi-sesame-crusted yellowfin tuna make up the contemporary seafood-focused menu. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  1670 Coast Blvd., Del Mar, 858.755.9345. $$$ Map X22 Sally’s fish house & bar  This marina-facing venue at the Manchester Grand Hyatt boasts a seafoodheavy menu that includes fresh creations such as diver scallops and crab cakes with tomato relish and avocado aioli. L, D (daily).  1 Market Place, Embar­cadero, 619.358.6740. $$$  Map Q1

Steak born & raised  This stunning, fine dining steakhouse is all about the beef. Feast on filets, porterhouses, rib-eyes, dry-aged cuts, American and Japanese wagyu and slowroasted Prime rib, as well as roasted chicken and a daily whole fish preparation. Plus: classic cocktails, an extensive wine list and over 300 bottles of scotch. D (nightly).  1909 India St., Little Italy, 619.202.4577. $$$$  Map P15 Cowboy star  With barstools upholstered in cowhide, this stylish downtown steakhouse is decked out in Old West adornments. Don’t miss the buttermilk-fried sweetbreads, excellent meat selections and well-crafted cocktails. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Su).  640 10th Ave., East Village, 619.450.5880. $$$  Map Q17 Donovan’s Steak & Chop House  The power crowd noshes on huge portions of prime steaks, chops and seafood paired with award-winning wine in a sophisticated atmosphere. D (nightly; M-Sa at La Jolla).  1250 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.450.6666,  Map T21; 570 K St., Gaslamp, 619.237.9700. $$$  Map R16 Fleming’s Prime steakhouse & Wine Bar  Upscale steakhouse with prime steaks, seafood, hearty side dishes, classic desserts and an acclaimed wine list. Elegant ambiance. D (nightly).  8970 University Center Lane, La Jolla, 858.535.0078,  Map T21; 380 K St., Gaslamp, 619.237.1155. $$$$  Map Q16

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GASLAMP QUARTER BLUE POINT  (Seafood)............................................................................ 42 BRIAN’S 24  (Breakfast)............................................................................ 35 CAFE SEVILLA  (International)............................................................... 38 DONOVAN’S  (Steak)............................................................................... 44 FLEMING’S  (Steak).................................................................................... 44 FOGO DE CHÃO  (Steak)...................................................................... 44 GARAGE KITCHEN + BAR  (American)......................................... 34 GREYSTONE  (Steak)................................................................................ 44 LIONFISH  (Seafood)................................................................................... 43 MCCORMICK & SCHMICK’S  (Seafood) ...................................... 43 NOBU  (Japanese)......................................................................................... 41 THE OCEANAIRE  (Seafood)................................................................. 43 OSETRA  (Seafood)...................................................................................... 43 OSTERIA PANEVINO  (Italian)............................................................ 40 REI DO GADO  (International)............................................................... 38 SEARSUCKER  (American)....................................................................... 35

DOWNTOWN/EAST VILLAGE/EMBARCADERO CAFE 222  (Breakfast)............................................................... 35 CAFE CHLOE  (French).............................................................. 36 CARNITAS’ SNACK SHACK  (California Cuisine)................ 36 COWBOY STAR  (Steak)............................................................ 44 EDDIE V’S PRIME SEAFOOD  (Seafood).............................. 42 THE FISH MARKET  (Seafood) ................................................ 43 GRANT GRILL  (California Cuisine)........................................................ 36 HODAD’S  (American)................................................................................ 34 HORNBLOWER CRUISES  (American)............................................ 34 LOTUS THAI  (International).................................................................... 38

DUKE’S LA JOLLA  (Seafood).............................................................. 42 EDDIE V’S PRIME SEAFOOD  (Seafood)...................................... 42 FLEMING’S  (Steak).................................................................................... 44 GEORGE’S AT THE COVE  (California Cuisine)............................ 36 GREAT MAPLE  (California Cuisine)...................................................... 36 THE HAKE  (International)........................................................................ 38

NORTH COASTAL BEACH GRASS CAFE  (Breakfast)..................................................... 35 BLUE OCEAN ROBATA & SUSHI BAR  (Japanese)................ 41 BLUEWATER BOATHOUSE  (Seafood)........................................... 42 BREAKFAST REPUBLIC  (Breakfast)................................................. 35

HERRINGBONE  (American).................................................................. 34

CAMPFIRE  (American).............................................................................. 34

ISOLA PIZZA BAR  (Italian)................................................................... 40

CHART HOUSE  (American)................................................................... 34

MARINE ROOM  (California Cuisine)................................................... 36

CRAFTSMAN TAVERN  (American)................................................... 34

THE MED  (American)................................................................................ 34

THE FISH MARKET  (Seafood)............................................................. 43

NINE-TEN  (California Cuisine)................................................................. 36

THE FLYING PIG  (California Cuisine).................................................. 36

PIATTI  (Italian)............................................................................................... 40

HARNEY SUSHI  (Japanese)................................................................... 41

PUESTO  (Mexican/Southwestern).......................................................... 42

PACIFIC COAST GRILL  (Seafood)..................................................... 43

RED O RESTAURANT  (Mexican/Southwestern)............................ 42

PAMPLEMOUSSE GRILLE  (French)................................................. 38

RICHARD WALKER’S PANCAKE HOUSE  (Breakfast)......... 36 ROY’S  (Japanese/Pacific Rim)................................................................... 41 SNOOZE  (Breakfast).................................................................................. 36 WHISKNLADLE  (California Cuisine)..................................................... 36 WE OLIVE  (California Cuisine)................................................................. 36

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Q’ERO RESTAURANT  (International)............................................... 38 SOLACE  (American)................................................................................... 35 TRATTORIA I TRULLI  (Italian)............................................................. 40 VIGILUCCI’S SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE  (Steak).............. 44 VIGILUCCI’S CUCINA ITALIANA  (Italian).................................. 40 VIGILUCCI’S GOURMET MARKET & CATERING  (Italian).. 40

BO-BEAU  (French)...................................................................................... 36

VIGILUCCI’S TRATTORIA ITALIANA  (Italian)........................... 40

CAFFE BELLA ITALIA  (Italian)............................................................ 39

VIVACE  (Italian)........................................................................................... 40

THE FRENCH GOURMET  (French)................................................. 36

ZENBU  (Japanese)....................................................................................... 41

HODAD’S  (American)................................................................................ 34 ISABEL’S CANTINA  (Breakfast)........................................................... 35

UPTOWN

JRDN  (California Cuisine)............................................................................ 36

ALEXANDER’S  (Italian) ......................................................................... 39

THE MISSION  (Breakfast)....................................................................... 36

ARRIVEDERCI  (Italian)............................................................................ 39

THE PATIO ON LAMONT  (California Cuisine).............................. 36

AZUKI SUSHI  (Japanese) . ...................................................................... 41

PUEBLO  (Mexican)..................................................................................... 42

BANKERS HILL  (American).................................................................... 34

THE MISSION  (Breakfast)....................................................................... 36

HARBOR /SHELTER/POINT LOMA

BLEU BOHEME  (French) ....................................................................... 36

MORTON’S, THE STEAKHOUSE  (Steak)................................... 44

BALI HAI  (Japanese/Pacific Rim)............................................................. 41

BO-BEAU  (French)...................................................................................... 36

NEIGHBORHOOD  (American)............................................................ 34

BREAKFAST REPUBLIC  (Breakfast)................................................. 35

BREAKFAST REPUBLIC  (Breakfast)................................................. 35

PUESTO  (Mexican/Southwestern).......................................................... 42

THE BRIGANTINE  (Seafood)................................................................ 42

BROOKLYN GIRL  (American)............................................................... 34

RICHARD WALKER’S PANCAKE HOUSE  (Breakfast)......... 36

COASTERRA  (Mexican)........................................................................... 41

BUONA FORCHETTA  (Italian)........................................................... 39

ROY’S  (Japanese/Pacific Rim)................................................................... 41

EAT AT THE PEARL  (California Cuisine)............................................ 36

CARNITAS’ SNACK SHACK  (California Cuisine)......................... 36

SALLY’S  (Seafood)....................................................................................... 44

FIRESIDE BY THE PATIO  (California Cuisine)................................ 36

CUCINA URBANA  (Italian).................................................................. 39

SALUD!  (Mexican)....................................................................................... 42

HUMPHREYS RESTAURANT  (Seafood)........................................ 43

TAPAS & BEERS  (International)............................................................ 39

ISLAND PRIME  (Seafood)....................................................................... 43

GREAT MAPLE  (California Cuisine)...................................................... 36

TOP OF THE MARKET  (Seafood)..................................................... 43

JIMMY’S TAVERN  (American)............................................................. 34

LITTLE ITALY

MIGUEL’S COCINA  (Mexican/Southwestern).................................. 42

BARBUSA  (Italian)...................................................................................... 39

OLD VENICE  (Italian)............................................................................... 40

BENCOTTO  (Italian)................................................................................. 39 BORN & RAISED  (Steak)....................................................................... 44

OFFICINE BUONA FORCHETTA  (Italian).................................. 40 SLATER’S 50/50  (American) ................................................................ 35

HASH HOUSE A GO GO  (Breakfast)............................................. 35 LOTUS THAI  (International).................................................................... 38 MADISON  (California Cuisine)................................................................ 36 THE MISSION  (Breakfast)....................................................................... 36 MISTER A’S  (American)............................................................................ 34 ONE DOOR NORTH  (American)....................................................... 34

CIVICO 1845  (Italian).............................................................................. 39

CORONADO

CRAFT & COMMERCE  (American).................................................. 34

1500 OCEAN  (California Cuisine)......................................................... 36

THE PATIO ON GOLDFINCH  (California Cuisine)...................... 36

THE CRACK SHACK  (California Cuisine).......................................... 36

BLUEWATER BOATHOUSE  (Seafood)........................................... 42 THE BRIGANTINE  (Seafood)................................................................ 42

THE PRADO  (International).................................................................... 38

DAVANTI ENOTECA  (Italian)............................................................. 39 HERB & WOOD  (American).................................................................. 34

CANDELAS  (Mexican/Southwestern)................................................... 41

IRONSIDE FISH & OYSTER  (Seafood)........................................... 43

LEROY’S KITCHEN  (California Cuisine)............................................. 36

INDIGO GRILL  (International)............................................................... 38

MIGUEL’S COCINA  (Mexican/Southwestern).................................. 42

ISOLA PIZZA BAR  (Italian)................................................................... 40

STAKE CHOPHOUSE  (Steak)............................................................. 44

JUNIPER & IVY  (California Cuisine)..................................................... 36

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KETTNER EXCHANGE  (American).................................................. 34 MONELLO  (Italian) ................................................................................... 40 PACIFIC STANDARD  (American)....................................................... 34

ADDISON  (French)..................................................................................... 36 ARTERRA  (California Cuisine).................................................................. 36

PARC BISTRO-BRASSERIE  (French)................................................ 38

THE SMOKING GOAT  (French) . ...................................................... 38 SNOOZE  (Breakfast).................................................................................. 36 SOLTAN BANOO  (International) ........................................................ 38 STARLITE  (California Cuisine) .................................................................. 36 URBAN SOLACE  (American)................................................................ 35 WAYPOINT PUBLIC  (California Cuisine)........................................... 36

OLD TOWN

THE BRIGANTINE  (Seafood)................................................................ 42

CAFE COYOTE  (Mexican/Southwestern).......................................... 41

CUCINA ENOTECA  (Italian)................................................................ 39

CASA GUADALAJARA  (Mexican/Southwestern)......................... 41

DAVANTI ENOTECA  (Italian)............................................................. 39

HARNEY SUSHI  (Japanese)................................................................... 41

EN FUEGO  (Mexican/Southwestern).................................................... 41

JACK & GIULIO’S  (Italian).................................................................... 40

BROCKTON VILLA  (American)........................................................... 34

MARKET  (California Cuisine).................................................................... 36

MIGUEL’S COCINA  (Mexican)............................................................. 42

CAROLINE’S SEASIDE CAFE  (American) ................................... 34

MILLE FLEURS  (French).......................................................................... 36

CATANIA COASTAL ITALIAN  (Italian).......................................... 39

PACIFICA DEL MAR  (Seafood)........................................................... 43

THE COTTAGE  (Breakfast).................................................................... 35

POSEIDON  (Seafood)............................................................................... 43

MISSION VALLEY/KEARNY MESA

CUSP  (California Cuisine) ........................................................................... 36

SEARSUCKER  (American)....................................................................... 35

BLUE SMOKE SUSHI LOUNGE  (Japanese)................................ 41

DONOVAN’S  (Steak)............................................................................... 44

SNOOZE  (Breakfast).................................................................................. 36

STACKED  (American)................................................................................ 35

PREPKITCHEN  (California Cuisine)....................................................... 36 QUEENSTOWN PUBLIC HOUSE  (International)...................... 38

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SDDINING WE OLIVE AND WINE BAR Pretty much everything about We Olive is good enough to eat. An olive oil tasting room and much more, the epicurean specialty market overlooking La Jolla Cove features a coastal-view wine bar with a well-curated selection of California wines and artisanal dishes. Make a meal out of the Caprese Panini with roasted tomato, basil pesto and fresh mozzarella; the cheese and charcuterie plate featuring We Olive mustard; and the kale flatbread topped with roasted tomato and black olive tapenade—among many other savory delights. Happy hour is also prime time to visit, with discounted wines by the glass, craft beer, cheese plates and gourmet bites. And the best part: many menu ingredients are available for purchase in the retail store. Holiday parties and private events available. L, D (daily). 1158 Prospect St., La Jolla 858.551.8250 • weolive.com/la-jolla

THE MED La V’s signature “Great Room” restaurant is reminiscent of a villa overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. With its seventh-floor terrace, adjacent to La V’s signature La Sala Lounge, THE MED features alfresco ocean dining overlooking colorful gardens, a sparkling pool and the dreamy Pacific coastline. Each of THE MED’s three separate dining areas—the casual patio, main dining room and ocean-view terrace—offer a new experience with a full range of menu choices. Enjoy live music in La Sala Lounge (adjacent to THE MED terrace), which is a great accompaniment before, during or after dinner. Whether for spontaneous dining or an elaborate tasting prepared by the chef, THE MED is a delicious escape any day of the week. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 1132 Prospect St., La Jolla 858.454.0771 • lavalencia.com/the-med

THE FRENCH GOURMET Freshly baked breads and pastries beckon from gleaming glass cases as you step inside this locals’ favorite—a quaint, relaxed restaurant, bakery, and wine shop. The restaurant, featuring California-influenced French cuisine, offers a three-course, prix fixe dinner menu as well as a la carte options. Appetizers include a housemade pâté sampler (duck, chicken liver, and country), escargots and charcuterie; with entrées ranging from duck confit to rack of lamb to vegetarian ratatouille. The French Gourmet also offers full-service and pick-up catering; competitively priced vintage wines and champagnes in its wine boutique; artisanal sandwiches, cheeses, charcuterie, and desserts to-go from the bakery. Reservations recommended. B, L (daily); D (Tu-Sat).

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SDDINING PUEBLO Nestled just one block from the beach is this stunning, chef-driven restaurant and bar which was voted “Best New Restaurant” and “Best Mexican Restaurant” in 2017 by Beach and Bay Press. Pueblo marries the freshest seafood and seasonal, regional produce with traditional preparations and Mexican spices to create its’ coastal Baja cuisine. Expect sea fare such as aguachile shrimp, a chef’s nightly filet of fish and a daily whole fish preparation. Carnivores will love plates such as the savory rabbit tostada and duck confit tacos. Enjoy nightly happy hour with a selection of specialty margaritas and other craft libations made from house-infused liquors and freshpressed juices; plus local and Baja beers and wines. L, D (daily)

877 Hornblend St., Pacific Beach 858.412.3312 • pueblopb.com

PARC BISTRO-BRASSERIE Discover exceptional, refined French cuisine inside this elegant neighborhood bistro. Blending Old World charm with contemporary touches, Parc features a posh interior; a welcoming and unpretentious ambiance; a charming bar and lounge serving fabulous handcrafted cocktails, wine and beer; and a covered sidewalk patio. Dine on impeccably crafted French specialties such as french onion soup, escargot, lobster risotto, short rib bourguignon, Branzino, and sesame crusted Ahi Tuna; as well as seafood towers, charcuterie and cheese boards and much more. Weekend brunch includes delights such as the Croque Monsier, Nutella crepes and the signature Parc omelette. Other highlights include happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. daily, and private dining rooms accommodating up to 180 guests. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill 619.795.1501 • parcbb.com

TAPAS & BEERS This casual-cool gastropub lives up to its name—offering a variety of savory tapas, sandwiches, salads, flatbreads and entrees alongside local craft beers and wines. Step inside an inviting bi-level space boasting an urban-industrial design—complete with soaring ceilings, reclaimed wood paneling, high-top tables, flat-screen televisions and a sleek bar. Menu favorites include the paella with saffron rice, chicken, chorizo and salmon; the cured meat platter with prosciutto, salami, chorizo and Creminelli ham; and the sausage sampler. The California burger with brie, bacon, avocado and caramelized onion is also a standout. Wash it all down with one of 20 San Diego beers on tap, or try the one-of-a-kind frozen beer tower. Enjoy $2 off during Happy Hour from 4 to 7 p.m. daily. D (M-Sa); L (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 926 Broadway Circle, downtown 619.564.7255 • tapasbeers.com

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/ ENTERTAINMENT FESTIVALS + SPECIAL EVENTS CARLSBAD FLOWER FIELDS  March 1-May 13. Roam among 50 spectacular acres of blooming ranunculus flower bulbs during this six-week salute to spring (April is ideal to see the blooms at their peak)—enjoyed by thousands of locals and visitors every year.  5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, theflowerfields.com.  Map T22 ANZA-BORREGO WILDFLOWERS  March-April. A visit to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to hike the Palm Canyon Trail and see the spring wildflowers in full bloom makes for a lovely day trip. Mid-late March and early April are often ideal.  200 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, 760.767.4684, theabf.org/wildflowers.  Map A6 BASEBALL  Ongoing. Catch a San Diego Padres home game at Petco Park in downtown’s East Village, with rivals including the San Francisco Giants (April 12-15), New York Mets (April 27-29) and Los Angeles Dodgers (May 4-6), among many others.  Petco Park, East Village, sandiegopadres.com.  Map Q16

That’s Showbiz Broadway San Diego presents two exciting musicals this spring at the San Diego Civic Theatre. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies: The Phantom Returns, running March 27-April 1, is the thrilling sequel to the epic musical The Phantom of the Opera. In it the title character turns up in New York City a decade after his disappearance from the Paris Opera House, looking to win back the heart of his beloved Christine. Cameron Mackintosh’s stunning new production and staging of one of the most famous musicals of all time, Les Miserables, plays May 29-June 3. Inspired by the novel of the same name by Victor Hugo, the story takes us back to 19th century France, where complex, powerful characters struggle against poverty, oppression and abuse in their fight for love and freedom. 1100 Third Ave., downtown, broadwaysd.com

FESTA DELLA DONNA  March 11, 4-7 p.m. Celebrate International Women’s Day with female chefs and winemakers from Southern and Baja California at this culinary fundraiser event featuring food/wine pairings, live music, an alfresco cocktail bar and artisan market. Proceeds benefit Center for Community Solutions—a local nonprofit supporting women affected by domestic violence.  Cucina Enoteca Del Mar, 2370 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, urbankitchengroup.com.  Map X22 SAN DIEGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL  March 15-25. Check out more than 100 feature and short film screenings from Latin America, Mexico, Spain, the U.S. and other parts of the world in celebration of Latino film, art and culture. Plus guest celebrities, musical performances, after-parties, filmmaker workshops and more.  AMC 18 Fashion Valley, 7037 Friars Road, Mission Valley, sdlatinofilm.com.  Map M16 ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE AND FESTIVAL  March 17, 9 a.m. (festival), 10:30 a.m. (parade). Check out more than 120 parade entries, followed by an Irish festival including craft and food vendors, a beer garden, live music, dancing and kids’ activities.  Juniper Street and Sixth Avenue, Balboa Park, stpatsparade.org.  Map O16 SHAMROCK 2018  March 17, 4 p.m.-midnight. The Gaslamp turns green for its annual St. Patrick’s Day block party—featuring live DJs and Irish bands on three stages, plus Irish fare and drinks at dozens of participating bars and restaurants. 21+.  Gaslamp Quarter, sandiegoshamrock.com.  Map Q16 SAN DIEGO CREW CLASSIC REGATTA  March 24-25. The country’s top competitive rowers gather  at Mission Bay for a grueling competition, now in its  45th year.  Crown Point Shores Park, Mission Bay, crewclassic.org.  Map I8 LA JOLLA CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE  April 8,  9 a.m.-4 p.m. Classic car enthusiasts can view more than 150 unique vehicles parked along the Pacific at this community auto show. Plus live swing music, and a Champagne, rose and honey tasting garden.  La Jolla Cove, Ellen Browning Scripps Park, 1133 Coast Blvd., La Jolla, lajollaconcours.com.  Map W19 FALLBROOK AVOCADO FESTIVAL  April 15, 9 a.m.5 p.m. Head to the “Avocado Capital of the World” to celebrate and eat the best of the crop, including avocadothemed gifts, guacamole contests, live music, beer gardens and plenty of food other than avocados.  Main Street, downtown Fallbrook, fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org. Map A2

GUIDELINES Map locators at the end of each listing (Map A3; Map H10, etc.) refer to maps on pages 60-63. Compendium includes editors’ recommendations and advertisers.

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DEL MAR NATIONAL HORSE SHOW  April 17-May 6. One of the oldest and most prestigious equestrian competitions in the Western U.S. features various events for equine enthusiasts, including Western Week (April 17-21), Dressage Week (April 26-29) and Hunter/Jumper Week (May 1-6).  Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, delmarnational.com.  Map X22 CHICANO PARK DAY  April 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The 48th annual event celebrating Chicano Park—a designated National Historic Landmark—features traditional music and dance, a lowrider car show, art workshops for kids, and food, arts and crafts vendors.  Between National and Logan avenues, Barrio Logan, chicano-park.com.  Map R18 SAN DIEGO EARTHFAIR   April 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. One of the world’s largest annual environmental fairs, it features more than 300 educational exhibits, kids’ entertainment, food vendors and live music.  Balboa Park, earthdayweb.org.  Map O17 ART ALIVE  April 27-29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. This annual three-day exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Art features more than 100 intricate floral interpretations of the museum’s permanent collection by floral designers invited to put their artistic talents to the test.  1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, sdmart.org.  Map O17 ADAMS AVENUE UNPLUGGED  April 28, Noon-10 p.m. Enjoy dozens of acoustic performances—showcasing blues, folk, jazz, country and world music—staged inside restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and galleries along a 2-mile stretch of Adams Avenue.  Adams Avenue, between Texas Street in University Heights and Marlborough Drive in Kensington, adamsavenuebusiness.com. Map I12 MISSION FEDERAL ARTWALK  April 28-29, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Little Italy transforms into an urban art gallery and festival (the largest of its kind in Southern California) spanning 17 blocks—packed with works by hundreds of emerging artists, a range of live music, food vendors, performance art and hands-on children’s activities.  India Street, between Fir and Beech streets, Little Italy, artwalksandiego.org.  Map P15 FIESTA OLD TOWN CINCO DE MAYO FESTIVAL    May 4-6. Head to historical Old Town for all-night restaurant specials (May 4) followed by two days of festivities—including ballet folklorico, live music, children’s activities, a lowrider car show and lucha libre matches— all celebrating Mexican heritage and pride.  Along San Diego Avenue and in Old Town Historic State Park, Old Town, cincodemayooldtown.com.  Map M13 JUNIOR LEAGUE OF SAN DIEGO FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL  May 5, Noon-4 p.m. Sample cocktails, gourmet bites, wine and craft beers from more than 50 top local restaurants and beverage purveyors, and enjoy

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ENTERTAINMENT a viewing of the Kentucky Derby (hats and Derby attire encouraged). 21+.  La Jolla Cove, Ellen Browning Scripps Park, jlsdfoodandwine.com.  Map V19 CARLSBAD VILLAGE FAIRE  May 6, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Stroll among more than 850 vendors—from arts and crafts, to antiques, clothing and food—at this one-day street festival.  Carlsbad Village, Carlsbad, visitcarlsbad.com. Map T23 GATOR BY THE BAY ZYDECO, BLUES & CRAWFISH FESTIVAL  May 10-13. This family-friendly music and food festival features blues, Cajun and zydeco bands—more than 100 performances on 7 stages—free dance lessons, cooking demos, and cultural and music workshops.  Spanish Landing Park, 3900 N. Harbor Drive, Harbor Island, gatorbythebay.com.  Map O13 NORTH PARK FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS  May 12, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. This 22nd annual celebration of the arts will feature more than 40 artists showcasing their work, handcrafted jewelry, a kids’ art block, live music and a craft beer block.  University Avenue between 30th and 32nd streets, North Park, northparkfestivalofarts.com. Map J12

Theater UNCLE VANYA  Through March 11. This Globecommissioned, world premiere translation of Chekhov’s classic drama about country life, love and loss is a mustsee.  White Theatre at the Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, theoldglobe.org. Map O17 THIS RANDOM WORLD  Through March 18. Warmly humorous and lyrically bittersweet, this play follows a series of intersecting lives and investigates what it is to love, to lose and be touched by the serendipity of life.  North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, northcoastrep.org.  Map X22 CAMPING WITH HENRY & TOM  Through March 25. Every summer Henry Ford and Thomas Edison would go camping together. In 1921 they took along the President of the U.S.—and all hell breaks loose in this funny and suspenseful San Diego premiere.  Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, lambsplayers.org.  Map L10 A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC  March 7-April 22. When both of Desirée Armfeldt’s lovers—and their wives— show up for a weekend in the country, a tangled web of love and desire leads to humorous and heartbreaking revelations in this popular, Stephen Sondheim musical.  Cygnet Theatre at Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, cygnettheatre.com.  Map M13 THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH  March 15-April 15. Autobiographical one-man show is about a grieving family’s quest for restoration during a trip to the Magic Kingdom.  Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd., #101, University Heights, diversionary.org.  Map M18 BEACHTOWN  March 22-April 15. In this interactive theatrical event, the audience is invited to experience democracy in action during Beachtown’s 100th anniversary celebration.  San Diego Rep, Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, sdrep.org.  Map Q16 AMERICAN MARIACHI  March 23-April 29. In this heartwarming and hilarious world premiere comedy about family, progress and the freedom to dream big, a young girl dreams of forming an all-girl mariachi band. But it’s the 1970s, and girls can’t be mariachis ... or can they?  Shiley Stage at the Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, theoldglobe.org.  Map O17 LOVE NEVER DIES  March 27-April 1. In Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, the Phantom has escaped to a new life in New York—the only thing missing is Christine. But he will stop at nothing to win back her love.  Broadway/ San Diego, Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, broadwaysd.com.  Map Q16

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ENTERTAINMENT THE WANDERERS  April 6-May 6. This funny, insightful and mysterious new drama explores the hidden connections between seemingly disparate people, revealing a deeply sympathetic look at modern love.  White Theatre at the Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, theoldglobe.org.  Map O17 HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES  April 11-May 6. Three very different couples participate in a spirited game of mixed doubles involving sex, jealousy and ingenious stagecraft in this classic modern comedy by British playwright Alan Ayckbourn.   North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, northcoastrep.org.  Map X22 A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS  May 12-June 17. The theatrical adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling novel about three generations of Afghan women and their remarkable resilience.  Shiley Stage at the Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, theoldglobe.org.  Map O17 NATHAN GUNN FLYING SOLO  May 23-June 10. Baritone Nathan Gunn sings selections from classic American musicals, contemporary songs and opera in this autobiographical show.  San Diego Rep, Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, sdrep.org.  Map Q16 LES MISERABLES  May 29-June 3. Victor Hugo’s epic story about the nature of law and grace comes to life in this beloved Broadway musical, reimagined with a new staging.  Broadway/San Diego, Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, broadwaysd.com.  Map Q16

MUSIC + DANCE + CONCERTS ARTPOWER AT UC SAN DIEGO  Music, dance, art and film series at UC San Diego. March 2: Smetana Trio; March 8: Marquis Hill Blacktet; April 13: Harlem Quartet; April 20: Daymé Arocena; April 26: Mamak Khadem; May 4: Ranky Tanky; May 9: GoGo Penguin.  Various locations on and off UC San Diego campus, artpower.ucsd.edu.  Map T20 ATHENAEUM MUSIC AND ARTS LIBRARY    March 11: A Celebration of Leonard Bernstein; March 23: Jordan Dodson (guitar) w/ Wanchi Huang (violin); April 27: San Diego New Music – Shiau-uen Ding (piano).  1008 Wall St., La Jolla, ljathenaeum.org. Map W19 BALBOA THEATRE  March 7: Herbie Hancock; March 10: The Ten Tenors; March 15: Disney Junior Dance Party; March 17: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live; March 18: Las Arpias; March 24: Adam Trent; March 30: Bianca Del Rio; March 31: Nemr; April 8: Haters Roast; April 10: Trailer Park Boys; April 14: Jon Foreman; April 15: The Righteous Brothers; April 21-22: San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus presents Movie Night; April 27: Art Garfunkel; May 19: John Prine.  868 Fourth Ave., downtown, sandiegotheatres.org.  Map Q16 CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS  March 8: Chris Botti; March 9: Bria Skonberg; March 11: Masters of Hawaiian Music; March 12: Buddy Guy w/ Brandy Zdan; March 23: West Coast Jam; March 24: Cesar Millan; March 25: High Society Jazz Band; March 25: 5th Annual Mariachi Festival; April 4: Martin Luther King Jr. Community Choir; May 2: Lisa Sanders & Brown Sugar; May 6: Civic Youth Orchestra; May 9: Deva Premal & Miten w/ Manose; May 13: Priti Gandhi; May 25: Natalia Lafourcade.  340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, artcenter.org.  Map B3 CIVIC THEATRE  March 2, 4: Turandot; March 17, 20, 23 and 25: Florencia en el Amazonas; March 27-April 1: Love Never Dies; April 6-8: California Ballet Company presents Septime Webre’s The Great Gatsby; April 12, 17: David Byrne; April 21-22: Paw Patrol Live; May 5: Maks, Val & Peta; May 18: Celtic Woman; May 19: MGMT; May 29-31: Les Miserables.  1100 Third Ave., downtown, sandiegotheatres.org.  Map Q16 HUMPHREY’S CONCERTS BY THE BAY  April 13: Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox; May 12: 

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ATTRACTIONS + MUSEUMS “Weird Al” Yankovic; May 13: Andrew McMahon.    2241 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island, 619.224.3577, humphreysconcerts.com.  Map K9 LA JOLLA MUSIC SOCIETY  March 1: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano); March 3: Ax – Kavakos – Ma; March 7: Herbie Hancock; March 16: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; March 24: Schubert’s Swan Song I; April 8: Daniela Liebman (piano); April 14: Schubert’s Swan Song II; April 28: The Joey Alexander Trio; May 12: Mark Morris Dance Group: Pepperland; May 18: Juho Pohjonen; May 19: Schubert’s Swan Song III.  Various locations. ljms.org. OPEN AIR THEATRE AT SDSU  May 24: Phantogram / Tycho.  5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego State University, as.sdsu.edu/calcoast.  Map E3 SAN DIEGO OPERA  March 2, 4: Turandot; March 17, 20, 23 and 25: Florencia en el Amazonas, Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, Map Q16; May 5: One Amazing Night: Lise Lindstrom & Greer Grimsley in Concert.  Balboa Theatre, downtown, sdopera.org. Map Q16 SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY  March 6: J.S. Bach and Friends; March 9 and 11: Bach and Mahler; March 10: The Manhattan Transfer; March 17: Metropolis (silent film screening w/ live score); March 24: Chick Corea w/ The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra; April 6-7: Elgar Cello Concerto; April 8: SDSU Live!; April 13-14: Jeffrey Kahane Plays Mozart; April 15: Beyond The Score®: Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27; April 20-22: Rach 3; April 27: Marc Broussard and Friends; April 28: Kind of Blue – In Concert; May 4 and 6: Dances, Suites and Serenades; May 8: Bernstein and Beethoven w/ Orli Shaham; May 11-13: Barber, Bernstein, Beethoven; May 19: The Passion of Joan of Arc (silent film screening w/ live score); May 24: An Evening w/ Audra McDonald; May 25-27: Season Finale w/ Edo de Waart.  Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown, sandiegosymphony.org.  Map Q14

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ATTRACTIONS ARTS DISTRICT LIBERTY STATION  It’s a one-of-a-kind destination for all things culture in San Diego—housing unique museums, working artist studios, gardens, luxury cinemas, dining and more.  2825 Dewey Road, Liberty Station, 619.573.9300.  Map J8 BELMONT PARK  A beachfront landmark with attractions, rides, arcades and dining. Highlights include the historical Giant Dipper roller coaster and WaveHouse.  3146 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach, 858.228.9283.  Map I8 BIRCH AQUARIUM AT SCRIPPS  Explore one of   the nation’s largest oceanographic museums, and enjoy a ­spectacular view from the tidepool plaza. Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Three-hour courtesy parking. $11-17.  2300 ­Expedition Way, La Jolla, 858.534.3474.  Map U20 CABRILLO NATIONAL MONUMENT  The monument commemorates the landing of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo at S.D. Bay on Sept. 28, 1542. Nearby: whale watching, tidepools, trails, the Old Point Loma Lighthouse and city/ocean views. Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Call for pricing.  1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, Point Loma, 619.557.5450.  Map L8 CHILDREN’S NATURE RETREAT  Visitors of all ages can enjoy and explore this 20-acre outdoor nature and animal haven in East County’s Alpine—home to more than

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ATTRACTIONS + MUSEUMS 80 domesticated livestock from around the world. Fun and educational interactive presentations encourage an appreciation for animals, nature, sustainable farming and our ecosystem.  5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine, 619.320.4942, childrensnatureretreat.com.  Map D5 THE GREAT ROOM ESCAPE  Channel your inner Sherlock Holmes with this completely interactive and immersive experience that lets you test your wit while the clock ticks. Teams of participants will enter a room, where they will have to find and solve hidden clues in order to make it out in one hour.  424 Market St., Gaslamp, 619.414.5459, greatroomescapesandiego.com.  Map Q16 LEGOLAND  Find 60-plus rides and shows, and Sea Life Aquarium’s 7-foot-long Lego submarine; plus a waterpark. For pricing, hours and parking information, please visit website.  1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, 760.918.5346, legoland.com/california.  Map U22 SAFARI PARK  Go on a safari through the 1,800–acre preserve, home to herds of exotic animals roaming in vast enclosures resembling African and Asian plains. Plus, soar over the park with the thrilling Flightline Safari zip line experience. Packages start at $48 for adults; children 3–11 $32; kids 2 and under free. Parking $10. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, 760.747.8702.  Map C3 SAN DIEGO BOTANIC GARDEN  Visit one of the world’s most diverse plant collections, with 37 acres of lush gardens, a rainforest, children’s areas and activities, and gorgeous trails. Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (till 8 p.m. Th). Adults $14, with discounts for seniors, kids, military and students. Parking $2.  230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, 760.436.3036.  Map V22 SAN DIEGO ZOO  The world-famous zoo houses 4,000 rare and endangered animals in a charming park with gorgeous inclined walking trails. $48; kids 3–11 $32; kids 2 and under free. Free parking. Open daily 9 a.m.-9 p.m.  2920 Zoo Drive, Balboa Park, 619.231.1515.  Map O17 SEAWORLD  The 189-acre adventure park features thousands of marine animals; plus fish, reptiles and birds. $89; kids 3–9 $83; kids 2 and under free. Parking: $14-19. Open daily; call for hours and combo rates.  500 Sea World Drive, Mission Bay Park, 800.257.4268.  Map I8

MUSEUMS CALIFORNIA SURF MUSEUM  Collection of surfing artifacts and memorabilia, plus exhibits that detail the lives and achievements of world-renowned surfing legends. Rare surfing collectibles in museum gift shop. Open daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Th 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Adults $5; seniors/military/students $3; kids 12 and under free.  312 Pier View Way, Oceanside, 760.721.6876.  Map S22

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CORONADO MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND ART    Galleries of historical memorabilia reveal Coronado’s rich past and interesting fun facts. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (daily). Suggested donation $2–4.  1100 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.435.7242.  Map L10 FLEET SCIENCE CENTER  Interactive science galleries explore the wonders of astronomy and physics; plus an IMAX Dome Theater. M-Th 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (open later during holiday breaks); F-Su 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $16.9519.95; kids 3 and under free.  1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.238.1233.  Map O17 GREEN DRAGON MUSEUM  At the admission-free museum celebrating the Founding Fathers, peruse 

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ATTRACTIONS + MUSEUMS historical documents, newspapers and memorabilia from the Revolutionary War era inside a colonial-style building; plus an on-site restaurant, bar, cafe and gift shop. M-Sa 11 a.m. till close; Su 10:30 a.m. till close.  6115 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, 760.918.2421.  Map U22 MARITIME MUSEUM OF SAN DIEGO  At this worldrenowned floating museum, visit the 1863 barque Star of India (world’s oldest active ship), the 1898 steam ferryboat Berkeley, the 1904 steam yacht Medea, a ­Soviet-era submarine and the HMS Surprise, the Royal Navy frigate featured in the film Master and Commander. Daily 9 a.m.–8 p.m. $18; seniors/military/teens $13; kids 3-12 $8; kids 2 and under free. The schooner Californian also offers half-day sailing trips ($31-42).  1492 N. Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, 619.234.9153.  Map P15 MARSTON HOUSE  Craftsman-style house designed by renowned architects William Hebbard and Irving Gill in 1905. The famous estate-turned-museum features period furnishings, pottery and an Indian basketry collection. Open for tours F-M 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Adults $10; kids 6-12 $4; kids 5 and under free.  3525 Seventh Ave., Balboa Park, 619.297.9327.  Map O16

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MINGEI INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM  Exhibits celebrate folk art from around the world. Tu–Su 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $5–10; children 6 and under free.  1439 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.239.0003.  Map O17 MISSION SAN DIEGO DE ALCALÁ  The first of 21 ­missions stretching north along the California coast, this one was established by Father Junípero Serra in 1769 on Presidio Hill and moved to this site in 1774. Adults $3; kids/seniors $2.  10818 San Diego Mission Road, Mission Valley, 619.281.8449.  Map I12 MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO  Museum features post-1950s art spanning many genres and media. Th-Tu 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $5-10 admission valid for seven days; ages 25 and under free; free third Th 5-7 p.m.  700 Prospect St., La Jolla, Map W19 (temporarily closed for renovations); 1001 and 1100 Kettner Blvd., downtown, 858.454.3541.  Map Q15 MUSEUM OF MAKING MUSIC  Explore vintage instruments and interactive audio and visual exhibits that offer a dynamic look into the history of American popular music. Tu–Su 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $5–8; kids 5 and under free.  5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, 760.438.5996.  Map U23 MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS  Collection includes contemporary photography, social documentary and photojournalism; plus regularly rotating exhibits and film screenings. Tu-Su 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $6–8; kids 12 and under free. Free second Tu for S.D. residents.  1649 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.238.7559.  Map O17

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NEW CHILDREN’S MUSEUM  Super-mod museum downtown encourages kids to touch and interact with exhibits; plus creative classes and climbable sculptures. Visit thinkplaycreate.org for hours and admission.  200 W. Island Ave., downtown, 619.233.8792.  Map Q16 OCEANSIDE MUSEUM OF ART  Regional and international artists showcased in exhibits ranging from landscape painting to furniture, neon sculpture, art quilts and architectural glass. A North County gem. Tu–Sa 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Su 1-4 p.m. $5–8 (students and military are free).  704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, 760.435.3720.  Map S22 SAN DIEGO AIR & SPACE MUSEUM  Spacecraft, jets and historical aircraft; plus special exhibits. Daily 10 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. $10.75-19.75; kids 2 and under free.  2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park, 619.234.8291.  Map P17 SAN DIEGO HISTORY CENTER  Peruse a range of exhibitions that chronicle San Diego’s diverse history. The museum also features an extensive research library—home to several million documents and photographs from the city’s past. M-Su 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $6-10; kids 6 and under free.  1649 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.232.6203.  Map O17

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SHOPPING SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF ART  Collection includes Italian Renaissance and Spanish Baroque-era works, 19th– 20th-century American and ­European paintings and sculptures, and a vast Asian collection. M–Sa 10 a.m–5 p.m. (closed W), Su noon-5 p.m. $8–15; youth 17 and under free.  1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.232.7931.  Map O17 SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF MAN  Go on a journey of the human experience highlighting our physical and cultural development through permanent and changing exhibits. Daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; $6–25; children 2 and under free.  1350 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.239.2001.  Map O17 SAN DIEGO NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM    Dinosaur displays, giant-screen films, photography   exhibitions and more. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $12–19; children 2 and under free; free for active military first Tu.  1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.232.3821.  Map O17 STUART COLLECTION  Scattered across the UC San Diego campus, outdoor art collection includes talking and singing trees, a “Sun God” and more. Free.  Gilman and La Jolla Village drives, La Jolla, 858.534.2230.  Map T20

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USS MIDWAY  Now a retired aircraft carrier, the world’s largest floating naval-aviation museum has restored   airplanes on the flight deck and interactive exhibits inside; plus military veterans giving personal tours. Daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $8–20; military/kids 5 and under free.  910 N. ­Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, 619.544.9600.  Map Q14

DESTINATION SHOPPING BAZAAR DEL MUNDO  This colorful outdoor shopping mall in the heart of Old Town features quaint shops carrying Mexican decor, clothing, jewelry, art and housewares; plus several festive Mexican restaurants. Perfect for shopping for unique gifts you won’t find elsewhere in San Diego.  4133 Taylor St., Old Town, 619.296.3161.  Map M14 CARLSBAD PREMIUM OUTLETS  Shop 90   outlet stores (including Barneys New York, Polo Ralph Lauren and Banana Republic) in a pleasant outdoor setting.  5620 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, 760.804.9000.  Map U22 DEL MAR HIGHLANDS TOWN CENTER  This   exclusive pocket of dining, shopping and entertainment   comprises around 75 stylish shops and restaurants;   plus a Cinepolis luxury movie theater.  12925 El Camino Real, Del Mar, 858.793.5757.  Map X22 DEL MAR PLAZA  With more than 20 shops   and eight restaurants, this gorgeous tri-level boutique shopping plaza overlooks the Pacific Ocean in the heart of Del Mar.  1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.792.1555.  Map X22 DUTY FREE CITY  Located along the U.S.-Mexico border, this 14,000-square-foot space offers sophisticated, duty-free shopping: luxury accessories, beauty products, leather goods, confectionary, wine, spirits and tobacco.  601 E. San Ysidro Blvd., San Ysidro, 619.621.2600.  Map F3 FASHION VALLEY  The largest mall in San Diego, this beautiful bi-level, outdoor mall includes 200-plus shops, five department stores, restaurants, a food court and   an 18-screen movie theater.  7007 Friars Road, Mission Valley, 619.688.9113.  Map J10 FLOWER HILL PROMENADE  Del Mar’s continually expanding, upscale lifestyle center is home to refined restaurants (including Cucina Enoteca) and dozens   of high-end specialty boutiques.  2720 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, 858.481.7131.  Map X22 THE FORUM CARLSBAD  Elegant, tree-lined outdoor center with dozens of shops and restaurants, including

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NIGHTLIFE Anthropologie and Sur La Table.  1905 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, 760.479.0166.  Map U23 THE HEADQUARTERS AT SEAPORT  Open-air   center in a historical setting is home to specialty shops,   designer boutiques and restaurants.  789 W. Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, 619.235.4014. Map K11 LAS AMERICAS PREMIUM OUTLETS  Spanish   Colonial-style outlet mall has 125-plus shops, as well as eateries.  4211 Camino de la Plaza, San Ysidro, 619.934.8400.  Map F3 OTAY RANCH TOWN CENTER  Shops at this airy,   stylish South County mall include Apple, Sephora and myriad fashion boutiques. Enjoy outdoor fire pits, a   dog park and a movie theater.  2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista, 619.656.9100.  Map F3 SEAPORT VILLAGE  Picturesque and charming outdoor plaza on the waterfront features 54 one-of-a-kind   shops, galleries and restaurants.  849 W. Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, 619.235.4014.  Map R15 THE SHOPPES AT CARLSBAD  Outdoor shopping center features dozens of retail, dining and entertainment options, including Zara, The Cheesecake Factory and Dave & Buster’s, plus a kid-friendly, waterinspired play area.  2525 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, 760.729.6183.  Map U23 WESTFIELD HORTON PLAZA  Popular multilevel   outdoor mall features dozens of specialty shops, several   restaurants, a food court, a park with an amphitheater, and a Macy’s department store.  324 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619.239.8180.  Map Q16 WESTFIELD UTC  Beautiful outdoor shopping center with more than 150 upmarket chain retailers and shops, department stores, restaurants, a food court and movie theater.  4545 La Jolla Village Drive, Golden Triangle, 858.546.8858.  Map T21

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207/FLOAT  Rock ‘n’ roll glamour at the Hard Rock Hotel, from the street-level 207 lounge to the pool-outfitted rooftop Float—featuring bottle service in poolside cabanas.  Hard Rock Hotel, 207 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.702.3000.  Map Q16 THE CASBAH  Small but legendary rock club, owned by equally legendary owner and champion of indie talents Tim Mays, has hosted superstars like Nirvana and The Black Keys on their way up. Live music nightly.  2501 Kettner Blvd., Midtown, 619.232.4355. Map P15 EAST VILLAGE TAVERN & BOWL  Lively sports bar, bowling alley and restaurant offers cocktails, darts and pool. Menu features upscale pub grub.  950 Market St., East Village, 619.677.BOWL.  Map R17 EL DORADO  Hip downtown bar boasts retro-clad   mixologists, couture cocktails and DJs.  1030 Broadway, downtown, 619.237.0550.  Map Q17 FLUXX  Ambiance-changing dance club from the   design team behind Sidebar and other venues.  500 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.232.8100.  Map Q16 HOUSE OF BLUES SAN DIEGO  Live rock, blues and pop music, plus Sunday gospel brunch. Regular mix of national and regional acts. Restaurant inside features Southern dishes such as po’ boys and jambalaya.  1055 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619.299.2583.  Map Q16 MOONSHINE FLATS  Lively venue features countrywestern line dancing, live music and great lineup of DJs; plus a full bar and kitchen. Bring your cowboy boots and hat.  344 Seventh Ave., East Village, 619.255.7625.  Map Q16

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THE MUSIC BOX  Three-story live music venue boasts superior sound and lighting systems, multilevel VIP areas, bar/lounge and upscale dining. Concert lineup includes regional and national touring artists.  1337 India St., Little Italy, 619.795.1337.  Map P15 THE NOLEN  Named after landscape architect and San Diego visionary John Nolen (1869-1937), this stylish, 14th-floor rooftop bar features skyline views, lounge seating, a fire pit and barrel-aged, Craftsman-era cocktails and a small menu of upscale snacks.  453 Sixth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.796.6536.  Map Q16 OMNIA SAN DIEGO  The city’s most posh nightlife experience includes indoor/outdoor spaces, interactive features, state-of-the-art technology and a superstar lineup of live DJs and electronic artists. F-Sa (nightly).  454 Sixth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.544.9500.  Map Q16 OXFORD SOCIAL CLUB  Intimate venue located below The Pendry hotel features an extensive craft cocktail program and a rotating lineup of national and local DJs. 10p-2a, Th-Sa.  435 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.738.7040.  Map Q16 PARQ  This posh restaurant and nightclub delivers   an unparalleled nightlife experience—with a 20,000-  square-foot dance space accessed via a stone tunnel— plus renowned DJs and fabulous dining.  615 Broadway, downtown, 619.727.6789. Map Q16 ROOFTOP 600  Vegas-worthy club in the Andaz Hotel boasts sexy decor and a massive, recently renovated rooftop bar with panoramic downtown views.  600 F St., Gaslamp, 619.814.2055.  Map Q16 THE SHOUT! HOUSE  One of San Diego’s most unique and fun bar experiences. Watch as dueling piano players lead the crowd in classic rock singalongs at this boisterous bar and eatery.  655 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.231.6700.  Map Q16 SIDEBAR  DJs, dancing and bottle service at this sexy, modern downtown lounge. Watch out for swinging bird cages and nude portraits lining the walls.  536 Market St., Gaslamp, 619.696.0946.  Map Q16 THE TIPSY CROW  A stylish neighborhood bar with three levels, pool tables, shuffleboard and trivia. Menu features pub grub, craft beer and signature cocktails.  770 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.338.9300.  Map Q16

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PARK & REC  Casual-cool neighborhood bar features a courtyard and back patio, old-fashioned cocktails, and games such as table tennis and shuffleboard.  4612 Park Blvd., University Heights, 619.795.9700.  Map M18 POLITE PROVISIONS  Retro-style, apothecary-inspired bar and atrium offers some of the city’s best craft cocktails; plus microbrews.  4696 30th St., Normal Heights, 619.677.3784.  Map I12 SEVEN GRAND SAN DIEGO  Stylish whiskey lounge outfitted with dark, wood-lined interiors showcases an extensive bourbon menu.  3054 University Ave., North Park, 619.269.8820.  Map J11 SHAKESPEARE PUB & GRILLE  UK-inspired pub is great for watching soccer games. Plus traditional British fare, beer, outdoor patio and an excellent whiskey selection.  3701 India St., Midtown, 619.299.0230.  Map O14

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URBAN MO’S BAR & GRILL  Bustling LGBT-friendly hotspot has a regularly packed dance floor, festive theme nights and an outdoor patio.  308 University Ave., Hillcrest, 619.491.0400.  Map N16

TOURS + TRANSPORT BALBOA PARK  Free tours about history, architecture, horticulture and botanical gardens.  Visitors Center, 1549 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.239.0512.  Map P17

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TOURS + TRANSPORT BIKE & KAYAK TOURS  Bike, kayak and snorkel tours and rentals in La Jolla and Coronado.  2158 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla, 858.454.1010.  Map V20 BIPLANE, AIR COMBAT & WARBIRD ADVEN­TURES    Fly in gentle or thrilling coastal biplane rides for two, you-fly-it air ­combat, and loops and rolls in a WWII warbird.  Montgomery Field, 760.930.0903. BOCA ROJA BAJA WINE ADVENTURES  Explore Baja’s top wineries and flourishing wine region via private tours of the Valle de Guadalupe. They also host craft brewery and food tours in Tijuana, Rosarito and Ensenada.  bocarojawineadventures.com BREWERY TOURS OF SAN DIEGO  This local company provides transportation to area breweries, beer festivals and beer-related events, plus public and private tours.  619.961.7999, brewerytoursofsd.com. CITYPASS  Discount combo packages for the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, SeaWorld, Universal Studios Hollywood, Disneyland and California Adventure.  888.330.5008, citypass.com. COASTER  Commuter train offers coastal scenery as it runs north and south through San Diego County, serving eight stations between Oceanside and downtown San Diego.  gonctd.com/coaster.

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CORONADO TOURING  Walking tour around the historical Hotel del Coronado and neighborhood. Tu, Th and Sa at 11 a.m. $15; children 3 and under free.  Meet at Glorietta Bay Inn, 1630 Glorietta Blvd., Coronado, 619.435.5993.  Map L11

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SUP CORONADO  Enjoy both group and private lessons in the popular sport of stand-up paddle-boarding, plus ocean and bay tours. Ideal for both beginners and seasoned boarders.  Various Coronado locations, 619.888.7686. SUPERSHUTTLE  Runs to and from the airport 24 hours a day. Accepts all major cards. Individuals, groups and charters welcome. Earn frequent-flyer points and miles with select airlines.  800.BLUE.VAN. URBAN SAFARIS  Discover San Diego’s inner soul on walking tours of its unique urban neighborhoods. Enjoy weekend walkabouts of San Diego neighborhoods (or by appointment). Covers key points of interest and unique details for every area.  619.944.9255.

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7   Marveling at stunning sculptures made entirely of flowers at Art Alive. p. 12   Roaming through The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch, which are in full bloom March-May. p. 9   Enjoying sake, small plates and sashimi around the cherry blossom tree-filled bar at Cloak & Petal in Little Italy. p. 6

14   The Jade Mule, hoisin BBQ  baby-back ribs and “drunken” lobster served Hong Kong style at Monkey King in the Gaslamp. p. 7   Padres baseball games and ballpark food at Petco Park. p. 48   Morning hikes through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, as waves crash below.

  Picnics on the lawn near   the spray fountains at Waterfront Park on a sunny day.

  Touring the striking architectural marvel that is The Salk Institute for Biological Studies campus in La Jolla. p. 20

  Shopping, wining and dining our way through Liberty Public Market at Liberty Station.

  Getting a massage in a Baliinspired treatment room at Four Moons Spa in Encinitas p. 8

  Exploring cool exhibits at   the Oceanside Museum of Art— an underrated cultural gem in   the heart of North County. p. 27

  Jogging along the sandy stretches of La Jolla Shores Beach.

  Sipping wine and dining on Italian comfort food on the patio at Nonna, then ordering homemade cannolis at Cafe Zucchero. p. 7

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  Touring restored cars at La Jolla Concours d’Elegance. p. 48   Walks along the Oceanside Pier—the longest wooden pier on the West Coast at 1,942 feet. p. 27

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  Sipping potent tiki cocktails behind the live waterfall wall at False Idol in Little Italy.

  Touring the distillery and sampling the Concord Clover cocktail at You & Yours Distilling Co. p. 15

  Watching some of the best equestrians and horses in the world compete at the Del Mar National Horse Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. p. 48

  Facials and skin care retail therapy at Shop Good. p. 8

  Mountain-biking through the gorgeous trails of Tecolote Canyon Natural Park.   Fresh fish and the baccalastuffed peppers at Fishmonger’s Market in Midtown. p. 25   Live Cuban music and the collection of 150-plus rums at Havana 1920 in the Gaslamp. p. 18.   The Japanese Friendship Garden at Balboa Park. p. 29   Walking across the Cabrillo Bridge into Balboa Park, while pausing to watch incoming airplanes prepare to land at Lindbergh Field.

  Dancing, beignets, catfish sandwiches and buckets of boiled crawfish at the Gator by the Bay Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival. p. 50   Climbing to the top of the 150-foot California Tower at San Diego Museum of Man for some of the best views of the city.   Shopping at the Hillcrest farmers market on Sundays.   Perusing creations by more than 350 artists at Mission Federal ArtWalk—San Diego’s largest urban arts festival. p. 12.   Getting a java jolt at Dark Horse Coffee Roasters. p. 25   Spring break in Mission Beach!

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Where San Diego Magazine gives visitors and locals a portal for essential, immediate and accurate information on the best things to do in Sa...

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Where San Diego Magazine gives visitors and locals a portal for essential, immediate and accurate information on the best things to do in Sa...