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Inside the Arts District Liberty Station Where to Shop 'Til You Drop Exploring Carlsbad Breweries, Dining & Destinations

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SAN DIEGO Summer 2017

CONTENTS

THE GREAT OUTDOORS ISSUE

DEPARTMENTS

THE GUIDE

5 Editor’s Note

40 DINING Restaurants by cuisine and neighborhood

Love in the summertime.

6 Hot Dates Del Mar Races, Comic-Con, S.D. County Fair, World Bodysurfing Championships and more.

59 ENTERTAINMENT Events, festivals, performing arts, concerts and sports

80 30 Things We Love

64 ATTRACTIONS + MUSEUMS Theme parks, activities and exhibitions

Bayside Summer Nights, Padres’ games at Petco Park and more.

67 SHOPPING The county’s best malls and major retail destinations

WHERE NOW 8 Dining Red O La Jolla, Buona Forchetta at Liberty Station and The Crack Shack in Encinitas.

68 NIGHTLIFE Hot dance clubs, laid-back lounges and cool cocktail bars

10 Shopping

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

Beauty, jewelry and fashion finds at La Plaza La Jolla, Tiffany & Co. and more.

Inside the Arts District Liberty Station—from galleries to artist studios to movie screenings.

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CITY TOURS

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Inside the Arts District Liberty Station Where to Shop 'Til You Drop Exploring Carlsbad Breweries, Dining & Destinations

From zip-lining to horseback riding, wine tasting, kayaking, surfing, concerts, Shakespeare under the stars and more, San Diego is a true summer playground for all speeds.  BY SARAH DAOUST & JORDAN FRASER

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WELCOME A Note From the Editor

Summer Lovin’ Oh, summertime in San Diego … is there any better place to be? You know my answer. In fact, here are my 10 personal favorite ways to enjoy our fair city this time of year: 10) Morning walks along La Jolla Shores Beach. 9) A concert (or two or three) at San Diego Symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights, complete with a picnic, bottle of pinot noir and the bay’s salty breezes tick-

ling my nose. 8) Toes in the sand at Coronado Beach, at least once a week. 7) Summer concerts at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park, home to the largest outdoor pipe organ in the world. 6) Cocktails at sunset at Mister A’s in Bankers Hill, 12 stories up on its massive deck, overlooking the airport, downtown and Balboa Park. 5) Early morning hikes at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. 4) Sunbathing at Windansea Beach, with my SPF 50 on, of course. 3) Shakespeare under the stars, with plays by the Bard performed on The Old Globe theater’s outdoor stage. 2) Checking out the World Bodysurfing Championships at the Oceanside Pier, Aug. 19-20. 1) People-watching from a sidewalk dining patio in the Gaslamp Quarter, during Comic-Con—when I’ve spotted celebrities, superheroes, and literally thousands of visitors enjoying themselves in America’s Finest City. I could easily list my top 50 ways to enjoy San Diego, but that’s what the rest of this Great Outdoors issue is for—consider it your San Diego summer bible. We crisscross the county in 10 one-of-a-kind outdoor adventures; we eat and drink our way through Carlsbad; we hit up the Arts District Liberty Station for a dose of culture; and much more. I’m never not proud to show off my city, but for this summer in particular, my backyard is your backyard. Stay hydrated and safe, and report back. —SARAH DAOUST

Summer is ARTrageous! Enjoy FREE concerts, outdoor films, 120 galleries, museums, artist studios, distinctive restaurants & cafés, and so much more. Explore the 100 park-like acres of the former Naval Training Center.

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I could easily list my top 50 ways to enjoy San Diego, but that’s what the rest of this Great Outdoors issue is for—consider it your San Diego summer bible.”

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HOT DATES Summer 2017

TOP STOPS

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

JUNE 10-11 ARTS & CULTURE Nearly 200 renowned artists will showcase their work at the annual San Diego Festival of the Arts. Guests will enjoy gourmet local cuisine, live music, wine and craft beer at downtown’s Waterfront Park. p. 59

JULY 19-SEPT. 4 BACK IN THE SADDLE

The world-famous Del Mar Races are back with the first leg of its dual season of thoroughbred horseracing at the Del Mar Racetrack at Del Mar Fairgrounds. The fun starts with Opening Day on July 19, when tens of thousands will dress to impress—complete with fancy hats—and place their bets. Season highlights include beer and food festivals, a summer concert series and the famed $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 19. (The second leg of the season runs Nov. 1-26, with the Breeders’ Cup Nov. 3-4.) p. 59

7 THINGS NOT TO BE MISSED 1 SAN DIEGO COUNTY FAIR > JUNE 2-JULY 4 This year’s theme is “Where the West is Fun,” channeling cowboys, country music and the Wild West—complete with a Main Street saloon, themed festivities, rides, attractions, games, food vendors and specialty events. p. 59

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.

2 SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW > JUNE 15-18 Stroll along the waterfront at Spanish Landing Park and check out sailboats, family cruisers and ultra-luxurious “superyachts.” p. 59 3 COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL > JULY 20-23 Channel your inner superhero at the largest comic book and popular arts convention in the world with nearly 500,000 square feet of exhibits at the San Diego Convention Center. p. 59

4 PRIDE FESTIVAL & PARADE > JULY 14-16 Join more than 300,000 members and supporters of the LGBT community in Hillcrest for a festive weekend highlighted by a peaceful rally, a parade, a 5K race and a music festival. p. 59 5 SUMMERFEST > AUG. 4-25 La Jolla Music Society’s 31st annual SummerFest is a nationally recognized chamber music festival showcasing 80 world-class artists and ensembles. p. 59 6 WORLD BODYSURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS > AUG. 19-20 The 41st annual competition near the Oceanside Pier will play host to nearly 400 bodysurfers from across the globe as they compete for world titles. p. 60 7 SAN DIEGO SPIRITS FESTIVAL > AUG. 26-27 This eighth annual celebration on Broadway Pier brings together top chefs and mixologists for cocktail competitions, demos and entertainment. p. 60

JUNE 26-AUG. 28 SUMMER ORGAN FESTIVAL Enjoy free concerts every Monday evening at the 30th International Summer Organ Festival showcasing the Spreckels Organ—the world’s largest outdoor pipe organ—at Balboa Park. p. 59

SEPT. 1-4 SAND SCULPTING Broadway Pier will host the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge, where 300 tons of sand will be carved and molded into jaw-dropping sculptures. Plus art, live entertainment and food vendors. p. 60

SEPT. 2-4 SAIL AWAY Spend Labor Day weekend at the Festival of Sail, largest tall ship festival on the West Coast, hosted by the Maritime Museum of San Diego. The north embarcadero transforms into a familyfriendly nautical park, complete with a parade, petting zoo, live music and a beer garden. p. 60

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

DINING

Buon Appetito The cult-followed Buona Forchetta in South Park is known for its traditional Neapolitan pizzas, homemade pastas, Italian-speaking staff members and twinkle-light-covered patio. Now, a second, massive location by partners Matteo Cattaneo and Mario Cassineri has opened at Liberty Station. Welcome to Officine Buona Forchetta —a 2,600-square-foot stunner with two oversized patios, a children’s playground, an open kitchen with two custom pizza ovens, and modern warehouse-style decor. Our favorite seat in the house: an actual 1962 Fiat 850 coupe car, which can be reserved for two. The menu is loaded with upscale Tuscan entrees and Napolitano pies; plus pastas, Italian wines and cocktails, and authentic desserts. Try the Aldo pizza with pancetta, egg and truffle oil, and you’ll think you’ve been transported straight to Italy. 2865 Sims Road, Liberty Station, 619.548.5770

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The “farmhouse-chic” decor at The Crack Shack in Encinitas

NEWLY HATCHED On the heels of the popular Little Italy outpost devoted to chicken, eggs and cocktails, a second installment of The Crack Shack has opened in Encinitas, and it’s a thing of beauty. The massive, fast-casual eatery by Juniper & Ivy owner Michael Rosen and Top Chef star Richard Blais takes over the former Coco’s restaurant on Encinitas Boulevard. Expect a similar menu of chicken and egg-focused favorites, such as the Firebird with spicy fried thigh, cool ranch, crispy onions and pickles on a potato roll; and The Royale with chicken sausage, a sunny-side egg and smoked cheddar on a house-made English muffin. The full bar features craft cocktails and 32 taps; plus soft-serve ice cream and homemade cookies for dessert. The Crack Shack’s playful, family-friendly decor—designed by Bluemotif Architecture—includes an 18-seat bar, outdoor dining with a retractable roof, a kid-friendly sandbox and chalkboard wall. And you can’t miss the 9-foot-tall chicken statue. 407 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas, 760.230.2968

Seeing Red Celeb chef Rick Bayless’ newest baby finally has arrived—Red O La Jolla, located adjacent to Westfield UTC. Bayless serves as culinary director for the upscale restaurant’s fourth installment, with chefs Marc Johnson and Seth Vider overseeing the menu of traditional Mexican dishes, steaks and seafood—all infused

with local ingredients and modern touches. Think corn and goat cheese tamales, duck taquitos, enchiladas suizas, street tacos, prime tomahawk rib-eye, and passion fruit butter cake for dessert. The modern, luxe atmosphere is akin to that of a coastal Mexican resort— with warm woods, stenciled concrete flooring,

hand-blown hurricane glass fixtures, an elegant indoor-outdoor bar and open-air cabana seating. Grab a seat in the lounge and peruse an extensive list of tequilas, wine, craft beer and specialty cocktails—with live music nightly and happy hour from 3-7 p.m. daily. 4340 La Jolla Village Drive, UTC, redorestaurant.com

The "Tablita" dish with lobster and steak at Red O La Jolla

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New retail destinations, baubles and beauty items for summer

In the heart of La Jolla Village, the stunning new La Plaza La Jolla is a luxury shopping center housing high-end boutique retailers, dining and personal services—all nestled along an openair space, with Moroccan and Spanish-influenced architecture and panoramic ocean views. Favorite stops include children’s boutique Shannon & Co., featuring clothing, accessories and toys; and La Scarpa for haute couture, showcasing Italian scarves, footwear, jewelry and gifts. Brilliant Earth is another fabulous shop, specializing in ethically sourced fine jewelry. From engagement rings to diamond necklaces, earrings and vintage jewelry, each piece is responsibly, sustainably sourced; plus, its airy showroom boasts an ocean-view terrace. After shopping, dine on authentic coastal Italian cuisine at Catania; sip a cappuccino at Elixir Espresso Bar; sample Parisian cuisine at Le Petit Bistro; or grab an organic cold-pressed juice or smoothie at Beaming Superfood Cafe. 7863 Girard, Ave., La Jolla, laplazalajolla.com 1.Crescent diamond pendant at Brilliant Earth 2.Tiffany HardWear earrings at Tiffany & Co. 3.Mon Cheri lip gloss at Beauty Bakerie 4.La Plaza La Jolla's quaint exterior

At the open-air Fashion Valley Mall—encompassing more than 200 upscale stores and a regular influx of new retail tenants—it’s easy to shop ‘til you drop and then stay awhile. One of our current favorite reasons to visit is the new Tiffany HardWear collection at Tiffany & Co. The line of edgy, urban, architectural metal pieces—earrings, necklaces and rings—is chic yet utilitarian, the perfect accompaniment for casual or couture attire. Oh, and Lady Gaga is the official face of the collection. 7007 Friars Road, Mission Valley, tiffany.com Nearby at Westfield Mission Valley, the first flagship retail store for Beauty Bakerie Cosmetics Brand recently opened. The online retailer gained notoriety on Instagram in 2015, and since has rocketed to national success with its vegan, crueltyfree, smudge-proof makeup. Popular products include Lip Whips, a long-wear, kiss-proof lip gloss; GELato, a black, waterproof gel eyeliner; Sprinkles, a versatile face/eyelid glitter; Flour, a translucent setting powder; and BROWnies, highly pigmented, waterproof eyebrow gels. Founded by Cashmere Nicole, a single Indiana mother and breast cancer survivor, Beauty Bakerie is a departure from the “bad girl” stigma associated with mainstream makeup marketing, and instead celebrates that certain innocence and sweetness of being a girl … who loves makeup. 1640 Camino del Rio North, Mission Valley, beautybakerie.com

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SHOPPING IN SAN DIEGO during the summertime means enjoying indoor/outdoor “retail experiences” offering everything under the sun, literally. We rounded up a few new fashion, jewelry and beauty offerings worthy of a perusal.

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Experience North County’s most beautiful place to shop. Ocean breezes, incredible landscaping, sparkling fountains and the perfect collection of stores, restaurants, salons and spas, make The Forum Carlsbad a definite “must see” destination during a visit to San Diego. With Anthropoligie/BHLDN, Apple, J. Crew, Urban Outfitters, H&M, Free People, ivivva, Madewell, lululemon athletica, Sur La Table, bluemercury and more, The Forum Carlsbad is what shopping should be. And it’s yours to enjoy.

1923 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009, 760.479.0166, www.theforumcarlsbad.com

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A Robert Michael Jones art installation at the Arts District Liberty Station

ART + CULTURE

Art Outreach If you haven’t visited Liberty Station lately or at all, go now. The former Naval Training Center (NTC) in Point Loma has changed dramatically in the last two years alone— now flourishing with new restaurants, cafes, a luxury cinema, shopping, waterfront parks and the much-buzzed-about Liberty Public Market. It has become a true communityoriented, family-friendly destination that also makes visitors feel right at home.The encompassing stamp of the campus, the Arts District Liberty Station, has us particularly excited for the summer. Spanning 100 acres and comprising 120 galleries, museums, artist studios and eateries, the Arts District is currently celebrating its

10-year anniversary. Among some of our favorite artsy stops: the Women’s Museum of California, Visions Art Museum featuring contemporary quilts and textiles, the San Diego Comic Art Gallery, Comickaze Comics & Books, and the New Americans Museum. The district also houses many performing arts outfits, including White Box Live Arts, Theatre Arts School of San Diego, Recreational Music Center, National Comedy Theater, San Diego Ballet, California Ballet School and Malashock Dance. More than a dozen other studios and workshops offer hands-on experiences for art enthusiasts and children. A great way to explore the Arts District and meet its artists is via Friday

Night Liberty, a monthly art walk held the first Friday of each month from 5 to 9 p.m. A highlight of the Arts District’s “ARTrageous” summer programming is Liberty Station Second Saturday Cinema—a free outdoor film series with movies being screened the second Saturday evening of each month through Oct. 14, along Liberty Station’s north promenade. Produced in partnership with the Pacific Arts Movement, the series will spotlight “Heroes of the Arts on Film”— including Strictly Ballroom on June 10, Lego Batman Movie on July 8, and Sing on Aug. 12. Pack a picnic and bring a blanket for a movie night under the stars. 2825 Dewey Road, Point Loma, libertystation.com/artsdistrict

JEFF FISCHBECK

The summer sun shines extra bright over the Arts District Liberty Station.

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Choose Your Own

Adventure Around San Diego in 10 One-of-a-Kind Outdoor Excursions By sarah daoust and jordan fraser

(1) Giddy Up!

Take a trip out to northeast San Diego County to discover the countryside tranquility that is Warner Springs Ranch Resort. The historical property, once a working ranch in the mid-1800s, is now a 2,500-acre, westernstyle ranch resort that is being renovated in phases. Tee off on an 18-hole championship golf course or enjoy tennis, a spa, mineral hot springs, swimming pools, quaint casitas, restaurants, hiking, biking, fishing and more. A new reason to visit: the return of horseback riding to the resort. Available to the public,

the experience includes a twohour, guided trail ride aboard a seasoned horse through the Julian foothills. Expect stunning scenery and a unique adventure through this rural pocket of the region. 31652 Hwy. 79, Warner Springs, 760.782.4200, warnerspringsranchresort.com

(2) Zip, Zip

Get your heart pounding with a one-of-a-kind zip line experience at La Jolla Zip Zoom. The outfit takes guests down four zip lines that, totaled together, are more than 6,000 feet long—making it the longest

zip line in California. Located on the La Jolla Indian Reservation, the zip line offers scenic views of Palomar Mountain and Pauma Valley—while reaching speeds of 55 miles per hour. Later, if it’s hot enough, rent some rubber tires at the nearby La Jolla Indian Campground, and cool off by floating down the San Luis Rey River. 22000 CA-76, Pauma Valley, 760.742.3776, lajollazipzoom.com

(3) Fly High

Glide like a bird above the majestic bluffs overlooking Torrey Pines State Beach

aboard a hang glider or parasail glider. The Torrey Pines Gliderport offers tandem rides by experienced instructors about 300 days a year. The 20-25 minute flights show off the coastal cliffs, the Torrey Pines Golf Course and some of the region’s priciest real estate. Usually, you’re lucky enough to land right where you started. Occasionally, light winds mean you land below at Black’s Beach, where clothing is, um, optional (though not officially sanctioned). Just a warning. 2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive, La Jolla, 858.452.9858, flytorrey.com

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Zip-lining over Pauma Valley with La Jolla Zip Zoom

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Blast out of the water as high as 30 feet in the air with Jetpack America, based on Mission Bay. Riders strap on harnesses attached to two powerful water jets that push them above the water, as well as through it and under it. With

(5) Take a Hike Take in the diverse landscapes of San Dieguito River Park— which includes Lake Hodges and Bernardo Mountain—with a hike along 45 miles of a planned 70-mile trail known as the Coast

to Crest Trail. The route (also popular with equestrians and mountain bikers) starts in Del Mar (the coast) and reaches the summit of Volcan Mountain (the crest), north of Julian. Accessible trailheads are located in Del Mar, the Del Dios Gorge, at Lake Hodges, and in San Pasqual Valley. Hikes range in difficulty and terrain, as does the landscape, which becomes more rugged and remote as you head east. Bring plenty of water. sdrvc.org, sdrp.org

(6) Hang Ten Catch a wave in Carlsbad with SoCal Surf Lessons—a

seasoned surf school offering both private and group lessons, as well as surf camps, for beginners and advanced surfers. Open seven days a week and year-round, its bonded and insured instructors offer more than 10 years of teaching experience, and they guarantee you’ll be standing up your first lesson, or the next one is free. Lessons take place at a very beginner-friendly surf spot just off Carlsbad State Beach—perfect for laughing and falling amid gentle waves as you learn ... and you will fall a lot at first. 760.672.2770, socalsurflessons.com

above, Jim Coffee; left, CeCe Canton Photography

(4) Make a Splash

a little practice (you wear a helmet equipped with a headset through which an instructor guides you along at all times), guests can rocket all over the water up to 30 miles per hour and experience a sensation similar to flying. Mission Bay Sports Center, 1010 Santa Clara Place, Mission Bay, 888.553.6471, jetpackamerica.com

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Hiking on Lake Hodges Trail. Below left: Domaine Artefact’s grenache rosé.

Jet packing with Jetpack America on Mission Bay. Below: Selfies at San Diego Symphony's Bayside Summer Nights.

from dolphins to sea lions to leopard sharks to garibaldi. Bike tours and rentals are also available, or add on a snorkel experience to get even closer to La Jolla’s sea life. 2199 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla, 858.459.1114

(8) Sniff & Swirl

(7) Row Your Boat Or rather, paddle your kayak. Discover La Jolla’s spectacular sea cliffs, the Seven Caves and the La Jolla Underwater Park’s abundant marine life from the unique perspective of a kayak. Suitable for all skill levels, kayaking one of California’s most beautiful natural wonders is easily accessible with La Jolla Kayak’s expertly guided tours or self-exploration rentals. The Original Kayak Tour is a thrilling two-hour kayak experience that explores some of the finest scenery and most active marine life in the country. Kayakers have been known to spot everything

For a more relaxing adventure, head to Escondido, a sleepy agricultural pocket of northeast San Diego, for some wine tasting. The area is home to more than 20 vineyards offering a range of experiences. Among them, Domaine Artefact Winery is a charming 30-acre property with horse-filled paddocks and a sunny patio topped with umbrellas. They make a lovely white blend, the Les Beaux Blanc; and a classic red blend, the Rincon Del Diablo. Tastings are offered: Sat.-Sun., noon-6 p.m. 15404 Highland Valley Road, 760.432.8034 We also love Cordiano Winery, a converted 20-acre avocado farm that feels like you’ve be transported to Tuscany. Think vistas, rolling hills, Italian-style wines and wood-fired pizzas. The winery offers tastings Wed.-Sun., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (summer hours). 15732 Highland Valley Road, 760.469.9463

(9) Get Dramatic Make date night truly poetic at the Old Globe’s annual summer Shakespeare Festival, when its outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre comes to life with riveting productions. Highlights include King Richard II, starring Robert Sean Leonard, June 11-July 15; and the tragedy Hamlet, Aug. 6-Sept. 10. The festival is one of San Diego’s truly unique outdoor cultural experiences. Nothing like Shakespeare under the stars. 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623

(10) Music Magic It’s the pinnacle of live music experiences with a trifecta of sounds, sights and fresh

air. This year, the San Diego Symphony’s 10-week Bayside Summer Nights, formerly the Summer Pops, literally has something for everyone. Bookended again by two powerhouse performances, “Star Spangled Pops” on June 30 and the “1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular” on Sept. 3, Bayside Summer Nights 2017 is filled with a thoughtful, energetic mix of returning favorites, special guests, new series and top talent to create an unparalleled lineup of summer entertainment in America’s Finest City. Don’t miss a special concert with Tony Bennett on July 12. Embarcadero Marina Park South, downtown, sandiegosymphony.org

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Carlsbad π

The seaside city of Carlsbad in San Diego’s North County is a world-class destination on the rise. Spanning a 7-mile stretch of Pacific coastline, the family-friendly town is rich in SoCal surf culture, upscale shopping and popular places such as Legoland and The Flower Fields (in the springtime). Lately, its dining and beer scenes in particular have been expanding, with new eateries and breweries opening seemingly by the week. We rounded up some of our favorite new destinations. Welcome to casual-cool (and delicious) Carlsbad. An instant dining hotspot, literally, since opening September 2016, Campfire lives up to its name. The 6,000-square-foot, indoor/outdoor restaurant is a gorgeous “campground” outfitted with communal dining tables, a custom 12-foot hearth, fire pits and an actual teepee tent outside. Dishes on the market-driven seasonal menu utilize primitive, live-fire cooking methods—incorporating wood, charcoal and embers. Think smoked chicken, whole fish preparations and sides

Dining & Brewery-Hopping through North County’s City on the Rise By

Sarah daoust

π The rustic-chic bar at Campfire. Opposite: halibut ceviche at Campfire.

such as sprouted porridge bread. Cocktails include shareable growlers and smoky infusions. For dessert, you guessed it: s’mores, but with a creative twist. At Green Dragon Tavern & Museum, peruse historical documents and memorabilia from the Revolutionary War era inside its admission-free museum. Then venture inside its New England-style tavern for a local craft beer, enjoyed by its two-story stone fireplace. In the restaurant, feast on American comfort cuisine, including Maine lobster rolls, New England clam chowder and the Paul Revere burger made with house-cured bacon. For a fine-dining experience, West Steak & Seafood is an elegant steakhouse known for its prime meat cuts and sea fare. We love the baked blue crab cakes, the wagyu burger and the barrel-cut filet mignon. Just across the parking lot, the more casual Bistro West offers farm-to-table comfort dishes such as fried pumpkin mascarpone raviolis and duck confit with gnocchi among its pastas; plus, sandwiches, pizzas and salads.

john dole; opposite, lyudmila zotova

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Clockwise: shrimp cocktail at West Steak & Seafood; craft beers at Arcana Brewing Co.; homemade donuts at Park 101; beer taps at Barrel Republic.

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Details Arcana Brewing Company 5621 Palmer Way, 909.529.2337 Barrel Republic 2961 State St., 760.841.8404 Belching Beaver Brewery 980 Park Center Drive, Vista, 760.599.5832 Bistro West 4960 Avenida Encinas, 760.930.8008

Another buzzed-about spot, Blue Ocean Robata & Sushi Bar is high-style design meets modern Japanese cuisine. Step into an airy “aquarium” of sorts, beneath dangling glass lights that resemble ocean bubbles, surrounded by light fixtures that look and feel like sea urchins. On the menu: yakitori-skewered meats, seafood and veggies that are charcoal-fired to perfection on a custom Japanese robata grill, along with a fun selection of sushi rolls. Wash it all down with a well-curated selection of Japanese whiskeys. At Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, nationally acclaimed steakhouse, Bob’s Steak & Chop House, has opened its very first SoCal location. Known for its American prime cuts of meat, seafood and stellar service, the Texas-style restaurant (think woodsy elegance) is known for its

generous portions—with standouts including the blue cheese salad, prime “Cote de Boeuf” bone-in rib-eye, veal bone-in rib chop, and the decadent peanut butter and chocolate brownie sundae for dessert. For a healthy, casual bite, build your own custom poke bowl at the new location of Pokewan. The cheery, fast-casual eatery also features signature bowls such as the Superhero—salmon, quinoa, avocado, blue crab, blueberries, chia seeds and more. It’s divine. A true hidden gem, Carlsbad Gateway Center is home to some 80 businesses and offers eating, drinking and shopping all under one roof. Our favorite food stops include Prager Bros. Artisan Bread, Angel’s Salumi & Truffles, and OH! Juice. Opening this summer, Park 101 is a community hangout of sorts. Find to-go offerings like tri-tip sandwiches, homemade donuts, ice cream sandwiches, juices and coffee at the market. Sip a glass of wine or sample from more than 30 local beers at the Garden Pub; dine on smoky meat dishes at Park 101 Barbecue; and lounge around fire pits on the rooftop Tamarack View Deck. Furthering San Diego’s reputation as the nation’s craft beer capital, Carlsbad is burgeoning with breweries, beer bars and beer-centric experiences. Barrel Republic is a fun new stop, with a rotating selection of self-service taps featuring craft beers and ciders amid a low-key ambiance. And while not new, Pizza Port is a mustvisit institution for beer lovers. The bustling beach bar features a variety of beer; as well as hand-tossed pizzas, arcade games and picnic tables. Other beer tour favorites include Rouleur Brewing Company, specializing in hybrid beer styles; boutique brewery Arcana Brewing Company, with a delicious honey pale ale regularly on tap; Belching Beaver Brewery, an industrial-style tap room with a tasty milk stout; Toolbox Brewing Company, a small-batch craft brewery known for its sours; and Culver Beer Co., known for its fun trivia nights and a constantly changing list of draft beers that are good to the last drop.

Blue Ocean Robata & Sushi Bar 2958 Madison St., #100, 760.434.4959 Bob’s Steak & Chop House 2100 Costa Del Mar Road, 760.929.6346 Campfire 2725 State St., 760.637.5121 Carlsbad Gateway Center 5650 El Camino Real, #200, 760.804.2786 Culver Beer Co. 2719 Loker Ave., 760.814.2355 Green Dragon Tavern & Museum 6115 Paseo Del Norte, 760.918.2421 Park 101 3040 Carlsbad Blvd., park101carlsbad.com Pizza Port 571 Carlsbad Village Drive, 760.720.7007 Pokewan 2958 Madison St., #101, 760.720.2300 Rouleur Brewing Company 5840 El Camino Real, Suite 101, 442.244.5111 Toolbox Brewing Company 1495 Poinsettia Ave., #148, Vista, 888.686.6526 West Steak & Seafood 4980 Avenida Encinas, 760.930.9100

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TEE TIME

Dial in your golf game with our summer guide to the greens.

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OMNI LA COSTA RESORT & SPA

RANCHO BERNARDO INN

Amid 400 acres in the coastal foothills of Carlsbad, La Costa features two 18-hole courses (including the recently redone championship North Course), a driving range, equipment rental and Southern California’s only TOUR Golf Academy. The last four holes of the South Course are known as “the longest mile in golf.” 2100 Costa del Mar Road, Carlsbad, 800.854.5000

This 18-hole championship course features two natural lakes, a driving range with grass or mat tees and a championship yardage of 6,631. The resort has hosted PGA and LPGA events, and offers instruction and clinics by PGA pros. 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, Rancho Bernardo, 866.901.5547

TORREY PINES GOLF COURSE

You may have difficulty keeping your eye on the ball at this 18-hole championship course: From the back nine, the views of the Coronado Bridge and the San Diego skyline across the bay can be beautifully distracting. 2000 Visalia Row, Coronado, 619.435.3121

Home of the PGA’s esteemed annual tournament Farmers Insurance Open—which takes place in late January every year— Torrey Pines is one of the best-known properties in the U.S. Its two public courses have stunning ocean views from the bluffs above the Pacific, wide fairways and sloping greens. 11480 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, 858.581.7171

MADERAS GOLF CLUB This Johnny Miller- and Robert Muir Graves–designed course, named by Golf Digest as one of “America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses,” is set in secluded canyons and ravines 20 minutes northeast of downtown—complemented by creeks, lakes, waterfalls and native wildflowers. This 18-hole course plays to 7,115 yards from the back tees—and with five sets of tees, golfers of all skill levels can enjoy. The renowned maintenance practices of Troon Golf assure championship conditions every single day. 17750 Old Coach Road, Poway, 858.451.8100

PARK HYATT AVIARA The only Arnold Palmer signature golf course in San Diego, Aviara winds through rolling valleys with ocean views. Named by Golf Digest, Golf and Condé Nast Traveler magazines as one of the best in existence, the resort also welcomes non-guests to play. 7447 Batiquitos Drive, Carlsbad, 760.603.6900

BARONA CREEK GOLF CLUB

Torrey Pines Golf Course

This par-72 course, spanning 7,088 yards and created by Gary Roger Baird Design, includes 100-plus bunkers and a series of lakes and ponds. It was also the host site for the 2007 Nationwide Tour Championships. Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino, 1932 Wildcat Canyon Road, Lakeside, 619.387.7018

CORONADO MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE

THE GRAND GOLF CLUB Arguably the most scenically breathtaking course in the country, this exclusive golf course at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar—one of the top luxury resorts in the world—is a true treat to play. Open to resort guests, members and the property’s villa owners, its immaculate, Tom Fazio-designed fairways, rolling greens and dramatic elevations bordering Los Peñasquitos Canyon make for an unforgettable round. 5200 Grand Del Mar Court, Del Mar, 858.314.1930

SYCUAN GOLF RESORT Set amid rugged mountains and natural rock outcroppings, Sycuan Resort is a 25-minute drive east from downtown San Diego. There are two, 18-hole championship courses and an 18-hole executive course spread over some 425 acres. Also onsite is a golf school designed exclusively for women of all ages and skill levels, taught by LPGA professionals. 3007 Dehesa Road, El Cajon, 800.457.5568

SALT CREEK GOLF CLUB Carved through the foothills of Mount Miguel, this 280-acre layout is a links design by John Cook. It features three lakes, 78 bunkers and plenty of lush wetlands. The scenic course is surrounded by a wildlife refuge—not housing developments. Five sets of tees suit all levels, measuring 6,889 yards from the back tees and 5,505 from the forward tees. 525 Hunte Parkway, Chula Vista, 619.656.2373 SUMMER 2017 WHERE SAN DIEGO  23

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gaslamp quarter

/ downtown’s core / east village / little italy / embarcadero

DOWNTOWN

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

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

Ave.), Quiksilver (402 Fifth Ave.), Urban Outfitters (665 Fifth Ave.) and Bubbles Boutique (226 Fifth Ave.), carrying womenswear, accessories and gifts. Or make your way over to Westfield Horton Plaza, a multilevel outdoor mall with a kaleidoscopic design that kicked off the revitalization of downtown when it was constructed in 1985. It’s now home to some 100 restaurants and shops. There’s also culture to be had at the mall: San Diego Repertory Theatre performs on the Lyceum Theatre stage; and historical Balboa Theatre anchors the shopping

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

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

great find

Border Crossing Downtown gets a dose of soulful, coastal Mexican cuisine with the arrival of Curadero. The menu highlights bold Mexican flavors and regional dishes. A crudo bar features locally sourced fish; while plates include charcoal-grilled whole fish and overnight-braised pork shank; plus, street tacos. To drink: Mexican craft beers, Baja wines, mezcals and tequilas. 1047 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619.515.3003

(from top left) courtesy image, Ken Howard/Alamy Stock Photo, Brown w. Cannon III/intersection photos, gregory pierce

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

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

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

East Village Petco Park (100 Park Blvd.) and the Central Library (330 Park Blvd.) are major landmarks of this edgy neighborhood. Enjoy some open, green space at Fault Line Park (1433 Island Ave.); or nab a pair of new kicks at Blends (719 Eighth Ave.), which sells 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 out-

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

Little Italy A few blocks north of ­downtown, Little Italy is home to restaurants, galleries, boutiques and markets dotting the main drag, India Street. Highlights include M Winehouse (1918 India St.) wine bar and Ballast Point (2215 India St.) craft beer tasting room; a handful of galleries, such as Meyer Fine Art (2400 Kettner Blvd., #104), featuring contemporary art by renowned artists; and cool shops, including Little Apple (1980 Kettner Blvd., # 60), selling women’s clothing 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 (2310B Kettner Blvd.). And pop into Kapreeza (1772 Kettner Blvd.), a European lingerie and swimwear shop. Foodies will enjoy roaming the popular Saturday morning Mercato farmers market on Cedar Street (619.233.3769).

Embarcadero Shop and dine at The Headquarters at Seaport, offering boutiques and galleries; and Seaport Village, with more shops and restaurants. The bayside boardwalk is an easy walk from the Convention Center. Grab an iced cappuccino at Upstart Crow Bookstore & Coffeehouse (835C 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 aircraft carrier and the floating Maritime Museum.

Cocktails at The Nolen

insider tips

Bottom’s up Try these stylish downtown watering holes for fabulous craft cocktails, beer and wine. Craft & Commerce/ False Idol 675 W. Beech St., Little Italy, 619.269.2202 Fairweather 795 J St., East Village, 619.255.6507 The Lion’s Share 629 Kettner Blvd., Marina District, 619.564.6924 Noble Experiment 777 G St., East Village, 619.888.4713 The Nolen 453 Sixth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.796.6536 Searsucker San Diego 611 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.233.7327 Top of the Hyatt Manchester Grand Hyatt, 1 Market Place, downtown, 619.232.1234 You & Yours Distilling Co. 1495 G St., East Village, 619.955.8755

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SHOPS & GALLERIES

/ arts & science / GOLDEN TRIANGLE / recreation / TORREY PINES

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

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

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

The Stuart Collection, a group of site-specific outdoor sculptures, adds to the artistic setting at UC San Diego. A 24-foot giant teddy bear made of boulders and a 560-foot-long “Snake Path” are among the 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).

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artsy gem The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library is a treasure trove of music and art finds. The nonprofit membership library houses books, periodicals, DVDs, sheet music, librettos and an impressive compilation of artists’ books; while its School of the Arts offers studio art classes and tours. Enjoy events year-round, including art exhibits, lectures and classical and jazz concerts. 1008 Wall St., La Jolla, 858.454.5872

(clockwise from top left) courtesy la plaza la jolla, ashok sinha,courtesy the hake, Philipp Scholz Rittermann

Shops & Galleries La Jolla’s stylish streets are lined with high-end boutiques, antique stores and art galleries. Prospect Street and Girard Avenue form the spines of the village shopping district, and hidden gems await on the side streets, including boutique stationery shop Sweet Paper (7660 Fay Ave.); 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, we love women’s apparel boutique Laura Gambucci (7655 Girard Ave.), a wellappointed 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 female-friendly stores

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

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The Hake

insider tips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CORONADO

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

BEACH CITIES 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.

CORONADO Coronado is an island with smalltown charm. Well, it’s not really an island, though many locals call it that. Coro­nado is actually an ­isthmus, attached to the mainland at the southern end of Silver Strand State Beach. Though driving there via the iconic Coro­nado Bridge is always a thrill, it’s also great fun to travel by sea. The Coronado/ San Diego Ferry leaves on the hour from downtown’s Broadway Pier between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. (619.234.4111), while San Diego Water Taxi offers on-call transportation around the bay from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (619.235.8294). Upon arrival, check out the shops at Coronado Ferry Landing (1201 First St.), then rent a 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; Art & Frames by Wood Gallery (936 Orange Ave.), and Emerald C Gallery (1331 Orange Ave.) for art inspiration. Catch a play at Lamb’s Players Theatre (1142 Orange Ave.), the area’s best ensemble outfit.

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

OCEAN BEACH & POINT LOMA “O.B.” for short, this neighborhood is truly one of San Diego’s most unique. It’s an endless summer of love and sense of community in O.B., an aggregation of aging hippies, surfers, ­bikers, artists, ­musicians and other free spirits. The main drag, Newport Avenue, smells of incense and has many shops catering to the O.B. lifestyle, 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

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HIGH TIDE Come ashore at the Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa to visit its Current & Tides Restaurant, which has unveiled a new, locally sourced, Baja-inspired menu. Highlights include the lobster BLTA, with bacon, butter lettuce, tomatoes and aioli; crispy fish tacos; and coconut rice bowls. Happy hour includes coastal cocktails like the coconut margarita. 2000 Second St., Coronado, 619.435.3000

(FIRST THREE FROM LEFT) BROWN CANNON III/INTERSECTION PHOTOS; (FAR RIGHT) COURTESY STAKE CHOPHOUSE

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

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& PACIFIC BEACH

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

heaven for graphic-novel fans. The Corner Store (4873 Newport Ave.) is home to shabby-chic furnishings, tea sets, vintage costume jewelry and home/ garden treasures. Just off Newport, Noon Design Shop (4993 Niagara Ave.) has handmade letterpress cards and jewelry. Wind down the day with a leisurely stroll along the Ocean Beach 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 offers panoramic vistas stretching from San Diego to Mexico. There are also hiking trails, tidepools, a historical ­lighthouse, and museum exhibits about conquistador Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, the founder of San Diego.

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

/ MISSION BAY PARK

The best way to experience this area is to walk along the boardwalk, where people-watching is not just encouraged; it’s a must. If the nonstop parade of skateboarders, in-liners, bikers, ­joggers and walkers gets to be too much, walk across Mission Boulevard to the quieter bayside boardwalk. Garnet Avenue and Mission Boulevard form the backbone of this funky, retro retail district, which boasts dozens of small shops filled with surfing gear, swimsuits and casual wear. Begin the 10-block shopping stroll where the two main streets intersect, then head east. First order of business: Find that perfect bikini. 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 Mission Bay Park is a 4,000-acre gathering spot to enjoy activities like running, biking, skating, kite-flying, sailing, stand-up paddle boarding and boating. Several sportfishing charters depart daily from Mission Bay, and a variety of ­watercraft can be rented from nearby shops. The west side of the bay is also home to several resort hotels and world-renowned SeaWorld. Don’t miss the thrilling Shark Encounter and the Turtle Reef exhibition and ride.

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coronado musts Spending a sunny day in Coronado? Be sure to visit these cool spots. Bluewater Boathouse Seafood Grill 1701 Strand Way, Coronado, 619.435.0155 Coronado Beach Ocean Boulevard, Coronado Coronado Cays Gondola Rides 503 Grand Caribe Causeway, Coronado, 619.429.6317 Coronado Ferry Landing 1201 First St., Coronado, 619.435.8895 Coronado Museum of History & Art 1100 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.435.7242 Hotel del Coronado 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.435.6611 Lamb’s Players Theatre 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.6000 Stake Chophouse 1309 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.522.0077

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HILLCREST

/ UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS & MISSION HILLS / NORTH PARK / SOUTH PARK

UPTOWN

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 & 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 Frenchcountry home accessories. Presidio Park (619.692.4918) at the western edge of ­this neighborhood, is historically significant as the site of the first European settlement in California. Scenic trails lead to the neighboring Junípero Serra Museum. The museum, built in 1929, is a ­replica of the mission erected there in 1769.

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

WFor a map of these neighborhoods, see p. 77. For restaurants in this area, see p. 57.

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

South Park About a mile south of University on 30th Street lies the quiet neighborhood known as South Park. Though largely residential, South Park has several great eateries and bars, and is an ideal place to shop for gifts while supporting local merchants. Favorite retailers in this area include South Park Dry Goods Co. (3010 Juniper St.), which stocks natural fiber yarns, gift items and handmade cards; Make Good (2207 Fern St.), with locally made clothing, home accents and jewelry; Grant’s Marketplace (2953 Beech St.) for gourmet groceries; and South Bark Dog Wash (2037 30th St.), to pamper your canines.

(clockwise from top left) joseph s giacalone/Alamy Stock Photo, Citizen of the Planet/Alamy Stock Photo, courtesy image, Lyudmila Zotova, stacy keck

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

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Coffee Talk Need a caffeine fix? These quaint uptown cafes and coffee shops are here to help. But first, coffee ... Café Calabria 3933 30th St., North Park, 619.291.1759 Communal Coffee 2335 University Ave., North Park, 619.363.7737 Dark Horse Coffee Roasters 3794 30th St., North Park, 619.955.7447

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

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tea party It’s tea time in North Park. Welcome to owner Geraldine Ridaura’s Holy Matcha, San Diego’s first cafe specializing exclusively in matcha—a specialty green tea grown in Japan, known for its powerful health benefits. The matcha arrives in hot and cold drinks—including potent shots, tea bowls, lemonade and lattes—plus matchaglazed donuts. 3118 University Ave., North Park, holymatchasd.com

Hawthorn Coffee 3019 Adams Ave., University Heights, 619.501.4882 Heartwork Coffee Bar 3993 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills, 619.293.3300 Holsem Coffee 2911 University Ave., North Park, 619.546.8542 Pappalecco 3650 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest, 619.906.5566 Subterranean Coffee Boutique 412 University Ave., Hillcrest, 619.756.7513

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DEL MAR

/ SOLANA BEACH / ENCINITAS / CARLSBAD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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lagoon life Explore Carlsbad’s Agua Hedionda Lagoon with a two-hour, V.I.P. eco tour. Offered by the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation, in partnership with California Water Sports, the experience includes an educational tour aboard a tandem kayak, led by guides, through the 400-acre lagoon. Learn about its eco system, history and animal life. 1580 Cannon Road, Carlsbad, 760.804.1969, lagoon.aguahedionda.org

(clockwise from top left) Sam Wells, edwin santiago, courtesy OMA, courtesy Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation

Del Mar 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 mid-July to early September (then returns for the month of November), but fun events are held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds year-round. Jimmy Durante Boulevard— named for the famous entertainer who lived in Del Mar—paves the way from the track to the heart of the village. The intersection of Camino Del Mar and 15th Street forms Del Mar’s center. The Del Mar Plaza has scenic fountains and sweeping ocean views, plus upscale shops, clothing boutiques and restaurants. There’s more retail along Del

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

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

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

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

California Surf Museum 312 Pier View Way, Oceanside, 760.721.6876

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

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

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ARTS & CULTURE

/ SCIENCE & HISTORY / ATTRACTIONS & GARDENS / RECREATION / DINING

BALBOA PARK 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 PanamaCalifornia Exposition in 1915–16, and the CaliforniaPacific 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. 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. 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

WFOR A MAP OF THESE NEIGHBORHOODS, SEE P. 78. FOR RESTAURANTS IN THIS AREA, SEE P. 57.

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 sports museum, the San Diego Hall of Champions has interactive displays inviting visitors 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—with a focus on Southern California and Baja—via exciting interactive and educational media.

(FROM LEFT) EDWIN SANTIAGO, COURTESY SAN DIEGO ZOO, JON BILOUS/ALAMY STOCK PHOTO

presents exhibitions by contemporary local artists every four to six weeks, and the historical Spanish Village Art Center is a collection of 37 studios representing more than 200 artists working in media ranging from sculpture to blown glass; the charming courtyard setting evokes that of an Old World town square.

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EAT SHEET Looking to grab a bite, a pint or cappuccino? Check out the park’s dining and drinking outposts. Albert’s Restaurant 2920 Zoo Drive, 619.685.3200 Balboa Park Village Grill 1770 Village Place, 619.702.2428 Café Mingei 1439 El Prado, 619.239.0003 Flight Path Grill San Diego Air & Space Museum, 2001 Pan American Plaza, 619.234.8291 Left to right: Museum of Man; elephants at San Diego Zoo; Botanical Building and lily pond.

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FLOWER POWER The historical Botanical Building—originally built for the park’s 1915-16 Exposition, is one of the world’s largest lath buildings. Its rows of thin, reed-like shingles make for a striking cage-like exterior. Inside, walk among 2,100 plants, including palms, orchids, ferns, cycads and tropical flora; plus seasonal flower displays and a “touch and smell me” herb garden. 1549 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.239.0512

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

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

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

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

RECREATION From hiking and jogging to tennis and bocce ball, you’ll find it in the park. The Balboa Park Activity Center has facilities for badminton, table tennis, volleyball and more, while the Balboa Park Municipal Golf Course offers striking views of downtown and Coronado. At Texas and Upas streets, on the park’s northeast end, the Morley Field Sports Complex is a haven for disc golf fans and other sports nuts, boasting a velodrome, archery range and bocce court. Check in here for information on the many hike and bike trails through Florida Canyon, a popular workout spot for joggers. The nearby Balboa Tennis Club is open to the public, with 25 courts and a full-service pro shop, plus lessons and clinics. The dapper, white-clad members of the San Diego Lawn Bowling Club, which has been around for more than 75 years, play seven days a week near the corner of Sixth Avenue and Laurel Street. Visitors are welcome to join the fun and get a free lesson. There are also a few leash-free dog parks here, including one at Balboa Drive and El Prado, south of the Cabrillo Bridge, and another at Morley Field, northwest of the tennis courts. The park is among the most dog-friendly public recreational properties of its kind in the world. Expect to see dozens both on and off leash at every turn. DINING Several casual snack bars and coffee carts can be found throughout the park and inside certain museums. For a sit-down experience, try The Prado, whose lively, colorful interior and charming garden patio—not to mention delicious Latin American cuisine, refreshing salads and exotic South American cocktails—have made it a longtime local favorite. Another popular outpost, The Tea Pavilion at the Japanese Friendship Garden serves tea, noodles and sushi in a casual setting. Other park dining favorites include Cafe Mingei located in theMingei International Museum; Flight Path Grill, an outdoor restaurant at the San Diego Air & Space Museum serving hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza and salads; and dog-friendly outdoor gastropub Panama 66, serving craft beer, cocktails and local fare at The San Diego Museum of Art.

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Ramen bars are all the rage in San Diego, yet few do ramen quite like Tajima. With locations in Kearny Mesa, East Village and Hillcrest, its newest outpost, Tajima North Park, is a delicious addition to the ‘hood. The long, linear space has a casual, urban vibe—with industrial ceilings, red banquettes, concrete floors and wood-paneled walls. The menu shines with starters such as tempura Brussels sprouts, Kakuni buns with juicy pork belly, and sushi hand rolls; poke bowls and kimchi fried rice bowls; and the star of the menu: the ramen. Available in a handful of incarnations—from traditional tonkotsu to spicy sesame to vegan—with either thin, fat or spinach noodles, each fragrant bowl arrives piping hot. Try the Tajima Ramen with tonkotsu broth, pork chashu, fat noodles and a side of black garlic oil. 3015 Adams Ave., North Park, 619.756.7517

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/ Dining American 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

All-Day Eats Now open in Little Italy, Herb & Eatery is a casual, dog-friendly outpost open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The converted warehouse space feels like a San Francisco cafe-meetsgourmet market—featuring walk-up counter service, a dining loft, urban art dotting the walls, communal tables and an upside-down rowboat parked on the ceiling. For breakfast, the baked goods made inhouse are heavenly. Try the maple croissant sandwich, with maple-pork sausage, a fried over-easy egg and Gruyere cheese. There’s also baked egg dishes, granola and smoothies. On the all-day menu: gourmet salads, sandwiches and comfort dishes—think avocado toast and mac ‘n’ cheese. Herb & Eatery also houses a retail area with boutique wines and pantry items. 2210 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619.794.2790

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 57. Map locators at the end of each listing (Map A3; Map H10, etc.) refer to maps on pages 76-79. Compendium includes editors’ recommendations and advertisers.

index American.........................40 Breakfast.........................43 California Cuisine...........44 Chinese...........................46 Dessert............................47 French.............................47 International...................48

Italian...............................49 Japanese/Pacific Rim....51 Mexican/Southwestern.52 Seafood......................... 53 Steak............................. 54 Thai............................... 54 Wine Bars..................... 54

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

W In the mood for sushi? Try one of the county’s popular outposts for authentic and creative fare—including Nobu and Shino Sushi + Kappo. pp. 51-52.

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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

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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. $$$$  Map W19 GRANT GRILL  Expect seasonal dishes with ingredients native to the region—jumbo diver scallops are a signature dish—while Jeff Josenhans crafts his mixology magic behind the bar, all housed inside the historical US Grant hotel. B, L, D (daily).  326 Broadway, downtown, 619.744.2077. $$$$  Map Q16 GREAT MAPLE  This upscale “diner” serves comfort food and serious drinks. Choose from salads, burgers, sandwiches, seafood, pasta and flatbread pizzas, but save room for house-made apple pie or the popular maplebacon doughnuts. B, L (M-F); D (Tu-Su); Br (Sa-Su).  1451 Washington St., Hillcrest, 619.255.2282. $$  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

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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

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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.) 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

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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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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

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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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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

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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 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 THE FRENCH GOURMET  This quaint, relaxed restaurant, bakery and wine shop is known for its California-

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DINING influenced 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. $$  Map H8 MILLE FLEURS  This romantic, fine-dining restaurant is a classic date spot. The cuisine is creative, updated French/California (think: escargot and whole Dover sole meunière). L (Tu–F), D (nightly).  6009 Paseo ­Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe, 858.756.3085. $$$$  Map W23 PAMPLEMOUSSE GRILLE  Chef ­Jeffrey Strauss presents a country-French–influenced American menu in a quirky, casually elegant setting near the racetrack. Don’t miss the basil-roasted sea bass with sauteed rock shrimp and a polenta cake. L (F), D (nightly).  514 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, 858.792.9090. $$$$  Map W22 PONSATY’S  Master French Chef Patrick Ponsaty presents his new signature fine-dining restaurant— with an elegant dining room, two more casual patios, refined French-Med fare and a wide selection of wine and scotch. Popular dishes include fois gras-stuffed guinea hen, wild sturgeon and cote de boeuf for two. D (Tu-Su).  6106 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe, 858.771.1871. $$$$  Map W23 THE SMOKING GOAT  This cozy neighborhood bistro serves up French and American cuisine with a countryside flair. Expect such dishes as the Berkshire pork chop, steak frites and its famous duck fat truffle fries. D (Tu-Su).  3408 30th St., North Park, 619.955.5295. $$$  Map J12

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

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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. $$$  Map O17 MISS B’S COCONUT CLUB   This laid-back hangout features an open-air bar, Caribbean-inspired fare and tropical cocktails. Try the curried coconut mussels and the jerk-rubbed chicken wings. Br, L, D (daily).  3704 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach, 858.381.0855. $$  Map H7 Q’ERO RESTAURANT  A cozy Peruvian restaurant featuring regional classics such as lomo saltado and the

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DINING signature beverage, chicha morada, made from purple corn. L, D (W-Sa).  564 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, 760.753.9050. $$  Map V22 QUEENSTOWN PUBLIC HOUSE  Salads, burgers and specialties like fish ‘n’ chips rule the menu at this New Zealand-inspired eatery, featuring a charming dining porch and dog-friendly dining lawn and patio. Weekend brunch includes chicken ’n’ waffles and sangria. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  1557 Columbia St., Little Italy, 619.546.0444. $$  Map P15 REI DO GADO  Brazilian-style steakhouse serves succulent mesquite-cooked beef and pork, brought tableside on skewers until you tell them to stop. L, D (daily).  939 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.702.8464. $$$  Map Q16 SOLTAN BANOO  Eclectic, casual Persian restaurant featuring lamb, beef, vegan and curry dishes with fragrant basmati rice. L (daily), D (nightly).  4645 Park Blvd., University Heights, 619.298.2801. $$  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

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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 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, hand-

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DINING made pastas and traditional entrees; plus a separate all-vegan menu. L, D (daily).  1845 India St., Little Italy, 619.431.5990. $$  Map P15 CUCINA ENOTECA  Located at Flower Hill Promenade, the stylish eatery features a rooftop patio and a Cali-Italian menu with antipasti, salads, pastas and artisanal pizzas; plus a retail wine shop. L (Tu-Su), D (nightly).  2730 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, 858.704.4500. $$$  Map X22 CUCINA URBANA  Crowded, chic hotspot features house-made pastas, pizzas, farm-to-table dishes, houseinfused cocktails and wine shop. L (Tu-F), D (nightly).  505 Laurel St., Bankers Hill, 619.239.2222. $$$  Map O16 DAVANTI ENOTECA  Lively hotspot serves rustic Italian shareable plates like mascarpone polenta, plus pasta, pizza and salumi. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  1655 India St., Little Italy, 619.237.9606,  Map P15; 12955 El Camino Real, Del Mar, 858.519.5060. $$$  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

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DINING fired pizza and red wine osso bucco. B, L, D (daily).  1735 India St., Little Italy, 619.234.1735. $$  Map P15 TRATTORIA I TRULLI  Superb pasta and sauces in a rustic setting featuring more than 100 wines. The creme brulee shouldn’t be missed. L, D (daily).  830 S. Coast Hwy. 101, #100, Encinitas, 760.943.6800. $$  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

JAPANESE/PACIFIC RIM AZUKI SUSHI  Seemingly a hole in the wall from the street view, but inside lies a charming eatery and sushi bar with an airy back patio. Excellent, expertly prepared sushi and specialty rolls. L (M-F), D (nightly).  2321 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill, 619.238.4760. $$$  Map O16 BALI HAI  Tiki oasis has a Polynesian menu, featuring Korean barbecued ribs and wok-fried whole striped bass, plus fabulous bay views and stiff mai tais. L (M-Sa), D (nightly), Br (Su).  2230 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island, 619.222.1181. $$$  Map K9 BLUE OCEAN ROBATA & SUSHI BAR  High-style design meets 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

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DINING as well as the specialty rolls. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Su).  838 W. Ash St., Little Italy, 619.255.2527. $$$  Map P16 TAKA  Stylish, upscale sushi bar with inventive Asian fusion dishes, such as miso black cod and oysters dynamite, on and off the menu. D (nightly).  555 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.338.0555. $$$  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. $$  Map Q16 CAFE COYOTE  South-of-the-border classics in a lively setting in the center of Old Town. Choose from more than 100 tequilas in your margarita to wash down the enchiladas suizas and addictive tortilla chips. B, L, D (daily).  2461 San Diego Ave., Old Town, 619.291.4695. $$  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. $$$  Map L10 CASA GUADALAJARA  Bazaar del Mundo’s awardwinning Mexican restaurant and cantina features a colorful outdoor patio, live mariachi music and some of the best enchiladas and flautas in town. L, D (daily).  4105 Taylor St., Old Town, 619.295.5111. $$  Map M13 COASTERRA  The stars are its massive waterfront dining deck and regional Mexican cuisine—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 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,

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SEAFOOD BLUE POINT COASTAL CUISINE  Enjoy Californiastyle seafood and fresh oysters, as well as blue crab and white truffle mac ‘n’ cheese. Hip martini bar with plenty of specialty cocktails and decadent desserts, too. D (nightly).  565 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.233.6623. $$$$  Map Q16 BLUEWATER BOATHOUSE SEAFOOD GRILL  Located right over the water in the historical former boathouse of the Hotel del Coronado, this classic fish house features fresh, sustainable seafood, house-made chowders and an oyster bar. L, D (daily).  1701 Strand Way, Coronado, 619.435.0155. $$  Map L10

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THE BRIGANTINE  Popular chain with a rollicking happy hour, steaks and chops is known for its fish tacos, swordfish and oyster bars. L, D (daily); Br (Su at Del Mar and Coronado).  2725 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island, 619.224.2871,  Map K8; 3263 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.481.1166,  Map X22; 1333 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.435.4166. $$  Map L10 DUKE’S LA JOLLA  You’ll be filled with the Aloha spirit at this island-style outpost. The Hawaii-based chain is known for its seasonal, fresh fish and seafood, choice steaks, tropical cocktails and vibrant atmosphere. Save room for Kimo’s Hula Pie. B, L, D (daily).  1216 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.454.5888. $$$  Map W19 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

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THE FISH MARKET/TOP OF THE MARKET  Casual dining includes seafood, sushi, an oyster bar and bay views at the downtown location. Upstairs: fine dining and expanded wine list. L, D (daily).  750 N. Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, 619.232.3474,  Map Q15; 640 Via de la Valle, Solana Beach, 858.755.2277. $$  Map W22 HUMPHREYS RESTAURANT  Yacht-club views with bayside seafood by chef Nicolas Bour, such as sauteed Georges bank scallops and pepper-crusted king salmon.

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DINING temporary 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 Q1

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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. $$$  Map Q16 OSETRA  Indulge in caviar, vodka and oysters at this progressive eatery, whose interior is defined by a three-story wine tower. Prime-aged meats are also on the menu. D (nightly).  904 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.239.1800. $$$  Map Q16 PACIFIC COAST GRILL  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-the-Sea, 760.479.0721. $$$  Map V22
 PACIFICA DEL MAR  Upscale, ocean-view, Asian fusion spot attracts a power crowd with mustard catfish and sugar-spiced salmon. Visit the vodka bar with more than 160 selections. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.792.0476. $$$  Map X22 PEOHE’S  Tropical decor with spectacular water views looking back at the San Diego skyline; plus Pacific Rim plates like crispy wok-fried whole bass and fire shrimp. And try the surf ‘n’ turf roll with lobster and seared filet mignon L, D (daily); Br (Su).  1201 First St., Coronado, 619.437.4474. $$$  Map K10 POSEIDON RESTAURANT  Its beachfront deck offers unrivaled views. Dinner entrees such as lemon peppercrusted diver scallops, blackened Pacific swordfish and wasabi-sesame-crusted yellowfin tuna make up the con-

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

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 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. $$  Map M18 SAFFRON  San Diego’s first authentic Thai restaurant is known for its healthy saffron-marinated rotisserie chicken, Thai noodles, salads and fragrant soups. Quickservice counter and casual ambiance. L, D (daily).  3731 India St., Mission Hills, 619.574.7737. $  Map J10 SPICE & RICE THAI KITCHEN  Local favorite offers creative twist on Thai food with specialties like Panang curry duck, crispy chicken with red curry and spicy chili halibut. L (M–Sa), D (nightly).  7734 Girard Ave., La Jolla, 858.456.0466. $$  Map W19 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

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

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

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

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

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

WE OLIVE  Olive oil tasting room also includes coastalview wine bar featuring California wines and tastings of gourmet food items, plus specialty gifts. Great spot for happy hour, featuring discounted cheese plates and other gourmet nibbles, plus wines by the glass. L, D (daily).  1158 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.551.8250. $$  Map W19

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. $$$  Map L10 VIGILUCCI’S SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE  Italianinfluenced chop house with beach views features steaks, chicken, veal, fresh catches, oysters (baked and on the half shell), salads and fresh pastas such as the classic capellini checca. L, D (daily); Br (Su).  3878 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, 760.434.2580. $$$  Map T22

THAI 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

THE WINE LOVER  Parisian-inspired wine shop and bar in the heart of Hillcrest features an outdoor patio, international wines, gourmet cheeses and imported olives.  L (Tu-Su), D (nightly). 3968 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest, 619.294.9200. $$$  Map N16 WINE STEALS  Vino, cheeses, pizzas and charcuterie; plus a wine retail shop with 300 bottles from California and across the globe. Relaxed neighborhood vibe at all three locations. Open daily.  1953 San Elijo Ave., Cardiffby-the-Sea, 760.230.2657, Map W22; 1243 University Ave., Hillcrest, 619.295.1188. $$  Map N17 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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DINING ORANGE COUNTY DINING A RESTAURANT  Stylish spot—”classically hip since 1926”—with red leather booths. Kentucky fried quail; Imperial Wagyu coulotte steak. Café/market adjacent. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Su).  3334 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.650.6505 $$$  Map N13 ANDREI’S CONSCIOUS CUISINE & COCKTAILS  Distinctive fare—e.g., crab cones, venison shank—and excellent cocktails amid striking decor; garden terrace with fire “tornadoes.” L (M-F), D (M-Sa).  2607 Main St., Irvine, 949.387.8887 $$  Map D4 ARC  Chef Noah Blöm’s “flame, flavor, finesse” cuisine (e.g., pig with black beans, maple and herbs) amid rusticapothecary decor. Butcher’s Love for four may be O.C.’s best steak; superb cocktails use house-made everything. L, D (daily).  South Coast Collection, 3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 949.500.5561 $$  Map J12 CUCINA ENOTECA  Cal-Ital plus wine shop amid fun decor. Vasi (filled jars), lobster gnocchi neri, guanciale bucatini, house-infused liquors. L, D (daily); Br (Su).  Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.721.2000; Irvine Spectrum Center, 31 Fortune Drive, Irvine, 949.861.2222 $$  Map L15, D5 FARMHOUSE  Rich Mead (Sage, Sage on the Coast) is back with a field-to-fork-inspired café at Roger’s Gardens—and it’s a hit, especially with the lunching ladies. L, D (daily).  2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar, 949.640.1415 $$$  Map L16 MOZAMBIQUE  African fortress gone hip and stylish offers Cal-Portuguese-South African cuisine such as piri piri prawns. Veranda rooftop dining. Complimentary ride within 3 miles—in really nice vehicles. L, D (daily).  1740 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.7777 $$  Map I16 OOTORO SUSHI  New. Every bite surprises at this impressive omakase-centric spot; rare fish, a toro trio, A5+ Kobe beef plus elaborate cooked dishes. Fine-dining anchor for Trade food hall. L, D (Tu-Sa).  2222 Michelson Drive, Irvine, 949.222.0688 $$$  Map K13 PASCAL  The latest list-topping home for venerated chef Pascal Olhats offers Pascal Experience menu—plus bakery and epicerie items, salads, sandwiches, panini, desserts and picnics to go. B, L, D (daily).  103 Rancho Viejo Road, San Juan Capistrano, 949.488.0031 $$  Map I17 PIZZERIA MOZZA  Culinary stars Mario Batali, Nancy Silverton and Joseph Bastianich replicate their renowned L.A. and Singapore spots. Pizzas use distinctive dough. Start with bone marrow al forno; finish with caramel coppetta with marshmallow sauce. L, D (daily).  800 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.945.1126 $$  Map M13 PROVENANCE  Cathy Pavlos’ wine-country-farmhousethemed spot has elaborate patio garden. Pan-roasted cauliflower kung pao, s’more in a jar dessert. Fantastic brunch. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Su).  531 Eastbluff Drive, Newport Beach, 949.718.0477 $$  Map L1 SUSHI ROKU  Gorgeous spot at Fashion Island from CalJapanese sushi pioneer. Fluke kumquat sashimi, premium tofu three ways, blue-crab tartare, Prime rib-eye steak Japonais and spectacular zen s’mores dessert. Each chef gives sushi his open spin. L, D (daily).  327 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.706.3622 $$  Map L15

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

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

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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GASLAMP QUARTER BARLEYMASH  (American)..................................................................... 40 BICE  (Italian).................................................................................................. 49 BLUE POINT  (Seafood)............................................................................ 53 BRIAN’S 24  (Breakfast)............................................................................ 43 CAFE SEVILLA  (International)............................................................... 48 COLD BEERS & CHEESEBURGERS  (American)...................... 40 CUTE CAKES  (Desserts)......................................................................... 47 DONOVAN’S  (Steak)............................................................................... 54 FLEMING’S  (Steak).................................................................................... 54 FOGO DE CHÃO  (Steak)...................................................................... 54 GARAGE KITCHEN + BAR  (American)......................................... 40 GHIRADELLI  (Dessert)............................................................................. 47 GREYSTONE  (Steak)................................................................................ 54 JSIX  (California Cuisine)............................................................................... 45 MCCORMICK & SCHMICK’S  (Seafood) ...................................... 54 NOBU  (Japanese)......................................................................................... 51 THE OCEANAIRE  (Seafood)................................................................. 54 OSETRA  (Seafood)...................................................................................... 54 OSTERIA PANEVINO  (Italian)............................................................ 50 REI DO GADO  (International)............................................................... 49 SEARSUCKER  (American)....................................................................... 42 TAKA  (Japanese)........................................................................................... 52 UNION KITCHEN & TAP  (American).............................................. 43

DOWNTOWN/EAST VILLAGE/EMBARCADERO THE BLIND BURRO  (Mexican/Southwestern) . .............................. 52 CAFE 222  (Breakfast)................................................................................ 43 CAFE CHLOE  (French)............................................................................. 47 CARNITAS’ SNACK SHACK  (California Cuisine)......................... 44 COUNTERPOINT  (Wine Bars).............................................................. 54 COWBOY STAR  (Steak)......................................................................... 54 EDDIE V’S PRIME SEAFOOD  (Seafood)...................................... 53 THE FISH MARKET  (Seafood) ............................................................ 53 FLOUR & BARLEY  (Italian) . ................................................................ 50 GRANT GRILL  (California Cuisine)........................................................ 45 HALF DOOR BREWING CO.  (American)..................................... 40 HODAD’S  (American)................................................................................ 42 HORNBLOWER  (American)................................................................... 42 LOTUS THAI  (Thai)................................................................................... 54 THE MISSION  (Breakfast)....................................................................... 44 MORTON’S, THE STEAKHOUSE  (Steak)................................... 54 NEIGHBORHOOD  (American)............................................................ 42 PUESTO  (Mexican/Southwestern).......................................................... 53 RICHARD WALKER’S PANCAKE HOUSE  (Breakfast)......... 44 SALLY’S  (Seafood)....................................................................................... 54 SALUD!  (Mexican)....................................................................................... 53 SEASONS 52  (California Cuisine).......................................................... 46 TOP OF THE MARKET  (Seafood)..................................................... 53

LITTLE ITALY BARBUSA  (Italian)...................................................................................... 49 BENCOTTO  (Italian)................................................................................. 49 BURGER LOUNGE  (California Cuisine).............................................. 44 CIVICO 1845  (Italian).............................................................................. 49 CRAFT & COMMERCE  (American).................................................. 40 THE CRACK SHACK  (California Cuisine).......................................... 44 DAVANTI ENOTECA  (Italian)............................................................. 50 EXTRAORDINARY DESSERTS  (Desserts)................................... 47 HERB & WOOD  (American).................................................................. 40 IRONSIDE FISH & OYSTER  (Seafood)........................................... 54 INDIGO GRILL  (International)............................................................... 48 ISOLA PIZZA BAR  (Italian)................................................................... 50 JUNIPER & IVY  (California Cuisine)..................................................... 45 KETTNER EXCHANGE  (American).................................................. 42 M WINEHOUSE  (Wine Bar) ................................................................. 54 MONELLO  (Italian) ................................................................................... 50 PACIFIC STANDARD  (American)....................................................... 42 PREPKITCHEN  (California Cuisine)....................................................... 46 QUEENSTOWN PUBLIC HOUSE  (International)...................... 49 SHINO SUSHI + KAPPO  (Japanese)............................................... 51 TRATTORIA FANTASTICA  (Italian)................................................. 50 WINE VAULT & BISTRO  (Wine Bars)............................................... 54

LA JOLLA BROCKTON VILLA  (American)........................................................... 40 BURGER LOUNGE  (California Cuisine).............................................. 44 CAFE JAPENGO  (Japanese)................................................................. 51 CAFE LA RUE  (French)............................................................................ 47 CAROLINE’S SEASIDE CAFÉ  (American) ................................... 40 CATANIA COASTAL ITALIAN  (Italian).......................................... 49 THE COTTAGE  (Breakfast).................................................................... 43 CUSP  (California Cuisine) ........................................................................... 44

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DONOVAN’S  (Steak)............................................................................... 54 DUKE’S LA JOLLA  (Seafood).............................................................. 53 EDDIE V’S PRIME SEAFOOD  (Seafood)...................................... 53 FLEMING’S  (Steak).................................................................................... 54 GEORGE’S AT THE COVE  (California Cuisine)............................ 45 THE HAKE  (International)........................................................................ 48 HERRINGBONE  (American).................................................................. 40 ISOLA PIZZA BAR  (Italian)................................................................... 50 MARINE ROOM  (California Cuisine)................................................... 45 THE MED  (American)................................................................................ 42 MICHELE COULON DESSERTIER  (Desserts)............................ 47 MUSEUM CAFE  (American).................................................................. 42 NINE-TEN  (California Cuisine)................................................................. 46 PIATTI  (Italian)............................................................................................... 50 PUESTO  (Mexican/Southwestern).......................................................... 53 RED O RESTAURANT  (Mexican/Southwestern)............................ 53 RICHARD WALKER’S PANCAKE HOUSE  (Breakfast)......... 44 SEASONS 52  (California Cuisine).......................................................... 46 SPICE & RICE  (Thai)................................................................................. 54 WHISKNLADLE  (California Cuisine)..................................................... 46 WE OLIVE  (Wine Bars).............................................................................. 54

MISSION BAY/BEACHES BACKYARD KITCHEN & TAP  (American).................................... 40 BO-BEAU  (French)...................................................................................... 47 CAFFE BELLA ITALIA  (Italian)............................................................ 49 CANNONBALL  (Japanese/Pacific Rim)............................................... 51 COSTA BRAVA  (International)............................................................... 48 DRAFT  (American)....................................................................................... 40 THE FRENCH GOURMET  (French)................................................. 47 HODAD’S  (American)................................................................................ 42 ISABEL’S CANTINA  (Breakfast)........................................................... 43 JRDN  (California Cuisine)............................................................................ 45 MISS B’S COCONUT CLUB  (International).................................. 48 THE MISSION  (Breakfast)....................................................................... 44 PACIFIC BEACH ALE HOUSE  (California Cuisine)..................... 46 THE PATIO ON LAMONT  (California Cuisine).............................. 46 PUEBLO  (Mexican)..................................................................................... 52

HARBOR /SHELTER/POINT LOMA BALI HAI  (Japanese/Pacific Rim)............................................................. 51 BREAKFAST REPUBLIC  (Breakfast)................................................. 43 THE BRIGANTINE  (Seafood)................................................................ 53 COASTERRA  (Mexican)........................................................................... 52 FIRESIDE BY THE PATIO  (California Cuisine)................................ 45 HUMPHREY’S RESTAURANT  (Seafood)....................................... 53 ISLAND PRIME  (Seafood)....................................................................... 54 JIMMY’S TAVERN  (American)............................................................. 42 MIGUEL’S COCINA  (Mexican/Southwestern).................................. 52 OLD VENICE  (Italian)............................................................................... 50 EAT AT THE PEARL  (California Cuisine)............................................ 44 SLATER’S 50/50  (American) ................................................................ 43

CORONADO 1500 OCEAN  (California Cuisine)......................................................... 44 BLUEWATER BOATHOUSE  (Seafood)........................................... 53 BURGER LOUNGE  (California Cuisine).............................................. 44 THE BRIGANTINE  (Seafood)................................................................ 53 CANDELAS  (Mexican/Southwestern)................................................... 52 IL FORNAIO  (Italian)................................................................................ 50 LEROY’S KITCHEN  (California Cuisine)............................................. 45 MIGUEL’S COCINA  (Mexican/Southwestern).................................. 52 STAKE CHOPHOUSE  (Steak)............................................................. 54 VIGILUCCI’S RISTORANTE  (Italian)............................................... 51

DEL MAR/RANCHO SANTA FE ADDISON  (French)..................................................................................... 47 ARTERRA  (California Cuisine).................................................................. 44 THE BRIGANTINE  (Seafood)................................................................ 53 BULLY’S  (California Cuisine)...................................................................... 44 CUCINA ENOTECA  (Italian)................................................................ 50 DAVANTI ENOTECA  (Italian)............................................................. 50 DEL MAR RENDEZVOUS  (Chinese)............................................... 46 EN FUEGO  (Mexican/Southwestern).................................................... 52 IL FORNAIO  (Italian)................................................................................ 50 KITCHEN 1540  (California Cuisine)...................................................... 45 MARKET  (California Cuisine).................................................................... 45 MILLE FLEURS  (French).......................................................................... 48 PACIFICA DEL MAR  (Seafood)........................................................... 54 PONSATY’S  (French)................................................................................. 48 POSEIDON  (Seafood)............................................................................... 54 SAMMY’S WOODFIRED PIZZA  (California Cuisine)................ 46 SEARSUCKER  (American)....................................................................... 42 SNOOZE  (Breakfast).................................................................................. 44

NORTH COASTAL BEACH GRASS CAFE  (Breakfast)..................................................... 43 BLUE OCEAN ROBATA & SUSHI BAR  (Japanese)................ 51 BOB’S STEAK & CHOP HOUSE  (Steak)..................................... 54 BREAKFAST REPUBLIC  (Breakfast)................................................. 43 CAMPFIRE  (American).............................................................................. 40 CHART HOUSE  (American)................................................................... 40 CRAFTSMAN TAVERN  (American)................................................... 40 DECOY DOCKSIDE DINING  (American)..................................... 40 FISH 101  (Seafood)..................................................................................... 53 THE FISH MARKET  (Seafood)............................................................. 53 THE FLYING PIG  (California Cuisine).................................................. 45 GREEN DRAGON TAVERN  (American)........................................ 40 HARNEY SUSHI  (Japanese)................................................................... 51 PACIFIC COAST GRILL  (Seafood)..................................................... 54 PAMPLEMOUSSE GRILLE  (French)................................................. 48 Q’ERO RESTAURANT  (International)............................................... 48 SOLACE  (American)................................................................................... 43 TRATTORIA I TRULLI  (Italian)............................................................. 51 UNION KITCHEN & TAP  (American).............................................. 43 VIGILUCCI’S SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE  (Steak).............. 54 VIGILUCCI’S CUCINA ITALIANA  (Italian).................................. 51 VIVACE  (Italian)........................................................................................... 51 WINE STEALS  (Wine Bars)..................................................................... 54 ZENBU  (Japanese)....................................................................................... 52

UPTOWN ALEXANDER’S  (Italian) ......................................................................... 49 AMARIN THAI  (Thai)............................................................................... 54 ARRIVEDERCI  (Italian)............................................................................ 49 AZUKI SUSHI  (Japanese) . ...................................................................... 51 BANKERS HILL  (American).................................................................... 40 BLEU BOHEME  (French) ....................................................................... 47 LA BONNE TABLE  (French)................................................................. 47 BREAKFAST REPUBLIC  (Breakfast)................................................. 43 THE BREW PROJECT  (American)..................................................... 40 BROOKLYN GIRL  (American)............................................................... 40 BUONA FORCHETTA  (Italian)........................................................... 49 CARNITAS’ SNACK SHACK  (California Cuisine)......................... 44 CUCINA URBANA  (Italian).................................................................. 50 EXTRAORDINARY DESSERTS  (Desserts)................................... 47 GREAT MAPLE  (California Cuisine)...................................................... 45 HASH HOUSE A GO GO  (Breakfast)............................................. 43 LOTUS THAI  (Thai)................................................................................... 54 MADISON  (California Cuisine)................................................................ 45 THE MISSION  (Breakfast)....................................................................... 44 MISTER A’S  (American)............................................................................ 42 ONE DOOR NORTH  (American)....................................................... 42 PARMA CUCINA ITALIANA  (Italian).............................................. 50 PLUMERIA  (Thai)....................................................................................... 54 THE PATIO ON GOLDFINCH  (California Cuisine)...................... 46 THE PRADO  (International).................................................................... 48 THE RED DOOR  (American)................................................................. 42 THE ROSE  (Wine Bars) ............................................................................ 54 SAFFRON  (Thai)......................................................................................... 54 THE SMOKING GOAT  (French) . ...................................................... 48 SNOOZE  (Breakfast).................................................................................. 44 SOLTAN BANOO  (International) ........................................................ 49 STARLITE  (California Cuisine) .................................................................. 46 TASTE OF THAI  (Thai)............................................................................ 54 URBAN SOLACE  (American)................................................................ 43 WAYPOINT PUBLIC  (California Cuisine)........................................... 46 WOW WOW WAFFLE  (Breakfast).................................................... 44 THE WINE LOVER  (Wine Bars)........................................................... 54 WINE STEALS  (Wine Bars)..................................................................... 54

OLD TOWN EL AGAVE  (Mexican/Southwestern)...................................................... 52 BERTA’S LATIN AMERICAN  (International).................................. 48 CAFE COYOTE  (Mexican/Southwestern).......................................... 52 CASA GUADALAJARA  (Mexican/Southwestern)......................... 52 HARNEY SUSHI  (Japanese)................................................................... 51 JACK & GIULIO’S  (Italian).................................................................... 50 MIGUEL’S COCINA  (Mexican)............................................................. 52 OLD TOWN MEXICAN CAFE  (Mexican)..................................... 52

MISSION VALLEY/KEARNY MESA BLUE SMOKE SUSHI LOUNGE  (Japanese)................................ 51 DUMPLING INN  (Chinese).................................................................... 46 JASMINE SEAFOOD  (Chinese).......................................................... 47 SAMMY’S WOODFIRED PIZZA  (California Cuisine)................ 46 SHAN XI MAGIC KITCHEN  (Chinese)........................................... 47 STACKED  (American)................................................................................ 43

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THE GUIDE FESTIVALS + SPECIAL EVENTS BASEBALL  Ongoing. Catch a San Diego Padres home game at Petco Park, with rivals including the Los Angeles Dodgers (June 30-July 2), San Francisco Giants (July 14-16) and Philadelphia Phillies (Aug. 14-16)  100 Park Blvd., East Village, 619.795.5000.  Map R17

INDEX Festivals + Events ......... 59 Wineries......................... 65

SAN DIEGO COUNTY FAIR  June 2-July 4 (closed Mondays except July 3, and Tuesdays except June 27 and July 4). San Diego’s largest annual event is “Where the West Is Fun”—celebrating all things Wild, Wild West—and features car shows, animals, games, exhibits, carnival rides, arts and crafts, food vendors, concerts and more.  Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 858.755.1161, sdfair.com.  Map X22

Attractions..................... 64 Tours + Transport.......... 71

SUMMER SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL  June 11-Sept. 10. The Old Globe presents King Richard II (June 11-July 15) and Hamlet (Aug. 6-Sept. 10) performed in nightly repertory on the outdoor stage.  1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.  Map O17 SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW  June 15-18. Browse and board dozens of docked boats at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, from sailing yachts to family cruisers.  1380 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island, sandiegointernationalboatshow.com.  Map P13 SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL BEER FESTIVAL   June 16-18. Enjoy hundreds of beers from all over the globe—including many hard-to-find specialty craft beers—alongside local favorites at this 11th annual event.  Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 858.755.1161.  Map X22 TASTE OF GASLAMP  June 17, 1-4 p.m. Sample dishes from 25+ restaurants during this 23rd annual event, celebrating the Gaslamp Quarter’s 150th anniversary this year. At the end of your tour, enjoy a complimentary beer and gorgeous views at the Altitude Sky Lounge.  600 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, tasteofgaslamp.com.  Map Q16

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GUIDELINES Map locators at the end of each listing (Map A3; Map H10, etc.) refer to maps on pages 76-79. Compendium includes editors’ recommendations and advertisers.

MAINLY MOZART FESTIVAL  June 2-25. The region’s annual music festival celebrates Mozart and other classical masters. Various venues.  mainlymozart.org, 619.466.8742.

SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS  June 10-11. Formerly known as the La Jolla Festival of the Arts, the 31st annual arts festival hosts nearly 200 award-winning local and national artists.  Waterfront Park, Embarcadero, 619.744.0534, sdfestivalofthearts.org.  Map P15

Theater........................... 60 Museums....................... 65 Music + Dance............... 62 Destination Shopping... 67 Casinos........................... 63 Nightlife.......................... 68

BIG BAY BOOM  July 4. The Port of San Diego presents this annual festive display of fireworks from barges in the bay. Best viewing sites include downtown, Coronado, Harbor and Shelter Islands, and Imperial Beach. bigbayboom.com.  Map Q14 CORONADO INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION  July 4. Parade starts at 10 a.m. along Orange Avenue, followed by a concert at 4 p.m. in Spreckels Park and fireworks over Glorietta Bay at 9 p.m.  Coronado, 619.437.8788.  Map K10 HISTORIC OLD TOWN FOURTH OF JULY  July 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This 19th-century-inspired celebration features a parade, crafts, wagon rides, period games, music, a pie-eating contest and more.  Old Town State Historic Park, Old Town, 619.220.5422.  Map M13 64TH ANNUAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OVERTHE-LINE TOURNAMENT  July 8-9 and 15-16. Three-member teams compete in S.D.’s original beach softball tournament, a colorful event for mature audiences.  Fiesta Island, Mission Bay, ombac.org.  Map I9 SAN DIEGO PRIDE FESTIVAL & PARADE  July 15-16. The 43rd annual celebration is one of the largest in the nation. Join more than 300,000 members and supporters of the LGBT community from all over the country as they flock to the Hillcrest neighborhood for a festive weekend highlighted by a peaceful rally, a parade, a 5K race and a music festival  Parade: Sa 11 a.m. at University Avenue and Normal Street, Hillcrest. Festival: Sa 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Su 11 a.m.-8 p.m. at Balboa Park, sdpride.org.  Map N17

DEL MAR SUMMER SOLSTICE  June 22, 5-8 p.m. Annual culinary event features samples from top Del Mar eateries, wine and beer tastings and live music. 21+.  Powerhouse Park, 1658 Coast Blvd., Del Mar, visitdelmarvillage.com.  Map X22

DEL MAR RACING  July 19-Sept. 4. Catch thoroughbred racing five days a week (dark M and Tu, except Labor Day). Post time most days is 2 p.m. Special events include Four O’Clock Fridays concert series, Beer Festival, family weekends and the $1 million Pacific Classic (Aug. 19).  Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, dmtc.com.  Map X22

OCEAN BEACH STREET FAIR & CHILI COOKOFF  June 24, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Enjoy a day of live music across five stages, plus an artists’ alley, children’s activities, a beachside beer garden and a chili cook-off featuring more than two dozen amateur entrants.  Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach, oceanbeachsandiego.com.  Map J8

COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL  July 20-23. The nation’s largest convention celebrating comics and the popular arts features comic-book publishers, game companies, film studios and toy makers. Sold out.  San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, comic-con.org.  Map R16

TASTE OF ADAMS AVENUE  June 25, 11 a.m-3 p.m. Sample eats from 40 restaurants along Adams Avenue, serving everything from Thai to Mexican to dessert.  Adams Avenue, Normal Heights, adamsavenuebusiness.com.  Map I12

SUMMERFEST  Aug. 4-25. La Jolla Music Society’s 31st annual chamber music festival features more than 80 international artists and ensembles performing concerts.  Various locations. ljms.org.

INTERNATIONAL SUMMER ORGAN FESTIVAL June 26-Aug. 28. On Mondays at 7:30 p.m., enjoy free concerts by internationally renowned organists performing on the world’s largest outdoor pipe organ.  Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, spreckelsorgan.org.  Map O17

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TWAINFEST  Aug. 19, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Annual event celebrates the life and writings of Mark Twain and his contemporaries. Enjoy stories read by professional actors, live music, games and more activities for the entire family.  Old Town State Historic Park, Old Town, 619.220.5422.  Map M13

Convoy Nights Kearny Mesa’s Convoy District— known for its many authentic Asian eateries—just received a dose of buzzworthy nightlife. Have a seat at Hive, an entertainment venue housing a karaoke bar, cocktail lounge and restaurant spanning 8,000 square feet. A 50-seat bar, aka “The Island,” showcases local spirits, 50 beers on tap and barrel-aged cocktails. In the 300seat main dining area, sample Cali-Korean cuisine with global influences and local ingredients by Executive Chef Q Yoo. Menu standouts include the pork belly beet salad, chicken katsu curry and spicy seafood soup. The space also includes 14 private karaoke rooms with bottle service, a V.I.P. liquor locker and full arcade. Future plans include a 12,000-square-foot expansion with a 3,000-square-foot nightclub. 4428 Convoy St., Kearny Mesa, 858.576.0700

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ENTERTAINMENT WORLD BODYSURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS  Aug. 19-20. The 41st annual competition will play host to nearly 400 bodysurfers from across the globe competing for world titles in their respective age and gender divisions.  Oceanside Pier, Pier View Way, Oceanside, worldbodysurfing.org.  Map S22 SAN DIEGO SPIRITS FESTIVAL  Aug. 26-27. The annual celebration brings together the region’s top chefs and mixologists for competitions and demos. 21+.  Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, 1000 N. Harbor Drive, downtown, sandiegospiritsfestival.com.  Map Q15 FESTIVAL OF SAIL  Sept. 1-4. The largest tall ship festival on the West Coast transforms the North Embarcadero into a nautical theme park for Labor Day Weekend. Set sail on the bay or explore the ships while docked at the Maritime Museum. Plus kids activity zone, arts and craft vendors, and more.  1492 N. Harbor Drive, downtown, sdmaritime.org.  Map P15 U.S. SAND SCULPTING CHALLENGE  Sept. 1-4. Witness professional master sculptors as they compete in this annual sand castle competition, plus live music, dancers, circus performers, magicians and kid-friendly activities.  Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, 1000 N. Harbor Drive, downtown, ussandsculpting.com.  Map Q15

THEATER THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON  Through 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  Through 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 ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE  Through June 25. Featuring original songs and Jimmy Buffett classics, this world-premiere musical tells the story of a bartender/ singer who thinks he’s got life all figured out until a tourist 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 IMAGINARY INVALID  Through June 25. In this classic Molière comedy, the hypochondriac Argan wants his daughter to marry a doctor so he can save on his medical bills. But as it turns out, she’s in love with someone else. Soon the whole household joins in her madcap scheme to save true love.  White Theatre at The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.  Map O17 THE SPITFIRE GRILL  Through June 25. A compelling, heartwarming tale of redemption and fortitude, this heartfelt musical tells the engaging story of a young woman recently released from prison who is searching for a new life.  North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, 858.481.1055.  Map X22 I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE  June 2-25. Catch this witty, musical comedy about modern love in all forms.  OB Playhouse & Theatre Co. 4944 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach, 619.795.9305.  Map J7 BIG FISH  June 9-July 30. The Broadway hit based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton is a delightful, adventurous musical journey about the importance of imagination and storytelling in our lives.  Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.6000. Map L10

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ENTERTAINMENT KING RICHARD II  June 11-July 15. Convinced of his divine right to rule, King Richard acts recklessly and provides the canny Henry Bolingbroke an opening to seize the crown in this insightful portrait of how the forces of history collide and combust to shape a nation’s political landscape.  The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.  Map O17 THE BODYGUARD  June 13-18. A romantic thriller based on the hit film, The Bodyguard stars R&B superstar Deborah Cox and features many irresistible songs, including “Queen of the Night,” “So Emotional,” “Saving All My Love” and “I Will Always Love You.”  Broadway/ San Diego, Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100.  Map Q16

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AVENUE Q  July (dates to be announced). Humans and puppets interact in this hilarious musical about twentysomethings learning how to live and love in New York.  OB Playhouse & Theatre Co. 4944 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach, 619.795.9305.  Map J7 GUYS AND DOLLS  July 2-Aug. 13. Based on Damon Runyon’s famous tales of small-time hoods and showgirls, Guys and Dolls is filled with some of the most loved showtunes, including “Luck Be a Lady,” “I’ve Never Been in Love Before” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.”  Shiley Stage at The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.  Map O17 AT THE OLD PLACE  July 5-30. In her mid-40s and facing a breaking point, a literature professor returns to her childhood home in Virginia only to discover two young people camped out on her lawn in this intimate new play about the search for the roads not taken.  Mandell Weiss Forum at the La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, 858.550.1010.  Map T20 ANIMAL CRACKERS  July 5-Aug. 13. Based on the original Marx Brothers Broadway hit and classic film, this stage adaptation is an outrageous, rollicking, laughout-loud musical comedy, complete with audience participation.  Cygnet Theatre in Old Town, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, 619.337.1525.  Map M13 AT THIS EVENING’S PERFORMANCE  July 12-Aug. 6. A bohemian theater troupe performing in an Eastern European police state finds more drama backstage than onstage in this uproarious comedy.  North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, 858.481.1055.  Map X22 KEN LUDWIG’S ROBIN HOOD!  July 22-Aug. 27. Comic genius Ken Ludwig is back with a brand-new Globe-commissioned world-premiere comedy that tells the timeless story of a hero of the people who takes on the powers that be in hilarious fashion.  White Theatre at The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.  Map O17 THE BOOK OF MORMON  July 25-30. From the creators of South Park, experience Broadway’s religious satire musical that everyone’s raving about, and is also the winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical. Contains explicit language.  Broadway/San Diego, Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100.  Map Q16 KILL LOCAL  August 1-27. A pitch-black comedy about blood ties, revenge and trying to get unstuck—especially when your life is dedicated to ending others’.  Potiker Theatre at the La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, 858.550.1010.  Map T20 EVITA  Aug. 3-27. Andrew Lloyd Weber’s awardwinning musical about the rise of Eva Peron—the controversial first lady of Argentina—features a Latin rock/jazz/pop score with such timeless classics as “On This Night of a Thousand Stars,” “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” and “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.”  SD Rep at Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619.544.1000.  Map Q16

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ENTERTAINMENT HAMLET  Aug. 6-Sept. 10. Revenge thriller, ghost story, psychological drama, political epic, family saga. Packed with unforgettable characters, theatrical masterstrokes, and world-famous lines, Hamlet is one of the greatest plays ever written.  The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.  Map O17 THE EXPLORERS CLUB  Aug. 11-Sept. 24. A hilarious send up of a Victorian men’s club beset by women, poisonous snakes, exotic plants, bartending savages and crazed Irishmen.  Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.6000.  Map L10

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MUSIC + DANCE + CONCERTS ATHENAEUM MUSIC AND ARTS LIBRARY  June 7: Chris Potter Quartet (jazz); June 15: Linda May Han Oh Quartet (jazz); June 21: Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet (jazz); June 25: Fantasia: Celebrating Georg Philipp Telemann (classical); July 11: Shai Maestro Trio (jazz); July 2, 9, 16, 23: Summer Festival feat. Gustavo Romero (piano) celebrating Enrique Granados.  1008 Wall St., La Jolla, 858.454.5872.  Map W19

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BALBOA THEATRE  June 4, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24: Mainly Mozart Festival; July 15: Cinema at the Balboa: Lord of the Rings; July 29-30: San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus presents Divas; Aug. 27: Ira Glass.  868 Fourth Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100.  Map Q16 CIVIC THEATRE  June 3: Body Rock Dance Competition; June 19: Brit Floyd; June 26: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds; July 8: DanTDM; July 9: Sin Bandera; July 21: The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses; Aug. 10: The Avett Brothers.  1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100.  Map Q16 HUMPHREYS CONCERTS BY THE BAY  June 2: Dana Carvey; June 6: Sheryl Crow; June 7: Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot; June 11: TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band; June 12: Ziggy Marley; June 19: King Crimson; June 23: Gordon Lightfoot; June 25: Blind Pilot; July 13: The Temptations / The Four Tops; July 14: 50 Summers of Love feat. Micky Dolenz, Mark Lindsay and The Fab Four; July 17: Chris Isaak; July 19: Happy Together Tour; Aug. 1: Huey Lewis and the News; Aug. 8: Diana Krall; Aug. 12: America; Aug. 16: The Doobie Brothers; Aug. 17-18: Lost ’80s Live; Aug. 23: Bryan Ferry; Aug. 24: Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home “Love and Comedy” Show; Aug. 25: Dave Koz & Larry Graham; Aug. 26: Pink Martini; Aug. 27: The Gipsy Kings.  2241 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island, 619.224.3577.  Map K9

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LA JOLLA MUSIC SOCIETY  Aug. 4-25: SummerFest. Various locations.  858.459.3728, ljms.org. MATTRESS FIRM AMPHITHEATRE  June 4: Lady Antebellum; June 16: Def Leppard; June 18: Boston w/ Joan Jett & The Blackhearts; June 20: Korn; June 23: Brad Paisley; July 1: Rebelution; July 7: Rise Against and Deftones; July 14: Dirty Heads and Soja; July 28: Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows; Aug. 10: Sam Hunt; Aug. 11: Incubus w/ Jimmy Eat World; Aug. 29: Foreigner w/ Cheap Trick; Sept. 1: OneRepublic.  2050 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista, 619.671.3500.  Map F4 OPEN AIR THEATRE AT SDSU  June 3: Kidz Bop Kids; July 9: Prince Royce; July 18: 2Cellos; July 20: Retro Futura Tour w/ Howard Jones, Paul Young, English Beat, Men Without Hats, Katrina and the Waves, and Modern English; July 21: Third Eye Blind; Aug. 1: AFI and Circa Survive; Aug. 12: Steve Martin & Martin Short; Aug. 13: Straight No Chaser / Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox; Aug. 20: 311; Aug. 24: Young the Giant; Aug. 27: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.  5500 Campanile Drive, SDSU, 619.594.0429.  Map E3 SAN DIEGO COUNTY FAIR CONCERTS  Most events free with Fair admission except those starred. June 2: Lauren Alaina & Sundance Head; June 4: La Arrolladora Banda El Limón; June 7: Patti LaBelle.  Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 858.755.1161.  Map X22

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ENTERTAINMENT S.D. COUNTY FAIR CONCERTS CONT’D.  June 10: Toby Keith*; June 11: Roberto Tapia; June 14: Collective Soul; June 15: Grand Funk Railroad; June 16: Darius Rucker*; June 17: Spirit West Coast*; June 18: Grupo Intocable; June 21: Switchfoot; June 22: Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons*; June 24: Gospel Festival; June 25: Calibre 50; June 30: Dan + Shay; July 1: Jeff Foxworthy*; July 2: Paquita la del Barrio; July 4: Anjelah Johnson.  Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 858.755.1161.  Map X22 SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY BAYSIDE SUMMER NIGHTS June 30-July 2: Star Spangled Pops; July 4: America’s Birthday w/ Wynonna Judd; July 6: Herb Alpert and Lani Hall; July 7-8: Leslie Odom Jr.; July 12: Tony Bennett; July 14-15: Air Supply; July 27: New Orleans Jazz feat. Dr. John; July 28: Hooray for Hollywood; July 29-30: Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets; Aug. 4-5: Boz Scaggs; Aug. 6: Sergio Mendes; Aug. 10: Latin Jazz Masters; Aug. 11: E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial; Aug. 12: La La Land; Aug. 13: Angélique Kidjo; Aug. 18-19: Broadway Concert feat. Fiddler on the Roof; Aug. 20: Boléro by the Bay; Aug. 24: MONK’estra; Aug. 25: Amos Lee; Aug. 26: Commodores; Aug. 27: Ozomatli; Sept. 1-3: 1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular.  Embarcadero Marina Park South, Embarcadero, 619.235.0804.  Map R15 VALLEY VIEW CASINO CENTER  June 9: Gloria Trevi vs. Alejandra Guzmán; June 17: Magic 92.5 Summer Jam feat. Morris Day & The Time, Zapp, Stevie B, Kid ‘N Play and more; June 23: Maxwell w/ Common and Ledisi; July 14: Shawn Mendes; July 19: Daryl Hall & John Oates / Tears for Fears; July 23: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill; Aug. 6: Ed Sheeran; Aug. 8: Neil Diamond.  3500 Sports Arena Blvd., Midway District, 619.224.4171.  Map J9

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VIEJAS ARENA AT SDSU  June 1: New Kids on the Block w/ Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul; July 27: Lionel Richie w/ Mariah Carey; Aug. 12: Hans Zimmer.  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 fullservice 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 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

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ATTRACTIONS + MUSEUMS 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 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

ATTRACTIONS 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 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: whalewatching, 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 nature   and animal haven in East County’s 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 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

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ATTRACTIONS + MUSEUMS SAN DIEGO ZOO  The world-famous zoo houses 4,000 rare and endangered animals in a charming park with gorgeous inclined walking trails. $48; kids 3–11 $32; kids 2 and under free. Free parking. Open daily 9 a.m.-9 p.m.  2920 Zoo Drive, Balboa Park, 619.231.1515.  Map O17 SEAWORLD  The 189-acre adventure park features thousands of marine animals; plus fish, reptiles and birds. $89; kids 3–9 $83; kids 2 and under free. Parking: $14-19. Open daily; call for hours and combo rates.  500 Sea World Drive, Mission Bay Park, 800.257.4268.  Map I8

WINERIES 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

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 and physics; plus an IMAX Dome Theater. M-Th 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (open later during holiday breaks); F-Su 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $16.95-19.95; kids 3 and under free.  1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.238.1233.  Map O17

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ATTRACTIONS + MUSEUMS 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

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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

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MUSEUM OF MAKING MUSIC  Explore vintage instruments and interactive audio and visual exhibits that offer a dynamic look into the history of American popular music. Tu–Su 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $5–8; kids 5 and under free.  5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, 760.438.5996.  Map U23 MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS  Collection includes contemporary photography, social documentary and photojournalism; plus regularly rotating exhibits and film screenings. Tu-Su 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $6–8; kids 12 and under free. Free second Tu for S.D. residents.  1649 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.238.7559.  Map O17 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

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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

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SHOPPING 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 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. $8–15; youth 17 and under free.  1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.232.7931.  Map O17 SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF MAN  Go on a journey of the human experience highlighting our physical and cultural development through permanent and changing exhibits. Daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; $6–25; children 2 and under free.  1350 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.239.2001.  Map O17 SAN DIEGO NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM  Dinosaur displays, giant-screen films, photography exhibitions and more. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $12–19; children 2 and under free; free for active military first Tu.  1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.232.3821.  Map O17 STUART COLLECTION 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

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

DESTINATION SHOPPING BAZAAR DEL MUNDO  This colorful outdoor shopping mall in the heart of Old Town features quaint shops carrying Mexican decor, clothing, jewelry, art and housewares; plus several festive Mexican restaurants. Perfect for shopping for unique gifts you won’t find elsewhere in San Diego.  4133 Taylor St., Old Town, 619.296.3161.  Map M14 CARLSBAD PREMIUM OUTLETS  Shop 90 outlet stores (including Barneys New York, Polo Ralph Lauren and Banana Republic) in a pleasant outdoor setting.  5620 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, 760.804.9000.  Map U22 DEL MAR HIGHLANDS TOWN CENTER  This exclusive pocket of dining, shopping and entertainment comprises around 75 stylish shops and restaurants; plus a Cinepolis luxury movie theater.  12925 El Camino Real, Del Mar, 858.793.5757.  Map X22 DEL MAR PLAZA  With more than 20 shops and eight restaurants, this gorgeous tri-level boutique shopping plaza overlooks the Pacific Ocean in the heart of Del Mar.  1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.792.1555.  Map X22

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NIGHTLIFE 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 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 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 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

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 CASBAH  Small but legendary rock club, owned by equally legendary owner and champion of indie talents Tim Mays, has hosted superstars like Nirvana and The Black Keys on their way up. Live music nightly.  2501 Kettner Blvd., Midtown, 619.232.4355.  Map P15 EAST VILLAGE TAVERN & BOWL  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 EL DORADO  Hip downtown bar boasts retro-clad   mixologists, couture cocktails and DJs.  1030 Broadway, East Village, 619.237.0550.  Map Q17 FLUXX  Ambiance-changing dance club from the   design team behind Sidebar and other venues.  500 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.232.8100.  Map Q16 HOUSE OF BLUES SAN DIEGO  Live rock, blues and pop music, plus Sunday gospel brunch. Regular mix of national and regional acts. Restaurant inside features

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NIGHTLIFE Southern dishes such as po’ boys and jambalaya.  1055 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619.299.2583.  Map Q16 MOONSHINE FLATS  Lively venue features countrywestern line dancing, live music and great lineup of DJs; plus a full bar and kitchen. Bring your cowboy boots and hat.  344 Seventh Ave., East Village, 619.255.7625.  Map Q16 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 PARQ  This posh restaurant and nightclub delivers   an unparalleled nightlife experience—with a 20,000-  square-foot dance space accessed via a stone tunnel— plus renowned DJs and fabulous dining.  615 Broadway, downtown, 619.727.6789. Map Q16 ROOFTOP 600  Vegas-worthy club in the Andaz Hotel boasts sexy decor and a massive, recently renovated rooftop bar with panoramic downtown views.  600 F St., Gaslamp, 619.814.2055.  Map Q16 THE SHOUT! HOUSE  One of San Diego’s most unique and fun bar experiences. Watch as dueling piano players lead the crowd in classic rock singalongs at this boisterous bar and eatery.  655 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.231.6700.  Map Q16 SIDEBAR  DJs, dancing and bottle service at this sexy, modern downtown lounge. Watch out for swinging bird cages and nude portraits lining the walls.  536 Market St., Gaslamp, 619.696.0946.  Map Q16 THE TIPSY CROW  A stylish neighborhood bar with three levels, pool tables, shuffleboard and trivia.   Menu features pub grub, craft beer and signature   cocktails.  770 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.338.9300.  Map Q16

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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

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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

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NIGHTLIFE 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
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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 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

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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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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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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 QUARTER HISTORICAL FOUNDATION Two-hour walking tour of the Gaslamp. Sa 11 a.m.  410 Island Ave., Gaslamp, 619.233.4692.  Map R16 GASLAMP SEGWAY  Guided segway tours of historical neighborhoods including La Jolla and Coronado.    308 G St., Gaslamp, 619.239.2111.  Map R16 GOCAR TOURS  Explore the city in a GPS-guided, Storytelling Car. (Yes, they’re those tiny convertibles you see tooling around town.) Helmets required.  2100 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 800.914.6227.  Map P15 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, B ­ roadway 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 MAGICAL ADVENTURES  Offering hot air balloon flights over scenic Del Mar and Temecula Valley Wine Country for an unforgettable sightseeing experience.    866.ENJOY.US. OLD TOWN TROLLEY TOURS OF SAN DIEGO  Narrated sightseeing tour explores San Diego and ­Coronado 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 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 BEER AND WINE TOURS  Guided winery and brewery tours by seasoned experts, plus food-pairing walking tours, as well as chauffeured tours.    858.551.5115 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

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