This coffee purveyor now rivals Starbuck's for bragging rights for the world's most popular coffee. The bright and lively coffeehouse is a central meeting place for both locals and visitors of La Jolla. Outdoor and indoor seating allow a picturesque break from all the local shopping. Bulk sales of coffees and fine teas are available. Fresh-baked pastries and light lunch selections, including sandwiches and soups, are sold here as well.
Only steps away from the famous La Jolla Shore, this establishment is always crowded with locals, ranging from college students to business professionals. An eclectic assortment of tables and chairs is accompanied by lively jazz music playing overhead. In addition, a surprisingly extensive menu features breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Popular entrees include the Tuna Melt, Shrimp Pasta Salad, and Turkey Lasagna. Meanwhile, dozens of pastries line a glass display case at the order counter. Choose from tarts, cakes, croissants and danish.
The atmosphere at this popular restaurant and bar is best characterized as colorful. The bright yellow sign, along with a front door featuring yellow, blue and green prints, welcome guests into the restaurant. Once inside, guests will notice colorful tabletops as well as mural-covered walls. The small, busy restaurant offers juke box music and a big bar. Carne asada- grilled steak, tops the menu, including combination of tacos, tortas and burritos. The place also offers marinated steak with a cheese enchilada and guacamole. Jose's Court Room is the place for great craft cocktails and delectable eats done the authentic Mexican way.
The Shores Steak & Seafood restaurant combines classic steakhouse favorites and innovative coastal cuisine with spectacular oceanfront views. Their focus is on exceptional quality and fresh local ingredients. The restaurant's surf-side views and inviting atmosphere make for a dining experience you won't soon forget. The restaurant is located at the Sea Lodge Hotel on La Jolla Shores. Call or visit their website for menus and reservations.
Fresco Trattoria & Bar at Carlsbad is an upscale Italian restaurant with an extensive menu of pasta, pizza, soup and salads. The restaurant is cozy and charming with its cream and coffee hues, dark wooden furniture, hand painted murals, lovely outdoor patios and its close proximity to the ocean. You can just hear the waves calling out to you if you are dining at the patio. The food is a work of love, deliciously hearty and soul warming such as the Rigatoni Salsiccia alla Siciliana, Veal Milanese, Pizza Rustica and Linguine Mare Mosso. And a delightful end with desserts like chocolate souffle, raspberry sorbet and pastries. Fresco has an amazing wine list, so whether you are a wine aficionado or a newbie, you will have plenty to choose from. The restaurant has got two patios while one is by the sidewalk with a lot of tables laid in front, the other is wonderfully landscaped. Fresco is ideal for a memorable evening of romance.
Featuring handcrafted brews, tasty entrees and an upbeat atmosphere, this restaurant is popular among locals and tourists alike. Inside, the bar holds a prominent spot, spanning one long wall. Tall tables are accompanied by a black and white decor. An outside patio is also available. The lunchtime menu offers pizzas, soups, salads, sandwiches and more. At dinnertime, try one of the house specialties. Creole Chicken Penne Pasta and Lobster Tacos Vera Cruz are both customer favorites. Remember to try a handcrafted lager or ale with your meal.
Take a break from your everyday food and savor flavorsome street-style Mexican delicacies at Señor Grubby’s. Their extensive menu features a slew of tacos, burritos, rice bowls, breakfast specials, and other classic Mexican fare. There is a special menu for the little ones as well. Loyal patrons swear by their Carlsbad Burrito, Cali to Denver Scramble, and Machaca Plate. The decor is pleasant with thoughtful lighting accents and wooden furnishings. A laid back vibe, prompt staff and pocket-friendly prices make you keep coming back for more.
Located on the second story of a trendy Carlsbad shopping arena, Gregorio's Italian Restaurant sports a modern atmosphere and top-notch cuisine. Inside, black and white decor creates a contemporary look. Customers are seated among black tables and chairs, or at the sleek bar. On the outside, several umbrella-topped tables line the balcony, overlooking downtown Carlsbad. Specialty pizzas are popular. Consider eggplant pizza, with mozzarella, plum tomatoes, fresh garlic and eggplant. The restaurant serves delicious pasta entrees as well. Pasta Emilia offers vodka cream sauce with peas and mushrooms.
Not many people are aware about Yoshino Japanese Deli but those in the know queue outside for its delightful seafood dishes. It is best known for sushi rolls and poke bowls in varieties like yellowfin tuna, salmon and crab. Try the Spicy Salmon Roll and the Ahi or Tuna Poke Bowls with visually-appealing garnishes such as wasabi, avocados and green salad. This restaurant offers good value for money with reasonable prices on flavorful Japanese food. It is open for only three hours for lunch and has few seats, hence it is wise to head here early if you wish to dine-in. Be sure to carry sufficient cash as this eatery does not accept credit cards.
The PCH Sports Bar and Grill is located just steps away from the beach in Oceanside, CA. For those who cannot find a good place to grab breakfast, they serve breakfast starting at 7:00. Breakfast items include omelets, Huevos Rancheros, and more. They also serve lunch and dinner, which includes various burgers, sandwiches, and other items. For those who just want to sit at the bar, watch the latest game, and drink a beer, they serve plenty of bottled and draft beers. Along with great games to watch, PCH Sports Bar and Grill also has pool, which people can play for free Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday nights. -Erick Pettersen