The July/August 2024 issue of the Osider Magazine

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Mellano Farm Stand

Native American dancers participate in the 24th
Annual San Luis Rey Intertribal Powwow at Mission San Luis Rey.
Photo by Zach Cordner

SET IN STONE

A word from the publisher

The sun is finally out and the heat is on. Summertime here in Oceanside is in full swing.

The beaches are packed with locals and tourists alike, the lowriders are out cruising the coast, and The Strand is full of people from every walk of life. I love this time of year here. Oceanside is built perfectly for these long summer days.

Whether it’s a cool dip in the Pacific Ocean, BBQ with friends in the park, or maybe a nice ride on the bike paths or coastal area, this is the time of year to have fun and enjoy our optimum Southern California weather.

However, it’s our busiest season and we need to remember to keep our cool out in the mix. Slow down

for pedestrians, be thoughtful when it comes to that last available parking spot, and help one another out whenever possible. Respect the locals, pack your trash, and keep the beaches and parks nice and spiffy for the future.

Our city is a special place and how we treat each other with respect is why we all love Oceanside so dang much. This is just a friendly reminder to take a deep breath when we get overwhelmed out there and remember to enjoy this summer the right way.

Jamey Stone
This photo taken by photographer JT Rhoades is on display at our Coastal Exposures photography exhibition running through July 28th at the Oceanside Museum of Art.

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Oceanside's Finest

DINO LACOVINO

Becoming Oceanside’s Finest is to possess a love and passion for Oceanside. So, when a resident is passionate about enhancing Oceanside and dedicates their passion to help Oceanside children, well, that brings us to one amazing resident, Dino Lacovino, as Oceanside’s Finest.

Since 2012, Dino has dedicated his time to building one of Oceanside’s greatest events, The South O Hotrod, Rat Rod, Classic Car and Hotrod Boat & Motorcycle Show (also known as the South O Car Show).

WORDS: ELIZABETH SCHWARTZE
PHOTO: PRISCILLA IEZZI

The event is cherished in the community and is a highlight for the year. It’s also an amazing way that Dino gives back to South Oceanside Elementary with all event proceeds benefiting the school. With each passing year, the event grows in popularity, and the children benefit immensely from Dino’s passionate pursuit.

Dino arrived in Oceanside in 1985 from La Mirada, California after his father passed away. His first place of residence was an apartment on The Strand—the ideal location to begin his life in

“With each passing year, the event grows in popularity, and the children benefit immensely from Dino’s passionate pursuit.”

Oceanside. He met his wife, Nanci, they married in 1993, and bought a home off Wisconsin Avenue and Grant Street. They have three sons, Mario, Dominic, and Nicholas. All three of their sons attended Oceanside schools, beginning with South O Elementary.

Dino and Nanci joined the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) to stay involved in their children’s education. In 2012, Dino pitched the idea of the South O Car Show.

“I had been to lots of car shows at schools, and I knew I could put one together for our kids at South O, but the PTO ladies weren’t too sure. They wanted to know who was going to run it,” Dino remembered.

The first official car show was held in 2013 with 180 cars on the lawn of South O Elementary to show off their classic prestige. It’s easy to spot Dino with his handlebar mustache and 1955 Chevy Belair Station wagon named, 'Red.'

“It’s just gotten a little silly from there. Every year more and more cars show up, the event gets better, and we raise more and more money,” Dino stated proudly. What started with a net of $3k has grown substantially, to now raising around $15k in 2023 with approximately 300 cars displayed.

This year’s South O Car Show will take place on Saturday, August 24, from 9am to 2pm at South Oceanside Elementary. The parade of cars begins in the early hours of the morning so the owners can get a prime spot on the grass when the gates open.

“Car guys love to have their cars on the grass. They also can see what their money is benefiting with teachers and students attending to meet the car owners,” Dino said.

South O Elementary Principal, Casey Doose, offered the kindest words, “Dino brings such a high level of enthusiasm to the school. He’s great to work with and works well with everyone. It’s so good for our students to see a passion come to fruition. He’s a great role model.”

Ideally, Dino and the PTO would love to find a corporate sponsor to underwrite the car show so they could donate every single penny to the school.

Classic cars, Dino, and 'Red' can also be seen at South O Brewing Company on the second Wednesday of every month when he organizes South O Cruise Night from 5pm to 9pm. The event has also quickly become a community favorite. Dino continues to make memories for the community and families in a wholesome way.

Benefiting local kids with classic cars is a passion, but Dino still has a full-time job. He works at Altar Produce Company, the world’s largest distributor of asparagus. He is currently in the process of having a 1941 Ford Coupe built by Tijuana Customs.

When asked his favorite place to eat, he said it is definitely Beach Break Cafe. When asked his favorite place to go in Oceanside, he proudly stated, “I love our house so I prefer to hang out there all the time, and we cruise The Strand almost every single day around sunset.”

Thank you, Dino and Nanci, for investing in Oceanside in the most wholesome way possible. You are truly Oceanside’s Finest.

Marine Debris Reduction Ordinance is Here!

Starting July 1, 2024, businesses will be prohibited from distributing polystyrene foam service ware and products. This includes:

• Trays

• Bowls

• Egg Cartons

• Ice Chests

• Single Use Plastic Bags

Be sure to be using your eco-friendly single use plastic alternatives, such as reusable water bottles, Tupperware, and grocery bags. Preferred ecofriendly materials can consist of the following:

• Ceramics

• Glass

• Aluminum

• Rigid, non-foam plastics

• Paper

For more information on the Marine Debris Reduction Ordinance, visit GreenOceanside.org to find recorded workshops, or download educational resources.

Make an Appointment with the Waste Management Household Hazardous Waste Facility

The Oceanside Buyback Center is now closed. Oceanside residents can drop off their household hazardous waste (HHW) twice a month by appointment only on Saturdays at Waste Management’s HHW Facility located at 2880 Industry Street.

This location will accept e-waste, sharps, universal waste, cell phones, household batteries, motor oil, oil filters, and antifreeze free of charge to Oceanside residents. Seniors or ADA residents can also dispose of their safely sealed hazardous waste and sharps by scheduling a pick up from their residence. Cans and bottles will no longer be accepted.

Alternative local recycling centers can be found at Beverage Container Recycling Centers (ca.gov). Call 760-439-2824 for more information. Proof of residency is required.

Take Advantage of Oceanside’s Organic Waste Senate Bill 1383 requires the reduction of food waste also referred to as organic waste in landfills by 75% in 2025. To comply with SB 1383, the City of Oceanside and Waste Management (WM) are providing the organics program to all residents, businesses, and multi-family complexes. The organics program supports the City’s Zero waste and climate action goals and is a great opportunity for Oceanside rresident's landscaping and garden needs!

All organic waste collected curbside goes to Oceanside’s El Corazon Compost Facility to be processed and composted. The compost is free to Oceanside residents, courtesy of the City of Oceanside and AgriService Inc.

The El Corazon Compost Facility is located at 3210 Oceanside Blvd. Bring a shovel and be prepared to self-haul. If you will be using a pickup truck or trailer, be sure to use a tarp to cover your load for the drive home. Call (760) 439-9920 for more information.

Hidden Gems

AFFIRMATIONS OF WELLNESS

WORDS: KATIE TRIPPE PHOTOS: LEAH LEE

Nestled in between Pipeline Physical Therapy and Mission Bar & Grill is Corynne Smith’s Affirmations of Wellness, a tiny yoga studio that has quietly become a cornerstone of Oceanside’s yogi community. Originally from the Delaware area, Corynne grew up as a figure skater and often visited San Diego for competitions. Enamored with the relaxed pace of life, she said at seventeen she knew she would one day live here. In 2020, many years and affirmations later, Corynne made the move to Oceanside and has never looked back.

It was during studying massage therapy back in Delaware that Corynne first encountered kinesiology, becoming fascinated with the science of movement and the body’s mechanics. Realizing the physical demands of massage therapy, she understood the need to take care of herself to be effective in her practice.

To soothe her own sore muscles, Corynne took a yoga class. She was immediately hooked. “It just felt so good,” she said. It also proved to be the missing link between her passion for massage therapy and interest in kinesiology. Perhaps most of all, it provided her with a way to sit in stillness and reflection in a manner she had never been able to do before.

Driven by the philosophy that “one path leads you to another,” Corynne embarked on her yoga teacher training. She also began training in energy healing and reiki.

“Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word yoke,” she explained. “Yoke means to connect, to come together, no matter the differences. I truly believe

we are all connected and here for the greater good for ourselves and the world.”

One morning on a walk with her dog, Baz (Animal Kingdom fans know!), she noticed a vacant space along Mission. Corynne immediately called the leasing agent; she had found her center.

With the help of family and friends, Corynne transformed the empty space into a studio filled with light and warmth. They built a kitchen that would become home to cooking classes and mocktail workshops, and used hacksaws to take down the rows of bookshelves that were caulked (yes, caulked) to walls to open up space for yoga classes.

The studio has now been open for a year and a half and offers classes ranging from slow flow, yin, and restorative yoga, to more active vinyasa flow classes and niche practices like chi flow and kundalini. There is even a “Nama-slay” class for her beloved metal community.

“My goal is to present yoga in an inclusive way,” Corynne explained. “If you want to headbang in downward dog, we’re here for you!”

In addition to yoga, the studio holds workshops to inspire new habits and new beginnings, foster personal growth and community connection.

“Wellness finds us in many ways,” she explained. “That’s why Affirmations of Wellness is so much more than just a yoga studio. I wanted to connect people to each other and to healthy meals, herbs, and drinks so that people can bring what they learn here home with them and integrate it into their lives.”

Seasonal vegan cooking classes, monthly breathwork ceremonies, sound healing sessions, and even a four-part astro-herbalism seasonal mini series exploring the intersection of astrology and herbalism are all ways students can play and grow.

Reflecting on her journey, Corynne feels a profound sense of belonging in Oceanside. “I truly feel like I fit in in a way I never did on the East Coast,” she shared. “I’m not a fancy girlie, and from day one I just loved the peaceful, sleepy beach town energy I got from North County.”

And while Oceanside has seen a lot of changes over Corynne’s four years here, she said she’s never felt more at home or grateful to be a part of the community with her studio.

Summer of Arts & Culture

Upcoming creative and cultural events happening in Downtown Oceanside

First Friday Oceanside Art Walk

July 5 | August 2 | 4-8pm | Civic Center Plaza

Oceanside Samoan Cultural Celebration

July 6 | 11am-9pm | Pier Amphitheatre

Star Theatre: A Chorus Line

July 12-20 | 7-9pm | Star Theatre

Footloose The Musical

July 12-21 | 2pm | 7pm | Oceanside Theater Co.

Ikigai Artist Awakening

July 13 | 11am-6pm | Artist Alley

Street Level Volume 2.3

July 19 | 6-8:30pm | Oceanside Museum of Art

Heiva San Diego

August 3-4 | 9am-8pm | Pier Amphitheatre

Exhibition Opening Reception

August 3 | 6pm | Goblin Shark Emporium

Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club Contest and Beach Festival

August 9-11 | Pier Amphitheatre

O’Arts Creative Community Impact Event

Art by Noah Negrete

Photo by Kevin Mijares

The Oceanside California Cultural District is one of 14 state-designated districts appointed by the California Arts Council brimming with arts & culture programs, venues, public art, and murals. Follow us on Instagram!

@oceansideculturaldistrict

Cynthia’s Artistic Expressions, 2018 NSDC NAACP Juneteenth Celebration

Arts & Culture events happen throughout the city.(D1) District 1, (D2) District 2, (D3) District 3, (D4) District 4 Brought to you by the City of Oceanside Arts Commission

MOVIES & CONCERTS IN THE PARK

• Movie in the Park (July 27) John Landes Park (D3)

• Dive-In Movie: The Little Mermaid (Aug 10) William A. Wagner Aquatic Center (D4)

• Concert in the Park (August 17) Martin Luther King Park (D4)

FESTIVALS & MULTICULTURAL EVENTS

• July 3rd Firework Celebration (July 3) El Corazon (D4)

• Oceanside Art Walk (July 5, Aug 2) Artist Alley (D1)

• First Fridays (July 5, Aug 2) Tremont Collective (D1)

• Oceanside Samoan Cultural Celebration (July 6) Pier Amphitheatre (D1)

• Watermelon Festival (July 13-14, July 20-21) Mellano Farm (D2)

• Artist Awakening (July 13, Aug 10) Artist Alley (D1)

• Studio Ghibli Fest (July 13-17, Aug 3-7, Aug 25-28) Regal (D1)

• Street Level (July 19, Aug 23) Oceanside Museum of Art (D1)

• Met Op: La Bohème (July 24), La Cenerentola (July 31), Porgy and Bess (Aug 14), Turandot (Aug 7) Regal Oceanside (D1)

• Mystic Spiritual Faire (July 27, Aug 24) Artist Alley (D1)

• Heiva San Diego (Aug 3-4) Pier Amphitheatre (D1)

• Bees, Butterflies & Wildflower Festival (Aug 3-4, Aug 10-11) Mellano Farm Stand (D2)

• Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club Contest and Beach Festival (Aug 9-11) Pier Amphitheatre (D1)

• Sunflower and Fall Festival (Aug 24-25, Aug 31-Sept 1) Mellano Farm Stand (D2)

EXHIBITION OPENINGS

• Covet Art Gallery (D3): Wild Thing (July 6), Ladies Night (July 27)

• Goblin Shark Emporium (D1): @yarnbyrachel (July 6), @kellydawnnoel (Aug 3)

• Sunshine Brooks Theater (D1): Laugh Out Loud! (Aug 2)

Do You Have a Special Event in 2024? Let us know what events are happening in your district September-October 2024. Contact us by email: arts_commission@oceansideca.org

MACKENZIE RUBISH

WORDS: KATIE TRIPPE

PHOTO: ZACH CORDNER

Mackenzie Rubish wears many hats: mother, wife, baker, and Quality Analyst. However, her most recent role stands out most of all: winner of the 2024 season of The Great American Baking Show. This unexpected yet well-deserved title turned a spotlight on her incredible skills and her hometown of Oceanside.

Mackenzie (born Mackenzie Faumuina) is first generation Samoan-American. Her family, however, hails from one of the original three families to move from Pago Pago, Samoa to Oceanside. This initial migration would eventually lead to Oceanside having one of the largest Samoan populations in the US and cement Pago Pago as one of Oceanside’s sister cities.

Growing up in a tight-knit Samoan community, Mackenzie’s upbringing was filled with family gatherings. “Everyone was an auntie, uncle, or cousin, even if it was your first time meeting,” she explained. In Samoan culture, family bonds extend beyond blood. “We don’t wait for milestones or birthdays to get together; every weekend is an occasion to gather, celebrate, and feast.”

At these gatherings, dessert was always the highlight for Mackenzie and the older she got, the more she began recreating her favorite sweet treats for her family to enjoy. “I always signed up to bring dessert. To be honest, I wanted control over the finale,” she laughed.

While Mackenzie couldn’t afford a fancy culinary school, she experimented in the family kitchen every chance she got. Get-togethers became testing grounds for practicing and scaling her baked goods, knowing her family wouldn’t hold back on feedback.

Her life changed when, on a whim while scrolling social media, she decided to answer a call for contestants for The Great American Baking Show. She’d been a big fan of the Great British Baking Show and thought, why not? The application process was rigorous, involving 75 questions and a video submission. “My kids were asleep so I ran to the bathroom and recorded the video right then and there, no makeup, wild hair, all me.”

This led to a phone interview and eventually an in-person taste test in Los Angeles where Mackenzie had to bake two cakes to present to a panel. She made two of her favorites: a lemon sponge cake with a triple berry cream filling, frosted in white chocolate Italian meringue buttercream and a woodland-themed coconut key lime tart. The judges loved them. And, with

one piece of feedback (“You should torte your cakes"), she was on her way to the show. Her success on the show stemmed from her authenticity and charisma (“They joked I was the third host!”), as well as her background. She navigated the chaos of the show with ease, thanks to her experience in bustling kitchens filled with children, friends, and family. “Samoan families are notoriously large, and there’s always someone in the kitchen asking for something, interrupting you,” she laughed. Looking ahead, Mackenzie hopes to guest

chef at local bakeries, work with local charities, and bake with kids. “Baking is a lost art, and I really want to encourage the next generation.”

Her parting advice to aspiring bakers? “That first voice you hear is your gut. That second voice is doubt. Always lean into that first voice.” Oh, yeah, and always torte your cake!

Watch The Great American Baking Show on the Roku channel. Follow her on Instagram @sweet.mackenzie.bakes

JULY

AUGUST

‘LOVE

O’SIDE’ HIGHLIGHTS SUSTAINABLE, RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL PRACTICES

Sustainability is one of the four major pillars of Oceanside’s newly completed Sustainable Tourism Master Plan (STMP) that was highlighted in last issue’s column. We’re proud to share that Visit Oceanside is already leaning into this topic with a new responsible travel platform, Love O’side.

Love O’side is designed to empower travelers to make thoughtful choices while exploring our beloved city. The holistic platform encompasses all definitions of sustainability including nurturing our environment, supporting local businesses, and embracing our vibrant culture.

Love O’side simplifies the journey to responsible travel. Whether a visitor seeks sustainable lodging, is eager to know more about treading lightly, or wants to give back while in town, this platform is a compass. Here’s a glimpse into what it offers:

Play Green: Whether it’s surfing, biking, or simply soaking up the sun, play green provides tips for cherishing Oceanside’s natural wonders and outdoor adventures with respect, appreciation and a mindful touch.

Stay Green: A stay becomes more than just a rest stop—it’s a commitment to eco-friendly hospitality. Highlighted are sustainable lodging partners, as well as partners participating in our new Kind Traveler Every Stay Gives Back program that raises money for coastal renourishment and healthy food education and access.

Eat Green: Profiles culinary venues and activities where zero-waste practices and locally sourced ingredients reign supreme.

Go Green: A guide to reducing the carbon footprint while exploring the beauty of Oceanside using more eco-conscious travel methods, from the gO’side electric shuttle to efficient train routes.

Shop Green: Dive into the world of ecofriendly shopping, where vintage stores, zero-waste refilleries, and local businesses and artisans await.

Love O’side isn’t just about experiences— it’s also about connections. The platform encourages visitors to discover voluntourism opportunities and cultural attractions that celebrate our diverse community. When visitors engage on a deeper level through activities such as beach cleanups or attending a unique cultural event, they become more mindful about leaving a positive impact behind.

Love O’side is just the beginning of our commitment to sustainability and responsible tourism growth that benefits our economy, environment, and community. We look forward to sharing more as we continue this journey, showing the world that responsible travel isn’t just a trend— it’s our way of life in Oceanside.

The History of Oceanside’s Beaches

WORDS: KRISTI HAWTHORNE PHOTOS COURTESY OF OCEANSIDE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Oceanside's sandy shoreline has always attracted beach lovers. Even before the railroad was being built along the coastline in 1881, pioneer residents in the San Luis Rey Valley looking to escape the heat and enjoy a day in the waves would say, “Let’s go to the ocean side.”

In 1883 after a land grant was issued to founder Andrew Jackson Myers, he began to advertise his newly formed town of "Oceanside" as a seaside resort with miles of coastline. It was an easy sell.

In Oceanside's earliest years, real estate investors snatched up oceanfront lots which sold for just $50. Myers built a bathhouse in which visitors, including passengers on excursion trains,

could change into their beach attire on the beach. Activity was centered on the beach during summer months with swimming, fishing, picnicking, and tent camping.

Our beach extended from the San Luis Rey River in the north to the Buena Vista Lagoon in the south. The Oceanside newspaper reported, "One of the attractions of Oceanside is the magnificent sand beach. A stretch of hard, level sand, wide enough for several automobiles to run abreast, extends for ten miles in either direction, affording one of the finest drives on the Pacific coast." In 1913 an auto race was conducted with cars driving from Oceanside to Del Mar on the wide expanse of beach at low tide.

For the convenience of beachgoers, a wooden boardwalk was laid on the beach from the Oceanside Pier to the plunge, a heated, saltwater pool just north of the pier. The boardwalk, however, was washed away in 1916 when over ten inches of rain fell during the month of January.

The deluge overflowed an already swollen San Luis Rey River, filling it with debris. Trees from Palomar Mountain were brought down in the flood waters and deposited on the beach, along with livestock and building materials from valley ranches. The debris spanned nearly a mile in length and in places over six feet high. Eventually the massive piles of rubble were taken in by the ocean and had a beneficial effect on our beaches for nearly

Oceanside’s Bath House and the South Pacific hotel in the background, circa 1888.

three decades by creating a buffer that kept our beaches filled with sand.

In 1919, a bandshell was erected on the beach just south of the pier. Concerts and a variety of events were held there, such as Bean Day, annual "Beach Opening" celebrations, Fourth of July festivities, pier swims, and the like. Fishing contests and foot races drew hundreds of spectators, and beauty contests drew thousands.

In 1928, Charles J. Walker, a wealthy real estate investor and mayor of Long Beach, deeded beach rights to the City of Oceanside for the sum of $1.00. J. Chauncey Hayes would also do the same for beach rights he owned south of the pier.

"Hawaiian Village,” a row of concessions, was built south of the bandshell in the 1940s. Carnival rides were placed on the north side of the pier and the building of Oceanside's fifth pier became the longest pier on the West Coast.

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the onset of World War II, development of Camp Pendleton on the former Rancho Santa Margarita began. The Navy built two jetties and a boat basin just north of Oceanside. The jetties trapped the natural flow of sand and increased the rate of erosion on Oceanside beaches.

In 1949, a storm took 75 feet of sand at the end of the Strand. Boulders or "rip rap" was placed

along the Strand to protect the street and sewer line. The Blade Tribune reported that later that year, 700 tons of rock which "the Marine Corps gave to the city from its rock quarries" and that "an estimated 6,500 tons of rock have been placed along a stretch of several blocks."

In 1953, one of the first dredging occurred with the Franks Dredging Company pumping sand from the bottom of the Camp Del Mar boat basin. Work began at the end of Ninth Street (Breakwater Way) and as the sand was "restored to its prescribed 200-foot width," the discharge continued southward.

The dredges moved an estimated 20,000 cubic yards of sand per day, pumping around the

Beach scene north of the pier in 1887.
Debris on beach north of the pier after the 1916 flood.

clock and six days a week, with the total amount estimated at about 900,000 cubic yards distributed down to Witherby Street. In the 1980s and early 1990s, the dredging went as far as Tyson Street but in recent years has rarely gone a few yards south of the pier.

Despite the ebb and flow of the sands,

Oceanside's beaches continue to draw crowds. In 1958, a record attendance of 312,450 people visited the beach during the official summer season when Oceanside had a population of less than 20,000.

Fire rings were placed on the beach in 1950. Made by the Public Works Department, the rings were made of heavy metal and filled with sand. A total of

ten rings were placed from Tyson Street to the end of Sixth Street (Surfrider). The rings were ordered by the Recreation Commission in an effort to keep the beach clean from charred wood and food.

In response to the growing crowds at the beach on either side of the pier, Oceanside added a lifeguard to a small but popular beach area originally called La Salina, which is now Buccaneer Beach. Other beach spots include Cassidy Street and Oceanside Boulevard, which later became popular with surfers, as well. The Harbor was opened in 1963 and added another stretch of beach. Its jetties to the north and south keep the sand levels high and the beach wide.

With diminishing sand levels for decades, Oceanside has long sought a solution to retention. Proposed options are often controversial but our need for wide, sandy beaches is more than just a perceived luxury for tourists. Sand is essential for the environment and our local habitat. As the sand has disappeared so have species of fish, birds and sand crabs. This year Oceanside’s City Council unanimously agreed on a sand replenishment and retention project.

Not just for recreation and entertainment, a visit to the beach is also good for the soul.

For more information about Oceanside’s history, please visit oceansidehistoricalsociety.org

Beach side view of the second pier, circa 1920.
1929
Dredging sand replenishment down to Buccaneer Beach in 1975.
Dredge pipe on the beach and under pier construction in 1986.

Local Flavor

FISHERMEN’S MARKET

WORDS: JAMEY STONE PHOTOS: ZACH CORDNER & JESSE LOPEZ

Oceanside and fishing have always gone hand in hand. We have a long history of local fishermen that have called our beautiful harbor home for years.

I have seen it all, everything from prize tuna, sheepshead, snapper, lobster, and everything you could imagine hauled into our harbor on any given day. Now for the first time in years, we, the average consumer, can take part in all of the goodness that the great Pacific Ocean provides with the newly formed Fishermen’s Market.

Travis Tielens, a lifelong fisherman who works on the famed bait boat, The Antoinette (you know the one with light and dark blue paint job), has spent the last year working to get this weekly market up and running to provide the freshest local catch to our community.

You can choose from a variety of the freshest fish from one of the five local vendors who showcase their specialized offerings weekly. The market is

located right at the bottom of the main harbor entrance and open every Sunday from 8am to 2pm rain or shine.

Getting fish this fresh is a major reason for Travis creating the market, along with giving local commercial fishermen a space to sell right off the boats. They will also clean and filet your purchase right on the spot—just ask for my guy, Jimmy. He will get your fish cleaned, sorted, and ready for the amazing feast ahead.

It’s programs like these that make our city shine and we need to support our local fishermen to ensure their futures continue doing what they love. Not to mention, all of the great seafood on tap for our enjoyment. Thank you, Travis, and everyone else involved in making the market happen for our community.

See you next Sunday and thank you all for continuing to support local business.

DINE & UNWIND RESORT STYLE

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Summertime at Mellano Farm Stand

WORDS: SHELBY ROWE
PHOTOS: ZACH CORDNER

Everyone knows about Oceanside’s beautiful coastline, but what about Oceanside’s rich agricultural community of Morro Hills? Drive just a few miles inland and you’ll find a lesser-known beauty away from the waves and picturesque pier that’s just as deserving of your exploration. Off North River Road, your breath will be taken away by the rolling hills of flowers at Mellano Farm Stand.

Mellano Farm Stand is a twenty-acre farm dedicated to growing flowers and seasonal crops. Everything that’s grown at the farm is available for purchase, which is conveniently located right off North River Road and easily accessible to the public. Open Thursday through Sunday, Mellano Farm Stand welcomes everyone to come enjoy the farm. You can walk amongst the ranunculus and

zinnias, hangout with the farm’s friendly goats, pick your own strawberries and blueberries, and bring the whole family out for their multiple festivals throughout the year. Mellano Farm Stand was created for the Oceanside community to experience the beauty of mother nature and to gain an appreciation for farmers and the value they provide to our community.

Mellano Farm Stand is completely familyowned and operated and is an extension of Mellano & Company. The Farm Stand grew out of opportunity presented from the COVID-19 pandemic, but Mellano & Company has been around since 1925 and relocated to Oceanside in the 1960’s. Next year, Mellano & Company will turn 100, so be on the lookout for the centennial celebration.

Michelle Castellano is a third generation farmer and granddaughter of Giovani Mellano who started Mellano & Company 99 years ago. He immigrated from Italy and found himself working as a flower grower in Artesia. His original plan was to immigrate to Argentina, but found he had a knack for growing flowers and decided to pursue his own business. Almost 100 years later and Giovani’s work has turned into a multi-generational operation.

Michelle now oversees the farm and continues the legacy of her grandfather. She grew up on the farm—literally, the family home she grew up in sits in the middle of the fields— and watched her father and uncles run the

family business before her. Before joining the family business herself, Michelle forged her own path and pursued a career in law, but eventually found her way back to the farm. She’s proud to be continuing her grandfather’s legacy and carrying on the family business that has stood the test of time.

The flower industry has changed significantly since her grandfather started his business. North County used to be filled with flower growers, but has dwindled over the years due to policy changes that have led to the import of most flowers. Mellano & Company is one of the last flower growers left in our region.

Mellano Farm Stand

Mellano & Company provides high-quality, Certified American Grown florals and greens and has four wholesale locations in Los Angeles, Orange County, Carlsbad and Las Vegas. They supply and procure flowers to their wholesale locations and supply half of the flowers used in the floats at the Rose Parade. They also farm the flowers at the Carlsbad Flower Fields.

All of these locations are ran and managed by family, but Mellano Farm Stand is a project mastermind by Michelle that is dedicated to bringing the Oceanside community out to the farm.

Mellano Farm Stand is open to the public while the 200 acres belonging to Mellano & Company is private and solely dedicated to their wholesale business. The Farm Stand sports a seating area, a stage created from an old tractor trailer for musical performances, an area for the farm animals, and plenty rows of crops and produce, all available for purchase to the public.

Be sure to check out the following festivals at Mellano Farm Stand. During these festivals, you can expect live music, tractor trailer rides, food trucks, vendors, and plenty of fun for the whole family.

Watermelon Festival

July 13 & 14, 10:30am-4pm

July 20 & 21, 10:30am-4pm

Bees, Butterflies, and Wildflowers Festival

August 3 & 4, 10:30-4pm

August 10 & 11, 10:30am-4pm

Sunflower & Fall Festival

August 24 & 25, 10:30am-4pm

August 30 & September 1, 10:30am-4pm

Mellano Farm Stand also offers kids camps during the summer and throughout the year in one, three, and five day sessions. The camps teach kids to appreciate farming, agriculture, and mother nature in a fun way. Activities include harvesting, learning about the farm, taking care of the animals, plenty of games, and, of course, snacks.

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“We’re teaching the next generation and connecting them to farms and agriculture,” Michelle said. “We hope it sets in their brains and sets in their hearts that even if they don’t grow up to be farmers, they appreciate farming.”

The value Mellano Farm Stand offers to our community is immeasurable. Their business stands as a testament to their adaptability during changing times and their perseverance in a constantly evolving industry. Above all else, it shows their

true love for Oceanside, our community, and the next generation of nature enthusiasts.

The opening of Mellano Farm Stand came from COVID to bring the community together in the outdoors when we were all looking for a way to connect safely, but its popularity is why it continues to grow today. Michelle and her team have added multiple annual events, festivals, and even a Bounty Box program, which includes the latest harvest from the farm’s seasonal crops and a bouquet of flowers. You can head to their website to order your own Bounty Box to be picked-up on Fridays.

The future of Mellano Farm Stand includes more events and adult-based classes. The details are yet to be defined, but you can expect more ways to get involved. Michelle is also working on adding a full farmer’s market on Fridays—follow them on Instagram for more details!

So, come on down to Mellano Farm Stand and bask in the beauty of Oceanside's agriculture community. While you’re there, walk around the farm and enjoy the growing abundance all around you. Better yet, come out to their next Watermelon Festival this month to get the full experience—and all the watermelon your heart desires.

Mellano Farm Stand 5714 North River Road (760) 517-8383

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THE TIME IS NOW!

Speak Up for Oceanside’s Downtown

The Osider recently celebrated ten years in publication (2014 - 2024). We highlighted many of the changes that have occurred in Oceanside since our induction in 2014. The most significant change to both tourists and the community is the changing landscape of downtown Oceanside. Multi-story apartment buildings and high-end hotels have both literally and figuratively elevated downtown.

The gritty beach city of Oceanside is no longer a “pass-through" on the way to somewhere better—Oceanside is its own major coastal destination. Visit Oceanside provides the tourism numbers to prove that point citing, “In 2023, Oceanside’s tourism industry saw a modest three percent year over year growth, generating $589 million in visitor spending. Tourism also influenced $43 million in state and local tax revenues and 3,900 industry jobs in Oceanside.”

All attention is on Oceanside, which is regarded as perhaps the last piece of “affordable” oceanfront

in the county, maybe even all of Southern California.

Ultimately, it is our downtown, it is our Oceanside, and there are multiple invested parties advocating on behalf of preserving our identity. Two organizations that work diligently for the citizens and small businesses are MainStreet Oceanside and Visit Oceanside. MainStreet Oceanside CEO, Gumaro Escarcega, is a longtime advocate for local businesses and preserving the main street mentality, even as the city grows leaps and bounds.

“We cannot turn our backs on downtown. We need to become advocates for the community and keep our pride going, to attract the community, and support small businesses. MainStreet Oceanside is shifting to advocacy and to be a gateway to our community to take on these spaces, as well,” Escarcega professed.

Visit Oceanside is also advocating heavily for Oceanside, utilizing the recently published long-term Sustainable Tourism Master Plan (STMP)

in collaboration with the City of Oceanside. Leslee Gaul, President and CEO of Visit Oceanside stated, “We know we need housing per state policy, but we have to protect our community space and character, and hold interested parties accountable. Our STMP is a blueprint on how to move forward in the next ten years.”

Two downtown, multi-story, mixed-use projects slated for the very near future are (1) Regal Cinemas/ Ocean Plaza development at 401 Missions Avenue, which is a proposed seven-story 332 residential unit and (2) Blocks 5, which is an eight-story 193 residential unit, and 20, which is a seven-story 180 residential unit, at 200 and 300 blocks of North Myers Street. Both developments are crucial elements of design that can affect the trajectory of downtown aesthetics.

Objectively, both projects are imminent and will take place within approximately one year. Subjectively, the design is up for debate. And, that’s where multiple parties, community members,

organizations, and city officials would like to weigh in—how will the projects look? How will they shape our downtown horizon?

“Change can be good in a lot of ways, we want our downtown to improve, but we also want to ensure that there’s a space for our community, that there’s a space for families and youth. How can we maintain our character? We want to hold the developers accountable to be more thoughtful," Gaul said.

The STMP is a ten-year action plan for responsible tourism growth. “With so many pressures from the state level, it’s more important than ever for Oceanside to have a road map that outlines projects and priorities that will not only be meaningful for visitors, but also contribute to the long-term health of the destination and a high of quality of life for residents,” Gaul said.

To view STMP in its entirety, go to: visitoceanside. org/resources/sustainable-tourism-master-plan/

While the city is accountable for all

development, ultimately, the overriding tool in the developers tool belt is held at the state level. The state’s density bonus law grants waivers and concessions for development standards. The Senate Bill 330 guidelines allows for ten percent affordable housing despite the city bumping its inclusionary housing requirement up to fifteen percent. When local advocates explicitly ask for more space, for thoughtful design, and to consider the community, developers have the political power to deny their appeals.

So, what’s the incentive to consider our community? Local advocates signal Jeremy Cohen, Senior Vice President at S.D. Malkin Properties. Cohen developed The Seabird and Mission Pacific destination resort hotels.

“There’s a way to do it if you respect the community. The two development properties downtown have a historic opportunity to reopen Seagaze and Tremont Streets. For buildings to be successful, they need to enhance the community,”

Cohen said. “The time is now!”

Cohen iterates that cities like Oceanside invest in being unique and provide an authentic space. The city council has discretion and the community needs to seize the opportunity to convince the city and developers that there’s more value in legacy than density. Developers possess the opportunity to leave a lasting legacy, especially the Regal property with such a profound street presence.

Ernie Rivas, owner and developer of JH Real Estate Partners, Inc. with the 401 Mission Avenue/ Regal Cinema property, held a meet and greet at MainStreet Oceanside. Rivas was inviting and open to input. He mentioned that they have been the property owners for ten years and believe they have been good stewards of the property.

“My wife and I stayed in Oceanside, and the life that Oceanside provides is exciting. There are great restaurants and we want to invigorate the space,” Rivas stated.

JH Real Estate and Rivas have paid due diligence and held public meetings, attended HOA meetings, and took the suggestions from those meetings into account for the design. The architect, Tobin Symnak, NCARB, with Architects Orange (AO), proudly stated about his design, “It’s a nautical inspiration with the wind sails, rutters, and portholes. We included a 4,700 square foot plaza with the community Christmas tree lighting in mind. We also included a 2,800 square foot plaza.”

In conjunction with the architect, Rivas mentioned that the design provides two spaces exclusively with the community in mind, and that he did not take all the concessions allowed by the state. Fortunately, there is still time for community input since that development sits at a major crossroad of historic Highway 101, where Mission Avenue and Highway 101 exude, “Welcome to California! Welcome to Oceanside!”

Darlene Nicandro, City of Oceanside

Development Services Director recommended, “It’s really important for us [the city], too. So, we create something the community can embrace. We encourage the public to contact us because we don’t want these projects to be a missed opportunity; get the city involved and make it great.”

Once finally approved, the Regal project will be a three-year project that includes a complete demolition. District 1 Council Member, Eric Joyce, weighed in, “I am very concerned about the proposed loss of the plaza in front of the Regal Cinemas. As we see downtown become more urban, we have to make extra efforts to preserve access to spaces where Oceansiders can congregate for free. We need more housing, but we also need to preserve and even expand the cultural and public spaces that make it a happy place to live in.”

Community members need to get involved on a city level to let their voice be heard. The Planning Commission, city council, and city staff

Two mixed-use buildings are slated for development at the parking lots along Myers Street.

have a vested interest in maintaining the character of Oceanside. The imminent Regal Cinema project and Blocks 5 & 20 still need council approval, meaning there is time right now to voice your opinion and influence these projects.

Rivas demonstrated that he cares about local opinion. On multiple occasions, he referenced the Christmas Tree lighting and a plaza for the community to enjoy the festivities. Developers, too, have a vested interest in their legacy to Oceanside. Thoughtful community planning, as with the “Top Gun House” in front of Mission Pacific, creates a powerful sense of ownership for the community and pride for the developer.

The time is now! The City Council meetings are typically held on two Wednesdays of each month at 5pm at City Hall in the Council Chambers. The Council Chambers are located in the North Building at City Hall, second floor, and all are welcome to attend. Minutes and

agendas are published online.

On the horizon are a few major development projects in the initial phases that can benefit from robust community input from our loud and proud Oside voices. The projects are (1) 901 Mission Avenue directly across from Oceanside High School with an eight-story, 272-unit mixed-use apartment complex; (2) existing parcels between 801 & 815 Mission Avenue to make way for a seven-story, 230unit mixed-use building; and (3) The Motel 6 property on Coast Hwy.

We Osiders love our downtown, and it’s just that—OUR DOWNTOWN! Let’s rally and ensure that our community is represented and that there’s a space for our children to enjoy for decades to come. The developers must know that their legacy can live on, that their building(s) can be a source of pride. Let’s go, Oceanside— The time is now!

SANTIAGO VEGA

The Osider 2024 Photography Scholarship Winner

WORDS: ZACH CORDNER
PHOTOS: SANTIAGO VEGA
The Osider's Zach Cordner with this year's winner Santiago Vega.

The Osider magazine annually awards a $500 photography scholarship to a very talented high school senior photographer. This student must demonstrate a strong photojournalism portfolio documenting Oceanside in various ways. We are proud to announce this year’s winner is Santiago Vega from Oceanside High School.

Santiago is an amazing student both academically and artistically. He was a longtime member of OHS’ after school photography club, Pirate Pics. He was also the president of Pirate Pics his senior year. He demonstrated his leadership skills by guiding new students on how to use the professional equipment and getting them interested in photography.

The images that Santiago creates are photographically powerful and he has a very unique way of seeing the world. His compositions are strong and demand your attention. His style seems to be more advanced than his young age should allow, but that is Santiago. He is extraordinary.

Academically, he has done extremely well and this year he was awarded over ten scholarships and awards, including the coveted Gates Scholarship which will provide him a full ride to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). We are very proud of this gifted Osider and wish him the best in his next chapter.

SANDY JONES

WORDS: KATIE LALICATA

PHOTOS: ZACH CORDNER

Using a gamut of creative outlets, from making records, skating, decorating the streets, and building community amongst his peers, Sandy’s path as an artist has been one of choices, one that led him away from certain troubles and into alternative spaces.

At the impressionable age of ten, he first saw public art “as an alternative to advertising, and that sh*t blew my mind. It was fantastic, and it went right along with the fact that was the language I knew, and it didn’t take long before I was realizing my own art spaces and creating installations at home…it just grew from there.”

The thoughtful articulate manner of Sandy’s words is a direct representation of the intricacies of his brain and his lifelong passion to corral these energies to a creative outlet of large undefined canvas that give him the freedom to paint, and others the freedom to interpret.

Notably, his urban art style of “modern hieroglyphics” speaks for itself. Bold in shape and color, ambiguous in meaning for any wandering

eye. It’s a language of creatives, a currency of their own, to both inspire people in all walks of life, and to hold space for others looking to find their way as nonconformists in a “regular world.” It’s color therapy, shared for over thirty years, by the painting consortium of Sandy and his peers.

The Good Hood is a new project he’s cultivating, serving as an umbrella to offer the community a channel and voice for expression. A positive space with a healthy outlet for youth trying to find their

way in this ever complicated world. In addition, he’s currently continuing to make his mark in the community as a creative attaché for the local well-known surf brand, Chemistry Surf, and the Chemistry collective.

Continuing to ride the wave of the resurgence of art, Sandy’s subtle brilliance has paved a pathway and articulates the stories of the roots of this community to carry on for generations to come.

PENDLETON SURF CLUB

It’s no secret Camp Pendleton is home to renowned surf breaks at Del Mar Jetty (DMJ) and San Onofre. However, it’s only the fortunate few that get to freely surf the notorious breaks and those fortunate few deserve every single wave they can ride.

Surfing is such a powerful healing force, and the Pendleton Surf Club is a 501(c)(3) formed to offer that stoke to all active duty and retired service members.

“The club has been established to spread the positive force of surfing to the military members here on the base that make the sacrifices on a daily basis for our country’s freedoms.”

The Pendleton Surf Club began in 2003 when current president and co-founder, Eric Franklin, ‘Big Frankie,’ was an active duty Marine. According to Eric, “Our objective is to bring them in, teach them, meet their peers, get in the water and connect.”

With approximately 400 members, the organization is going strong and continuing to grow. It’s young active duty Marines, like current secretary, Skylar Hays, ‘Sky Dog,’ that benefit. “The quality of life since I joined is exponential,” Skylar stated.

“Surfing is an outlet. We’re a volunteer surfing organization, and a lot of us are recovering together with no judgment because it’s military to military, we understand each other,” Eric said.

The club meets regularly at DMJ and San Onofre, and quarterly at Pacific Coast Spirits in downtown Oceanside. In fact, Pendleton Surf

Club proudly displays their board on the wall at Pacific Coast Spirits who also donated a $1,000 check from the proceeds of their March featured drink, “Guava Glow,” which is now found on their regular drink menu.

Upcoming, Pendleton Surf Club is proud to present their biggest event of the year, a WSAmanaged surfing competition at Church Surf Break in San Onofre on October 3-6, 2024, in honor of Marine Vet, Dave Marshal. The competition fee includes camping on the beach and three days of competition with all food provided. It’s open to 150 competitors that are active duty, veteran, and limited space for civilians associated with the military.

It’s going to be an epic, unforgettable weekend to honor a fallen member of their community, and enjoy each other's company.

The Pendleton Surf Club will partner with three other veteran surf organizations: SWEL, Veteran Surf Alliance, and One More Wave.

The Pendleton Surf Club prides itself on being actively involved and in service to the community—both on and off base. They participate

and volunteer at events such as Super Girl Pro, Surfing Madonna Oceans Project, Taste of Oceanside, and the Fourth of July Parade. The camaraderie that ensues both in the water and on land is one that keeps members coming back.

Josh Thompson, ‘Boats,’ is retiring from the United States Coast Guard and stated, “The Pendleton Surf Club is the ideal way to stay connected to my military family and the ocean. I get to see these guys in the water, and then go and hang out.”

Membership is for all active duty, reserve, DOD personnel, retirees, family members, veterans, and civilians; and there are no membership fees for active duty military.

Becoming a member is simple, go to the website: pendletonsurfclub.com and sign up! New members will be added to the email distribution and receive a membership card, t-shirt, and stickers.

Oceanside is proud of our military heritage and The Pendleton Surf Club is a welcome organization that unites Oceanside and Camp Pendleton. Thank you, Pendleton Surf Club for your service and for sharing the stoke. “Get After It!”

WORDS: ELIZABETH SCHWARTZE PHOTOS: JESSE LOPEZ
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Members of The Pendleton Surf Club teach surfing at the pier during a recent Surfing Madonna Oceans Project event.

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Despite the name, the one thing you will not find at Gracie’s Lou’s new store are pillows. Not the tempur-pedic kind, at least! Instead, Grace Van Strahl, or Gracie Lou as she’s affectionately nicknamed by her family, has started a Western wear company unlike any other in Oceanside.

Born in Utah, Grace relocated to North County at sixteen. She moved in with her grandma and began attending Cal State San Marcos. However, like many a classic western tale, Grace’s real journey started with a pair of (white) cowboy boots.

“I used to wear them all the time, and I got so many compliments. Everybody asked me where I got them, so eventually I just started sourcing similar boots for them,” Gracie explained. “I loved it!”

Grace always had an entrepreneurial spirit and affinity for country culture and aesthetics, so after her boot sourcing success, she had an idea.

“My grandma always said to take your talents and run with them. Well, let’s just say I have two of them!” Grace told us with a playful grin.

“I started my t-shirt line with ‘I heart Titties’ written across the chest, but grandma didn’t exactly approve.” Grace then tried “Cowboy Titties” (grandma was still displeased), but she eventually settled on “Cowboy Pillows.” This grandma could get behind.

While visiting friends in Humboldt, Grace made a TikTok of her wearing her Cowboy Pillows shirt. When she woke up the next morning, Cowboy Pillows had gone viral. People couldn't get enough. For the next year, she was a one-woman show, making vinyl stickers and screen-printing T-shirts out of grandma’s garage.

A friend who wasn't as well endowed as Grace suggested a cheeky twist to the brand: adding “Cowboy Pillows” across the back of a pair of sweatpants. After all, cowboys deserve their choice of soft resting places! From there, the line has expanded to include swimsuits, girl boxers, hats, tanks, sweatshirts, and more.

COWBOY PILLOWS

WORDS: KATIE TRIPPE

PHOTOS: ZACH CORDNER

Grace has also been building her men’s line (with shirts like “Only here for the cowboy pillows”) and more age-friendly merchandise with slogans like “Cowgirls Break Hearts,” “America’s Sweetheart,” and “Proud to be a Cowgirl.”

Grace opened the doors to her first brick and mortar shop on March 1 of this year. Located along PCH in a former motorcycle parts shop, the space was perfect for her growing brand. The large storefront is flooded in natural light from its floor-to-ceiling glass windows and adorned with hay bails topped with merchandise. A huge, never-want-to-get-outta-it white couch spans the length of one wall and is the perfect place to relax after shopping.

The best part of Cowboy Pillows, however, is the back patio. There’s tons of space for mingling, but the crown jewel is the mechanical bull and inflatable bull ring. Ride it if you dare! There’s also a big wooden deck, built with the help of her brother, used during the weekly line dancing classes, which kick off every Friday at 7pm. Beginners can join the lessons from 7 to 8pm. By 8:30pm, it’s a party and dancers of all levels have hit the deck to stomp their boots.

“I just really wanted to show people some southern hospitality. There’s really no place to line dance around here or embrace the country aesthetic; they have to drive to Temecula or down to San Diego,” Grace said. “But now, on busy Fridays, we get 35-40 people here to dance. It’s so much fun.”

Grace isn’t stopping with her store on PCH. She has big plans, including a second storefront in Nashville and potentially expanding the line dancing classes to two days a week.

“I have nothing to lose.” Grace said maybe one day she’ll move out of grandma’s house, but for now, “I’m just happy to give Oceanside a place to get loose and get their country on.”

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Owner, Gracie Lou
Line Dancing kicks off every Friday at 7pm.

Local Business

MOLDIE GOLDIES

WORDS: KATIE LALICATA

PHOTOS: ZACH CORDNER

Like a glorious neon sunset or an ice cold beverage on a steamy hot day, a perfectly tailored bikini ranks up there on the list of simple luxuries.

As beach people, women, or admirers of women, there is no shortage of fan fare for a teeny weeny string bikini. And some bikinis are made better than most—a perfect example is Moldie Goldies by Melissa Gee. As a child, her mom shared her love of needlework and design with Melissa and the rest is history.

The creativity in Melissa’s world flows freely. From drawing, to working on her old school chopper, to coastline bicycle rides with her girl squad, inspiration presents itself from many different facets of her life.

One of the most beautiful things about Moldie Goldies swimwear is the impeccable skill with which Melissa sews. Her bikinis are flawless in pattern, construction, and articulation. Both her prints and style speak volumes to the expertise and mastery with which she creates.

Moldie Goldies is a local, woman owned business with all pieces made by hand, right here in Oceanside. To know a real person is designing and sewing custom work with love and the pure intention of “making something that fits perfectly

and makes a woman feel good,” as Melissa said, is a true novelty in this world of fast fashion.

Beyond that, to make it as a small business for over ten years is a testament not only to her products and returning customers, but the kind of person she is. People want to support other good people, and let’s be real, she’s just cool. Like cool without trying because she knows herself and can celebrate the unpretentious things in life.

Being raised in anything but a conventional family has led Melissa on the path of blazing her own way. And although her string thong bikinis may be a bold statement, Melissa herself is as humble and sweet as they come. Her grounded demeanor and light hearted presence make it easy to like her. From there, her products and the quality of the Moldie Goldies line speak for themselves and makes it even easier to want to buy them all.

For the clientele that wants more coverage or one piece suits, Melissa makes those, too! From full custom pieces to a collection of made to sell products, Moldie Goldies is a treasure chest for any beach-going bikini lover, or those that love to just lounge by the pool and look and feel real good.

As an alternative funky indie bikini company

her ethos perfectly represents Oceanside’s unique vibe. To get in on the bikini train as summer kicks off, go visit her website or check her out on IG. In a world loaded with bikinis, something resonates better when buying local and supporting the community, especially a local with a heart as exquisite as the one Melissa wears on her sleeve.

Owner, Melissa Gee

HUNTER STEAKHOUSE

WORDS: ALONDRA FIGUEROA

PHOTOS: ZACH CORDNER

The Hunter, a long-standing staple in Oceanside since 1970, has recently come under new ownership.

About six months ago, the Diluvan & Billy Steakhouse Corporation took over and has slowly but surely brought back the Hunter’s allure by upping the ante and improving the quality of food while keeping the original recipes the same.

They’ve also added a few new menu items and this has definitely helped broaden their clientele without upsetting the locals who have come to rely on their tried and true recipes and old school steakhouse vibe.

We had the pleasure of sitting down with general manager, Zac Linderg, to sample a variety of their dishes. We started with the Hot & Spicy Shrimp appetizer which included perfectly cooked tail-on shrimp basted in an amazing buttery, garlicky, spicy concoction that was so delicious, we even took some home! Yes, you can buy jars of your favorite sauce to put on anything and everything at home, too.

I was happy to see that their substantial lunch menu had some hearty salads on it and sampled the Southwest Chicken salad, which consisted of grilled blackened chicken served over fresh greens, tomatoes, and corn salsa all tossed with a zesty house made ranch dressing. All of their sauces and dressings are made inhouse. We also went home with their chunky blue cheese dressing which is mellow, but tangy, and so dang good!

Next up was the very fresh Shrimp Scampi served over perfectly cooked linguine noodles in a garlic butter sauce that was surprisingly light and very flavorful. It was my favorite of the bunch and I will definitely be back for more.

The Grilled Lamb Chops served over a rosemary mint glaze, were a nice surprise in the sense that I usually dislike lamb, as it tends to be too gamey for me, but these lamb chops were grilled to perfection and frankly, may be the best I’ve ever had.

The Prime Rib was absolutely fantastic! It’s so tender and juicy and has a flavorful herb crust that makes it very unique. It was served with a baked potato and their special creamed horseradish that really packs a punch.

They also have a wonderful four course meal that is offered only Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. You get a choice of one of a $28 or $38 per person meal, but both consist of an app and soup or salad for starters. That is then followed by your choice from three entrees that vary from sirloin steak to blackened salmon to their award winning prime rib.

They round that off with a few dessert options, making it a really great choice for a fun date night out. You can also grab a cocktail at their cool downstairs full bar featuring happy hour specials daily from 3:30-6:30pm.

The experience at Hunter Steakhouse took

me back to that wonderful vintage steakhouse feeling. We will be going back more often for sure. You can also savor the Hunter experience while at Oceanside’s Sunset Market every Thursday night. Their strong presence can’t be missed as they were one of the very first food stands and they continue to proudly serve some of the best meat in town on their giant barbecue grills in the heart of the market at Tremont Street and Pier View Way.

Be sure to check that out for a casual feel, but when you want a delicious meal in a classic steakhouse setting, you can’t go wrong with the service and food at the Hunter.

Hot & Spicy Shrimp
Southwest Chicken Salad
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TANNER’S PRIME BURGERS

WORDS: SHELBY ROWE

PHOTOS: LEAH LEE

Tanner’s Prime Burgers is all about the beef. Locally sourced, certified USDA prime grade beef.

“Our niche is beef and simplicity,” Brandon Rodgers, co-founder and chef, said.

Their infamous smash burgers have been an undeniable hit since their grand opening in April, frequently creating a line out the door of their Freeman Collective location off of Vista Way.

The buzz and long lines are all for good reason (thanks to their efficient assembly line in the kitchen, the wait goes quick). Each burger is served with high quality, all-natural USDA prime grade beef from Brandt Beef in Brawley, California out of Imperial Valley. It’s not only locally-sourced meat but also antibiotic and hormone free, and served in Michelin-rated restaurants, including the one formerly ran by Rodgers himself.

Hailing from Northern California, Rodgers previously ran a restaurant group in San Francisco for over a decade, achieving three Michelin stars. Throughout his culinary career, he has worked in the highest accolades of fine dining restaurants and has always served Brandt Beef, which is why he turned to them to partner for his next project. He pitched the concept of Tanner’s Prime Burgers to Brandt Beef, and now we have their first brick and mortar location right here in Oceanside.

The menu at Tanner’s Prime Burgers, while boasting the finest of flavors and premium ingredients, is the epitome of simple with only two main options—burger or hot dog. The hot dog is also 100% all natural USDA prime grade beef with no antibiotics and no hormones. Both the hot dog and the burger are topped with beef bacon

for a delectable touch to round out their meatlovers menu.

For fries, you also have two options—regular fries, known as Tallow Fries, or the Dirty Tallow Fries, which is like In N Out’s animal fries but way better with cheese, homemade Tanner’s sauce, caramelized onions, beef bacon, and a delicious smash burger patty on top.

The cheese is also among the highest quality possible, sourced from New School American, which is made from aged cheddar but melts perfectly. Wash it down with a Tanner’s Prime Beer, either an IPA or lager, partnered with Artifex Brewing Company, and you’ll be happy as a clam.

Brandt Beef also renders the excess fat to make their own beef tallow, which is used at Tanner’s Prime Burgers to fry their french fries and to smash their burgers on the griddle. There are no seed oils used here! They also use beef tallow in the Fatty Patty to add the creamiest of textures to their ice cream, smashed between two tasty homemade chocolate chip cookies.

By partnering with Brandt Beef, Tanner’s Prime Burgers is able to provide a ranch-to-table experience with the highest quality of beef products used throughout their menu. So, come on down and see what all the hype is about. I’d say this may just be one of the best burgers in town.

Co-founder & Chef, Brandon Rodgers

Tanner’s Prime Burgers 510 Vista Way tannersprimeburgers.com @tannersprimeburgers

ALOHANA ACAI BOWLS AND COFFEE

WORDS: JAMEY STONE

PHOTOS: KEVIN MIJARES

It might just be the perfect summertime treat. Whether you are on the beach, hanging in the park, or on a quick lunch break, what’s better than an ice cold acai bowl on a hot day?

That’s where Alohana Acai Bowls and Coffee come into play. Located right downtown on Mission Avenue, lifelong Osider Chad Crites and his partner Pete McAfee are serving up fresh bowls loaded with all the goodies. Coconut, peanut butter, coco nibs, bananas, strawberries, and the list goes on.

The menu boasts numerous combinations, all named after Southern California surf spots and loaded to the top. The prices range from $10-$14 and are a true value.

Their smoothies also hit the mark with fresh ingredients and flavorful combos. The coffee and tea will give you the boost needed to get the day rolling or make it through a long afternoon. The iced matcha with cold foam is my go to and it’s oh so refreshing.

Chad grew up right here in South O surfing, playing football, and hanging out at Cassidy Street beach. It's super cool to see a lifelong resident like Chad start his business in the town we call home. There’s something really cool about supporting a business with such deep local roots.

As more and more people from outside the bubble see opportunity here in Oceanside, it’s

crucial to support local, small businesses and Alohana is just that. So, do yourself a favor and head on in to grab a tasty bowl and say hello to my buddy Chad. He will take good care of you and I guarantee you will be back for more once you get a taste of their Aloha.

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Iced Matcha with cold foam
Double Rainbow Uppers Bowl
Owner Chad Crites

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Bar & Restaurant Guide

BAKERIES/DONUTS

BLACKMARKET BAKERY

510 Vista Way, Ste 102

101 BAGELS & SUBS

323 North Coast Hwy. (760) 421-6555

THE FAMOUS HIGH-PIE

250 N Pacific St.

HILL STREET DONUT HOUSE

1926 South Coast Hwy. (760) 439-7741

LA PERLA TAPATIA

1910 Mission Ave. (760) 721-8486

LE RENDEZ-VOUS FRENCH BAKERY

4225 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 414-9109

MISSION DONUT HOUSE

1502 Mission Ave. (760) 757-2979

MR. DONUTS

1950 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 967-6508

O'SIDE BAKERY

3815 Mission Ave. Suite 101 (760) 305-9500

PETITE MADELINE BAKERY

223 North Coast Hwy. (760) 231-7300

PARLOR DOUGHNUTS

331 N Cleveland St. (760) 231-5150

SAM’S DONUT SHOP

3504 College Blvd. Suite A (760) 945-0416

SK’S DONUTS

1129 South Coast Hwy. (760) 722-0455

SAN LUIS REY BAKERY & RESTAURANT

490 North El Camino Real (760) 433-7242

STRAWBERRY SHACK

211 N Tremont St (760) 458-0734

BAR AND GRILLS

19TEN OCEANSIDE

1910 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 730-5199

BEERTOWN

507 N Coast Hwy. (760) 826-2337

COCOCABANA

408 Pier View Way (760) 688-0195

THE DRAFT RESTAURANT & SPORTS BAR

4225 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 631-4700

FAIRWAYS KITCHEN & BAR

5201 Village Drive (760) 967-8400

FAT JOE’S O’SIDE

424 S Coast Hwy. (760) 722-5637

FINNEY'S CRAFTHOUSE (619) 825-1400

212 North Tremont St

FRANKIE'S

406 Pier View Way (442) 266-2270

ANGELINA'S BAR & GRILL

3375 Mission Ave. (760) 433-5086

JUNKYARD GRILL & SPORTS BAR

3613 Ocean Ranch Blvd. (760) 231-6600

MISSION AVE. BAR & GRILL

711 Mission Ave. (760) 637–2222

OSIDE SPORTSBAR & GRILL

113 South Coast Hwy. (760) 722-5968

PACIFIC COAST SPIRITS

404 South Coast Hwy. (760) 453-7150

PCH SPORTS BAR & GRILL

1835 South Coast Hwy. (760) 721-3955

RED ROOSTER

1985 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 754-8383

ROOKIE’S SPORTS GRILL

2216 South El Camino Real (760) 757-1123

SOUND BY THE SEA

325 S Coast Hwy (760) 547-5441

TONY’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL

274 South Harbor Drive (760) 433-8466

BBQ

ENZO'S BBQ & ALEHOUSE

4111 Oceanside Boulevard (760) 643-9602

FELIX’S BBQ WITH SOUL

3613 Ocean Ranch Blvd. (760) 439-7072

GUAHAN GRILL

4259 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 806-4826

HERITAGE BREWERY & BBQ

2002 South Coast Highway

PRIMO FOODS

606 Morse Street (760) 439-8711

BREAKFAST DINERS AND CAFÉS

101 CAFÉ

631 South Coast Hwy. (760) 722-5220

BEACHBREAK CAFÉ

1802 South Coast Hwy. (760) 439-6355 beachbreakcafe.net

THE BROKEN YOLK CAFE 2434 Vista Way (760) 967-9655

THE BREAKFAST MUG

1401 South El Camino Real (760) 231-1010

BUCCANEER CAFÉ

1508 South Pacific Street (760) 966-1804

COME ON OVER CAFÉ

2405 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 201-3393

DON’S COUNTRY KITCHEN

1938 South Coast Hwy. (760) 722-7337

ELENA'S CAFE FRENCH CREPES

511 Pier View Way (240) 644-3205

GRANDMA’S RESTAURANT

3613 Ocean Ranch Blvd (760) 757-8777

HARBOR HOUSE CAFÉ

714 North Coast Hwy. (760) 722-2254

HIGH/LOW

201 North Myers Street (760) 512-3329

MARY’S FAMILY RESTAURANT

307 North Coast Hwy. (760) 722-3052

PIPER

105 Mission Avenue (760) 512-3816

START FRESH CAFÉ

1034 South Coast Hwy. (760) 439-7940

STRATFORD AT THE HARBOR

280 South Harbor Drive (760) 453-2073

SWAMI’S CAFÉ

202 North Coast Hwy. (760) 966-1203

ROSE CAFE

1902 South Coast Hwy (442) 266-2863

RYES & GRIND

236 South Coast Hwy.

TOASTED GASTROBRUNCH

339 North Cleveland Street (760) 836-0500

BREWERIES/TAP ROOMS

ARTIFEX BREWING

940 S Freeman, Ste 102 (760) 231-8377

BELCHING BEAVER BREWERY

1334 Rocky Point Drive (760) 599-5832

BLACK PLAGUE BREWING

2550 Jason Court (760) 631-8110

BOOZE BROTHERS BREWERY

606 Mission Ave. (760) 385-3973

CRAFT COAST BREWING

275 Mission Ave. (760) 231-1432

KILOWATT BREWING OCEANSIDE TAPROOM & PROVISIONS

406 Mission Ave. (760) 231-1997

GREEN CHEEK

601 S Coast Hwy (442) 266-8171

NORTHERN PINE BREWING

326 N. Horne St. (760) 754-1434

OCEANSIDE ALE WORKS 1800 Ord Way (760) 295-0731

OCEANSIDE BREWING COMPANY

312-314 Via Del Norte (760) 453-7900

POUR HOUSE

1903 South Coast Hwy. (760) 730-5944

SOUTH O BREWING COMPANY

1575 South Coast Hwy. (442) 266-8244

STONE COMPANY STORE

310 North Tremont Street (760) 529-0002

TAP THAT

3207 Roymar Road Suite E (760) 433-4827

TIPPING PINT BREWING 3229 Roymar Road (760) 586-2898

BURGERS

ANGELO’S BURGERS

621 North Coast Hwy. (760) 757-5161

ANGELO’S BURGERS 2035 South Coast Hwy. (760) 757-4064

COSMOS BURGER

208 North Coast Highway (760) 607-7083

THE HABIT BURGER GRILL

2267 South El Camino Real (760) 433-3390

PAUL’S PLACE

3671 Mission Ave. (760) 721-0124

PIT STOP DINER

3825 Mission Ave. (760) 901-4299

TANNER’S PRIME BURGERS

510 Vista Way

TY’S BURGER HOUSE

515 Mission Street (760) 757-5890

SMASH & DASH

3760 Oceanic Way (858) 209-6026

SUBLIME TAPHOUSE

121 North Cleveland (760) 696-3284

CHICKEN SHOP

ANGRY CHICKZ

612 Mission Ave (442) 266-2167

DAVE'S HOT CHICKEN 4201 Oceanside Blvd Ste A (442) 291-1830

KRISPY KRUNCHY CHICKEN

102 N Coast Hwy (760) 722-4471

CHINESE

CHIN’S SZECHWAN CUISINE

4140 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 631-4808

CHINA FUSION

4225 Oceanside Blvd (760) 726-8888

2530 Vista Way, Ste J (760) 283-8888

CHU’S QUIK WOK

815 College Blvd. (760) 726-7771

GREAT WOK OF CHINA 4635 Frazee Road (760) 439-8939

QUIK WOK

2184 Vista Way (760) 439-2228

COFFEE/TEA/JUICE

ALOHANA ACAI & COFFEE

212 N. Coast Hwy (760) 421-7175

BANANA DANG

115 South Coast Hwy. (760) 846-0162

BETTER BUZZ

1050 South Coast Hwy (442) 325-9129

BLISS TEA & TREATS

301 Mission Ave. (442) 500-4796

BLACK ROCK COFFEE BAR 1918 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 722-7133

BOUND COFFEE COMPANY

2110 S Coast Hwy Suite C (442) 266-2259

BROWN CUP

401 North Coast Hwy. (760) 231-7968

TZONE

318 Pier View Way (760) 299-5678

CAMP COFFEE COMPANY

101 N Cleveland Street (442) 266-2504

CAPTAIN’S GROUNDS COFFEE

1832 South Coast Hwy. (760) 522-4271

COATL COFFEE

105 Copperwood Way Ste. B (833) 332-6285

COMMUNAL

602 South Tremont St. (619) 376-5710

THE CUP

206 Wisconsin Ave. (760) 231-9817

EVERBOWL

2535 Vista Way (760) 754-1572

JB JUICE & COFFEE

4635 Frazee Road (760) 529-0807

JITTERS COFFEE PUB

510 North Coast Hwy. (760) 967-7886

LIVING TEA BREWERY & TASTING ROOM

302 Wisconsin Ave (760) 231-9986

LOLLICUP

4121 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 295-0824

NAUTICAL BEAN COFFEE CO.

240 Harbor Drive South (760) 722-4851

NORTH COUNTY ROASTERY

129 South Coast Hwy.

PANNIKIN COFFEE & TEA 322 N Cleveland St

PIER VIEW COFFEE COMPANY

300 Pier View Way (760) 966-1150

PLANTOLOGY CAFE

913 South Coast Hwy. (760) 805-3258

ROOTS CRAFT JUICE 631 South Cleveland St

TAPIOCA EXPRESS

2611 Vista Way (760) 722-8279

REVOLUTION ROASTERS 1836 South Coast Hwy. (760) 529-9736

SUCCULENT CAFE

306 N Tremont St (760) 519-7163

DELI/SANDWICHES

101 BAGELS & SUBS

323 North Coast Hwy. (760) 421-6555

BEACH HUT DELI

280 Mission Ave. (760) 529-9767

BOARD & BREW

2213 S El Camino Real (760) 688-9217

BREAD & CHEESE EATERY

1904 S Coast Highway (619) 709-6016

THE CHEESESTEAK GRILL 1771 South Oceanside Blvd. (760) 529-0077

CREAM OF THE CROP

2009 South Coast Hwy. (760) 433-2757 creamofthecropnatural.com

HARBOR PELICAN 1380 North Pacific Street (760) 722-5853

I LOVE BAGELS CAFE 3910 Vista Way (760) 945-3838

JERSEY MIKE'S

302 Mission Ave (760) 435-0783

JERSEY MIKE'S

125 Old Grove Rd (760) 231-1602

SUBMARINA

3809 Plaza Drive (760) 945-7840

Z-MARKET

3200 Mission Ave. (760) 967-2184

FILIPINO

MISSION ASIAN MARKET 3320 Mission Ave. (760) 722-8024

GASTROPUB

FLYING PIG PUB & KITCHEN 509 Mission Ave. (760) 453-2940

GOOD MOUNTAIN FOOD

326 N Horne St (760) 306 - 4066

LOCAL TAP HOUSE

308 South Coast Hwy. (760) 547-1469

MASTERS KITCHEN AND COCKTAIL

208 South Coast Hwy. (760) 231-6278

HAWAIIAN

L&L HAWAIIAN BARBECUE 510 Oceanside Blvd. Ste 102 (760) 231-1142

L&L HAWAIIAN BARBECUE

4225 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 726-0888

MAUI HAWAIIAN BBQ 2455 Vista Way (760) 722-8383

OHANA HAWAIIAN BBQ 459 College Blvd. (760) 630-6800

THE SWITCHBOARD

131 South Coast Hwy. (442) 266-2781

ICE CREAM/FROZEN YOGURT

1022 CAFE & GELATERIA 602 Mission Ave (760) 231-1734

BASKIN ROBBINS 1112 South Coast Hwy. (760) 722-0654

DISFRUTA

610 N Redondo Drive (760) 583-5681

FRUGOS YOGURT 3509 Cannon Road (760) 732-1000

FUGU TAIYAKI

410 Mission Ave. (760) 696-3366

HANDEL'S HOMEMADE ICE CREAM 228 North Coast Hwy. (442) 266-8552

LA MICHOACANA PLUS 1060 Mission Ave. (760) 696-3602

LITTLE FOX CUPS + CONES 1940s S Freeman St Suite 100 (442) 266-8086

MENCHIE'S FROZEN YOGURT 2525C Vista Way (760) 730-5728

NANA AND POP’S SWEET SHOP 280 Harbor Drive (760) 722-1723

OCEAN RAINBOW 3784 Mission Ave. (760) 435-0750

RED CUP FROZEN YOGURT

301 Mission Ave. (760) 637-2189

RICOS ANTOJITOS

3753 Mission Ave. (760) 231-7793

STRAWBERRY SHACK 211 N Tremont St

INDIAN

CURRY & MORE

600 Mission Ave. (442) 266-8366

TANDOORI GUYS

127 South Coast Hwy (760) 231-8093

Bar & Restaurant Guide

TIKKA MASALA HUT

3780 Mission Ave Suite 2 (442) 888-0535

TURMERIC HUT

125 Old Grove Rd. Suite 4 (760) 470-3415

INDONESIAN

DIJA MARA

232 S. Coast Hwy. (760) 231-5376

ITALIAN/PIZZA

ALLMINE 119 South Coast Hwy. (760) 966-6888

BEST PIZZA & BREW OCEANSIDE

1639 S Coast Hwy. (760) 435-1000

BIG BOB’S BEST PIZZA

3617 Ocean Ranch Blvd. (760) 231-5050

BLADE 1936

401 Seagaze Drive (760) 231-1456

BROOKLYN BOYZ PIZZA

2183 Vista Way Suite B (760) 757-4992

CORNER PIZZA

1940 S. Freeman St. (760) 231-9002

CUSIMANO’S PIZZERIA

3809 Plaza Drive (760) 414-1200

DOMINIC’S AT THE HARBOR RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA

268 Harbor Drive South (760) 754-1881

FRATELLI’S

3915 Mission Ave. (760) 696-9007

GIANNI’S PIZZA 3910 West Vista Way (760) 724-2670

GRAZIANO'S PIZZARIA

101 Old Grove Road (760) 231-5990

KILLER PIZZA FROM MARS 3772 Mission Ave. (760) 722-6060

KNOCKOUT PIZZA

401 Mission Ave. (760) 722-8888

MANGIA E BEVI

3613 Ocean Ranch Blvd. (760) 231-1225

MOUNTAIN MIKE’S PIZZA 455 College Blvd. (760) 295-3121

THE PRIVATEER

COAL FIRE PIZZA

1706 Pacific Coast Hwy. (760) 453-2500 theprivateercoalfirepizza.com

ROMA’S PIZZA & GRILL

617 North Redondo Drive (760) 757-2003

ROUND TABLE PIZZA 3440 Marron Road (760) 434-5977

TONY PEPPERONI PIZZERIA

805 College Blvd. (760) 726-6400

TWO BROTHERS FROM ITALY 4760 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 758-3638

1001 South Coast Hwy. (760) 758-3638

UPPER CRUST PIZZA 4196 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 630-9330

VENETOS

608 North Coast Hwy. (760) 722-1228

ZIGZAG PIZZA

333 North Myers Street (760) 433-1555

JAMAICAN

ONE LOVE ISLAND CUISINE 4225 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 685-4618

JAPANESE/SUSHI/POKE

CAFÉ DE THAI & SUSHI 4196 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 945-5533

GO GO JAPAN SUSHI 4121 Oceanside Blvd (760) 630-1288

HARNEY SUSHI

301 Mission Ave (760) 967-1820 harneysushi.com

KAMPAI SUSHI

1906 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 757-1484

KYOTO'S JAPANESE MARKET

559 Greenbrier Drive (760) 757-5456

LOVE BOAT SUSHI

125 Old Grove Road (760) 721-3737

MATSU

626 South Tremont Street (760) 231-6331

PB POKE HOUSE

216 North Coast Hwy (442) 266-8143

POKI POKI

3480 Marron Road (760) 295-9086

POKI POKI #2 4140 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 295-4924

RISING SUN SUSHI

272 South Harbor Drive (760) 277-0582

SUNSHINE KITCHEN 1006 Mission Ave. (442) 222-1811

SUSHI4REEL 4750 Oceanside Blvd. Suite A-20 (760) 659-6784

ROSEWOOD KITCHEN 608 Mission Ave. (760) 231-5886

TERI CAFÉ

2216 South El Camino Real (760) 722-8399

TERI CAFÉ II 3809 Plaza Drive (760) 945-8888

TEN GU RAMEN 2183 Vista Way B-2 (760) 696-3266

THE POKE CAFÉ 3910 Vista Way (760) 458-3986

UMI JAPANESE GRILL & CAFÉ 401 Mission Ave. (760) 439-3566

WARAII SUSHI 4225 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 630-3770

WICKED POKE 2401 Vista Way (760) 529-0774

THE WHET NOODLE 1815 South Coast Hwy. (760) 453-2738

WRENCH & RODENT SEABASSTROPUB 1815 South Coast Hwy. (760) 271-0531

WU LAN RAMEN TAP HOUSE 4645 Frazee Road Suite F (760) 453-7526

YUKIYA SUSHI 2415 Vista Way (760) 439-3283

KOREAN

GAJA KOREAN BBQ 2693 Vista Way (760) 231-1195

M. BBQ

2216 S El Camino Real (760) 433-1888

SONU BBQ

3744 Mission Ave. (760) 696-3686

ZZANG HOT DOG & CHICKEN 409 Mission Ave (760) 231-5335

MEDITERRANEAN

MAAN’S MEDITERRANEAN GRILL 4259 Oceanside Blvd. Ste.107 (760) 726-2249

PITA GUYS 4111 Oceanside Blvd, Ste 102 (760) 295-2636

THE ORIGINAL KEBAB 224 North Coast Hwy (760) 231-7723

MEXICAN

ANITA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT & CANTINA 2250 South El Camino Real (760) 757-7745

ANITA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT & CANTINA 1714 South Coast Hwy. (760) 722-6323 anitasoceanside101.com

CAFÉ ROSARITA 1816 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 722-6224

COLIMA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT

404 Pier View Way (760) 439-4045

DE KOTIJA’S TACO SHOP 3504 College Blvd (760) 758-0399

DIEGO’S MEXICAN FOOD 1030 South Coast Hwy. (760) 721-1985

EL MUNDO DE MARISCOS 3110 San Luis Rey Road (760) 754-8922

EVAGA LOUNGE 1906 Oceanside Blvd 760) 547-5624

FIESTA MEXICANA 3784 Mission Ave. (760) 757-9872

FOUR TUNAS FISH & BAR 41 Douglas Dr., STE 100 (760) 696-3096

FRIDA'S TAQUERIA 2011 Mission Ave (760) 696-3104

GOURMET TAMALES 3616 Ocean Ranch Blvd. (760) 439-3343

HOMESTATE

510 Vista Way (760) 491-1636

JOHNNY MANANA’S 308 Mission Ave (760) 721-9999

JORGE'S MEXICATESSEN

1129 South Coast Hwy. (760) 696-3072

KING BURRITO

3490 Marron Road (760) 720-9747

LA FUENTE DE MARISCOS

2936 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 529-0150

LA PERLA TAPATIA

625 North Redondo Drive (760) 722-2877

LA PERLA TAPATIA

1910 Mission Ave (760) 721-8486

LOS TACOS

2183 Vista Way (760) 757-8226

MARIETA’S 485 Vandegrift Blvd. (760) 967-1769

MARISCOS HUALTUCO

3110 San Luis Rey Rd. (760) 754-8922

MARISCOS ENSENADA

1405 South El Camino Real (760) 967-6024

MI ASADOR MEXICAN AND SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

4750 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 806-6684

PEDRO’S TACOS

656 Benet Road (760) 722-7221

POLLOS MARIA

125 Old Grove Road (760) 435-9071 pollosmaria.com

ROBERTO’S TACO SHOP #13 518 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 757-2377

SAN LUIS REY BAKERY & RESTAURANT

490 North El Camino Real (760) 433-7242

SANCHO'S TACOS

400 Mission Ave. (760) 231-8228

SEÑOR GRUBBYS

311 N. Tremont St. (760) 721-6040 eatgrubbys.com

TONY’S FRESH MEXICAN FOOD

2983 Via Las Rosas (760) 433-5004

VALERIE’S TACO SHOP

3617 Ocean Ranch Blvd. (760) 712-1296

1006 Mission Ave. (760) 231-1824

VALERIES TACO STAND

2213 S El Camino Real (760) 231-5458

VALLE

222 North Pacific St. (760) 512-3328

NEPALESE

HIMALAYAN BISTRO

4225 Oceanside Blvd. Ste. W (760) 631-1800

PERUVIAN

CASERA LATIN KITCHEN & BAKERY

4225 Oceanside Blvd. Ste. D (442) 222-1332

LATIN CHEF PERUVIAN CUISINE

4259 Oceanside Blvd, Ste 105 (760)201-8997

SEAFOOD

COCINA DEL MAR

650 Douglas St, Ste 122 (760) 925-3060

CRAB PUB

3766 Mission Ave Suite 111 (760) 696-3577

333 PACIFIC

333 North Pacific Street (760) 433-3333

HARBOR FISH & CHIPS

276 Harbor Drive South (760) 722-4977

JOE’S CRAB SHACK

314 Harbor Drive (760) 722-1345

LIGHTHOUSE OYSTER

BAR & GRILL

262 Harbor Drive South (760) 433-1900 lighthouseoceanside.com

MARISCO’S ENSENADA 1405 South El Camino Real (760) 967-6024

OCEANSIDE BROILER 1325 North Harbor Drive (760) 722-3474

Q&A RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR

408 Pier View Way (760) 688-7249

SHOOTZ FISH & BEER

602 South Tremont St. (760) 696-3524 shootzfishxbeer.com

TIN FISH OCEANSIDE

302 North The Strand (760) 966-0007

STEAKHOUSES

333 PACIFIC

333 North Pacific Street (760) 433-3333

HUNTER STEAK HOUSE 1221 Vista Way (760) 433-2633

TAIWANESE

TASTY POT

1058 Mission Ave (760) 730-5054

THAI

CAFÉ DE THAI & SUSHI

4196 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 945-5533

OCEAN THAI 2455 Vista Way (760) 722-9779

OCEAN THAI

3846 Mission Ave #A3 (760) 967-9901

RIM TALAY

508 Mission Ave (760) 435-2007

SABAI SABAI

THAI KITCHEN

1906 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 529-5597

SAVORY THAI 3829 Plaza Drive (760) 806-9606

THAI THAI

4121 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 295-5445

THAI GARDEN 4750 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 940-1009

THAI TABLE

1910 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 721-4850

VEGAN

ERIS FOOD CO

302 Wisconsin Ave. (760) 231-9986

THE PLOT

1733 South Coast Hwy. (442) 266-820 theplotrestaurant.com

VIETNAMESE

MR. PHO 4750 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 940-1306

PHO BOWL & GRILL 1006 Mission Ave. Ste. C (760) 453-2999

PHO HA 3905 Mission Ave (760) 754-5267

PHO HOUSE

3753 Mission Ave. (760) 754-9999

PHO OCEANSIDE 518 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 754-2828

YUMMY PHO 4225 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 631-1800

WINE BARS/WINERIES

BEACH HOUSE WINERY

1534 Sleeping Indian Road (760) 732-3236

COOMBER CRAFT WINES

611 Mission Ave. (760) 231-8022 coomberwines.com

GOLDEN COAST MEAD 4093 Oceanside Blvd Ste G. (760) 630-4468

HANGAR 76 3229 Roymar Rd.

THE MILLER’S TABLE 514 S Coast Hwy. (442) 615-7200

THE PRIVATEER MARKETPLACE & WINE BAR 1704 South Coast Hwy. (760) 453-2254 privateer-marketplace.com

SECCO

301 Pier View Way (442) 266-2011

Saturday, July 13

Josh Turner The Greatest Hits Tour Sunday, July 21

Dwight Yoakam with The Mavericks

Friday, July 26

Alice Cooper Too Close for Comfort

Thursday, August 15

Giggly Squad Live Club Giggly

Friday, September 20

Teddy Swims

Everything But Therapy Tour 2024

Saturday, October 19

Trey Kennedy Grow Up

Saturday, August 3

Dogstar Thursday, September 19

Alejandro Fernández Fiestas Patrias 2024

Sunday, September 22

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