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CONTENTS

THE ARTS & CULTURE ISSUE

DEPARTMENTS

THE GUIDE

4 Editor’s Note

36 DINING

Spring is in the air in S.D.!

Restaurants by cuisine and neighborhood

6 Hot Dates Carmen at San Diego Opera, Del Mar International Horse Show, spring festivals and more.

48 ENTERTAINMENT

64 30 Things We Love

52 ATTRACTIONS + MUSEUMS

Special events, festivals, concerts and performing arts

Theme parks, wineries, activities and exhibitions

Presidio Park picnics, spring break at the beach and more.

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The county’s best malls and major retail destinations

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Getting out, getting around and getting an insider’s look at the city

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11 Out + About Inside Theatre Box, home to a luxury cinema, Sugar Factory American Brasserie and more.

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Springtime in San Diego means many things. It means brilliantly blooming flowers, from Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to San Diego Botanic Garden to The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. It means my personal favorite spring event: Art Alive, April 12-14, when designers create art installations that mirror pieces from the San Diego Museum of Art’s permanent collection—made entirely

of flowers. It means the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance on April 14—a showcase of dozens of fully restored luxury and vintage cars at Ellen Browning Scripps Park. It means Chicano Park Day on April 20, celebrating Chicano culture, history and art—with Chicano Park’s 72 vibrant murals below the Coronado Bridge as the backdrop. It means the 35th annual Mission Federal ArtWalk, April 27-28, when more than 350 visual and performance artists and 120,000 visitors converge in Little Italy. It means EarthFair at Balboa Park on April 28—the largest free Earth Day celebration and environmental fair in the world. It means the Gator by the Bay Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival, which takes over Spanish Landing Park along the bay, May 9-12—packed with live music across seven stages, dancing and Cajun cuisine. It means San Diego Padres baseball at Petco Park in East Village. Should you find yourself a bit parched while you’re out exploring, stop for a fun wine tasting experience at an urban winery. Dozens of urban wineries and tasting rooms are sprinkled across the county; we picked 12 of our favorites (see p. 18). And, of course, San Diego’s dining scene is brimming with eateries offering true farm-tofork dishes that maximize our local spring produce. Vistal, a stunning new restaurant which overlooks the Embarcadero, is a great place to start. Details on all to follow in our lovely Spring issue. Happy exploring! —SARAH DAOUST

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HOT DATES Spring 2019

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

MARCH 16 ST. PATRICK’S DAY The party starts a day early at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival near Balboa Park featuring traditional dancers, a beer garden and Celtic Village. Then head to the Gaslamp for ShamROCK, with Irish rock bands, green beer and 40,000 square feet of Astroturf. p. 48

7 THINGS NOT TO BE MISSED 1 LATINO FILM FESTIVAL > MARCH 14-24 Highlights include at least 150 feature-length and short film screenings at AMC 18 Fashion Valley, guest filmmakers and actors, industry workshops and seminars, art exhibits and parties. p. 48

HERE FOR THE WEEKEND? Check out our Weekend Roundup at SoCalPulse.com for the up-to-the-minute lowdown on the coolest concerts, sporting events, festivals, art exhibits and restaurants.

2 BASEBALL > ONGOING Here’s to (hopefully) a winning season for the San Diego Padres. Catch a home game at Petco Park in downtown’s East Village, including the home opener against the San Francisco Giants on March 28. p. 48 3 SAN DIEGO CREW CLASSIC > APRIL 6-7 Around 4,400 athletes will compete in more than 100 races at Crown Point Shores on Mission Bay for the 46th annual regatta, with more than 25,000 spectators expected. p. 48

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4 DEL MAR NATIONAL HORSE SHOW > APRIL 16-MAY 5 It’s one of the more prestigious equestrian events in the Western U.S., featuring Western riding, dressage and hunter/jumper competitions; plus special events such as the Surfside Grand Prix on May 3. p. 48 5 CHICANO PARK DAY > APRIL 20 Take in Chicano history, culture and art at this National Historic Landmark (pictured at left)—housing 72 murals by artists in the 1970s and 1980s. p. 48 6 SAN DIEGO EARTHFAIR > APRIL 28 Balboa Park hosts the world’s largest free Earth Day celebration and environmental fair, drawing 60,000 visitors to its 300-plus exhibits. p. 48 7 SDCCU FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS > MAY 11 Head to North Park to peruse urban artwork by dozens of artists; plus live music, kids’ activities, a craft beer block, handmade jewelry and more p. 50

MAY 4-5 CINCO DE MAYO Head to the annual Old Town Fiesta Cinco de Mayo in historical Old Town to celebrate Mexican history, culture and cuisine—featuring historical re-enactments and live music. p. 48

MAY 9-12 GATOR BY THE BAY The annual Gator by the Bay Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival takes over Spanish Landing Park with 100-plus performances across seven stages; plus dance lessons, Cajun cooking demos, and cuisine ranging from boiled crawfish to beignets. p. 48

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MARCH 30; APRIL 2, 5 & 7 TURN UP THE HEAT

San Diego Opera presents Georges Bizet’s passionate, timeless masterpiece, Carmen, at the Civic Theatre. Ginger Costa-Jackson (pictured) sings the title role—portraying the fiery, seductive gypsy who callously breaks hearts and creates a firestorm of jealousy among the men in her wake. It’s a powerful drama set in classic Spain, with colorful, bold characters and staging to match. Tenor Robert Watson debuts as Carmen's jealous lover Don José, with baritone Scott Connor as the bullfighter Escamillo, and soprano Sarah Tucker as Don José’s jilted fiancée, Micaëla. p. 52

APRIL 14 INCREDIBLE CARS At Ellen Browning Scripps Park, the La Jolla Concours d'Elegance is one of the most popular Concours in the world. Automobile aficionados will swoon over dozens of fully restored luxury cars. p. 48


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DINING

Hush-hush The Far East meets West at the Convoy District’s clever new watering hole: Realm of the 52 Remedies—an Asian-inspired, 1920s-style speakeasy offering craft cocktails and Korean and Chinese-infused small plates. Designed by Michael Soriano, “the Realm” is tucked inside Common Theory gastropub. Step through a stark white room resembling a futuristic Asian apothecary, which leads guests through an enchanting corridor and unfolds into an opulent oasis of glittering silk lanterns, a glowing jade bar, private seating in the shape of a giant lotus flower, and earthy wood and foliage accents. The drink menu is sectioned by “Recipes for Your Ailments” with creative concoctions such as the Jade Empress and Troubled Empire; and “Modern Remedies Around the World.” Or go traditional with “Prescriptions From the Old Days,” offering classics such as the Manhattan. To eat: lobster croquettes, quail knots, fried eggplant with jalapeño, crispy sunchokes and local veggie crudite. 4805 Convoy St., Kearny Mesa, 858.256.0441


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Vistal's Passion Tea Collins cocktail and indoor/outdoor dining space.

BAYSIDE BUZZ Unbeatable bay views and beloved chefs form the foundation of Vistal, the much-anticipated culinary flagship of the new InterContinental San Diego hotel. Nestled on the third floor of the 400-room hotel, the spacious restaurant radiates a contemporary, oceanchic vibe—complete with a 30-seat bar, an expansive dining terrace overlooking the waterfront, a palette of light wood finishes and cool blue hues, and sea life-inspired artwork. In the kitchen, noted chefs Paul McCabe (Kitchen 1540) and Amy DiBiase (Tidal) have created a refined, seafood-heavy coastal menu, highlighted by hyper-local catches and produce (read: menu subject to change accordingly). Recent offerings have included pickled black cod, garlic-butter ahi belly, sheep’s milk ricotta gnudi with local lobster, Salmon Wellington and crispy-skin white sea bass. For an added treat, reserve the 14-seat chef’s table near the kitchen, which offers large exhibition windows—perfect for peeping the chefs working their magic. 901 Bayfront Court, third floor, downtown, 619.535.0485

Eagle Eye Another culinary foray anchored at the InterContinental San Diego hotel, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse is a $10 million, two-story stunner. It’s the upscale chain’s first San Diego location, and no expense was spared—from the jaw-dropping glass chandeliers and light fixtures, to the glass-enclosed wine wall, to the million-

dollar San Diego bay views from the upstairs dining room and ground-level dining patio. With Executive Chef Brian Christman helming the kitchen, expect a refined steakhouse experience—premium seafood, hand-cut steaks and sommelier-paired wines from a vast vino inventory. To start, the jumbo lump crab cake with Cajun-lobster cream

sauce is perfection; as is the seared wagyu beef carpaccio. Steaks include a 45-day dry-aged prime rib-eye and Japanese A5 wagyu. Or opt for broiled lobster tail carved tableside, Ora king salmon with crab hash, or the daily fresh catch. The warm banana bread pudding makes for a sweet finish. 901 Bayfront Court, Suite 105, 619.272.5060

Long-bone wagyu rib-eye at Del Frisco's

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Artsy Anniversary Mission Federal ArtWalk celebrates 35 years of making fine art accessible. What began as a modest art fair in 1984 has flourished into the largest fine art festival in Southern California—showcasing more than 350 local, national and international artists. Celebrating its 35th anniversary, Mission Federal ArtWalk will draw more than 120,000 locals and visitors to Little Italy, April 27-28, when artists will present every medium—painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry, glass, metal, woodwork, drawing and

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more. Guests can meet the artists and enjoy a host of festivities, including interactive art installations, street art, live music and dance performances, food vendors and kids’ activities. New this year, ArtWalk has partnered with Rerip— an outfit that repurposes surfboards—to create a fundraising art project for ArtWalk’s nonprofit partner ArtReach, which provides art education in schools across San Diego County. ArtWalk artists, along

with musician Jason Mraz, will transform surfboards provided by Rerip into works of art that will be auctioned off at the festival. Another highlight this year: the “Ocean Tunnel”—a 120-foot-long walkthrough tunnel at the Piazza della Famiglia, created by students at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Masterpieces abound this year. April 27-28, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., India Street, between Fir and Beech streets, Little Italy, artwalksandiego.org

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Clockwise from top: artist Carolyn Johnson's surfboard; 2018's event; sculptures on display; Jason Mraz's surfboard in progress; browsing art.


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NOW PLAYING Theatre Box adds some Hollywood movie magic—and a sugar rush—to the Gaslamp. A prime piece of Gaslamp Quarter real estate is buzzing once again. Shuttered in early 2016, the landmark movie theater long known locally as the Pacific Gaslamp 15 (and then Reading Cinemas) has reopened as Theatre Box—a stunning, 73,000-square-foot entertainment complex. Those who remember the old theater will be amazed by its monumental makeover. The modern venue looks and feels very “Hollywood glamor”—housing TCL Chinese Theatre’s first luxury dine-in cinema, with eight state-of-the-art movie theaters complete with reclining leather seats; Sugar Factory American Brasserie restaurant and bar; a candy shop with 450 types of confections; a gelato bar and cafe; and the Chocolate Lounge eatery and cocktail/dessert bar. (Opening late spring: rapper Pitbull’s iLov305 Rooftop Bar & Garden; and Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘N Out Sport Bar & Arcade.) True to its name, the 14,000square-foot Sugar Factory boasts a menu designed for the die-hard sweet tooth—themed cocktails and goblets rimmed with candy, “insane milkshakes,” sundaes, banana splits, hot chocolate and dessert coffee drinks, chocolate fondue and more.

For groups who really want to splurge: Sugar Factory’s famous King Kong Sundae, priced at $99, serves 12 people. It’s a true beast—made with a whopping 24 scoops of ice cream covered in dark chocolate, caramel and strawberry sauces; caramelized banana; marshmallows; chocolate chip cookie chunks; a whole glazed donut; a red velvet cupcake; white chocolate strawberry curls; gummy bears; Reese’s Pieces; Oreo cookie crumbs; rainbow and chocolate sprinkles; graham cracker crumbles; waffle cones; unicorn pops; candy necklaces; whipped cream; gummy cherries; and sparklers. There’s savory fare, too, including sliders, salads, gourmet sandwiches, “monster burgers,” entrees such as steak frites and chicken ‘n’ waffles; plus a full brunch menu served daily until 4 p.m. The Theatre Box cinemas—showing the latest mainstream movie releases—also feature dine-in food and cocktail menus. Afterward, enjoy an actual tower of brownies and a nightcap in the Chocolate Lounge. Willy Wonka has nothin’ on this whimsical den of decadence. Care for a milkchocolate-dipped Mudslide Martini, anyone? 701 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, theatrebox.com

Inside Sugar Factory American Basserie at Theatre Box in the Gaslamp Quarter


San Diego in Bloom

The county’s blossoming flora in springtime packs some serious flower power.

by Sarah Daoust


Spring has indeed sprung in America’s Finest City—where our parks and gardens come alive with some of the most stunning and diverse foliage in the U.S. We rounded up our favorite spots to stop and smell a rose … and thousands of other flowers, too.

/ Anza-Borrego Desert State Park / Winter rainfall transforms the park into a Technicolor oasis of blooming wildflowers

in spring; late March and early April are ideal to see them. Located approximately 60 miles east of Escondido, Anza-Borrego is the largest desert state park in California and the second largest state park in the U.S.—spanning 640,000 acres of hiking and biking trails, 500 miles of dirt roads, 12 wilderness areas, historical landmarks, natural preserves, paleontological sites, more than 4,500 cultural sites, camp-

grounds, canyons and caves. A visit to the park to hike the Palm Canyon Trail and see the spring wildflowers in full bloom makes for a lovely day trip. 200 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, parks.ca.gov/anzaborrego

/ Mission Trails Regional Park / With more than 7,200 acres, 65 miles of trails, and areas for rock climbing, mountain biking and camping, Mission Trails is

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Mission Gorge, Tierrasanta, San Carlos, Santee and La Mesa), 619.668.3281, mtrp.org

/ The Flower Fields / Last year alone, more than 260,000 locals and visitors explored this special pocket of North County. Roam along Carlsbad Ranch’s softly rolling hillsides, where 50 acres comprising more than 100 floral species—tecolote ranunculus flowers, orchids, roses, sweet pea blossoms and more—have sprouted up for their moment in the sun. Open daily from March 1 through May 12, the property also features landscaped display gardens, a sweet pea maze, flower-filled greenhouses offering gardening classes, cymbidium orchid and historical poinsettia displays, and a picnic area. A wedding stage—flanked by three separate themed gardens—can be booked

for romantic, storybook nuptials. Inside the ranch’s 200-seat reception hall, Paul Ecke Jr. Barn, check out the new Legacy of Colors video detailing the history of The Flower Fields. And keep an eye out for upcoming music festivals and after-hours events. 5704 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, theflowerfields.com

/ Balboa Park / The city’s 1,200-acre cultural hub (home to 17 museums and multiple performing arts venues) is brimming with enchanted gardens. Some of our favorites include the 12-acre Japanese Friendship Garden, whose cherry blossom trees bloom each spring; the impeccably manicured Alcazar Garden, with its maze-like rows and flower-trellised pergola; the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden, a 3-acre oasis of 1,600 roses and 130 varieties; and the

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the sixth largest municipally owned park in the U.S. and the largest in California. And, located just off Mission Gorge Road, the park’s location within city limits is truly dynamic. Some of its trails climb the rugged, boulder-strewn hills; some cut through one of the last expanses of natural grasslands in the San Diego area; some follow the stream that eventually becomes the San Diego River; and some pass by ancient flat rocks with the indentations of the morteros and metates used for centuries by the Kumeyaay Indians to grind their acorns and seeds. The park also includes the 1,593-foot-high Cowles Mountain, a cardio-workout trail with mountainto-ocean views for a reward at the summit. As for wildflowers? In springtime, find them everywhere you look. 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego (the park stretches between


Opposite: Ranunculus at The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch.

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Right: A floral interpretation of a painting at San Diego Museum of Art’s Art Alive. Below: Balboa Park in full bloom.

Botanical Building, which beckons with the park’s famous lily pond fronting it, and houses 2,100 permanent plants and seasonal flower displays. balboapark.org

/ Art Alive / See an iconic San Diego cultural hub in full bloom. One of the most anticipated museum events of the year, Art Alive at the San Diego Museum of Art returns for its 38th installment, April 12-14. In this nationally acclaimed annual floral exhibition, nearly 100 competing floral designers from SoCal and across the U.S. will transform works from the museum’s permanent art collection into stunning floral sculptures and installations, essentially creating an intricate and elaborate flower version of each artwork. This year, the museum’s rotunda will be overhauled into a one-of-a-

kind, flower-filled wonderland—courtesy of designer Jennifer McGarigle. Festivities also include the opening of the museum’s new photography exhibition, Alfred Eisenstaedt: Life and Legacy, on April 12; and the Bloom Bash on April 12, with flower-themed cocktails, bites by top local restaurants, live music and dancing. 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.232.7931, sdmart.org/artalive

/ Coronado Flower Show / This isn’t just any flower show; it’s the largest tented flower show in the U.S. and a Coronado tradition since 1922—comprising nearly an entire city block. This year’s theme is “Flower Power: A Look Back at 1969,” so expect retrothemed flower displays, floral competitions, demos, lectures, live music, food vendors, and a beer and wine garden. April 13, 1 to 5 p.m.;

and April 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Spreckels Park, Coronado, coronadoflowershow.com

/ San Diego Botanic Garden / Explore among 4 miles and 37 acres of gardens, trails, serene vistas, flowering trees and towering palms—with new foliage blooming year-round. The property is home to the largest bamboo collection in the U.S., the largest interactive children’s garden on the West Coast, a tropical rainforest, desert gardens, rare and endangered native California plants, a subtropical fruit garden, a handful of international gardens, and even an herb garden. The Botanic Garden also hosts composting workshops, cooking classes, birdwatching tours and special events such as its annual Chocolate Festival on May 11. 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, 760.436.3036 SPRING 2019 WHERE SAN DIEGO 15


URBAN [WINERY] OASIS GO WINE TASTING WITHOUT LEAVING TOWN AT THESE STYLISH WINERIES AND TASTING ROOMS.

by S A R A H D AO U S T


When it comes to imbibing, San Diego is all about its craft beer and cocktails. However, the

region is also prime wine territory. With Temecula wine country to the north and Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe wine region to the south, San Diego County is perfectly plunked in between with its own growing wine campus—now home to 115 wineries and counting. Day trips to the countrysides of Escondido, Julian and other rural pockets are always fun, but plenty of new and quaint urban wineries and tasting rooms are popping up countywide—allowing wine lovers to sniff,

swirl and sip without traveling too far. Find your favorite among the following dozen hotspots.

The garden patio of Carruth Cellars Wine Garden. Above, right: wine flights at FruitCraft.

While known for its popular outpost in Julian, we love the Clairemont location of Blue Door Urban Winery. The tasting room also houses a full production facility, where guests can witness—and even participate—in the winemaking process firsthand. Don’t miss: the house-made sangria. In North Park, Négociant Winery is a neighborhood gem, making its own craft wines onsite in an urban-industrial space. The tasting menu is heavy in reds, with an offering of guest wines, draft wines and even ciders. If you need a caffeine pick-me-up afterward, Grinds and Vine coffee shop is attached to the winery. Don’t miss: the 2015 malbec and the 2016 petite syrah. Urban winery Carruth Cellars offers tasting rooms in Carlsbad and Solana Beach, but our favorite is Carruth Cellars Wine Garden in Little Italy. Sip selections by the bottle, glass or flights of five tastings at this charming urban

oasis—complete with an indoor lounge and bar, and an outdoor garden patio. Carruth also pours craft beer and kombucha on tap. Don’t miss: the Bold & Beautiful cheese board and the 2017 Lake County sauvignon blanc. Also in Little Italy, Pali Wine Co. is a lovely urban wine bar and tasting room, specializing in chardonnay and pinot noir from the Central Coast. Chase a charcuterie board with a wine flight on the rooftop deck overlooking the neighborhood and offering peeks of the bay. Don’t miss: The Wine Spectator-hailed, 2016 Huntington pinot noir. Another favorite: Vino Carta, a casual wine bar and bottle shop focused on natural wines and boutique, family-run producers. Don’t miss: the 2017 Matthiasson rosé from Napa. In Hillcrest, FruitCraft is a kombuchery, cidery, meadery, distillery, modern winery and event space—all housed in an airy, contemporary building. Fruit is the

star of the operation, with wine flights from dry to sweet, plus craft beer, fruit-forward cocktails, “farm-to-glass” specials, small plates and more. Don’t miss: the “frosé of the day.” An award-winning winery in Ocean Beach? Yes. Welcome to Gianni Buonomo Vintners, owner/winemaker Keith Rolle’s 3,000-square-foot, converted antique store just two blocks from the beach. Sourcing its grapes from the Sierra foothills and Washington State, the winery has won numerous gold and double gold medals from U.S. and international competitions— most recently earning a spot on wine and food columnist Frank Mangio’s “Top 10 Wine Tastes of 2018” in The Coast News Group for its 2015 Charbono. Don’t miss: the six-taste wine flight and cheese plate, enjoyed in its charming tasting room outfitted in repurposed French Oak wine barrel heads and antique jewelry SPRING 2019 WHERE SAN DIEGO 17


cases renovated into tasting bars. Up in Oceanside, a stop by the new Orfila Vineyards & Winery Oceanside Tasting Room is a must. It’s the newest outpost for the 25-year-old vintner (whose vineyards and winery are located in Escondido)—a modern, sleek tasting room with industrial ceilings and hanging lightbulbs. Sample locally sourced small plates by Executive Chef Luke Morganstern, along with the Ambassador tasting where you can try eight wines and receive a logo glass. Don’t miss: Orfila’s

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popular Estate Lotus blend. In Leucadia, Solterra Winery & Kitchen is a full-service restaurant serving Mediterranean small plates and house-label wines on tap, sourced mainly from San Diego and Baja. The property comprises a 1,600-square-foot tasting room (originally built in 1957) and a 3,400-square-foot winery, plus outdoor seating, a fire pit and live music most weekends—making for a hip, coastal vibe. Don’t miss: any of Solterra’s “black label” or “mestizo” wines, which combine Northern Califor-

nia and Valle de Guadalupe fruit. In the heart of Escondido’s historical Vineyard District, BK Cellars Urban Winery & Tasting Lounge is a crystal chandelieradorned tasting lounge offering wine blending classes and social hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Don’t miss: BK Cellars’ house-made red wine sangria, available for $8 per glass on Sundays only. Have an ultra-modern, elegant wine tasting experience at Callaway Winery Wine Bar, open daily in the Gaslamp. Choose a signature flight of five current releases, or a library flight of three vintage wines—including Callaway’s flagship red blend and owner’s private reserve. Don’t miss: any of Callaway’s Rhone varietals or Rhone-style wines. In Bird Rock, LJ Crafted Wines is a straightforward tasting room that supports a zero-waste lifestyle. This means small-batch, high-end Napa and Sonoma wines served directly from the barrel and poured into reusable growlers to-go. Don’t miss: the 2017 Stewart Vineyard albariño white wine, paired with a trio of hummus and veggies. Cheers!

OPENING PHOTO: KEVIN CONNORS. ABOVE AND OPPOSITE: CARIN BABCOCK.

From top: Pali Wine Co.'s private tasting room; Blue Door Urban Winery. Opposite: Pali at night.


Details BK Cellars Urban Winery & Tasting Lounge 2225 Barham Drive, Suite D, Escondido, 760.270.9851 Blue Door Urban Winery 4060 Morena Blvd., Linda Vista, 858.274.4292 Callaway Winery Wine Bar 517 Fourth Ave., #101, Gaslamp Quarter, 619.478.0899 Carruth Cellars Wine Garden 2215 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 858.847.9463 FruitCraft 1477 University Ave., Hillcrest, 877.484.6282 Gianni Buonomo Vintners 4836 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach, 619.991.9911 LJ Crafted Wines 5621 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla, 858.551.8890 NĂŠgociant Winery 2419 El Cajon Blvd., North Park, 619.535.1747 Orfila Vineyards & Winery Oceanside Tasting Room 221 N. Cleveland St., Oceanside, 760.755.7040 Pali Wine Co. 2130 India St., Little Italy, 619.569.1300 Solterra Winery & Kitchen 934 N. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, 760.230.2970 Vino Carta 2161 India St., Little Italy, 619.564.6589


GASLAMP QUARTER

/ DOWNTOWN’S CORE / EAST VILLAGE / LITTLE ITALY / EMBARCADERO

DOWNTOWN

GASLAMP QUARTER Businessman Alonzo Erastus Horton envisioned San Diego as a bustling port city, and in 1867 he spent $264 for 800 acres he called “New Town.” Today, New Town is known as the historical Gaslamp Quarter, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2017. Comprising more than 16 square blocks, the Gaslamp stretches from Broadway to Harbor Drive (just north of the Convention Center), with Fourth, Fifth and Sixth avenues as its main thoroughfares. Anchoring the area’s northwest end is Horton Plaza, a small square with a bubbling fountain on the corner of Broadway and Fourth. The Gaslamp’s immaculately preserved Victorian-style buildings are home to dozens of restaurants, clubs, theaters and retailers. Several tour guides offer an insider’s look at the area, or explore on your own. If you start your exploration at the southern end of the Gaslamp, be sure to visit the Chuck Jones 20 SOCALPULSE.COM SPRING 2019

Gallery (232 Fifth Ave.) for cool animation art by emerging artists. Also check out the Art of Tim Cantor Gallery (527 Fourth Ave.) for a variety of one-of-akind conceptual art, oil paintings and writings; and National Geographic Fine Art Gallery (628 L St.). Shop for pre-owned luxury watches at Nikki & Co. Fine Jewelers (562 Fifth Ave.). Stop in locally owned Dolcetti (635 Fifth Ave.) for contemporary men’s and women’s clothing. For more shopping, venture farther up Fifth, where you’ll find retailers such as famed hat boutique Goorin Brothers (631 Fifth Ave.);

Quiksilver (470 Fifth Ave.); Gaslamp Artisan Market (599 Fifth Ave.), with wares by local artisans; and Bubbles Boutique (226 Fifth Ave.) for womenswear. Or make your way over to the brand-new luxury theater complex, Theatre Box (Fifth Avenue and G Street). The two-story, 73,000-square-foot venue comprises TCL Chinese Theatre’s first luxury dine-in cinema, with eight state-of-the-art movie theaters; the world-famous Sugar Factory American Brasserie; and the Chocolate Lounge, a dessertthemed eatery and cocktail bar. Further satisfy your sweet tooth

in Theatre Box’s retail area, stocking 450 types of confections. There’s also culture to be had nearby. San Diego Repertory Theatre performs on the Lyceum Theatre stage; and historical Balboa Theatre anchors the shopping center’s eastern edge, at Fourth Avenue and E Street. And stroll through Horton Plaza Park—featuring an amphitheater, vendors and art installations. Parking can be dicey in the Gaslamp; a garage is your best bet. Park It On Market is a 500-space garage at Market Street with entrances on Sixth and Seventh avenues (619.232.1271); while 6th & K Parkade offers 1,230 spots, with entrances on Sixth and Seventh avenues (619.233.3994). For more information, call the Gaslamp Quarter Association (619.233.5227).

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

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SWEET TOOTH From The Ellen Show to the Food Network to Forbes, chef Santiago Campa’s Donut Bar is nationally acclaimed for good reason. The downtown flagship is known for its decadent and daring (and always house-made) flavor combinations, offering 12 standard donuts daily; plus 65 rotating specialties and vegan options. Donut Bar plans to open 12 new stores in the next year. 631 B St., downtown, 619.255.6360

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


stocked with rare artwork, home wares, bath products, jewelry and gift items; as well as Vitreum (619 W. Fir St.), specializing in simple, elegant ceramics. On Cedar, Vocabulary (414 W. Cedar St.) is a chic boutique featuring emerging designers. Running parallel to India Street, Kettner Boulevard forms the spine of the art-and-design district. A gallery cluster near the corner of Kettner and Kalmia includes Subtext Gallery (2479 Kettner Blvd.), focused on lowbrow and graphic artists. Shop for vintage and modern furniture, art and home accents at @HOM (2310-B Kettner Blvd.). And pop into Kapreeza (1772 Kettner Blvd.), a European lingerie and swimwear shop. Foodies will enjoy roaming the popular Saturday morning Mercato farmers market on Cedar Street (619.233.3769).

Left to right: Downtown’s Waterfront Park; a Gaslamp Quarter light post; historical Balboa Theatre.

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

EAST VILLAGE Petco Park (100 Park Blvd.) and the Central Library (330 Park Blvd.) are major landmarks of this edgy neighborhood. Enjoy some open, green space at Fault Line Park (1433 Island Ave.). For some retail therapy, stop by 5&A Dime (828 G St.), which sells streetwear, shoes and hats for men; and Wild Dove Boutique (740 Market St.) for contemporary women’s fashions. The area’s burgeoning art scene includes a few notable out-

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

LITTLE ITALY A few blocks north of downtown, Little Italy is home to restaurants, galleries, boutiques and markets dotting the main drag, India Street. Highlights include M Winehouse (1918 India St.) wine bar and Ballast Point (2215 India St.) craft beer tasting room; a handful of galleries, such as Meyer Fine Art (2400 Kettner Blvd., #104), featuring contemporary art by renowned artists; and cool shops, including Little Apple (1980 Kettner Blvd., #60), selling women’s clothing. Take time to explore the streets branching off from India, too. The colorful cottages of the Fir Street Shops include Love & Aesthetics (621 W. Fir St.),

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BOTTOMS UP Try these stylish downtown watering holes for fabulous craft cocktails, beer and wine. Craft & Commerce/ False Idol 675 W. Beech St., Little Italy, 619.269.2202

EMBARCADERO Shop and dine at The Headquarters at Seaport, offering galleries and boutiques, such as CoCo Rose (789 W. Harbor Drive, #146), stocking beach and resort wear; and Seaport Village, with shops, eateries and galleries such as Wyland Galleries (855 W. Harbor Drive). Grab a cappuccino at Upstart Crow Bookstore & Coffeehouse (835-C W. Harbor Drive) and head for the Embarcadero Marina Park, which offers bike and jogging trails, basketball courts and picnicking. Continue north along the harbor to Broadway Pier and embark on sightseeing cruises and/or dinner excursions aboard the Hornblower (970 N. Harbor Drive), or catch the Coronado Ferry (1050 N. Harbor Drive). Make time to tour the retired USS Midway aircraft carrier and the floating Maritime Museum.

Fairweather 795 J St., East Village, 619.255.6507 The Lion’s Share 629 Kettner Blvd., Marina District, 619.564.6924 Noble Experiment 777 G St., East Village, 619.888.4713 The Nolen 453 Sixth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.796.6536 Route 29 644 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.235.8144 Top of the Hyatt Manchester Grand Hyatt, 1 Market Place, downtown, 619.232.1234 You & Yours Distilling Co. 1495 G St., East Village, 619.955.8755

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SHOPS & GALLERIES

/ ARTS & SCIENCE / GOLDEN TRIANGLE / RECREATION / TORREY PINES

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

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nature photos. Joseph Bellows Gallery (7661 Girard Ave.) mounts regular exhibitions of striking black-and-white photography. La Jolla Boulevard heads south out of the village toward Bird Rock, where worthwhile boutiques for cutting-edge threads for women include Shabby Chic (5651 La Jolla Blvd.) and Mimi & Red (5680 La Jolla Blvd.). Break for breakfast and fresh-ground coffee at Richard Walker’s Pancake House (909 Prospect St.), or pick up a loaf of freshly made bread at Wayfarer Bread & Pastry (5525 La Jolla Blvd.). The ‘hood of La Jolla Shores, just a short drive up Torrey Pines Road, is also worth a visit. The wide, flat beach is perfect for swimming and sunning, while the main drag, Avenida de la Playa, is lined with eateries and rental shops with surf and kayak gear.

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

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

The Stuart Collection, a group of site-specific outdoor artworks, adds to the artistic setting at UC San Diego. A 24-foot giant teddy bear made of boulders and a 560-foot-long “Snake Path” are among the works placed throughout the 1,200-acre campus. Just north of campus is the Salk Institute for Biological Studies (10010 N. Torrey Pines Road), an architectural masterpiece designed by Louis Kahn. The scientific research complex was named in honor of Dr. Jonas Salk, who discovered a vaccine for polio and later lived in La Jolla. Tours of campus architecture are available to the public (858.453.4100).

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CAMPUS CRUISIN’ While visiting La Jolla, stop by the UC San Diego campus to take in its grounds, artwork, architecture and ocean views. Of note: artist Mark Bradford’s sculpture, What Hath God Wrought, which is a new, 195-foot-tall addition to the Stuart Collection; the Geisel Library (pictured); the Scripps Institution of Oceanography overlooking Scripps Pier; and the Birch Aquarium. 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, ucsd.edu

(CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT) COURTESY LA PLAZA LA JOLLA, ASHOK SINHA, COURTESY CUSP, COURTESY UC SAN DIEGO

SHOPS & GALLERIES La Jolla’s stylish streets are lined with high-end boutiques, antique stores and art galleries. Prospect Street and Girard Avenue form the spines of the village shopping district, and hidden gems await on the side streets, including boutique stationery shop Sweet Paper (7660 Fay Ave.); and Las Manos del Artesano (7940 Herschel Ave.), a gallery with Latin American folk art. On Girard, La Plaza La Jolla (7863 Girard Ave.) is a fabulous luxury shopping center. We also love women’s apparel boutique Laura Gambucci (7655 Girard Ave.), a well-appointed spot run by Laura herself—offering designer clothing, accessories and shoes. Farther down Girard is Adelaide’s (7766 Girard Ave.), a fabulous floral shop that also sells candles, skin care and home accessories; as well as Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps (7463 Girard Ave.) and independent bookseller D.G. Wills (7461 Girard Ave.), stocking that rare first-edition. Back on Prospect Street, a slew of female-friendly stores

welcome shoppers, including locally designed swimwear shop Sauvage (1025 Prospect St.) and Robina (1261 Prospect St.), with chic women’s apparel and accessories. There’s also Westime (1227 Prospect St.), offering high-end designer watches for both men and women. Also be sure to check out We Olive (1158 Prospect St.), a wine and olive oil bar featuring olive oil tastings, unique gift ideas and an ocean-view back patio. The village is also home to many well-respected art galleries, whose collections range from landscape photography to Picasso canvases. A handful are clustered on Girard Avenue, making it easy to hop between them. Cosmopolitan Fine Arts (7932 Girard Ave.) showcases contemporary French impressionist paintings; and MANGELSEN: Images of Nature Gallery (7916 Girard Ave.) spotlights nature and wildlife photography by Thomas Mangelsen. Nearby, Ravean Aaron Gallery (1020 Prospect St.) houses surf and travel photography by Ravean Kretowicz; and National Geographic Fine Art Gallery (1205 Prospect St.) is home to stunning animal and


The Scottish salmon at Cusp

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

RECREATION La Jolla is paradise for adventureseeking ocean lovers. The Cove (1100 Coast Blvd.) hosts sightseers, swimmers, snorkelers and kayakers daily. To explore, visit La Jolla Kayak (2199 Avenida de la Playa) and Hike Bike Kayak (2222 Avenida de la Playa) for rentals and guided tours. La Jolla Shores (8200 Camino del Oro) has easy access for scuba divers. Windansea (6800 Neptune Place) is a great surfing break.

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

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

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

Brockton Villa 1235 Coast Blvd., La Jolla, 858.454.7393 Catania 7863 Girard Ave., La Jolla, 858.551.5105 Cusp Dining & Drinks 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, 858.551.3620 Duke’s La Jolla 1216 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.454.5888 Eddie V’s 1270 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.459.5500 George’s at the Cove 1250 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.454.4244

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

Marine Room 2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, 858.459.7222 The Med La Valencia Hotel, 1132 Prospect St., La Jolla, 855.818.6887

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CORONADO

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

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

CORONADO Coronado is an island with smalltown charm. Well, it’s not really an island, though many locals call it that. Coronado is actually an isthmus, attached to the mainland at the southern end of Silver Strand State Beach. Though driving there via the iconic Coronado Bridge is always a thrill, it’s also great fun to travel by sea. The Coronado/ San Diego Ferry leaves on the hour from downtown’s Broadway Pier between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. (619.234.4111), while San Diego Water Taxi offers on-call transportation around the bay from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (619.235.8294). Upon arrival, check out the shops at Coronado Ferry Landing (1201 First St.), then rent a bike at Pedego Electric Bikes (1132 First St.) to explore Coronado’s quaint side streets. Head south on the main drag of Orange Avenue to find an inviting retail district, with shops like Root 75 Flowers & Home (845 Orange Ave.); Coronado 24 SOCALPULSE.COM SPRING 2019

Taste of Oils (954 Orange Ave.) to sample gourmet olive oils and vinegars; and Blue Jeans and Bikinis (971 Orange Ave.) for clothing and swimwear. Pick up a new paperback at Bay Books (1029 Orange Ave.), and pop into The Attic (1011 Orange Ave.) for home accents and jewelry. Find more boutiques inside the storybook Hotel del Coronado (1500 Orange Ave.), opened in 1888 and a National Historic Landmark. For more on the town’s history, stop by the Coronado Museum of History and Art (1100 Orange Ave.). Other Coronado gems

include Wag’n Tails (945 Orange Ave.) for pet pampering and supplies; Art & Frames by Wood Gallery (936 Orange Ave.); and Emerald C Gallery (1331 Orange Ave.) for art inspiration. Catch a play at Lamb’s Players Theatre (1142 Orange Ave.), the area’s best ensemble outfit.

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

OCEAN BEACH & POINT LOMA “O.B.” for short, this neighborhood is truly one of San Diego’s most unique. It’s an endless summer of love and sense of community in O.B., an aggregation of aging hippies, surfers, bikers, artists, musicians and other free spirits. The main drag, Newport Avenue, smells of incense and has many shops catering to the O.B. lifestyle, and also cool spots like awardwinning winery Gianni Buonomo Vintners (4836 Newport Ave.). Music junkies will love the vintage vinyl at Cow Records (5040 Newport Ave.), while Galactic Comics (4981 Newport Ave.) is

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BUON APPETITO Find hearty North Italian cuisine at Primavera Ristorante, a quietly elegant eatery frequented for nearly 30 years by locals and Coronado visitors—who are treated like family by a personable staff. Dine on homemade antipasti, pastas, salads, osso buco Milanese, cioppino, panko-breaded pollo parmigiano, pancetta-wrapped scallops, and tiramisu for dessert. 932 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.435.0454

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San Diego’s beach cities epitomize quintessential SoCal; they’re diverse, laid-back and full of charm. Coronado is known for the historical Hotel Del and its pristine beaches; Ocean Beach is a fun, funky community of surfers and hippies; and Mission Bay offers outdoor recreation at its best. Take your pick.


& PACIFIC BEACH

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

heaven for graphic-novel fans. The Corner Store (4873 Newport Ave.) is home to shabby-chic furnishings, tea sets, vintage jewelry and home/garden treasures. Just off Newport, Noon Design Shop (4993 Niagara Ave.) has handmade letterpress cards and jewelry. Wind down the day with a stroll along the Ocean Beach Pier, or romp with the pooches at Ocean Beach Dog Beach. Nearby, Point Loma is home to Liberty Public Market (2820 Historic Decatur Road); the Arts District Liberty Station (2825 Dewey Road); and the Cabrillo National Monument and Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. The Cabrillo National Monument offers panoramic vistas stretching from San Diego to Mexico. There are also hiking trails, tidepools, a historical lighthouse, and museum exhibits about conquistador Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, the founder of San Diego.

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

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The best way to experience this area is to walk along the boardwalk, where people-watching is not just encouraged; it’s a must. If the nonstop parade of skateboarders, in-liners, bikers, joggers and walkers gets to be too much, walk across Mission Boulevard to the quieter bayside boardwalk. Garnet Avenue and Mission Boulevard form the backbone of this funky, retro retail district, which boasts dozens of small shops filled with surfing gear, swimsuits and casual wear. Begin the 10-block shopping stroll where the two main streets intersect, then head east. First order of business: Find that perfect bikini. Brazil Anna (954 Garnet Ave.) can help, with stylish swimwear and casual beachwear. For the rest of the outfit, try The Fabulous Rag Boutique (845 Garnet Ave.), a quaint shop on the main drag. Farther up Garnet Avenue is Pacific Beach Bike Shop (1815 Garnet Ave.), a neighborhood bicycle shop with rentals. Heading south brings you to Mission Beach, home to popular bikini and swimsuit emporium Gone Bananas (3785 Mission Blvd.).

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CORONADO MUSTS Spending a sunny day in Coronado? Be sure to visit these cool spots. Bluewater Boathouse Seafood Grill 1701 Strand Way, Coronado, 619.435.0155 Coronado Beach Ocean Boulevard, Coronado Coronado Cays Gondola Rides 503 Grand Caribe Causeway, Coronado, 619.429.6317 Coronado Ferry Landing 1201 First St., Coronado, 619.435.8895

MISSION BAY PARK Mission Bay Park is a 4,000-acre gathering spot to enjoy activities like running, biking, skating, kite-flying, sailing, stand-up paddle-boarding and boating. Several sportfishing charters depart daily from Mission Bay, and a variety of watercraft can be rented from nearby shops. The west side of the bay is also home to several resort hotels and world-renowned SeaWorld. Don’t miss the thrilling Shark Encounter and the Turtle Reef exhibition and ride.

Coronado Museum of History & Art 1100 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.435.7242 Hotel del Coronado 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.435.6611 Lamb’s Players Theatre 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.6000 Stake Chophouse 1309 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.522.0077

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HILLCREST

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

UPTOWN

HILLCREST The hub of Hillcrest, at the intersection of University and Fifth avenues, is always a buzzing, heavily trafficked scene throughout the day, with joggers, dog-walkers and coffeesippers crowding the sidewalks. It’s also San Diego’s official LGBT community and hosts the Pride Festival and Parade every July. Fabulous shopping begins at University and First avenues and runs 12 blocks to Park Boulevard. Find stylish travel accessories at Index Urban (3833 Fourth Ave.); art and handmade gifts at Creative Crossroads (502 University Ave.); and olive oils, vinegars, wines and more at Vom Fass (1050 University Ave.). Just off the main drag, you’ll find all manner of headgear at the Village Hat Shop (3821 Fourth Ave.). Leave time to peruse Bluestocking Books (3817 Fifth Ave.), whose rustic shelves are

lined with many out-of-print and rare tomes. By night, the area lights up with ethnic restaurants, bars and clubs, and an art-house movie theater, the Landmark (3965 Fifth Ave.). For a unique adventure, check out Escapism Puzzle Room (3919 Fourth Ave.).

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS & MISSION HILLS Northeast of Hillcrest on Park Boulevard lies adorably funky University Heights, home to ethnic eateries and fun shopping at places like Frock You (4121 Park Blvd.), a clothing store specializing in vintage fashion. University Heights also has an astonishing number of cafes for such a small neighborhood; we love the bohemian vibe at Twiggs Coffeehouse (4590 Park Blvd.). Presenting LGBT-themed productions, Diversionary Theatre (4545 Park Blvd.) is a local theatrical gem.

The streets of Mission Hills, northwest of Hillcrest, are lined with stately homes, quaint cafes and boutiques. Isabela (1111 Fort Stockton Drive) is an elegant skin care boutique; The Patio Express (928 Fort Stockton Drive) offers gourmet pantry items, home decor, and pet and garden products; and Maison en Provence (820 Fort Stockton Drive) is stocked with Frenchcountry home accessories. Presidio Park (619.692.4918) at the western edge of this neighborhood, is historically significant as the site of the first European settlement in California. Scenic trails lead to the neighboring Junípero Serra Museum. The museum, built in 1929, is a replica of the mission erected there in 1769.

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

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

SOUTH PARK About a mile south of University on 30th Street lies the quiet neighborhood known as South Park. Though largely residential, South Park has several great eateries and bars, and is an ideal place to shop for gifts while supporting local merchants. Favorite retailers in this area include South Park Dry Goods Co. (3010 Juniper St.), which stocks natural fiber yarns, gift items and handmade cards; Grafitti Beach (2220 Fern St.), with locally made clothing, home accents and gifts; Grant’s Marketplace (2953 Beech St.) for gourmet groceries; and South Bark Dog Wash (2037 30th St.), to pamper your canines.

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


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OLD TOWN STOPS As the historical heart of San Diego, Old Town was California’s first settlement, founded in 1769. Stop by these cool sites. Bazaar del Mundo 4133 Taylor St., Old Town, 619.296.3161 Cosmopolitan Hotel 2660 Calhoun St., Old Town, 619.297.1874 Cygnet Theatre 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, 619.337.1525

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

Heritage County Park 2454 Heritage Park Row, Old Town, 858.565.3600 Junipero Serra Museum 2727 Presidio Drive, Mission Hills, 619.232.6203 Mormon Battalion Historic Site

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2510 Juan St., Old Town, 619.298.3317

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Be transported to Paris, France by way of Patisserie Melanie, an adorable French pastry shop in Hillcrest. Owner/chef Melanie Dunn’s creations are handcrafted in tiny batches in her home kitchen above the shop. Sample croissants, macarons, tarts, confections, seasonal preserves and more; plus, a retail area stocks cookbooks and vintage kitchen wares. 3788 Park Blvd., Suite 4, Hillcrest, 619.677.2132

4002 Wallace St., Old Town, 619.220.5422 Whaley House 2476 San Diego Ave., Old Town, 619.297.7511

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DEL MAR

/ SOLANA BEACH / ENCINITAS / CARLSBAD

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

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

shaped like a half-cylinder), giving the ‘hood an artistic feel. Fuel up for your walking tour of the neighborhood at Claire’s (246 N. Cedros Ave.), across from the train station. It’s an ecoconscious cafe with preferred parking for electric and hybrid cars. This stretch of Cedros is also home to Susan Street Fine Art (200 N. Cedros Ave.), a contemporary art gallery, open by appointment only. Cross Lomas Santa Fe to explore South Cedros. We love Cedros Soles (143 S. Cedros Ave.) for footwear; HIS (also at 143 S. Cedros Ave.), a store geared toward the style-minded guy; Bixby & Ball (214 S. Cedros Ave.), with linens, home decor items and other coastal lifestyle accessories; Lotus (240 S. Cedros Ave.), a marketplace with 40-50 merchants; and chic women’s clothier Satori Designs (435 S. Cedros Ave., #103). Stop to smile at dogs and their humans coming and going at Muttropolis (227 S. Cedros Ave.), which sells premium pet supplies. You’ll also find hip home decor and art books at Solo (309 S. Cedros Ave.), and everything for the modern garden at

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

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

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

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ASIAN INFLUENCE Enjoy a sushi bar and ramen shop in one at Umami Japanese Restaurant. Blending Asian flavors with fresh, regional ingredients, the casual eatery serves traditional ramen bowls, Korean spicy seafood ramen, bao buns and sushi—including specialty rolls, sashimi, tempura and baked rolls, and vegetarian rolls. To drink: Japanese beer and sake. 251 North City Drive, #122, San Marcos, 760.410.4129

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DEL MAR Del Mar’s celebrity status began more than 80 years ago, when the oceanside paradise became the home of the Del Mar Racetrack (2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.). Celebs Bing Crosby and Pat O’Brien helped establish the track—and its track record for hosting the Hollywood elite at the Thoroughbred Club. Ava Gardner, W.C. Fields, Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Jimmy Durante and Mickey Rooney were among the regulars in the late 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s. Today, racing season runs from mid-July to early September (then returns for the month of November), but fun events are held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds year-round. Jimmy Durante Boulevard— named for the famous entertainer who lived in Del Mar—paves the way from the track to the heart of the village. The intersection of Camino Del Mar and 15th Street forms Del Mar’s center. The Del Mar Plaza has scenic fountains and sweeping ocean views, plus upscale shops, clothing boutiques and restaurants. There’s more retail along Del

Mar’s main street, Camino Del Mar, and the area can easily be covered on foot. The shopping district is lined with shops, including Carolyn’s (1310 Camino Del Mar), with designer resale items, plus cafes and eateries. Great shopping continues east of the fairgrounds at Flower Hill Promenade (2720 Via de la Valle); and at One Paseo (3745 Paseo Place), a new center with 96,000 square feet of stores, restaurants and tenants such as Salt & Straw and Soul Cycle. At the end of the day, head to Seagrove Park (Coast Boulevard at 15th Street) to enjoy a brilliant sunset overlooking the Pacific.


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

North Coast Highway 101 runs through sleepy Leucadia, where it’s easy to speed right by gems such as Lou’s Records (434 N. Coast Hwy. 101), with its selection of hip LPs and CDs; and, just off the main drag, Leucadia Cyclery (823 N. Vulcan Ave.), a quaint bicycle shop in business for more than three decades. A great cluster of shops is found at The Gold Coast (466 N. Coast Hwy. 101), whose tenants include Cielo hair salon and boutique. A short drive inland leads to San Diego Botanic Garden, showcasing 3,000 rare and exotic plants across 37 acres of gardens, trails, serene vistas, flowering trees and towering palms.

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

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park 200 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, 760.767.4205

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

Bernardo Winery 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte, Rancho Bernardo, 858.487.1866 California Center for the Arts, Escondido 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, 760.839.4138 Eagle Mining Co. 2320 C St., Julian, 760.765.0036 La Jolla Zip Zoom Ziplines 22000 CA-76, Pauma Valley, 760.742.3776 Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve 12020 Black Mountain Road, Carmel Valley, 619.525.8213 San Diego Zoo Safari Park 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, 760.747.8702

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ARTS & CULTURE

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

BALBOA PARK European and Byzantine art, including exquisite Russian religious paintings. The San Diego Art Institute’s Museum of the Living Artist presents exhibitions by contemporary local artists every four to six weeks, and the historical Spanish Village Art Center is a collection of 37 studios representing more than 200 artists working in media ranging from sculpture to blown glass; the charming courtyard setting evokes that of an Old World town square. Nestled between palm trees and botanical gardens, ornate Spanish Colonial buildings house many of the park’s museums and art exhibits. Several of the buildings were constructed as part of two world fairs: the PanamaCalifornia Exposition in 1915– 16, and the California-Pacific International Exposition in 1935–36. It can take more than one day to see and enjoy each museum, garden and attraction. The Visitors Center (619.239.0512) in the House of Hospitality offers the Explorer Pass, allowing admission to any of the park’s museums for one week. (Keep in mind some museums are closed on Mondays.) Deluxe packages include passes to the neighboring San Diego Zoo. Or go high-tech and let the park’s mobile app be your guide.

ARTS & CULTURE Performing arts abound in the park. A staple since 1935, The Old Globe theater presents superior theatrical talent with its world-renowned plays and musicals. Elsewhere in the park, the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre presents whimsical puppet shows, while the famous Spreckels Organ Pavilion houses the world’s largest outdoor pipe organ, with more than 5,000 pipes. Free concerts are offered on Sundays at 2 p.m. The park is also home to groups celebrating culture. The House of Pacific Relations International Cottages promotes the heritage of countries around the world by hosting open houses and weekend festivals. Neighboring WorldBeat Center uses art, music, dance and education to celebrate

African and indigenous cultures, while Centro Cultural de la Raza is a multidisciplinary center dedicated to the preservation of Chicano and Latino culture. The park has a vast array of institutions celebrating the visual arts, past and present. Known for its presentation of eclectic traveling exhibits, the San Diego Museum of Art also has a trove of Renaissance and Baroque-era works, plus a large Asian collection. The world-class Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) showcases compelling photography and presents films in its state-of-the-art theater. The Mingei International Museum (currently closed for renovations) is dedicated to folk art, craft and design from around the world, while the Timken Museum of Art is home to the Putnam Foundation’s renowned collection of

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SCIENCE & HISTORY Balboa Park’s many non-visual art museums are a huge draw for children, but most distinguish themselves by crafting exhibitions that also appeal to adult sensibilities. The San Diego Air and Space Museum salutes aviation with 68 original, reproduction and model airplanes and spacecraft. The Fleet Science Center has interactive science exhibitions and an IMAX Giant Dome theater. From antiques to hot rods, the San Diego Automotive Museum’s collection illustrates the evolution of the automobile. The vast San Diego Natural History Museum’s life-sized T-Rex skeleton, fossil exhibits and 3D theater let visitors explore the natural world—with a focus on Southern California and Baja—via exciting interactive and educational media.

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Spanning 1,200 acres of lush, beautifully landscaped terrain, Balboa Park is known as San Diego’s “crown jewel,” offering a variety of both cultural and outdoor recreation options for kids and adults alike, not to mention a verdant respite from the bustle of the city’s faster metropolitan pace.


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EAT SHEET Looking to grab a bite, a pint or cappuccino? Visit these dining and drinking outposts located in and close to the park. Albert’s Restaurant San Diego Zoo, 2920 Zoo Drive, 619.685.3200 Cucina Urbana 505 Laurel St., Bankers Hill, 619.239.2222 Extraordinary Desserts 2929 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill, 619.294.2132 Flight Path Grill San Diego Air & Space Museum, 2001 Pan American Plaza, 619.234.8291 Left to right: Museum of Man; elephants at San Diego Zoo; Botanical Building and lily pond.

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GREEN THUMB Springtime means gardens galore, and Balboa Park blooms into a verdant treasure trove of them. Palm Canyon is a favorite stop—a 2-acre tropical oasis comprising 450 palms and 58 different species. Also visit Desert Garden, spanning 2.5 acres and 1,300 different plants and cacti. There’s also the Old Cactus Garden, featuring African and Australian protea plants. balboapark.org/explore/gardens

Lady Carolyn’s Pub The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, 619.231.1941 Panama 66 San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, 619.696.1966 Parc Bistro-Brasserie 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill, 619.795.1501 The Prado at Balboa Park 1549 El Prado, 619.557.9441 The Tea Pavilion Japanese Friendship Garden, 2215 Pan American Plaza, 619.231.0048

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

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ATTRACTIONS & GARDENS The park’s major attraction is, of course, the 103-year-old San Diego Zoo, with some 4,000 rare and endangered species. Among the animal residents you’ll find the much-beloved meerkats, Asian and African elephants, monkeys, birds and more. Be sure to stop by Panda Canyon to say hello to all of the adorable giant pandas. After visiting the zoo, try your hand at the brass ring game from your perch atop a hand-carved pony on the Balboa Park Carousel. Both kids and grown-ups are welcome on the Balboa Park Miniature Railroad, which takes a three-minute, halfmile trip through 4 acres of the park. The park also features several gardens, a legacy left by its founding “mother,” botanist Kate Sessions. Complete with ornate fountains and colorful tiling, the Spanish-style Alcazar Garden, which abuts the Art Institute and Mingei Museum, blooms with 7,000 brilliantly colored annuals. The Japanese Friendship Garden features a Zen meditation garden and bonsai exhibit, while the sunken Zoro Garden has an interesting history: It was designed as a nudist colony during the 1935 California-Pacific International Exposition, but is now a habitat for monarch, sulfur and swallowtail butterflies. Also built for the Expo, the Old Cactus Garden has succulents and other exotic plants. With some 2,100 orchids, ferns, poinsettias and other plants, the striking Botanical Building is among the world’s largest lath structures; along with its gorgeous Lily Pond in front of the building, it’s one


PAUSE. TAKE A BREAK. RELAX. HAVE FUN. LAUGH. PLAY! of the park’s most photographed, scenic and romantic sites.

RECREATION From hiking and jogging to tennis and bocce ball, you’ll find it in the park. The Balboa Park Activity Center has facilities for badminton, table tennis, volleyball and more, while the Balboa Park Municipal Golf Course offers striking views of downtown and Coronado. At Texas and Upas streets, on the park’s northeast end, the Morley Field Sports Complex is a haven for disc golf fans and other sports nuts, boasting a velodrome, archery range and bocce court. Check in here for information on the many hike and bike trails through Florida Canyon, a popular workout spot for joggers. The nearby Balboa Tennis Club is open to the public, with 25 courts and a full-service pro shop, plus lessons and clinics. The dapper, white-clad members of the San Diego Lawn Bowling Club, which has been around for more than 75 years, play seven days a week near the corner of Sixth Avenue and Laurel Street. Visitors are welcome to join the fun and get a free lesson. There are also a few leash-free dog parks here, including one at Balboa Drive and El Prado, south of the Cabrillo Bridge, and another at Morley Field, northwest of the tennis courts. The park is among the most dog-friendly public recreational properties of its kind in the world. Expect to see dozens both on and off leash at every turn.

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DINING Several casual snack bars and coffee carts can be found throughout the park and inside certain museums. For a sit-down experience, try The Prado, whose lively, colorful interior and charming garden patio—not to mention delicious Latin American cuisine, refreshing salads and exotic South American cocktails—have made it a longtime local favorite. Another popular outpost, The Tea Pavilion at the Japanese Friendship Garden serves tea, noodles and sushi in a casual setting. Other park dining favorites include Lady Carolyn’s Pub located on the campus of The Old Globe theater; Flight Path Grill, an outdoor restaurant at the San Diego Air & Space Museum serving hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza and salads; and dog-friendly outdoor gastropub Panama 66, serving craft beer, cocktails and local fare at the San Diego Museum of Art. SPRING 2019 WHERE SAN DIEGO 33


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Just after Prohibition was repealed in 1933, the then-owner of the US Grant hotel, Baron Long, opened Rendezvous the Wonder Bar, which later shuttered. Now, Rendezvous has made a historic return as the 109-year-old hotel’s standalone bar and lounge. Capturing the nostalgia of its heyday, the cocktail den channels that of a vintage French speakeasy—outfitted in rich woods, book shelves, leather couches, oak barrels that double as cocktail tables, and a replica of the 1930s neon sign that once hung over the bar’s entrance. The ambiance is cozy and low-key, with touches of subtle elegance. On the drink menu: French wines, cleverly named punch bowls and specialty libations—such as Le Coq, Triangle Amoureux (pictured), The Sword of Excalibur, and Femme Fatale. And be sure to ask about the “Off the Record” menu. 326 Broadway, downtown, rendezvoussd.com


/ DINING AMERICAN BANKERS HILL BAR & RESTAURANT Mismatched antique chairs decorate this casual spot with an urbanindustrial vibe. A seasonal menu includes braised pork tacos, an excellent burger and their famous truffle fries. D (nightly), Br (Su). 2202 Fourth Ave., Bankers Hill, 619.231.0222. $$$ Map O16

Jenny and James Pyo, the restaurateurs behind Little Italy’s popular noodle and bun hub, Harumama, have opened an equally adorable second location in Carlsbad—seating just 25 on a covered patio. The restaurant puts whimsical spins on traditional Asian fare—serving ramen and other noodle dishes, teriyaki bowls, bao buns and steamed “character buns” in the shape of cartoon pigs, pandas, chickens and more—filled with such goodies as pork, chicken and purple potato. Our favorite dishes: the Me So Hot extra-spicy ramen with ground pork, Brussels sprouts and peanuts; and the creamy truffle udon noodle bowl with Parmesan, bacon, broccoli, edamame, crunchy onion and smoked paprika. Save room for the Nutella-filled Haru Kitty steamed bun. 2958 Madison St., Carlsbad, 760.720.7874

INDEX American........................36 Italian ..............................39

BROCKTON VILLA An 1894 cottage with a spectacular ocean view. Try the Coast Toast, a French toast soufflé from the breakfast menu. B, L, D (daily). 1235 Coast Blvd., La Jolla, 858.454.7393. $$ Map W19

Breakfast........................37 Japanese/Pacific Rim ...40

BROOKLYN GIRL EATERY This trendy neighborhood joint is known for its complimentary daily popcorn and urban Brooklyn pantry vibe. Try the gnocchi and short rib entree. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 4033 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills, 619.296.4600. $$$ Map M15

French ............................38 Steak ............................ 43

CAMPFIRE The striking indoor/outdoor restaurant features campground-inspired decor, wood-fired dishes and smoky craft cocktails. L (Tu-Su), D (nightly). 2725 State St., Carlsbad, 760.637.5121. $$$ Map T22

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Restaurants are listed by city on page 45. Map locators at the end of each listing (Map A3; Map H10, etc.) refer to maps on pages 60-63. Compendium includes editors’ recommendations and advertisers.

CHART HOUSE Seafood and steakhouse has picturesque coastline location with floor-to-ceiling windows. Indulge in hot chocolate lava cake for dessert. L, D (daily); Br (Su). 2588 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, 760.436.4044. $$$ Map W22 CLAIM JUMPER Saloon-style chain offers something for everyone—from Southern-style comfort dishes such as country-fried steak and chicken pot pie; to seafood, pasta, pizza, burgers, soups and salads. B (daily at new Wyndham San Diego Bayside location only); L, D (daily); Br (Su at La Mesa location and Sa-Su at Carmel Mountain). Visit claimjumper.com for addresses and more info. $$ CRAFT & COMMERCE Sip inventive craft cocktails at its taxidermy-adorned main bar or in its speakeasy-style tiki lounge, False Idol; or nosh on refined gastropub fare such as four-piece fried chicken in its cozy-chic library. D (nightly), L (Sa-Su). 675 W. Beech St., Little Italy, 619.269.2202. $$$ Map P15 CRAFTSMAN NEW AMERICAN TAVERN This stylish Encinitas watering hole serves up the Devil’s Free Range Chicken, deep-fried Brussels sprouts and Root Beer Cake. L (M-Sa), D (nightly), Br (Su). 267 El Camino Real, Encinitas, 760.452.2000. $$ Map V22 GARAGE KITCHEN + BAR This hip hangout housed in a historical building features a music motif and menu of craft cocktails and new American eats—including flatbreads, sandwiches, salads and entrees such as bone-in, sous vide short rib. Br (Sa-Su), D (nightly). 655 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.231.6700. $$ Map Q16 HERB & WOOD Dine on wood-fired dishes and sip oldschool cocktails inside Brian Malarkey’s sprawling warehouse-turned-chic hotspot. D (nightly), Br (Su). 2210 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619.955.8495. $$$$ Map P15 HERRINGBONE Expect farm-to-sea American dishes with global influences, craft cocktails and 100-yearold olive trees enhancing the decor inside this refined warehouse-style space. L (M-Sa), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 7837 Herschel Ave., La Jolla, 858.459.0221. $$$ Map W19 HODAD’S Renowned burger joint with fresh toppings, huge portions, onion rings, milkshakes and microbrews on tap. Try the double bacon cheeseburger if you dare. L, D (daily). 5010 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach, 619.224.4623, Map J8; 945 Broadway, downtown, 619.234.6323. $$ Map Q17

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HORNBLOWER CRUISES Celebrate a special occasion or surprise your sweetheart with a threehour dinner cruise aboard a luxury yacht along San Diego’s stunning waterfront. Enjoy a three-course meal, chilled sparkling wine and dancing. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 1800 N. Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, 619.686.8715. $$ Map Q14 JIMMY’S FAMOUS AMERICAN TAVERN Spicy California cheeseburgers and specialty cocktails served in a fun, casual bayside venue; outdoor patio offers great marina views. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 4990 N. Harbor Drive, Point Loma, 619.226.2103. $$ Map K9 KETTNER EXCHANGE Little Italy hotspot offers progressive American dishes such as big-eye tuna pizza and gluten-free gnocchi. Downstairs is a sumptuous space with a two-way fireplace; upstairs is a sprawling rooftop lounge. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 2001 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619.255.2001. $$$ Map P15 THE MED La Valencia’s Mediterranean-villa-style eatery features locally sourced, sustainable dishes such as baconwrapped trout, an ocean-view terrace and live music five days a week. B, D (daily); L (M-F); Br (Sa-Su). 1132 Prospect St., La Jolla, 855.818.6887. $$ Map W19 MISTER A’S Incredible 12th-floor views and romantic ambiance complemented by fresh, seasonal ingredients. Appetizers range from mac ‘n’ cheese to pan-seared scallops, plus an outstanding wine list. L (M–F), D (nightly), Br (Su). 2550 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill, 619.239.1377. $$$$ Map O16 NEIGHBORHOOD This gastropub is a bit snobbish about its condiments (you’ll find no ketchup here), but makes up for it with tasty gourmet burgers, hand-cut sweet potato fries and craft brews. L, D (daily). 777 G St., East Village, 619.446.0002. $$ Map Q16 RUSTIC ROOT Featuring seasonal New American cuisine, stylish decor, craft cocktails and an expansive rooftop bar, this Gaslamp hotspot boasts dishes like fried cornish hen and lobster pappardelle. D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su). 535 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.232.1747. $$$ Map Q16 SEARSUCKER At this sprawling hotspot, a bold menu ranges from a mammoth 32-ounce rib-eye to mini appetizer bites; plus craft cocktails. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 611 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.233.7327, Map Q16; 12995 El Camino Real, Del Mar, 858.369.5700. $$$ Map X22 SOLACE & THE MOONLIGHT LOUNGE The second eatery and bar by chef Matt Gordon, this North County favorite serves upscale comfort food with a focus on seafood. D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su). 25 East E St., Encinitas, 760.753.2433. $$$ Map W22

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DINING SLATER’S 50/50 Design your own gourmet burger, or choose from one of 10 specialty burgers, including the Peanut Butter & Jellousy burger with peanut butter, strawberry jelly and bacon. Signature patty is the 50/50 with ground beef and bacon. Plus craft beer and fun cocktails. L, D (daily). 2750 Dewey Road, #193, Point Loma, 619.398.2600. $$ Map J9 STACKED “Food well built” is the slogan at this innovative eatery where diners order their meal via an iPad at every table, allowing them to customize their own burger, sandwich, pizza, salad, mac ’n’ cheese and more. Plus, a full bar. L, D (daily). 7007 Friars Road, #356, Fashion Valley, 619.225.7900. $$ Map M16 URBAN SOLACE & BAR SOLACE Neighborhood joint features updated New American comfort cuisine and an intriguing wine, craft beer and cocktail list. Locals love the warm cheese biscuits and Sunday bluegrass brunch. B, D (daily). 3823 30th St., North Park, 619.295.6464. $$$ Map N17

BREAKFAST BEACH GRASS CAFE Breezy, casual-chic eatery by the beach serves up a health-conscious menu of granola, flapjacks, omelets, scrambles, salads and more. B, L, D (daily). 159 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Solana Beach, 858.509.0632. $$ Map X22 BREAKFAST REPUBLIC Breakfast-centric eatery serves fun spins on classic dishes, such as Oreo pancakes, s’mores French toast, breakfast hot dogs and turkey-meatball hash; plus breakfast cocktails and coffee drinks. B, L (daily). Locations throughout San Diego County. See website for addresses and contact info. breakfastrepublic.com. $$ CAFE 222 Locals line up in droves for Cafe 222’s quirky American cuisine and whimsical decor. Popular menu items include the peanut butter waffle with bananas at breakfast; tuna melts, salads and more at lunch. B, L (daily). 222 Island Ave., downtown, 619.236.9902. $ Map R15 THE COTTAGE Housed in a charming turn-of-thecentury home complete with a quaint garden patio. All the usual dishes for breakfast; sandwiches, salads and burgers at lunch. B, L (daily); D (Tu-Sa). 7702 Fay Ave., La Jolla, 858.454.8409. $ Map W19 HASH HOUSE A GO GO Huge portions of “twisted farm food” including egg scrambles, hashes and more. Housed in a rustic-urban bungalow with a quaint back patio. B, L (daily); D (Tu-Su). 3628 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest, 619.298.4646. $$ Map N16 ISABEL’S CANTINA This cool, casual spot serves healthconscious, bold-flavored Latin and Asian-influenced fare. For breakfast, try the soy-chorizo scramble or blackberrybanana pancakes. B, L (daily); D (Th-Sa). 966 Felspar St., Pacific Beach, 858.272.8400. $$ Map H7 THE MISSION Acclaimed local mini-chain is known for pancakes, French toast, smoothies, breakfast burritos and health-conscious Latin dishes. B, L (daily). 3795 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach, 858.488.9060, Map I8; 2801 University Ave., North Park, 619.220.8992, Map J12; 1250 J St., East Village, 619.232.7662. $ Map Q17 RICHARD WALKER’S PANCAKE HOUSE Family owned and operated institution offers a huge selection of mouthwatering flapjacks and gourmet breakfast and lunch fare. Favorites include oven-baked omelettes and the World Famous Baked Apple Pancake. B, L (daily). 520 Front St., downtown, 619.231.7777, Map Q15; 909 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.459.8800. $ Map W19 SNOOZE, AN A.M. EATERY This bright, energetic joint features breakfast and brunch faves like eggs Benedict, pancakes, French toast, cocktails, a fun coffee menu and a breakfast pot pie. B, L (daily). 3940 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest,

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DINING specials. Patio offers boardwalk and ocean views, plus fun people-watching. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 723 Felspar St., Pacific Beach, 858.270.5736. $$$ Map H7 JUNIPER & IVY Top Chef star Richard Blais oversees the modern Cali-American menu—from raw seafood, pastas and small plates, to prime strip loin and local chicken served with English pea gnocchi. D (nightly). 2228 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619.269.9036. $$$ Map P15 LEROY’S KITCHEN & LOUNGE Recognized for its farm-to-table fare, Leroy’s offers seafood, meat and pasta dishes. Favorites include miso-glazed swordfish and wild boar bolognese. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 1015 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.6087. $$ Map L11

Crispy pork at El Jardin

619.500.3344, Map N16; 3435 Del Mar Heights Road, Del Mar, 858.703.5300, Map X22; 8861 Villa La Jolla Drive, La Jolla, 858.483.5556. $$ Map W19

CALIFORNIA CUISINE CARNITAS’ SNACK SHACK This pork-centric eatery by Hanis Cavin serves smoky meat dishes, sandwiches, carnitas tacos, cocktails and soft-serve ice cream. 2632 University Ave., North Park, 619.294.7675, Map J12; 1004 N. Harbor Drive, downtown, 619.696.7675. $$ Map Q15 THE CRACK SHACK This hip outdoor eatery serves all-day chicken and egg dishes; plus a full bar and bocce court. B, L, D (daily). 407 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas, 760.230.2968, Map V22; 2266 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619.795.3299. $$$ Map P15 CUSP DINING & DRINKS Head 11 stories up at Hotel La Jolla for Mediterranean-influenced California cuisine and small plates overlooking the coastline. D (nightly), B (M-F), Br (Sa-Su). 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, 858.551.3620. $$$ Map V20 FIRESIDE BY THE PATIO The sprawling indoor/ outdoor eatery focuses on wood-fired, charcoalgrilled, globally inspired cuisine. Think flatbreads, salads, smoked chicken and pork rib entrees, and a yakitori menu. Great wine list and dog-friendly patio. L, D (daily). 2855 Perry Road, Bldg. 8, Point Loma, 619.432.2100. $$ Map J9 THE FLYING PIG PUB AND KITCHEN This foodieapproved restaurant features farm-to-table cuisine focused on Cali-American dishes. Think handmade pasta, organic salads and Duroc pork belly. D (nightly). 626 S. Tremont St., Oceanside, 760.453.2940. $$$ Map S22 GEORGE’S AT THE COVE La Jolla institution comprises three levels (from elegant to casual) of ocean views. Chef Trey Foshee creates seafood, steak and regional dishes. Mid-level bar is a great happy hour spot. L, D (daily). 1250 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.454.4244. $$$$ Map W19 GRANT GRILL Expect seasonal dishes with ingredients native to the region—jumbo diver scallops are a signature dish—while Jeff Josenhans crafts his mixology magic behind the bar, all housed inside the historical US Grant hotel. B, L, D (daily). 326 Broadway, downtown, 619.744.2077. $$$$ Map Q16 GREAT MAPLE This upscale “diner” serves comfort food and cocktails. Choose from salads, sandwiches, seafood, pasta, flatbread pizzas and maple-bacon doughnuts. B, L (M-F); D (Tu-Su); Br (Sa-Su). 1451 Washington St., Hillcrest, 619.255.2282, Map N17; 4545 La Jolla Village Drive, UTC, 858.886.7403. $$. Map T21 JRDN Hip restaurant and bar at Tower23 Hotel has steak and seafood dishes, plus a full raw bar and happy hour

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LUCE BAR & KITCHEN Cozy neighborhood restaurant features a seasonal California and Italian gastropub-style menu, with small plates for sharing, cheese and meat boards, artisanal pizzas and a signature burger. Plus, California-focused wine list, European beers and a daily happy hour 3-6 p.m. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su) 1959 Morena Blvd., Bay Park, 619.275.0321. $$ Map I10 MADISON Nosh on SoCal-Med cuisine inside a sleek, cedar-walled space with vaulted ceilings; plus a trendy bar and lounge with unique cocktails. D (Tu-Su), Br (SaSu). 4622 Park Blvd., University Heights, 619.269.6566. $$$ Map M17 MARINE ROOM Outstanding nouveau French-infused California cuisine such as crispy skin salmon and artisanal cheeses by chef Bernard Guillas in an unparalleled oceanfront location. Here, high tide means waves splashing against the windows. D (nightly). 2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, 858.459.7222. $$$$ Map W20 MARKET RESTAURANT + BAR Chef Carl Schroeder crafts modern cuisine using local produce, handmade cheeses and locally raised meat. Highlights include the blue cheese soufflé, market veggie tasting and Meyer lemon-cream crepes. D (nightly). 3702 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, 858.523.0007. $$$$ Map X22 MISS B’S COCONUT CLUB This laid-back hangout features an open-air bar, Caribbean-inspired fare and tropical cocktails. Try the curried coconut mussels and the jerk-rubbed chicken wings. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 3704 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach, 858.381.0855. $$ Map H7 NINE-TEN Award-winning chef Jason Knibb creates evolving California cuisine from local, organic ingredients. The Jamaican jerk pork belly appetizer and the braised short rib entree are highlights. B, L, D (daily). 910 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.964.5400. $$$ Map V19 THE PATIO ON GOLDFINCH Dog-friendly neighborhood spot features a glass-encased cheese cave and two “living walls.” Seasonal menu includes salads, flatbreads, seafood and meat dishes; as well as cocktails, global wines and local craft beers. B, L (M-F); D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su). 4020 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills, 619.501.5090. $$$ Map N15 THE PATIO ON LAMONT This popular neighborhood nook features craft cocktails, beer and a global menu of small plates, salads, flatbreads and entrees with California influences. Dogs welcome outside. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 4445 Lamont St., Pacific Beach, 858.412.4648. $$ Map H8 PREP KITCHEN LITTLE ITALY Its stylish second-story locale makes for a fab alternative to the area’s Italian eateries. Daily specials include the farmers market flatbread and scallops. D (nightly), L (M-F), Br (Sa-Su). 1660 India St., Little Italy, 619.398.8383. $$$ Map P15 STARLITE Dazzling interior design and a cool back patio complements sustainably farmed food and cocktails at this hip restaurant/bar. Don’t miss the burger on brioche and the signature Starlite Mule. D (nightly). 21+. 3175 India St., Midtown, 619.358.9766. $$ Map O15

WAYPOINT PUBLIC Laid-back gastropub features 100 international beers; a custom 30-tap system focused on West Coast craft brews; and comfort dishes such as the buttermilk-fried chicken and biscuit sandwich. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 3794 30th St., North Park, 619.255.8778. $$ Map J12 WHISKNLADLE Chef Ryan Johnston uses local organic ingredients in dishes like roasted bone marrow and chorizo-date fritters. Trendy bar and lounge area serves up exceptional craft cocktails. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 1044 Wall St., La Jolla, 858.551.7575. $$$ Map W19

CHINESE DEL MAR RENDEZVOUS Upscale Chinese bistro featuring entrees like Mongolian rack of lamb and steak Shangri-La, plus steamed dumplings and sauces made in-house. L (M-Sa), D (nightly). 1555 Camino Del Mar, #102, Del Mar, 858.755.2669. $$ Map X22 DUMPLING INN & SHANGHAI SALOON This popular eatery serves up some of the finest Chinese cuisine in the city. Menu standouts include the kung pao sea bass, shrimp chow mein, Szechuan pork and deepfried beef-curry dumplings; plus a full bar. L, D (TuSu). 4625 Convoy St., Kearny Mesa, 858.268.9638. $$ Map R16 JASMINE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Popular for dim sum, this casual spot also serves Hong Kong-style seafood, duck and barbecue entrees. L, D (daily). 4609 Convoy St., Kearny Mesa, 858.268.0888. $$ Map G11 SHAN XI MAGIC KITCHEN Dine on authentic Chinese dishes, barbecue meats, handmade noodles and dumplings inside this bustling, modern eatery. L, D (daily). 4344 Convoy St., Kearny Mesa, 858.565.2688. $$ Map G11

FRENCH ADDISON Executive Chef William Bradley creates delectable, elegant dishes from local ingredients at this ultra-fine-dining restaurant at Fairmont Grand Del Mar. It’s the only AAA Five Diamond Restaurant and Forbes Five-Star Restaurant in SoCal. D (Tu-Sa). 5200 Grand Del Mar Way, Del Mar, 858.314.1900. $$$$ Map X22 BLEU BOHEME Kensington’s charming bistro, with its candlelit rooms and Old-World European ambiance, is known for its traditional French fare—including mussels, coq au vin and boeuf bourguignon. L, D (daily). 4090 Adams Ave., Kensington, 619.255.4167. $$$ Map I12 BO-BEAU KITCHEN Classic French dishes (boeuf bourguignon, chicken fricasse)—along with craft cocktails and French wines—are served in a cozy and inviting bohemian atmosphere. Great spot for conversation and date nights. D (nightly). 4996 W. Point Loma Blvd., Ocean Beach, 619.224.2884, Map J8; 1027 University Ave., Hillcrest, 619.481.5033. $$$ Map N17 THE FRENCH GOURMET This quaint restaurant, bakery and wine shop serves California-influenced French cuisine. Entrees include duck confit, rack of lamb and vegetarian ratatouille. Visit the bakery for to-go sandwiches, cheese, charcuterie and desserts. B, L (daily); D (Tu-Sa). 960 Turquoise St., Pacific Beach, 858.488.1725. $$ Map H8 MILLE FLEURS Bertrand Hug’s romantic, fine-dining restaurant is a classic date spot. The cuisine is creative, updated French/California (think: escargot and whole Dover sole meunière); plus an outstanding wine list. L (Tu–F), D (nightly). 6009 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe, 858.756.3085. $$$$ Map W23 PAMPLEMOUSSE GRILLE Chef Jeffrey Strauss presents a country-French–influenced American menu in a quirky, casually elegant setting near the racetrack. Don’t miss the basil-roasted sea bass with sauteed rock shrimp and a polenta cake. L (F), D (nightly). 514 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, 858.792.9090. $$$$ Map W22


DINING PARC BISTRO-BRASSERIE Dine on exceptional, refined French dishes and seafood inside this elegant neighborhood bistro that blends Old-World charm with contemporary touches. Standouts include the escargot and duck confit. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill, 619.795.150. $$$ Map P16 THE SMOKING GOAT This cozy neighborhood bistro serves up French and American cuisine with a countryside flair. Expect such dishes as the Berkshire pork chop, steak frites and its famous duck fat truffle fries. D (Tu-Su). 3408 30th St., North Park, 619.955.5295. $$$ Map J12

INTERNATIONAL CAFE SEVILLA A celebrated staple of the Gaslamp, Cafe Sevilla still serves up the same Spanish tapas, seafood specialties, and flamenco and salsa lessons that have made it a longtime locals’ favorite. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 353 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.233.5979. $$$ Map R16 INDIGO GRILL The popular Cohn Group restaurant features a Latin-inspired menu that includes unique offerings such as achiote-marinated prime flat iron steak and “Flaming Hot Cheetos,” made with pig ears and cotija cheese. Plus an outdoor patio along India Street. D (nightly). 1536 India St., Little Italy, 619.234.6802. $$$ Map P15 LOTUS THAI Elegant bamboo decor and modern Thai cuisine, with authentic dishes from Bangkok, Chiang Mai and northern Thailand. Specialties include Choo Chee pork chops and roasted half-duck curry. L (M-F), D (nightly). 3761 Sixth Ave., Hillcrest, 619.299.8272, Map N16; 906 Market St., East Village, 619.595.0115. $$ Map Q17 THE PRADO Its dramatic garden patio is lovely, and the eclectic American menu is spiked with Latin/Italian flair. Try the lobster bucatini and the chicken and gnocchi dumplings with bacon. L (daily), D (Tu-Su). 1549 El Prado, House of Hospitality, Balboa Park, 619.557.9441. $$$ Map O17 Q’ERO RESTAURANT A cozy Peruvian restaurant featuring regional classics such as lomo saltado and the signature beverage, chicha morada, made from purple corn. L, D (W-Sa). 564 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, 760.753.9050. $$ Map V22 QUEENSTOWN PUBLIC HOUSE Salads, burgers and fish ‘n’ chips rule the menu at this New Zealand-inspired eatery, featuring a charming dining porch and dog-friendly dining lawn and patio. Weekend brunch includes chicken ’n’ waffles. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 1557 Columbia St., Little Italy, 619.546.0444. $$ Map P15 REI DO GADO Brazilian-style steakhouse serves succulent mesquite-cooked beef and pork, brought tableside on skewers until you tell them to stop. L, D (daily). 939 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.702.8464. $$$ Map Q16 SOLTAN BANOO Eclectic, casual Persian eatery features authentic lamb, beef, vegetarian and curry dishes with fragrant basmati rice; plus kebabs. L, D (daily). 4645 Park Blvd., University Heights, 619.298.2801. $$ Map M18 TAPAS & BEERS Relaxed, casual space features a Mediterranean-inspired menu of small plates ideal for sharing— cured meats, crostini, hummus—plus flatbreads, sandwiches, salads and paella. To drink, enjoy a glass of wine or local craft beer. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 926 Broadway Circle, downtown, 619.564.7255. $$ Map Q16

ITALIAN ALEXANDER’S Romantic neighborhood eatery known for its darling back patio, white-on-white decor, traditional pasta dishes and its White Room pizza with chicken and pesto. D (nightly). 3391 30th St., North Park, 619.281.2539. $$ Map J12

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tossed pizzas baked in a stone wood-burning oven; plus pastas, antipasti and boutique wines. L, D (Tu-Su). 1526 India St., Little Italy, 619.255.4230, Map P15; 7734 Girard Ave., La Jolla, 858.412.5566. $$$ Map W19 JACK & GIULIO’S Known for its scampi, spaghetti and meatballs, and other traditional dishes, this Old Town Italian spot is a locals’ favorite. Excellent wines for pairing. D (nightly). 2391 San Diego Ave., Old Town, 619.294.2074. $$$ Map N14 MARETALIA Modern coastal Italian menu offers fresh, local seafood, housemade pasta, filet mignon and shareable plates such as lobster-stuffed squash blossoms and fig and goat cheese bruschetta. Daily happy hour 4-6:30. D (daily). 1300 Orange Ave., #200, Coronado, 619.522.0946. $$$ Map L10

ARRIVEDERCI Charming Hillcrest restaurant with sidewalk seating draws locals for its daily gnocchi. Sandwiches, pizzas, salads and wines also available. L, D (daily). 3845 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest, 619.299.6282. $$$ Map N16 BARBUSA The stylishly modern trattoria is owned by the Busalacchi family. Feast on updated Sicilian classics such as stuffed risotto balls, pastas, pizzas, seasonal cocktails and Nutella-banana tiramisu for dessert. L, D (daily). 1917 India St., Little Italy, 619.238.1917. $$$ Map P15 BENCOTTO This mod spot in the Q building earns raves for simple but well-executed create-your-own pasta dishes and other Italian specialities. L, D (Tu-Su). 750 W. Fir St., Little Italy, 619.450.4786. $$$ Map P15 BUONA FORCHETTA The wood-fired oven named “Sofia” takes center stage at this cozy corner eatery known for its traditional Neapolitan pizza, house-made pastas and tiramisu. Don’t miss the “pasta of the day” special. L (Sa-Su), D (nightly). 3001 Beech St., South Park, 619.381.4844. $$ Map K12 BUON APPETITO Sample rustic Italian cuisine made from scratch—ranging from pasta dishes to grilled swordfish—inside this intimate trattoria or on its bustling sidewalk patio. L, D (daily). 1609 India St., Little Italy, 619.238.9880. $$$ Map P15 CATANIA COASTAL ITALIAN Enjoy authentic coastal Italian fare and 180-degree ocean views. The menu features salads, small plates, wood-fired pizzas, pastas and entrees like whole-roasted branzino. Save room for the semifreddo for dessert. L, D (daily). 7863 Girard Ave., #301, La Jolla, 858.551.5105. $$$ Map W19 CIVICO 1845 Contemporary Italian bistro features a warm decor clad with reclaimed wood, a patio, handmade pastas and traditional entrees; plus a separate all-vegan menu. L, D (daily). 1845 India St., Little Italy, 619.431.5990. $$ Map P15 CUCINA ENOTECA Located at Flower Hill Promenade, the stylish eatery features a rooftop patio and a Cali-Italian menu with antipasti, salads, pastas and artisanal pizzas; plus a retail wine shop. L (Tu-Su), D (nightly). 2730 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, 858.704.4500. $$$ Map X22 CUCINA URBANA Crowded, chic hotspot features house-made pastas, pizzas, farm-to-table dishes, houseinfused cocktails and wine shop. L (Tu-F), D (nightly). 505 Laurel St., Bankers Hill, 619.239.2222. $$$ Map O16 DAVANTI ENOTECA Lively hotspot serves rustic Italian shareable plates like mascarpone polenta, plus pasta, pizza and salumi. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 1655 India St., Little Italy, 619.237.9606, Map P15; 12955 El Camino Real, Del Mar, 858.519.5060. $$$ Map X22 ISOLA PIZZA BAR Casually elegant restaurant and bar featuring a romantic back patio, sidewalk patio and hand-

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MONELLO The vibe is casual-glam, with the menu focusing on authentic Milanese street food—pizzas, flatbreads, gelato, a daily aperitivo from 4-7 p.m. with hosted nibbles from the chef, and its signature vermouth. L (Tu-F); D (Tu-Su); Br (Sa-Su). 750 W. Fir St., Little Italy, 619.501.0030. $$$ Map P15 OFFICINE BUONA FORCHETTA Sister location of the popular South Park neighborhood restaurant serves up its famous wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, calzones, salads and house-made pastas. Family-friendly outdoor patio features a playground for kids. L, D (daily). 2865 Sims Road, Point Loma, 619.548.5770. $$ Map J9

JAPANESE/PACIFIC RIM AZUKI SUSHI Seemingly a hole in the wall from the street view, but inside lies a charming eatery and sushi bar with an airy back patio. Excellent, expertly prepared sushi and specialty rolls. L (M-F), D (nightly). 2321 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill, 619.238.4760. $$$ Map O16 BALI HAI Tiki oasis has a Polynesian menu, featuring Korean barbecue ribs and wok-fried whole striped bass, plus fabulous bay views and stiff mai tais. L (M-Sa), D (nightly), Br (Su). 2230 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island, 619.222.1181. $$$ Map K9 BLUE OCEAN ROBATA & SUSHI BAR Modern design meets Japanese cuisine. Yakitori-skewered proteins and veggies are charcoal-fired on a robata grill; plus sushi and Japanese whiskey. L (M-Sa), D (nightly). 2958 Madison St., Carlsbad, 760.434.4959. $$$ Map T22 BLUE SMOKE SUSHI LOUNGE Fashion Valley Mall’s stylish eatery features signature sushi rolls and tapas-style Japanese dishes in a modern dining environment; plus wine, beer and sake. L, D (daily). 7007 Friars Road, #336, Fashion Valley, 619.291.7711. $$ Map M16 HARNEY SUSHI Find award-winning sushi and specialty rolls with a molecular gastronomy twist at this groovy local mini-chain, where live DJs spin nightly. L (M-F), D (nightly). 3964 Harney St., Old Town, 619.295.3272, Map J10; 301 Mission Ave., Oceanside, 760.967.1820. $$ Map S22

OLD VENICE Local favorite boasts candlelit atmosphere and romantic courtyard, white-on-white decor and classic Italian cuisine with Mediterranean flavors. Enjoy dishes like the spicy Roma shrimp and chicken picatta. L (M–Sa), D (nightly). 2910 Canon St., Point Loma, 619.222.5888. $$$ Map K8

NOBU The hotspot at Hard Rock Hotel by the renowned Nobu Matsuhisa serves authentic sushi, the chef’s famous jalapeño-yellowtail sashimi and excellent miso black cod. D (nightly). 207 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.814.4124. $$$$ Map Q16

OSTERIA PANEVINO This casual, Tuscan-inspired eatery conjures the sights, sounds and smells of the Old World right in the heart of the Gaslamp, and features rustic, farmhouse ambiance, a lengthy wine list and house-made bread and pastas. L, D (daily). 722 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.595.7959. $$ Map Q16

ROY’S High-end chain serves chef Roy Yamaguchi’s Hawaiian-fusion fare—including steak, seafood and sushi—in a contemporary setting. L, D (daily). 8670 Genesee Ave., La Jolla, 858.455.1616, Map T21; Marriott Hotel, 333 W. Harbor Drive, Marina District, 619.239.7697. $$$ Map Q15

PIATTI Delicious pastas, pizza made from a stone-hearth oven and other Italian faves near the ocean in La Jolla Shores. L, D (daily); Br (Sa–Su). 2182 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla, 858.454.1589. $$$ Map V20

ZENBU Innovative sushi rolls and sashimi crafted from line-caught fish brought in by the owner’s personal fleet of fishing boats. D (nightly). 2003 San Elijo Ave., Cardiff-bythe-Sea, 760.633.2223. $$$ Map W22

TRATTORIA I TRULLI Superb pasta and sauces in a rustic setting featuring more than 100 wines. The creme brulee shouldn’t be missed. L, D (daily). 830 S. Coast Hwy. 101, #100, Encinitas, 760.943.6800. $$ Map V22 VIGILUCCI’S CUCINA ITALIANA Bustling Italian bistro nestled in the heart of Carlsbad Village serves everything from pasta to veal to seafood; plus an outdoor patio. L, D (daily). 2943 State St., Carlsbad, 760.434.2500. $$$ Map T22 VIGILUCCI’S GOURMET MARKET & CATERING One part cafe and one part gourmet Italian market, this charming nook offers boutique wines, salami, cheeses, customized antipasti trays, hot and cold panini, homemade lasagna and daily lunch specials. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (M-Sa); 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Su). 2943 State St., #102, Carlsbad, 760.720.0188. $$ Map T22

MEXICAN/SOUTHWESTERN BARRIO STAR Trendy eatery serves up healthful Latin American-influenced dishes with organic, local ingredients—including tacos, bowls with “power rice,” tortilla soup and chipotle chicken wings; plus, margarita tasting flights. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 2706 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill, 619.501.7827. $$ Map O16 CAFE COYOTE Choose from more than 100 tequilas in your margarita to wash down the enchiladas suizas and addictive tortilla chips. B, L, D (daily). 2461 San Diego Ave., Old Town, 619.291.4695. $$ Map M14 CASA GUADALAJARA Bazaar del Mundo’s awardwinning Mexican restaurant and cantina features a colorful outdoor patio, giant margaritas, live mariachi music and some of the best enchiladas and flautas in town. L, D (daily). 4105 Taylor St., Old Town, 619.295.5111. $$ Map M13

VIGILUCCI’S TRATTORIA ITALIANA This quaint Italian eatery is known for its homemade pasta dishes, prime steaks, fresh seafood and pizza—featuring an authentic Florentine wood-burning brick oven. L, D (daily). 530 N. Coast Hwy. 101, Leucadia, 760.634.2365. $$$ Map V2

COASTERRA The stars are its massive waterfront dining deck and regional Mexican cuisine. Bar offers more than 100 tequilas and a dozen mezcal infusions. L, D (daily). 880 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island, 619.814.1300. $$$ Map J10

VIVACE Marvelous Northern Italian cuisine with a California twist made fresh using organic ingredients at this gorgeous restaurant at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort. D (M-Sa), Br (Su). 7100 Four Seasons Point, Carlsbad, 760.603.6999. $$$$ Map U22

EN FUEGO Lively restaurant and bar with traditional dishes such as empanadas, tamales and seafood; plus mojitos and margaritas. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 1342 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.792.6551. $$ Map X22


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DINING EL JARDIN Liberty Station spot—helmed by Top Chef alum Claudette Zepeda Wilkins—features regional Mexican cuisine infused with modern touches. Notable dishes include the roasted bone marrow and crispy octopus; slow-cooked pork shoulder; and the surf and turf tostada. To drink: Baja wines, mezcals, tequilas and Mexican sake. D (Tu-Su), Br (Sa-Su). 2885 Perry Road, Point Loma, 619.795.2322. $$$ Map XJ9 MIGUEL’S COCINA This family-owned restaurant chain dates back to 1982. Each location has its own breezy vibe, but all serve Miguel’s seriously addictive queso dip. L, D (daily); Br (Su, also Sa in Coronado). 2912 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island, 619.224.2401, Map K9; 1351 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.4237, Map L10; 2444 San Diego Ave., Old Town, 619.298.9840. $$ Map N13 OLD TOWN MEXICAN CAFE This Old Town staple is famous for its handmade tortillas, which you can see being made fresh daily through the restaurant’s front window. A festive atmosphere and traditional Mexican dishes await inside. B, L, D (daily). 2489 San Diego Ave., Old Town, 619.297.4330. $ Map N13

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PUEBLO Just two blocks from the ocean, this upscale restaurant and bar features a rooftop deck, modern Mexican cuisine focusing on Baja-style dishes and seafood, cocktails and wine. Menu changes often to include only the freshest catches and seasonal, local produce. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 877 Hornblend St., Pacific Beach, 858.412.3312. $$$ Map H8 PUESTO The organic, taco-laden menu boasts potato soy chorizo tacos and lobster tacos with black beans and crispy onions. Plus specialty cocktails, beer, wine and an array of high-end tequilas and mezcals. L, D (daily). 789 W. Harbor Drive, #155, downtown, 619.233.8880, Map K11; 1026 Wall St., La Jolla, 858.454.1260. $$ Map W19 RED O RESTAURANT Fronted by celeb chef Rick Bayless, this upscale Mexican bistro and tequila lounge features gourmet, modern twists on traditional Cali-Mex fare, plus a generous patio and extensive spirits list. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 4340 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, 858.291.8360. $$$ Map T21 SALUD! Cult-followed casual eatery offers elevated tacos, craft beer, a salsa bar, and churros with ice cream for dessert. Weekly specials include ceviche tostadas on Wednesdays and homemade empanadas on Thursdays. B, L, D (daily). 2196 Logan Ave., Barrio Logan, 619.255.3856. $$ Map R17

SEAFOOD BLUE POINT COASTAL CUISINE Enjoy Cali-style seafood and fresh oysters, as well as blue crab and white truffle mac ‘n’ cheese. Hip martini bar with plenty of specialty cocktails and decadent desserts, too. D (nightly). 565 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.233.6623. $$$$ Map Q16 BLUEWATER BOATHOUSE SEAFOOD GRILL This classic fish house features fresh, sustainable seafood, house-made chowders and an oyster bar. (Coronado location sits over the water in the historical former boathouse of the Hotel del Coronado.) L, D (daily). 1701 Strand Way, Coronado, 619.435.0155, Map L10; 417 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, 760.730.3474. $$ Map T22 THE BRIGANTINE Popular chain with a rollicking happy hour, steaks and chops is known for its fish tacos, swordfish and oyster bars. L, D (daily); Br (Su at Del Mar and Coronado). 2725 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island, 619.224.2871, Map K8; 3263 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.481.1166, Map X22; 1333 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.435.4166. $$ Map L10 DUKE’S LA JOLLA The Hawaii-based chain is known for its seasonal, fresh fish and seafood, choice steaks, tropical cocktails, vibrant atmosphere and

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DINING unrivaled views overlooking La Jolla Cove. Save room for Kimo’s Hula Pie. L, D (daily); B (Sa-Su). 1216 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.454.5888. $$$ Map W19 EDDIE V’S PRIME SEAFOOD Find classics like shrimp cocktail and lobster bisque; plus 28-day-aged prime steaks. La Jolla locale boasts views of the cove, and both locations present live jazz nightly in the lounge. D (nightly), L (F-Su La Jolla only). 1270 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.459.5500, Map W19; 789 W. Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, 619.615.0281. $$$$ Map Q15 THE FISH MARKET/TOP OF THE MARKET Casual dining includes fresh local seafood, sushi, an oyster bar and San Diego Bay views at the downtown location. Upstairs: fine dining and expanded wine list. L, D (daily). 750 N. Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, 619.232.3474, Map Q15; 640 Via de la Valle, Solana Beach, 858.755.2277. $$ Map W22 HUMPHREYS RESTAURANT Yacht-club views with bayside seafood by chef Nicolas Bour, such as sauteed Georges bank scallops and pepper-crusted king salmon. Sunday brunch is spectacular, with carving stations and free-flowing bubbly. B, L, D (daily); Br (Su). 2241 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island, 619.224.3577. $$$ Map K8 IRONSIDE FISH & OYSTER Dine on seafood-focused plates, such as lobster rolls, daily fresh catches and fried oyster sliders, and sip on custom cocktails at this happenin’ bar and restaurant. Raw bar stays open till midnight (till 2 a.m. F-Sa). L, D (daily). 1654 India St., Little Italy, 619.269.3033. $$$ Map P15 ISLAND PRIME Seafood, steak, salads, cocktails and dreamy views of the skyline. Adjacent C Level Lounge on the spacious deck is popular with the after-work crowd. L (daily at C Level only), D (nightly). 880 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island, 619.298.6802. $$$ Map J10 LIONFISH Hotspot inside The Pendry hotel features modern coastal cuisine, from elevated sea fare—big-eye tuna pizza, specialty sushi rolls, daily fresh catches and a full raw bar—to carnivore-friendly options like duck confit tostadas. To drink, enjoy sake, wines by the glass and specialty cocktails. D (nightly). 8435 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.738.7200. $$$ Map Q16 LOBSTER WEST This quaint, fast-casual eatery serves fresh Maine lobster rolls, crab rolls, shrimp rolls, lobster bisque, New England clam chowder, organic salads and more. Beer and wine to drink. L, D (daily). 1033 B Ave., #102, Coronado, 619.675.0002, Map L10; 765 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, 760.634.1684, Map V22; 890 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad, lobsterwest.com. $$ Map U22 MCCORMICK & SCHMICK’S Stylish seafood chain is located in the Omni Hotel. Fresh catches include some local selections such as swordfish and albacore from nearby Catalina Island. B, L, D (daily). 675 L St., downtown, 619.645.6545. $$$ Map Q16 THE OCEANAIRE SEAFOOD ROOM Retro oceanliner design features a bustling cocktail scene with oyster bar. (Try a dirty vodka martini with a selection of oysters on the half shell.) Market-fresh seafood and regionally inspired dishes star on the daily-changing menu. D (nightly). 400 J St., Gaslamp, 619.858.2277. $$$ Map Q16 OSETRA Indulge in caviar, vodka and oysters at this progressive eatery, whose interior is defined by a three-story wine tower. Prime-aged meats are also on the menu. D (nightly). 904 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.239.1800. $$$ Map Q16 PACIFIC COAST GRILL Plopped literally right on the beach, Pacific Coast Grill epitomizes casual-chic coastal dining. Locals love the lobster tacos and fresh seafood entrees, and the view is the stuff of California dreams. L, D (daily); Br (Su). 2526 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Cardiff-by-theSea, 760.479.0721. $$$ Map V22

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DINING PACIFICA DEL MAR Upscale, ocean-view, Asian fusion spot attracts a power crowd with mustard catfish and sugar-spiced salmon. Visit the vodka bar with more than 160 selections. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.792.0476. $$$ Map X22 PEOHE’S Tropical decor with spectacular water views looking back at the San Diego skyline; plus Pacific Rim plates like crispy wok-fried whole bass and fire shrimp. L, D (daily); Br (Su). 1201 First St., Coronado, 619.437.4474. $$$ Map K10 POSEIDON RESTAURANT Its beachfront deck offers unrivaled views. Dinner entrees such as lemon peppercrusted diver scallops, pan-seared Chilean sea bass and wasabi-sesame-crusted yellowfin tuna make up the contemporary seafood-focused menu. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 1670 Coast Blvd., Del Mar, 858.755.9345. $$$ Map X22

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SALLY’S FISH HOUSE & BAR This marina-facing venue at the Manchester Grand Hyatt boasts a seafood-heavy menu that includes fresh creations such as diver scallops and crab cakes. L, D (daily). 1 Market Place, Embarcadero, 619.358.6740. $$$ Map Q1 WATER GRILL Nautical-inspired fine dining spot serves fresh seafood, and features a raw bar with more than 15 types of oysters. Extensive menu includes chilled shellfish platters and whole fish like Wild Brittany Dover Sole. L, D (daily). 615 J St., Gaslamp, 619.717.6992. $$$ Map Q16

STEAK BORN & RAISED This stunning, fine dining steakhouse is all about the beef. Feast on filets, porterhouses, rib-eyes, dry-aged cuts, American and Japanese wagyu, and slowroasted Prime rib, as well as roasted chicken and a daily whole fish preparation. Plus: classic cocktails and 300plus bottles of scotch. D (nightly). 1909 India St., Little Italy, 619.202.4577. $$$$ Map P15 COWBOY STAR With barstools upholstered in cowhide, this stylish downtown steakhouse is decked out in Old West adornments. Don’t miss the buttermilk-fried sweetbreads, excellent meat selections and well-crafted cocktails. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Su). 640 10th Ave., East Village, 619.450.5880. $$$ Map Q17 DEL FRISCO’S DOUBLE EAGLE STEAK HOUSE Enjoy traditional fine dining and top-notch service along with sweeping bay views. Extensive menu features hand-cut steaks and chops, fresh seafood, and classic sides and starters such as the blue cheese wedge salad and shrimp cocktail. Tip: Dine alfresco on two large patios. L, D (daily). InterContinental San Diego Hotel, 901 Bayfront Court, #105, downtown, 619.272.5060. $$$$ Map Q15 DONOVAN’S STEAK & CHOP HOUSE The power crowd noshes on huge portions of prime steaks, chops and seafood paired with award-winning wine in a sophisticated atmosphere. D (nightly; M-Sa at La Jolla). 1250 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.450.6666, Map T21; 570 K St., Gaslamp, 619.237.9700. $$$ Map R16 FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR Upscale steakhouse with prime steaks, seafood, hearty side dishes, classic desserts and an acclaimed wine list. Elegant ambiance. D (nightly). 8970 University Center Lane, La Jolla, 858.535.0078, Map T21; 380 K St., Gaslamp, 619.237.1155. $$$$ Map Q16 GREYSTONE PRIME STEAKHOUSE Prime steaks, seafood and pastas in a great downtown location. Beefy menu includes A5 Japanese wagyu, tableside filet tartare and much more. D (nightly). 658 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.232.0225. $$$ Map Q16 MORTON’S, THE STEAKHOUSE USDA prime-aged beef, seafood, an excellent wine list, cocktails, decadent desserts, crisp white linens and great service at the edge of the historical Gaslamp Quarter. D (nightly). 285 J St., downtown, 619.696.3369. $$$$ Map Q16

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DINING STAKE CHOPHOUSE & BAR Contemporary steakhouse with a luxe vibe features a wide variety of steaks— including wagyu and Kobe—as well as seafood; plus a 2,000-bottle wine cellar. Service includes selecting your own steak knife tableside. D (nightly). 1309 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.522.0077. $$$ Map L10 STK SAN DIEGO Steak is the star of the menu here: Choose your size and cut, from a 6-ounce filet to a 128-ounce dry-aged tomahawk; then choose a topping, such as Alaskan king crab and truffle butter; and finish with a side of their famed sweet corn pudding. D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su). 600 F St., Gaslamp, 619.354.5988 $$$$ Map Q16 VIGILUCCI’S SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE Italianinfluenced chophouse with beach views features steaks, chicken, veal, fresh catches, salads and fresh pastas such as the classic capellini checca. L, D (daily); Br (Su). 3878 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, 760.434.2580. $$$ Map T22

WINE BARS COUNTERPOINT Friendly neighborhood wine bar serves artisanal cheeses, salads, a burger, seasonal entrees, weekend brunch, craft beer, international wines—by the bottle and glass—and custom cocktails. Br (Sa-Su), D (nightly). 830 25th St., Golden Hill, 619.564.6722. $$ Map Q18 M WINEHOUSE Enjoy international wines, beers, sake and bubbly at this quaint wine bar in the heart of Little Italy. Plus happy hour specials (M-F), bottomless mimosas (noon-2 p.m. Sa and Su), “Sake Sundays” and other specials. Space also may be rented for private events. Open daily. 1918 India St., Little Italy, 619.546.4226. $$ Map P15 THE ROSE An earthy, restored 1927 building, constructed with the reclaimed redwood of a historical South Park home, this intimate neighborhood wine bar also offers craft beer, light bites and wine storage. 2219 30th St., South Park, 619.280.1815. $$ Map J12 VINO CARTA This casual wine bar and bottle shop— specializing in small, family-run producers and natural wines made through organic and sustainable farming— offers retail wine sales, wine by the glass and light bites. Open daily. 2161 India St., Little Italy, 619.564.6589. $$ Map N17 WE OLIVE Olive oil tasting room also includes coastal-view wine bar featuring California wines and tastings of gourmet food items, plus specialty gifts. Great spot for happy hour, featuring discounted cheese plates and other gourmet nibbles, plus wines by the glass. L, D (daily). 1158 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.551.8250. $$ Map W19 THE WINE LOVER Parisian-inspired wine shop and bar in the heart of Hillcrest features an outdoor patio, international wines, gourmet cheeses and imported olives. L (Tu-Su), D (nightly). 3968 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest, 619.294.9200. $$$ Map N16

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RESTAURANTS CITY INDEX OUR SUPERGUIDE BY AREA, WITH CROSS REFERENCE TO LISTINGS BY CUISINE

GASLAMP QUARTER

FLEMING’S (Steak)................................................................................... 43

NORTH COASTAL

BLUE POINT (Seafood) ........................................................................... 41

GEORGE’S AT THE COVE (California Cuisine)............................ 38

CAFE SEVILLA (International) .............................................................. 39

GREAT MAPLE (California Cuisine) ..................................................... 38

DONOVAN’S (Steak) .............................................................................. 43

HERRINGBONE (American) ................................................................. 36

FLEMING’S (Steak)................................................................................... 43

ISOLA PIZZA BAR (Italian) .................................................................. 40

GARAGE KITCHEN + BAR (American).................................. 36

MARINE ROOM (California Cuisine) .................................................. 38

GREYSTONE (Steak) ............................................................................... 43

THE MED (American) ............................................................................... 36

BEACH GRASS CAFE (Breakfast) .................................................... 37 BLUE OCEAN ROBATA & SUSHI BAR (Japanese) ............... 40 BLUEWATER BOATHOUSE (Seafood) .......................................... 41 BREAKFAST REPUBLIC (Breakfast) ................................................ 37 CAMPFIRE (American) ............................................................................. 36 CHART HOUSE (American) .................................................................. 36 THE CRACK SHACK (California Cuisine)......................................... 38 CRAFTSMAN TAVERN (American) .................................................. 36 THE FISH MARKET (Seafood) ............................................................ 42 THE FLYING PIG (California Cuisine) ................................................. 38 HARNEY SUSHI (Japanese) .................................................................. 40 LOBSTER WEST (Seafood) ................................................................... 42 PACIFIC COAST GRILL (Seafood) .................................................... 42 PAMPLEMOUSSE GRILLE (French) ................................................ 38 Q’ERO RESTAURANT (International) .............................................. 39 SOLACE (American) .................................................................................. 36 TRATTORIA I TRULLI (Italian) ............................................................ 40 VIGILUCCI’S SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE (Steak) ............. 44 VIGILUCCI’S CUCINA ITALIANA (Italian).................................. 40 VIGILUCCI’S GOURMET MARKET & CATERING (Italian) . 40 VIGILUCCI’S TRATTORIA ITALIANA (Italian).......................... 40 VIVACE (Italian) .......................................................................................... 40 ZENBU (Japanese) ...................................................................................... 40

LIONFISH (Seafood) .................................................................................. 42 MCCORMICK & SCHMICK’S (Seafood) ..................................... 42 NOBU (Japanese) ........................................................................................ 40 THE OCEANAIRE (Seafood) ................................................................ 42

NINE-TEN (California Cuisine) ................................................................ 38 PIATTI (Italian).............................................................................................. 40 PUESTO (Mexican/Southwestern).......................................................... 41

OSETRA (Seafood) ..................................................................................... 42

RED O RESTAURANT (Mexican/Southwestern) ........................... 41

OSTERIA PANEVINO (Italian) ........................................................... 40

RICHARD WALKER’S PANCAKE HOUSE (Breakfast) ........ 37

REI DO GADO (International) .............................................................. 39

ROY’S (Japanese/Pacific Rim) .................................................................. 40

RUSTIC ROOT (American)..................................................................... 36

SNOOZE (Breakfast) ................................................................................. 37

SEARSUCKER (American)...................................................................... 36

WHISKNLADLE (California Cuisine) .................................................... 38

STK SAN DIEGO (Steak) ...................................................................... 44

WE OLIVE (Wine Bar)............................................................................... 44

WATER GRILL (Seafood)......................................................................... 43

DOWNTOWN/EAST VILLAGE/EMBARCADERO CAFE 222 (Breakfast).................................................................. 37 CARNITAS’ SNACK SHACK (California Cuisine) .................... 38

MISSION BAY/BEACHES BO-BEAU (French) ..................................................................................... 38 THE FRENCH GOURMET (French) ................................................ 38 HODAD’S (American)............................................................................... 36

COWBOY STAR (Steak) ............................................................ 43

ISABEL’S CANTINA (Breakfast).......................................................... 37

DEL FRISCO’S DOUBLE EAGLE (Steak).............................. 43

JRDN (California Cuisine)........................................................................... 38

EDDIE V’S PRIME SEAFOOD (Seafood)............................... 42

MISS B’S COCONUT CLUB (California Cuisine) ......................... 38

STAKE CHOPHOUSE (Steak) ............................................................ 44

ALEXANDER’S (Italian) ........................................................................ 39 ARRIVEDERCI (Italian)............................................................................ 40 AZUKI SUSHI (Japanese) ....................................................................... 40 BANKERS HILL (American)................................................................... 36 BLEU BOHEME (French) ...................................................................... 38 BO-BEAU (French) ..................................................................................... 38 BREAKFAST REPUBLIC (Breakfast) ................................................ 37 BROOKLYN GIRL (American) .............................................................. 36 BUONA FORCHETTA (Italian) .......................................................... 40 CARNITAS’ SNACK SHACK (California Cuisine) ........................ 38 COUNTERPOINT (Wine Bar) .................................................... 44 CUCINA URBANA (Italian).................................................................. 40 GREAT MAPLE (California Cuisine) ..................................................... 38 HASH HOUSE A GO GO (Breakfast) ............................................ 37 LOTUS THAI (International) ................................................................... 39 MADISON (California Cuisine)................................................................ 38 THE MISSION (Breakfast)...................................................................... 37 MISTER A’S (American) ........................................................................... 36 PARC BISTRO-BRASSERIE (French) ....................................... 39 THE PATIO ON GOLDFINCH (California Cuisine)..................... 38 THE PRADO (International) ................................................................... 39 THE ROSE (Wine Bar) ................................................................. 44 THE SMOKING GOAT (French) ....................................................... 39 SNOOZE (Breakfast) ................................................................................. 37 SOLTAN BANOO (International) ....................................................... 39 STARLITE (California Cuisine) ................................................................. 38 URBAN SOLACE (American) ............................................................... 37 WAYPOINT PUBLIC (California Cuisine) .......................................... 38 THE WINE LOVER (Wine Bar) ............................................................ 44 WINE VAULT & BISTRO (Wine Bar)................................................ 44

DEL MAR/RANCHO SANTA FE

OLD TOWN / BAY PARK

ADDISON (French) .................................................................................... 38

CAFE COYOTE (Mexican/Southwestern).......................................... 40 CASA GUADALAJARA (Mexican/Southwestern) ........................ 40 HARNEY SUSHI (Japanese) .................................................................. 40 JACK & GIULIO’S (Italian)................................................................... 40 LUCE BAR & KITCHEN (California Cuisine)............................. 38 MIGUEL’S COCINA (Mexican) ............................................................ 41 OLD TOWN MEXICAN CAFE (Mexican).................................... 41

THE FISH MARKET (Seafood) ................................................. 42

THE MISSION (Breakfast)...................................................................... 37

GRANT GRILL (California Cuisine) ....................................................... 38

THE PATIO ON LAMONT (California Cuisine) ............................. 38

HODAD’S (American)............................................................................... 36

PUEBLO (Mexican) .................................................................................... 41

HORNBLOWER CRUISES (American) ........................................... 36 LOTUS THAI (International) ................................................................... 39

HARBOR /SHELTER/POINT LOMA

THE MISSION (Breakfast)...................................................................... 37

BALI HAI (Japanese/Pacific Rim) ............................................................ 40

MORTON’S, THE STEAKHOUSE (Steak) .................................. 43

BREAKFAST REPUBLIC (Breakfast) ................................................ 37

NEIGHBORHOOD (American) ................................................. 36 PUESTO (Mexican/Southwestern).......................................................... 41 RICHARD WALKER’S PANCAKE HOUSE (Breakfast) ........ 37 ROY’S (Japanese/Pacific Rim) .................................................................. 40

THE BRIGANTINE (Seafood) ............................................................... 41 COASTERRA (Mexican) .......................................................................... 40 FIRESIDE BY THE PATIO (California Cuisine) ............................... 38

SALLY’S (Seafood) ...................................................................................... 43

HUMPHREYS RESTAURANT (Seafood) ....................................... 42

SALUD! (Mexican) ...................................................................................... 41

ISLAND PRIME (Seafood)...................................................................... 42

TAPAS & BEERS (International)........................................................... 39

EL JARDIN (Mexican) ................................................................. 41

TOP OF THE MARKET (Seafood) .................................................... 42

JIMMY’S TAVERN (American) ............................................................ 36

LITTLE ITALY

MIGUEL’S COCINA (Mexican/Southwestern) ................................. 41

BARBUSA (Italian) ..................................................................................... 40

OFFICINE BUONA FORCHETTA (Italian) ................................. 40

BENCOTTO (Italian) ................................................................................ 40

OLD VENICE (Italian).............................................................................. 40

BORN & RAISED (Steak) ...................................................................... 43

SLATER’S 50/50 (American)...................................................... 37

BUON APPETITO (Italian) ................................................................... 40

CORONADO

CIVICO 1845 (Italian).............................................................................. 40 CRAFT & COMMERCE (American) ................................................. 36

BLUEWATER BOATHOUSE (Seafood) .......................................... 41

THE CRACK SHACK (California Cuisine)......................................... 38

THE BRIGANTINE (Seafood) ............................................................... 41

DAVANTI ENOTECA (Italian) ............................................................ 40

LEROY’S KITCHEN (California Cuisine) ............................................ 38

HERB & WOOD (American)................................................................. 36

LOBSTER WEST (Seafood) ................................................................... 42

INDIGO GRILL (International) .................................................... 39

MARETALIA (Italian) ................................................................................ 40

IRONSIDE FISH & OYSTER (Seafood) .......................................... 42

MIGUEL’S COCINA (Mexican/Southwestern) ................................. 41

ISOLA PIZZA BAR (Italian) .................................................................. 40 JUNIPER & IVY (California Cuisine) .................................................... 38 KETTNER EXCHANGE (American) ................................................. 36 M WINEHOUSE (Wine Bar)....................................................... 44 MONELLO (Italian) .................................................................................. 40 PREP KITCHEN (California Cuisine) .................................................... 38 QUEENSTOWN PUBLIC HOUSE (International) ..................... 39 VINO CARTA (Wine Bar) ........................................................................ 44

LA JOLLA BROCKTON VILLA (American) .......................................................... 36 CATANIA COASTAL ITALIAN (Italian) ......................................... 40 THE COTTAGE (Breakfast).................................................................... 37 CUSP (California Cuisine) .......................................................................... 38 DONOVAN’S (Steak) .............................................................................. 43

UPTOWN

THE BRIGANTINE (Seafood) ............................................................... 41 CUCINA ENOTECA (Italian)............................................................... 40 DAVANTI ENOTECA (Italian) ............................................................ 40 DEL MAR RENDEZVOUS (Chinese)............................................... 38 EN FUEGO (Mexican/Southwestern) ................................................... 40 MARKET (California Cuisine) ................................................................... 38 MILLE FLEURS (French) ......................................................................... 38 PACIFICA DEL MAR (Seafood) .......................................................... 43 POSEIDON (Seafood) .............................................................................. 43

DUKE’S LA JOLLA (Seafood).............................................................. 41

SEARSUCKER (American)...................................................................... 36

EDDIE V’S PRIME SEAFOOD (Seafood) ..................................... 42

SNOOZE (Breakfast) ................................................................................. 37

MISSION VALLEY/KEARNY MESA BLUE SMOKE SUSHI LOUNGE (Japanese).......................... 40 DUMPLING INN (Chinese) ................................................................... 38 JASMINE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT (Chinese) ...................... 38 SHAN XI MAGIC KITCHEN (Chinese) .......................................... 38 STACKED (American)................................................................................ 37


SDDINING WE OLIVE AND WINE BAR We Olive & Wine Bar is a culinary and wine destination overlooking La Jolla Cove–a unique combination of upscale retail, wine bar and tasting experience. It features olive oil tasting and education; artisanal foods for sampling; gourmet gifts; wine tasting; and a delicious menu designed to pair with small-production wines—featuring extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars. The retail store features a gorgeous olive oil tasting bar where guests are treated daily to complimentary olive oil tasting and education. The wine bar features small-production California wines that guests can order by the taste, glass and bottle. Attend monthly wine tasting events with a featured winery where guests can learn and taste wine with the winemaker. L, D (daily). 1158 Prospect St., La Jolla 858.551.8250 • weolive.com/la-jolla

STACKED Living up to its motto of “food well built,” Stacked is an innovative, full-service dining experience at Fashion Valley Mall where diners are in control. Customize what and when you order and pay, via iPads conveniently located at every table. Choose from gourmet burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, hearty salads, mac ‘n’ cheese and more—with dozens of fresh ingredients available to tailor-make your own perfect meal. A full bar features seasonal libations, margaritas, martinis, mules and more; and the kids’ menu includes mini cheeseburgers, grilled cheeses and pizzas. The vibe is casually stylish and fun. You can even build your own milkshake for dessert! L,D (daily).

7007 Friars Rd. #356, Fashion Valley 619.225.7900 • stacked.com

MISS B’S COCONUT CLUB It’s summertime all year round at this popular open-air bar and restaurant, known for its fun, tropical decor and Caribbeaninspired American cuisine. A creative cocktail and rum program features shareable punch bowls and unique libations (the Caribe Welcome arrives in a fresh-cracked coconut); while the kitchen churns out traditional staples and island favorites. Our favorite dishes include the Lechon Asado fries with roasted, pulled pork and Jamaican beer cheese; the jerkrubbed chicken wings; the El Cubano sandwich with smoked ham and Gruyere cheese; and the curried coconut shrimp. This vibrant, happy place by the beach is also great for large parties—complete with a wrap-around patio, communal seating and fire pits. Br (Sa-Su), L, D (daily). 3704 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach 858.381.0855 • missbcoconutclub.com

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SDDINING MISTER A’S With 360 degree views from 12 stories up, exceptional cuisine and a stellar wine list, it’s no wonder why the iconic Mister A’s remains in a class of its own when it comes to elegant fine dining in San Diego. Expect friendly, professional service and impeccably crafted Mediterranean influenced American cuisine using the freshest ingredients from local sources. Its romantic ambiance, coupled with a warm décor accented by soft earth tones and generous bay windows–offering views of the city, bay, Balboa Park and incoming planes landing at Lindbergh Field–make Mister A’s an ideal destination for dates, special occasions (marriage proposals are popular here), or for those seeking an evening of elevated dining just because. Private dining for large parties up to 300 also available. Br (Su), L (M-F), D (nightly). 2550 Fifth Ave., 12th floor, Bankers Hill 619.239.1377 • asrestaurant.com

THE FRENCH GOURMET Freshly baked breads and pastries beckon from gleaming glass cases as you step inside this locals’ favorite—a quaint, relaxed restaurant, bakery, and wine shop. The restaurant, featuring California-influenced French cuisine, offers a threecourse, prix fixe dinner menu as well as a la carte options. Appetizers include a housemade French onion soup, escargots and charcuterie; with entrées ranging from duck confit to rack of lamb to vegetarian ratatouille. The French Gourmet also offers full-service and pick-up catering; competitively priced vintage wines and champagnes in its wine boutique; artisanal sandwiches, cheeses, charcuterie, and desserts to-go from the bakery. Reservations recommended. B, L (daily); D (Tu-Sa).

960 Turquoise St., San Diego 858.488.1725 • thefrenchgourmet.com

STK SAN DIEGO Combining a modern steakhouse with a chic lounge at the posh Andaz San Diego hotel, STK makes steak a stylish affair. Each table is illuminated by theatrical lights, and smoky mirrors let diners take in their surroundings while a DJ sets the mood with an energetic live set; along with large windows offerings views of the bustling Gaslamp Quarter. Of course, steak is the main attraction here: Choose from high-quality small, medium and large cuts of USDA beef. Other menu highlights include market-fresh fish entrées, tuna tartare, Lil’ BRGs, and sides such as Parmesan truffle fries and sweet corn pudding. D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su).

600 F St., Gaslamp Quarter 619.354.5988 • togrp.com/stk-san-diego

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/ ENTERTAINMENT FESTIVALS + SPECIAL EVENTS CARLSBAD FLOWER FIELDS March 1-May 12. Roam among 50 spectacular acres of blooming ranunculus flower bulbs during this six-week salute to spring (April is ideal to see the blooms at their peak)—enjoyed by thousands of locals and visitors every year. 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, theflowerfields.com. Map T22 ANZA-BORREGO WILDFLOWERS March-April. A visit to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to hike the Palm Canyon Trail and see the spring wildflowers in full bloom makes for a lovely day trip. Mid-late March and early April are often ideal. 200 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, 760.767.4684, theabf.org/wildflowers. Map A6 BASEBALL Ongoing. Catch a San Diego Padres home game at Petco Park, with rivals including the Cincinnati Reds (April 18-21), Los Angeles Dodgers (May 3-5) and Pittsburgh Pirates (May 16-19), among others. Petco Park, East Village, sandiegopadres.com. Map Q16 CRSSD March 2-3. Two-day electronic music festival on the bay features live music and DJ performances by dozens of artists on three stages, including Odesza, Phantogram, Armand Van Helden and The Martinez Brothers. 21+. Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Highway, downtown, crssdfest.com. Map P15

Whip It Good East Village’s newest hotspot has a sense of humor. Welcome to WhipHand—one part beer bank (with 24 self-serve draft beer taps), one part cocktail den and one part gastropub. The fun begins in the form of a full cocktail bar, namely the Yeezus Candle cocktail—a Kanye Westinspired melange of tequila, mezcal, sherry, Ancho Reyes Verde, jalapeño and brown ale syrup—complete with a “festive” portrait of the rapper on the glass. Meanwhile, the brasserie-style cuisine includes such standouts as bone marrow and brie, short rib fondue with white cheddar bechamel, buffalo chicken pretzel bread, and seafood pie. Or choose from gourmet sandwiches, burgers, salads and loaded “super fries.” WhipHand’s casual-cool energy and urban-industrial decor complete the experience. 935 J St., East Village, 619.450.5515

SPRING BUSKER FESTIVAL March 2-3, noon-6 p.m. Head to Seaport Village for live performances by contortionists, street performers, jugglers and other jaw-dropping entertainers. 849 W. Harbor Drive, Seaport Village along San Diego Bay, seaportvillage.com. Map Q15 SAN DIEGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL March 14-24. Check out 160 feature and short film screenings. Plus guest celebrities, musical performances, after-parties and filmmaker workshops. AMC 18 Fashion Valley, 7037 Friars Road, Mission Valley; Digital Gym Cinema, 2921 El Cajon Blvd., North Park, sdlatinofilm.com. Map M16 ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE AND FESTIVAL March 16, 10:30 a.m. (parade), 1-6 p.m. (festival). Check out more than 120 parade entries, followed by an Irish festival including craft and food vendors, a beer garden, live music, dancing and kids’ activities. Fifth Avenue and Laurel Street, Balboa Park, stpatsparade.org. Map O16 SHAMROCK 2019 March 16, 2 p.m.-midnight. The Gaslamp turns green for its 25th annual St. Patrick’s Day block party—featuring live DJs and Irish bands on three stages, plus Irish fare and drinks at dozens of participating bars and restaurants. 21+. Gaslamp Quarter, sandiegoshamrock.com. Map Q16 SAN DIEGO CREW CLASSIC REGATTA April 6-7. The country’s top competitive rowers gather at Mission Bay for a grueling competition, now in its 46th year. Crown Point Shores Park, Mission Bay, crewclassic.org. Map I8 ART ALIVE April 12-14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. This annual threeday exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Art features nearly 100 intricate floral interpretations of the museum’s permanent collection by competing floral designers. 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, sdmart.org/artalive. Map O17 LA JOLLA CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE April 14, 9 a.m.4 p.m. Classic car enthusiasts can view more than 125 unique vehicles parked along the Pacific. Plus live music, and a Champagne and honey tasting garden. La Jolla Cove, Ellen Browning Scripps Park, 1133 Coast Blvd., La Jolla, lajollaconcours.com. Map W19 FALLBROOK AVOCADO FESTIVAL April 14, 9 a.m.5 p.m. Head to the “Avocado Capital of the World” to celebrate and eat the best of the crop, including avocadothemed gifts, guacamole contests, live music, beer

GUIDELINES Map locators at the end of each listing (Map A3; Map H10, etc.) refer to maps on pages 60-63. Compendium includes editors’ recommendations and advertisers.

INDEX Festivals + Events ........ 48 Museums ...................... 53 Theater .......................... 50 Destination Shopping .. 55 Music + Dance .............. 51 Nightlife ......................... 56 Attractions..................... 52 Tours + Transport......... 57 Wineries ........................ 53

gardens and food vendors. Main Street, downtown Fallbrook, fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org. Map A2 DEL MAR NATIONAL HORSE SHOW April 16-May 5. One of the most prestigious equestrian competitions in the Western U.S. features Western Week (April 16-20), Dressage Week (April 25-28) and Hunter/Jumper Week (April 30-May 5). Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, delmarnational.com. Map X22 CHICANO PARK DAY April 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The 49th annual event features traditional music and dance, a lowrider car show, art workshops for kids, food and arts & crafts vendors. Between National and Logan avenues, Barrio Logan, chicano-park.com. Map R18 ADAMS AVENUE UNPLUGGED April 27, Noon-10 p.m. Enjoy dozens of acoustic performances—showcasing blues, folk, jazz, country and world music—staged inside restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and galleries along a 2-mile stretch of Adams Avenue. Between University Heights and Kensington, adamsavenuebusiness.com. Map I12 MISSION FEDERAL ARTWALK April 27-28, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Little Italy transforms into an urban art gallery and festival spanning 16 blocks—with works by hundreds of artists, a range of live music, food vendors and hands-on children’s activities. India Street, between Fir and Beech streets, Little Italy, artwalksandiego.org. Map P15 SAN DIEGO EARTHFAIR April 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Celebrating 30 years, the world’s largest annual free environmental fair features more than 300 educational exhibits, kids’ entertainment, food vendors and live music. Balboa Park, earthdayweb.org. Map O17 FIESTA OLD TOWN CINCO DE MAYO FESTIVAL May 4-5. Historical Old Town presents ballet folklorico, live music, children’s activities, a lowrider car show and lucha libre matches—all celebrating Mexican heritage and pride. Along San Diego Avenue and in Old Town Historic State Park, cincodemayooldtown.com. Map M13 CARLSBAD VILLAGE FAIRE May 5, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Stroll among 850 vendors—from arts and crafts, to antiques, clothing and food—at this one-day street festival. Carlsbad Village, Carlsbad, visitcarlsbad.com. Map T23 GATOR BY THE BAY ZYDECO, BLUES & CRAWFISH FESTIVAL May 9-12. This family-friendly music and food festival features blues, Cajun and zydeco bands; free dance lessons; cooking demos; and cultural and music workshops. Spanish Landing Park, 3900 N. Harbor Drive, Harbor Island, gatorbythebay.com. Map O13 JUNIOR LEAGUE FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL May 11, Noon-4 p.m. Sample cocktails, gourmet bites, wine and craft beers from more than 50 top local restaurants and beverage purveyors. 21+. La Jolla Cove, Ellen Browning Scripps Park, jlsdfoodandwine.com. Map V19

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ENTERTAINMENT SDCCU FESTIVAL OF ARTS IN NORTH PARK May 11, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. This 23rd annual celebration of the arts will feature dozens of artists showcasing their work, handcrafted jewelry, a kids’ art block, live music and a craft beer block. 30th Street and University Avenue, North Park, explorenorthpark.com. Map J12

THEATER GABRIEL Through March 17. British playwright Moira Buffini’s award-winning off-Broadway play presents the dramatic tale of a family under Nazi occupation. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, northcoastrep.org. Map X22 HERSHEY FELDER, BEETHOVEN Through March 24. San Diego’s beloved artist, Hershey Felder, returns with an entirely new take on the world’s greatest composer, Beethoven. San Diego Rep, Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, sdrep.org. Map Q16 DIANA Through April 7. The world-premiere musical about Princess Diana, who went from being an assistant kindergarten teacher to the world’s most famous woman. Weiss Theatre at the La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, lajollaplayhouse.org. Map T20 CHAPS March 1-April 14. In this hilarious musical set during WWII, a BBC studio crew must act fast to fill in when Tex Riley’s Singing Cowboys are late for a live broadcast from London. Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, lambsplayers.org. Map L10 ANGELS IN AMERICA March 6-April 20. During the 1980s AIDS crisis, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell in this funny and heartbreaking play. Cygnet Theatre at Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, cygnettheatre.com. Map M13 HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH March 21-April 21. The iconic rock musical follows a fictional band fronted by Hedwig, a transgender wannabe rock star. Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd. #101, University Heights, diversionary.org. Map M18 LIFE AFTER March 22-April 28. Grieving the recent loss of her famous father, 16-year-old Alice begins to question the events surrounding his death in this bittersweet and witty new musical. Shiley Stage at the Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, theoldglobe.org. Map O17 THEY PROMISED HER THE MOON April 6-May 5. This West Coast premiere tells the true story of Jerrie Cobb—a skilled aviator who trained at NASA to become an astronaut in 1960—and the forces that kept her from reaching orbit. White Theatre at the Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, theoldglobe.org. Map O17 ALL IN THE TIMING April 10-May 5. This sextet of one-act comedies uses inspired language and wordplay to examine various attempts at relationships and communication with comical results. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, northcoastrep.org. Map X22 CATS April 16-21. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Awardwinning musical about one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. Broadway/ San Diego, Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, broadwaysd.com. Map Q16 SWEAT April 18-May 12. In this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, the fragile bonds between a group of close friends begin to splinter when layoffs shake up the factory where they work. San Diego Rep, Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, sdrep.org. Map Q16 BABETTE’S FEAST May 3-June 9. A French cook given refuge in rural Denmark finds a unique way to show her gratitude in this adaptation of the Academy Awardwinning film. Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, lambsplayers.org. Map L10

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KEN LUDWIG’S THE GODS OF COMEDY May 11June 16. Daphne and Ralph are young classics professors whose discovery-gone-awry brings the gods of ancient Greece back to life in this world premiere comedy. Shiley Stage at the Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, theoldglobe.org. Map O17 CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY May 14-19. The touring Broadway musical features beloved songs from the original film, including “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket.” Broadway/San Diego, Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, broadwaysd.com. Map Q16 PRIDE AND PREJUDICE May 15-June 16. Jane Austen’s classic literary tale of latent love comes to life on stage in this effervescent new adaptation. Cygnet Theatre at Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, cygnettheatre.com. Map M13 FIDDLER ON THE ROOF May 28-June 2. The beloved Broadway musical about Tevye and his family features the classic songs “Tradition,” “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset.” Broadway/San Diego, Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, broadwaysd.com. Map Q16

MUSIC + DANCE + CONCERTS ATHENAEUM MUSIC AND ARTS LIBRARY March 23: Two Pianos and Percussion from the 20th Century; March 29: Aeneas in the Underworld: A Chamber Oratorio by Christopher Adler; May 20: LA Philharmonic Septet. 1008 Wall St., La Jolla, ljathenaeum.org. Map W19 BALBOA THEATRE March 6: Joe Jackson; March 8: Tiffany Jenkins; March 9: The Irish Rovers; March 13: Gordon Lightfoot; March 16: Randy Rainbow; March 20: Dream Theater; March 24: The Official Blues Brothers Revue; March 29: Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain; March 30: The Empire Strips Back: A Burlesque Parody; April 4: Kansas; April 6: Morat; April 11: Steven Curtis Chapman; April 13-14: San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus presents Motown The Music and The Legends; April 19-21: Ali Wong; April 27: Raffi; April 28: The Kingston Trio; May 7: Apocalyptica Plays Metallica by Four Cellos; May 15: SD Opera presents One Amazing Night; May 23: Professor Brian Cox. 868 Fourth Ave., downtown, sandiegotheatres.org. Map Q16 CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS March 1: Kishi Bashi String Quartet; March 4: Dancing with the Stars Live; March 13: The Scottish International Tattoo and Music Parade; March 15: Masters of Hawaiian Music; March 18-19: Monty Python’s Spamalot; March 21: Across the Great Divide: A Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of The Band feat. The Dustbowl Revival & Hot Club of Cowtown; March 24: Acoustic Eidolon; April 3: Dornob Collective; April 14: Mariachi Festival; April 16: Alan Cumming; April 17: David Archuleta; April 27-28: San Diego Ballet—Romance: En Pointe: Poetry in Motion!; May 1: The Hutchins Consort; May 5: The Folk Collection; May 10: Runaway June; May 11: Lila Downs; May 15: Deva Premal & Miten w/ Manose. 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, artcenter.org. Map B3 CIVIC THEATRE March 1-3: Disney’s Aladdin; March 8: The Joffrey Ballet; March 10: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live; March 14: Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me!; March 18: Il Divo; March 30, April 2, 5 and 7: Carmen; April 12-14: Cinderella; April 16-21: Cats; April 22: Ali Wong; April 26: Bethel Music; May 7: Celtic Woman; May 12: Tedeschi Trucks Band; May 14-19: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; May 20: Jojo Siwa; May 28-31: Fiddler on the Roof. 1100 Third Ave., downtown, sandiegotheatres.org. Map Q16 HUMPHREY’S CONCERTS BY THE BAY April 12: Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band; May 16-17: Sebastian Maniscalco. 2241 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island, 619.224.3577, humphreysconcerts.com. Map K9 LA JOLLA MUSIC SOCIETY March 10: Bomsori Kim (violin); March 26-27: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; March 29: Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain; April 9: Jerusalem Quartet; April 12: Midori & Jean-Yves Thibaudet;

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ATTRACTIONS + MUSEUMS April 13: NPR’s From the Top; April 14: George Li; April 17: Daniil Trifonov; April 18: Anoushka Shankar; April 24: Chris Thile; April 25: Gil Shaham & Akira Eguchi; April 27: Hiromi: Solo; May 3: Garrick Ohlsson: Brahms Exploration; May 4: Storm Large & Le Bonheur; May 9: The Triplets of Belleville; May 10: David Finckel & Wu Han; May 11-12: Storm Large’s Crazy Enough. Various locations. ljms.org. OPEN AIR THEATRE AT SDSU March 5: Metric & Zoe; March 24: Roberto Carlos; April 2: Massive Attack; April 14: Los Angeles Azules; May 31: Kidz Bop Kids. 5500 Campanile Drive, SDSU, as.sdsu.edu/calcoast. Map E3 PECHANGA ARENA March 5: Muse; March 7: YG; March 31: Michael Bublé; April 6: San Diego Soul Music Festival: Maze feat. Frankie Beverly, Keith Sweat, Stephanie Mills and Next. 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., Midway, valleyviewcasinocenter.com. Map J9 SAN DIEGO OPERA March 30, April 2, 5 and 7: Carmen. Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, Map Q16. May 15: One Amazing Night: Stephen Costello and Stephen Powell in Concert. Balboa Theatre, downtown, sdopera.org. Map Q16 SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY March 9-10: Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2; March 22-23: Puccini’s Glorious Mass; March 31: Peter and The Wolf: The Prokofiev Classic (A Family Concert); April 4 and 6: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in Concert; April 12-13: Ling Conducts Brahms; April 14: Joshua Bell Plays Bruch; April 20: Freedom Rider: An Art Blakey Centennial Celebration; April 27-28: Danzmayr Conducts Sibelius; May 3-5: Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony; May 18-19: Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5; May 24-26: Season Finale w/ Cristian Macelaru. Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown, sandiegosymphony.org. Map Q14

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VIEJAS ARENA AT SDSU March 16: Chris Tomlin; April 6: MercyMe; May 11: Trevor Noah; May 23: New Kids on the Block; May 24: Wisin y Yandel. 5500 Canyon Crest Drive, SDSU, as.sdsu.edu/viejas_arena. Map E3

ATTRACTIONS ARTS DISTRICT LIBERTY STATION It’s a one-of-a-kind destination for all things culture in San Diego—housing unique museums, working artist studios, gardens, luxury cinemas, dining and more. 2825 Dewey Road, Liberty Station, 619.573.9300. Map J8 BELMONT PARK A beachfront landmark with attractions, rides, arcades and dining. Highlights include the historical Giant Dipper roller coaster and Beach House. 3146 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach, 858.228.9283. Map I8 BIRCH AQUARIUM AT SCRIPPS Explore one of the nation’s largest oceanographic museums, and enjoy a spectacular view from the tidepool plaza. Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Three-hour courtesy parking. $15-19.50. 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, 858.534.3474. Map U20 BUDDHA FOR YOU Located inside the Dharma Bum Temple, you’ll find “Your Peaceful Place” at this carefully curated boutique that specializes in Asian art, antique Buddhist statues, meditation supplies, garden decor, gifts, jewelry and books. Closed M. 1531 Tyler Ave., University Heights, buddha-for-you.com. Map M17 CABRILLO NATIONAL MONUMENT The monument commemorates the landing of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo at S.D. Bay on Sept. 28, 1542. Nearby: whale watching, tidepools, trails, the Old Point Loma Lighthouse and city/ocean views. Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Call for pricing. 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, Point Loma, 619.557.5450. Map L8 CHILDREN’S NATURE RETREAT Visitors of all ages will enjoy this 20-acre outdoor haven—home to more than 80 domesticated livestock from around the world. Fun and educational interactive presentations encourage an appreciation for animals, nature, sustainable farming and

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ATTRACTIONS + MUSEUMS our ecosystem. 5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine, 619.320.4942, childrensnatureretreat.org. Map D5 LEGOLAND Find 60-plus rides and shows, and Sea Life Aquarium’s 7-foot-long Lego submarine; plus a waterpark. For pricing, hours and parking information, please visit website. 1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, 760.918.5346, legoland.com/california. Map U22 SAFARI PARK Go on a safari through the 1,800–acre preserve, home to herds of exotic animals roaming in vast enclosures resembling African and Asian plains. Plus, soar over the park with the thrilling Flightline Safari zip line experience. Packages start at $56 for adults; children 3–12 $46; kids 2 and under free. Parking $15. Open daily. 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, 760.747.8702, sdzsafaripark.org. Map C3 SAN DIEGO BOTANIC GARDEN Visit one of the world’s most diverse plant collections, with 37 acres of lush gardens, a rainforest, children’s areas and activities, and gorgeous trails. Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Adults $18, with discounts for seniors, kids, military and students. Parking $2. 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, 760.436.3036. Map V22

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SAN DIEGO ZOO The world-famous zoo houses 4,000 rare and endangered animals in a charming park with gorgeous inclined walking trails. $56; kids 3–11 $46; kids 2 and under free. Free parking. Open daily. 2920 Zoo Drive, Balboa Park, 619.231.1515, sandiegozoo.org. Map O17 SEAWORLD The 189-acre adventure park features thousands of marine animals; plus fish, reptiles and birds. $89; kids 3–9 $83; kids 2 and under free. Parking: $14-19. Open daily; call for hours and combo rates. 500 Sea World Drive, Mission Bay Park, 800.257.4268. Map I8 SYCUAN CASINO Find high-stakes bingo, pai gow poker, slots, five restaurants, live entertainment and more at this top-rated gambling hall and resort; plus a 500-seat theater. Daily, 24 hours. 5469 Casino Way, El Cajon, 619.445.6002. Map D5

WINERIES BERNARDO WINERY Founded in 1889, it’s the oldest operating winery in SoCal—family owned and operated. The winery features a spacious tasting room, shops, galleries, The Kitchen restaurant and a craft coffee house. Open daily. 13330 Paseo del Verano Norte, Rancho Bernardo, 858.487.1866. Map C4

CARRUTH CELLARS Urban winery and tasting room makes wine from Northern California grapes; tastings daily. 118 S. Cedros Ave., #400, Solana Beach, 858.847.9463. Map X22 MENGHINI WINERY Boutique Julian winery produces just 4,000 cases of syrah, sauvignon blanc, Riesling and cabernet sauvignon annually. Tastings daily. 1150 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian, 760.765.2072. Map C6 ORFILA VINEYARDS Growing syrah, cabernet sauvignon, Viognier and more varietals, this 70-acre winery produces about 20,000 cases of Rhone-style wines annually. Open daily. 13455 San Pasqual Road, Escondido, 760.738.6500, Map C3; tasting room at 221 N. Cleveland St., Oceanside, 760.755.7040. Map S22 SOLTERRA WINERY & KITCHEN Try the “white” label, made from grapes that are only grown in San Diego County, Temecula and northern Baja, Mexico. 934 N. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, 760.230.2970. Map V22

MUSEUMS CALIFORNIA SURF MUSEUM Collection of surfing artifacts and memorabilia, plus exhibits that detail the lives and achievements of world-renowned surfing legends. Rare surfing collectibles in museum gift shop. Open daily,

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10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Th 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Adults $5; seniors/ military/students $3; kids 12 and under free. 312 Pier View Way, Oceanside, 760.721.6876. Map S22 CENTRO CULTURAL DE LA RAZA Celebrate Mexican, Chicano and indigenous art and culture with vibrant murals, art exhibits and performances. Gallery open Tu–Su noon–4 p.m. Suggested donation $5. 2125 Park Blvd., Balboa Park, 619.235.6135. Map P17 CORONADO MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND ART Galleries of historical memorabilia reveal Coronado’s rich past and interesting fun facts. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (daily). Suggested donation $2–4. 1100 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.435.7242. Map L10 FLEET SCIENCE CENTER Interactive science galleries explore the wonders of astronomy and physics; plus an IMAX Dome Theater. M-Th 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (open later during holiday breaks); F-Su 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $18.9521.95; kids 3 and under free. 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.238.1233. Map O17 GREEN DRAGON MUSEUM Peruse historical documents, newspapers and memorabilia from the Revolutionary War era inside a colonial-style building; plus an on-site restaurant, bar, cafe and gift shop. M-Sa 11 a.m. till close; Su 10:30 a.m. till close. Free admission. 6115 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, 760.918.2421. Map U22 MARITIME MUSEUM OF SAN DIEGO At this worldrenowned floating museum, visit the 1863 barque Star of India (world’s oldest active ship), the 1898 steam ferryboat Berkeley, the 1904 steam yacht Medea, a Soviet-era submarine and the HMS Surprise, the Royal Navy frigate featured in the film Master and Commander. Daily 9 a.m.–8 p.m. $18; seniors/military/teens $13; kids 3-12 $8; kids 2 and under free. The schooner Californian also offers half-day sailing trips ($44-79). 1492 N. Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, 619.234.9153. Map P15 MARSTON HOUSE Craftsman-style house designed by renowned architects William Hebbard and Irving Gill in 1905. The famous estate-turned-museum features period furnishings, pottery and an Indian basketry collection. Open for tours F-M 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Adults $10; kids 6-12 $4; kids 5 and under free. 3525 Seventh Ave., Balboa Park, 619.297.9327. Map O16 MINGEI INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM Exhibits celebrate folk art from around the world. (Museum is currently closed for renovations, but offers pop-ups around town.) 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park, mingei.org. Map O17 MISSION SAN DIEGO DE ALCALÁ The first of 21 missions stretching north along the California coast, this one was established by Father Junípero Serra in 1769 on Presidio Hill and moved to this site in 1774. Adults $3; kids/seniors $2. 10818 San Diego Mission Road, Mission Valley, 619.281.8449. Map I12 MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO Museum features post-1950s art spanning many genres and media. Th-Tu 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $5-10 admission valid for seven days; ages 25 and under free; free third Th 5-7 p.m. 1001 and 1100 Kettner Blvd., downtown, 858.454.3541. Map Q15 MUSEUM OF MAKING MUSIC Explore vintage instruments and interactive audio and visual exhibits that offer a dynamic look into the history of American popular music. Tu–Su 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $5–8; kids 5 and under free. 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, 760.438.5996. Map U23 MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS Collection includes contemporary photography, social documentary and photojournalism; plus regularly rotating exhibits and film screenings. Tu-Su 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $6–8; kids 12 and under free. Free second Tu for S.D. residents. 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.238.7559. Map O17 NEW CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Super-mod museum downtown encourages kids to touch and interact with

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ATTRACTIONS + MUSEUMS exhibits; plus creative classes and climbable sculptures. Visit thinkplaycreate.org for hours and admission. 200 W. Island Ave., downtown, 619.233.8792. Map Q16 OCEANSIDE MUSEUM OF ART Regional and international artists showcased in exhibits ranging from landscape painting to furniture, neon sculpture, art quilts and architectural glass. A North County gem. Tu–Sa 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Su 1-4 p.m. $5–8 (students and military are free). 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, 760.435.3720. Map S22 SAN DIEGO AIR & SPACE MUSEUM Spacecraft, jets and historical aircraft; plus special exhibits. Daily 10 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. $10.95-19.95; kids 2 and under free. 2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park, 619.234.8291. Map P17 SAN DIEGO HISTORY CENTER Peruse a range of exhibitions that chronicle San Diego’s diverse history. The museum also features an extensive research library—home to several million documents and photographs from the city’s past. M-Su 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $6-10; kids 6 and under free. 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.232.6203. Map O17 SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF ART Collection includes Italian Renaissance and Spanish Baroque-era works, 19th– 20th-century American and European paintings and sculptures, and a vast Asian collection. M–Sa 10 a.m–5 p.m. (closed W), Su noon-5 p.m. $8–15; youth 17 and under free. 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.232.7931. Map O17 SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF MAN This cultural anthropology museum explores cultures from around the world, focusing on the human experience in an effort to inspire human connection and spark meaningful conversations. Daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; $6–25; children 5 and under free. 1350 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.239.2001. Map O17 SAN DIEGO NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM Dinosaur displays, giant-screen films, photography exhibitions and more. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $12–19; children 2 and under free; free for active military first Tu. 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.232.3821. Map O17 STUART COLLECTION Scattered across the UC San Diego campus, outdoor art collection includes talking and singing trees, a “Sun God” and more. Free. Gilman and La Jolla Village drives, La Jolla, 858.534.2230. Map T20

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

DESTINATION SHOPPING BAZAAR DEL MUNDO This colorful outdoor shopping mall in the heart of Old Town features quaint shops carrying Mexican decor, clothing, jewelry, art and housewares; plus several festive Mexican restaurants. 4133 Taylor St., Old Town, 619.296.3161. Map M14

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CARLSBAD PREMIUM OUTLETS Shop 90 outlet stores (including Barneys New York, Polo Ralph Lauren and Banana Republic) in a pleasant outdoor setting. 5620 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, 760.804.9000. Map U22 DEL MAR HIGHLANDS TOWN CENTER This exclusive pocket of dining, shopping and entertainment comprises around 75 stylish shops and restaurants; plus a Cinépolis luxury movie theater. 12925 El Camino Real, Del Mar, 858.793.5757. Map X22 DEL MAR PLAZA With more than 20 upscale shops, services and restaurants, this gorgeous tri-level boutique shopping plaza overlooks the Pacific Ocean in the heart of Del Mar. 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.792.1555. Map X22

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DUTY FREE CITY Located along the U.S.-Mexico border, this 14,000-square-foot space offers sophisticated, duty-free shopping: luxury accessories, beauty products, leather goods, confectionary, wine, spirits and tobacco. 601 E. San Ysidro Blvd., San Ysidro, 619.621.2600. Map F3 FASHION VALLEY The largest mall in San Diego, this beautiful bi-level, outdoor mall includes 200-plus upscale shops (including haute couture labels such as Gucci, Prada and Hermès); five department stores; several restaurants (including True Food Kitchen and Stacked); a food court; and an 18-screen movie theater. 7007 Friars Road, Mission Valley, 619.688.9113. Map J10

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FLOWER HILL PROMENADE Del Mar’s continually expanding, upscale lifestyle center is home to refined restaurants (including Cucina Enoteca) and dozens of high-end specialty boutiques. 2720 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, 858.481.7131. Map X22

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THE FORUM CARLSBAD Elegant, tree-lined outdoor center with dozens of shops and restaurants, including Anthropologie and Sur La Table. 1905 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, 760.479.0166. Map U23 THE HEADQUARTERS AT SEAPORT Open-air center in a historical setting is home to specialty shops, designer boutiques and restaurants. 789 W. Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, 619.235.4014. Map K11 LAS AMERICAS PREMIUM OUTLETS Spanish Colonial-style outlet mall has 125-plus shops, as well as eateries. 4211 Camino de la Plaza, San Ysidro, 619.934.8400. Map F3 ONE PASEO This brand-new lifestyle center marries high design with a country-coastal vibe—boasting 96,000 square feet of stores and restaurants. Tenants include Salt & Straw, Soul Cycle, DryBar and Shop Good. 3745 Paseo Place, Del Mar, 858.523.2298. Map X22 OTAY RANCH TOWN CENTER Shops at this airy, stylish South County mall include Apple, Sephora and myriad fashion boutiques. Enjoy outdoor fire pits, a dog park and a movie theater. 2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista, 619.656.9100. Map F3 SEAPORT VILLAGE Picturesque and charming outdoor plaza on the waterfront features 54 one-of-a-kind shops, galleries and restaurants. 849 W. Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, 619.235.4014. Map R15 THE SHOPPES AT CARLSBAD Indoor shopping center features dozens of retail, dining and entertainment options, including Zara, The Cheesecake Factory and Dave & Buster’s, plus a kid-friendly, waterinspired play area. 2525 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, 760.729.6183. Map U23 WESTFIELD UTC Beautiful outdoor shopping center with more than 150 upmarket chain retailers and shops, department stores, restaurants, a food court and movie theater. 4545 La Jolla Village Drive, Golden Triangle, 858.546.8858. Map T21

NIGHTLIFE 207/FLOAT Rock ‘n’ roll glamour at the Hard Rock Hotel, from the street-level 207 lounge to the pool-outfitted rooftop Float—featuring bottle service in poolside cabanas. Hard Rock Hotel, 207 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.702.3000. Map Q16 THE CASBAH Small, legendary rock club, owned by equally legendary champion of indie talents Tim Mays, has hosted Nirvana and The Black Keys. Live music nightly. 2501 Kettner Blvd., Midtown, 619.232.4355. Map P15 EAST VILLAGE TAVERN & BOWL Lively sports bar, bowling alley and restaurant offers cocktails, darts and pool. Menu features upscale pub grub. 950 Market St., East Village, 619.677.BOWL. Map R17

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TOURS + TRANSPORT EL DORADO Hip downtown bar boasts retro-clad mixologists, couture cocktails and DJs. 1030 Broadway, downtown, 619.237.0550. Map Q17 FLUXX Ambiance-changing dance club from the design team behind Sidebar and other venues—featuring bottle service and top DJs. 500 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.232.8100. Map Q16 HOUSE OF BLUES SAN DIEGO Live rock, blues and pop music, plus Sunday gospel brunch. Regular mix of national and regional acts. Restaurant inside features Southern dishes such as po’ boys and jambalaya. 1055 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619.299.2583. Map Q16 MOONSHINE FLATS Lively venue features countrywestern line dancing, live music and great lineup of DJs; plus a full bar and kitchen. Bring your cowboy boots and hat. 344 Seventh Ave., East Village, 619.255.7625. Map Q16 THE MUSIC BOX Three-story live music venue boasts superior sound and lighting systems, multilevel VIP areas, bar/lounge and upscale dining. Concert lineup includes regional and national touring artists. 1337 India St., Little Italy, 619.795.1337. Map P15 THE NOLEN Named after San Diego visionary John Nolen (1869-1937), this stylish, 14th-floor rooftop bar features skyline views, lounge seating, a fire pit and barrelaged, Craftsman-era cocktails and upscale snacks. 453 Sixth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.796.6536. Map Q16 OMNIA SAN DIEGO The city’s most posh nightlife experience includes indoor/outdoor spaces, interactive features, state-of-the-art technology and a superstar lineup of live DJs and electronic artists. F-Sa (nightly). 454 Sixth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.544.9500. Map Q16

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OXFORD SOCIAL CLUB Intimate venue located below The Pendry hotel features an extensive craft cocktail program and a rotating lineup of national and local DJs. 10p-2a, Th-Sa. 435 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.738.7040. Map Q16

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PARQ This posh restaurant and nightclub delivers an unparalleled nightlife experience—with a 20,000square-foot dance space accessed via a stone tunnel— plus renowned DJs and fabulous dining. 615 Broadway, downtown, 619.727.6789. Map Q16 THE ROOFTOP BY STK Vegas-worthy club in the Andaz hotel boasts sexy decor and a massive, recently renovated rooftop bar with panoramic downtown views. 600 F St., Gaslamp, 619.814.2055. Map Q16 THE SHOUT! HOUSE One of San Diego’s most unique and fun bar experiences. Watch as dueling piano players lead the crowd in classic rock singalongs at this boisterous bar and eatery. 655 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.231.6700. Map Q16 SIDEBAR DJs, dancing and bottle service at this sexy, modern downtown lounge. Watch out for swinging bird cages and nude portraits lining the walls. 536 Market St., Gaslamp, 619.696.0946. Map Q16 THE TIPSY CROW A stylish neighborhood bar housed in a historical building—with three levels, pool tables, shuffleboard and trivia. Menu features pub grub, craft beer and signature cocktails. 770 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.338.9300. Map Q16

TOURS + TRANSPORT BALBOA PARK Free tours about history, architecture, horticulture and botanical gardens. Visitors Center, 1549 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.239.0512. Map P17 BIPLANE, AIR COMBAT & WARBIRD ADVENTURES Fly in gentle or thrilling coastal biplane rides for two, you-fly-it air combat, and loops and rolls in a WWII warbird. Montgomery Field, 760.930.0903.

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TOURS + TRANSPORT BOCA ROJA BAJA WINE ADVENTURES Explore Baja’s top wineries and flourishing wine region via private tours of the Valle de Guadalupe. They also host craft brewery and food tours in Tijuana, Rosarito and Ensenada. bocarojawineadventures.com.

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BREWERY TOURS OF SAN DIEGO This local company provides transportation to area breweries, beer festivals and beer-related events, plus public and private tours. 619.961.7999, brewerytoursofsd.com CITYPASS Discount combo packages for the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, SeaWorld, Universal Studios Hollywood, Disneyland and California Adventure. 888.330.5008, citypass.com. COASTER Commuter train offers coastal scenery as it runs north and south through San Diego County, serving eight stations between Oceanside and downtown San Diego. gonctd.com/coaster. CORONADO HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION TOURS Educational and fun walking tours—including local history, architecture and gardens. Reservations required. 1100 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.8788. Map L11 CORONADO TOURING Walking tour around the historical Hotel del Coronado and neighborhood. Tu, Th and Sa at 11 a.m. $15; children 3 and under free. Meet at Glorietta Bay Inn, 1630 Glorietta Blvd., Coronado, 619.435.5993. Map L11 ENTERPRISE Daily car rentals with approximately 25 locations throughout Orange County and San Diego. Pick-up service available. 888.484.HOTEL. FLAGSHIP CRUISES AND EVENTS Daily bay tours, brunch and dinner cruises, water-taxis and more. 990 N. Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, 800.442.7847. Map Q14 GASLAMP QUARTER HISTORICAL FOUNDATION Two-hour walking tour of the Gaslamp. Sa 11 a.m. 410 Island Ave., Gaslamp, 619.233.4692. Map R16

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GASLAMP SEGWAY Guided segway tours of historical neighborhoods including La Jolla and Coronado. 308 G St., Gaslamp, 619.239.2111. Map R16 GOCAR TOURS Explore the city in a GPS-guided, storytelling car. (Yes, they’re those tiny convertibles you see tooling around town.) Helmets required. 2100 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 800.914.6227. Map P15 HIKE BIKE KAYAK Daily guided kayak tours and rentals, plus biking and hiking tours, in La Jolla, Mission Bay, Coronado and other areas—plus surfboard and snorkel gear rentals. 2222 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla, 858.551.9510. Map V20 HORNBLOWER CRUISES Daily narrated tours of San Diego Bay, plus dinner cruises, yacht charters, whale watching and events. 970 N. Harbor Drive, Broadway Pier, Embarcadero, 619.686.8715. Map Q14 LA JOLLA KAYAK Guided snorkeling/kayak tours of the cove and caves; SUP; single/double kayak and snorkeling gear rentals; whale watching; and bike tours. 2199 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla Shores, 858.459.1114. Map V20 MJ TOURS Unique, marijuana-related tours are designed to educate about the history, process and business of cannabis, as well as entertain—from grow tours to “buds and brews” tours. mjtourscalifornia.com. OLD TOWN TROLLEY TOURS OF SAN DIEGO Narrated sightseeing tour explores San Diego and Coronado via trolley or “SEAL” (sea and land vehicle). Call for nearest pickup point and reservations. 619.298.8687. SAN DIEGO CHINESE HISTORICAL SOCIETY Unique walking tour of the Asian-Pacific Historic District downtown. Second Tu-Sa 10:30 a.m., Su noon.

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TOURS + TRANSPORT Reservations required. $2; children under 12 free. Chinese Historical Museum, 404 Third Ave., downtown, 619.338.9888. Map R16 SAN DIEGO SCENIC TOURS Specializes in daily scheduled, professionally narrated, sightseeing tours of San Diego, and Tijuana, Mexico (including the famous Agua Caliente Racetrack); along with bus transportation for private group charters. 858.273.8687. SAN DIEGO SEAL TOURS This unique, 90-minute tour aboard the company’s unmistakable, bright-blue Hydra-Terra—an “amphibious vehicle” that drives passengers from land right into the water—explores San Diego Bay and its environs. Departs Th-M from Seaport Village. 500 Kettner Blvd., Marina District, 619.298.8687. Map Q15 SAN DIEGO SPEED BOAT ADVENTURES Be the captain of your own speed boat! Trained guides help you navigate the seas via two-way radio and provide a narrated tour during this 13-mile trek along beautiful San Diego Bay. 1450 Harbor Island Drive, #205, Harbor Island, 619.294.5852 Map Q14 SKYE LIMOUSINE Upscale limousine and sedan service for the savvy traveler, offering a fleet of wellmaintained Chrysler 300 sedans, corporate vans and stretch limousines. 1322 K St., East Village, 619.239.7599. Map Q17 SUP CORONADO Enjoy both group and private lessons in the popular sport of stand-up paddle-boarding, plus ocean and bay tours. Ideal for both beginners and seasoned boarders. Various Coronado locations, 619.888.7686. SUPERSHUTTLE Runs to and from the airport 24 hours a day. Accepts all major cards. Individuals, groups and charters welcome. Earn frequent-flyer points and miles with select airlines. 800.BLUE.VAN. URBAN SAFARIS Discover San Diego’s inner soul on walking tours of its unique urban neighborhoods. Enjoy weekend walkabouts of San Diego neighborhoods (or by appointment). Covers key points of interest and unique details for every area. 619.944.9255. WEST COAST CANNABIS TOURS Take a ride on the “cannabus” for cannabis-focused, educational tours and activities around the city, including recreational marijuana dispensary tours, brewery tours, glassblowing demos, cannabis culinary demos and much more. westcoastcannabistours.com. WHERE YOU WANT TO BE TOURS Offering team-building scavenger hunts that explore downtown San Diego. Walking and biking tours also available; plus culinary food tours and custom hotel property games. Events are ideal for leadership retreats, recruitment, school programs, birthday celebrations, family and school reunions, and more. 611 K St., East Village, 619.917.6037. Map Q16 XPLORE OFFSHORE Personalized ocean-rafting on a Navy SEAL-style boat: high-speed sightseeing, snorkeling and evening cocktails on the waterfront. It’s one of the most unique and exhilarating boating excursions in all of Southern California. Plus, whale watching (seasonal) and custom adventures. Perfect for outings with family, friends, groups and corporate events. 858.456.1636.

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Marveling at stunning sculptures made entirely of flowers at Art Alive. p. 15 Enjoying bay views and a glass of wine on the terrace at Vistal, overlooking the Embarcadero. p. 9

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Dinner and “insane milkshakes” at Sugar Factory, a movie at Theatre Box, and dessert cocktails at Chocolate Lounge—all housed under one roof. p. 11 Padres baseball games and cheat meals at Petco Park.

Roaming through tranquil gardens and flower fields at Carlsbad Ranch in springtime. p. 14

The Yeezus Candle cocktail at WhipHand in East Village. p. 48

Snorkeling and kayaking along the postcard-perfect La Jolla coastline. p. 23

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

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

Dry-aged steaks and oldfashioned martinis at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House. p. 9

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

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Sunsets at Del Mar Beach. Touring the striking architectural marvel that is The Salk Institute for Biological Studies campus in La Jolla. p. 22 Feeding giraffes right out of your hand at San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido.

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Sampling libations at Rendezvous, a speakeasy-style bar at the US Grant hotel. p. 35 A night at the San Diego Opera. (Carmen plays March 30 and April 2, 5 and 7.). p. 6 Sipping “medicinal cocktails” at the Convoy District’s new speakeasy, Realm of the 52 Remedies. p. 8 The adorable steamed “character buns” and ramen bowls at Harumama in Carlsbad. p. 36 Watching some of the best equestrians and horses in the world compete at the Del Mar National Horse Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. p. 48

17 Wine tasting and comedy night at Blue Door Winery. p. 18 Dancing, beignets, catfish sandwiches and buckets of boiled crawfish at the Gator by the Bay Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival. p. 48 Spring flower-gazing and early morning hikes at Mission Trails Regional Park. p. 13 Midday strolls and picnics at Presidio Park. Perusing creations by more than 350 artists at Mission Federal ArtWalk—San Diego’s largest urban arts festival. p. 10

The homemade pastries at Patisserie Melanie. p. 27

Roaming the UC San Diego campus, with its striking architecture, artwork, renowned research institutions and ocean views. p. 22

Walking across the Cabrillo Bridge, while pausing to watch incoming airplanes prepare to land at Lindbergh Field.

Spring break in Mission Beach, complete with a boardwalk stroll and a ride on the historical Giant Dipper roller coaster.

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