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34 Dining Restaurants by cuisine and neighborhood

Sarah Daoust and San Diego.

6 Hot Dates Art Alive, Mission Federal ArtWalk, San Diego Crew Classic, baseball and more.

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

72 30 Things We Love

60 Attractions + museums Theme parks, activities and exhibitions

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8 Dining Liberty Public Market newbies, The Hake in La Jolla and Breakfast Republic in Encinitas.

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S.D. on S.D.

It’s no coincidence that San Diego and I have the same initials (a little fun fact my boss recently reminded me of). I call it destiny. More than 16 years ago, this Ohio farm girl—who had never been to California before but just knew she was destined to live here, somewhere—flipped a quarter. Heads? I’d move to San Francisco (because that seemed like a neat city, too). Tails? I’d move to San Diego (where I’d heard the weather was a little nicer).

And sure enough, that quarter skipped and turned, seemingly in slow motion, and eventually plunked on tails. And I took off—packing up all I owned and leaving my worried family back in Ohio, fully expecting a call soon from me, crying that I wanted to come home. Sure, I had some rough days and long nights living alone in a strange city, where I knew literally no one. But that teary-eyed call to my parents never came. Overwhelmed by my new job at a local media relations agency—for which I was so green and underqualified to the point of not even knowing that the Union-Tribune was the main newspaper here—I chose to swim instead of sink. I fell in love with San Diego and the warm people here, meeting and befriending both natives and transplants who welcomed me. San Diego became home. I look back now and wonder what my life would look like had that quarter landed on heads. Would I have eventually secured an editor gig that I loved at a fabulous publication in San Francisco? Because “S.D. on S.F.” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. I do know that I would not have the honor of introducing to you this spring issue, which is packed with dozens of new ways to enjoy San Diego. From performing arts to cocktails to dining to spas to museums to spring festivals, the city is burgeoning with dynamic destinations and experiences you won’t find elsewhere. You’ve come to the right place. There’s no doubt that I did, too. S.D. + S.D. = true love. —SARAH DAOUST

PERMISSION GRANTED! Explore the 100 parklike acres of the former Naval Training Center. Visit 120 galleries, museums, artist studios, distinctive restaurants and cafés. Minutes from Downtown and the Airport in Point Loma.

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San Diego became my home. I look back and wonder what my life would look like had that quarter landed on heads.

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Where calendar spring 2017 Search the full calendar at SoCalPulse.com

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

MARCH 11 & 17 ST. PATRICK’S DAY The party starts early at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival near Balboa Park on March 11, featuring dancers, a beer garden and Celtic Village. Head to the Gaslamp for the annual ShamROCK party on March 17, with Irish rock bands, green beer and 40,000 square feet of Astroturf. p. 55 APRIL 9 INCREDIBLE CARS Head to Ellen Browning Scripps Park in La Jolla for Concours d'Elegance (below), one of the most anticipated auto events in the world. Aficionados will swoon over dozens of fully restored luxury and vintage cars. p. 55

See the San Diego Museum of Art in full bloom with flower petals galore at the 36th annual Art Alive, its signature fundraiser and floral exhibition. The museum’s permanent collection comes to life with more than 100 exquisite floral interpretations of famous works of art, all handcrafted by local and national competing designers. A highlight: renowned floral designer Carlos Franco of Green Fresh Florals will transform the museum’s famed rotunda into a one-of-a-kind botanical wonderland for the weekend. p. 55

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1 LATINO FILM FEST > MARCH 16-26 Last year’s festival commanded 20,500 film lovers. Highlights include at least 150 feature-length and short film screenings, guest filmmakers and actors, industry workshops and seminars, art exhibits and parties. p. 55

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.

SAN DIEGO EARTHFAIR > APRIL 23 Balboa Park hosts the world’s largest Earth Day celebration and environmental fair produced by volunteers, drawing 60,000 visitors to its 300plus exhibits. p. 55 4

5 DEL MAR NATIONAL HORSE SHOW > APRIL 18-MAY 7 It’s one of the more prestigious equestrian events in the Western. U.S., featuring Western riding, dressage, hunter/jumper competitions and the Grand Prix of Del Mar. p. 55

2 SAN DIEGO CREW CLASSIC > APRIL 1-2 Around 4,400 athletes will compete in more than 100 races at Crown Point Shores on Mission Bay for the 44th annual regatta, with more than 25,000 spectators anticipated. p. 55

6 ADAMS AVENUE UNPLUGGED > APRIL 29 Enjoy 150 performances by 135 acts across 25 indoor and outdoor stages along a 2-mile stretch of Adams Avenue uptown. p. 55

3 BASEBALL > ONGOING Here’s to (hopefully) a winning season for the San Diego Padres. Catch a game at Petco Park, including the home opener against the San Francisco Giants on April 7. p. 55

7 ARTWALK > APRIL 29-30 Mission Federal ArtWalk (at left) gathers 100,000 visitors and more than 350 artists showcasing their work; plus live entertainment, food and kids activities. p. 55

MAY 5-7 CINCO DE MAYO Head to the annual Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo in historical Old Town to celebrate Mexican history, culture and cuisine—featuring historical reenactments and live music. p. 55 MAY 11-14 GATOR BY the BAY The Gator by the Bay Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival takes over Spanish Landing Park with 25 bands, dance lessons, Cajun cooking demos, and authentic eats—including crawfish and beignets. p. 56

art alive, courtesy san diego museum of art; concours, Rudy Vaca

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THE BEST IN ENTERTAINMENT, SHOPPING AND DINING

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Seaworthy Stunner Those panoramic views of the La Jolla coastline are the stuff of California dreams, which is in large part why global seafood bistro The Hake decided to overhaul and expand its dining area and let in those priceless views. The remodeled, 5,400-square-foot space stuns at every turn—with plenty of glass, light, warm woods and white paneling to create a vibe of modern elegance. Chef Aarti Sanghavi oversees a newly revamped menu loaded with refined seafood plates; think lobster aguachile, seared hiramasa tartare, smoked hake and a daily catch with mussels. Behind the custom copper bar, beverage curator Joan Villanueva has dreamt up tasty craft concoctions such as One Hot Cucumber with jalapeùo-infused tequila, and the Mandarin Mule. Sip slowly while watching the sun set. 1250 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.454.1637

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The “egg-centric” decor at Breakfast Republic in Encinitas

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WAKE-UP CALL In Encinitas, the new Breakfast Republic—a rooster-accented, urban farmhouse-style eatery with a sense of humor—is literally everything the first meal of the day is cracked up to be. The decor includes a living wall emblazoned with the phrase, “Run, cock, run;” tables and seating shaped like hatched eggs; and a sign out front bearing a photo of actor Christopher Walken that reads: “No reservations. Walkens only.” On the egg-centric menu: house-made crab cake benedict; breakfast hot dogs made with “smashed” potatoes, two eggs any style and bacon; a chicken-mango sausage scramble; and shrimp ‘n’ grits. Those with a sweet tooth will feel like kids in a candy store with dishes such as Oreo cookie pancakes and s’mores French toast topped with toasted marshmallows and chocolate sauce. To drink, try some kombucha on tap, a salted caramel latte or the filling Jurassic Pork Bloody Mary. Breakfast here might just be your only meal of the day. 251 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas, 760.452.2121

Raising the Bar The fabulous foodie parade of eateries opening at Liberty Public Market continues with three new chef-driven bar concepts. Inside chef Tim Kolanko’s fast-casual Mess Hall Bar (formerly the more upscale Mess Hall), order seasonal fare all day. Its market-to-menu approach means dishes will change often, but

expect offerings such as fish ‘n’ chips, fried chicken, hearty salads, vegetarian entrees and seasonal craft cocktails. Wine purveyor Grape Smuggler now boasts its own separate Grape Smuggler Bar, located in the eastern dining hall. Explore boutique wine labels from California and around the world, with

some 25 wines offered by the glass; plus gourmet tapas, and cheese and charcuterie boards. And it’s all pie all the time at the new Pi Bar, where you can sample Roman-style, wood-fired pizzas, savory pot pies and chocolate cream pie to satiate that sweet tooth. 2820 Historic Decatur Road, Point Loma, libertypublicmarket.com

Wine and tapas at Grape Smuggler Bar

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Clockwise: the garden tub at Spa L'Auberge; Spa at La Costa's reflexology path; AquaVie’s lounge

SPA + BEAUTY

Skin Deep Springtime is prime time to get your skin pampered and prepped for a new season.

At luxe seaside resort L’Auberge Del Mar, its Spa L’Auberge is a beach-house-style sanctuary focusing on mind, body and soul rejuvenation—with 10 treatment rooms, herbal-infused steam showers and an outdoor lounge with a fire pit. The spa is offering two new treatments for spring. The Youthful Magnolia Facial ($200, 80 minutes)—an anti-aging facial that addresses fatigue, wrinkles and dehydration with vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, plant extracts, deep cleansing, exfoliating and an energizing mask. For the body, try the

decadent Spring Break Escape ($130, 50 minutes)—a full-body sugar scrub, followed by application of Shea body butter infused with coconut and pineapple. 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.793.6493, laubergedelmar.com Now open in the heart of downtown San Diego, AquaVie Spa & Wellness Center is a four-story, 40,000-square-foot stunner that looks like the $14 million bucks spent to build it. Located adjacent to the Westgate Hotel (whose guests receive exclusive amenities and services), the complex houses a state-of-the-art fitness center with more than 200 pieces of equipment. There's also a rooftop pool, hot tub, an outdoor lounge and a running track; full-service locker rooms; and its crowning glory: The Spa at AquaVie. Relax in one of five spacious treatment rooms where services include a range of luxe body treatments, facials, scrubs, wraps, massages,

waxing and more. Try a customized facial (ask for pricing) by one of their seasoned aestheticians, who will tailor the treatment to address your skin needs and concerns. 234 Broadway, downtown, 619.557.3663 In Carlsbad, the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is home to revered retreat The Spa at La Costa—a sprawling oasis with fullservice amenities for men and women, Roman waterfall showers, winding garden paths, a cafe where spa robes are common attire, and the adjacent, world-famous Chopra Center. Inside the lavish spa, Sticks and Stones ($295, 100 minutes) is a oneof-kind, energizing treatment that targets all body systems. Hot stones deliver heat deep into tense muscles, followed by an exfoliating bamboo body polish, and finished with a massage using hydrating herbal lotion. A warning: Your cares during and afterward may prove difficult to locate. 2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad, 760.438.9111

ALL IMAGES ARE COURTESY PHOTOS; (OPPOSITE) PABLO MASON

SKIN IS SERIOUS BUSINESS IN SAN DIEGO. Our temperate climate yields opportunities to show it off daily; however, sun and sea exposure year-round can do damage if we’re not careful about protection and maintenance. Thankfully, the county is home to renowned spas specializing in both pampering and high-performance treatments that promise to get you glowing.

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Spring ushers in some must-see museum marvels across San Diego.

If you haven’t been to the Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA), this unsung North County gem is brimming with new reasons to visit this spring. On view through April 30, the exhibit Dan McCleary, Etchings and Studies: Taller de Grabado, Oaxaca 2000–2016 takes us inside the world of printmaking and artmaking—with intricate etchings, prints and drawings by Dan McCleary in collaboration with Mexican master printer Fernando Sandoval. Also through April 30, Alexia Markarian: Desire Is Never Enough showcases works by sculptor and designer Alexia Markarian—known for her creative use of common materials across a range of media, from paintings to jewelry. In John Dillemuth: Contraptions and Go-mo(s), on view through July 23, the artist incorporates paintings, vehicles and other contraptions in an adventurous exploration of imaginary versus reality. Running March 4-Aug. 27, the OMA’s annual Artist Alliance is a juried exhibition highlighting the contributions of some 200 local and national artists. March 25-July 9, River is a collaboration of artist Michelle Montjoy and community members across generations, who created artworks via crocheting, knitting, braiding and knotting—using old T-shirts and tabletop looms. 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, 760.435.3720, oma-online.org Three new exhibits beckon at

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the Museum of Photographic Arts. Prix Pictet: Disorder, through May 23, looks at critical social and environmental issues through the eyes and camera lenses of 12 very different artists. Through May 16, India and the Picturesque delivers a collection of 150 photographs that capture the rich landscape and lifestyle of India from 1860 to 1880. Also through May 16, Ansel Adams: What Majestic Word is an intimate portfolio of 15 prints by photographer Ansel Adams in memory of his friend, Russell Varian, who loved mountains and the wilderness. 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.238.7559, mopa.org Recently celebrating its 75th anniversary, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego doesn’t disappoint with its modern, boundarypushing installations. Its La Jolla campus is closed for major renovations and expansion, but the downtown campus is calling with an edgy new exhibit. On view through April 30, Dimensions of Black is a collaboration with the San Diego African American Museum of Fine Arts—featuring more than 30 pieces by leading African American artists from the 1960s to today. Both artistic and educational—with works ranging from abstract paintings to photography—the exhibit touches on racism, gender and identity in an undeniably raw, real way. 1100 Kettner Blvd., downtown, 858.454.3541, mcasd.org

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San Diego From wine to beer to cocktails to coffee, America’s Finest City invites you to take a sip. By sarah daoust

San Diego is brimming, literally, with new places to wet your whistle. Whether you’re seeking cocktails, wine, craft beer or a caffeine fix, we’ve rounded up some exceptional watering holes to explore this spring. Get Crafty

In Mission Hills, well-known restaurateur Trish Watlington has transformed The Wellington steakhouse into the 'hood’s only bar dedicated to craft cocktails: Bar by Red Door. Focusing on small plates and culinary-infused libations, the stylish neighborhood bar (think light woods, hanging plants and a stonecovered bar) showcases locally produced spirits, house-made syrups and bitters, fresh herbs, and other garden-to-table ingredients. (Watlington grows her own produce used in her restaurants.) We love their provocative concoctions such as the Cigarette After Sex—made with Mason Rouge cognac, Kappa pisco and Pedro Ximenez sherry. Also

try the aromatic Smudge & Conjure with smoked sage-infused gin, St. George spiced pear liqueur, blue curacao, lime and salt. In Little Italy, recently renovated Craft & Commerce remains serious about its cocktails. Grab a seat at the taxidermy-adorned main bar or in the library, and sip delights such as the refreshing Rochelle, Rochelle with grapefruit-infused aperol, rosé, orgeat and fresh strawberry; or the smoky Conejo with mezcal, carrot, green curry, pineapple, curacao, lime and habanero. Opening this spring, Hundred Proof—the brainchild of chef Brad Wise and business partner Steve Schwob—has taken over the former Sausage and Meat space on Park

Boulevard. At this cool ‘hood hangout decked out in old-school booths, it’s all about the craft infusions and boilermakers—try the Buffalo Trace and Alesmith IPA combo.

Speak(easy) Up

Easily the biggest cocktail trend of the moment in San Diego: the speakeasy—in particular, tiki-style speakeasies. And a new outpost in Pacific Beach, The Grass Skirt, nails it. The kitschy-cool poke bar houses a hidden tiki lounge inside—featuring fire pit tables, swings (yes, swings) and booth seating. Drink master Steven Tuttle has designed a fun menu of creative tiki cocktails. There’s the Carmen Miranda with white rum, añejo

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The Boozin' Susan's World-Famous Chi Chi cocktail at The Grass Skirt in Pacific Beach.

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Details 101 Proof 2002 S. Coast Hwy., Oceanside, 101proofoceanside.com Bar by Red Door 729 W. Washington St., Mission Hills, 619.295.6001 ChuckAlek Biergarten 3139 University Ave., North Park, 619.800.6797 Craft & Commerce and False Idol 675 W. Beech St., Little Italy, 619.269.2202 Duet Coffee 6526 El Cajon Blvd., Rolando, 619.230.5787 The Grass Skirt 910 Grand Ave., Pacific Beach, 858.412.5237 Hundred Proof 4130 Park Blvd., University Heights Moniker Coffee Co. 2860 Sims Road, Liberty Station, 619.255.8772 North Park Beer Co. 3038 University Ave., North Park, 619.255.2946 Pali Wine Room 2130 India St., Little Italy, 619.569.1300 RoVino 2034 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619.269.9341

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Previous spread, courtesy the grass skirt; opposite, Arlene Ibarra; this page (clockwise), john dole (2), Madi Cline, courtesy chuckAlek, Alen Lin.

Clockwise from above: Bar by Red Door's warm, modern interior; the Zombie Bus Stop cocktail at Bar by Red Door; inside Moniker Coffee Co.; craft beer at ChuckAlek Biergarten; the kitschy-cool interior of The Grass Skirt. Opposite: the Panther’s Fang cocktail at False Idol in Little Italy.

rum, Jamaican rum, lime, pineapple, coconut, banana and cinnamon. The Oaxacan Dead is also delicious—mezcal, The Grass Skirt’s own rum blend, pineapple, lime, passion fruit, pomegranate and absinthe. Back at Craft & Commerce, take a trip behind the kitchen's fridge to an alternate universe called False Idol—a dark, tropical den, complete with a waterfall, serving potent tiki cocktails. The Panther’s Fang packs a punch, with blended rums, passion fruit, honey, orange and lime; as does the Mai Sha Roa Na, with blended Jamaican rum, Madeira, banana liqueur and vanilla-macadamia-nut cordial. In Oceanside, new speakeasy 101 Proof, located inside Urge Gastropub, is a nod to the Prohibition era. Accommodating just 35 guests at a time (by reservation only), the intimate bar is adorned with a copper ceiling and copper penny floors. Drinks incorporate hand-carved ice, hand-pressed juices and selections from an inventory of hundreds of different whiskeys.

global and regional wines inside the cozy, brick-walled interior or on the sidewalk patio—perfect for date night.

Sniff & Swirl

Get Buzzed

Going wine tasting without leaving city limits is a growing trend across San Diego, with new tasting rooms offering more of an urban experience. Pali Wine Co., producer of premium wines in California and Oregon, has opened a tasting room in north Little Italy. Choose from a selection of rotating wines on tap, blended straight from the barrel to keg; plus charcuterie and cheese boards, wine memberships and a semi-secret rooftop patio overlooking the ‘hood. Around the corner, RoVino is one part authentic Italian rosticceria (serving rotisserie chicken and homemade pasta) and one part wine bar/tasting room. Sample

Hop to It

Keeping up with the latest brewery openings in San Diego (the nation’s craft beer capital) can be a full-time job. But for a guaranteed good time in an uptown, urban setting, head to North Park. The spacious, streetlamp-lit North Park Beer Co. is a brewery and taproom specializing in fine lagers and ales under the direction of IPA brew master Kelsey McNair. Try a beer flight, best enjoyed around one of the barrels in the upstairs lounge overlooking the main floor. Across the street, new beer-tasting oasis ChuckAlek Biergarten offers pints, steins, tasters and growlers—with a comprehensive selection of craft brews. We like the 1850 Runner by Brown Porter (with notes of berry, chocolate and oak), enjoyed under twinkling lights in the outdoor garden.

Caffeine lovers, welcome to your mothership: the new Moniker Coffee Co. at Liberty Station. The coffee bar housed in a warehouse-style space features local, small-batch producers and specialty roasters in collaboration with expert barista outfit Copa Vida. The signature Viennese latte is a must-try. In the College Area (aka, near San Diego State University), Duet Coffee is an adorable, modern coffee shop and espresso bar that has garnered regular raves since opening in 2016. Favorites include the hot-roasted hazelnut latte, the iced dark mocha and the caramel macchiato. And its famous honeyorange cappuccino is good to the last drop.

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Curtain Call Your Guide to the Best in San Diego Performing Arts this Spring.

“If you don’t love me, I love you; if I love you, look out for yourself!” So sayeth the infamous Carmen, brought to life by San Diego Opera in its presentation of The Tragedy of Carmen at the Balboa Theatre, March 10-12. Adapted by Peter Brook from the 1875 opera Carmen by French composer Georges Bizet, her story is indeed tragic. The 90-minute production follows Carmen (portrayed by American mezzo soprano Peabody Southwell in her company debut), a seductive gypsy who wins the heart of Don José (Canadian tenor Adrian Kramer), a young soldier who dumps his inamorata Micaela (Canadian soprano Andriana Chuchman) in order to pursue her. When Carmen ditches Don José for a bullfighter named Escamillo (American bass-baritone Ryan Kuster), a fire fueled by jealousy, lust and rage threatens to consume them all. At the Civic Theatre, San Diego Opera brings us the epic tragedy La Traviata, April 22, 25, 28 and 30. Refreshed with Roaring ‘20s-era staging and flapper costuming, the opera by Giuseppe Verdi centers on Violetta (American soprano Corinne Winters)—a young courtesan who

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enjoys her freedom. She finds love, albeit unwillingly, in a young man named Alfredo (American tenor Joshua Guerrero); while also learning she is deathly ill. The two retreat to start a new life together in the countryside, where Violetta is visited by her father and pressured to return to her old life—leaving Alfredo devastated and scorned. The ending, although not happy, is painfully beautiful. sdopera.org Bringing more music to our ears this spring, San Diego Symphony is busy with a diverse lineup of concerts. The Jazz @ The Jacobs concert series at the Jacobs Music Center—curated by renowned jazz trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos—includes She’s Got That Swing: Women in Jazz on March 18; the Big Band Bash led by Castellanos on April 29; and Cuban jazz pianist Chucho Valdes on May 21. For some true movie magic, enjoy three film screenings at Copley Symphony Hall, whose scores each will be performed live by the symphony’s orchestra: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, March 11-12; The Wizard of Oz, April 18; and the 1925 film The Freshman, April 30, accompanied solely by a live pipe organ. And capping its season finale weekend, San Diego Symphony’s own Jahja Ling conducts three farewell concerts May 26-28, as a grand ending to his 13-year tenure as the symphony’s esteemed music director. Ling’s finale promises to be magnificent. sandiegosymphony.org Local theater also heats up this spring. La Jolla Playhouse presents its world-premiere musical, Escape to Margaritaville—with music (both

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classic hits and original songs) by the legendary Jimmy Buffett—opening May 9 (closing date to be determined). In it, we get to know an affable guy named Tully, who splits his time bartending, singing and charming the ladies … until he meets and falls for a beautiful tourist who shakes up his life. Playhouse artistic director Christopher Ashley directs this fun, feel-good production, which is based on the book by Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley. lajollaplayhouse.org At The Old Globe theater in Balboa Park, the world-premiere adaptation of the play The Imaginary Invalid—May 27-June 25—is a must. Adapted by Fiasco Theater from Moliere’s original story of the same name, the play endears us to Argan, a hypochondriac hoping to save on medical bills by having his daughter wed a doctor. The one snafu: His daughter is in love with someone else. The plot thickens as hilarity ensues. theoldglobe.org In Solana Beach, North Coast Repertory Theatre presents the heartwarming musical, The Spitfire Grill, May 31-June 25. Based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff, book by James Valcq, lyrics and book by Fred Alley and directed by Jeffrey Moss, the play takes us to small-town America, where we meet Percy Talbott—a young woman just released from prison. She undergoes an immense reawakening as she struggles to start life over in a rural Wisconsin town. Percy lands a room and job at a modest diner, the Spitfire Grill, and meets characters who challenge her but ultimately help her. Bring extra tissues. northcoastrep.org

Opposite: San Diego Symphony conductor Jahja Ling. Clockwise from top left: Chucho Valdes; Jimmy Buffett; San Diego Opera’s The Tragedy of Carmen; and a scene from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

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EXPLORING

THE PAST AND PRESENT COME TOGETHER IN SAN DIEGO’S LIVELY, HISTORICAL DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOODS.

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.

Gaslamp Quarter

Businessman Alonzo Erastus Horton envi­ sioned 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, or simply “the Gaslamp.” Com­ prising more than 16 square blocks, the Gaslamp stretches from Broadway to Har­ bor Drive (just north of the Convention Center), with Fourth, Fifth and Sixth ave­ nues 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 Gaslamp (see p. 66), or explore on your own. The area can easily be covered on foot, or you can rent from Bike Revolution (522 Sixth Ave.) to navigate the district on two wheels. If you start your exploration at the south­ ern 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-akind conceptual art, oil paintings and writ­ ings. 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 cloth­ ing and accessories. For national retailers, venture farther up Fifth, where you’ll find wellknown 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 (see p. 62), 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 some 100 restaurants and shops, including White House Black Market, Macy’s, BCBG and more. 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. After a long day of shopping and sightsee­ ing, sate your hunger at one of the Gaslamp’s 100-plus restaurants, bars and cafes (please see dining guide, p. 51).

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 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 arts events throughout the year.

East Village

The completion of Petco Park (100 Park Blvd.) and the Central Library (330 Park Blvd.) helped gentrify this once-gritty neighborhood. Enjoy some open, green space at Fault Line Park (1433 Island Ave.); or nab a pair of new kicks at Blends (719 Eighth Ave.), which sells

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rare urban footwear, trainers and high-tops. More shops, bars and dining can be found along J and Market streets. The area’s burgeoning art scene includes a few notable outposts: Space 4 Art (325 15th St.), a gallery/arts center where artists live, work and interact in an educational environment; and Alexander Salazar Fine Art (225 W. Market St.), an edgy contemporary 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 and accessories. 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.), 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 swim-

Left to right: Wine bottles on the ceiling at Filippi’s Pizza Grotto in Little Italy; Waterfront Park; Fifth Avenue in the Gaslamp Quarter.

wear shop. Be on the lookout for NoLi Nights, a walkable quarterly event showcasing North Little Italy businesses; plus live bands and art performances. Foodies will enjoy roaming the popular Saturday morning Mercato farmers market on Cedar Street (619.233.3769).

Embarcadero

Shop and dine at The Headquarters at Seaport, offering boutiques and galleries like the Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery (789 W. Harbor Drive, #156); and Seaport Village, home of Wyland Galleries (855 W. Harbor Drive). The bayside boardwalk is an easy walk from the Convention Center.

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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 famous Hornblower (970 N. Harbor Drive), or catch the Coronado Ferry (1050 N. Harbor Drive). Make time to tour the retired USS Midway (see p. 61) aircraft carrier and the floating Maritime Museum (see p. 60). For a map of these neighborhoods, see p. 70. For restaurants in this area, see p. 51.

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Downtown’s outskirts are home to a secret garden: Smarts Farm—a community urban garden and learning center offering garden exploration and art programs to children and low-income families. The 16,000-square-foot farm hosts some 150 programs—including urban agricultural classes, garden planting and working with more than 3,000 local disadvantaged children. Activities include nutritional cooking classes, farm-to-table education, insect and animal interaction, photography workshops and field trips. There’s even an onsite chicken coop and a farm stand selling fresh produce daily. 1326 Broadway, downtown, humanesmarts.org

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EXPLORING

La Jolla

LA JOLLA IS A JEWEL SPARKLING WITH ART, THEATER, FINE DINING, BOUTIQUE SHOPPING AND THE AREA’S BEST OUTDOOR RECREATION.

Shops, Galleries & Fun Stops

La Jolla’s stylish streets are lined with highend boutiques, antique stores and art galleries. Prospect Street and Girard Avenue form the spines of the village shopping district, but don’t be afraid to venture off onto side streets, where hidden gems await, including boutique stationery shop Sweet Paper (7660 Fay Ave.); Las Manos del Artesano (7940 Herschel Ave.), a gallery with Latin American folk art; and Tijon Fragrance Lab & Boutique (7853 Herschel Ave.), where you can customize your own perfume. On Girard, amid national brands like Banana Republic (7841 Girard Ave.), we 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, skincare 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 femalefriendly 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 wellrespected 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 Verbicky. Joseph Bellows Gallery (7661 Girard Ave.) mounts regular exhibitions of stunning blackand-white photography. La Jolla Boulevard heads south out of the village toward Bird Rock, where worthwhile boutiques for cutting-edge threads for women include Capricorn (5628 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 neighborhood 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. The Stuart Collection, a group of sitespecific outdoor sculptures, adds to the artistic setting at UC San Diego. A 24-foot giant teddy bear made of boulders and a 560-footlong “Snake Path” are among the artworks 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). 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.

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Translated literally as “the jewel,” La Jolla is a gem. The upscale village is known for its luxe specialty boutiques, art galleries and fine-dining venues that offer jaw-dropping views of the La Jolla coastline and the many stunning homes overlooking it. Nearby, hike at Torrey Pines and shop in the Golden Triangle.

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In La Jolla Village, the ocean-view Museum of Con­temp­orary Art San Diego (which is temporarily closed for renovations), is housed in the former home of Ellen Browning Scripps. The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library (1008 Wall St.) features unique art exhibitions, musicians, 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. For a quick bite, ocean-view restaurants line Prospect Street and Coast Boulevard.

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

Left to right: Windansea Beach; bites and vino at We Olive; the soaring interior of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

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 courses with stunning ocean views. In 2008, the landmark became one of the only public courses to host

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a U.S. Open; it’s also the site of the PGA Tour’s annual Farmers Insurance Open.

Golden Triangle

The area east of La Jolla Village is known as the Golden Triangle (or University Town Center, which locals shorten to “UTC”), bordered by Interstate 5 on the west, Interstate 805 on the east and State Route 52 on the south. This triangular area includes upscale hotels, fine dining and a shopping district flanked by Westfield UTC (see p. 62), an outdoor mall with shops such as Ben Bridge Jeweler. For a map of these neighborhoods, see p. 71. For a list of restaurants in this area, see p. 51.

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It’s the ultimate SoCal sandwich shop concept—gourmet sandwiches and salads with locally sourced ingredients, served fast-casual style amid architecturally stunning decor. Welcome to Mendocino Farms—a modern eatery boasting indoor/outdoor dining, communal seating, living walls and industrial ceilings. On the chef-driven menu, choose from artisanal sandwiches such as the spicy lemongrass steak banh mi; steak BLT on a pretzel roll; and the prosciutto and free-range chicken panini with mozzarella, crushed honey and roasted almonds. Plus beer, wine, vegan options and catering services. 8795 Villa La Jolla Drive, La Jolla, 858.731.8130

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EXPLORING

Beach Cities

FROM CORONADO TO PACIFIC BEACH, WELCOME TO SOCAL’S MOST SCENIC SEASIDE NEIGHBORHOODS.

Coronado

Coronado is an island with small-town 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 Coro­ nado 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 cruiser at Holland’s Bicycles (977 Orange Ave.) 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; Luxury Farms (918 Orange Ave.) for gourmet pantry items; Clayton’s Coffee Shop (979 Orange Ave.) for a caffeine fix; and Art & Frames by Wood Gallery (936 Orange Ave.), as well as 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 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 1,400-seat 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.

Ocean Beach and Point Loma

“O.B.” for short, this neighborhood is truly one of San Diego’s most unique. It’s an end-

less summer of love in O.B., an aggregation of aging hippies, surfers, ­bikers, artists, ­musicians and other free spirits. “OBceans” possess a strong sense of community and territorial pride best summed up by a oncepopular bumper sticker: “U.S. out of O.B.” The main drag, Newport Avenue, smells of incense and has many shops catering to the O.B. lifestyle, but also plenty of antiques dealers at places like Newport Avenue Antiques (4836 Newport Ave.). Music junkies will love the vintage vinyl at Cow Records (5040 ­Newport Ave.), while Galactic Comics (4981 Newport Ave.) is heaven for graphic-novel fans. The Corner Store (4873 Newport Ave.) is home to an array of shabby-chic furnishings, tea sets, vintage costume jewelry and other home and garden treasures. Just off Newport, Noon Design Shop (4993 Niagara Ave.) has handmade letterpress cards and jewelry. Wind down the day with a leisurely stroll along the Ocean Beach Pier, which, at 1,971 feet, is one of the longest concrete piers in the ­country. A casual cafe is situated about halfway down the pier. 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 (see p. 60) offers panoramic vistas stretching from San Diego

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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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to Mexico. There are also hiking trails, tidepools, a historical ­lighthouse, a bookstore and museum exhibits about conquistador Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, the founder of San Diego.

Mission Beach and 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 (see p. 60) amusement park: the Giant Dipper, a restored 1925 wooden roller coaster; and WaveHouse (3125 Ocean Front Walk), a beachside entertainment venue 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. However, the pier is open to the public during the day and is always popular with fishermen. The best way to experience this area is to walk along the boardwalk, where peoplewatching 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.

Left to right: Beach Village at The Del; boats at Mission Bay; Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach.

First order of business: Find that perfect bikini. SunSplash (979 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.).

Mission Bay Park

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activities including running, biking, skating, kite-flying, sailing and boating. ­Several sportfishing charters depart daily from Mission Bay, and a variety of ­watercraft can be rented from nearby shops. If you’re feeling adventurous, try your hand at standup paddle boarding. The west side of the bay is also home to several resort hotels and world-renowned SeaWorld (see p. 60). Don’t miss the thrilling Shark Encounter and the Turtle Reef exhibition and ride. For a map of these neighborhoods, see p. 69. For information about restaurants in this area, please see p. 51.

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A fun pit stop in Mission Beach, Miss B’s Coconut Club channels Havana, Cuba, with its breezy open-air space, tropical cocktails and Caribbean-style eats. Grab a seat on the sidewalk bar and try a specialty drink such as the Caribe Welcome—Puerto Rican rum, apricot brandy, Coco Lopez, coconut water and fresh lime juice, served inside an actual coconut. Or choose from nearly a dozen other tiki-style craft libations. The laid-back beach bar also serves tasty bites such as jerk-rubbed chicken wings, salads, soups, sandwiches and seafood. The sea breezes come courtesy of the nearby Pacific. 3704 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach, 858.381.0855

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Uptown

HILLCREST, MISSION HILLS, NORTH PARK, SOUTH PARK: ECLECTIC NEIGHBORHOODS FULL OF CULTURE, CHARACTER AND CHARM.

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 coffee-sippers 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 5th Avenue Books (3838 Fifth Ave.) ­and ­Bluestocking Books (3817 Fifth Ave.), whose rustic shelves are lined with out-of-print and rare tomes. By night, the area lights up with restaurants, bars and dance clubs, and an art-house movie theater showing indie films, the Landmark (3965 Fifth Ave.).

University Heights and 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 skincare boutique; Luxury Farms (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 French-country 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 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 independent 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; Make Good (2207 Fern St.), with locally made clothing, home accents and jewelry; and Grant’s Marketplace (2953 Beech St.) for gourmet groceries and deli items. Spruce up your canine kids at South Bark Dog Wash (2037 30th St.), a staple of the community, known for its “Blueberry Facial” and fun inventory of doggie treats and toys. For a map of these neighborhoods, please see p. 69. For a list of restaurants in this area, please see p. 51.

(FAR LEFT) NATHAN PADILLA BOWEN; (MIDDLE AND TOP RIGHT) YES, DEAR. STUDIO; (OPPOSITE, BOTTOM) WENDY LEMLIN

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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Left to right: The famed Hillcrest sign on University Avenue; vintage gifts at Bad Madge Boutique; Beech Street in South Park.

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Be transported to Paris with a visit to La Bonne Table—the tiny romantic French bistro with a big heart in Hillcrest. With just 10 tables that spill out to a small front porch and a six-seat bar, it’s an intimate setup, highlighted by twinkling lights and candlelight. The menu shines with traditional French cuisine; think steak frites, French onion soup, mussels, roasted bone marrow and escargot with garlic butter. The duck confit is divine—with a perfectly crispy skin and tender meat, served on a bed of Brussels sprouts with a dab of creamy mustard sauce. To drink, choose from a boutique wine list or a French cocktail. 3696 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest, 619.260.8039

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North Coast

DEL MAR, SOLANA BEACH, ENCINITAS, CARLSBAD: THESE CITIES EXEMPLIFY THE GOOD LIFE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.

➺San Diego’s North County coastal communities have a certain charm that must be experienced firsthand to fully appreciate. Yes, the pace is a bit slower than other areas, but locals prefer it that way. The North Coast’s many quaint pockets offer the best in boutique shopping, gallery hopping and beaches.

Del Mar’s celebrity status began more than 70 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 midJuly 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 (see p. 62) has scenic fountains and sweeping ocean views, plus upscale shops like clothing boutiques Garys Studio and Peaches en Regalia; Loghman Jewelers, with Italian jewelry and watches; and chains like Banana Republic and Sunglass Hut. 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 several casual cafes and eateries.

Great shopping continues east of the fair­ grounds 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.

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 quartermile 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 the latest 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 friendly 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 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 and Cardiff-by-the-Sea

Heading north on 101 from Solana Beach, you’ll pass through the surf community of Cardiff-by-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 blossom–shaped towers, dates back to 1937. A portion of the grounds

(FROM LEFT) EDWIN SANTIAGO

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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 and surfboards 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, with gourmet sweets made from the finest Venezuelan chocolate. 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, a 35-acre treasure showcasing 3,000 rare and exotic plants.

Carlsbad

Downtown Carlsbad is a picturesque seaside village. Along Carlsbad Village Drive, you’ll

Left to right: Downtown Encinitas; Carlsbad Flower Fields; Solana Beach.

find famed local landmark Frazier’s Well (2802 Carlsbad Blvd.), where infamous sea captain John Frazier discovered mineral water back in 1882. 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 (see p. 62); as well as unique Colonial Era artifacts at

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Green Dragon Museum (see p. 60). Continuing along Palomar Airport Road will lead you to another cluster of attractions. Legoland (see p. 60) is 128 acres of kid-­friendly entertainment that includes the Sea Life Aquarium. Nearby, the Museum of Making Music (see p. 61) 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 (see p. 62), an outdoor, Spanish-style shopping mall. For a map of these neighborhoods, see p. 71. For information about restaurants in this area, please see p. 51.

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Be transported straight to Tuscany at adorable Italian outpost Pappalecco. The cozy, quickbite cafe got its San Diego start in Little Italy in 2007, and since has opened more outposts across town—most recently with two new North County locations in Del Mar and Cardiffby-the-Sea. Both offer that similar Old World charm, serving up house-made gelato, organic coffee drinks, wine, beer, panini, salads and Italian pastries—all amid comfy, casual decor that invites you to slow down and savor each bite and sip. Del Mar Highlands Town Center, 12925 El Camino Real, Del Mar, 858.847.2910; 2101 San Elijo Ave., Cardiff-by-the-Sea, 760.230.2940

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ART, MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE BLOOM YEAR-ROUND.

➺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.

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 Panama-California 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. The Old Globe theater presents superior theatrical talent in world-renowned productions. Highlights this season include Skeleton Crew, about the struggles of a soon-to-retire Detroit auto worker, running April 8-May 7; and the West Coast premiere of The Old Man and the Moon, May 13-June 18. See pp. 56-58 for more listings. 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, now with more than 5,000 pipes. Free concerts are offered 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 works, plus a large Asian collection. The world-class Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) showcases compelling photography and presents films in its state-of-the-art theater. Don’t miss Prix Pictet: Disorder, a look at critical social and environmental issues through the eyes and camera lenses of 12 very different artists, through May 23. 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 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 is meant to evoke an Old World town square.

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. The country’s largest multi-sports museum, the San Diego Hall of Champions has interactive displays inviting sports fans to test their athletic and broadcasting skills. 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 via exciting interactive and educational media.

(FROM LEFT) LIMELIFE PHOTOGRAPHY, COURTESY SAN DIEGO ZOO, JOHN DOLE; (OPPOSITE, BOTTOM) STACY KECK / COURTESY SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF MAN

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Left to right: Alcazar Garden; giraffe at San Diego Zoo; strolling by Casa del Prado.

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Springtime is ideal to visit the San Diego Museum of Man. If you haven’t explored its 150-foot-tall California Tower, now is your chance. Reopened after an 80-year closure, the public can once again climb its winding staircase inside to the top for spectacular views of the park and city. Inside the museum, check out the BEERology exhibit (pictured), on view through August; Cannibals: Myth & Reality, through 2018; and Living With Animals, a brandnew exhibit opening on March 11 that examines man’s relationship with all different kinds of animal life. 1350 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.239.2001, museumofman.org

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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.

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The park’s major attraction is, of course, the 100-year-old San Diego Zoo (see p. 60), 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 the beloved giant pandas. After visiting the zoo, try your hand at the brass ring game from your perch atop a handcarved pony on the Balboa Park Carousel. Both kids and grown-ups are welcome on the Balboa Park Miniature Railroad, which takes a three-minute, half-mile 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 Botanical Building is among the world’s largest lath structures; along with its gorgeous Lily Pond, it’s one of the park’s most photographed, scenic and romantic sites.

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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.

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 Casa 1915 Mexican Grill located in the Casa de Balboa building; Dinosaur Cafe in the atrium of the San Diego Natural History Museum; Flight Path Grill, an outdoor restaurant at the San Diego Air & Space Museum serving hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza and salads; and gastropub Panama 66, serving craft beer, cocktails and local fare at The San Diego Museum of Art. A map of Balboa Park is on page 70. Museums and attractions are listed in the where guide.

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New Wave

There’s a new talent making a splash at Paradise Point Resort’s signature restaurant, Tidal. Chef Danilo “DJ” Tanglin—a native of the Philippines whose resume includes Whisknladle, PrepKitchen and JRDN restaurant— has overhauled Tidal’s menu with locally sourced seafood and meat dishes with creative twists. The seasonal menu changes, but recent standouts have included the lobster fettuccine (pictured); the Shell & Cheek entrée (diver scallops and pork cheeks); and the foie gras “pop tart.” Inside the restaurant, glowing spherical lanterns hang from soaring wood-beamed ceilings—all overlooking a comfy, midcentury modern dining room accented with communal tables and splashes of burnt orange and chartreuse. Or relax with a craft cocktail by the fire pit on the generous bayside deck as sailboats and paddle-boarders float by. 1404 Vacation Road, Mission Bay, 858.490.6363

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BACKYARD KITCHEN & TAP  Casual and laid-back hotspot offers coastal American cuisine in an airy, indoor/outdoor space. Menu features a range of signature flatbreads, steak and fresh fish entrees, plus local beer and craft cocktails. D (nightly), L (M-Th), Br (F-Su).  832 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach, 858.859.2593. $$  Map H8 BANKERS HILL BAR & RESTAURANT  Mismatched antique chairs decorate this casual spot with an urbanindustrial vibe. A seasonal menu includes braised pork tacos, an excellent burger and their famous truffled fries. D (nightly), Br (Su).  2202 Fourth Ave., Bankers Hill, 619.231.0222. $$$  Map O16 BARLEYMASH  This spacious brick-walled sports bar serves burgers, spicy beer-boiled prawns and hearty “Barley pie”; find martinis galore at Ginger’s cocktail lounge downstairs. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  600 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.255.7373. $$  Map Q16

Deli Decadence

It’s modern deli dining 2.0 at the new Moto Deli in Encinitas. Chef Andrew Halvorsen oversees the full-service delicatessen, which offers artisanal charcuterie, smoked meats, butchery, handcrafted sandwiches and open-faced tartines. Our favorites include the porchetta sandwich with roasted pork, crispy capers and lemon-caper aioli on ciabatta bread; and the grilled cheese with aged white cheddar, Muenster, provolone, tomato and oregano on sourdough bread. Adventurous sandwich connoisseurs will love specialties such as the chimichurri steak, banh mi and rabbit confit sandwiches. Housed in a historical 1920s building, the 1,200-squarefoot space is outfitted with redwood bench seating and a sunken outdoor patio. 810 N. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, 760.943.6686

THE BREW PROJECT  A craft beer-centric bar, restaurant and bottle shop with 24 taps of an always-rotating selection of regional microbrews; plus red, white and sparkling wine; kombucha and cold-brew coffee on draft; and a full cocktail bar. To eat: artisanal sandwiches, sliders, salads and cross-cut fries. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  3683 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest, 619.795.7890. $$  Map N16 BROCKTON VILLA  An 1894 cottage with a spectacular ocean view. Try the Coast Toast, a French toast soufflé from the breakfast menu. B, L, D (daily).  1235 Coast Blvd., La Jolla, 858.454.7393. $$  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. $$$  Map M15 CAMPFIRE  The striking new indoor/outdoor restaurant features campground-inspired decor, wood-fired dishes and smoky craft cocktails. L (Tu-Su), D (nightly).  2725 State St., Carlsbad, 760.637.5121. $$$  Map T22 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. The eatery even offers its own label of craft beer; plus happy hour daily at most locations. 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 more info. $$ COLD BEERS & CHEESEBURGERS  Living up to its name, this neighborhood-style joint features juicy, half-pound gourmet cheeseburgers, hot dogs, sliders, salads and house-made potato chips—all washed down with craft beers on tap. Plus fun daily specials. L, D (daily).  322 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.546.9292. $$  Map Q16

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Restaurants are listed by city on page 51. Map locators at the end of each listing (Map A3; Map H10, etc.) refer to maps on pages 68-71. Compendium includes editors’ recommendations and advertisers.

index American............................... 34 Breakfast.................................37 California Cuisine................38 Chinese...................................40 Dessert.....................................41

Italian....................................... 43 Japanese/Pacific Rim....... 45 Mexican/Southwestern...46

Seafood................................47 Steak..................................... 49 French.......................................41 Thai....................................... 49 International......................... 42 Wine Bars........................... 50

CRAFT & COMMERCE  Sip inventive craft cocktails at its taxidermy-adorned main bar or in its speakeasy-style 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 DECOY DOCKSIDE DINING  This lakefront restaurant features a generous dining deck, floating bar, creative and classic cocktails, and delicious new American cuisine ranging from buttermilk-fried quail to homemade pasta to seafood dishes. D (nightly).  1035 La Bonita Drive, San Marcos, 760.653.3230. $$$.  Map B3 DRAFT  Quench your thirst with an extensive list of local and international beers. Beachside dining serves up casual, handcrafted fare, such as pretzel bites, lobster mac ’n’ cheese, burgers and buffalo wings. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  3105 Ocean Front Walk, Mission Beach, 858.228.9305. $$  Map I8 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. $$  Map Q16 GREEN DRAGON TAVERN  Inside this New Englandstyle tavern, choose from one of 20 craft brews on tap, and feast on American comfort cuisine, including Maine lobster rolls, New England clam chowder and the Paul Revere burger. L, D (daily); Br (Su).  6115 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, 760.918.2421. $$ Map U22 HALF DOOR BREWING CO.  Opt for one of several house beers brewed on-site at this homey, Irish brewpub located one block from Petco Park. Plus inventive pub fare and cocktails. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  903 Island Ave., East Village, 619.232.9845. $  Map R16 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. $$$$  Map P15 HERRINGBONE  Expect farm-to-sea American dishes with global influences, handcrafted cocktails and 100-year-old olive trees enhancing the upscale decor inside this refined warehouse-style space. L (M-Sa), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  7837 Herschel Ave., La Jolla, 858.459.0221. $$$  Map W19

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DINING HODAD’S  World-renowned burger joint with fresh toppings, huge portions, onion rings, milkshakes and microbrews on tap. L, D (daily).  5010 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach, 619.224.4623, Map J8; 945 Broadway, downtown, 619.234.6323. $$  Map Q17 HORNBLOWER  Celebrate a special occasion or surprise your sweetheart with a three-hour dinner cruise aboard a luxury yacht along San Diego’s stunning waterfront. Enjoy a three-course meal, chilled sparkling wine and dancing. D (nightly).  970 N. Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, 619.686.8715. $$  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, Mediterraneanvilla-style 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. $$  Map W19 MISTER A’S  Incredible 12th-floor views and romantic ambiance complemented by fresh, seasonal ingredients. Appetizers range from mac ‘n’ cheese to pan-seared scallops, plus an outstanding wine list. L (M–F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  2550 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill, 619.239.1377. $$$$  Map O16 MUSEUM CAFE  Located inside the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, this Euro-style cafe serves scrambles, granola and pancakes among its breakfast dishes; and organic salads, burgers and sandwiches for lunch. B, L (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  700 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.456.6427. $$  Map W19 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. $$  Map Q16 ONE DOOR NORTH  Inspired by the great outdoors, the upscale-casual eatery houses safari-style dining tents and serves “campfire cuisine,” such as grilled street corn, smoky burgers and toasted s’mores bars for dessert. D (nightly).  3422 30th St., North Park, 619.618.1285. $$$  Map J12 PACIFIC STANDARD COASTAL KITCHEN  Dine on hearty American cuisine using local ingredients inside this bright, modern culinary outpost and bar headed by Top Chef alum Giselle Wellman. Try the cassoulet topped with duck confit, the steak frites and housemade brioche bread with ricotta cheese. B, L, D (daily).  2137 Pacific Hwy., Little Italy, 619.819.0090. $$$  Map O15 THE RED DOOR  This refined yet homey eatery features upscale American comfort fare with produce from owner Trish Watlington’s own garden. Try the alwayschanging farm-to-fork salad, the lamb meatballs and garden ravioli. Plus, culinary-infused cocktails at Bar by Red Door next door. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Su).  741 W. Washington St., Mission Hills, 619.295.6000. $$$  Map N15 SEARSUCKER  At this hotspot, chef Brian Malarkey crafts a bold menu that ranges from a mammoth 32-oz. 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

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DINING 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 as they please. Plus, a full bar lets you choose your own beverage, too. L, D (daily).  7007 Friars Road, #356, Fashion Valley, 619.225.7900. $$  Map M16 UNION KITCHEN & TAP  Beer, craft cocktails, boutique wines and tavern-style grub are all on the menu— perfect to wash down a bison burger or sweet potato poutine. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  1108 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, 760.230.2337, Map V22; 333 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.795.9463. $$  Map Q16 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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DINING 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 potpie. B, L (daily).  3940 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest, 619.500.3344, Map N16; 3435 Del Mar Heights Road, Del Mar, 858.703.5300. $$  Map X22 WOW WOW WAFFLE  The waffles at this hidden gem are truly wow-worthy—with the menu boasting Belgianstyle sweet and savory selections. We love the Number Seven waffle with brown-sugar bacon, avocado and goat cheese. B, L (Th-Su).  3519 30th St., North Park, 619.806.0345. $$  Map J12

CALIFORNIA CUISINE 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. $$$$  Map L10 ARTERRA  A favorite power-lunch spot with a seasonal menu, plus a sushi bar and outdoor lounge with fire pits and cabanas. B (daily), L (M–F), D (M– Sa).  Marriott Del Mar, 11966 El Camino Real, Del Mar, 858.369.6032. $$$  Map X22 BULLY’S  This North County staple since 1967 is famous for its prime rib and steaks, but also features salads, sandwiches, chicken, seafood and cocktails—served in a pub setting with racehorse-themed decor. L, D (daily).  404 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.755.1660. $$$  Map X22 BURGER LOUNGE  Home of the “original grassfed burger,” this local chain caters to carnivores and vegetarians with a menu focused on sustainable, quality ingredients. L, D (daily).  922 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.435.6835, Map L10; 1101 Wall St., La Jolla, 858.456.0196, Map W19; 1608 India St., Little Italy, 619.237.7878. $$  Map P15 (Visit burgerlounge.com for additional locations.) CARNITAS’ SNACK SHACK  This pork-centric eatery by Hanis Cavin serves a fun menu of smoky meat dishes, sandwiches, carnitas tacos, cocktails and softserve 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. $$  Map Q15 THE CRACK SHACK  This hip outdoor eatery serves all-day chicken and egg dishes; plus a full bar and bocce court. B, L, D (daily).  2266 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619.795.3299. $$$  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. $$$  Map V20 EAT AT THE PEARL  Explore a coastal California menu at The Pearl hotel’s retro-cool eatery—with seasonal dishes where simple flavors rule; we love the duck breast, gluten-free gnocchi and shrimp ‘n’ grits. D (M-Sa), Br (Su).  1410 Rosecrans St., Point Loma, 619.226.6100. $$  Map J8

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DINING FIRESIDE BY THE PATIO  The sprawling indoor/outdoor eatery focuses on wood-fired, charcoal-grilled, globally inspired cuisine. Think flatbreads, salads and 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. $$  Map J9 THE FLYING PIG PUB AND KITCHEN  This foodieapproved restaurant features farm-to-table cuisine focused on Cali-American dishes. Think handmade pasta, organic salads and Duroc pork belly. D (nightly).  626 S. Tremont St., Oceanside, 760.453.2940. $$$  Map S22 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 cuisine. Mid-level bar is a great happy hour spot. L, D (daily).  1250 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.454.4244. $$$$  Map W19 GRANT GRILL  Expect seasonal dishes with ingredients native to the region—jumbo diver scallops are a signature dish—while Jeff Josenhans crafts his mixology magic behind the bar, all housed inside the historical US Grant hotel. B, L, D (daily).  326 Broadway, downtown, 619.744.2077. $$$$  Map Q16

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GREAT MAPLE  This upscale “diner” serves comfort food and serious drinks. Choose from salads, burgers, sandwiches, seafood, pasta and flatbread pizzas, but save room for house-made apple pie or the popular maplebacon doughnuts. B, L (M-F); D (Tu-Su); Br (Sa-Su).  1451 Washington St., Hillcrest, 619.255.2282. $$  Map N17 JRDN  Hip restaurant and bar at Tower 23 hotel has steak and seafood dishes, plus a full raw bar and happy hour specials. Patio offers boardwalk and ocean views, plus fun people-watching. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  723 Felspar St., Pacific Beach, 858.270.5736. $$$  Map H7 JSIX  Modern restaurant inside Hotel Solamar features seasonal dishes inspired by the coastline and area farms, lots of handcrafted elements and wines from Washington to Baja; plus craft cocktails. B, L, D (daily); Br (SaSu).  616 J St., Gaslamp, 619.531.8744. $$$  Map Q16 JUNIPER & IVY  Top Chef star Richard Blais oversees the modern Cali-American menu loaded with artisanal dishes—from raw seafood, pastas and small plates, to mains such as prime strip loin and local chicken served with English pea gnocchi. D (nightly). 2228 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619.269.9036. $$$  Map P15 KITCHEN 1540  Expect seasonal dishes such as Kona kampachi, green tomato gazpacho, Hampshire pork belly, Skuna Bay salmon and dry-aged New York steak at this chic eatery at L’Auberge Del Mar resort. Ask for a table on the outdoor patio. D (Tu-Su), Br (Sa-Su).  1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.793.6460. $$$$  Map X22 LEROY’S KITCHEN & LOUNGE  Recognized for its farm-to-table fare, Leroy’s offers seafood, meat and pasta dishes. Favorites include roasted rainbow trout and duck pot pie. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  1015 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.6087. $$  Map L11 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. $$$  Map M17 MARINE ROOM  Outstanding nouveau French-infused California cuisine such as macadamia-pesto-crusted salmon and artisanal cheeses by chef Bernard Guillas in an unparalleled oceanfront location. D (nightly).  2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, 858.459.7222. $$$$  Map W20 MARKET RESTAURANT + BAR  Chef Carl Schroeder crafts modern cuisine using local produce, handmade cheeses and locally raised meat. Highlights include the blue cheese soufflé, market veggie tasting and Meyer lemon-cream crepes. D (nightly).  3702 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, 858.523.0007. $$$$  Map X22

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DINING 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. $$$  Map V19 PACIFIC BEACH ALE HOUSE  This microbrewery and restaurant features an upper deck with ocean views. Grab a house-brewed beer or cocktail, and choose from flatbreads, burgers and salads. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  721 Grand Ave., Pacific Beach, 858.581.2337. $$  Map H8 THE PATIO ON GOLDFINCH  Casual 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. $$$  Map N15 THE PATIO ON LAMONT  This popular neighborhood nook features craft cocktails, beer and a global menu with California influences. Dogs welcome outside. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  4445 Lamont St., Pacific Beach, 858.412.4648. $$  Map H8 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. $$$  Map P15 SAMMY’S WOODFIRED PIZZA  This locals’ favorite is known for its wood-fired pizzas and healthy global cuisine with vegetarian and gluten-free options. Choose from creative pies, salads, tapas, wraps and pasta dishes. L, D (daily).  12925 El Camino Real, Del Mar, 858.259.6600, Map X22; 1620 Camino de la Reina, Mission Valley, 619.298.8222. $$  Map M16 (Visit sammyspizza.com for additional locations.)

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SEASONS 52  This upscale-casual wine bar and grill serves seasonal American dishes—think flatbreads, salads and cedar plank-roasted salmon—plus organic craft cocktails and international wines. L, D (daily).  789 W. Harbor Drive, #134, downtown, 619.702.0052, Map Q15; 4505 La Jolla Village Drive, UTC, 858.450.1252. $$$  Map T21 STARLITE  Dazzling design complements sustainably farmed food and boutique cocktails at this ultra-hip restaurant/bar. Don’t miss the burger on brioche and the signature Starlite Mule. D (nightly). 21+.  3175 India St., Midtown, 619.358.9766. $$  Map O15 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), L (W-F), Br (Sa-Su).  3794 30th St., North Park, 619.255.8778. $$  Map J12 WHISKNLADLE  Chef Ryan Johnston uses local organic ingredients in dishes like roasted bone marrow and chorizo-date fritters. Trendy bar and lounge area serves up exceptional craft cocktails. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  1044 Wall St., La Jolla, 858.551.7575. $$$  Map W19

Chinese DEL MAR RENDEZVOUS  Upscale Chinese bistro featuring entrees like Mongolian rack of lamb and steak Shangri-La, plus steamed dumplings and sauces made in-house. L (M-Sa), D (nightly).  1555 Camino Del Mar, #102, Del Mar, 858.755.2669. $$  Map X22 DUMPLING INN & SHANGHAI SALOON  This popular eatery serves up some of the finest Chinese cuisine in the city. Menu standouts include the kung pao sea bass, shrimp chow mein, Szechuan pork and deep-fried beef-curry dumplings; plus a new full bar. L, D (Tu-Su).  4625 Convoy St., Kearny Mesa, 858.268.9638. $$  Map R16

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DINING JASMINE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT  Popular for dim sum, this casual spot also serves authentic Hong Kongstyle seafood, duck and barbecue entrees at dinner. L, D (daily).  4609 Convoy St., Kearny Mesa, 858.268.0888. $$  Map G11 SHAN XI MAGIC KITCHEN  Dine on authentic Chinese dishes, barbecue meats, handmade noodles and dumplings inside this bustling, modern eatery. L, D (daily).  4344 Convoy St., Kearny Mesa, 858.565.2688. $$  Map G11

DESSERTS CUTE CAKES  Stylish canteen bakes luxe cakes, cupcakes and cake pops, plus wedding cakes and cupcakes for dogs. Open daily.  518 Sixth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.235.9235. $  Map Q16 EXTRAORDINARY DES­SERTS  Karen Krasne’s stunning tarts, cakes and other treats are truly extraordinary. The menu also features cheese plates, charcuterie, salads, panini and wine. Open daily at both locations.  1430 Union St., Little Italy, 619.294.7001,  Map P16; 2929 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest, 619.294.2132. $$  Map O16 GHIRARDELLI ICE CREAM & CHOCOLATE SHOP  This old-timey Gaslamp staple features a chocolate shop up front and an ice cream parlor in back. Menu favorites include the brownie sundae, vanilla milkshake, banana split and lemon fizz; plus iced coffee drinks. Open daily.  643 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.234.2449. $$  Map Q16 MICHELE COULON DESSERTIER  A longtime favorite among La Jolla locals, the renowned Michele Coulon whips up tortes, pies, cakes, confections, homemade jams, breads and quiches using local organic products—all made from scratch. Open M-Sa.  7556-D Fay Ave., La Jolla, 858.456.5098. $  Map W19

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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 FiveStar Restaurant in SoCal.; and one of Wine Enthusiast’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants. 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  Chef Katherine Humphus’ classic French dishes (boeuf bourguignon, chicken fricasse) are served in a cozy and inviting atmosphere in bohemian Ocean Beach. Great spot for conversation and date nights. D (nightly).  4996 W. Point Loma Blvd., Ocean Beach, 619.224.2884. $$$ Map J8 LA BONNE TABLE  It’s a tiny, romantic French bistro with a big heart. Enjoy steak frites, French onion soup, mussels, escargot and French cocktails amid twinkling lights and candlelight. D (M-Sa).  3696 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest, 619.260.8039. $$$ Map N16 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

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CAFE LA RUE  This casual bistro inside La Valencia Hotel serves up modern twists on European cuisine, including loup de mer, cioppino and Brussels sprouts. Full bar features beer, wine and specialty cocktails. B, L, D (daily).  1132 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.454.0771. $$$  Map W19

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THE FRENCH GOURMET  This quaint, relaxed restaurant, bakery and wine shop is known for its Californiainfluenced French cuisine. Entrees range from duck confit to rack of lamb to vegetarian ratatouille. Visit the bakery for to-go artisanal sandwiches, cheese, charcuterie and desserts. B, L (daily); D (Tu-Sa).  960 Turquoise St., Pacific Beach, 858.488.1725. $$  Map H8

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. $$$$  Map W22 PONSATY’S  Master French Chef Patrick Ponsaty presents his new signature fine-dining restaurant— with an elegant dining room, two more casual patios, refined French-Med fare and a wide selection of wine and scotch. Popular dishes include fois gras-stuffed guinea hen, wild sturgeon and cote de boeuf for two. D (Tu-Su).  6106 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe, 858.771.1871. $$$$  Map W23 THE SMOKING GOAT  This cozy neighborhood bistro serves up French and American cuisine with a countryside flair. Expect such dishes as the Berkshire pork chop, steak frites and its famous duck fat truffle fries. D (Tu-Su).  3408 30th St., North Park, 619.955.5295. $$$  Map J12

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International BERTA’S LATIN AMERICAN  Latin American specialties include tapas, seafood and main dishes such as Honduran seafood soup and the Brazilian vatapá. L, D (Tu-Su).  3928 Twiggs St., Old Town, 619.295.2343. $$  Map N13 CAFE SEVILLA  A celebrated staple of the Gaslamp, Cafe Sevilla still serves up the same Spanish tapas, seafood specialties, and flamenco and salsa lessons that have made it a longtime locals’ favorite. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 353 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.233.5979. $$$  Map R16 COSTA BRAVA  Coastal eatery serves Spain’s greatest hits, from jamón iberico to paella to tapas to sangria. Live music throughout the week. L, D (daily).  1653 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach, 858.273.1218. $$$  Map H8 THE HAKE  Inspired by global brasseries, the newly renovated restaurant focuses on seasonal seafood with Mediterranean, Latin American and Asian influences. Enjoy large shareable plates and tapas-style dishes; plus award-winning wine and cocktail programs; and lovely views of La Jolla Cove and the ocean. D (nightly).  1250 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.454.1637. $$$  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. $$$  Map P15 THE PRADO  Its dramatic garden patio is lovely, and the eclectic American menu is spiked with Latin/Italian flair. Try the lobster bucatini and the chicken and gnocchi dumplings with bacon. L (daily), D (Tu-Su).  1549 El Prado, House of Hospitality, Balboa Park, 619.557.9441. $$$  Map O17

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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

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DINING 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 lamb, beef, vegan and curry dishes with fragrant basmati rice. L (daily), D (nightly).  4645 Park Blvd., University Heights, 619.298.2801. $$  Map M18

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 the latest brainchild of 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

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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. $$$  Map P15 BICE  Milanese authenticity from chef Mario Cassineri in the heart of downtown; don’t miss the cheese and salumi bar. Great cocktails, too. D (nightly).  425 Island Ave., Gaslamp, 619.239.BICE. $$$  Map Q16 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. $$$  Map Q16 BUONA FORCHETTA  The wood-fired oven named “Sofia” takes center stage at this cozy corner eatery known for its authentic Neapolitan pizza, house-made pastas and tiramisu. Don’t miss the “pasta of the day” special. L (Sa-Su), D (nightly).  3001 Beech St., South Park, 619.381.4844. $$  Map K12 CAFFE BELLA ITALIA  Sample authentic 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

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DINING 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 (TuSu), D (nightly).  2730 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, 858.704.4500. $$$  Map X22 CUCINA URBANA  Crowded, chic hotspot features house-made pastas, pizzas, farm-to-table dishes, house-infused cocktails and wine shop. L (Tu-F), D (nightly).  505 Laurel St., Bankers Hill, 619.239.2222. $$$  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 Italy, 619.237.9606,  Map P15; 12955 El Camino Real, Del Mar, 858.519.5060. $$$  Map X22 FLOUR & BARLEY  Feast on brick oven-style pizzas with wood-fired crusts and house-made toppings, in addition to Italian-inspired appetizers, pasta dishes, panini and salads. Plus, handcrafted cocktails, seasonal beers and wine. L, D (daily).  789 W. Harbor Drive, downtown, 619.344.2900. $$$  Map K11 IL FORNAIO  Authentic Italian recipes including excellent pasta, pizza and regional specialties paired with handmade breads. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  1555 Camino Del Mar #301, Del Mar, 858.755.8876,  Map X22; 1333 First St., Coronado, 619.437.4911. $$$  Map L10 ISOLA PIZZA BAR  Casually elegant restaurant and bar featuring a romantic back patio, sidewalk patio and hand-tossed pizzas baked in a stone woodburning oven; plus pastas, antipasti and boutique wines. L, D (Tu-Su).  1526 India St., Little Italy, 619.255.4230,  Map P15; 7734 Girard Ave., La Jolla, 858.412.5566. $$$  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 OLD VENICE  Local favorite boasts candlelit atmosphere, 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 PARMA CUCINA ITALIANA  This quaint neighborhood kitchen dishes up traditional Italian fare—think hearty lasagna, spinach ravioli and roasted pork shoulder with mushrooms. L (W-Sa), D (nightly).  3850 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest, 619.543.0049. $$  Map N16 PIATTI  Delicious pastas, pizza made from a stonehearth oven and other Italian faves near the ocean in La Jolla Shores. Elegant and family-friendly, with a quaint patio. L, D (daily); Br (Sa–Su).  2182 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla, 858.454.1589. $$$  Map V20 TRATTORIA FANTASTICA  Popular eatery in the heart of Little Italy, serving Sicilian fare in a casual setting, with a charming patio in the back. Specialties include woodfired pizza and red wine osso bucco. B, L, D (daily).  1735 India St., Little Italy, 619.234.1735. $$  Map P15

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DINING 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 RISTORANTE CORONADO  Dine on spaghetti alla carbonara, chicken piccata and antipasti; plus prime steaks and seafood—all coupled with elegant decor, cozy piano bar, ocean views and dog-friendly patio. L, D (daily); Br (Su).  1300 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.522.0946. $$$  Map L10 VIVACE  Marvelous Northern Italian cuisine with a California twist made fresh using organic ingredients at this gorgeous restaurant at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort. D (M-Sa), Br (Su).  7100 Four ­Seasons Point, Carlsbad, 760.603.6999. $$$$  Map U22

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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 modern Japanese cuisine. Yakitori-skewered meats, seafood and 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 CAFE JAPENGO  Bustling atmosphere attracts a hip after-work crowd to this upscale spot specializing in ­artistic sushi and cocktails. L (M–F), D (nightly).  8960 University Center Lane, La Jolla/Golden Triangle, 858.450.3355. $$$  Map T21 CANNONBALL  San Diego’s largest rooftop restaurant showcases Pacific Rim-inspired cuisine overlooking the ocean. Enjoy plates such as beef tongue, salmon tataki and lemongrass chicken; plus sushi. To drink: Japanese beer, sake and beach cocktails. L, D (daily).  3105 Ocean Front Walk, Mission Beach, 858.228.9304. $$  Map I8 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. $$  Map S22 NOBU  The hotspot at Hard Rock Hotel by the renowned Nobu Matsuhisa serves authentic sushi, the chef’s famous jalapeño-yellowtail sashimi and excellent miso black cod. D (nightly).  207 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.814.4124. $$$$  Map Q16 SHINO SUSHI + KAPPO  A modest sushi nook focusing on authentic, superior-quality sushi versus fussy creations. Try the seared hirame with walnuts, fried garlic and citrus; as well as the specialty rolls. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Su).  838 W. Ash St., Little Italy, 619.255.2527. $$$  Map P16

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DINING TAKA  Stylish, upscale sushi bar with inventive Asian fusion dishes, such as miso black cod and oysters dynamite, on and off the menu. D (nightly).  555 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.338.0555. $$$  Map Q16 ZENBU  Innovative sushi rolls and sashimi crafted from line-caught fish brought in by the owner’s personal fleet of fishing boats. Ask the staff about special off-the-menu rolls. D (nightly).  2003 San Elijo Ave., Cardiff-by-the-Sea, 760.633.2223. $$$  Map W22

Mexican/Southwestern EL AGAVE  Upscale Mexico City-style cuisine with exotic dishes like cuitlacoche tlacoyo on handmade blue corn tortillas, plus 2,000 tequilas available to sample and a cozy ambiance. L, D (daily).  2304 San Diego Ave., Old Town, 619.220.0692. $$$ Map M14 BARRIO STAR  Self-dubbed as “Mexican soul food,” this trendy eatery serves up healthful Latin Americaninfluenced dishes, including tacos, bowls, tortilla soup and chipotle chicken wings. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  2706 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill, 619.501.7827. $$  Map O16 THE BLIND BURRO  Sustainable, Mexican street food with a modern edge, served in an urban-industrial cantina with rustic touches. Don’t miss the mole chicken tacos and the zesty Baja ceviche. L, D (daily).  639 J St., East Village, 619.795.7880. $$  Map Q16 BRACERO COCINA DE RAIZ  Little Italy hotspot features modern Mexican cuisine with heavy coastal Baja and Mediterranean influences; plus mezcal and tequila cocktails. L, D (daily).  1490 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619.756.7864. $$$  Map P15 CAFE COYOTE  South-of-the-border classics in a lively setting in the center of Old Town. 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. $$  Map M14 CANDELAS  Find skyline views, tequila prawns flambé over ahi tuna, and Mexico City-inspired dishes at this romantic nouvelle ­Mexican spot overlooking the bay. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Su).  1201 First St., #115, Coronado, 619.435.4900. $$$  Map L10 CASA GUADALAJARA  Bazaar del Mundo’s award-winning 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. $$  Map M13 COASTERRA  The stars are its massive waterfront dining deck and regional Mexican cuisine—think ahi tuna tostadas, tableside guacamole and enchiladas. An agavefocused cocktail menu includes more than 100 tequilas and a dozen mezcal infusions. L, D (daily).  880 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island, 619.814.1300. $$$  Map J10

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EN FUEGO  Lively Mexican restaurant and bar with traditional dishes such as empanadas, tamales and seafood; plus mojitos and margaritas. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  1342 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.792.6551. $$  Map X22 MIGUEL’S COCINA  This family-owned restaurant chain dates back to 1982. Each location has its own breezy vibe, but all serve Miguel’s seriously addictive queso dip. L, D (daily); Br (Su, also Sa in Coronado).  2912 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island, 619.224.2401, Map K9; 1351 Orange Ave., Coro­nado, 619.437.4237, Map L10; 2444 San Diego Ave., Old Town, 619.298.9840. $$  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

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DINING 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. Br (Sa-Su), D (nightly).  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

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EDDIE V’S PRIME SEAFOOD  Find classics like shrimp cocktail, jumbo lump crab cakes, ahi tartare and lobster bisque, plus 28-day-aged prime steaks. La Jolla locale boasts views of the cove, while downtown flagship has live jazz nightly in the lounge. To drink: an expansive wine collection and old-fashioned martinis. D (nightly).  1270 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.459.5500,  Map W19; 789 W. Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, 619.615.0281. $$$$  Map Q15 FISH 101  Casual eatery serves sustainable, seasonal catches and shellfish. Mains range from grilled and fried fish plates to sandwiches to an Angus burger. Plus salads, oysters and soft-serve ice cream. L, D (Tu-Su).  1468 N. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, 760.943.6221. $$  Map V22 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

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DINING 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. $$$  Map J10 MCCORMICK & SCHMICK’S  Stylish seafood chain is located in the Omni Hotel. Fresh catches include some local selections such as swordfish and albacore from nearby Catalina Island. B, L, D (daily).  675 L St., downtown, 619.645.6545. $$$  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. $$$  Map Q16 OSETRA  Indulge in caviar, vodka and oysters at this progressive eatery, whose interior is defined by a threestory wine tower. Prime-aged meats are also on the menu. D (nightly).  904 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.239.1800. $$$  Map Q16 PACIFIC COAST GRILL  Reopened as a new restaurant plopped literally right on the beach, Pacific Coast Grill epitomizes casual-chic coastal dining. Locals love the lobster tacos, 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. L, D (daily); Br (Su).  1201 First St., Coronado, 619.437.4474. $$$  Map K10 POSEIDON RESTAURANT  Its beachfront deck offers unrivaled views. Dinner entrees such as lemon peppercrusted diver scallops, blackened Pacific swordfish and wasabi-sesame-crusted yellowfin tuna make up the contemporary seafood-focused menu. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  1670 Coast Blvd., Del Mar, 858.755.9345. $$$ Map X22 SALLY’S  This marina-facing venue at the Manchester Grand Hyatt is one of San Diego’s best-kept secrets. The seafood-heavy menu includes fresh creations such as diver scallops and crab cakes with tomato relish and avocado aioli. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  1 Market Place, Embar­ cadero, 619.358.6740. $$$  Map Q15

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SIRENA COCINA LATINA   Sample gourmet seafood dishes with an exotic twist at this recently reimagined eatery. The Latin-inspired menu features salads, small plates and a raw bar serving up oysters, ceviche and seafood rolls. Mains include the grilled octopus and braised scallops in a coconut-ginger sauce. D (Tu-Su), L (Sa-Su).  1901 Columbia St., Little Italy, 619.564.8970. $$  Map P15

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BOB’S STEAK & CHOP HOUSE  This Texas-rooted upscale eatery is known for its stellar service, wine list and generous portions—from its steaks to its drinks, salads and desserts. Try the bleu cheese salad, Prime cote de boeuf bone-in rib-eye, veal bone-in rib chop, and Maryland-style crab cakes. The ambiance: low-key, woodsy elegance. D (M-Sa).  Omni La Costa Resort, 2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad, 760.929.6346. $$$$  Map V23 COWBOY STAR  With barstools upholstered in cowhide, this stylish downtown steakhouse is decked out in Old West adornments. Don’t miss the buttermilk fried sweetbreads, excellent meat selections and well-crafted cocktails. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Su).  640 10th Ave., East Village, 619.450.5880. $$$  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. $$$  Map R16 FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR  Upscale steakhouse with prime steaks, seafood, hearty side dishes, classic desserts and an acclaimed wine list (with more than 100 choices by the glass). Elegant, sophisticated ambiance with romantic lighting, plus exceptional service. D (nightly).  8970 University Center Lane, La Jolla, 858.535.0078,  Map T21; 380 K St., Gaslamp, 619.237.1155. $$$$  Map Q16 FOGO DE CHÃO  Meat is king at this expansive Brazilian steakhouse where gaucho chefs serve 16 cuts of grilled meat via continuous tableside service. Plus a gourmet salad bar, traditional side dishes and a happy hour menu with smaller bites. L (M-F), D (nightly).  668 Sixth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.338.0500. $$$ Map Q16 GREYSTONE, THE STEAKHOUSE  Prime steaks, seafood and pastas in a great downtown location. Beefy menu includes filet mignon potstickers, Kobe carpaccio and more. D (nightly).  658 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.232.0225. $$$  Map Q16

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MORTON’S, THE STEAKHOUSE  USDA prime-aged beef, seafood, an excellent wine list, cocktails, decadent desserts, crisp white linens and great service at the edge of the historical Gaslamp Quarter. D (nightly).  285 J St., downtown, 619.696.3369. $$$$  Map Q16

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STAKE CHOPHOUSE & BAR  Modern steakhouse with a luxe vibe features a wide variety of steaks—including rare cuts such as wagyu and Kobe—as well as seafood; plus a 2,000-bottle glass wine cellar. D (nightly).  1309 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.522.0077. $$$  Map L10

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VIGILUCCI’S SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE  Italianinfluenced chop house with beach views features steaks, chicken, veal, fresh catches, oysters (baked and on the half shell), salads and fresh pastas such as the classic 1/19/17 6:01 PM capellini checca. L, D (daily); Br (Su).  3878 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, 760.434.2580. $$$  Map T22

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AMARIN THAI  Traditional Thai fare takes a unique twist inside this elegant, low-key dining room. Specialties include Black Magic Noodles, lemongrass chicken and the Three Musketeers—grilled pork shanks and roasted garlic with Som Tum and sticky rice. L, D (daily).  3843 Richmond St., Hillcrest, 619.296.6056. $$  Map N16 LOTUS THAI  Elegant bamboo decor and modern Thai cuisine, with authentic dishes from Bangkok, Chiang Mai and north Thailand. Specialties include Choo Chee pork chops and roasted half-duck curry. L (M-F), D (nightly).  3761 Sixth Ave., Hillcrest, 619.299.8272, Map N16; 906 Market St., East Village, 619.595.0115. $$  Map Q17

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PLUMERIA VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT  This casual Thai eatery features fabulous vegetarian options, including mock chicken and marinated tofu satay skewers. Dine under sparkling chandeliers surrounded by subtle floral decor. L, D (daily).  4661 Park Blvd., University Heights, 619.269.9989. $$  Map M18

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SAFFRON  San Diego’s first authentic Thai restaurant is known for its healthy saffron-marinated rotisserie chicken, Thai noodles, salads and fragrant soups. Quickservice counter and casual ambiance. L, D (daily).  3731 India St., Mission Hills, 619.574.7737. $  Map J10

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SPICE & RICE THAI KITCHEN  Local favorite offers creative twist on Thai food with specialties like Panang curry duck, crispy chicken with red curry, and spicy chili halibut. L (M–Sa), D (nightly).  7734 Girard Ave., La Jolla, 858.456.0466. $$  Map W19

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TASTE OF THAI  Delicious Thai food in a charming urban space with a sidewalk patio. Try the Tom Yum soup and yellow curry with spicy fried rice, followed by the fried bananas with coconut ice for dessert. L, D (daily).  527 University Ave., Hillcrest, 619.291.7525. $$  Map N16

Wine Bars COUNTERPOINT  Friendly neighborhood wine bar serves artisanal cheeses, salads, a burger, seasonal entrees, weekend brunch, craft beer, international wines—by the bottle and glass—and custom cocktails. Br (Sa-Su), D (nightly).  830 25th St., Golden Hill, 619.564.6722. $$  Map Q18

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M WINEHOUSE  Enjoy international wines, beers, sake and bubbly at this quaint wine bar in the heart of Little Italy. Plus happy hour specials (M-F), bottomless mimosas (noon-2 p.m. Sa and Su), “Sake Sundays” and other specials. Space also may be rented for private events. Open daily. 1918 India St., Little Italy, 619.546.4226. $$  Map P15 THE ROSE  An earthy, restored 1927 building, constructed with the reclaimed redwood of a historical South Park home, this intimate neighborhood wine bar also offers craft beer, light bites and wine storage.  2219 30th St., South Park, 619.280.1815. $$  Map J12

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WINE VAULT & BISTRO  Romantic bistro serves fivecourse, set-menu wine dinners every Saturday. Food ranges from Italian to French to California, depending on the night. D (Th-Sa).  3731-A India St., Mission Hills, 619.295.3939. $$  Map N14

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RESTAURANTS City Index Our superguide by area, with cross reference to listings by cuisine.

GASLAMP QUARTER BARLEYMASH  (American)..................................................................... 34 BICE  (Italian).................................................................................................. 43 BLUE POINT  (Seafood)............................................................................ 47 BRIAN’S 24  (Breakfast)............................................................................ 37 CAFE SEVILLA  (International)............................................................... 42 COLD BEERS & CHEESEBURGERS  (American)...................... 34 CUTE CAKES  (Desserts)......................................................................... 41 DONOVAN’S  (Steak)............................................................................... 49 FLEMING’S  (Steak).................................................................................... 49 FOGO DE CHÃO  (Steak)...................................................................... 49 GARAGE KITCHEN + BAR  (American)......................................... 34 GHIRADELLI  (Dessert)............................................................................. 41 GREYSTONE  (Steak)................................................................................ 49 JSIX  (California Cuisine)............................................................................... 39 MCCORMICK & SCHMICK’S  (Seafood) ...................................... 48 NOBU  (Japanese)......................................................................................... 45 THE OCEANAIRE  (Seafood)................................................................. 48 OSETRA  (Seafood)...................................................................................... 48 OSTERIA PANEVINO  (Italian)............................................................ 44 REI DO GADO  (International)............................................................... 43 SEARSUCKER  (American)....................................................................... 36 TAKA  (Japanese)........................................................................................... 46 UNION KITCHEN & TAP  (American).............................................. 37

DOWNTOWN/EAST VILLAGE/EMBARCADERO THE BLIND BURRO  (Mexican/Southwestern) . .............................. 46 CAFE 222  (Breakfast)................................................................................ 37 CAFE CHLOE  (French)............................................................................. 41 CARNITAS’ SNACK SHACK  (California Cuisine)......................... 38 COUNTERPOINT  (Wine Bars).............................................................. 50 COWBOY STAR  (Steak)......................................................................... 49 EDDIE V’S PRIME SEAFOOD  (Seafood)...................................... 47 THE FISH MARKET  (Seafood) ............................................................ 47 FLOUR & BARLEY  (Italian) . ................................................................ 44 GRANT GRILL  (California Cuisine)........................................................ 39 HALF DOOR BREWING CO.  (American)..................................... 34 HODAD’S  (American)................................................................................ 36 HORNBLOWER  (American)................................................................... 36 LOTUS THAI  (Thai)................................................................................... 49 THE MISSION  (Breakfast)....................................................................... 38 MORTON’S, THE STEAKHOUSE  (Steak)................................... 49 NEIGHBORHOOD  (American)............................................................ 36 PUESTO  (Mexican/Southwestern).......................................................... 47 RICHARD WALKER’S PANCAKE HOUSE  (Breakfast)......... 38 SALLY’S  (Seafood)....................................................................................... 48 SALUD!  (Mexican)....................................................................................... 47 SEASONS 52  (California Cuisine).......................................................... 40 TOP OF THE MARKET  (Seafood)..................................................... 47

LITTLE ITALY BARBUSA  (Italian)...................................................................................... 43 BENCOTTO  (Italian)................................................................................. 43 BRACERO COCINA DE RAIZ  (Mexican)...................................... 46 BURGER LOUNGE  (California Cuisine).............................................. 38 CIVICO 1845  (Italian).............................................................................. 43 CRAFT & COMMERCE  (American).................................................. 34 THE CRACK SHACK  (California Cuisine).......................................... 38 DAVANTI ENOTECA  (Italian)............................................................. 44 EXTRAORDINARY DESSERTS  (Desserts)................................... 41 HERB & WOOD  (American).................................................................. 34 IRONSIDE FISH & OYSTER  (Seafood)........................................... 48 INDIGO GRILL  (International)............................................................... 42 ISOLA PIZZA BAR  (Italian)................................................................... 44 JUNIPER & IVY  (California Cuisine)..................................................... 39 KETTNER EXCHANGE  (American).................................................. 36 M WINEHOUSE  (Wine Bar) ................................................................. 50 MONELLO  (Italian) ................................................................................... 44 PACIFIC STANDARD  (American)....................................................... 36 PREPKITCHEN  (California Cuisine)....................................................... 40 QUEENSTOWN PUBLIC HOUSE  (International)...................... 43 SHINO SUSHI + KAPPO  (Japanese)............................................... 45 SIRENA COCINA LATINA  (Seafood).............................................. 48 TRATTORIA FANTASTICA  (Italian)................................................. 44 WINE VAULT & BISTRO  (Wine Bars)............................................... 50

LA JOLLA BROCKTON VILLA  (American)........................................................... 34 BURGER LOUNGE  (California Cuisine).............................................. 38 CAFE JAPENGO  (Japanese)................................................................. 45 CAFE LA RUE  (French)............................................................................ 41 CAROLINE’S SEASIDE CAFÉ  (American) ................................... 34 CATANIA COASTAL ITALIAN  (Italian).......................................... 43

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THE COTTAGE  (Breakfast).................................................................... 37 CUSP  (California Cuisine) ........................................................................... 38 DONOVAN’S  (Steak)............................................................................... 49 DUKE’S LA JOLLA  (Seafood).............................................................. 47 EDDIE V’S PRIME SEAFOOD  (Seafood)...................................... 47 FLEMING’S  (Steak).................................................................................... 49 GEORGE’S AT THE COVE  (California Cuisine)............................ 39 THE HAKE  (International)........................................................................ 42 HERRINGBONE  (American).................................................................. 34 ISOLA PIZZA BAR  (Italian)................................................................... 44 MARINE ROOM  (California Cuisine)................................................... 39 THE MED  (American)................................................................................ 36 MICHELE COULON DESSERTIER  (Desserts)............................ 41 MUSEUM CAFE  (American).................................................................. 36 NINE-TEN  (California Cuisine)................................................................. 40 PIATTI  (Italian)............................................................................................... 44 PUESTO  (Mexican/Southwestern).......................................................... 47 RED O RESTAURANT  (Mexican/Southwestern)............................ 47 RICHARD WALKER’S PANCAKE HOUSE  (Breakfast)......... 38 SEASONS 52  (California Cuisine).......................................................... 40 SPICE & RICE  (Thai)................................................................................. 50 WHISKNLADLE  (California Cuisine)..................................................... 40 WE OLIVE  (Wine Bars).............................................................................. 50

MISSION BAY/BEACHES BACKYARD KITCHEN & TAP  (American).................................... 34 BO-BEAU  (French)...................................................................................... 41 CAFFE BELLA ITALIA  (Italian)............................................................ 43 CANNONBALL  (Japanese/Pacific Rim)............................................... 45 COSTA BRAVA  (International)............................................................... 42 DRAFT  (American)....................................................................................... 34 THE FRENCH GOURMET  (French)................................................. 42 HODAD’S  (American)................................................................................ 36 ISABEL’S CANTINA  (Breakfast)........................................................... 37 JRDN  (California Cuisine)............................................................................ 39 THE MISSION  (Breakfast)....................................................................... 38 PACIFIC BEACH ALE HOUSE  (California Cuisine)..................... 40 THE PATIO ON LAMONT  (California Cuisine).............................. 40 PUEBLO  (Mexican)..................................................................................... 47

HARBOR /SHELTER/POINT LOMA BALI HAI  (Japanese/Pacific Rim)............................................................. 45 BREAKFAST REPUBLIC  (Breakfast)................................................. 37 THE BRIGANTINE  (Seafood)................................................................ 47 COASTERRA  (Mexican)........................................................................... 46 FIRESIDE BY THE PATIO  (California Cuisine)................................ 39 HUMPHREY’S RESTAURANT  (Seafood)....................................... 48 ISLAND PRIME  (Seafood)....................................................................... 48 JIMMY’S TAVERN  (American)............................................................. 36 MIGUEL’S COCINA  (Mexican/Southwestern).................................. 46 OLD VENICE  (Italian)............................................................................... 44 EAT AT THE PEARL  (California Cuisine)............................................ 38 SLATER’S 50/50  (American) ................................................................ 37

CORONADO 1500 OCEAN  (California Cuisine)......................................................... 38 BLUEWATER BOATHOUSE  (Seafood)........................................... 47 BURGER LOUNGE  (California Cuisine).............................................. 38 THE BRIGANTINE  (Seafood)................................................................ 47 CANDELAS  (Mexican/Southwestern)................................................... 46 IL FORNAIO  (Italian)................................................................................ 44 LEROY’S KITCHEN  (California Cuisine)............................................. 39 MIGUEL’S COCINA  (Mexican/Southwestern).................................. 46 STAKE CHOPHOUSE  (Steak)............................................................. 49 VIGILUCCI’S RISTORANTE  (Italian)............................................... 45

DEL MAR/RANCHO SANTA FE ADDISON  (French)..................................................................................... 41 ARTERRA  (California Cuisine).................................................................. 38 THE BRIGANTINE  (Seafood)................................................................ 47 BULLY’S  (California Cuisine)...................................................................... 38 CUCINA ENOTECA  (Italian)................................................................ 44 DAVANTI ENOTECA  (Italian)............................................................. 44 DEL MAR RENDEZVOUS  (Chinese)............................................... 40 EN FUEGO  (Mexican/Southwestern).................................................... 46 IL FORNAIO  (Italian)................................................................................ 44 KITCHEN 1540  (California Cuisine)...................................................... 39 MARKET  (California Cuisine).................................................................... 39 MILLE FLEURS  (French).......................................................................... 42 PACIFICA DEL MAR  (Seafood)........................................................... 48 PONSATY’S  (French)................................................................................. 42 POSEIDON  (Seafood)............................................................................... 48 SAMMY’S WOODFIRED PIZZA  (California Cuisine)................ 40 SEARSUCKER  (American)....................................................................... 36 SNOOZE  (Breakfast).................................................................................. 38

NORTH COASTAL BEACH GRASS CAFE  (Breakfast)..................................................... 37 BLUE OCEAN ROBATA & SUSHI BAR  (Japanese)................ 45 BOB’S STEAK & CHOP HOUSE  (Steak)..................................... 49 BREAKFAST REPUBLIC  (Breakfast)................................................. 37 CAMPFIRE  (American).............................................................................. 34 CHART HOUSE  (American)................................................................... 34 CRAFTSMAN TAVERN  (American)................................................... 34 DECOY DOCKSIDE DINING  (American)..................................... 34 FISH 101  (Seafood)..................................................................................... 47 THE FISH MARKET  (Seafood)............................................................. 47 THE FLYING PIG  (California Cuisine).................................................. 39 GREEN DRAGON TAVERN  (American)........................................ 34 HARNEY SUSHI  (Japanese)................................................................... 45 PACIFIC COAST GRILL  (Seafood)..................................................... 48 PAMPLEMOUSSE GRILLE  (French)................................................. 42 Q’ERO RESTAURANT  (International)............................................... 42 SOLACE  (American)................................................................................... 37 TRATTORIA I TRULLI  (Italian)............................................................. 45 UNION KITCHEN & TAP  (American).............................................. 37 VIGILUCCI’S SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE  (Steak).............. 49 VIGILUCCI’S CUCINA ITALIANA  (Italian).................................. 45 VIVACE  (Italian)........................................................................................... 45 WINE STEALS  (Wine Bars)..................................................................... 50 ZENBU  (Japanese)....................................................................................... 46

UPTOWN ALEXANDER’S  (Italian) ......................................................................... 43 AMARIN THAI  (Thai)............................................................................... 49 ARRIVEDERCI  (Italian)............................................................................ 43 AZUKI SUSHI  (Japanese) . ...................................................................... 45 BANKERS HILL  (American).................................................................... 34 BLEU BOHEME  (French) ....................................................................... 41 LA BONNE TABLE  (French)................................................................. 41 BREAKFAST REPUBLIC  (Breakfast)................................................. 37 THE BREW PROJECT  (American)..................................................... 34 BROOKLYN GIRL  (American)............................................................... 34 BUONA FORCHETTA  (Italian)........................................................... 43 CARNITAS’ SNACK SHACK  (California Cuisine)......................... 38 CUCINA URBANA  (Italian).................................................................. 44 EXTRAORDINARY DESSERTS  (Desserts)................................... 41 GREAT MAPLE  (California Cuisine)...................................................... 39 HASH HOUSE A GO GO  (Breakfast)............................................. 37 LOTUS THAI  (Thai)................................................................................... 49 MADISON  (California Cuisine)................................................................ 39 THE MISSION  (Breakfast)....................................................................... 38 MISTER A’S  (American)............................................................................ 36 ONE DOOR NORTH  (American)....................................................... 36 PARMA CUCINA ITALIANA  (Italian).............................................. 44 PLUMERIA  (Thai)....................................................................................... 50 THE PATIO ON GOLDFINCH  (California Cuisine)...................... 40 THE PRADO  (International).................................................................... 42 THE RED DOOR  (American)................................................................. 36 THE ROSE  (Wine Bars) ............................................................................ 50 SAFFRON  (Thai)......................................................................................... 50 THE SMOKING GOAT  (French) . ...................................................... 42 SNOOZE  (Breakfast).................................................................................. 38 SOLTAN BANOO  (International) ........................................................ 43 STARLITE  (California Cuisine) .................................................................. 40 TASTE OF THAI  (Thai)............................................................................ 50 URBAN SOLACE  (American)................................................................ 37 WAYPOINT PUBLIC  (California Cuisine)........................................... 40 WOW WOW WAFFLE  (Breakfast).................................................... 38 THE WINE LOVER  (Wine Bars)........................................................... 50 WINE STEALS  (Wine Bars)..................................................................... 50

OLD TOWN EL AGAVE  (Mexican/Southwestern)...................................................... 46 BERTA’S LATIN AMERICAN  (International).................................. 42 CAFE COYOTE  (Mexican/Southwestern).......................................... 46 CASA GUADALAJARA  (Mexican/Southwestern)......................... 46 HARNEY SUSHI  (Japanese)................................................................... 45 JACK & GIULIO’S  (Italian).................................................................... 44 MIGUEL’S COCINA  (Mexican)............................................................. 46 OLD TOWN MEXICAN CAFE  (Mexican)..................................... 46

MISSION VALLEY/KEARNY MESA BLUE SMOKE SUSHI LOUNGE  (Japanese)................................ 45 DUMPLING INN  (Chinese).................................................................... 40 JASMINE SEAFOOD  (Chinese).......................................................... 41 SAMMY’S WOODFIRED PIZZA  (California Cuisine)................ 40 SHAN XI MAGIC KITCHEN  (Chinese)........................................... 41 STACKED  (American)................................................................................ 37

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SDDINING PUEBLO Delight in chef-driven, coastal Baja cuisine at this stunning restaurant and bar, nestled just two blocks from the beach. Marrying the freshest seafood and seasonal, regional produce with traditional preparations and Mexican spices, Pueblo’s elegant dishes wow the palate without feeling too heavy. Expect sea fare such as aguachile shrimp, a chef’s nightly filet of fish, a daily whole fish preparation, and shrimp chile relleno. Carnivores will love plates such as the savory rabbit tostada and duck confit tacos. Wash it all down with a selection of specialty margaritas and other craft libations made from house-infused liquors and fresh-pressed juices; plus local and Baja beers and wines. The modern, airy retreat features two bars and a rooftop deck, perfect for enjoying those sea breezes. 877 Hornblend St., Pacific Beach 858.412.3312 • pueblopb.com

M WINEHOUSE A charming, intimate haven to begin or end your evening, M Winehouse is a Gothic Victorian home built in 1888 that has been relocated and transformed into a cozy wine bar loved by visitors and locals alike. Owner Ruth Melero has curated an extensive global wine and beer list that includes Kermit Lynch imported wines from France among its international labels. Choose from an excellent selection of wines by the glass—including Burgundy, Grand Cru and Sancerre—plus bubbles, sake and Soju-infused specialty drinks; and nosh on artisanal charcuterie and cheese platters. Enjoy specials throughout the week, including weekday happy hour (3-6 pm), late night happy hour (9-11 pm, M-Th) and 30 percent off select bottles of wine every Wednesday. The beautifully decorated space also accommodates private events. 1918 India St., Little Italy 619.546.4226 • mwinehouse.com

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 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/lajolla

GREEN DRAGON TAVERN & MUSEUM This New England-style tavern is truly one of a kind. Inside, cozy up to the full bar featuring craft cocktails, wine, 20 craft beers on tap and great happy hour specials. Feast on American comfort cuisine that ranges from their famous New England clam chowder to the Paul Revere burger made with house-cured bacon. The lobster rolls are also exceptional; try the Connecticut roll with warm lobster poached in butter and herbs, or the California with Maine lobster, lemon-anchovy aioli, candied maple bacon, dried mango and avocado. Stop by the admission-free museum to check out authentic Colonial Era artifacts. L, D (daily); Br (Su).

6115 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad 760.918.2421 • greendragontavernca.com

CAFFE BELLA ITALIA This isn’t your average spaghetti ‘n’ meatballs joint. Inside this romantic, casually elegant haven, savor authentic and modern Italian cuisine made from scratch. Owner Massimo Indemini and Chef Gennaro—both natives of Italy—are passionate about their craft, and it shows. Feast on organic, non-GMO dishes ranging from wood-fired pizzas to homemade lobster ravioli, veal scaloppine and seafood dishes that change daily. There’s something for everyone here: The heated indoor dining space is perfect for private parties and corporate events; while the cozy outdoor dining patio welcomes canine guests. There’s even a fun kids’ menu to keep the little ones happy. D (nightly).

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Festivals + Special Events CARLSBAD FLOWER FIELDS  March-May. Roam among 50 spectacular acres of blooming ranunculus flower bulbs during this annual salute to spring. (April is ideal to see the blooms at their peak.)  5704 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, 760.431.0352.  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. Late March and early April are ideal.  200 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, 760.767.4205.  Map A6 CRSSD  March 4-5. Two-day electronic music festival on the bay features live music and DJ performances by dozens of artists on three stages, including Flume, Duke Dumont and Seth Troxler. 21+.  Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Highway, downtown, crssdfest.com.  Map P15 SPRING BUSKER FESTIVAL  March 4-5, noon-6 p.m. Head to Seaport Village for two days of live performances by contortionists, stilt walkers, fire-breathers, street performers, jugglers and other jaw-dropping entertainers.  849 W. Harbor Drive, Seaport Village, seaportvillage.com.  Map Q15

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It’s a true adult playground, which means adult perks (read: booze) at Coin Haus—a new, 21-and-up arcade-meets-bar housed in a converted warehouse in La Mesa. Be a kid again with retro arcade games such as Pac-Man, Mortal Kombat, Super Mario Brothers and nearly 30 more. There’s also an old-fashioned foosball table and a Game of Thrones-themed pinball machine. Quench your thirst by sampling among 50 self-serve beer taps, plus wine and cold-brew coffee. Instead of tokens or quarters, each guest receives a wristband linked to their credit card that is scanned at each game and beer station to activate the tap. After playing, kick back on the outdoor patio or inside at a communal table, and take in the fun urban-industrial decor. 8361 Allison Ave., La Mesa, 619.741.2288

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE AND FESTIVAL  March 11, 9 a.m. (festival), 10:30 a.m. (parade). Festivities begin six days ahead of the official holiday. 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 and Sixth Street, Balboa Park, stpatsparade.org.  Map O16 SAN DIEGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL  March 16-26. Check out more than 120 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 SHAMROCK 2017  March 17, 6 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  April 1-2. The country’s top competitive rowers gather at Mission Bay for a grueling competition, now in its 44th year.  Crown Point Shores Park, Mission Bay, crewclassic.org.  Map I8 BASEBALL  Ongoing. Catch a San Diego Padres home game at Petco Park, with rivals including the San Francisco Giants (April 7-9), Los Angeles Dodgers (May 5-7) and Chicago Cubs (May 29-31), among many others.  Petco Park, East Village, sandiegopadres.com.  Map Q16 LA JOLLA CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE  April 9,  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, rosé and honey tasting garden.  La Jolla Cove, Ellen Browning Scripps Park, 1133 Coast Blvd., La Jolla, lajollaconcours.com.  Map W19 DEL MAR NATIONAL HORSE SHOW  April 18-May 7. One of the oldest and most prestigious equestrian competitions in the Western U.S., this annual horse show features various events for equine enthusiasts, including Western Week (April 18-22), Dressage Week (April 27-30) and Hunter/Jumper Week (May 2-7).  Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, delmarnational.com.  Map X22

guidelines Map locators at the end of each listing (Map A3; Map H10, etc.) refer to maps on pages 68-71. Compendium includes editors’ recommendations and advertisers.

index Festivals + Events ...............55 Wineries.............................. 60 Theater........................................56 Museums............................ 60 Music + Dance...................58 Destination Shopping......62 Casinos.................................59 Nightlife................................62 Attractions.......................... 60 Tours + Transport..............66

CHICANO PARK DAY  April 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The 47th annual event celebrating Chicano Park—designated a National Historic Landmark in January 2017— features traditional music and dance, a lowrider car show, art workshops for kids, and food, arts and crafts vendors.  Chicano Park, between National and Logan avenues, Barrio Logan, chicano-park.com.  Map R18 SAN DIEGO EARTHFAIR  April 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The world’s largest annual environmental fair features more than 300 educational exhibits, kids’ entertainment, food vendors, live music and more.  Balboa Park, earthdayweb.org.  Map O17 FALLBROOK AVOCADO FESTIVAL  April 23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Head to the “Avocado Capital of the World” to celebrate and eat the best of the crop, including avocado-themed gifts, guacamole contests, live music and entertainment, beer gardens and plenty of food other than avocados.  Main Street, downtown Fallbrook, fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org.  Map A2 ART ALIVE  April 28-30, 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 29. 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 29-30, 11 a.m.6 p.m. Little Italy transforms into an urban art gallery and festival spanning 17 blocks—packed with works by hundreds of emerging artists, a range of live music, food vendors 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 5-7. Head to historical Old Town for an all-night happy hour (May 5) 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 6, Noon-4 p.m. Sample cocktails, gourmet bites, wine and craft beers from more than 50 top local restaurants and beverage purveyors, and enjoy a viewing of the Kentucky Derby (hats and Derby attire encouraged). 21+.  La Jolla Cove, Ellen Browning Scripps Park, jlsdfoodandwine.com.  Map V19

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E N T E R TA I N M E N T CARLSBAD VILLAGE FAIRE  May 7, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Stroll among more than 850 vendors—from arts and crafts, to antiques, clothing and jewelry, to food—at this one-day street festival.  Carlsbad Village, Carlsbad, carlsbad.org.  Map T23 GATOR BY THE BAY ZYDECO, BLUES & CRAWFISH FESTIVAL  May 11-14. This family-friendly music and food festival features blues, Cajun and zydeco bands—more than 100 performances on seven stages— free dance lessons, Cajun cooking demos, authentic food such as boiled crawfish and beignets, 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 20, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. This annual celebration of the arts will feature more than 40 artists showcasing their work, handcrafted jewelry, a kids’ art block, live music, local food vendors and an entire craft beer block.  University Avenue between 30th and 32nd streets, North Park, northparkfestivalofarts.com.  Map J12 

Theater FREAKY FRIDAY  Through March 12. When a mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again before mom’s big wedding, in this new musical comedy based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and hit Disney films.  Mandell Weiss Theatre at the La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, 858.550.1010.  Map T20 PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE  Through March 12. Steve Martin returns to the Globe with this clever and crowd-pleasing comedy hit set in Paris 1904 about a chance encounter between two soon-to-be legends—Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein.  Shiley Stage at the Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.  Map O17 2.5 MINUTE RIDE  Through March 19. This inventive solo show is a roller coaster adventure through the playwright’s family album, focusing on her relationship with her father, a Holocaust survivor, and the ties that bind a family.  Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd., #101, University Heights, 619.220.0097.  Map M18

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WELL  Through March 19. This comedy begins as a reverent study of the playwright’s chronically ill mother and her extraordinary ability to heal a racially divided community despite her inability to make herself well. A funny and magical memoir, Well reveals how we heal ourselves is not always the best medicine for those we love.  Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd., #101, University Heights, 619.220.0097.  Map M18 SEX WITH STRANGERS  Through March 19. This sensuous and provocative comedy about fame and cyber identity explores the timely question: what transpires when our online and offline identities intersect and our private lives become public domain? Contains strong language.  San Diego Rep, Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619.544.1000.  Map Q16 THE ILLUSION  Through March 19. Renowned playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America) gives us a wildly inventive tour de force, which celebrates the magic and illusory nature of theater. It’s an entertaining tale of passion, regret, love and magic.  North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, 858.481.1055.  Map X22 THE BLAMELESS  Through March 26. Developed in The Old Globe’s 2016 New Voices Festival, this worldpremiere play is a compassionate and moving look at the power of familial bonds in the most extraordinary of circumstances. Written by Nick Gandiello and directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch. Contains strong language.  White Theatre at the Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.  Map O17

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SHADOWLANDS  Through April 9. One of the great love stories of the 20th century, Shadowlands follows influential author C.S. Lewis as he meets an American fan, Joy Davidman Gresham, whom he befriends and eventually marries. The story also reveals Lewis’ struggle with personal pain and grief when Joy passes away from cancer.  Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.6000.  Map L10 ON THE 20TH CENTURY  March 9-April 30. Luck, love and mischief collide on the Twentieth Century—a luxury train traveling from Chicago to New York—when a bankrupt theater producer attempts to cajole a Hollywood starlet into playing the lead in his new, nonexistent drama.  Cygnet Theatre at Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, 619.337.1525.  Map M13 KINKY BOOTS  March 10-12. Based on true events, this Tony Award-winning musical comedy—featuring songs by pop icon Cyndi Lauper—tells the heartwarming story of a shoe factory owner struggling to save his family’s business. Help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.  Broadway/San Diego, Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100.  Map Q16 RED VELVET  March 25-April 30. Lolita Chakrabarti’s multi-award-winning drama, set in London in the early 1800s, uncovers the fascinating true story of a pivotal figure in theater history, Ira Aldridge—a young American who was the first black man to play Othello on the British stage.  Shiley Stage at The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.  Map O17 INTO THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH  March 30-April 23. In this adaptation of the bestselling novel, 19-year-old Nayeli takes inspiration from the film The Magnificent Seven. She sets out on an epic quest from Mexico to the U.S. to find men and smuggle them back across the border to defend her town from drug dealers.  SD Rep at Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619.544.1000.  Map Q16 FINDING NEVERLAND  April 4-9. The magic of playwright J.M. Barrie’s classic tale, Peter Pan, springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. Learn the story behind the story, inspired by four young brothers’ enchanting make-believe adventures.    Broadway/San Diego, Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100.  Map Q16 SKELETON CREW  April 8-May 7. Just months away from her retirement, a Detroit autoworker is torn between self-preservation and allegiance to her co-workers in what The New York Times calls “a deeply moral and deeply American play ... squarely in the tradition of Arthur Miller.” Contains strong language.  White Theatre at The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.  Map O17

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TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT  April 12-May 7. Eccentric Aunt Augusta shakes up the life of her staid, bourgeois nephew by igniting his lust for adventure. Four highly versatile actors tackle more than 20 roles in this lifechanging, offbeat odyssey.  North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, 858.481.1055.  Map X22 BALLAST  May 4-June 4. This cutting-edge new play intertwines the story of two relationships between trans and cisgender partners in an exploration of personal identity and how gender shapes our spirituality, desires and destiny.  Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd., #101, University Heights, 619.220.0097.  Map M18

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THE MUSIC MAN  May 5-July 23. This beloved, family musical follows Harold Hill, a traveling salesman who cons the residents of a small town in Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band that he insists he is organizing.  Lawrence Welk Resorts Theatre, 8860 Lawrence Welk Drive, Escondido, 888.802.7469.  Map B3

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E N T E R TA I N M E N T JERSEY BOYS  May 9-14. The Tony Award-winning Best Musical tells the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history—The Four Seasons—and features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”  Broadway/San Diego, Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100.  Map Q16 ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE  Opens May 9.  Featuring original songs and Jimmy Buffett classics, this world-premiere musical tells the story of a bartender/ singer named Tully who thinks he’s got life all figured out. Then a beautiful career-minded tourist steals his heart and makes him question everything.  Mandell Weiss Theatre at the La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, 858.550.1010.  Map T20 THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON  May 13-June 18. Catch the West Coast premiere of this imaginative play that tells the epic tale of an old man who must abandon his duties of filling up the moon with liquid light to cross the seas in search of his missing wife.  Shiley Stage at The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.  Map O17 SHOCKHEADED PETER  May 18-June 18. Fall into the world of Victorian steam-punk nightmares as a manic music box spins stories of naughty children and misguided parents in this silly and sinister play.  Cygnet Theatre in Old Town, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, 619.337.1525.  Map M13

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ARTPOWER AT UC SAN DIEGO  Music, dance, art and film series at UC San Diego. March 3: Dublin Guitar Quartet; March 9: Bereishit Dance Company; April 13: Tribu Baharú; April 21: Ariel Quartet; April 27: Release the Hounds: An Evening w/ Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge / Aoife O’Donovan; May 5: St. Lawrence String Quartet; May 12: The Spirit of the Beehive; May 18: Colleen; May 25: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.  Various locations on and off the UC San Diego campus, artpower.ucsd.edu.  Map T20 ATHENAEUM MUSIC AND ARTS LIBRARY  March 2: Ralph Towner (jazz); March 8: The Trout Quintet w/ Trio Con Brio Copenhagen and guests (chamber); March 30: The New Bach Trio (chamber); May 2: Los Angeles Philharmonic Octet.  1008 Wall St., La Jolla, 858.454.5872, ljathenaeum.org.  Map W19 BALBOA THEATRE  March 4: Under the Streetlamp; March 10-12: San Diego Opera presents The Tragedy of Carmen; March 15: Zucchero; March 18: Jay and Silent Bob Get Old; April 5: Brain Candy Live! w/ Adam Savage and Michael Stevens; April 6: An Evening in Conversation w/ Yanni; April 15: Gene Kelly: The Legacy—An Afternoon w/ Patricia Ward Kelly; April 22-23: San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus presents Broadway Now!  868 Fourth Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100, sandiegotheatres.org.  Map Q16 CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS  March 3: Masters of Hawaiian Music; March 14: St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland; March 15: Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn; March 18: Everything Fitz; March 29: In the Mood; April 2: Mariachi Festival; April 7: Chris Botti; April 9: Ching-Ming Cheng; May 7: Karen and the Klassix; May 14: The Mariachi Divas; May 26: Deva Premal & Miten w/ Manose.  340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, 800.988.4253, artcenter.org.  Map B3 CIVIC THEATRE  March 4-5: California Ballet Company presents Peter Pan; March 26: Newsboys; March 29: Neil Gaiman; April 22, 25, 28 and 30: San Diego Opera presents the epic tragedy La Traviata (refreshed with Roaring ‘20s-era staging and flapper costumes); May 21: Impractical Jokers; May 24: Brian Wilson; May 25: Celtic Woman.  1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100, sandiegotheatres.org.  Map Q16

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E N T E R TA I N M E N T HUMPHREY’S CONCERTS BY THE BAY  May 23: Mexican-American singer-songwriter from Detroit, Rodriguez.  2241 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island, 619.224.3577, humphreysconcerts.com.  Map K9 LA JOLLA MUSIC SOCIETY  March 3: San Diego Youth Symphony Chamber Orchestra; March 5: Caroline Goulding (violin); March 9: Brad Mehldau; March 10: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra; March 18: Malandain Ballet Biarritz presents Beauty and the Beast; March 30: Danish National Symphony Orchestra; March 31: Max Raabe and Palast Orchester; April 8: Black Grace; April 22: Emerson String Quartet; April 29: Nikolay Khozyainov (piano); May 12: Jeremy Denk.  Various locations. 858.459.3728, ljms.org. SAN DIEGO OPERA  March 10-12: The Tragedy of Carmen; April 22, 25, 28 and 30: La Traviata.  Balboa Theatre and San Diego Civic Theatre, downtown San Diego, sdopera.com.  Map Q16 SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY  March 3-5: Shostakovich and Beethoven; March 11-12: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (film screening w/ live score); March 18: She’s Got That Swing: Women In Jazz; March 25-26: Bruckner Symphony No. 8; April 1-2: Russia and Paris; April 15: The Wizard of Oz (film screening w/ live score); April 23: Dr Seuss’ The Sneetches; April 29: Big Band Bash w/ The Jazz @ The Jacobs Orchestra; April 30: The Freshman (film screening w/ live score); May 5-7: Mahler Symphony No. 3; May 12-13: Spring and Summer; May 19-21: Charles Dutoit Conducts; May 21: Chucho Valdes; May 24: Brahms With Bronfman; May 26-28: Jahja Ling’s Finale.  Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown, Map Q14 Chamber Music Series: March 14: Mozart Up Close feat. Orion Weiss (piano); April 4: Viva La France.  The Auditorium at The Scripps Research Institute, 10620 John Jay Hopkins Drive, La Jolla, sandiegosymphony.org.  Map S20 VALLEY VIEW CASINO CENTER  March 5: Red Hot Chili Peppers; March 11: Blake Shelton; April 8: Green Day; April 29: San Diego Soul Festival featuring Anthony Hamilton, Keith Sweat, Guy feat. Teddy Riley, and Dru Hill.  3500 Sports Arena Blvd., Point Loma, valleyviewcasinocenter.com.  Map J9 VIEJAS ARENA AT SDSU  March 2: Stevie Nicks w/ The Pretenders; March 5: Bon Jovi; March 26: Panic! at the Disco; May 8: Lionel Richie w/ Mariah Carey; May 9: Chris Tomlin; June 1: New Kids on the Block w/ Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul.  5500 Canyon Crest Drive, SDSU, 619.594.0429.  Map E3 

Casinos BARONA VALLEY RANCH RESORT AND CASINO    More than 2,100 slot machines, 85-plus table games, satellite wagering, several fabulous restaurants—including Barona Oaks Steakhouse—bars and an all-you-caneat buffet. Daily, 24 hours.  1932 Wildcat Canyon Road, Lakeside, 619.443.2300.  Map D4 CASINO PAUMA  Tropically themed complex with more than 35,000 square feet of gaming, 850 slots, 24 table games, poker parlor and non-smoking section. Daily, 24 hours.  777 Pauma Reservation Road, Pauma Valley, 760.891.7900.  Map A4 PALA RESORT AND CASINO  The sprawling property features 2,250 state-of-the-art slots and video machines, 85 Vegas-style gaming tables, live entertainment, eight restaurants and two lounges; plus a full-service spa and luxe overnight accomodations. Daily, 24 hours.  11154 Hwy. 76, Pala, 760.510.5100.  Map A3 PECHANGA RESORT AND CASINO  Video machines, table games, sushi restaurant, steakhouse, lunch buffet and entertainment center ­featuring live concerts and ­professional boxing. Alcohol served. Daily, 24 hours.  45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula, 951.693.1819.  Map A3

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AT T R A C T I O N S + M U S E U M S GREAT ROOM ESCAPE  Channel your inner Sherlock Holmes with this completely interactive and immersive experience in the heart of downtown 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. Great for team-building, groups of friends and corporate gatherings  424 Market St., Gaslamp, 619.414.5459, greatroomescapesandiego.com.  Map Q16 LEGOLAND  Find 50-plus rides and shows, and Sea Life Aquarium’s 7-foot-long Lego submarine; plus a waterpark. Adults $80; kids 3–12 and seniors 60+ $70 (add $13/ticket for admission to aquarium; add $19/ticket for admission to all three). Aquarium-only: adults $20; kids 3-12 $15. Parking $12–20. Call for hours.  1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, 760.918.5346.  Map U22

HARRAH’S RESORT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA    Renovated property features a new 21-story, 403-room hotel tower; the new Dive Day Club, which includes several pools and a lazy river; and Spiked, a new craft cocktail ultra-lounge. Daily, 24 hours.  777 Harrah’s Rincon Way, Valley Center, 760.751.3100.  Map B4 SYCUAN CASINO  Find high-stakes bingo, pai gow poker, slots and four restaurants at this East County gambling hall, plus a 500-seat theater. Daily, 24 hours.  5469 Casino Way, El Cajon, 619.445.6002.  Map D5 VALLEY VIEW CASINO  High-limit blackjack, 2,000 slots, the Black & Blue Steakhouse, a Maine lobster buffet served nightly, a 24-hour cafe, three bars and separate non-smoking gaming and bar area. Daily, 24 hours.  16300 Nyemii Pass Road, Valley Center, 760.291.5500.  Map B4

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. 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  One of the world’s most diverse plant collections with 37 acres of lush gardens and 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

VIEJAS CASINO  Alpine casino features 2,500 Vegas– style slots, table games, satellite wagering, high-stakes bingo, buffet and six restaurants. Daily, 24 hours.  5000 Willows Road, Alpine, 800.847.6537.  Map D5 

SEAWORLD  The 189-acre adventure park features thousands of marine animals including killer whales 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

Attractions

Wineries

ARTS DISTRICT LIBERTY STATION  It’s a one-of-akind 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

BERNARDO WINERY  Founded in 1889 by Sicilian winemakers, this is the oldest continuously operating winery in SoCal— featuring more than a dozen wines and a spacious tasting room. Sample a flight inside or grab a seat on the patio. Open daily.  13330 Paseo del Verano North, Rancho Bernardo, 858.487.1866.  Map C4

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 stunning city/ocean views. Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. $3-5.  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 haven in Alpine—home to more than 80 domesticated livestock from around the world. Fun and educational interactive presentations encourage an appreciation for animals, nature, sustainable farming and our ecosystem. Very family-friendly.  5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine, 619.320.4942, childrensnatureretreat.com.  Map D5

CARRUTH CELLARS  Urban winery and tasting room makes wine from Northern California grapes; tastings   daily.  118 S. Cedros Ave. #400, Solana Beach, 858.847.9463.  Map X22 MENGHINI WINERY  Boutique Julian winery produces just 4,000 cases of syrah, sauvignon blanc, Riesling and cabernet sauvignon annually. Tastings daily.  1150 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian, 760.765.2072.  Map C6 ORFILA VINEYARDS  Growing syrah, Viognier,   muscat canelli and more, this beautiful winery   produces about 10,000 cases of Rhone-style wines annually.  13455 San Pasqual Road, Escondido, 760.738.6500.  Map C3 SAN PASQUAL WINERY  Favorites at this downtown La Mesa winery include its Summervine Habanero passion-fruit wine, and its 2010 Lake County malbec.  8140 Center St., La Mesa, 619.469.9463.  Map D3 SOLTERRA WINERY & KITCHEN  Try the “white” label, made from grapes that are only grown in San Diego County, Temecula and northern Baja, Mexico.  934 N. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, 760.230.2970.  Map V22

WITCH CREEK WINERY  Two tasting rooms, offer samplings of Witch Creek’s full-bodied wines daily, each with a feline-inspired name.  2906 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, 760.765.2023,  Map T22; 2000 Main St., Julian, 760.720.7499.  Map C6

MUSEUMS CALIFORNIA SURF MUSEUM  Collection of surfing artifacts and memorabilia, plus exhibits about 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 CENTRO CULTURAL DE LA RAZA  Celebrates Mexican, Chicano and indigenous art and culture with vibrant murals, art exhibits and performances. Gallery open Tu–Su noon–4 p.m. Suggested donation $5.  2125 Park Blvd., Balboa Park, 619.235.6135.  Map P17 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, the earth and physics. Giant-screen films run in the IMAX Dome Theater. M-Th 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (open later during holiday breaks); F-Su 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $16.95-19.95; 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 historical documents, newspapers and memorabilia from the Revolutionary War era inside a colonial-style building; plus an onsite 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  At this world-renowned 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. $16; 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 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

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AT T R A C T I O N S + M U S E U M S 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

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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 NEW CHILDREN’S MUSEUM  Super-mod museum encourages kids to touch and interact with exhibits. M-Sa 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Su noon-4 p.m. $12; seniors $8; military $6; kids under 1 free; $1 every second Su.  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. $10.50-19.50; kids 2 and under free.  2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park, 619.234.8291.  Map P17 SAN DIEGO HALL OF CHAMPIONS  Three levels and 68,000 square feet of noteworthy sports exhibits and interactive displays form the largest multi-sports museum in the U.S. Daily 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. $8; seniors/military $4; kids 6-17 $5; kids 5 and under free.  2131 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park, 619.234.2544.  Map O17 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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SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF ART  Collection includes Italian Renaissance and Spanish Baroque 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. $4.50–12; kids 6 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 OF SCULPTURES  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 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

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Bazaar del Mundo

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 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

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

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

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

WESTFIELD HORTON PLAZA  Popular multilevel   outdoor mall features almost 200 shops, several   restaurants, a food court, a new park and amphitheater, and a Macy’s department store.  324 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619.239.8180.  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

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, GoldenTriangle, 858.546.8858.  Map T21

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

Nightlife Gaslamp Quarter/Downtown/Little Italy

207/FLOAT  Rock ‘n’ roll glamour at the Hard Rock Hotel; two nightspots offer different vibes, 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 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

La Jolla

THE COMEDY STORE  It’s stand-up comedy at its funniest at this cozy entertainment venue, featuring upand-coming and headlining comedians.  916 Pearl St., La Jolla, 858.454.9176.  Map W19

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

GEORGE’S LEVEL2  The new second-level bar at George’s at the Cove boasts jaw-dropping ocean and cove views; plus craft cocktails that focus on the classics with a twist.  1250 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.454.4244.  Map W19

EAST VILLAGE TAVERN & BOWL  This lively sports bar, bowling alley and restaurant near Petco Park offers cocktails, darts and pool. Menu features upscale pub grub and top-shelf spirits.  950 Market St., East Village, 619.677.BOWL.  Map R17

North County

EL DORADO  Hip downtown bar boasts retro-clad   mixologists, couture cocktails and DJs.  1030 Broadway, East Village, 619.237.0550.  Map Q17

CARDIFF BEACH BAR AT TOWER 13  Casual beach haunt features live music, healthier bar fare and ocean views.  2633 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, 760.635.1200.  Map V22

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  Live rock, blues and pop music,   plus Sunday gospel brunch. Regular mix of national and regional acts. Call for current shows.  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 THE MUSIC BOX  Three-story live music venue boasts superior sound and lighting systems, multilevel V.I.P. areas, bar/lounge and upscale dining. Concert lineup includes regional and national 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

BELLY UP  North County’s premier live music venue with killer local and touring acts in a semi-intimate and relaxed setting. 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach, 858.481.8140.  Map X22

CLUB M AT FAIRMONT GRAND DEL MAR  Chic bar/ dance club features live music and guest DJs on Friday and Saturday nights.  5300 Grand Del Mar Court, Carmel Valley, 858.314.2700. Map D2 COYOTE BAR & GRILL  Locals love its cool live music and hot fire pits; plus dancing and karaoke. Indoor/outdoor spot offers casual ambiance and a view.  300 Carlsbad Village Drive, ­Carlsbad, 760.729.4695.  Map T22 EN FUEGO  Lively singles vibe and tasty Mexican   food served up on this restaurant’s bustling patio.  1342 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.792.6551.  Map X22 JIMMY O’S  A favorite of sports fans and locals.   Choose between the sports bar and the nightclub. Friday and Saturday nights are popular for Del Mar socialites.  225 W. 15th St., Del Mar, 858.350.3735.  Map X22
 SADDLE BAR   Enjoy craft beer, live music and DJs at this Wild West-inspired bar near the racetrack.  123 W. Plaza St., Solana Beach, 858.755.5007. Map W22

Beaches

710 BEACH CLUB  Steps from the beach, this live music venue has everything from rock to hip-hop.  710 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach, 858.483.7844.  Map H8 HUMPHREYS BACKSTAGE LOUNGE  Live jazz and blues along with dancing. A longtime favorite located right on the water.  2241 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island, 619.224.3577.  Map K8

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NIGHTLIFE JRDN  Tower 23 Hotel’s hip bar and lounge overlooks the Pacific Ocean and has a variety of cocktails.  4551 Ocean Blvd., Pacific Beach, 858.270.5736.  Map H8 PACIFIC BEACH SHORE CLUB  A true beach bar just steps from the sand, this upstairs bungalow is known for action sports decor, beach views, tasty pub grub and schooners of beer.  4343 Ocean Blvd., Pacific Beach, 858.272.7873.  Map H8 SOUTH BEACH BAR & GRILL  Just steps away from the ocean, this bar offers a beachy-casual vibe, light fare and drinks.  5059 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach, 619.226.4577.  Map J8 TURQUOISE CAFE BAR EUROPA  Casual, Euro-style wine bar with tapas, cask wines and live music.  873 Turquoise St., Pacific Beach, 858.488.4200.  Map H8 WONDERLAND OCEAN PUB  The laid-back American restaurant and sports bar serves up burgers, seafood, craft beer, margaritas and views of the beach.  5083 Santa Monica Ave., Ocean Beach, 619.255.3358.  Map J7

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BLIND LADY ALE HOUSE  Modern tavern features communal tables, a renowned craft beer list and wood-fired pizzas.  3416 Adams Ave., Normal Heights, 619.255.2491.  Map I12 THE BREW PROJECT  Craft beer-centric bar, restaurant and bottle shop offers regional microbrews, wine, coldbrew coffee and full cocktail bar.  3683 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest, 619.795.7890.  Map N16 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

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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 THE REGAL BEAGLE  Quirky and fun tavern is known for local craft beer, sausages, sandwiches and burgers.  3659 India St., #101, Midtown, 619.297.2337.  Map O14 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, an outdoor patio and an excellent whiskey selection.  3701 India St., Midtown, 619.299.0230.  Map O14 TIGER! TIGER!  Casual pub features craft brews, picnic tables and wood-fired sandwiches.  3025 El Cajon Blvd., North Park, 619.487.0401.  Map M18 TORONADO  Premier beer bar boasts 56 beers on tap and 300 bottled selections, focusing on Belgian imports and American craft brews.  4026 30th St., North Park, 619.282.0456.  Map J12 TRIPLE CROWN PUB  Casual pub is outfitted with TVs, patio space and games such as table tennis, shuffleboard and foosball.  3221 Adams Ave., Normal Heights, 619.281.0263.  Map I12 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 WEST COAST TAVERN  This former movie theater is now an urban-cool casual spot for cocktails, happy hour and upscale comfort food.  2895 University Ave., North Park, 619.295.1688.  Map J12

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TO U R S + T R A N S P O RT WHISTLE STOP  A true locals’ bar, it has a laid-back house party vibe, with regular events and themed nights; plus local bands and DJs.  2236 Fern St., South Park, 619.284.6784.  Map J12

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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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 yesteryear military style over San Diego. Among the airborne tours offered are 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.

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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. CORONADO HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION TOURS    Educational and fun walking tours—including local history, architecture and gardens. Reservations required.  1100 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.8788.  Map L11 CORONADO TOURING  Walking tour around the historical Hotel del Coronado and neighborhood. Tu, Th and Sa at 11 a.m. $12; children 3 and under free.  Meet at Glorietta Bay Inn, 1630 Glorietta Blvd., Coronado, 619.435.5993.  Map L11

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GASLAMP SEGWAY  Guided segway tours of   historical neighborhoods including La Jolla and Coronado.  308 G St., Gaslamp, 619.239.2111.  Map R16 HIKE BIKE KAYAK  Daily guided kayak tours and rentals, as well as biking and hiking tours, in La Jolla, Mission Bay and other areas—plus surfboard and snorkel gear rentals and team-building activities.  2222 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla, 858.551.9510.  Map V20 HORNBLOWER CRUISES  Daily narrated tours of   San Diego Bay, plus dinner cruises, yacht charters,   whale-watching and events.  970 N. Harbor Drive, ­Broadway Pier, ­Embarcadero, 619.686.8715.  Map Q14 LA JOLLA KAYAK  Guided snorkeling/kayak tours of the cove and caves; SUP; single/double kayak and snorkeling gear rentals; whale-watching; and bike tours.  2199 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla Shores, 858.459.1114.  Map V20 OLD TOWN TROLLEY TOURS OF SAN DIEGO    Narrated sightseeing tour explores San Diego and C ­ oronado via trolley or “SEAL” (sea and land vehicle). Call for nearest pickup point and reservations.  619.298.8687. ORION SAILING CHARTERS  Daily bay cruises and charters on a 1934 sailing ­vessel.  Sheraton Harbor Island East, 1380 Harbor Island Drive, 619.574.7504.  Map P13

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TO U R S + T R A N S P O RT SAIL SAN DIEGO  Enjoy San Diego Bay on afternoon and sunset sails aboard one of the company’s four spacious boats. Snacks and drinks included. Customized accommodations and charters available; as well as allinclusive packages.  2051 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island, 619.297.7426.  Map K9 SAN DIEGO CHINESE HISTORICAL SOCIETY  Unique walking tour of the Asian Pacific Historic District. Second Tu-Sa 10:30 a.m., Su noon. Reservations required. $2; children under 12 free.  Chinese Historical Museum, 404 Third Ave., downtown, 619.338.9888.  Map R16 SAN DIEGO LUXURY SAILING  This upscale private charter company offers sunset sails and whale watching (seasonal) aboard a 45-foot luxury sailing yacht outfitted with premium amenities. Yacht memberships are also available.  1450 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island, 404.441.9414  Map J9 SAN DIEGO SCENIC TOURS  Daily half-day and fullday tours of interesting attractions in San Diego and Mexico, including the famous Agua Caliente Racetrack in Tijuana.  858.273.8687. SAN DIEGO SEAL TOURS  This unique, 90-minute tour aboard the company’s bright-blue Hydra-Terra, an “amphibious vehicle” that drives passengers right into the water, explores San Diego Bay and its environs. Departs Th-M from Seaport Village. 619.298.8687.  Map Q15 SAN DIEGO SPEED BOAT ADVENTURES  Be the captain of your own speed boat! Trained guides help you navigate the seas via two-way radio and provide a narrated tour during this 13-mile trek along beautiful San Diego Bay.  1450 Harbor Island Drive, #205,  Harbor Island, 619.294.5852  Map Q14 SKYE LIMOUSINE  Upscale limousine and sedan service for the savvy traveler, offering a fleet of Chrysler 300 sedans, corporate vans and stretch limousines.    1322 K St., East Village, 619.239.7599.  Map Q17 SUP CORONADO  Enjoy both group and private lessons in the popular sport of stand-up paddleboarding, 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-flier points and miles with select airlines.  800.BLUE.VAN. URBAN SAFARIS  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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WHERE YOU WANT TO BE TOURS  Offering teambuilding scavenger hunts that explore downtown San Diego. Walking and biking tours also available; plus culinary food tours and custom hotel property games.    611 K St., East Village, 619.917.6037.  Map Q16 XPLORE OFFSHORE  Personalized ocean-­rafting on a Navy SEAL-style boat: high-speed sightseeing, snorkeling and evening cocktails on the waterfront. It’s one of the most unique and exhilarating boating excursions in all of Southern California.  858.456.1636.

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  Marveling at stunning sculptures made entirely of flowers at Art Alive. p. 6

  Coffee breaks, bikes and retail therapy at Moniker Coffee Co. / Moniker General. p. 15

  Sipping potent tiki cocktails behind the live waterfall wall at False Idol in Little Italy. p. 15

  Urban farming, gardening   and fresh produce at Smarts Farm downtown. p. 19

  Padres baseball games and junk food at Petco Park.

  A night at the San Diego Opera (pictured, Corinne Winters in the opera La Traviata). p. 16

  Roaming through the Carlsbad Flower Fields, which are in full bloom March-May. p. 55

  Exploring the new Dimensions of Black exhibit at the downtown campus of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. p. 11

  Enjoying a foie gras “pop tart” on the bayside deck of Tidal   restaurant in Mission Bay. p. 33

  Snorkeling and kayaking along the postcard-perfect La Jolla coastline. p. 21

  Enjoying concerts by the San Diego Symphony at the Jacobs Music Center. p. 16

  Retro arcade games and   self-serve beer taps at Coin Haus in La Mesa. p. 55

  Shopping, wining and dining our way through Liberty Public Market at Liberty Station. p. 9

  Organic cocktails and farm-totable dishes at Bar by Red Door   in Mission Hills. p. 12

  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. 55

  Picnics on the lawn near   the spray fountains at Waterfront Park on a sunny day.   Exploring cool exhibits at   the Oceanside Museum of Art— an underrated cultural gem in   the heart of North County. p. 11   Coronado Beach walks.

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