Aug. 3 2015
Darshan Bakery & Café (949 2nd St.) in Encinitas is the latest eatery serving up my beloved baked goods in the Gallic tradition
July 6 2015
The Bagby Beer Company is massive. It takes up nearly half a city block, which is impressive considering it's situated smack in the middle of the congested stretch of the Coast Highway that runs through...
June 22 2015
Lotus Café made a go of expanding to Hillcrest a few years back but couldn't make it work. The original beach location remains, however, and it embodies the spiritual side of much of Encinitas,...
June 5 2015
Irina's Bar & Grill (3375 Mission Ave.) in deepest Oceanside is such an unexpected charmer. At first entrance, it's just another neighborhood bar, with industrial carpeting, a couple of pool tables...
May 22 2015
When I moved to a deep corner of North County (the kind of place where friends get lost trying to visit), I lamented the loss of easy access to food-scene bright spots like Little Italy and North Park
May 8 2015
Diana Benedek, founder of 2GOOD2BE Bakery & Café in Encinitas suffered from myriad debilitating health problemsfrom fibromyalgia to migrainesuntil she started to change her diet and learned, through...
April 24 2015
Plan 9 Alehouse has a great balance of food and brews that'll please lager lovers as well as those who just want root beer
April 11 2015
The Oceanside food scene is exploding, and Masters Kitchen & Cocktail has landed with a splash, bringing an upscale dining room and craft cocktails to the neighborhood. But upscale doesnt mean...
March 27 2015
Occasionally, a restaurant leaves me in a muddle. And not that pleasant muddle that comes from just a bit too much food and the perfect amount of fuzziness from a few cocktails
March 13 2015
Tucked inside a shiny Chevron on a busy suburban corner of Vista is When Pigs Fly BBQ (1211 E. Vista Way), and its owners hope you'll back away from the Slim Jims and tuck into some brisket
Feb. 27 2015
Hacienda de Vega is one of those San Diego County charmers that feel like they've been there forever. The restaurant (2608 S. Escondido Blvd. in Escondido) has been open for more than a decade, but...
Feb. 13 2015
San Marcos Inland Tavern (1001 W. San Marcos Blvd.) has taken over the former confines of divey Brit bar Penny Lane and turned it into a clean dining room and bar with a coastal feel
Jan. 30 2015
The rooftop bar at Hello Betty Fish House in Oceanside is my new favorite place to gaze at the horizon and pretend that I totally saw the green flashnot to mention youre perched right over Kelly...
Jan. 16 2015
I love the beach as much as the next SoCal native, and I yearn for the day I can move just a little closer to the sand. But if I hear Margaritaville one more time, Im going to stick my own head in a blender...
Jan. 3 2015
Fear not, squeamish eaters. This splashy new Carlsbad restaurant (2978 Carlsbad Blvd.) has an incredibly fun menu to explore, with fresh offerings that manage to be comforting as well as creative
Dec. 19 2014
Revitalization might not be the right word when talking about the various interesting eateries popping up around Oceanside, but theres a brash energy to our countys northernmost beach town thats unlike...
Dec. 5 2014
Im finally coming clean with my ineptitude after a visit to Yoshino Japanese Deli in Carlsbad, where the fishy delights are so good, I cant be expected to eat as slowly as Id have to with chopsticks in...
Nov. 21 2014
Then along comes the plentiful menu at Escondidos Hungry Bear Sub Shop (302 W. El Norte Pkwy.) to smack me upside the head and tell me that I do love a good grinder, especially one thats done...
Sept. 19 2014
My taste buds, if not the rest of my body, are pretty pumped about working their way through the menu at Beach Plum Kitchen, a polished new locale in Carlsbad (6971 El Camino Real, Suite 201)
Sept. 5 2014
The Curious Fork (512 Via de la Valle, Suite 102) is a café, shop and cooking school all rolled into one.

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