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CONTENTS DEPARTMENTS Editor’s Note 4 Hot Dates 6 Where Now 8 Maps 60 30 Things We Love 64 CITY TOURS Downtown 20 La Jolla 22 Beach Cities 24 Uptown 26 North Coast 28 Balboa Park 30
Symphony Concerts, Operas & More
»A Perfect Day in Coronado
Spotlight on this season’s vibrant, statement-making fashion pieces grand-seiko.com/us-en
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CoCo Rose is the epitome of bohemian, spring style (see p. 10). Photo courtesy of the boutique.
THE GUIDE Dining Entertainment Attractions Museums Shopping Nightlife Explore
San Diego Symphony’s Rafael Payare
13 Music to Our Ears
Springtime is prime time to take in the sounds of San Diego, particularly when it comes to the best of our performing arts scene—from a night with the San Diego Opera to world-premiere musicals to San Diego Symphony concerts. BY AVERY JORDAN
16 Adams Avenue Eats
As a main corridor connecting several beloved uptown neighborhoods, Adams Avenue is also home to distinctive dining experiences for nearly every taste. We spotlight 10 favorites, including Et Voilà!, The Rabbit Hole, Cucina Sorella, Beerfish and more. BY SARAH DAOUST C O N N E CT W I T H U S O N L I N E S O CA L P U L S E . CO M
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Blackberry Smash at Et Voilà!
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often get asked how I come up with content and story ideas. Thankfully, in a city as dynamic and ever evolving as San Diego, the stories tend to find me, and keeping up with the latest happenings is a daily challenge that I love meeting. I’m lucky to get invited to fun openings and events, and I receive press releases and pitches daily to help me. But my favorite way to stay informed is to conduct field research on my own. On any given weekend, I’ll pick an area or neighborhood of the county and drive slowly (or ideally walk) through it. And I just look around and observe—taking in any new businesses that have opened since I last visited, where people are hanging out, what a slice of life in that particular community looks like on a Saturday afternoon. Not only is it my job to do
so, but it also gives me a very personal connection to our content—to eat the food, explore the destinations and literally walk the walks that we recommend to our readers. Recently I drove along Adams Avenue—beginning in University Heights, skirting along the North Park fringe, through Normal Heights and ending in Kensington— stopping and popping into local eateries. From vegan outpost Grains to seafood haven Beerfish to French bistro Et Voilà!, Adams Avenue is brimming with distinctive dining offerings. And a story idea formed (see p. 16). This time of year, San Diego blossoms with so many stories to tell, when art exhibits, festivals, spring concerts and more abound. Enjoy exploring our diverse landscape. We hope it inspires a new story of your own. —SARAH DAOUST
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Perusing pantry items and home wares at Cucina Sorella (p. 18).
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Art Is Life.
EVENTS April 25-26
What began as a modest art fair in 1984 has flourished into the largest fine art festival in Southern California— showcasing more than 350 local, national and international artists. Now in its 36th year, Mission Federal ArtWalk will draw 120,000 locals and visitors to 16 square blocks of Little Italy, where paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry, glass, metal, woodwork, drawings and more await. Meet the artists and enjoy interactive art installations, street art, live music and dance performances, food vendors and kids’ activities. p. 48
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S.D. CREW CLASSIC
Roam along Carlsbad Ranch’s 50 acres comprising more than 100 floral species—tecolote ranunculus flowers, orchids, roses and sweet pea blossoms. The property also features landscaped display gardens, a sweet pea maze, flower-filled greenhouses, cymbidium orchid displays, a picnic area and more. p. 48
Around 4,400 athletes will compete in more than 100 races at Crown Point Shores on Mission Bay for the 47th annual regatta, considered one of the most distinguished rowing competitions in the world with more than 25,000 spectators. p. 48
Celebrating its 75th anniversary, the show is one of the more prestigious equestrian events in the Western U.S., featuring Western riding, dressage, hunter/ jumper competitions and the $75,000 grand prix. p. 48
Ongoing Catch a San Diego Padres home game at Petco Park in downtown’s East Village, including the home opener against the Colorado Rockies on March 26. p. 48
DEL MAR NATIONAL HORSE SHOW
April 14-May 3
LA JOLLA CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE April 19
Head to Ellen Browning Scripps Park for this 16th annual event overlooking the Pacific Ocean—one of the most anticipated concourses in the world. Automobile aficionados will swoon over dozens of fully restored, world-class luxury cars. p. 48
SAN DIEGO EARTHFAIR
CHICANO PARK DAY April 25
Take in Chicano history, culture and art at this 50th annual celebration. A National Historic Landmark, Chicano Park houses 72 vibrant murals created by various artists throughout the 1970s and 1980s—making it the largest collection of outdoor murals in the country. p. 48
GATOR BY THE BAY
Balboa Park hosts the world’s largest free Earth Day celebration and environmental fair, now in its 30th year, produced by volunteers, drawing 60,000 visitors to its 300-plus exhibits. p. 48
The annual Gator by the Bay Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival takes over Spanish Landing Park with 100 live music acts, dance lessons, cooking demos and authentic Cajun cuisine. p. 48
THE BEAUTIFUL COLORS OF JUSTICE BY ARTIST JEREMY SICILE-KIRA
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North Star Leave it to the Puffer Malarkey Collective and Bells & Whistles (the design minds behind Animae) to transform a 6,500-square-foot, 1920s building into a stylish coastal dining experience. Welcome to Herb & Sea—a modern East Coast-meets-West Coast eatery and bar with an open kitchen, soaring ceilings punctuated by beaded chandeliers, warm woods and pops of muted turquoise. Brian Malarkey and Executive Chef/partner Sara Harris oversee a slightly lighter menu than Herb & Sea’s Little Italy sister, Herb & Wood. This means a raw bar and plenty of refined seafood dishes, such as the roasted oysters and bone marrow, and plancha-fired whole branzino; plus wood-fired pizzas, pastas, seasonal vegetable dishes, and butterscotch budino (pictured, along with the honey-and-rosemary crème brûlée and lemon meringue pie) for dessert. The family-friendly restaurant also features a kids' menu and coastal-inspired cocktails (try the refreshing Rum & Sun). 131 W. D St., Encinitas, 760.704.8300
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Jeune et Jolie's elegant exterior and Asian pear salad
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OUI, OUI An unassuming French bistro in Carlsbad named one of “the 22 best new restaurants in America for 2019” by Esquire magazine? Yes, indeed. Step inside owner John Resnick’s Jeune et Jolie, and you’ll see why. The nostalgic, softly whitewashed exterior and retrochic, 1920s-inspired decor—dreamt up by renowned design firm Bells & Whistles—sets the stage for a romantic, memorable meal, impeccably crafted by Executive Chef Andrew Bachelier and team. The menu is as pretty and perfect as the space—spotlighting seafood and French delicacies from poisson cru to escargot—plus côte de boeuf with wagyu beef and sweetbreads; Jidori-style poussin with risotto; and fromage plates and decadent desserts to finish. (We recommend the chef's "carte blanche" tasting menu.) Weekend brunch boasts brioche French toast, tartines, steak frites and beignets with fresh cream and jam. Libations shine as well, with a selection of absinthe, cocktails inspired by the French Belle Epoque era, wine and Champagne. Il est parfait! And each of the 80 seats in this intimate neighborhood bistro somehow feels like the best one in the house. 2659 State St., Carlsbad, 760.637.5266
New Heights Take the elevator up to the 14th floor of the Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Gaslamp hotel, and be transported to a lush-yet-modern rooftop urban oasis: The Nolen. Redesigned by Paul Basile of Basile Studio, the newly renovated, 2,100-squarefoot cocktail lounge stuns at every turn—featuring “edge” seating with heart-fluttering
views of the waterfront and surrounding skyline; plus a striking brass-and-stone fire table, large glass walls and new custom furniture. The food and drink menus are new, too. Sip on the Masaya made with reposado tequila, habanero honey, yellow chartreuse and pamplemousse liqueur; or the playful How Many Licks cocktail with
house-infused raspberry rum. Bites include beerbraised shortrib sliders, chiliglazed meatballs and carnitas tacos. Come for Sunset Hour from 4-6 p.m. daily; or Sunday brunch, which boasts creative bloody mary concoctions, smoked salmon benedict and some of the best views in the city. 453 Sixth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.796.6536
The Damnit Janet cocktail at The Nolen
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Spring Style Spotlight This season is all about vibrant, colorful pieces paired with timeless accessories. Just in time for spring and summer, the flowy, feminine beach and resort-wear pieces found at CoCo Rose look and feel like a breath of fresh air. The mother-daughter team behind the boutique— Eileen and Shannon Burke—regularly travel to Bali for inspiration and to find women’s fashions and fabrics that strike a bohemian, tropical chord. Shop for elegant, exquisitely adorned Balinese dresses, caftans, coverups, jumpsuits, rompers, jewelry, accessories and more. Each of their three San Diego boutiques looks and feels akin to an exotic, serene oasis filled with one-of-a-kind statement pieces sure to attract compliments this season. 2975 State St., Carlsbad, 760.707.2262; 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.356.9774; The Headquarters at Seaport, 789 W. Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, 760.334.1638; cocorose.com
Both timeless yet perfect for spring, San Diegobased designer Vanessa Herbert has debuted a luxe, three-piece handbag collection, Hugo Volpino. The Danielle crossbody bag ($530)—available in black, red, blush, navy, orange and hunter green—screams effortless sophistication, with dual compartments, an adjustable strap and elegant hardware. The more ample Isabella shoulder tote ($980) fits all the essentials without adding too much bulk, reinforced at the bottom with studs, and includes a detachable, zippered pouch. The limited edition Sofia bracelet bag ($1,105)— available in black with bougainvillea pink lining embossed with “Lasciate Amare” (which translates to “Let Yourself Be Loved”), features a stunning white-and-gold hardware handle that can be worn around the wrist; plus a removable strap to wear it cross body. Herbert designs her bags here and has them crafted in Florence, Italy—all are made from 100-percent fine, full-grain, calfskin nappa leather. Visit her website for upcoming local Hugo Volpino pop-up shops. hugovolpino.com
A bohemian dress and beaded bracelets at CoCo Rose (top); the Danielle bag by Hugo Volpino.
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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Cocktails at Leroy's; MooTime's MooTacos; fresh flowers at Root 75; Lamb's Players Theatre.
A quaint gourmet shop in the center of town, Coronado Taste of Oils offers olive oils, balsamic vinegars, pantry items, gifts and private tastings. Try their popular Madagascar black pepper-infused olive oil with spicy and floral notes. Vinegars range from 18-year traditional balsamic to black cherry to Cascadian wild raspberry. Down the street, Root 75 Flowers & Home is a treasure trove for fresh flowers, custom bouquets, gifts, homewares and decor inspiration. (They also do wedding floral arrangements and flower delivery.)
One of the most iconic hotels in the world, the Hotel del Coronado (opened in 1888) is a must-visit. Cruise the pathway fronting the famous Coronado Beach, dine on seafood at Serea restaurant, look for the ghost of Kate Morgan (who reportedly haunts the hotel), and take in its majestic, red-turreted architecture. Staging spirited productions year-round, Lamb’s Players Theatre is one of San Diego’s leading performing arts companies. Check out a show this spring in its 350-seat venue— including Alice, through April 12.
Feast on Maine lobster, crab and shrimp rolls at Lobster West. Our favorite: the Maine Feast for Two (they split all three rolls for you), with coleslaw and baked beans. We also love their clam chowder and lobster bisque. A staple of Coronado for more than 20 years, MooTime Creamery is a retro diner-style ice cream shop known for its handcrafted ice cream, hand-rolled cones, waffle-shell “MooTacos,” handmade ice cream bon bons, “MooPies” (ice cream sandwiched between two cookies) and specialty sundaes.
Parisian-style bistro and wine bar Little Frenchie is known for its authentic fare (escargot, pâté, fromage boards, steak frites, etc.), but we particularly love its beautifully curated menu of French wines and Champagne—best enjoyed on the sidewalk dining patio in between bites of the heavenly Grand Marnier souffle. For more libations, Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge has earned the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for the last four years for its exceptional vino collection. Or sip a seasonal cocktail such as the Orange Avenue Mule or the Adult Hot Chocolate.
Coronado Taste of Oils 954 Orange Ave., 619.522.0098
Root 75 Flowers & Home 845 Orange Ave., 619.435.6060
Hotel del Coronado 1500 Orange Ave., 619.435.6611
Lamb’s Players Theatre 1142 Orange Ave., 619.437.6000
1033 B Ave., #102, 619.675.0002
1166 Orange Ave., 619.675.0041
MooTime Creamery 1025 Orange Ave., 619.435.2422
Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge 1015 Orange Ave., 619.437.6087
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The San Diego Opera dazzles with three spring productions to close out its season. The West Coast premiere of Paola Prestini’s Aging Magician—part of the Opera’s Detour Series—unfolds at Balboa Theatre with three performances March 13-14. Produced by Beth Morrison Projects, the hybrid opera blends puppetry, chorale music and opera into a one hour, 25-minute (no intermission) run. The multitalented Rinde Eckert portrays Harold, an eccentric clockmaker nearing his life’s end, who is transported to a fantastical realm in which he questions what is real. The Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus provides exquisite musical backup. Rossini’s romantic comedy, The Barber of Seville, plays April 25 and 28 and May 1 and 3 at the Civic Theatre. The opera centers on the iconic character Figaro, played by baritone David Pershall, a barber-turnedmatchmaker who tries to help Count Almaviva (tenor Carlos Santelli) win over the lovely Rosina (mezzo-soprano Emily Fons).
Springtime in S.D. Means Special Concerts, Nights at the Opera, Musicals & More.
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nonmusical note, Nat Geo Live!, part of LJMS’ Speaker Series, features storytellers of all kinds with great tales and accompanied by high-tech visuals and acoustics. Don’t miss “Exploring Mars” on March 26 with Kobie Boykins, a NASA mechanical engineer from the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena; and “Ocean Soul” on May 14, with seasoned National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry. ljms.org Inspired by the story of Broadway legend Graciela Daniele— an Argentine-American dancer, choreographer and theater director—The Old Globe theater has commissioned the world-
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Hijinks and hilarity ensue. The season’s Detour Series finale, The Falling and The Rising, plays May 8, 9 and 10 at Balboa Theatre. A soldier is wounded by a roadside bomb just after sending a video message home right before her daughter’s 13th birthday. She travels through a coma-induced dream world and meets fellow service members as they all struggle to find their way home. Bring tissues for this powerful, heart-squeezing drama, with music by Zach Redler and libretto by Jerre Dye. sdopera.org The task of transforming the timeless tale of Peter Pan into a story of modern-day relevance is no small one. But the all-star team behind the West Coast premiere of Fly—playing at La Jolla Playhouse through March 29—does just that. Based on the famous early 1900s J.M. Barrie play-turned-novel, Peter and Wendy, the production is the musical incarnation of the book by Rajiv Joseph, with music by
Bill Sherman and lyrics by Joseph and Kirsten Childs. Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller directs, with Tony Award-winning Broadway veterans Andy Blankenbuehler and Stephanie Klemons as co-choreographers. Travel with Peter Pan and Wendy back to Neverland, where fantastical staging complete with eyepopping aerial acrobatics (not to mention a pirate named Hook and a crocodile with an agenda) await. lajollaplayhouse.org La Jolla Music Society (LJMS) is going full speed ahead this spring with dynamic programming and concerts at its new permanent home—the $82 million Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, aka The Conrad, in La Jolla. Its airy, wood-lined 500-seat Baker-Baum Concert Hall has received raves from both performers and audiences as having the best acoustics of any venue in San Diego; while the 116-seat, flexible-use space, The JAI, works well for more intimate concerts and events. A few highlights of LJMS’ 51st season include the Hagen Quartet in concert on April 24, part of the Revelle Chamber Music Series; pianist Zoltán Fejérvári on April 26, part of the Discovery Series; a family concert featuring Spanish classical guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas on May 9; and a performance by Igor Levit on May 21, part of the Piano Series. On a
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premiere musical The Gardens of Anuncia, playing May 8-June 14. Daniele herself choregraphed and directs the production, based on the book by Michael John LaChiusa—a five-time Tony Award winner who also wrote the music and lyrics. It’s a funny, touching musical—complete with a tango-infused score—in which we follow Anuncia, who reflects on her childhood in Argentina, as she gardens at her country house. As the story unfolds we come to see how Anuncia’s family of strong women sacrificed to pave the
path for her to become an artist. theoldglobe.org The spring lineup for the San Diego Symphony at the Jacobs Music Center at Copley Symphony Hall is action-packed and diverse, per usual. Highlights of March include “Vivaldi & Piazzolla: Four Seasons” on March 20, featuring violinist Elena Urioste in a showcase of Antonio Vivaldi’s four violin concertos; followed by Four Seasons in Buenos Aires by Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla. On March 28-29, “Trumpets & Tchaikovsky” spotlights the composer’s Fourth
Symphony—with Music Director Rafael Payare conducting. The evening also includes trumpeter Pacho Flores performing Johann Baptist Georg Neruda’s trumpet concerto. As part of its Jazz @ The Jacobs series on April 25, the Symphony presents a concert dedicated to saxophonist John Coltrane—featuring an elite group of jazz musicians handpicked by series curator Gilbert Castellanos to perform two of Coltrane’s most iconic albums: Giant Steps and Blue Train. The evening promises to be a showstopper. sandiegosymphony.org
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ADAMS AVENUE EATS Uptown’s eclectic corridor shines as a compelling culinary community. BY SARAH DAOUST
As a main vein that connects San Diego’s beloved uptown 'hoods from University Heights to Kensington, Adams Avenue is much more than just a paved route. It doubles as a tour of some of the city’s more distinctive and diverse dining destinations. We rounded up 10 of our favorite kitchens—spanning French, Italian, tapas, vegan, all things meatballs and more. Here’s hoping you’ll find a new favorite, too.
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Offering “farm-to-bar” cocktails and organic Cali-Med cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner (and with plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes), Café 21 is where University Heights residents go to eat well and feel good. This means gourmet spins on healthy fare, such as vegetable cabbage rolls; chicken, lamb and beef skewers with tzatziki and pickled veggies; and flatbreads topped with seasonal local produce. The cozy, urban-chic decor and enchanting covered patio complete the experience. MUST TRY The vegetarian power bowl and lavash burrito on the breakfast menu; the house-made sangria; and the mojito tasting flight.
This warm, rustic eatery focuses on Asianinspired, exclusively vegan fare, including small plates, salads, sandwiches, curries and pastas; plus hard cider, kombucha and craft beer on tap. MUST TRY The deep-fried, salt ‘n’ pepper calamari mushrooms; the banh mi pulled “pork” sandwich with five-spice tofu and jackfruit, served with garlic potato wedges; and the drunken noodles made with angel hair pasta that is stir-fried with tofu, garlic, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and spices.
CUEVA BAR An eclectic, orange-hued decor punctuated
by guitars mounted on the walls sets the stage for this intimate nook—locally beloved for its global tapas, empanadas, pizzas and small plates crafted by chef Oz Blackaller; plus local craft beers and a sommeliercurated wine list. MUST TRY The roasted carrot sopes with mole; and the chimichurrimarinated shrimp skewers.
BEERFISH Find fresh fish and craft beer at this bustling North Park eatery and bar—boasting a large, dog-friendly outdoor patio, fish tacos, grilled fresh catches, sandwiches and a rotating beer list loaded with local brewers. MUST TRY The famous fish 'n' chip burrito, which was SPRING 2020 WHERE TRAVELER SAN DIEGO 17
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shallots and crème fraiche; and the baked French toast with blueberries, bananas, vanilla Chantilly and blueberry syrup on the weekend brunch menu.
THE RABBIT HOLE Enjoy upscale pub food, craft cocktails and more than two dozen local beers on tap served at this kitschy-cool sports bar—whose decor includes rabbit-inspired artwork, exposed beam ceilings and plenty of TVs to catch the game. MUST TRY The Twisted Corn Dogs—two bacon-wrapped cheddar bratwursts battered in chipotle cornmeal and served with beer cheese fondue.
SODA & SWINE
Beerfish 2933 Adams Ave., North Park, 619.363.2337
Grains 2201 Adams Ave., North Park, 619. 269.5999
Café 21 2736 Adams Ave., University Heights, 619.640.2121
Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant 4050 Adams Ave., Kensington, 619.282.4413
Cucina Sorella 4055 Adams Ave., Kensington, 619.281.4014
The Rabbit Hole 3377 Adams Ave., Normal Heights, 619.255.4653
Cueva Bar 2123 Adams Ave., University Heights, 619.269.6612
Soda & Swine 2943 Adams Ave., North Park, 619.610.9168
Et Voilà! French Bistro 3015 Adams Ave., North Park, 619.209.7759
Tajima Ramen North Park 3015 Adams Ave., #102B, North Park, 619.756.7517
featured on the Travel Channel; and happy hour, Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 6 p.m., featuring beer, wine and sangria specials; oyster sliders; and their popular Disco Fries topped with bacon and chowder.
TAJIMA Ramen bars are all the rage in San Diego, yet few do ramen quite like Tajima, which has several locations across town. The North Park outpost has a casual, urban vibe—a long, linear space with industrial ceilings, red banquettes, concrete floors and woodpaneled walls. Feast on tempura Brussels sprouts, Kakuni buns with juicy pork belly,
and sushi hand rolls; plus poke bowls, kimchi fried rice bowls, and the star of the menu: ramen. Choose from traditional tonkotsu to spicy sesame to vegan. MUST TRY The signature Tajima Ramen with tonkotsu broth, pork chashu and a side of black garlic oil.
ET VOILÀ! FRENCH BISTRO Chef Vincent Viale showcases regional French classics with subtle modern touches at this vibrant neighborhood bistro, featuring sidewalk seating, French wine flights and a souffle du jour for dessert. MUST TRY The exclusive white sturgeon caviar, served with potato blinis, egg yolk, egg whites, chives,
CUCINA SORELLA Tracy Borkum’s stylish staple of the Kensington neighborhood is known for its locally sourced Cali-Italian dishes—namely its handmade-to-order pastas, deep dish pizzas and Italian-inspired specialties such as chicken fra diavolo with polenta and charred broccoli—plus Italian craft cocktails. MUST TRY The Sicilian-style butternut squash and goat cheese with prosciutto, mozzarella and brown butter bechamel; and the fried squash blossoms stuffed with lemoninfused ricotta.
PONCE'S MEXICAN RESTAURANT The family-owned eatery—a treasured gathering place since first opening its doors in 1969—is famous for its potent margaritas, chicken enchiladas, reasonable pricing (entrees average $15) and retro decor. MUST TRY The Number 19 cheese enchilada and ground beef taco combo—often ordered by Padres right-fielder and MLB Hall-of-Famer Tony Gwynn, who was a regular at Ponce’s.
COURTESY SODA & SWINE
Carnivorous comfort food (namely meatballs), soft-serve ice cream and gourmet sodas served inside a hip eatery with communal tables and an open roof? Yes, please. A menu of meatball sliders lets you pick any three for $11. There’s also goodies like the Beyonce Burger; pizza knots dipped in garlic butter; smashed potatoes with goat cheese and chives; pastas; and salads. MUST TRY The soft-boiled Scotch egg (pictured at left) wrapped in crispy chorizo; and the Baller Patty Melt with a smashed crispy meatball, griddled onions, American cheese and Thousand Island dressing.
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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, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2017. Comprising more than 16 square blocks, the Gaslamp stretches from Broadway to Harbor Drive (just north of the Convention Center), with Fourth, Fifth and Sixth avenues as its main thoroughfares. Anchoring the area’s northwest end is Horton Plaza Park, 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; and National Geographic Fine Art Gallery (628 L St.). Shop for preowned luxury watches at Nikki & Co. Fine Jewelers (562 Fifth Ave.). For some quick primping, stop by Blo Gaslamp (435 Island Ave.), a blow-dry salon also offering manicures and makeup. Back on Fifth, you’ll find retailers such as famed hat boutique Goorin Brothers (631 Fifth Ave.); Quiksilver (470 Fifth Ave.); Gaslamp Artisan Market (599 Fifth Ave.), with wares by local artisans; and Bubbles Boutique (226 Fifth Ave.) for womenswear. Or make your way over to the brand-new luxury theater complex, Theatre Box (Fifth Avenue and G Street). The two-story, 73,000-square-foot venue comprises TCL Chinese Theatre’s first luxury dine-in cinema, with eight state-of-the-art movie theaters; the world-famous Sugar Factory
American Brasserie; and the Chocolate Lounge, a dessertthemed eatery and cocktail bar. Further satisfy your sweet tooth in Theatre Box’s retail area, stocking 450 types of confections. There’s also culture to be had nearby. San Diego Repertory Theatre performs on the Lyceum Theatre stage; and historical Balboa Theatre anchors the shopping center’s eastern edge. And stroll through Horton Plaza Park—featuring an amphitheater, vendors and art installations. Parking can be dicey in the Gaslamp; a garage is your
Break a Sweat >The luxe new Carte Hotel in Little Italy also houses a new location of Fit Athletic Club, open to hotel guests and Fit members. Amenities include a saltwater pool, saunas, a hot tub, cutting-edge equipment, classes and indoor/outdoor training areas. The two-story, 30,000-square-foot club also offers access to Above Ash Social, an outdoor bar/lounge on the 16th floor with panoramic views. 405 W. Ash St., Little Italy, 619.547.1236
best bet. Park It On Market is a 500-space garage at Market Street with entrances on Sixth and Seventh avenues (619.232.1271); while 6th & K Parkade offers 1,230 spots, with entrances on Sixth and Seventh avenues (619.233.3994). For more information, call the Gaslamp Quarter Association (619.233.5227).
DOWNTOWN’S CORE Arts and culture abound downtown; favorite sites include the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and The New Children’s Museum, an interactive art/play place with innovative exhibits for kids of all ages. The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum (404 Third Ave.) features a garden and koi pond. The San Diego Symphony performs at Copley Symphony Hall, while San Diego Opera and Broadway/San Diego present productions at the Civic Theatre (1100 Third Ave.), and
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Bottoms Up Try these stylish downtown watering holes for fabulous craft cocktails, beer and wine.
ing designers. Running parallel to India Street, Kettner Boulevard forms the spine of the art-anddesign district. A gallery cluster near the corner of Kettner and Kalmia includes Subtext Gallery (2479 Kettner Blvd.), focused on lowbrow and graphic artists. Shop for vintage and modern furniture, art and home accents at @HOM (2310-B Kettner Blvd.). And pop into Kapreeza (1772 Kettner Blvd.), a European lingerie and swimwear shop. Foodies will enjoy roaming the popular Saturday morning Mercato farmers market on Cedar Street. the Spreckels Theatre (121 Broadway) hosts performing arts events throughout the year.
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EAST VILLAGE Petco Park (100 Park Blvd.) and the Central Library (330 Park Blvd.) are landmarks of this edgy neighborhood. Enjoy some open, green space at Fault Line Park (1433 Island Ave.). For some retail therapy, stop by 5&A Dime (828 G St.), which sells streetwear, shoes and hats for men; and Wild Dove Boutique (740 Market St.) for women’s fashions. The area’s burgeoning art scene includes a few notable outposts: Space 4 Art (325 15th St.), a gallery/arts center where artists live and work; and Alexander Salazar Fine Art (225 W. Market St.), a modern art gallery.
LITTLE ITALY A few blocks north of downtown,
Little Italy is home to restaurants, galleries, boutiques and markets dotting the main drag, India Street. Highlights include M Winehouse (1918 India St.) wine bar and Ballast Point (2215 India St.) craft beer tasting room; a handful of galleries, such as Meyer Fine Art (2400 Kettner Blvd., #104), featuring contemporary art by renowned artists; and cool shops, including Little Apple (1980 Kettner Blvd., #60), selling women’s clothing. Take time to explore the streets branching off from India, too. The colorful cottages of the Fir Street Shops include Love & Aesthetics (621 W. Fir St.), stocked with rare artwork, house wares, bath products, jewelry and gift items; and Vitreum (619 W. Fir St.), specializing in simple, elegant ceramics. On Cedar, Vocabulary (414 W. Cedar St.) is a chic boutique featuring emerg-
EMBARCADERO Shop and dine at The Headquarters at Seaport, offering galleries and boutiques, such as CoCo Rose (789 W. Harbor Drive, #146), stocking beach and resort wear; and Seaport Village, with shops, eateries and galleries such as Wyland Galleries (855 W. Harbor Drive). Grab a cappuccino at Upstart Crow Bookstore & Coffeehouse (835-C W. Harbor Drive) and head for the Embarcadero Marina Park, which offers bike and jogging trails, basketball courts and picnicking. Continue north along the harbor to Broadway Pier and embark on sightseeing cruises and dinner excursions aboard a Hornblower yacht (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.
Fifth & Rose
Craft & Commerce/ False Idol 675 W. Beech St., Little Italy, 619.269.2202
Fairweather 795 J St., East Village, 619.255.6507
Fifth & Rose 550 J St., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.738.7050
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
Top of the Hyatt Manchester Grand Hyatt, 1 Market Place, downtown, 619.232.1234
You & Yours Distilling Co. > FOR A MAP OF THESE NEIGHBORHOODS, SEE P. 62. AREA RESTAURANT LISTINGS BEGIN ON P. 36.
1495 G St., East Village, 619.955.8755
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La Jolla SHOPS & GALLERIES La Jolla’s stylish streets are lined with high-end boutiques, antique stores and art galleries. Prospect Street and Girard Avenue form the spines of the village shopping district, and hidden gems await on the side streets, including boutique stationery shop Sweet Paper (7660 Fay Ave.); and Las Manos del Artesano (7940 Herschel Ave.), a gallery with Latin American folk art. On Girard, La Plaza La Jolla (7863 Girard Ave.) is a fabulous luxury shopping center. We also love women’s apparel boutique Laura Gambucci (7655 Girard Ave.), a well-appointed spot run by Laura herself—offering designer clothing, accessories and shoes. Farther down Girard is Adelaide’s (7766 Girard Ave.), a fabulous floral shop that also sells candles, skin care and home accessories; as well as Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps (7463 Girard Ave.) and independent bookseller D.G. Wills (7461 Girard Ave.), stocking that rare first-edition.
Back on Prospect Street, a slew of female-friendly stores welcome shoppers, including elegant women’s dress/gown shop Alexia Maria (1261 Prospect St.) and Robina (1275 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 oil 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. Cosmopolitan Fine Arts (7932 Girard Ave.) showcases contemporary French impressionist paintings; and MANGELSEN: Images of Nature Gallery (7916 Girard Ave.) spotlights nature and wildlife photography by Thomas Mangelsen. Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery (7946 Ivanhoe Ave.) houses paintings, sculptures and limited-edition works by international artists; and National Geographic Fine Art Gallery (1205
Prospect St.) is home to stunning animal and nature photos. Fresh Paint Gallery (1020-B Prospect St.) specializes in emerging to mid-career artists. La Jolla Boulevard heads south out of the village toward Bird Rock, where stylish boutiques for women include Shabby Chic (5651 La Jolla Blvd.) and Mimi & Red (5680 La Jolla Blvd.). Break for breakfast and fresh-ground coffee at Richard Walker’s Pancake House (909 Prospect St.), or pick up a loaf of freshly made bread at Wayfarer Bread & Pastry (5525 La Jolla Blvd.).
Coast & Cuisine >The former Hake restaurant has been transformed into a dual concept overlooking La Jolla Cove. Blue Ocean Sushi offers sashimi, specialty rolls and dishes such as port wine crispy duck breast and scallops with black rice risotto. Harumama offers Asian fare with whimsical twists— ramen, noodle dishes and its famed “character buns” shaped like cartoon farm and zoo animals. 1250 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.999.0323
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 La Jolla Playhouse. The theater was founded in 1947 by actors Mel Ferrer, Dorothy McGuire and Gregory Peck. The Stuart Collection, a group of outdoor artworks, adds to the artistic setting at UC San Diego. A 24-foot giant teddy bear made of boulders and a 560-foot-long “Snake Path” are among the works placed throughout the 1,200-acre campus. Just north of campus is the Salk Institute for Biological Studies (10010 N. Torrey Pines Road), an architectural masterpiece designed by Louis Kahn.
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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. Southwest of campus sits the famous Scripps Institution of Oceanography (8622 Kennel Way) and Birch Aquarium (2300 Expedition Way); both are toprated ocean-life learning centers. In La Jolla Village, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (closed for renovation), is housed in the former home of Ellen Browning Scripps. The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library (1008 Wall St.) features art exhibitions and concerts. And The Conrad (7600 Fay Ave.) is home to the La Jolla Music Society.
RECREATION La Jolla is paradise for adventure-seeking ocean lovers. The
Cove (1100 Coast Blvd.) hosts swimmers, snorkelers and kayakers daily. To explore, visit La Jolla Kayak (2199 Avenida de la Playa) and Hike Bike Kayak (2222 Avenida de la Playa) for rentals and guided 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, e.g., 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.
Grab a table at these La Jolla restaurants offering gorgeous coast and cove views and divine cuisine.
Breezy dining at Catania
Brockton Villa 1235 Coast Blvd., La Jolla, 858.454.7393
Catania 7863 Girard Ave., La Jolla, 858.551.5105
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
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 Pandora and Gorjana.
1250 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.454.4244
> FOR A MAP OF THESE NEIGHBORHOODS, SEE P. 63. AREA RESTAURANT LISTINGS BEGIN ON P. 38.
Marine Room 2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, 858.459.7222
The Med La Valencia Hotel, 1132 Prospect St., La Jolla, 855.818.6887
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FROM CORONADO TO PACIFIC BEACH, WELCOME TO SOCAL’S MOST SCENIC SEASIDE NEIGHBORHOODS.
Coronado is an island with smalltown charm. Well, it’s not really an island, though many locals call it that. Coronado is actually an isthmus, attached to the mainland at the southern end of Silver Strand State Beach. Though driving there via the iconic Coronado Bridge is always a thrill, it’s also great fun to travel by sea. The Coronado/San Diego Ferry leaves on the hour from downtown’s Broadway Pier between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. (619.234.4111), while San Diego Water Taxi offers on-call transportation around the bay from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (619.235.8294). Upon arrival, check out the shops at Coronado Ferry Landing (1201 First St.), then rent a bike at Pedego Electric Bikes (1132 First St.) to explore Coronado’s quaint side streets. Head south on the main drag of Orange Avenue to find an inviting retail district, with shops like Root 75 Flowers & Home (845 Orange Ave.); Coronado
Taste of Oils (954 Orange Ave.) to sample gourmet olive oils and vinegars; and Blue Jeans and Bikinis (971 Orange Ave.) for clothing and swimwear. Pick up a new paperback at Bay Books (1029 Orange Ave.), and pop into The Attic (1011 Orange Ave.) for home accents and jewelry. Find more boutiques inside the storybook Hotel del Coronado (1500 Orange Ave.), opened in 1888 and a National Historic Landmark. For more on the town’s history, stop by the Coronado Museum of History and Art (1100 Orange Ave.). Other Coronado gems include Wag’n Tails (945 Orange Ave.) for pet pampering and supplies; Art & Frames by Wood Gallery (936 Orange Ave.); and Emerald C Gallery (1331 Orange Ave.) for art inspiration. Catch a play at Lamb’s Players Theatre (1142 Orange Ave.), the area’s best ensemble outfit.
SHELTER ISLAND / HARBOR ISLAND Shelter Island and Harbor
Island aren’t really “islands” either; they’re connected to the mainland and were created with tons of sand dredged from the bay. Shelter Island, with its many restaurants and nautically themed stores, is the departure point for various sportfishing charters. The area is also home to Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, a 1,400-seat outdoor venue. Nearby Harbor Island has its own, smaller outdoor festival site, Spanish Landing Park. Both islands offer postcard vistas of the downtown skyline, plus flat paths for walks and bike rides.
Power Pizza >A new fast-casual eatery, Powerhaus Wholesome Pizza & Eats serves healthy high-protein pizzas, superfood smoothies, wraps and salads. Pizzas range from roasted vegetable to prosciutto and pea; plus vegan pies and gluten-free and cauliflower crusts. To drink: CBD beverages, wellness shots and kombucha. The mod space boasts surf-inspired decor and custom murals. 1550 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach, 858.886.7666
OCEAN BEACH & POINT LOMA “O.B.” for short, this neighborhood is truly one of San Diego’s most unique. It’s an endless summer of love and sense of community in O.B., an aggregation of aging hippies, surfers, bikers, artists, musicians and other free spirits. The main drag, Newport Avenue, smells of incense and has many shops catering to the O.B. lifestyle, and also cool spots like awardwinning winery Gianni Buonomo Vintners (4836 Newport Ave.). Music junkies will love the vintage vinyl at Cow Records (5040 Newport Ave.), while Galactic Comics (4981 Newport Ave.) is heaven for graphic-novel fans. The Corner Store (4873 Newport Ave.) is home to shabby-chic furnishings, tea sets, vintage jewelry and home/garden treasures. Just off Newport, Noon Design Shop (4993 Niagara Ave.) has handmade letterpress cards and jewelry. Wind down the day with
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Spending a sunny day in Coronado? Be sure to visit these cool spots.
a stroll along the Ocean Beach Pier, or romp with the pooches at Ocean Beach Dog Beach. Nearby, Point Loma is home to Liberty Public Market (2820 Historic Decatur Road); the Arts District Liberty Station (2825 Dewey Road); and the Cabrillo National Monument and 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 Mis-
sion 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, Belmont Park is San Diego’s iconic beachfront amusement park since 1925—with 20-plus rides and attractions, including the Giant Dipper roller coaster and Plunge at Fit beachfront pool. (3125 Ocean Front Walk). 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. The best way to experience this area is to walk along the boardwalk, where people-watching is not just encouraged; it’s a must. If the nonstop parade of skateboarders, in-liners,
bikers, joggers and walkers gets to be too much, walk across Mission Boulevard to the quieter bayside boardwalk. Garnet Avenue and Mission Boulevard form the backbone of this funky, retro retail district, which boasts dozens of small shops filled with surfing gear, swimsuits and casual wear. Begin the 10-block shopping stroll where the two main streets intersect, then head east. First order of business: Find that perfect bikini. Brazil Anna (954 Garnet Ave.) can help, with stylish swimwear and casual beachwear. For the rest of the outfit, try The Fabulous Rag Boutique (845 Garnet Ave.), a quaint shop on the main drag. Farther up Garnet Avenue is Pacific Beach Bike Shop (1815 Garnet Ave.), a neighborhood bicycle shop with rentals. Heading south brings you to Mission Beach, home to popular bikini and swimsuit emporium Gone Bananas (3785 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 resort hotels and worldrenowned SeaWorld. Don’t miss the Shark Encounter.
Serea’s fresh fish display
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
Lamb’s Players Theatre 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.6000
Serea, Hotel del Coronado 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.435.6611
Stake Chophouse & Bar > FOR A MAP OF THESE NEIGHBORHOODS, SEE P. 61. AREA RESTAURANT LISTINGS BEGIN ON P. 39.
1309 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.522.0077
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EXPLORE THESE ECLECTIC ‘HOODS: HILLCREST, UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, MISSION HILLS, NORTH PARK & SOUTH PARK.
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, which attracts tens of thousands, 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 more at Vom Fass (1050 University Ave.). Just off the main drag, you’ll find all manner of headgear at the Village Hat Shop (3821 Fourth Ave.). Leave time to peruse Bluestocking Books (3817 Fifth Ave.), whose rustic shelves are lined with many out-of-print and rare tomes. By night, the area lights up with ethnic res-
taurants, bars and clubs, and an art-house movie theater, the Landmark (3965 Fifth Ave.). For a unique adventure, check out Escapism Puzzle Room (3919 Fourth 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 and quaint shops. Isabela (1111 Fort Stockton Drive) is an elegant skin care boutique; and Maison en
Provence (820 Fort Stockton Drive) stocks French-country home wares. Stop by San Diego’s oldest garden center, Mission Hills Nursery (1525 Fort Stockton Drive), an urban oasis founded in 1910 by Kate Sessions. 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.
Operation: Empanadas >Debuting its second location in North Park, Empanada Kitchen—owned and operated by Matias Rigali and Dan Housenga—serves handmade, baked Argentine empanadas inside a bright, yellow-and-white, casual space with indoor/outdoor seating. Try favorites such as beef, braised lamb, and sauteed chicken empanadas; plus vegan and sweet options and daily specials. 2855 El Cajon Blvd., Suite 3, North Park, 619.228.9565
NORTH PARK Centered at University Avenue and 30th Street, North Park is a bountiful arts district that is centered by the historical theater, Observatory North Park (2891 University Ave.). Gallery hops and art festivals are held often (visit explorenorthpark.com). The area is also home to many 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; and The Gold Dust Collective (3824 Ray St.) sells handmade, custom hats, boots, jewelry and leather goods. After dark, North Park comes alive with dozens of bars, breweries, hipster clubs, edgy restaurants and lively coffeehouses.
SOUTH PARK About a mile south of University on 30th Street lies the quiet
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Old Town Tour As the historical heart of San Diego, Old Town was California’s first settlement, founded in 1769. Stop by these cool sites.
A decorative pillow at Bazaar del Mundo
Bazaar del Mundo 4133 Taylor St., Old Town, 619.296.3161
Cosmopolitan Hotel 2660 Calhoun St., Old Town, 619.297.1874
Cygnet Theatre 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, 619.337.1525
Heritage County Park 2454 Heritage Park Row, Old Town, 858.565.3600
Junípero Serra Museum 2727 Presidio Drive, Mission Hills, 619.232.6203
Mormon Battalion Historic Site
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2510 Juan St., Old Town, 619.298.3317
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 Gold Leaf (2225 30th St.), a rustic-chic shop that stocks colorful furniture, home decor, jewelry, candles and gifts; Grafitti Beach (2220 Fern
St.), with locally made clothing, home accents and gifts; Grant’s Marketplace (2953 Beech St.) for gourmet groceries; and South Bark Dog Wash (2037 30th St.), to pamper your canines.
Old Town San Diego Historic Park 4002 Wallace St., Old Town, 619.220.5422
Whaley House > FOR A MAP OF THESE NEIGHBORHOODS, SEE P. 61. AREA RESTAURANT LISTINGS BEGIN ON P. 42.
2476 San Diego Ave., Old Town, 619.297.7511
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North Coast DEL MAR Del Mar’s celebrity status began more than 80 years ago, when the oceanside paradise became the home of the Del Mar Racetrack (2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.). Celebs Bing Crosby and Pat O’Brien helped establish the track—and its track record for hosting the Hollywood elite at the Thoroughbred Club. Ava Gardner, W.C. Fields, Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Jimmy Durante and Mickey Rooney were among the regulars in the late 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s. Today, racing season runs from mid-July to early September (then returns for the month of November), but fun events are held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds year-round. Jimmy Durante Boulevard— named for the famous entertainer who lived in Del Mar—paves the way from the track to the heart of the village. The intersection of Camino Del Mar and 15th Street forms Del Mar’s center. Del Mar Plaza offers ocean views, dining and upscale shops such as Sea Biscuit Del Mar
(1555 Camino Del Mar, #318), stocking apparel and gifts; and CoCo Rose (1555 Camino Del Mar, #310), carrying luxe beach and resort wear made in Bali. The retail district is lined with more shops, including Carolyn’s (1310 Camino Del Mar), carrying designer resale items; and The Dinosaur Gallery (1327 Camino Del Mar), stocking rare fossils, crystals, artwork, jewelry, unique gifts, kids’ toys and more. Great shopping continues east of the fairgrounds at Flower Hill Promenade (2720 Via de la Valle); and at One Paseo (3745 Paseo Place), a new center with dozens of stores, restaurants and tenants such as BlackBook, Salt & Straw and SoulCycle. At the end of the day, head to Seagrove Park (Coast Boulevard at 15th Street) to enjoy a brilliant sunset overlooking the Pacific.
SOLANA BEACH 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
Be Well >An intimate oasis for wellness seekers, the Inn at Moonlight Beach is among a rare few to achieve the WELL Certified Platinum standard. Nestled a short walk away from Moonlight State Beach and downtown Encinitas, the boutique, eco-chic campus houses five suites, a tea garden, meditation garden, yoga deck, and its own biodynamic urban farm and water filtration system. 105 N. Vulcan Ave., innatmoonlightbeach.com
is also home to Susan Street Fine Art (200 N. Cedros Ave.), a contemporary art gallery, open by appointment only. 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; Lotus (240 S. Cedros Ave.), a marketplace with 40-50 merchants; and chic women’s clothier Satori Designs (435 S. Cedros Ave., #103). Stop to smile at dogs and their humans coming and going at Muttropolis (227 S. Cedros Ave.), which sells premium pet supplies. Find hip home decor and art books at Solo (309 S. Cedros Ave.), and everything for the modern garden at color-splashed Chicweed (240 S. Cedros Ave.). And catch a concert at the Belly Up (143 S. Cedros Ave.).
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DEL MAR, SOLANA BEACH, ENCINITAS, CARLSBAD: THESE CITIES EXEMPLIFY THE GOOD LIFE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.
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THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE: Self-Realization Fellowship; The Flower Fields; The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch.
OPPOSITE: Beacon’s Beach in Encinitas.
Inland Stops For more cool cultural destinations and adventures, visit these dynamic inland spots.
A short drive inland leads to San Diego Botanic Garden (230 Quail Gardens Drive) showcasing 3,000 rare and exotic plants across 37 acres of gardens.
FAR RIGHT: TIM KING; OPPOSITE, BOTTOM LEFT: COURTESY THE INN AT MOONLIGHT BEACH
ENCINITAS & CARDIFF-BY-THE-SEA Heading north on the 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 blossom–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 is home to two dozen shops,
wine bars, eateries and cafes. Don’t miss DeepFling (937 S. Coast Hwy. 101) with jewelry from Scandinavian designers. In the center of downtown, the La Paloma Theatre (471 S. Coast Hwy. 101) has anchored the district since the 1920s and still hosts concerts and independent films. Shops and restaurants also line the strip. Pacific Station is a favorite stop. North Coast Highway 101 runs through sleepy Leucadia, where it’s easy to speed right by gems such as Lou’s Records (434 N. Coast Hwy. 101), with its selection of hip LPs and CDs; and, just off the main drag, Leucadia Cyclery (823 N. Vulcan Ave.), a quaint bicycle shop in business for more than three decades. A cluster of shops is found at The Gold Coast (466 N. Coast Hwy. 101), whose tenants include Cielo hair salon and boutique.
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. 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.
> FOR A MAP OF THESE NEIGHBORHOODS, SEE P. 63. AREA RESTAURANT LISTINGS BEGIN ON P. 40.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park 200 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, 760.767.4205
Bernardo Winery 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte, Rancho Bernardo, 858.487.1866
California Center for the Arts, Escondido 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, 760.839.4138
Eagle Mining Co. 2320 C St., Julian, 760.765.0036
La Jolla Zip Zoom Ziplines 22000 CA-76, Pauma Valley, 760.742.3776
San Diego Archaeological Center 16666 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, 760.291.0370
San Diego Zoo Safari Park 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, 760.747.8702
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Balboa Park Nestled between palm trees and botanical gardens, ornate Spanish Colonial buildings house many of the park’s museums and art exhibits. Several of the buildings were constructed as part of two world fairs: the PanamaCalifornia Exposition in 1915–16, and the California-Pacific International Exposition in 1935–36. It can take more than one day to see and enjoy each museum, garden and attraction. The Visitors Center (619.239.0512) in the House of Hospitality offers the Explorer Pass, allowing admission to any of the park’s museums for one week. (Keep in mind some museums are closed on Mondays.) Deluxe packages include passes to the neighboring San Diego Zoo. Or go high-tech and let the park’s mobile app be your guide.
ARTS & CULTURE Performing arts abound in the park. A staple since 1935, The Old Globe theater presents superior theatrical talent with its world-renowned plays and musicals.
Elsewhere in the park, the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre presents whimsical puppet shows, while the famous Spreckels Organ Pavilion houses the world’s largest outdoor pipe organ, with more than 5,000 pipes. Free concerts are offered on Sundays at 2 p.m. The park is also home to groups celebrating culture. The House of Pacific Relations International Cottages promotes the heritage of countries around the world by hosting open houses and weekend festivals. Neighboring WorldBeat Center uses art, music, dance and education to celebrate African and indigenous cultures, while Centro Cultural de la Raza is a multidisciplinary center dedicated to the preservation of Chicano and Latino culture. The park has a vast array of institutions celebrating the visual arts, past and present. Known for its presentation of eclectic traveling exhibits, the San Diego Museum of Art also has a trove of Renaissance and Baroque-era works, plus a large Asian collec-
tion. 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 (currently closed for renovation) 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
Art In Bloom >One of the city’s most anticipated annual events, Art Alive at the San Diego Museum of Art returns for its 39th year, April 24-26. Nearly 100 competing floral designers from across the U.S. will transform works from the museum’s permanent art collection into stunning floral sculptures and installations, creating an intricate and elaborate flower version of each art piece. 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, sdmart.org/artalive
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.
SCIENCE & HISTORY Balboa Park’s many nonvisual art museums are a huge draw for children, but most distinguish themselves by crafting exhibitions that also appeal to adult sensibilities. The San Diego Air and Space Museum salutes aviation with 68 original, reproduction and model airplanes and spacecraft. The Fleet Science Center has interactive science exhibitions and an IMAX Giant Dome theater. From antiques to hot rods, the San Diego Automotive Museum’s collection illustrates
CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: SHUTTERSTOCK (2), ASHOK SINHA; FAR RIGHT: JAMES TRAN; BOTTOM LEFT: COURTESY SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF ART.
SAN DIEGO’S “CROWN JEWEL,” OFFERING A VARIETY OF ART, MUSIC AND PERFORMANCES ALL YEAR-ROUND.
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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Balboa Park’s central fountain and piazza at dusk; the Visitors Center; the lush Botanical Building, home to more than 2,100 permanent plants.
Eat Sheet Looking to grab a bite, a pint or cappuccino? Visit these dining and drinking outposts located in and close to the park.
Allora cocktail at Il Dandy
Albert’s Restaurant San Diego Zoo, 2920 Zoo Drive, 619.685.3200
Il Dandy 2550 Fifth Ave., Suite 120 Bankers Hill, 619.310.5669
Extraordinary Desserts 2870 Fourth Ave., Bankers Hill, 619.294.2132
Flight Path Grill San Diego Air & Space Museum, 2001 Pan American Plaza, 619.234.8291
Lady Carolyn’s Pub The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, 619.231.1941
Panama 66 San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, 619.696.1966
Parc Bistro-Brasserie 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill, 619.795.1501
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the evolution of the automobile. The vast San Diego Natural History Museum’s life-sized T-Rex skeleton, fossil exhibits and 3D theater let visitors explore the natural world—with a focus on Southern California and Baja—via exciting interactive and educational media. Focusing on the human experience that connects us all, the San Diego Museum of Man is a cultural anthropology museum that explores cultures around the world. The largest of its kind, the Model Railroad Museum boasts scale models and interactive features for children. The San Diego History Center is for visitors of all ages, featuring interactive and engaging exhibits showcasing San Diego’s storied past. At the Veterans Museum & Memorial Center, visitors will find military uniforms from World War I, the Vietnam War and the Korean War, as well as maritime paintings by local artists and other displays. The Marston House, a Craftsman Prairiestyle mansion designed in 1905 by noted architect Irving Gill, is a must for history and architecture buffs; the grounds also feature a carriage house and gardens.
ATTRACTIONS & GARDENS The park’s major attraction is, of course, the 104-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 the Polar Bear Plunge habitat to say hello to the playful polar bears. After visiting the zoo, try your hand at the brass ring game from your perch atop a handcarved pony on the Balboa Park Carousel. Both kids and grown-ups are welcome on the Balboa Park Miniature Railroad, which takes a three-minute, half-mile trip through 4 acres of the park. The park also features several gardens, a legacy left by its founding “mother,” botanist Kate Sessions. Complete with ornate fountains and colorful tiling, the Spanish-style Alcazar Garden, which abuts the Art Institute and Mingei Museum, blooms with 7,000 brilliantly colored annuals. The Japanese Friendship Garden features a Zen meditation garden and bonsai exhibit, while the sunken Zoro Garden has an interesting history: It was designed as a nudist colony during the 1935 California-Pacific International Exposition, but is now a habitat for monarch, sulfur and swallowtail butterflies. Also built for the Expo, the Old Cactus Garden has succulents and other exotic plants. 32 SOCALPULSE.COM SPRING 2020
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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 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.
FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY • Interactive exhibits featuring Brain: The World Inside Your Head and Mindbender Mansion opening February 1. • The world's first IMAX® Dome Theater, now showing CUBA and Superpower Dogs. • Kid City, just for kids 5 and under.
DINING For a sit-down experience, try The Prado, whose lively, colorful interior and charming garden patio—not to mention delicious Latin American cuisine and 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 Lady Carolyn’s Pub, located on the campus of The Old Globe theater; 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. > FOR AN OVERVIEW MAP OF THE PARK, SEE P. 62.
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Sycuan Casino Resort’s flagship restaurant, Bull and Bourbon, is raising the stakes on steaks. Clique Hospitality’s swanky steakhouse is filled with golden lamp-style chandeliers and marble-hued banquettes. Feast on oxtail ravioli with bone marrow; baked truffle mac ‘n’ cheese; seafood towers; and premium steaks such as the wagyu boneless ribeye (pictured), hand-cut by their in-house butcher. Sip from a well-stocked collection of whiskey, bourbon and scotch. 5469 Casino Way, El Cajon, 619.659.3374
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DONOVAN’S STEAK & CHOP HOUSE > Steak $$$ The power crowd noshes on huge portions of prime steaks, chops and seafood paired with award-winning wine in a sophisticated atmosphere. D (nightly). 570 K St., Gaslamp, 619.237.9700 Map R16 HUNTRESS > Steak $$$$ RMD Group’s glamorous new steakhouse boasts the finest cuts of meat, highest-quality seafood, and an extensive Japanese whiskey selection—all served inside a posh, multi-level, modern space with a mezzanine and floor-toceiling wine display. Dress to impress. D (nightly). 376 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.955.5750 Map Q16
Pie Chart Deep dish? Thin crust? Build your own? Order the pie of your dreams at Patxi’s Pizza. The Bay Area-founded chain has opened San Diego’s first location, offering Chicagostyle deep dish pizzas and Neapolitan-style thin crust pizza; plus soups, salads, wraps and dessert pizzas. Deep-dish pies range from the Old Chicago Special with pepperoni, sausage and veggies; to the unconventional Chicken Tikka Masala pizza; to a vegan pie with spinach and a wholewheat crust. We also love the thin-crust Bianco Verde with pesto, herbed ricotta and Parmesan. Starters include homemade meatballs, garlic-fennel sausage rolls and Patxi’s signature garlic bread. Save room for the s’mores pizza or roasted caramel apple pizza for dessert, and return for daily happy hour specials. 3888 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest, 619.501.8000
LIONFISH > Seafood $$$ Hotspot inside The Pendry hotel features modern coastal cuisine, from elevated sea fare—big-eye tuna pizza, specialty sushi rolls, daily fresh catches and a full raw bar—to carnivore-friendly options like duck confit tostadas. D (nightly). 8435 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.738.7200 Map Q16 LUMI > Japanese $$$$ Two-time Michelin-star celeb chef Akira Back fronts this new upscale hotspot by RMD Group—an outdoor rooftop oasis serving modern Japanese-inspired fare, sushi and inventive cocktails. D (nightly). 366 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.955.5750. Map Q16 NOBU > Japanese $$$$ The hotspot at Hard Rock Hotel by Nobu Matsuhisa serves authentic sushi, the chef’s famous jalapeño-yellowtail sashimi and excellent miso black cod. D (nightly). 207 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.814.4124. Map Q16 THE OCEANAIRE SEAFOOD ROOM > Seafood $$$ 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 > Seafood $$$ Indulge in caviar, vodka and oysters at this progressive eatery, whose interior is defined by a three-story wine tower. Prime-aged meats are also on the menu. D (nightly). 904 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.239.1800. Map Q16 RUSTIC ROOT > American $$$ Featuring seasonal New American cuisine, stylish decor, craft cocktails and an expansive rooftop bar, this Gaslamp hotspot boasts dishes like braised short rib and lobster pappardelle. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 535 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.232.1747 Map Q16 STK SAN DIEGO > Steak $$$$ Steak is the star of the menu here: Choose your size and cut, from a 6-ounce filet to a 128-ounce dry-aged tomahawk; then choose a topping, such as Alaskan king crab and truffle butter; and finish with a side of their famed sweet corn pudding. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 600 F St., Gaslamp, 619.354.5988 Map Q16 WATER GRILL > Seafood $$$ Nautical-inspired fine dining spot serves fresh seafood, and features a raw bar with more than 15 types of oysters. Extensive menu includes chilled shellfish platters and whole fish like Wild Brittany Dover Sole. L, D (daily). 615 J St., Gaslamp, 619.717.6992 Map Q16
Guidelines Map locators at the end of each listing (Map A3; Map H10, etc.) refer to maps on pages 60-63. The compendium consists of editors’ recommendations, as well as a small number of advertisers.
Index Gaslamp Quarter...........36 Coronado...................... 40 Downtown/E.V./Barrio...36 Del Mar/Rancho S.F..... 40 Embarcadero/Marina....36 North Coastal............... 40 Little Italy.........................37 Uptown.......................... 42 La Jolla............................38 Old Town/Bay Park........45 Mission Bay/Beaches....39 Mission Valley/ Harbor/Shelter/Loma....40 Kearny Mesa..................46
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DOWNTOWN/EAST VILLAGE CAFE 222 > Breakfast $ 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 COWBOY STAR > Steak $$$ With barstools upholstered in cowhide, this stylish downtown steakhouse is decked out in Old West adornments. Don’t miss the buttermilk-fried sweetbreads, excellent meat selections and well-crafted cocktails. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Su). 640 10th Ave., East Village, 619.450.5880 Map Q17 GRANT GRILL > California $$$ Expect seasonal dishes with local ingredients—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 THE MISSION > Breakfast $ Acclaimed local mini-chain is known for pancakes, French toast, smoothies, breakfast burritos and healthconscious Latin dishes. B, L (daily). 1250 J St., East Village, 619.232.7662 Map Q17 MORTON’S, THE STEAKHOUSE > Steak $$$$ USDA prime-aged beef, seafood, an excellent wine list, cocktails, decadent desserts, crisp white linens and great service at the edge of the historical Gaslamp Quarter. D (nightly). 285 J St., downtown, 619.696.3369 Map Q16 RICHARD WALKER’S PANCAKE HOUSE > Breakfast $ Beloved, family-owned/operated institution since 1948 offers gourmet breakfast and lunch fare. Choose from oven-baked omelets, Bavarian-style oven-baked pancakes, classic griddlecakes, crepes, Benedicts and more. B, L (daily). 520 Front St., downtown, 619.231.7777 Map Q15
EMBARCADERO/MARINA DISTRICT DEL FRISCO’S DOUBLE EAGLE STEAK HOUSE > Steak $$$$ Enjoy traditional fine dining and top-notch service along with sweeping bay views and two patios. Extensive menu features hand-cut steaks and chops, seafood and classic starters such as the blue cheese wedge salad and shrimp cocktail. L, D (daily). InterContinental San Diego, 901 Bayfront Court, #105, downtown, 619.272.5060 Map Q15
> In the mood for a night out in Little Italy? The city’s hottest dining ‘hood has it all—Italian bistros, pizza parlors, steak, seafood and more. pp. 37-38.
CAFE SEVILLA > Spanish $$$ 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 R1
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DINING EDDIE V’S PRIME SEAFOOD > American $$$$ Find classics like shrimp cocktail, crab cakes and lobster bisque; plus 28-day-aged prime steaks. Enjoy live jazz nightly in the lounge. D (nightly). 789 W. Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, 619.615.0281 Map Q15 THE FISH MARKET > Seafood $$$ Casual dining includes fresh local seafood, sushi, an oyster bar and San Diego Bay views. Upstairs: fine dining and an expanded wine list at Top of the Market. L, D (daily). 750 N. Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, 619.232.3474 Map Q15 HORNBLOWER CRUISES > American $$ Celebrate a special occasion or surprise your sweetheart with a three-hour dinner cruise aboard a luxury yacht along San Diego’s stunning waterfront. Enjoy a threecourse meal, chilled sparkling wine and dancing. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 1800 N. Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, 619.686.8715 Map Q14 PUESTO > Mexican $$$ The organic, taco-laden menu boasts potato soy chorizo tacos and lobster tacos with black beans and crispy onions. Plus specialty cocktails, beer, wine and an array of high-end tequilas and mezcals. L, D (daily). 789 W. Harbor Drive, #155, downtown, 619.233.8880 Map K11 ROY’S > Pacific Rim $$$$ High-end chain serves chef Roy Yamaguchi’s Hawaiianfusion fare—including steak, seafood and sushi—in a contemporary setting overlooking the marina. L, D (daily). Marriott Marquis Hotel, 333 W. Harbor Drive, Marina District, 619.239.7697 Map Q15 SALLY’S FISH HOUSE & BAR > Seafood $$$ This marina-facing venue at the Manchester Grand Hyatt boasts a seafood-heavy menu that includes fresh creations such as diver scallops and crab cakes. L, D (daily). 1 Market Place, Embarcadero, 619.358.6740 Map Q1 VISTAL > California Cuisine $$$ Find unbeatable bay views, an expansive dining terrace and a refined, seafood-heavy menu of hyper-local catches and produce. Try the chili-orange blackened Baja prawns, and the crispy skin local fish. B, L, D (daily). InterContinental San Diego, 901 Bayfront Court, third floor, downtown, 619.535.0485 Map Q15
LITTLE ITALY BARBUSA > Italian $$$ The stylishly modern trattoria is owned by the Busalacchi family. Feast on updated Sicilian classics such as stuffed risotto balls, pastas, pizzas, seasonal cocktails and Nutellabanana tiramisu for dessert. L, D (daily). 1917 India St., Little Italy, 619.238.1917 Map P15 BENCOTTO > Italian $$$ This mod spot in the Q building earns raves for simple but well-executed create-your-own pasta dishes and other Italian specialities. L, D (Tu-Su). 750 W. Fir St., Little Italy, 619.450.4786 Map P15 BORN & RAISED > Steak $$$$ Glam fine-dining steakhouse is all about the beef. Feast on filets, porterhouses, rib-eyes, dry-aged cuts, American and Japanese wagyu, and slow-roasted prime rib, as well as roasted chicken and a daily whole fish preparation. Plus: classic cocktails and 300-plus bottles of scotch. D (nightly). 1909 India St., Little Italy, 619.202.4577 Map P15 BUON APPETITO > Italian $$$ Sample rustic cuisine made from scratch—ranging from pasta dishes to grilled swordfish—inside this intimate trattoria or on its bustling sidewalk patio. L, D (daily). 1609 India St., Little Italy, 619.238.9880 Map P15 (V) CIVICO 1845 > Italian $$ Contemporary Italian bistro features a warm decor clad with reclaimed wood, a patio, handmade pastas and traditional entrees; plus a separate all-vegan menu. L, D (daily). 1845 India St., Little Italy, 619.431.5990 Map P15
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DINING THE CRACK SHACK > California $$ 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 CRAFT & COMMERCE > Gastropub $$$ Sip inventive craft cocktails at its taxidermy-adorned main bar or in its speakeasy-style tiki lounge, False Idol; or nosh on refined gastropub fare such as four-piece fried chicken in its cozy-chic library. D (nightly), L (Sa-Su). 675 W. Beech St., Little Italy, 619.269.2202 Map P15 DAVANTI ENOTECA Lively hotspot serves rustic Italian shareable plates like mascarpone polenta, plus pastas, pizzas and salumi. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 1655 India St., Little Italy, 619.237.9606. $$$ Map P15 HERB & WOOD > American $$$$ Dine on wood-fired dishes and sip old-school cocktails inside Brian Malarkey’s sprawling warehouse-turned-chic hotspot. D (nightly), Br (Su). 2210 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619.955.8495 Map P15 IRONSIDE FISH & OYSTER > Seafood $$$$ Dine on seafood-focused plates, such as lobster rolls, daily fresh catches and fried oyster sliders, and sip on custom cocktails at this happenin’ bar and restaurant. The raw bar —featuring oysters shucked on the hour— stays open till midnight (till 2 a.m. F-Sa). L, D (daily). 1654 India St., Little Italy, 619.269.3033 Map P15 ISOLA PIZZA BAR > Italian $$$ Casually elegant restaurant and bar featuring a romantic back patio, sidewalk patio and hand-tossed pizzas baked in a stone wood-burning oven; plus pastas, antipasti and boutique wines. L, D (Tu-Su). 1526 India St., Little Italy, 619.255.4230 Map P15 JUNIPER & IVY > California $$$$ Top Chef star Richard Blais oversees the modern CaliAmerican menu—from raw seafood, pastas and small plates, to prime strip loin and local chicken served with English pea gnocchi. D (nightly). 2228 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619.269.9036 Map P15 KETTNER EXCHANGE > American $$$$ Little Italy hotspot offers progressive dishes such as big-eye tuna pizza and gluten-free gnocchi. Downstairs is a sumptuous space with a two-way fireplace; upstairs is a chic rooftop lounge. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 2001 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619.255.2001 Map P15 MONELLO > Italian $$$ The vibe is casual-glam, focusing on Milanese street food—pizzas, flatbreads, gelato and a daily aperitivo from 4-7 p.m. L (Tu-F); D (Tu-Su); Br (Sa-Su). 750 W. Fir St., Little Italy, 619.501.0030 Map P15 MORNING GLORY > Breakfast $$$ It’s an ornate, highly “Instagrammable” dining experience here—from the pink Champagne vending machine to the 30-foot neon pink flower sculpture over the main dining room. Try the Japanese souffle pancakes, the McDiddle with Spam, the hot chocolate flight, bloody mary and spiked Orange Julius. 550 W. Date St., Little Italy, 619.629.0302 Map P15 PREP KITCHEN LITTLE ITALY > California $$$ Its stylish second-story locale makes for a fab alternative to the area’s Italian eateries. Specials include the farmers market flatbread and scallops. D (nightly), L (M-F), Br (Sa-Su). 1660 India St., Little Italy, 619.398.8383 Map P15 QUEENSTOWN PUBLIC HOUSE > New Zealand $$ Salads, burgers and fish ‘n’ chips rule the menu at this New Zealand-inspired eatery, featuring a charming dining porch and dog-friendly dining lawn and patio. Weekend brunch includes chicken ’n’ waffles. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 1557 Columbia St., Little Italy, 619.546.0444 Map P15
LA JOLLA BROCKTON VILLA > American $$ 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 CATANIA COASTAL ITALIAN > Italian $$$ Enjoy coastal Italian fare and 180-degree ocean views. The menu features salads, small plates, wood-fired pizzas, pastas and entrees like whole-roasted branzino, and semifreddo for dessert. L, D (daily). 7863 Girard Ave., #301, La Jolla, 858.551.5105 Map W19 THE COTTAGE > Breakfast $$ Dine in a charming turn-of-the-century home with a quaint garden patio. Try the stuffed brioche French toast; plus sandwiches, salads and burgers. B, L (daily); D (Tu-Sa). 7702 Fay Ave., La Jolla, 858.454.8409 Map W19 CUSP DINING & DRINKS > California $$$ Head 11 stories up at Hotel La Jolla for Med-Cali cuisine and small plates overlooking the coastline. D (nightly), B (M-F), Br (Sa-Su). 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, 858.551.3620 Map V20 DUKE’S LA JOLLA > Seafood $$$ The Hawaii-based chain is known for its seasonal, fresh fish and seafood, choice steaks, tropical cocktails, vibrant atmosphere and views overlooking La Jolla Cove. Save room for Kimo’s Hula Pie. L, D (daily); B (Sa-Su). 1216 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.454.5888 Map W19 EDDIE V’S PRIME SEAFOOD > Seafood $$$$ Find classics like shrimp cocktail, crab cakes and lobster bisque; plus 28-day-aged prime steaks. Enjoy views of the cove and live jazz nightly in the lounge. D (nightly), L (F-Su). 1270 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.459.5500 Map W19 FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE > Steak $$$$ Upscale steakhouse with prime steaks, seafood, classic desserts and an acclaimed wine list. D (nightly). 8970 University Center Lane, La Jolla, 858.535.0078, Map T21; 380 K St., Gaslamp, 619.237.1155 Map Q16 GEORGE’S AT THE COVE > California $$$$ La Jolla institution comprises three levels (from elegant to casual) of ocean views. Chef Trey Foshee creates seafood, steak and regional dishes. Mid-level bar is a fun happy hour spot. L, D (daily). 1250 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.454.4244 Map W19 HERRINGBONE > American $$$$ Expect farm-to-sea dishes, craft cocktails and 100-yearold olive trees inside this refined warehouse-style space. L (M-Sa), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 7837 Herschel Ave., La Jolla, 858.459.0221 Map W19 JAVIER’S > Mexican $$$$ Mexican fine dining with a resort-style ambiance—water features, lush greenery and stylish patrons sipping margaritas. Try the shrimp enchiladas and carnitas plate; plus rare tequilas and craft cocktails. L,D (daily). 4301 La Jolla Village Drive, 858.200.2222 Map T21 MARINE ROOM > California $$$$ Outstanding nouveau French-infused California cuisine such as crispy skin salmon by chef Bernard Guillas in an unparalleled oceanfront location where waves splash against the windows at high tide. D (nightly). 2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, 858.459.7222 Map W20 THE MED > American $$$ La Valencia’s Mediterranean-villa-style eatery features locally sourced, sustainable dishes such as bacon-wrapped trout, an ocean-view terrace and live music five days a week. B, Br, L, D (daily). 1132 Prospect St., La Jolla, 855.818.6887 Map W19
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DINING NINE-TEN > California $$$ Award-winning chef Jason Knibb creates evolving cuisine from local, organic ingredients. The Jamaican jerk pork belly appetizer and the braised short rib entree are highlights. B, L, D (daily). 910 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.964.5400 Map V19 PIATTI > Italian $$$ Delicious pastas, pizzas made from a stone-hearth oven and other Italian faves near the ocean in La Jolla Shores. L, D (daily); Br (Sa–Su). 2182 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla, 858.454.1589 Map V20 PUESTO > Mexican $$ The organic, taco-laden menu boasts potato soy chorizo tacos and lobster tacos with black beans and crispy onions. Plus specialty cocktails, beer, wine and high-end tequilas and mezcals. L, D (daily). 1026 Wall St., La Jolla, 858.454.1260 Map W19 RED O RESTAURANT > Mexican $$$$ Fronted by celeb chef Rick Bayless, this upscale Mexican bistro and tequila lounge features gourmet, modern twists on traditional Cali-Mex fare, plus a generous patio and extensive spirits list. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 4340 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, 858.291.8360 Map T21 RICHARD WALKER’S PANCAKE HOUSE > Breakfast $ Family owned and operated institution offers a huge selection of flapjacks and gourmet breakfast and lunch fare. We love the oven-baked omelets and crepes. B, L (daily). 909 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.459.8800 Map W19 WE OLIVE > Wine Bar $$ Olive oil tasting room also includes coastal-view wine bar featuring California wines and tastings of gourmet food items, specialty gifts, cheese plates and other light bites, and wines by the glass. L, D (daily). 1158 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.551.8250 Map W19 WHISKNLADLE > California $$$ Chef Ryan Johnston uses local ingredients in dishes like roasted bone marrow and chorizo-date fritters. Plus, a trendy bar/lounge with craft cocktails. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 1044 Wall St., La Jolla, 858.551.7575 Map W19
MISSION BAY/BEACHES BO-BEAU KITCHEN + BAR > French $$$ Classic French dishes (boeuf bourguignon)—along with craft cocktails and French wines—are served in a cozy and inviting bohemian atmosphere. D (nightly). 4996 W. Point Loma Blvd., Ocean Beach, 619.224.2884 Map J8 DUCK DIVE > American $$ Find coastal cuisine, craft beer and cocktails inside this casual-cool lounge—featuring surf videos, a wavelike ceiling and a prime location just steps from the ocean. Offerings include tacos, sandwiches, salads and entrees such as bacon-wrapped meatloaf. B, L, D (daily). 4650 Mission Blvd., Pacific Beach, 858.273.3825 Map H8 THE FRENCH GOURMET > French $$ This quaint restaurant, bakery and wine shop serves entrees such as duck confit, rack of lamb and vegetarian ratatouille. Or opt for to-go sandwiches, cheese, charcuterie and desserts. B, L (daily); D (Tu-Sa). 960 Turquoise St., Pacific Beach, 858.488.1725 Map H8 HODAD’S > Burgers $$ Renowned burger joint with fresh toppings, huge portions, onion rings, milkshakes and microbrews on tap. Try the double bacon cheeseburger if you dare. L, D (daily). 5010 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach, 619.224.4623 Map J8 ISABEL’S CANTINA > Breakfast $$ This cool, casual spot serves health-conscious, boldflavored Latin and Asian-influenced fare. For breakfast, try the soy-chorizo scramble or blackberry-banana pancakes. B, L (daily); D (Th-Sa). 966 Felspar St., Pacific Beach, 858.272.8400 Map H7
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CORONADO BLUEWATER BOATHOUSE > Seafood $$$ Classic fish house features fresh, sustainable seafood, house-made chowders and an oyster bar. Bluewater sits over the water in the historical former boathouse of the Hotel del Coronado. L, D (daily). 1701 Strand Way, Coronado, 619.435.0155. Map L10
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JRDN > California $$$ Hip restaurant and bar at Tower23 Hotel has steak and seafood dishes, plus a full raw bar and happy hour specials. Patio offers boardwalk and ocean views, plus fun peoplewatching. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 723 Felspar St., Pacific Beach, 858.270.5736 Map H7 MISS B’S COCONUT CLUB > California $$ This laid-back hangout features an open-air bar, Caribbean-inspired fare and tropical cocktails. Try the curried coconut mussels and the jerk-rubbed chicken wings. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 3704 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach, 858.381.0855. $$ Map H7 PUEBLO > Mexican $$$ Upscale restaurant/bar two blocks from the ocean features a rooftop deck, modern Baja-style dishes and seafood. Menu changes often to include the freshest catches and seasonal produce. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 877 Hornblend St., Pacific Beach, 858.412.3312. Map H8
LEROY’S KITCHEN & LOUNGE > California $$ Recognized for its farm-to-table fare, plus seafood, meat and pasta dishes. Favorites include miso-glazed swordfish and wild boar bolognese. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (SaSu). 1015 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.6087 Map L11 LOBSTER WEST > Seafood $$ Quaint, fast-casual eatery serves fresh Maine lobster rolls, crab rolls, shrimp rolls, lobster bisque, clam chowder and salads. Beer and wine to drink. L, D (daily). 1033 B Ave., #102, Coronado, 619.675.0002 Map L10 PEOHE’S > Pacific Rim $$$ Tropical decor with spectacular water views looking back at the San Diego skyline; plus Pacific Rim plates like crispy wok-fried whole bass and fire shrimp. L, D (daily); Br (Su). 1201 First St., Coronado, 619.437.4474 Map K10 STAKE CHOPHOUSE & BAR > Steak $$$$ Contemporary steakhouse with a luxe vibe features a wide variety of steaks—including wagyu and Kobe—as well as seafood; plus a 2,000-bottle wine cellar. Service includes selecting your own steak knife tableside. D (nightly). 1309 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.522.0077 Map L10
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BALI HAI > Polynesian $$$ Tiki oasis features Korean barbecue ribs and wok-fried whole striped bass, plus fabulous bay views and the most potent mai tais in town. L (M-Sa), D (nightly), Br (Su). 2230 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island, 619.222.1181. $$$ Map K9
ADDISON > French $$$$ Executive Chef William Bradley creates elegant dishes from local ingredients at this ultra-fine-dining restaurant at Fairmont Grand Del Mar. It’s the only AAA Five Diamond Restaurant and Forbes Five-Star Restaurant in SoCal, and has San Diego’s only Michelin Star. D (Tu-Sa). 5200 Grand Del Mar Way, Del Mar, 858.314.1900 Map X22
COASTERRA > Mexican $$$ The stars are its massive waterfront dining deck and regional Mexican cuisine. Bar offers more than 100 tequilas and mezcal infusions. L, D (daily). 880 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island, 619.814.1300 Map J10
THE BRIGANTINE > Seafood $$$ Popular chain with a fun happy hour, steaks and chops is known for its fish tacos, swordfish, and oyster bar. The Del Mar locale is our favorite. L, D (daily); Br (Su). 3263 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.481.1166. Map X22
HUMPHREYS RESTAURANT > Seafood $$$ Yacht-club views and seafood, such as scallops and pepper-crusted salmon. Sunday brunch boasts carving stations and bubbly. B, L, D (daily); Br (Su). 2241 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island, 619.224.3577 Map K8
CUCINA ENOTECA > Italian $$$ Located at Flower Hill Promenade, the stylish eatery features a rooftop patio and a Cali-Italian menu with antipasti, salads, house-made pastas, artisanal pizzas and an excellent wagyu burger; plus a retail wine shop. L (Tu-Su), D (nightly). 2730 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, 858.704.4500 Map X22
ISLAND PRIME > Steak $$$ Chef Deborah Scott’s famed steakhouse boasts premium cuts, seafood, cocktails, and bay/skyline views. Adjacent C Level Lounge on the spacious deck offers more casual fare. L (daily at C Level only), D (nightly). 880 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island, 619.298.6802 Map J10 JIMMY’S TAVERN > American $$ Spicy California cheeseburgers and specialty cocktails served in a fun, casual bayside venue; outdoor patio offers great marina views. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 4990 N. Harbor Drive, Point Loma, 619.226.2103 Map K9 OFFICINE BUONA FORCHETTA > Italian $$ Feast on wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, calzones, salads and house-made pastas. Family-friendly outdoor patio features a playground for kids. L, D (daily). 2865 Sims Road, Point Loma, 619.548.5770 Map J9
veggie tasting and Meyer lemon-cream crepes. D (nightly). 3702 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, 858.523.0007 Map X22 MILLE FLEURS > French $$$$ Bertrand Hug’s romantic, fine-dining restaurant is a classic date spot. The cuisine is creative, updated French/ California (think: Berkshire pork chops with sweet potato gnocchi and Snake River Farm prime filet); plus an outstanding wine list. L (Th–F), D (nightly). 6009 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe, 858.756.3085 Map W23 PACIFICA DEL MAR > Seafood $$$ Upscale, ocean-view spot attracts a power crowd with mustard catfish and sugar-spiced salmon. Visit the vodka bar with 160-plus selections. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.792.0476 Map X22 PAMPLEMOUSSE GRILLE > French $$$$ Chef Jeffrey Strauss presents a country-French–influenced American menu in an intimate spot near the racetrack. Don’t miss the basil-roasted sea bass with sauteed rock shrimp and a polenta cake. L (F), D (nightly). 514 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, 858.792.9090 Map W22 POSEIDON RESTAURANT > Seafood $$$ Its beachfront deck offers unrivaled views. Dinner entrees such as lemon pepper-crusted diver scallops, pan-seared Chilean sea bass and wasabi-sesame-crusted yellowfin tuna make up the contemporary seafood-focused menu. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 1670 Coast Blvd., Del Mar, 858.755.9345 Map X22
NORTH COASTAL BEACH GRASS CAFE > Breakfast $$ Breezy, casual-chic eatery by the beach serves up a health-conscious menu of granola, flapjacks, omelets, scrambles, salads and more. B, L, D (daily). 159 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Solana Beach, 858.509.0632 Map X22 BLUE OCEAN ROBATA & SUSHI BAR > Japanese $$$ Modern design meets Japanese cuisine. Yakitori-skewered proteins and veggies are charcoal-fired on a robata grill; plus sushi, small plates and Japanese whiskey. L (M-Sa), D (nightly). 2958 Madison St., Carlsbad, 760.434.4959 Map T22 BLUEWATER GRILL > Seafood $$ Classic fish house features sustainable seafood, housemade chowders and an oyster bar. L, D (daily). 417 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, 760.730.3474 Map T22 CAMPFIRE > American $$$ The striking indoor/outdoor restaurant features campground-inspired decor, wood-fired dishes and smoky craft cocktails. L (Tu-Su), D (nightly). 2725 State St., Carlsbad, 760.637.5121 Map T22 CHART HOUSE > Seafood $$$ Seafood and steakhouse has picturesque coastline location with floor-to-ceiling windows. Indulge in hot chocolate lava cake for dessert. L, D (daily); Br (Su). 2588 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, 760.436.4044 Map W22
DEL MAR RENDEZVOUS > Chinese $$ Upscale Chinese bistro features 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
CRAFTSMAN TAVERN > American $$ This stylish Encinitas watering hole serves up the Devil’s Free Range Chicken, deep-fried Brussels sprouts and Root Beer Cake. L (M-Sa), D (nightly), Br (Su). 267 El Camino Real, Encinitas, 760.452.2000 Map V22
EN FUEGO > Mexican $$$ Lively 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
THE FLYING PIG PUB & KITCHEN > California $$$ This foodie-loved restaurant features handmade pasta, organic salads and Duroc pork belly. D (nightly). 626 S. Tremont St., Oceanside, 760.453.2940 Map S22
MARKET RESTAURANT + BAR > California $$$$ Chef Carl Schroeder crafts modern cuisine using local produce, handmade cheeses and locally raised meat. Highlights include the blue cheese soufflé, market
THE FISH MARKET > Seafood $$$ Casual dining includes fresh local seafood, sushi and an oyster bar. Upstairs: fine dining and an expanded wine list at Top of the Market. L, D (daily). 640 Via de la Valle, Solana Beach, 858.755.2277 Map W22
OLD VENICE > Italian $$$ Local favorite boasts candlelit atmosphere and romantic courtyard, white-on-white decor and classic Italian cuisine with Mediterranean flavors. Enjoy dishes like the spicy Roma shrimp and chicken picatta. L (M–Sa), D (nightly). 2910 Canon St., Point Loma, 619.222.5888 Map K8
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DINING HARNEY SUSHI > Sushi $$$ Find sushi and specialty rolls with a molecular gastronomy twist at this groovy local mini-chain, where live DJs spin nightly. L (M-F), D (nightly). 301 Mission Ave., Oceanside, 760.967.1820. $$ Map S22 LOBSTER WEST > Seafood $$ Quaint, fast-casual eatery serves fresh Maine lobster rolls, crab rolls, shrimp rolls, lobster bisque, clam chowder and salads. Beer and wine to drink. L, D (daily). 890 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad, Map T22; 765 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, 760.634.1684 Map V22 PACIFIC COAST GRILL > Seafood $$$ Popular North County spot epitomizes casual-chic coastal dining. Locals love the lobster tacos and fresh seafood entrees. L, D (daily); Br (Su). 2526 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, 760.479.0721 Map V22 PARK 101 > American $$ This bi-level, outdoor community hangout offers barbecue, burritos, cocktails and more; plus games, picnic tables and a rooftop deck. L, D (daily); Br (F-Su). 3040 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, 760.434.2217 Map T22 Q’ERO RESTAURANT > Peruvian $$ A cozy Peruvian restaurant featuring regional classics such as lomo saltado and the signature beverage, chicha morada, made from purple corn. L, D (W-Sa). 564 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, 760.753.9050 Map V22 RICHARD WALKER’S PANCAKE HOUSE > Breakfast $ The family-owned eatery offers a huge selection of mouthwatering flapjacks and gourmet breakfast and lunch fare. Try the oven-baked omelets and crepes. B, L (daily). 2656 Gateway Road, Carlsbad, 760.893.8400 Map T2 TRATTORIA I TRULLI > Italian $$ Superb pastas and sauces in a rustic setting featuring 100 wines; plus creme brulee. L, D (daily). 830 S. Coast Hwy. 101, #100, Encinitas, 760.943.6800 Map V22 VIGILUCCI’S SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE > Steak $$$ Italian-influenced chophouse with beach views features steaks, chicken, veal, fresh catches, salads and pastas such as the classic capellini checca. L, D (daily); Br (Su). 3878 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, 760.434.2580 Map T22 VIGILUCCI’S TRATTORIA ITALIANA > Italian $$$ Quaint Italian eatery is known for its homemade pasta dishes, prime steaks, fresh seafood and pizzas baked in a Florentine wood-burning brick oven. L, D (daily). 530 N. Coast Hwy. 101, Leucadia, 760.634.2365 Map V2 VIVACE > Italian $$$$ Marvelous Northern Italian cuisine with a California twist made fresh using organic ingredients at this gorgeous restaurant at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort. D (M-Sa), Br (Su). 7100 Four Seasons Point, Carlsbad, 760.603.6999 Map U22
UPTOWN ALEXANDER’S > Italian $$ Romantic neighborhood eatery known for its darling back patio, white-on-white decor, traditional pasta dishes and its White Room pizza with chicken and pesto. D (nightly). 3391 30th St., North Park, 619.281.2539 Map J12 ARRIVEDERCI > Italian $$ A Hillcrest staple with quaint sidewalk seating and a cozy, rustic interior, this neighborhood cucina serves handmade pastas, sandwiches, pizzas, salads and reigonal Italian wines. L, D (daily). 3845 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest, 619.299.6282 Map N16 AZUKI SUSHI > Japanese $$$ Seemingly a hole in the wall from the street, but inside lies a charming eatery and sushi bar with an airy back patio. Excellent sushi and specialty rolls. L (M-F), D (nightly). 2321 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill, 619.238.4760 Map O16
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MENU HIGHLIGHTS Starters Lil’ Brgs (made with wagyu beef) Beef Tartare Seared Day Boat Scallops
STK STEAKHOUSE STK Steakhouse is “not your daddy’s steakhouse,” offering a highenergy dining experience that artfully combines the superior quality of a traditional steakhouse with a vibe dining atmosphere unlike any other. Delectable cuisine, upscale cocktails and an elevated Happy Hour—along with an in-house DJ and chic décor—all come together to offer a memorable fine-dining experience that keeps guests enjoying their evening from drinks to dinner to dancing. STK’s menu features reimagined classic American cuisine for lunch and dinner, with unique local flair infused into each location’s menu. Signature dishes include an array of the finest cuts of steak; along with items such as bite-sized Lil’ Brgs made with Wagyu beef, Lobster Mac & Cheese and opulent seafood towers. D (Daily), Br (Sa, Su)
Raw Bar Oysters on the Half Shell Daily Ceviche Half Chilled Lobster Seafood Platters (served family style) Steaks + Other Entrees Dry-Aged Tomahawk A5 Japanese Wagyu Braised Beed Short Rib Market Fish Sides Lobster Mac & Cheese Jalapeño Cheddar Grits Exotic Mushrooms Desserts S’mores Party in a Cup Bag O’ Donuts Vanilla Cheesecake
STK San Diego, 600 F St, San Diego, CA 92101
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DINING BANKERS HILL BAR & RESTAURANT > American $$$ Mismatched antique chairs decorate this urban-industrial space. Menu includes braised pork tacos, an excellent burger and truffle fries. D (nightly), Br (Su). 2202 Fourth Ave., Bankers Hill, 619.231.0222 Map O16 BARRIO STAR > Latin $$ Trendy eatery serves up healthful Latin American dishes with organic, local ingredients—including tacos, bowls with “power rice,” tortilla soup and chipotle chicken wings; plus, margarita tasting flights. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 2706 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill, 619.501.7827 Map O16
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BLEU BOHEME > French $$$ Candleit bistro and wine bar is known for its traditional French fare—including moules frites, croque monsieur, coq au vin and boeuf bourguignon. D (nightly). 4090 Adams Ave., Kensington, 619.255.4167 Map I12 CFL_SP19.indd 1
BUONA FORCHETTA > Italian $$ The wood-fired oven named “Sofia” takes center stage at this busy eatery known for its traditional Neapolitan pizzas, house-made pastas and tiramisu. L (Sa-Su), D (nightly). 3001 Beech St., South Park, 619.381.4844 Map K12 CUCINA URBANA > Italian $$$ Crowded hotspot features house-made pastas, pizzas, farm-to-table dishes, house-infused cocktails and a wine shop. L (Tu-F), D (nightly). 505 Laurel St., Bankers Hill, 619.239.2222 Map O16
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IL DANDY > Italian $$$ Feast on refined, Calabrian cuisine and sip Italian craft cocktails inside an expansive, glam-casual, modern cucina. We love the tuna and buffalo mozzarella antipasti, and the seasonal risotto and pizzas. D (nightly). 2550 Fifth Ave., Suite 120, Bankers Hill, 619.310.5669 Map O16 GREAT MAPLE > California $$ Upscale diner serves comfort food and cocktails. Choose from salads, sandwiches, seafood, pastas and maplebacon doughnuts. B, L (M-F); D (Tu-Su); Br (Sa-Su). 1451 Washington St., Hillcrest, 619.255.2282 Map N17 HASH HOUSE A GO GO > Breakfast $$ Huge portions of “twisted farm food” including egg scrambles, hashes and more. Housed in a rustic-urban bungalow with a quaint back patio. B, L (daily); D (TuSu). 3628 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest, 619.298.4646 Map N16 LOTUS THAI > Thai $$ Elegant bamboo decor and modern Thai cuisine, with authentic dishes from Bangkok, Chiang Mai and northern Thailand. Specialties include choo chee fish curry and roasted half-duck curry. L (M-F), D (nightly). 3761 Sixth Ave., Hillcrest, 619.299.8272 Map N16 LOUISIANA PURCHASE > American $$ New Orleans-inspired cuisine by chef Quinnton Austin— alligator andouille cheesecake, gumbo, sweet potato cornbread and Southern-inspired libations. D (W-Su), Br (Sa-Su). 2305 University Ave., North Park, 619.255.8278 Map J12
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MADISON > California $$$ Nosh on SoCal-Med cuisine inside a cedar-walled space with vaulted ceilings; plus a bar/lounge with unique cocktails. D (Tu-Su), Br (Sa-Su). 4622 Park Blvd., University Heights, 619.269.6566 Map M17 MISTER A’S > American $$$$ Incredible 12th-floor, bird’s-eye views and romantic ambiance complemented by seasonal ingredients. Appetizers range from mac ‘n’ cheese to pan-seared scallops, plus an outstanding wine list. L (M–F), D (nightly), Br (Su). 2550 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill, 619.239.1377 Map O16
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DINING short rib, mussels & frites, and a daily fresh catch. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 3117 University Ave., North Park, 619.255.7380 Map J12 PARC BISTRO-BRASSERIE > French $$$ Dine on exceptional, refined French dishes and seafood inside this elegant neighborhood bistro that blends Old-World charm with contemporary touches. Standouts include the escargot and duck confit. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill, 619.795.150 Map P16 THE PRADO > International $$$ Its dramatic garden patio is lovely, and the eclectic American menu is spiked with Latin/Italian flair. Try the lobster bucatini and the chicken and gnocchi dumplings with bacon. L (daily), D (Tu-Su). 1549 El Prado, House of Hospitality, Balboa Park, 619.557.9441 Map O17 (V) PLUMERIA > Thai $$ Enjoy vegetarian renditions of Thai dishes, from curries to noodles. The eatery uses organic non-GMO and glutenfree tofu. L, D (daily). 4661 Park Blvd., University Heights, 619.269.9989 Map M18
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THE SMOKING GOAT > French $$$ This cozy neighborhood bistro serves up French and American cuisine with a countryside flair. Try the Berkshire pork chop, steak frites and its duck-fat truffle fries. D (TuSu). 3408 30th St., North Park, 619.955.5295 Map J12 SNOOZE, AN A.M. EATERY > Breakfast $$ This bright, energetic joint features breakfast and brunch faves like eggs Benedict, pancakes, French toast, cocktails, a fun coffee menu and a breakfast pot pie. B, L (daily). 3940 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest, 619.500.3344 Map N16 STARLITE > California $$ Dazzling decor and a cool back patio complement sustainably farmed food at this hip den. Don’t miss the burger on brioche and the signature Starlite Mule. D (nightly). 21+. 3175 India St., Midtown, 619.358.9766 Map O15 WAYPOINT PUBLIC > California $$ Laid-back gastropub features 100 international beers; a 30-tap system pouring West Coast craft brews; and dishes such as the grilled tri-tip sandwich. D (nightly), Br (SaSu). 3794 30th St., North Park, 619.255.8778 Map J12 THE WINE LOVER > Wine Bar $$ Parisian-inspired wine shop and bar features a patio, international wines, gourmet cheeses and imported olives. L (Tu-Su), D (nightly). 3968 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest, 619.294.9200 Map N16 WINE VAULT & BISTRO > Wine Bar $$ Romantic bistro serves five-course, set-menu wine dinners every Saturday evening. Food ranges from Italian to French to California. Excellent boutique wines. D (Th-Sa). 3731-A India St., Mission Hills, 619.295.3939 Map N14
OLD TOWN/BAY PARK CAFE COYOTE > Mexican $$ Choose from more than 100 tequilas in your margarita to wash down its authentic Mexican fare. We love the enchiladas suizas and tortillas. B, L, D (daily). 2461 San Diego Ave., Old Town, 619.291.4695 Map M14 CASA GUADALAJARA > Mexican $$ Bazaar del Mundo’s award-winning Mexican restaurant and cantina features a colorful outdoor patio, giant margaritas, 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 HARNEY SUSHI > Sushi $$$ Find award-winning sushi and specialty rolls with a molecular gastronomy twist at this groovy local mini-chain, where live DJs spin nightly. L (M-F), D (nightly). 3964 Harney St., Old Town, 619.295.3272 Map J10
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DINING JACK & GIULIO’S > Italian $$ 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 LUCE BAR & KITCHEN > Gastropub $$ Cozy neighborhood hang features seasonal small plates, cheese and meat boards, artisanal pizzas and a signature burger. Plus, California-focused wine list, European beers and a daily happy hour 3-6 p.m. L, D (daily); Br (SaSu). 1959 Morena Blvd., Bay Park, 619.275.0321 Map I10 MIGUEL’S COCINA > Mexican $$ Family-owned chain boasts five San Diego locations, but the Old Town outpost is our favorite. We love the fried chimichanga, pollo asado burrito and seriously addictive queso dip. L, D (daily); Br (Su). 2444 San Diego Ave., Old Town, 619.298.9840 Map N13 OLD TOWN MEXICAN CAFE > Mexican $$ This Old Town staple is famous for its handmade tortillas, which you can see being made fresh daily through the restaurant’s front window. A festive atmosphere and traditional Mexican dishes await inside. B, L, D (daily). 2489 San Diego Ave., Old Town, 619.297.4330 Map N13 TAHONA > Mexican $$$ This modern Mexican restaurant and mezcal bar boasts 120-plus different mezcals. The food menu centers on Oaxacan-inspired seasonal dishes, such as slow-braised beef in a banana leaf, grilled octopus with mole, and soft shell crab tacos. D (Tu-Su), Br (Sa-Su). 2414 San Diego Ave., Old Town, 619.255.2090 Map N14
MISSION VALLEY/KEARNY MESA BIBIGO KITCHEN > Korean $$ This new fine-casual outpost at Fashion Valley Mall serves modern, Korean-inspired cuisine with an emphasis on Korean grill, small plates and mandu (Korean-style dumplings). L, D (daily). 7007 Friars Road, #357B, Fashion Valley, 619.419.2150 Map M16 DUMPLING INN > Chinese $$ Find some of the finest Chinese cuisine in the city here. Menu standouts include the kung pao sea bass, shrimp chow mein, Szechuan pork and deep-fried beef-curry dumplings; plus a full bar. L, D (Tu-Su). 4625 Convoy St., Kearny Mesa, 858.268.9638 Map R16 JASMINE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT > Chinese $$ Casual, spacious spot is known for its rotating carts of dim sum, Hong Kong-style seafood, Peking duck and barbecue entrees. L, D (daily). 4609 Convoy St., Kearny Mesa, 858.268.0888 Map G11 SHAN XI MAGIC KITCHEN > Chinese $$ Dine on authentic Chinese dishes, barbecue meats, handmade noodles and dumplings inside this bustling, modern eatery. L, D (daily). 4344 Convoy St., Kearny Mesa, 858.565.2688 Map G11 SO SUSHI LOUNGE > Japanese $$ Fashion Valley Mall’s stylish eatery features signature sushi rolls and tapas-style Japanese dishes in a modern dining environment; plus wine, beer and sake. L, D (daily). 7007 Friars Road, #336, Fashion Valley, 619.291.7711 Map M16 STACKED > Burgers $$ “Food Well Built” is the slogan here. Order your meal via an iPad at every table, and customize your own burger, sandwich, pizza, salad, mac ’n’ cheese, milkshake and more. Plus a full cocktail bar. L, D (daily). 7007 Friars Road, #356, Fashion Valley, 619.225.7900 Map M16
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SDDINING MILLE FLEURS Restaurateur Bertrand Hug’s iconic and so charming finedining destination infuses classic French dishes with seasonal, farm-to-table ingredients. Step inside a culinary oasis that channels an elegant country home, entering through a beautiful and quaint patio, a piano bar and private rooms. Indulge in a five-course tasting menu or sample the bistro menu sitting in the friendly Fountain Room overlooking the serene patio. Specialty cocktails, an outstanding wine list and decadent desserts complete the experience at this awardwinning, locally beloved restaurant. L (Th-F), D (nightly).
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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 threecourse, prix fixe dinner menu as well as a la carte options. Appetizers include a house-made French onion soup, 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-Sa).
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MISTER A’S With 360-degree views from 12 stories up, exceptional cuisine and a stellar wine list, it’s no wonder why the iconic Mister A’s remains in a class of its own when it comes to elegant fine dining in San Diego. Expect friendly, professional service and impeccably crafted Mediterranean influenced American cuisine using the freshest ingredients from local sources. Its romantic ambiance, coupled with a warm décor accented by soft earth tones and generous bay windows—offering views of the city, bay, Balboa Park and incoming planes landing at Lindbergh Field—make Mister A’s an ideal destination for dates, special occasions (marriage proposals are popular here), or for those seeking an evening of elevated dining just because. Private dining for large parties up to 300 also available. Br (Su), L (M-F), D (nightly). 2550 Fifth Ave., 12th floor, Bankers Hill 619.239.1377 • asrestaurant.com
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ANZA-BORREGO WILDFLOWERS March-April. A visit to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to hike the Palm Canyon Trail and see the spring wildflowers in full bloom makes for a lovely day trip. Mid-late March and early April are often ideal. 200 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, 760.767.4684, theabf.org/wildflowers. Map A6 BASEBALL Ongoing. Catch a San Diego Padres home game at Petco Park, with rivals including the Colorado Rockies (March 26-29), San Francisco Giants (April 10-12) and Chicago Cubs (May 14-17), among others. Petco Park, East Village, sandiegopadres.com. Map Q16
Hush, Hush A speakeasy in Old Town? We’ll toast to that. Oculto 477, tucked away inside Tahona restaurant, is an intimate Prohibition-style lounge that seats just 25. Its namesake is a nod to the 477 gravesites located at the adjacent El Campo Santo Cemetery, the city’s second oldest cemetery dating back to the late 1840s. Inside this reservationonly, candle-lit sanctuary, enjoy nostalgic libations expertly prepared by seasoned bartenders. Offerings range from classic Old Fashioneds and daiquiris to negronis to tequila and mezcal cocktails. Also, mind the rules (all of which are spelled out on their website), which include: No flash photography, no talking on your phone and no parties larger than six. Oh, and there’s a dress code: No sweats, flip-flops or baseball hats. Otherwise, imbibe away! 2414 San Diego Ave., Old Town, oculto477.com
SAN DIEGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL March 12-22. Check out 160+ feature and short film screenings in celebration of Latino film, art and culture. Plus guest celebrities, live music, after-parties, filmmaker workshops and more. AMC 18 Fashion Valley, 7037 Friars Road, Mission Valley; Digital Gym Cinema, 2921 El Cajon Blvd., North Park, sdlatinofilm.com. Map M16 and J12 ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE AND FESTIVAL March 14, 10:30 a.m. (parade), 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (festival). Check out more than 120 parade entries, followed by an Irish festival including craft and food vendors, a beer garden, live music, dancing and kids’ activities. Fifth Avenue and Laurel Street, Balboa Park, stpatsparade.org. Map O16 SHAMROCK 2020 March 14, 2 p.m.-midnight. The Gaslamp turns green for its 26th annual St. Patrick’s Day block party—featuring live DJs and Irish bands on three stages, games, and Irish fare and drinks at dozens of participating bars and restaurants. 21+. Gaslamp Quarter, sandiegoshamrock.com. Map Q16 SAN DIEGO CREW CLASSIC REGATTA April 4-5. The country’s top competitive rowers gather at Mission Bay for a grueling competition, now in its 47th year. Crown Point Shores Park, Mission Bay, crewclassic.org. Map I8 DEL MAR NATIONAL HORSE SHOW April 14-May 3. One of the most prestigious equestrian competitions in the Western U.S. featuring Western Week (April 14-18), Dressage Week (April 23-26) and Hunter/Jumper Week (April 28-May 3). Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, delmarnational.com. Map X22 SAN DIEGO EARTHFAIR April 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. World’s largest annual free environmental fair features 300+ educational exhibits, kids’ activities, food vendors and live music. Balboa Park, earthdayweb.org. Map O17 LA JOLLA CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE April 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Classic car enthusiasts can view 130 unique vehicles parked along the Pacific at this community auto show. Plus live music, and a Champagne and honey tasting garden. La Jolla Cove, Ellen Browning Scripps Park, 1133 Coast Blvd., La Jolla, lajollaconcours.com. Map W19 FALLBROOK AVOCADO FESTIVAL April 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Head to the “Avocado Capital of the World” to celebrate the best of the crop, with avocado-themed gifts, guacamole contests, live music, beer gardens and plenty of food other than avocados. Main Street, downtown Fallbrook, fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org. Map A2 ART ALIVE April 24-26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. This annual threeday exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Art features nearly 100 intricate floral interpretations of the museum’s
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permanent collection by floral designers invited to put their artistic talents to the test. 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, sdmart.org/artalive. Map O17 CHICANO PARK DAY April 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The 50th annual event celebrating Chicano Park—a National Historic Landmark—features traditional music and dance, a lowrider car show, kids’ art workshops, and food, arts and crafts vendors. Between National and Logan avenues, Barrio Logan, chicano-park.com. Map R18 ADAMS AVENUE UNPLUGGED April 25, Noon-10 p.m. Enjoy dozens of acoustic performances—showcasing blues, folk, jazz, country and world music—staged inside restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and galleries along a 2-mile stretch of Adams Avenue. Adams Avenue, between Texas Street in University Heights and Marlborough Drive in Kensington, adamsavenuebusiness.com. Map I12 MISSION FEDERAL ARTWALK April 25-26, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Little Italy transforms into an urban art gallery and festival spanning 16 blocks—packed with works by hundreds of artists, live music, food vendors and hands-on children’s activities. India Street, between Fir and Beech streets, Little Italy, artwalksandiego.org. Map P15 FIESTA OLD TOWN CINCO DE MAYO FESTIVAL May 2-3. Head to historical Old Town for restaurant specials and festivities—including ballet folklorico, live music, kids’ activities, a lowrider car show and lucha libre matches—all celebrating Mexican heritage and pride. Along San Diego Avenue and in Old Town Historic State Park, Old Town, cincodemayooldtown.com. Map M13 CARLSBAD VILLAGE FAIRE May 3, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Stroll among 850+ vendors—from arts and crafts, to antiques, clothing and food—at this one-day street festival. Carlsbad Village, Carlsbad, visitcarlsbad.com. Map T23 GATOR BY THE BAY ZYDECO, BLUES & CRAWFISH FESTIVAL May 7-10. Family-friendly event features 100+ performances by blues, Cajun and zydeco bands, cooking demos and more. Spanish Landing Park, 3900 N. Harbor Drive, Harbor Island, gatorbythebay.com. Map O13 SDCCU FESTIVAL OF ARTS IN NORTH PARK May 8, 6-11 p.m. and May 9, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The 24th annual two-day celebration of the arts features dozens of local, emerging artists showcasing their work, handcrafted jewelry, a kids’ art block, live music and a craft beer block. 30th Street and University Avenue, North Park, explorenorthpark.com. Map J12 JUNIOR LEAGUE FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL May 16, 1-5 p.m. Sample cocktails, gourmet bites, wine and craft beers from dozens of top local restaurants and beverage purveyors. 21+. La Jolla Cove, Ellen Browning Scripps Park, 1133 Coast Blvd., La Jolla, jlsd.org. Map V19
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CARLSBAD FLOWER FIELDS March 1-May 10. Roam among 50 spectacular acres of blooming ranunculus flower bulbs during this annual salute to spring (April is ideal to see the blooms at their peak)—enjoyed by thousands of locals and visitors every year. 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, theflowerfields.com. Map T22
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ENTERTAINMENT THEATER THE OUTSIDER Through March 15. Paul Slade Smith’s comedy is a sharp, nonpartisan satire of modern politics and an inspirational tribute to democracy. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, northcoastrep.org. Map X22 FLY Through March 29. A whole new Neverland comes to life in this musical inspired by J.M. Barrie’s novel Peter Pan, featuring a powerful score, dynamic choreography and aerial acrobatics. La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, lajollaplayhouse.org. Map T20 ALICE Through April 12. Go down the rabbit hole in this imaginative musical adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classics Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, lambsplayers.org. Map L10 HOUSE OF JOY March 5-29. Inspired by the epic legends of Indian history, this entertaining story of palace intrigue and betrayal features sword fights, narrow escapes and sparks of revolution. San Diego Rep, Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, sdrep.org. Map Q16 LA CAGE AUX FOLLES March 11-May 2. It’s the classic musical comedy about a gay couple who must pretend to be straight for one night—with one of the men in drag—to dupe the conservative family of their son’s fiancee. Cygnet Theatre at Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, cygnettheatre.com. Map M13 LITTLE WOMEN March 14-April 19. This new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel about the March sisters honors the spirit of the original while freshly interpreting it for a new era. The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, theoldglobe.org. Map O17
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DISNEY’S FROZEN March 26-April 12. The timeless tale of a family pulled apart by a mysterious secret— one sister struggles to find her voice, while the other embarks on an epic journey to bring her family together through the redemptive power of love. Broadway/ San Diego, Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, broadwaysd.com. Map Q16 PLOT POINTS IN OUR SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT March 26-April 26. This contemporary queer love story explores the intersection of gender and intimacy, and the dangers of revealing yourself to the person you love. Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd., #101, University Heights, diversionary.org. Map M18 FACELESS March 28-April 26. This anticipated West Coast premiere is a compelling, complex portrait of a troubled young woman—an American teenager who left home to join ISIS—her father, and the attorneys who battle over her future. Contains strong language. The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, theoldglobe.org. Map O17 THE HOMECOMING April 8-May 3. Harold Pinter’s enduring, gripping play of family warfare explores issues of power, sexuality and self-identity that are still debated today. Mature audiences only. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, northcoastrep.org. Map X22 THE BELLE OF AMHERST April 25-June 7. William Luce’s one-woman play explores the life of legendary American poet Emily Dickinson. Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, lambsplayers.org. Map L10 HERSHEY FELDER, A PARIS LOVE STORY May 7-31. San Diego’s beloved artist, Hershey Felder, returns with a personal journey through the magic of Paris and its great composer, Claude Debussy. San Diego Rep, Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, sdrep.org. Map Q16 RENT May 8-10. The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Awardwinning musical—a reimagining of Puccini’s La Bohème—
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ENTERTAINMENT follows a year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. Broadway/ San Diego, Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, broadwaysd.com. Map Q16 THE GARDENS OF ANUNCIA May 8-June 14. Inspired by the life story of Broadway legend Graciela Daniele, this funny, poignant world-premiere musical features a romantic and tango-infused score. The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, theoldglobe.org. Map O17 TWO TRAINS RUNNING May 20-June 14. August Wilson’s masterpiece, set in 1969 Pittsburgh, follows a restaurant owner and his customers’ struggle to maintain their solidarity and sense of pride as their neighborhood changes. Cygnet Theatre at Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, cygnettheatre.com. Map M13 HEAD OVER HEELS May 21-June 21. In this bold new Broadway musical fairytale featuring the music of The GoGo’s, a royal family goes on a journey to save their beloved kingdom from extinction—encountering mistaken identities, jealous lovers, sexual awakening, scandal and selfdiscovery. Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd., #101, University Heights, diversionary.org. Map M18
MUSIC + DANCE + CONCERTS ATHENAEUM MUSIC AND ARTS LIBRARY March 10: Curtis on Tour: Vera Quartet and Meng-Chieh Lu (piano); March 15: Beethoven Marathon; March 26: S.D. New Music Concert: This vs. This; May 15: Over the Rainbow; May 18: Andrew Rosenblum and Maria Sumareva (piano). 1008 Wall St., La Jolla, ljathenaeum.org. Map W19
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BALBOA THEATRE March 20: Steven Wright; March 21: Typology Live; March 28: Por Qué Los Hombres Aman a Las Cabronas; April 4: Baby Shark Live!; April 8-9: The Office! A Musical Parody; April 24: Dos Más Dos; April 25: Patton Oswalt; May 8-10: SD Opera presents The Falling and The Rising; May 12: David Sedaris. 868 Fourth Ave., downtown, sandiegotheatres.org. Map Q16
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CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS, ESCONDIDO March 13-14: The Best of Broadway!; April 3: Joan Osborne and The Weepies; April 4: Los Regios; April 9: Chris Botti; April 15: Bollywood Boulevard: A Live Multimedia Concert Journey Through Hindi Cinema; April 16-17: Palomar Symphony Beethoven No. 9; April 18: Jane Monheit; April 24: Manny Cepeda Orchestra Quartet; May 1: The Villalobos Brothers; May 3: Civic Youth Orchestra; May 21: Renée Fleming w/ Inon Barnatan; May 24: Cheng2 Duo; May 29: Los Hollywood. 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, artcenter.org. Map B3 CIVIC THEATRE March 8: Shin Lim; March 13: Pod Save America: Live; March 26-April 12: Disney’s Frozen; April 25 and 28, May 1 and 3: SD Opera presents The Barber of Seville; May 5: Celtic Woman; May 8-10: Rent; May 11: Dead Can Dance; May 13: Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson. 1100 Third Ave., downtown, sandiegotheatres.org. Map Q16
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HUMPHREY’S CONCERTS BY THE BAY April 3: Lupe Fiasco; April 17: Beth Hart; May 30: Brian Culbertson. 2241 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island, 619.224.3577, humphreysconcerts.com. Map K9 LA JOLLA MUSIC SOCIETY March 21: Ooh La La Revue presents La Grand Soirée; April 3: Christian Sands—3 Pianos Erroll Garner Tribute; April 14: San Diego Symphony presents Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 13; April 24: Hagen Quartet; April 26: Zoltán Féjervári (piano); May 1: Les Violons du Roy; May 2: Kenny Barron—Dave Holland Trio; May 7: Aaron Diehl; May 9: Pablo Sáinz Villegas; May 12: San Diego Symphony presents Yefim Bronfman Plays Schumann; May 17: Beatrice Rana (piano); May 21: Igor Levit; May 30: Sonia De Los Santos. The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, 7600 Fay Ave., La Jolla, ljms.org. Map W19
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ATTRACTIONS PECHANGA ARENA March 6: Blake Shelton; March 9: Tame Impala; March 18: André Rieu & His Johann Strauss Orchestra; March 31: Céline Dion; April 21: Lauren Daigle; May 15: Gabriel Iglesias. 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., Midway, pechangaarenasd.com. Map J9 SAN DIEGO OPERA April 25 and 28, May 1 and 3: The Barber of Seville; Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, Map Q16; May 8-10: The Falling and The Rising. Balboa Theatre, downtown, sdopera.org. Map Q16 SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY March 20: Vivaldi & Piazzolla: Four Seasons; March 21: An Evening with Sutton Foster; March 28-29: Trumpets & Tchaikovsky; April 3-5: Rachmaninoff 3; April 17-18: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 in Concert; April 25: Coltrane x 2: Giant Steps and Blue Train in Concert; April 26: Gold Rush: An American Musical Adventure; May 2: Casablanca in Concert; May 8-10: Yefim Bronfman Performs Brahms; May 16-17: French Fantasies: Debussy & Ravel; May 22-24: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown, sandiegosymphony.org. Map Q14 VIEJAS ARENA AT SDSU March 5-8: Cirque du Soleil: OVO; April 13: Pearl Jam; April 19: Five Finger Death Punch. 5500 Canyon Crest Drive, SDSU, as.sdsu.edu/viejas_arena. Map E3
ATTRACTIONS ARTS DISTRICT LIBERTY STATION It’s a one-of-a-kind destination for all things culture in San Diego—housing unique museums, working artist studios, gardens, luxury cinemas, dining and more. 2825 Dewey Road, Liberty Station, 619.573.9300. Map J8 BELMONT PARK A beachfront landmark with attractions, rides, arcades and dining. Highlights include the historical Giant Dipper roller coaster and Beach House. 3146 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach, 858.228.9283. Map I8
CRYSTALS, CORALS & SHELLS, JEWELRY, FOSSILS, OPALS, METEORITES, COLLECTIBLE ART AND MORE! 1327 Camino Del Mar | Del Mar Village | 858 794 4855 | DinosaurGallerySD.com
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BERNARDO WINERY Founded in 1889, it’s the oldest DINOGALLERY_WSD WI20 v2.indd 1 operating winery in SoCal—family owned and operated. The winery features a spacious tasting room, shops, galleries, The Kitchen restaurant and a craft coffee house. Open daily. 13330 Paseo del Verano Norte, Rancho Bernardo, 858.487.1866. Map C4
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BIRCH AQUARIUM AT SCRIPPS Explore one of the nation’s largest oceanographic museums, and enjoy a s pectacular view from the tidepool plaza. Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Three-hour courtesy parking. $15-19.50. 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, 858.534.3474. Map U20 CABRILLO NATIONAL MONUMENT The monument commemorates the landing of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo at S.D. Bay on Sept. 28, 1542. Nearby: whale watching, tidepools, trails, the Old Point Loma Lighthouse and city/ocean views. Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Call for pricing. 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, Point Loma, 619.557.5450. Map L8 CHILDREN’S NATURE RETREAT Visitors of all ages will enjoy this 20-acre outdoor haven—home to more than 130 domesticated livestock and exotic animals from around the world from around the world. Interactive presentations encourage an appreciation for animals, nature and sustainable farming. 5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine, 619.320.4942, childrensnatureretreat.org. Map D5 LEGACY INTERNATIONAL CENTER “Where tradition meets technology,” this brand-new, state-of-the-art campus boasts a world-class resort, spa, restaurants, a 4D motion-seat theater, a gorgeous plaza, shopping, community events and much more. 875 Hotel Circle South, Mission Valley, legacysandiego.com. Map I10 LEGOLAND Find 60-plus rides and shows, and Sea Life Aquarium’s 7-foot-long Lego submarine; plus a waterpark. For pricing, hours and parking information, please visit website. 1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, 760.918.5346, legoland.com/california. Map U22
Explore galleries, museums, artist studios, public art, shopping and dining at Historic Liberty Station in Point Loma. Join us for First Friday ARTS DISTRICT every month from 5-9 PM. Featured art from Installations at the Station: Column A and Column B: A Continual Mural Narrative Performance • Artist Hugo Crosthwaite
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ATTRACTIONS SAN DIEGO BOTANIC GARDEN Roam 37 acres of lush gardens, a rainforest, children’s areas and activities, and gorgeous trails. Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Adults $18, with discounts for seniors, kids, military and students. Parking $2. 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, 760.436.3036, sdbgarden.org. Map V22 SAN DIEGO ZOO The world-famous zoo houses 4,000 rare and endangered animals in a charming park with gorgeous inclined walking trails. $58; kids 3–11 $48; kids 2 and under free. Free parking. Open daily. 2920 Zoo Drive, Balboa Park, 619.231.1515, sandiegozoo.org. Map O17 SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK Go on a safari through the 1,800–acre preserve, home to herds of exotic animals roaming in vast enclosures resembling African and Asian plains. Packages start at $58 for adults; children 3–12 $48; kids 2 and under free. Parking $15. Open daily. 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, 760.747.8702, sdzsafaripark.org. Map C3 SEAWORLD The 189-acre park features marine animals, fish, reptiles and birds. Open daily; visit website for hours and pricing. 500 Sea World Drive, Mission Bay Park, 800.257.4268, seaworld.com/san-diego. Map I8 SYCUAN CASINO RESORT Find high-stakes bingo, pai gow poker, slots, 10 restaurants, live entertainment, a 500seat theater and more at this newly renovated casino— now boasting a luxe resort and spa. Daily, 24 hours. 5469 Casino Way, El Cajon, 619.445.6002. Map D5 TORREY HOLISTICS San Diego’s premier cannabis dispensary is a full-service store and much more—offering educational classes, one-on-one consultations, private appointments with an on-site cannabis scientist, tours, “Mary Jay” parties and more. 10671 Roselle St., #100, Sorrento Valley, 858.558.1420. Map D2
MUSEUMS CALIFORNIA SURF MUSEUM Collection of surfing artifacts and memorabilia, plus exhibits that detail the lives and achievements of world-renowned surfing legends. 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
5 GREAT LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU! San Diego Headquarters 789 W. Harbor Dr. Del Mar Del Mar Plaza, Plaza Level 1555 Camino Del Mar, Ste 310 Carlsbad 2975 State St. Palm Desert JW Marriott-Desert Springs 74855 Country Club Dr. Desert Springs Market Place 72924 Country Club Dr, #G130
CENTRO CULTURAL DE LA RAZA Celebrate 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. $18.9521.95; kids 3 and under free. 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.238.1233. Map O17 GREEN DRAGON MUSEUM Peruse rare historical documents, newspapers and memorabilia from the Revolutionary War era inside a colonial-style building; plus an on-site restaurant, bar, cafe and gift shop. Tu-Su 11 a.m. till close. Free admission. 6115 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, 760.918.2421. Map U22 MARITIME MUSEUM OF SAN DIEGO At this worldrenowned floating museum, visit the 1863 barque Star of India (world’s oldest active ship), the 1898 steam ferryboat Berkeley, the 1904 steam yacht Medea, a Soviet-era submarine and the HMS Surprise, the Royal Navy frigate featured in the film Master and Commander. Daily 9 a.m.–8 p.m. $20; seniors/military/teens $15; kids 3-12 $10; kids 2 and under free. The schooner Californian also
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SHOPPING SAN DIEGO ARCHAEOLOGICAL CENTER Learn the story of how people have lived in San Diego County for the past 10,000 years at this dynamic curation facility and museum. M-F 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sa 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (closed Su). 16666 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, 760.291.0370. Map C4 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-era works, 19th– 20th-century American and European paintings and sculptures, and a vast Asian collection. M–Sa 10 a.m–5 p.m. (closed W), Su noon-5 p.m. $8–15; youth 17 and under free. 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.232.7931. Map O17
offers half-day sailing trips ($44-79). 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. (Museum is currently closed for renovation, but offers pop-ups around town.) 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park, mingei.org. Map O17 MISSION SAN DIEGO DE ALCALÁ The first of 21 missions stretching north along the California coast, this one was established by Father Junípero Serra in 1769 on Presidio Hill and moved to this site in 1774. Adults $3; kids/seniors $2. 10818 San Diego Mission Road, Mission Valley, 619.281.8449. Map I12 MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO Museum features post-1950s art spanning many genres and media. Th-Tu 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $5-10 admission valid for seven days; ages 25 and under free; free third Th 5-7 p.m. 1001 and 1100 Kettner Blvd., downtown, 858.454.3541. Map Q15 MUSEUM OF MAKING MUSIC Explore vintage instruments and interactive audio and visual exhibits that offer a dynamic look into the history of American popular music. Tu–Su 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $5–8; kids 5 and under free. 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, 760.438.5996. Map U23 MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS Collection includes contemporary photography, social documentary and photojournalism; plus regularly rotating exhibits and film screenings. Tu-Su 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $6–8; kids 12 and under free. Free second Tu for S.D. residents. 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.238.7559. Map O17 NEW CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Super-mod museum downtown encourages kids to touch and interact with exhibits; plus creative classes and climbable sculptures. Visit thinkplaycreate.org for hours and admission. 200 W. Island Ave., downtown, 619.233.8792. Map Q16 OCEANSIDE MUSEUM OF ART Regional and international artists showcased in exhibits ranging from landscape painting to furniture, neon sculpture, art quilts and architectural glass. A North County gem. Tu–Sa 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Su 1-4 p.m. $5–8 (students and military are free). 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, 760.435.3720. Map S22 SAN DIEGO AIR & SPACE MUSEUM Spacecraft, jets and historical aircraft; plus special exhibits. Daily 10 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. $10.95-19.95; kids 2 and under free. 2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park, 619.234.8291. Map P17
SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF MAN This cultural anthropology museum explores cultures from around the world, focusing on the human experience in an effort to inspire human connection and spark meaningful conversations. Daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; $6–25; children 5 and under free. 1350 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.239.2001. Map O17 SAN DIEGO NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM Dinosaur displays, giant-screen films, photography exhibitions and more. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $12–19; children 2 and under free; free for active military first Tu. 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.232.3821. Map O17 STUART COLLECTION Scattered across the UC San Diego campus, outdoor art collection includes talking and singing trees, a “Sun God” and more. Free. Gilman and La Jolla Village drives, La Jolla, 858.534.2230. Map T20 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
rants such as True Food Kitchen and Stacked; 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 ONE PASEO This brand-new lifestyle center marries high design with a country-coastal vibe—boasting 96,000 square feet of stores and restaurants. Tenants include Salt & Straw, SoulCycle, DryBar and Shop Good. 3745 Paseo Place, Del Mar, 858.523.2298. Map X22 OTAY RANCH TOWN CENTER Shops at this airy, stylish South County mall include Apple, Sephora and many 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 45 one-of-a-kind shops, galleries and restaurants. 849 W. Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, 619.235.4014. Map R15 THE SHOPPES AT CARLSBAD Indoor shopping center features dozens of retail, dining and entertainment options, including Zara, The Cheesecake Factory and Dave & Buster’s, plus a kid-friendly, waterinspired play area. 2525 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, 760.729.6183. Map U23
BAZAAR DEL MUNDO This colorful collection of shops in Old Town features a dazzling array of Mexican decor, authentic folk art, clothing, jewelry, art and housewares; all adjacent to a festive Mexican restaurant. 4133 Taylor St., Old Town, 619.296.3161. Map M14
WESTFIELD UTC Beautiful outdoor shopping center with more than 150 upmarket chain retailers and shops, department stores, restaurants, a food court and movie theater. 4545 La Jolla Village Drive, Golden Triangle, 858.546.8858. Map T21
CARLSBAD PREMIUM OUTLETS Shop among 90 outlet stores (including Barneys New York, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch, Kate Spade New York, Coach, Theory and Michael Kors) 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 Cinépolis luxury movie theater. 12925 El Camino Real, Del Mar, 858.793.5757. Map X22 DEL MAR PLAZA With more than 20 upscale shops, services and restaurants, this gorgeous tri-level boutique shopping plaza in the heart of town overlooks the Pacific Ocean and Del Mar Villlage’s main drag. 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.792.1555. Map X22 DUTY FREE CITY Located along the U.S.-Mexico border, this 14,000-square-foot space offers sophisticated, dutyfree shopping: luxury accessories, beauty products, leather goods, confectionary, wine, spirits and tobacco. 601 E. San Ysidro Blvd., San Ysidro, 619.621.2600. Map F3 FASHION VALLEY The largest mall in San Diego, this bi-level, outdoor mall includes 200-plus upscale shops (including the exclusive Rolex Boutique, Fourtané); restau-
Gaslamp Quarter/Downtown/Little Italy 207/FLOAT Rock ‘n’ roll glamour at the Hard Rock Hotel, from the street-level 207 lounge to the pool-outfitted rooftop Float—featuring bottle service in poolside cabanas. Hard Rock Hotel, 207 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.702.3000. Map Q16 THE CASBAH Small but legendary rock club has hosted superstars like Nirvana and The Black Keys on their way up. Live music nightly. 2501 Kettner Blvd., Midtown, 619.232.4355. Map P15 EAST VILLAGE TAVERN & BOWL Lively sports bar, bowling alley and restaurant offers cocktails, darts and pool. Menu features upscale pub grub. 950 Market St., East Village, 619.677.BOWL. Map R17 FLUXX Ambiance-changing dance club from the design team behind Sidebar and other venues. 500 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.232.8100. Map Q16 HOUSE OF BLUES SAN DIEGO Live rock, blues and pop music, plus Sunday gospel brunch. Regular mix of national and regional acts. Restaurant inside features Southern dishes such as po’ boys and jambalaya. 1055 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619.299.2583. Map Q16
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NIGHTLIFE MOONSHINE FLATS Lively multilevel venue features country-western line dancing, live music and great lineup of DJs; plus a full bar with craft cocktails and kitchen with elevated bar fare. 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 VIP areas, bar/lounge and upscale dining. Concert lineup includes regional and national touring artists. 1337 India St., Little Italy, 619.795.1337. Map P15 OMNIA SAN DIEGO The city’s most posh nightlife experience includes indoor/outdoor spaces, interactive features, state-of-the-art technology and a superstar lineup of live DJs and electronic artists. F-Sa (nightly). 454 Sixth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.544.9500. Map Q16 OXFORD SOCIAL CLUB Intimate venue located below The Pendry hotel features an extensive craft cocktail program and a rotating lineup of national and local DJs. 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Th-Sa. 435 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.738.7040. Map Q16 PARQ This posh restaurant and nightclub delivers an unparalleled nightlife experience—with a 20,000- square-foot dance space accessed via a stone tunnel— plus renowned DJs and fabulous dining. 615 Broadway, downtown, 619.727.6789. Map Q16 ROOFTOP 600 Vegas-worthy club in the Andaz Hotel boasts sexy decor and a massive, recently renovated rooftop bar with panoramic downtown views. 600 F St., Gaslamp, 619.814.2055. Map Q16 THE SHOUT! HOUSE One of San Diego’s most unique and fun bar experiences. Watch as dueling piano players lead the crowd in classic rock singalongs at this boisterous bar and eatery. 655 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.231.6700. Map Q16 SIDEBAR DJs, dancing and bottle service at this sexy, modern downtown lounge. Watch out for swinging bird cages and nude portraits lining the walls. 536 Market St., Gaslamp, 619.696.0946. Map Q16
“Witty and clever and smart.” — Green Bay Press Gazette
THE TIPSY CROW A stylish neighborhood bar in the heart of the Gaslamp with three levels, pool tables, shuffleboard, dancing and trivia. Menu features pub grub, craft beer, wine and signature cocktails. 770 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.338.9300. Map Q16
BELLY UP TAVERN North County’s premier live music venue with killer local and touring headlining acts—open for more than 45 years—boasts a semi-intimate and relaxed setting to see the musicians up close. 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach, 858.481.8140. Map X22 CARDIFF BEACH BAR AT TOWER 13 Casual beach haunt features live music, healthier bar fare and ocean views. 2633 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, 760.635.1200. Map V22
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CLUB M AT FAIRMONT GRAND DEL MAR Chic bar/ dance club features live music and guest DJs on Friday and Saturday nights. 5300 Grand Del Mar Court, Carmel Valley, 858.314.2700. Map D2 COYOTE BAR & GRILL Locals love its cool live music and hot fire pits; plus dancing and karaoke. Indoor/outdoor spot offers casual ambiance and a view. 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, 760.729.4695. Map T22 EN FUEGO Lively singles vibe and tasty Mexican food served up on this restaurant’s bustling patio. 1342 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.792.6551. Map X22 JIMMY O’S Choose between the sports bar and the nightclub. Friday and Saturday nights are popular for Del Mar socialites. Cocktails, wine and beer. 225 W. 15th St., Del Mar, 858.350.3735. Map X22
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EXPLORE SADDLE BAR Enjoy craft beer, live music and DJs at this Wild West-inspired bar near the Del Mar Racetrack. 123 W. Plaza St., Solana Beach, 858.755.5007. Map W22 SHELTER Full service cocktail lounge and bar with bottle service, craft cocktails and live DJs. 540 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, 760.753.1366. Map V22
EXPLORE BALBOA PARK Free tours about the 1,200-acre urban cultural park’s history, architecture, horticulture, botanical gardens and other fun facts. Visitors Center, 1549 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.239.0512. Map P17 BIPLANE, AIR COMBAT & WARBIRD ADVENTURES Fly in gentle or thrilling coastal biplane rides for two, you-fly-it air combat, and loops and rolls in a WWII warbird. Montgomery Field, 760.930.0903. BOCA ROJA BAJA WINE ADVENTURES Explore Baja’s top wineries and flourishing wine region via private tours of the Valle de Guadalupe. They also host craft brewery and food tours in Tijuana, Rosarito and Ensenada. bocarojawineadventures.com. BREWERY TOURS OF SAN DIEGO This local company provides transportation to area breweries, beer festivals and beer-related events, plus public and private tours. 619.961.7999, brewerytoursofsd.com CITYPASS Discount combo packages for the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, SeaWorld, Universal Studios Hollywood, Disneyland and California Adventure. 888.330.5008, citypass.com. COASTER Commuter train offers coastal scenery as it runs north and south through San Diego County, serving eight stations between Oceanside and downtown San Diego. gonctd.com/coaster. 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. $15; children 3 and under free. Meet at Glorietta Bay Inn, 1630 Glorietta Blvd., Coronado, 619.435.5993. Map L11 ENTERPRISE Daily car rentals with approximately 25 locations throughout Orange County and San Diego. Pick-up service available. 888.484.HOTEL. FLAGSHIP CRUISES AND EVENTS Offering daily tours of San Diego Bay; plus, brunch and dinner cruises, water-taxis, weddings, celebrations, private parties, modern amenities and more. 990 N. Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, 800.442.7847. Map Q14 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 ADVENTURE TOURS Enjoy daily guided kayak tours and rentals, plus biking and hiking tours and team-building experiences, in La Jolla, Mission Bay, Coronado and other areas—plus surfboard and snorkel gear rentals. 2222 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla, 858.551.9510. Map V20
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EXPLORE HORNBLOWER CRUISES Daily narrated tours of San Diego Bay, plus dinner cruises, yacht charters, whale watching and events. 970 N. Harbor Drive, Broadway Pier, Embarcadero, 619.686.8715. Map Q14 LA JOLLA KAYAK Guided snorkeling/kayak tours of the cove and caves; SUP; single/double kayak and snorkeling gear rentals; whale watching; and bike tours. 2199 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla Shores, 858.459.1114. Map V20
SAN DIEGO’S PREMIER OCEAN ADVENTURE OUTFITTER & BIKE TOURS SINCE 1995 AT LA JOLLA KAYAK WE CAN HANDLE ALL OF YOUR ADVENTURE NEEDS, FROM SNORKELING, KAYAK OR BIKE TOURS AND RENTALS. FROM THE BEGINNER TO THE EXPERIENCED WE HAVE THE STAFF TO MAKE YOUR DAY GREAT, RIGHT FROM THE START. CALL TODAY OR GO ONLINE TO BOOK THE BEST PRICES AVAILABLE! • FUN FOR ALL AGES
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. SAN DIEGO CHINESE HISTORICAL SOCIETY Unique walking tour of the Asian-Pacific Historic District downtown. Reservations required (check website). Museum open Tu-Su. $2; children under 12 free. Chinese Historical Museum, 404 Third Ave., downtown, 619.338.9888, sdchm.org. Map R16 SAN DIEGO SCENIC TOURS Specializes in daily scheduled, professionally narrated, sightseeing tours of San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico (including the famous Agua Caliente Racetrack); along with bus transportation for private group charters. 858.273.8687.
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SAN DIEGO SPEED BOAT ADVENTURES Be the captain of your own speed boat! Trained guides help you navigate the seas via two-way radio and provide a narrated tour during this 13-mile trek along beautiful San Diego Bay. 1450 Harbor Island Drive, #205, Harbor Island, 619.294.5852 Map Q14
SAN DIEGO SEAL TOURS This unique, 90-minute tour aboard the company’s unmistakable, bright-blue Hydra-Terra—an “amphibious vehicle” that drives passengers from land right into the water—explores San Diego Bay and its environs. Departs Th-M from Seaport Village. 500 Kettner Blvd., Marina District, 619.298.8687. Map Q15
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SKYE LIMOUSINE Upscale limousine and sedan service for the savvy traveler, offering a fleet of well-maintained Chrysler 300 sedans, corporate vans and stretch limousines. 1322 K St., East Village, 619.239.7599. Map Q17 SUP CORONADO Enjoy both group and private lessons in the popular sport of stand-up paddle-boarding, plus ocean and bay tours. Ideal for both beginners and seasoned boarders. Various Coronado locations, 619.888.7686. SUPERSHUTTLE Runs to and from the airport 24 hours a day. Accepts all major cards. Individuals, groups and charters welcome. Earn frequent-flyer points and miles with select airlines. 619.564.7900.
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30 THINGS WE LOVE THIS SPRING
17 Indulging in deep-dish pizza followed by shopping in the retail area at Cucina Sorella. p. 18
24 Crispy pork belly, sushi rolls and views of the ocean at Blue Ocean Sushi in La Jolla p. 22
18 An evening with the San Diego Opera. The Barber of Seville plays at the Civic Theatre April 25 and 28, and May 1 and 3. p. 13
25 Watching some of the best equestrians and horses in the world compete at the Del Mar National Horse Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. p. 48
23 1 Touring San Diego Museum of Art’s Art Alive exhibit, comprised of stunning sculptures made of fresh-cut flowers. p. 30. 2 Roaming through The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch—an annual San Diego tradition. p. 48
3 Dining on exquisite French cuisine and sipping Champagne at Jeune et Jolie in Carlsbad. p. 9 4 Snorkeling and kayaking along the postcard-perfect La Jolla Cove and coastline. p. 23
9 Morning hikes through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. 10 Enjoying spring concerts by the San Diego Symphony at the Jacobs Music Center. p. 52 11 Perusing creations by more than 350 artists at Mission Federal ArtWalk—San Diego’s largest urban arts festival. p. 6 12 Wine, wood-fired pizzas and roasted oysters with bone marrow at Herb & Sea in Encinitas. p. 8 13 Touring the architectural
19 Playtime in Mission Beach, complete with a boardwalk stroll and a ride on the historical Giant Dipper roller coaster.
20 Dancing, beignets, catfish sandwiches and buckets of boiled crawfish at the Gator by the Bay Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival. p. 48
26 Seafood towers, dry-aged steaks and martinis at glamorous steakhouse Bull & Bourbon at Sycuan Casino Resort. p. 35 27 Hushed voices, no cellphones and delicious libations at Oculto 477 speakeasy in Old Town. p. 48
5 Picnics, concerts and food festivals on the lawn at Waterfront Park on a sunny spring day.
marvel that is The Salk Institute for Biological Studies campus, overlooking the Pacific. p. 22
6 Taking the ferry from down-
14 Feeding giraffes right out
town San Diego across the bay to Coronado Ferry Landing.
of your hand at San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido. p. 53
Orange Avenue, home to fun shops, dining, bars and Lamb’s Players Theatre. p. 11
7 Craft cocktails and sweeping
15 Spring flower-gazing at
22 Retail therapy in the form
views of the city and bay from 14 stories up at The Nolen. p. 9
Mission Trails Regional Park.
of a new luxe leather handbag from Hugo Volpino. p. 10
29 Homemade, mushroomand-goat-cheese empanadas and alfajores (cookies) at Empanada Kitchen in North Park. p. 26
8 Padres baseball games and
at the Solana Beach Farmers Market. (444 S. Cedros Ave.)
23 Comfort food in the form of ramen at Tajima North Park. p. 18
30 Sunbathing and bar-hopping in Pacific Beach for spring break!
cheat meals at Petco Park. p. 48
16 Produce, flowers and tamales
21 Exploring Coronado along
28 Walking across the Cabrillo Bridge, while pausing to watch incoming airplanes prepare to land at Lindbergh Field.
7, HALEY HILL PHOTOGRAPHY; 17, ROBERT BENSON; 22, COURTESY HUGO VOLPINO
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