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D E P A R T M E N T S 4 SET IN STONE We made it! 8 COASTAL EXPOSURES Featuring our best images of Oceanside on tap. Photography by Steve Barnard and Zach Cordner 14 OCEANSIDE’S FINEST • Gumaro Escarcega 16 GREEN O • Ring in the New Year with Zero Waste 18 HIDDEN GEMS • Bliss Tea & Treats 20 ACTIVE O • Barefoot Movers 40 HOMEGROWN • Obed Padilla 42 ARTS • Reese Hilburn 48 LOCAL RETAILER • Kyoto Market 50 LOCAL BUSINESS • Evolve Skin Spa
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F E A T U R E S 22 TEN THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT OCEANSIDE IN THE 1910s “As the eventful decade came to end, Oceanside went into 1920 with hope for the future.” 26 POLITICAL CARTOONIST PAT BAGLEY Inside the mind of this legendary artist from Oceanside 28 CITY SILHOUETTES Every sundown, Oceanside transforms into a dramatic mix of sunlight, shapes, and shadows.
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Coastal Exposures THE OSIDER JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2021
Early morning lineup at the pier. Photo by Steve Barnard
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Cold Moon rising this past December. Photo by Zach Cordner
Oceanside's Finest GUMARO ESCARCEGA WORDS: ELIZABETH SCHWARTZE PHOTO: ZACH CORDNER
The engineering of downtown Oceanside is more than buildings, it’s also the collaboration of locals, business, and organizations—it’s the engineering of an overall destination. Since 2013, MainStreet Oceanside Program Manager Gumaro Escarcega has worked tirelessly engineering the physical and ethereal components of downtown to maintain its identity, and support local businesses. Gumaro was raised in Greenfield, California, a small agricultural town in Monterey County. He was surrounded by a supportive network of friends and family that taught him the value of hard work, giving him a steadfast work ethic. He fell in love with Oceanside while visiting in his youth, hoping to make it his home some day. That dream became a reality when he attended San Diego State University (SDSU), and earned a degree in Public Administration with a minor in Spanish. Gumaro never left the county and found a career path centered around Oceanside. As part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Main Street America connects downtowns throughout the nation with a four-point approach to economic revitalization. The heartbeat of thier programs are small business owners. It’s the small business owners that invest their livelihood and passion into their business. Gumaro prides himself on his relationships and collaborations to represent each and every small business owner in his downtown district. As a small business owner of Embroidery Image, he employs his personal knowledge of small business, his experience with economic revitalization, and his work ethic to elevate the heartbeat of Oceanside.
When Gumaro was recruited by MainStreet Oceanside from his Executive Director role at the Vista Village Business Association, downtown Oceanside was poised and ready to embrace an organized approach to revitalization. The small business owners and organizers needed a Program Manager—someone to collaborate all the vested interests and see Oceanside thrive. By 2000, it was clear that the city wanted to brush off its gritty image, and transform into a bustling, yet authentic,
“There’s a lot of great things happening in the future, and our goal is to see our businesses survive” beach city destination. As it became businessfriendly and welcomed diverse businesses, the upward trend of locally-owned small businesses proliferated, including a vibrant restaurant scene. Locals were investing in their city, and supporting each other’s dreams—slowly wiping out the blight, and replacing it with unique businesses that offer an experience online retailers cannot. Gumaro prides himself on his collaboration since day one on the job. “I had businesses knocking on my window saying we need to get this going!” said Gumaro from the start. He’s spent the better half of seven years connecting
businesses with opportunities. He works closely with the City of Oceanside, Visit Oceanside, and the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce. As with most everything in 2020, MainStreet Oceanside and Gumaro have had to pivot and support local businesses under unprecedented circumstances due to the global pandemic from COVID-19. The Oceanside Small Business Grant has helped many downtown businesses. Setting sights on a more convivial 2021, the future is bright for downtown Oceanside. “There’s a lot of great things happening in the future, and our goal is to see our businesses survive,” projected Gumaro. In 2021, MainStreet Oceanside is implementing infrastructure, including archview signage, and way finding signs dow ntow n Oceanside. There’ll be additional ser vices including regular litter removal, security patrols, and power washing. Since 2007, Thursday’s successful Sunset Market provided Oceanside with its first regularlyscheduled, family-friendly event in downtown Oceanside. MainStreet Oceanside now runs Thursday’s Farmers Market, Art That Excites, D owntown A mbassador Program, Taste of Oceanside, Beach Services, and many more. Locally, Gumaro is on the board of KOCT, and the board of the Oceanside Cultural District. He also oversees responsibilities as a chair of the California MainStreet Alliance. Gumaro’s invested in Oceanside both personally and professionally, overseeing its mindful engineering and growth as one of Oceanside’s Finest.
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RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH ZERO WASTE! Each new year not only prompts us to create resolutions and goals for the future, but also leads us to reflect on what has been achieved in years past. Although 2020 brought a lot of uncertainty about what the future brings, one thing you can always count on is the Green Oceanside teamâ€™s commitment to protecting the environment and ensuring our City is consistently moving closer to zero waste.
Over the last decade, the City of Oceanside has been leading the region in environmental action with the adoption of the initial Zero Waste Resolution in 2010, which created a goal to achieve a 75-90% diversion rate by the end of 2020. To reach this goal, the City created the Zero Waste Strategic Management Plan (Zero Waste Plan) to guide the development of numerous policies, programs, initiatives, and community events, which encompassed some of the following successes: •
Citywide recycling services for businesses, residents, and City facilities. Residents received blue carts for all types of recyclable materials, instead of sorting everything into individual crates on service day.
Addition of public recycling along t h e h a r b o r, c o a s t a l c o r r id o r, Ci t y parks, and in the downtown district.
Implementation of the Zero Waste Schools Program in partnership with Oceanside Unified School District, which expanded recycling at all school locations.
Adoption of a citywide Environmental Preferable Purchasing and Practices Policy. Creation of take - back programs for household ha zardous waste, including propane cylinder and used oil exchange events, pharmaceutical and sharps drop- of f locations, and curbside e-waste recycling services from the convenience of your home. Expansion of reusable programs and services such as bi-annual Donation Weeks in support of local veterans.
Creation of the Green Oceanside Business Network to celebrate and inspire green business practices and initiatives.
Development and construction of the City’s Green Oceanside Kitchen facility, which expanded food recovery capacity for North County, and provided additional job training and culinary arts training opportunities.
To jumpstart 2021 and the next decade of Green Oceanside programming, the City has updated its Zero Waste Plan to celebrate the work already accomplished and move Oceanside closer to zero waste. You may have attended one (or both!) of the Zero Waste Plan Community 17
Workshops throughout the fall of 2020, or even participated in the online Zero Waste Plan Survey to help shape future goals and programming. In 2021, and beyond, you can look forward to new events, programming, virtual engagement, and activities that prioritize the health of our environment, while encouraging the community to come together and take action for a cleaner, more beautiful Oceanside.
Visit GreenOceanside.org to learn more about all of the City’s Environmental Programs, Zero Waste Plan, current events, and resources that can help you protect our planet for generations to come and take action for zero waste.
Hidden Gems THE OSIDER JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2021
BLISS TEA & TREATS WORDS: ALONDRA FIGUEROA PHOTOS: ZACH CORDNER
Beautiful delicacies and wonderful, exotic teas awaken each of your senses upon entering Bliss Tea & Treats located in downtown right on Mission Avenue. It’s a lovely little shop tucked between Asylum Skate Shop and Harney Sushi. You really have completely transformed into a scene from Alice in to see it for yourself to grasp the level of whimsical Wonderland and my heart skipped a beat! Top-tofun brought to Oceanside by owner Rushell Gordon bottom and even head-to-toe, Rushell’s attention to and her executive chef and brother Alfonso Gordon detail is spectacular and at Bliss they strive to create a memorable experience. They were even dressed Jr. I promise that you’ll be pleasantly surprised! Like many Osiders, it was their father’s time in as The Hatter and the Rabbit—it was so fun and the military that briefly brought this dynamic duo to adorably well planned for Halloween! We had the chance to see them in action hosting Oceanside as children. When their parents retired to Oceanside, Bliss owner Rushell Gordon decided a birthday party featuring the Kid Tea Experience that comes with two sandshe wanted a change of venue from business life wiches, scones, and an “Anytime you come in contact with assortment of desserts, in LA and moved to our our brand Bliss, from the moment little city about nine years fruit tea, or lemonade. It ago. Rushell always loved was decadent! All the girls you hear about us to when you tea, but began to think were treated like queens, walk in, we want it to be a very about it as a family busiand served a beautiful special experience” tower of treats to enjoy ness a few years ago along with their teas or when she was enjoying her nightly tea with her daughter, Iris. “Does everyone lemonade—such a memorable and unique way to drink tea at night?” asked Iris. “I don’t know, but celebrate the ones you love! They also have the Bliss maybe we should start a tea business,” said Rushell. Tea Experience that consists of three sandwiches, Iris then responded with, “And we have treats as salad, scone, assorted desserts, and pot of tea for well!” Iris also designed the company logo and the big girls and boys to enjoy as well. Which brings named the store after their dog Bliss. Bringing this me to their awe-inspiring Mocktails … absolutely beautiful to look at and even better to drink! The vision forth really has been a whole family affair! We applaud their effort, as it’s clear upon entering Butterfly lemonade is so refreshing and topped with that every detail has been meticulously chosen for striking dark purple Butterfly Pea Flower tea that the particular theme. When we visited in October, it gives the drink a mesmerizing ombre effect. It’s a was the Mad Hatter Tea Party! The interior had been personal favorite! 18
Owner Rushell Gordon and executive chef Alfonso Gordon Jr.
Their delightful menu was brought to life by executive chef, Alfonso. It’s filled with artisan sandwiches that boast ingredients like prosciutto, fig, and feta if you’re feeling fancy, or fan favorites like the perfect grilled cheese to please everyone in your party. Rushell really sees Bliss as an international brand and a space that many parts of the community can benefit from. They offer an array of lively events and strongly support the Arts in the community. This past December, they partnered with the Southern California Shakespeare festival guild to present an adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night. They also offered an interactive Sip & Paint night where you could enjoy a fabulous Mocktail, while painting your own snowman! Bliss Tea & Treats is a breath of fresh air that ushers in more than a new place to eat. It’s something so different and all the elements culminate to give the client a unique experience that they’ll remember. Be sure to swing by and see what they have in store for Oceanside next! Bliss Tea & Treats 301 Mission Avenue #101 (442) 500-4796 blissteatreats.com @bliss_teatreats
Here for You. Here for Good. S C R I P P S M E D I CA L C E N T E R I N O C E A N S I D E Scripps Medical Center, Jefferson, brings Scripps trusted care to you and your family at our newest North County location. From our award-winning primary and specialty care to our urgent care and walk-in express clinic, we want to make it convenient and easy for you to get the care you need, when you need it. We’re here for good. Services include:
Scripps Medical Center, Jefferson 2205 Vista Way Oceanside, CA 92054
• Primary care, including internal and family medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology with Scripps Coastal Medical Center • Specialty care, including orthopedics, cardiology, perinatology, neurology, ophthalmology and more, with Scripps Clinic
• Urgent Care • Scripps HealthExpress walk-in care • Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center • Ambulatory Surgery Center (opening spring 2021) • Pharmacy • Laboratory and imaging services
Click. Call. Come See Us. With in-person and virtual appointments you can even schedule online, Scripps makes it easy to get all your care in one convenient location. Your health and safety are always our top priorities, and we have precautions in place to help prevent COVID-19. To learn more and watch a virtual tour, visit Scripps.org/JeffersonOpen.
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B A R E F O O T M O V E R S
WORDS: JAMEY STONE PHOTOS: ZACH CORDNER
It was just over a year ago when I first noticed this new face at Buccaneer Beach Park. While throwing the ball with my dog Bowie, I saw this longhaired super fit man always working out. What stood out about this guy was the odd way he carried himself. Day after day, I’d see him doing these strange exercises—balancing on fences, doing yoga-like stretches, but in a fluid motion. He was shifting weight from different points of balance, and at the same time using his natural surroundings to aid in his routine. After watching him for weeks, one day I asked him about these movements he was performing. He calmingly replied that his name was Rodrigo and that he taught natural fitness for people 40-andover who need to re-acquaint themselves with their bodies, as they grow older. He continued by explaining that everything humans have done since the beginning of time has been based on our own weight and points of contact from the ground up.
Movement as simple as getting up off the ground is something we do less and less as we get older. Our muscles start to cheat on us. Maybe it’s an old nagging injury or too much time at a desk job. Whatever it is, we need to keep our bodies moving naturally every day to maintain strength, flexibility, and balance. Enter Barefoot Movers natural fitness program. A former competitive tennis player from Argentina, Rodrigo Gallego built a customized program utilizing multiple disciplines that include, yoga, cross training, and animal flow movement. Being 49 at the time and nursing many old skateboarding injuries myself (with twenty years behind a desk), and being way out of shape, I started the program figuring it’s now or never at this point, so why not give it a try? Rodrigo really blew me away. Instead of taking my money and throwing me into a group class that’d be way over my level, he did three personal classes with me to assess my body and what needed the 20
most attention. The level of attention he gives each client is what makes the program so special. He actually really cares and wants to share his knowledge, so we can live a healthy and active life well into our retirement years. The best part is that you can do his classes weekly online through Zoom live in the park, or you can do what my wife does and do a combination of both. If you miss a class, you can just hit Facebook where all the classes live in video form. I can honestly say that Barefoot Movers has been the most life-changing thing I’ve ever done besides starting a family. I’m only a year in and my body is much stronger, more flexible, and my balance is getting sharper every week. Thanks, Rodrigo. I’m surfing better than ever and even getting back on the old skateboard again. For more info, please visit barefootmovers.com, or check out their Instagram @barefootmovers
TEN Oceanside in the 1910s Things You Didn’t Know About
WORDS: KRISTI HAWTHORNE PHOTOS COURTESY OF OCEANSIDE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
As the City of Oceanside entered into 1910, the population was just under 650 people. The decade brought improved living standards to many as homes added electricity, indoor plumbing, and the telephone. The popularity of the automobile grew steadily and day trips from visitors to Oceanside from the inland areas were made easier with new roads. While prosperity seemed certain, the 1910s also brought great turmoil to Oceanside: a 100-year flood, a World War, and a pandemic.
Crowds lineup to be served Lima Beans at Oceanside's first annual Bean Day on September 3, 1917. 22
Cars racing on the beach just north of the Pier, circa 1910.
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In 1910, the Oceanside City Council decided to have the hitching posts that lined Second Street (Mission Avenue) removed and have them relocated, so that horses would be hitched on side streets instead, making way for the automobile. In addition, the council added a subdivision to the north with the Hill Street Annex. This area brought the city limit to the San Luis Rey River Bridge.
Oceanside adver tised its amenities in the Oceanside Blade, including the affordability of living here in 1910: “House rents are not high. A small cottage rents for from $8 to $12 per month, while larger houses bring $15 to $20. Water rental in Oceanside for the ordinary family need not exceed one dollar per month, when the water is only used for domestic purposes. Electricity for lighting costs 20 cents per thousand watts, and most of the householders use that method of lighting their homes.”
Rosicrucian Fellowship entrance
In 1911, Max and Augustus Heindel arrived in Oceanside and decided to establish the headquarters of the Rosicrucian Fellowship. They purchased a 40-acre tract for $100 an acre and began construction of a series of buildings within their compound. The religious order brought international visitors from around the world to Oceanside.
Joseph E. Jones began excavation and construction of a new building at the southeast corner of Second and Hill Streets (Mission Avenue and Coast Highway). This two-story structure included a basement, and was a decidedly modern addition to downtown Oceanside. The Oceanside Blade newspaper reported on June 7, 1913: “J. E. Jones this week began the transfer of his hardware business to his new building on the corner of Second and Hill. The final touches were put on the new building the first of the week and the last of the work marks the completion of one of the best, if not the best, business block in San Diego County outside the city of San Diego. 24
The building, 85 x 100 feet in size, is of reinforced concrete construction throughout, walls, and floors being of this enduring material strengthened with steel ribs. There are two stories and a basement, the latter being the entire size of the building and prepared and fitted especially for its use in the display and storage of hardware and implements. The first floor is the main store and here the finish and fittings are the very finest and most substantial to be had, everything being arranged for the convenient transaction of business.”
Barney Oldfield, the first man to drive a car at 60 miles per hour on a circular track, participated in a race from Los Angeles to Phoenix, driving through Oceanside via Hill Street (Coast Highway) and thrilling locals. Oldfield would later race and win the Indianapolis 5 0 0. Automobile racing became a popular pastime and racers took advantage of the beaches, which were wide enough to race from Oceanside to Del Mar.
beach, which took four people two full days to prepare. Other events included the ladies’ nail driving contest, the mile foot race, the 50-yard dash, egg race, sack race, and bicycle race.
The Great Flood of 1916 destroyed auto and train bridges over the San Luis Rey River.
During World War I, eleven hundred troops from the 144th Field Artillery occupied a large campsite on the beach in North Oceanside.
In 1917, President Woodrow Wilson declared war on Germany and joined the Allies in World War I. Trains loaded with soldiers went through Oceanside on their way to war, and citizens gathered at the depot to wish them well as they passed through town. Eleven hundred men of the 14 4th Field A r tiller y set up tents and for ten days occupied a large campsite on the beach in Nor th Oceanside. Also in response to the war, the government established emergency airfields in and around Oceanside, including one on a large vacant lot on South Ditmar Street.
In the spring of 1913, the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce held a contest asking citizens to come up with a slogan for Oceanside. Residents wrote in some odd suggestions, including: “The Choo Choo City of Destiny;” “All Lines Lead to Oceanside and Good Fishing;” “Oceanside, the Pearl of the Beach;” and “Oceanside, The Peach on the Beach.” The Fourth of July Committee made the final choice, and the winner of the slogan contest was announced: Mrs. Hugh Bradley, with the unlikely choice of “Oceanside, ’Twixt Vale, and Tide.” She won $3.00 for her winning submission.
In 1916, a tremendous flood impacted San Diego County when over ten inches of rain fell during the month of January. In Oceanside, the swollen San Luis Rey River, filled with debris, wiped out auto and train bridges, mangled railroad tracks, and many of the roads were destroyed. Countywide over twenty people were killed, including three
residents of the San Luis Rey Valley. Oceanside’s beaches were filled with trees from as far away as Palomar, as well as the wreckage of many homes and barns in the valley, and dead livestock. The Oceanside Pier was used to bring in supplies to the community until the railroad and auto bridges over the San Luis Rey River could be rebuilt.
On September 3, 1917, Oceanside held its first Bean Day. Why Bean Day, you say? Well, Escondido celebrated Grape Day each year, so Oceanside decided to celebrate beans—in particular, Lima Beans that were grown by many in small gardens and large farms. That meant acres and acres of beans. The unlikely event was a huge success when nearly 5,000 people from all over San Diego County came to Oceanside. The celebration opened with a tug of war between the Pala Indians and the Oceanside Bean Growers. Dinner was served at the municipal kitchen on the 25
Although World Wa r I e n d e d in November of 1918, the deadly influenza or “Spanish Flu” had spread around the globe, killing millions worldwide. Oceanside clo sed scho ols and churches, and put an end to public gatherings for four weeks and closed again temporarily as needed. Masks of six layers of gauze were required to be worn. While Oceanside had several cases of influenza, the more serious outbreak was in Los Angeles. The Oceanside Blade reported in 1919: “Everyone is urged to take all precautions and refrain from going to those places where the disease is known to be present, more particularly Los Angeles. At present there is no likelihood and no need of any measures other than the regular quarantine of cases, as they appear. The Health Officer suggests that the present is a good time to get vaccinated. He has a fresh supply of vaccine and will be at his office evenings by appointment to vaccinate those who may wish it.” As the eventful decade came to end, Oceanside went into 1920 with hope for the future. For more information about Oceanside’s history, please visit oceansidehistoricalsociety.org.
LEGENDARY POLITICAL CARTOONIST
WORDS: KEN LEIGHTON PHOTO: CAT PALMER
Pat Bagley moved to Oceanside in 1959 when he was two. His father Larry, a graduate of the University of Utah, was hired as one of the first employees of Oceanside’s upstart planning department. Larry, who died in 2005, rose to the director of the planning department and then city manager in 1970. He came back to city hall when he was elected Mayor in 1980. The youngest of his three sons, Pat has had a remarkable career as a political cartoonist at the Salt Lake City Tribune. The year 2015 marked 36 continuous years at the daily papers, making him the longest continuously employed political cartoonist in the country. Five years on, he’s still there, and this past September, he was named political cartoonist of the year by the National Cartoonist’s Society. Pat won the Herblock Prize in 2009, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in editorial cartooning in 2014. He’s written or illustrated over 35 books for children and adults. Pat’s 41 years at the Tribune have seen his conservative political views move towards the center. The 1977 Brigham Young University grad says he has moved away from the doctrines of the Church of Latter Day Saints. How can you do it for 41 years? I love what I do. Every day is a new high wire act. There are stories that conservative members of the Chandler family who controlled the Los Angeles Times lobbied to get editorial cartoonist Paul Conrad fired. Like you, Conrad had won multiple national awards. His Nixon-skewering cartoons drew blood. Have you endured any harsh rebukes from your editors, colleagues, or readers? I’m lucky. The owners and newsroom have my back. On the other hand, the very Republican power structure of the state … Do the Mormons run the Utah government? Yes What misconceptions might outsiders have about Utah? That you can’t get a drink. The brewpub, bar, and restaurant scene is pretty remarkable. What was more controversial—your political move to the center, or you becoming a lapsed Mormon?
Leaving the Church was a long and challenging slog. You question everything you thought you knew. In the end, you either go with what they tell you, or what your life experience tells you. Is there a future for editorial cartoonists like yourself? Yes and no. The old model of newspapers having a staff cartoonist is gone, but the Internet means anyone can publish cartoons. Who knows? They might catch on. And daily newspapers? For the sake of the country, we’d better hope [they survive]. Communities without a newspaper are prone to corruption and mismanagement. A study found it cost citizens a lot less to subscribe to a paper than they would otherwise pay in fraud committed on the public’s dime. If I remember correctly, in Lincoln Junior High School (1968-70), you said something to the effect that one day Oceanside would have huge oceanfront hotels just like Miami Beach. Are you surprised it has taken so long for these multi-storied hotels overlooking the pier to be built? 26
It only stood to reason: Oceanside’s climate is so much better than Miami’s. By the way, a cartoonist friend who worked for The Miami Herald, which had its offices in one of those beachfront high rises, said it wasn’t an uncommon occurrence to see bodies wash up on the beach, especially when drug gangs were at war. How do we know that the Oceanside of the 60s and 70s is truly a thing of the past? The towns used to hug the coast. Now they’ve expanded miles inland. I don’t want to say sprawl, but it’s sprawl. What were some of the visionary changes your dad spearheaded as either city manager (1970-75) or mayor (1984-1992)? Two things. He got the Marine Commandant to help control downtown. Weekends were almost always near riots. Locals like us viewed downtown as not ours—it belonged to the so, so very young marines on their way to Vietnam. The strip clubs, bars, and tattoo parlors weren’t catering to OHS students. Dad then got federal and state aid to change the face of downtown. Besides building the new city hall, he also got new housing into blighted areas.
“Communities without a newspaper are prone to corruption and mismanagement”
In 1990, USMC wife Melba Bishop succeeded in “taking over the city council” when she successfully steered fellow political outsiders Nancy York and Don Rodee onto the city council to give her a voting majority. They beat local stalwarts Tim Aldrich and Lucy Chavez. They represented the establishment and were supported by your dad who was serving his third and final term as mayor. What do you recall about those contentious times? I was on a Mormon mission in Bolivia when dad got sacked as Oceanside City Manager by the city council. He had fired the chief of police over racist remarks, and though the city council tried to make it about something else, he was fired in retribution. The payback, though, was exquisite. When he ran for mayor in ’84, not only was he elected, but also the members of
the city council who fired him all lost. Dad had a successful three terms as mayor and was a model of integrity and respect, but there’s one thing he did wrong—he let Melba get to him. I remember a story in the paper where he got personal. It struck me as being so out of character. Yeah, dad didn’t like Melba.
about it. As a politician, dad had a complicated relationship with the paper.
When you make it back down to Oceanside, what are your go-to spots? The Harbor Fish & Chips are still the best. I miss the beach.
My longtime local friend, illustrator Jamie M e uhlhause n cre ate d the we bsite me n wholooklikekennyrogers.com. Have you ever been told you look like him? I’ll just check in to see what condition my condition is in. (For those too young to know, Pat is referencing a line from a hit by the First Edition, Kenny Rogers’ rock band before he went country. The song was big when we went to Lincoln.)
Tom Missett, the bigger-than-life publisher of the Blade-Tribune from 1967 to 1997, died this year. What do you recall about his daily local paper that loved to stir the pot? I remember trying to piece together what the political car toons meant and bugging dad
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I’m truly amazed at the amount of raw talent we produce here in Oceanside. We can lay claim to many athletes, including football players, baseball players, surfers, skateboarders, and the list goes on. Today, however, we’re talking about Obed Padilla—a gifted musician and producer with a deep understanding for everything music. The first time I heard Obed perform was at the URBN WTR grand opening downtown earlier this year. I’d heard his name around town before, but thought he was strictly into hip-hop. Don’t get me wrong—he’s got lyrics and flow for days—but boy, was I wrong. Obed grew up in the deep valley with his mom Araceli, brother Zach, and dad Dey Padilla. His father’s a pastor and playing in the church band was where he learned to play many different instruments, and singing was also a big part of his daily routine. So when I heard his set, I was blown away by his voice and musical diversity. At only 26 years of age, this El Camino High School graduate has an old soul that shines brightly. His obsession for Funk, R&B, and Soul has earned Obed work with Dezzy Hollow, John Gives, Asaiah Ziv, and Caleb Mitchell—just to name a few. He has also started his own record label with good friend John Gives called “THA SIDE,” where he can do everything; including production, instrumentals, mixing, and singing all under one roof. To hear some of his recent work, check out his 2018 album Deyssler, along with his 2020 EP A Different Light—all of which were recorded right here in the Valley and available everywhere. When asked what he loves so much about his hometown, he simply replied, “It’s the diversity of people, along with the amazing weather—that’s what makes Oceanside the place to be.” The Osider agrees 100-percent, and we can't wait to see what he comes up with next. Check Obed out on Instagram @obedpadilla_ & @thaside.us 40
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From Spike TV’s Tattoo Nightmares to setting up shop in North County, Oceanside local Reese Hilburn dishes the deets about her journey as a tattoo artist. One way or another, a tattoo machine would have ended up in Reese’s hand. An accountant-turned-world-renownedtattoo-artist, Reese Hilburn stumbled upon her artistry eight years ago at a wine and paint night with her then accounting firm. “For company morale—I was around 22 at the time—we went to a wine and paint night and I had never drawn prior to this moment,” said Hilburn. “So, I found out I can paint and basically quit my job cold turkey, went back to school for fine art, and started looking for an apprenticeship as a tattoo artist.” Fast forward to a little under a decade and she went from being oblivious of her natural artistic abilities to moving to Miami, starring in Spike TV’s Tattoo Nightmares, becoming an award-winning international tattoo artist, and now owning a tattoo shop in Solana Beach, The Edge. Yep, all of that in eight years. “I would’ve ended up in this position one way or another, but Tattoo Nightmares presented me something quicker and faster when it came down to being surrounded by more than just your tattoo shop,” she said. “It brought me into a whole different world in the tattoo industry.” Thanks to Tattoo Nightmares, she was able to fast track her networking and attend tattoo conventions all over the world. A life she never thought possible, Hilburn suddenly found herself living the dream, traveling and tattooing for work. “When I was an accountant, I’d always wanted to travel, but I was always waiting for the ‘right’ moment,” said Hilburn. “I had no idea you could travel and tattoo, so when I found out that was even a possibility, I was like sayonara suckers—I’m out!” 42
She’s tattooed in the Philippines, Argentina, and the South of France (arguably the most beautiful place she says she’s ever seen)—just to name a few. While the world quickly has become her oyster (or rather, canvas), there’s one place she just can’t live without. “It’s funny to be back in the same zip code I grew up in, but I’m obsessed. Oceanside is the prettiest and coolest area I’ve been to out of all the places I’ve traveled,” Hilburn said. “I could never imagine leaving again—this is my home base. The whole community is all about helping each other, and you just don’t get that in other places.” While her career started in LA, took off in Miami, and flourished all over the world, her initial introduction to tattoos started somewhere a little more familiar. Vista-born and Oceanside-raised, she gives credit to where she grew up for her passion for tattoos. “I remember hanging out at Buccaneer Park and seeing these guys with a bunch of tattoos and I’d think, ‘Oh my god, that’s so awesome,’” she said. “So, literally on my eighteenth birthday, I went to Frontline and got my first tattoo on my
chest because I knew I was going to be a heavily tattooed person no matter what I do.” A true pioneer of her life, Hilburn has taken every opportunity— no matter how risky— and has somehow applied it moving forward. From diving into an accounting career, ditching it all to pursue an art degree, moving to Miami to develop her tattoo skills on national television and traveling the world for work, she now finds herself back in Oceanside fitting all the pieces of her life into a collaborative puzzle. “I always think of everything as an opportunity to utilize. Everything you’ve ever done in your life is one way or another going to shape you, forming some other experience, decision, or crossroad you’ll make later in life,” she said. Taking all of these moving parts, Reese combined her business and finance degree with her tattooing expertise to create an online business helping other tattooists monetize their skills. While leaving the accounting world may have been a wildly risky move at the time, hindsight has shown— in true Reese fashion—that it’s always been part of her plan. 43
“I’ve never felt more empowered than I have in the past year of helping other artists monetize their businesses online,” she said. “I love tattooing and creating awesome art on people because it’s meaningful and totally revs my engine, but lately how I can help people has become one of my favorite things in the entire world.” Coining her own lingo, she describes her tattoo style as abstract realism, mixing black and gray realism with abstract watercolor and geometric backgrounds. Check out her work on Instagram @theartofreese, and book an appointment at her tattoo shop, The Edge. Doors are projected to open in February 2021, followed by an outdoor grand opening.
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As Oceanside continues to grow and change, there are still plenty of places that have weathered the storm of gentrification and remain mainstays within our community. Kyoto's Market is just one of those places. In fact, we featured them as a “Hidden Gem” in our very first issue of The Osider Magazine almost seven years ago. Originally opened in 1966 by the Matsubara family, Kyoto's Market is now run by third-generation family members Shannon Walker and Chris Ray. They’re continuing the tradition of bringing authentic Japanese treats, sundries, and fresh sushi to our thriving city daily. Located just off Oceanside Boulevard on Greenbrier Drive, you’ll find them in the original building they’ve occupied since day one. It may not be located downtown and a bit off the beaten path, but trust me when I tell you that finding this gem is well worth it. Once in the store, you’ll be greeted with smiling faces, a ton of knowledge, and a huge selection of Japanese groceries including spices, teas, sake, beer, mochi, ice cream, treats, and much more. They also offer fresh grab-and-go
sushi on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. You can also call in pre-orders for special events. The prices are more than fair, and the sushi is so fresh and tasty that it’ll break your mouth in a good way. These are the types of businesses that have provided our community with great service for over 50 years and deserve to thrive for the next 50. So next time you need hard-to-find Japanese ingredients, stop by say hello to Shannon and enjoy a roll or two. Thank you, Kyoto's, for being part of our Oceanside history and culture. 48
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Kyoto's Market 559 Greenbrier Drive (760) 757-5456 kyotosushi.com @kyoto_japanese_market
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Evolve Skin Spa has been nestled in among the shops in South O for over three years now. It’s a manifestation of a lifelong dream for owner Holly Della Vedova. The founder and director explained her vision: “It’s not always about taking away a wrinkle or enhancing a lip. Healing a client’s rosacea, acne, and other skin issues fills me with a sense of pride and accomplishment like nothing else.” Uncomfortable childhood doctor visits for chronic asthma piqued Holly’s interest in a medical career. That fascination eventually had to take a backseat to raising a family, but after becoming an aesthetician, she continued to learn about advanced treatments and techniques. Holly and her husband have owned tattoo shops for eighteen years and noticed the increased need for tattoo removal and skin lightening for cover-ups. In 2015, Evolve Tattoo Removal opened in San Diego, and her sister company Evolve Skin Spa opened her doors here in 2017. Holly has been a licensed medical aesthetician for seventeen years and she works along side fellow aesthetician of fifteen years, Andrea Rogers, and Physician Assistant Holly Stabler. All of the services are overseen by Dr. Chris Holt, a board certified internal medicine and specialty physician. Clients are seen by appointment for anything from a simple facial to stem cell treatments and LED light therapy. They offer Botox and Xeomin, Vitamin B-12 shots, lash extensions, laser hair removal, and many other services. “I only hire practitioners who truly understand
the human body. Anyone can learn to inject Botox and administer filler, however everyone’s anatomy is slightly different and recognizing subtle differences is imperative,” said Holly. “We’ve turned away many who ask for overly filled lips, cheeks, etc.—not that there’s anything wrong with that—however, our goal and brand is to enhance one’s own natural beauty.” With the help of her two latest hires— GM Wendy Grif fin and administrative assistant Laura Schobert—she was able to keep business afloat through COVID. “I spent 100-percent of my time securing PPP and EIDL loans for the spa and our three other businesses. It’s been a struggle and a roller coaster ride,” explained H olly. D uring quarantine, she’s been able consult with clients virtually and ship products to them directly. Holly grew up in Fallbrook, settled in Oceanside, and recently relocated a few minutes away to Carlsbad. She said opening her medical spa here was a natural decision, “I cherish the relationships I’ve made in this community and I’ve grown close with my fellow business owners on our stretch of the 101. We cross-promote each other via social media and joint events. She added, “Despite the pandemic and unforeseen long term effects, I’m grateful to have been able to grow through this time and I am honored to work alongside such talented and strong women.” 50
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It’s all about the senses. Allure and seduction, dining at Le Citron is synonymous with pleasure. It’s a culinary experience catering to and exploding upon the most delicious food driven desires. For over twenty years, through two successful restaurants (Calypso and Le Papagayo), and into Le Citron, Gilles Knafo and Francois Patanchon have been indulging North County diners with European style vibes and sensational, sultry world cuisine. Back in the 90s, Knafo planted roots in Encinitas and grew his restaurant Calypso (named as a tribute to his father’s restaurant in Casablanca, Morocco) as part of the pulse and heartbeat of Leucadia. A few years later, Patanchon entered the stage. They became good friends that more resemble family, and the duo has not looked back. Le Papagayo, their second endeavor, was another display of mastery. Forming the perfect match, Francios’ business mind and enduring charm run the front of the house, while Gilles continually bewitches guests with his creative and exquisite food. Fast forward to now—and yet again (in the midst of COVID nonetheless) these two have nailed it for a third time around. The vision for Le Citron is as clear and profound as ever. Blend succulent, exotic inspired flavors to create mouthwatering dishes, treat people like royalty, entertain them with jamming music, and like the famous quote from Field of Dreams, “If you build it, they will come.” Come indeed, the people have, even during COVID, and even in the winter. There’s something about what these two
create that people cannot get enough of. Although in the current pandemic climate, packing the house is off the radar. The food and passion Francois and Gilles have towards their craft can be palpably felt and enjoyed in every facet. “Food, you see, is my passion. And it’s all about the senses,” Gilles charismatically shared with a smile. “What you see, what you smell, what you touch, what you hear, and what you taste. Everything on the plate has an identity, it has to be sexy and tasty.” The attention to detail and importance to impress can most certainly be seen, tasted, smelt, and touched in every last bite. Dining at Le Citron is a culinary exploration for your palate, a proper party for your mouth. The menu boasts the most fanciful and spectacular worldly flavors, and offers the most heavenly, divine nightly seafo od, meat, or lamb specials. From homemade organic sprouted hummus, family-style Paella loaded with seafood varieties to Tagine—a traditional richly spiced, complex, savory, and sweet traditional Moroccan hot pot stew. Every presentation is artistry all in its own category. Although the food is out of this world, there’s nothing pretentious about a meal at Le Citron. The ambiance is casual and comfortable—perfect for any and all kinds of moods or evenings and right on pulse with O’side culture. Le Citron triumphs in serving delectably delicious world cuisine. In a time where travel may be limited, let Le Citron take you to another place. There’s nothing but an extravagant culinary journey going on here—one that delights, entices, and satisfies your every sense along the way. 52
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Owners Gilles Knafo and Francois Patanchon
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For this issue’s installment of “Beyond the O,” we feature one of our favorite new restaurants situated just outside of Oceanside—Smokin’ Bird. Opened last July, Smokin’ Bird is located off North Pico Avenue in Fallbrook. After moving his family there from Oceanside back in 2016, owner Chef Daniel Pundik (formerly Executive Chef of LTH) has now set his sights on creating some of the best barbeque in North County and beyond. Basically, Smokin Bird is a craft barbeque joint with comfort food. It’s driven by the nostalgia of Americana cuisine. They’re more influenced by all of the barbeque regions, as they’ve got a little bit of Texas, a little bit of the South, which would be the Georgia area, and Kansas City—there’s a little mix of everything from all the best BBQ places. For their sauces, they have a sweet heat barbeque, mustard barbeque, and an Alabama White barbeque. All are made in-house and are savory, sweet, and tangy—some of the best tasting sauces any welltraveled barbeque aficionado would appreciate. “We’ve incorporated produce from Cyclops Farms into our menu and we’re focusing on the turkey, the chicken wings, the half bird, and the fried chicken because we’re Smokin’ Bird. And then we’ll throw in things like brisket—you know, the traditional barbeque things and then do it our way,” explained Daniel. “We sell out most nights. We’ll open up for dinner and then sell out within three hours of being open. We have a 250-gallon smoker—so we can smoke only so many meats—and we’re working on getting a 500-gallon smoker this February, so we’ll be able to triple what we do and be able to stay open longer and do bigger parties.” Popular menu items include the Fried Chicken & Waffles, CAB sliced briskets that they slow cook
all day, Blackened Scottish Salmon off the grill, Smoked Turkey, Smoked Chicken Wings, Truffle Bacon Mac & Cheese, Smoked Half Birds (which is what a lot of people come for, along with the brisket), Cauliflower Burnt Ends, the Smoked Cheddar Jalapeno hot link, and, of course, their mouth-watery delicious Fried Chicken Lick’n sandwiches that this writer couldn’t get enough of. Prepare yourself to get completely filled to the rim, as their portions are massive. Thank you for this decadence, Daniel! Smokin’ Bird also does catering, and they offer holiday meals like their ever-popular Feed The Flock family meal that comes with three meats and three sides. They feature a catering menu on their website, so you can easily bring some Smokin’ Bird barbecue goodness to your party or event. “We’re burning local White Oak that comes from a guy right here in Fallbrook and it’s just myself, Eddie McCormick, and my family working here at Smokin’ Bird. Eddie’s here cooking with me here everyday, my wife and kids help out, and we just put a lot of love into this shit,” said Daniel. “I mean, I barbecue in my backyard—it’s something I love to do. It doesn’t feel like I’m going to work every day and cooking. I feel like I’m here in my backyard, starting a campfire in the morning, we’re getting the wood burning, and we’re there all day cooking. Come on out, we’ll greet you with a cold beer,” smiled Daniel. So if you’re hankerin’ for some good traditional style barbecue in a pretty sweet country-style setting, it’d be a good idea to hop in your ride with some friends and family and make the short scenic drive inland to get some of that quality downhome flavor. Smokin’ Bird is open Wednesday through Sunday at 4pm (get there early ’cause their birds sell out quick!). 54
Chef Daniel in his element.
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BAKERIES/DONUTS 101 BAGELS & SUBS 323 North Coast Hwy. (760) 421-6555 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
BEACHBREAK CAFÉ 1802 South Coast Hwy. (760) 439-6355 beachbreakcafe.net
IRINA’S BAR & GRILL 3375 Mission Ave. (760) 433-5086
BREAKFAST CLUB DINER 228 North Coast Hwy. (760) 722-3124
JUNKYARD GRILL & SPORTS BAR 3613 Ocean Ranch Blvd. (760) 231-6600
COME ON OVER CAFÉ 2405 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 201-3393
MISSION AVE. BAR & GRILL 711 Mission Ave. (760) 637–2222
THE BROKEN YOLK CAFE 2434 Vista Way (760) 967-9655
OSIDE SPORTSBAR & GRILL 113 South Coast Hwy. (760) 722-5968
THE BREAKFAST MUG 1401 South El Camino Real (760) 231-1010
PACIFIC COAST SPIRITS 404 South Coast Hwy. (760) 453-7150
BUCCANEER CAFÉ 1508 South Pacific Street (760) 966-1804
PCH SPORTS BAR & GRILL 1835 South Coast Hwy. (760) 721-3955
DON’S COUNTRY KITCHEN 1938 South Coast Hwy. (760) 722-7337
RED ROOSTER 1985 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 754-8383
ELENA'S CAFE FRENCH CREPES 511 Pier View Way (240) 644-3205
ROOKIE’S SPORTS GRILL 2216 South El Camino Real (760) 757-1123
GRANDMA’S RESTAURANT 3613 Ocean Ranch Blvd (760) 757-8777
TONY’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL 274 South Harbor Drive (760) 433-8466
HARBOR HOUSE CAFÉ 714 North Coast Hwy. (760) 722-2254
SAN LUIS REY BAKERY & RESTAURANT 490 North El Camino Real (760) 433-7242
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101 CAFÉ 631 South Coast Hwy. (760) 722-5220
FAT JOE’S O’SIDE 424 S Coast Hwy. (760) 722-5637
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THE DRAFT RESTAURANT & SPORTS BAR 4225 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 631-4700
LE CITRON 524 S Coast Hwy (760) 696-3737 MARY’S FAMILY RESTAURANT 307 North Coast Hwy. (760) 722-3052
GUAHAN GRILL 4259 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 806-4826
START FRESH CAFÉ 1034 South Coast Hwy. (760) 439-7940
PRIMO FOODS 606 Morse Street (760) 439-8711
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BREWERIES/TAP ROOMS BAGBY BEER COMPANY 601 South Coast Hwy.. (760) 270-9075 BARREL REPUBLIC 215 North Coast Hwy. (760) 435-0042 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 BREAKWATER BREWING 101 North Coast Hwy. (760) 433-6064 CRAFT COAST BREWING 275 Mission Ave. (760) 231-1432 KILOWATT BREWING OCEANSIDE TAPROOM & PROVISIONS 406 Mission Ave. (760) 231-1997 kilowatt.beer LEGACY BREWING CO. 363 Airport Road (760) 705-3221 NORTHERN PINE BREWING 326 N. Horne St. (760) 754-1434 OCEANSIDE BREWING COMPANY 312-314 Via Del Norte (760) 453-7900 POUR HOUSE 1903 South Coast Hwy. (760) 730-5944 STONE COMPANY STORE 310 North Tremont Street (760) 529-0002 TAP THAT 3207 Roymar Road Suite E (760) 433-4827 BURGERS ANGELO’S BURGERS 621 North Coast Hwy. (760) 757-5161 ANGELO’S BURGERS 1050 South Coast Hwy. (760) 757-4064
ANGELO’S BURGERS 2035 South Coast Hwy. (760) 757-4064
BROWN CUP 401 North Coast Hwy. (760) 231-7968
THE HABIT BURGER GRILL 2267 South El Camino Real (760) 433-3390
TZONE 318 Pier View Way (760) 299-5678
PAUL’S PLACE 3671 Mission Ave. (760) 721-0124
CAMP COFFEE COMPANY 101 N Cleveland Street (442) 266-2504
PIT STOP DINER 3825 Mission Ave. (760) 901-4299
CAPTAIN’S GROUNDS COFFEE 1832 South Coast Hwy. (760) 522-4271
RUBY’S DINER 1 Oceanside Pier (760) 433-7829 TY’S BURGER HOUSE 515 Mission Street (760) 757-5890 CHINESE CHIN’S SZECHWAN CUISINE 4140 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 631-4808 CHINA FUSION 4225 Oceanside Blvd (760) 726-8888 CHU’S QUIK WOK 815 College Blvd. (760) 726-7771 GREAT WOK OF CHINA 4635 Frazee Road (760) 439-8939 PICK UP STIX 125 Old Grove Road (760) 967-4081 QUIK WOK 2184 Vista Way (760) 439-2228 THE MANDARIN 1058 Mission Ave. (760) 439-0288 COFFEE/TEA
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 KONA HUT 1940 South Freeman Street (760) 757-7873 LIVING TEA BREWERY & TASTING ROOM 302 Wisconsin Ave (760) 231-9986 NAUTICAL BEAN COFFEE CO. 240 Harbor Drive South (760) 722-4851 PANELS COMIC BOOK COFFEE BAR 713 Mission Ave. Suite A (760) 696-3276 PIER VIEW COFFEE COMPANY 300 Pier View Way (760) 966-1150
ANGRY CHICKZ 612 Mission Ave.
IRINA’S BAR & GRILL 3375 Mission Ave. (760) 433-5086
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 Oceanside, CA 92054 (760) 688-9217 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 I LOVE BAGELS CAFE 4101 Avenida Del Oro (760) 216-6611 SUBMARINA 3809 Plaza Drive (760) 945-7840 Z-MARKET 3200 Mission Ave. (760) 967-2184 FILIPINO MISSION ASIAN MARKET 3320 Mission Avenue (760) 722-8024 GASTROPUB
BANANA DANG 115 South Coast Hwy. (760) 846-0162
SAN DIEGO COFFEE TEA & SPICE 1722 South Coast Hwy. (760) 439-8001
BLISS TEA & TREATS 301 Mission Ave. (442) 500-4796
STEEL MILL COFFEE 605 Mission Ave Oceanside, CA 92054
LOCAL TAP HOUSE 308 South Coast Hwy. (760) 547-1469
BLACK ROCK COFFEE BAR 1918 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 722-7133
TAPIOCA EXPRESS 2611 Vista Way (760) 722-8279
BOUND COFFEE COMPANY 2110 S Coast Hwy Suite C (442) 266-2259
REVOLUTION ROASTERS 1836 South Coast Hwy. (760) 529-9736
MASTERS KITCHEN AND COCKTAIL 208 South Coast Hwy. (760) 231-6278 mastersoceanside.com
FLYING PIG PUB & KITCHEN 626 South Tremont Street (760) 453-2940
ROSEWOOD KITCHEN 608 Mission Ave. (760) 231-5886
HAWAIIAN HOMESTYLE HAWAIIAN 1950 Oceanside Blvd. Suite R (760) 696-3030 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 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 LA MICHOACANA PLUS 1060 Mission Ave. (760) 696-3602 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
Bar & Restaurant Guide
KILLER PIZZA FROM MARS 3772 Mission Ave. (760) 722-6060
KAMPAI SUSHI 1906 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 757-1484
WU LAN RAMEN TAP HOUSE 4645 Frazee Road Suite F (760) 453-7526
KNOCKOUT PIZZA 401 Mission Ave. (760) 722-8888 kopizza.com
KYOTO'S JAPANESE MARKET 559 Greenbrier Drive (760) 757-5456
YUKIYA SUSHI 2415 Vista Way (760) 439-3283
MANGIA E BEVI 3613 Ocean Ranch Blvd. (760) 231-1225
LOVE BOAT SUSHI 125 Old Grove Road (760) 721-3737
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TURMERIC HUT 125 Old Grove Rd. Suite 4 (760) 470-3415 INDONESIAN DIJA MARA 232 S. Coast Hwy. (760) 231-5376
MOUNTAIN MIKE’S PIZZA 455 College Blvd. (760) 295-3121
THE PRIVATEER COAL FIRE PIZZA 1706 Pacific Coast Hwy. (760) 453-2500 theprivateercoalfirepizza.com
BENITO'S PIZZA CAFE 610 Mission Ave. (760) 721-3000
ROMA’S PIZZA & GRILL 617 North Redondo Drive (760) 757-2003
BEST PIZZA & BREW OCEANSIDE 1639 S Coast Hwy. (760) 435-1000
ROUND TABLE PIZZA 3440 Marron Road (760) 434-5977
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 (760) 757-4992 CARMINE’S 119 South Coast Hwy. (760) 966-6888 CUSIMANO’S PIZZERIA 3809 Plaza Drive (760) 414-1200 DOMINIC’S AT THE HARBOR RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA 268 Harbor Drive South (760) 754-1881 FUNK N GOOD PIZZA 209 North Tremont Street (760) 231-5173 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
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
THE POKI CAFE 3910 West Vista Way (760) 458-3986 POKI POKI 3480 Marron Road (760) 295-9086 POKI POKI #2 4140 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 295-4924
M. BBQ 2216 S El Camino Real (760) 433-1888 MR. BIBI 208 North Coast Hwy. (442) 266-8269 SONU BBQ 3744 Mission Ave. (760) 696-3686 MEDITERRANEAN
RISING SUN SUSHI 272 South Harbor Drive (760) 277-0582
MAAN’S MEDITERRANEAN GRILL 4259 Oceanside Blvd. Ste.107 (760) 726-2249
SUNSHINE POKE & SUSHI 224 North Coast Hwy. (760) 231-5481
SUNSHINE KITCHEN 1006 Mission Ave. (442) 222-1811 SUSHI4REEL 4750 Oceanside Blvd. Suite A-20 (760) 659-6784 TERI CAFÉ 2216 South El Camino Real (760) 722-8399 TERI CAFÉ II 3809 Plaza Drive (760) 945-8888 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
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 CARTE BLANCHE BISTRO & BAR 339 North Cleveland Street (760) 231-5370 CAFÉ ROSARITA 1816 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 722-6224 CARLITO’S CHICKEN 158 Roymar Road (760) 433-3427 CEJA’S MEXICAN DINER & GRILL 4259 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 945-2199
WICKED POKE 2401 Vista Way (760) 529-0774
COLIMA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT 404 Pier View Way (760) 439-4045
THE WHET NOODLE 1815 South Coast Hwy. (760) 453-2738
DE KOTIJA’S TACO SHOP 3504 College Blvd (760) 758-0399
WRENCH & RODENT SEABASSTROPUB 1815 South Coast Hwy. (760) 271-0531
DIEGO’S MEXICAN FOOD 1030 South Coast Hwy. (760) 721-1985
EL CHAPÍN 3753 Mission Ave. (760) 842-7683
ROBERTO’S TACO SHOP #13 518 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 757-2377
MARISCO’S ENSENADA 1405 South El Camino Real (760) 967-6024
EL MUNDO DE MARISCOS 3110 San Luis Rey Road (760) 754-8922
ROBERTO’S TACO SHOP 2983 Via Las Rosas (760) 433-5004
OCEANSIDE BROILER 1325 North Harbor Drive (760) 722-3474
FIESTA MEXICANA 3784 Mission Ave. (760) 757-9872
SAN LUIS REY BAKERY & RESTAURANT 490 North El Camino Real (760) 433-7242
TIN FISH OCEANSIDE 302 North The Strand (760) 966-0007
GOURMET TAMALES 3616 Ocean Ranch Blvd. (760) 439-3343 JALISCO CANTINA 213 North Coast Hwy. (760) 429-1679 JOHNNY MANANA’S 308 Mission Ave (760) 721-9999 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 EL PULPO LOKO 1906 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 547-5624 MARISCOS ENSENADA 1405 South El Camino Real (760) 967-6024 MI ASADOR MEXICAN AND SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 4750 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 806-6684 MIRAMAR FISH TACOS & BEER 41 Douglas Drive (760) 721-2147 PEDRO’S TACOS 656 Benet Road (760) 722-7221 POLLOS MARIA 125 Old Grove Road (760) 435-9071 pollosmaria.com
SANCHO'S TACOS 400 Mission Ave. (760) 231-8228
333 PACIFIC 333 North Pacific Street (760) 433-3333
SEÑOR GRUBBYS 311 N. Tremont St. (760) 721-6040 eatgrubbys.com
HUNTER STEAK HOUSE 1221 Vista Way (760) 433-2633 THAI
MARISCOS EL PULPO LOKO 1906 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 547-5624
CAFÉ DE THAI & SUSHI 4196 Oceanside Blvd. TONY’S FRESH MEXICAN FOOD (760) 945-5533 2983 Via Las Rosas OCEAN THAI (760) 433-5004 2455 Vista Way (760) 722-9779 VALERIE’S TACO SHOP 3617 Ocean Ranch Blvd. OCEAN THAI (760) 712-1296 3846 Mission Ave #A3 VALERIE'S TACO SHOP (760) 967-9901 1006 Mission Ave. RIM TALAY (760) 231-1824 508 Mission Ave (760) 435-2007 VALERIES TACO STAND 2213 S El Camino Real (760) 231-5458
SABAI SABAI THAI KITCHEN 1906 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 529-5597
SAVORY THAI 3829 Plaza Drive (760) 806-9606
PANCA PERUVIAN CUISINE & ROTISSERIE 1902 South Coast Hwy. (760) 722-3396
THAI THAI 4121 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 295-5445
SEAFOOD 333 PACIFIC 333 North Pacific Street (760) 433-3333
THAI GARDEN 4750 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 940-1009
HARBOR FISH & CHIPS 276 Harbor Drive South (760) 722-4977
THAI TABLE 1910 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 721-4850
HELLO BETTY FISH HOUSE 211 Mission Ave. (760) 722-1008
VEGAN EVE OCEANSIDE 507 North Coast Hwy. (760) 231-1052
JOE’S CRAB SHACK 314 Harbor Drive (760) 722-1345
THE PLOT 1733 South Coast Hwy. (442) 266-820 theplotrestaurant.com
LIGHTHOUSE OYSTER BAR & GRILL 262 Harbor Drive South (760) 433-1900 lighthouseoceanside.com 61
VIETNAMESE MR. PHO 4750 Oceanside Blvd. (760) 940-1306 PHO BOWL & GRILL 1006 Mission Ave. Ste. C (760) 453-2999 ND BANH MI 4160 Oceanside Blvd Ste. 169 (760) 726-4650. 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 MATTUCCI WINERY 3830 Oceanic Drive, Suite 407 (760) 305-8435 ORFILA VINEYARDS & WINERY 221 N Cleveland Street (760) 755-7040 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
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