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Blog: DINING

Restaurant of the Moment: Mendocino Farms

12873 Camino Del Mar

San Diego, CA 92130

www.MendocinoFarms.com

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New to the San Diego community, Mendocino Farms is quickly becoming a local favorite! Occupying the old space vacated by Carnitas Snack Shack at the Del Mar Highlands, Mendocino Farms offers a fresh and flavorful menu using local ingredients.

They are known for their sandwiches, though they also serve salads and even vegan options! Everything on the menu is filling and bursting with flavor, but we particularly enjoyed the Save Drake’s Farm Salad and the Steak BLT. They also offer weekly specials, so if you become a regular at Mendocino Farms, you’ll never get bored of the menu!

If you try to go to Mendocino Farms during lunchtime, be prepared to wait as this restaurant, like almost every eatery at the Highlands, gets quite busy during lunch. Luckily it’s located near the new parking garage so finding a spot is usually not difficult!

Mendocino Farms also has another location in La Jolla.

Restaurant of the Moment: Poki One N Half

8657 Villa La Jolla Dr Ste 109
San Diego, CA 92037
www.onenhalf.com

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Poke Bowls are the latest food craze sweeping San Diego! And it’s easy to see why: they are delicious! If you are a fan of sushi, you will love Poke Bowls: they’re basically deconstructed sushi.

Poki One N Half in La Jolla specializes in Poke Bowls and always uses fresh fish and other ingredients to make their Poke Bowls unique and flavorful. First you select the fish you want and then you can choose the vegetables, sauces, and toppings you want to complete your bowl. Poki One N Half offers a variety of portions and different fish combos for you to try so if you’re in the mood for something healthy and flavorful, pick up a Poke Bowl in La Jolla!

Restaurant of the Moment: Lazy Dog

1202 Camino Del Rio N

San Diego, CA 92108

www.lazydogrestaurants.com

If you're in the mood for a family and dog-friendly restaurant with mouth-watering dishes, then Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar in Mission Valley is the perfect place for you! Treat the whole family to a night of delicious food and top-of-the-line service. They serve lunch and dinner of weekdays and on weekends they also offer a brunch menu.

They offer an extensive menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, burgers, and fusion dishes. Our personal favorite menu item is the BBQ Bacon Ranch Burger. If you're hankering for something sweet, you can't go wrong with the white chocolate chip brownie for dessert. They also have a special dog menu if you decide to bring your best friend!

Restaurant of the Moment: Trust

3752 Park Blvd #105C

San Diego, CA 92103

www.TrustRestaurantSD.com

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One of the hottest new restaurants in San Diego is Trust, an urban rustic restaurant in the Hillcrest neighborhood! Using locally sourced ingredients to put a spin on your favorite dishes and drinks, it’s no wonder Trust has become one of the most talked-about dining concepts in the city.

Trust serves dinner daily, but it’s their weekend brunch that’s really a crowd-pleaser. Some of our favorite items that we tasted on the brunch menu include the Lemon Meringue French Toast and the Pancakes With Fried Chicken. The French Toast was decadent and delightfully lemony. The pancakes were the perfect savory accompaniment to the juicy yet crispy fried chicken. And of course, how can you have brunch without a round of mimosas? Try the Trust Mimosa made with aperol or one of their fruity flavors like blood orange!

The restaurant itself is beautiful and trendy – the interior is decidedly industrial chic. Yet it still feels welcoming! Trust is the perfect place to enjoy a lazy Sunday brunch with friends or savor a romantic dinner with a loved one.

Restaurant of the Moment: Las Olas

2655 S Coast Hwy 101

Cardiff, CA 92007

www.lasolasmex.com

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Las Olas has kept the Mexican tradition alive with their spectacular menu and incredible atmosphere.  They serve authentic Mexican food including outstanding fish tacos, local craft beers, and the best margaritas at their two beach locations in San Diego, Cardiff-By-The-Sea and Carlsbad. The food is prepared fresh daily and only from scratch using wholesome ingredients. Cool down this summer with one of Las Olas’ great tasting margaritas or an ice cold beer. Las Olas Margaritas are famous, and many of their draft beer selections are from San Diego’s own incredible breweries! Check out Las Olas today and see for yourself why everyone is headed here to try some of their spectacular dishes.

Don’t forget about Happy Hour at Las Olas which offers some incredible deals. Happy Hour is Monday – Friday from 4 to 6PM. The Taco Tuesday specials run from 4PM till close!

Restaurant of the Moment: The Naked Cafe

106 S Sierra Ave

Solana Beach, CA 92075

www.thenakedcafe.com

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The Naked Cafe is a perfect healthy option for breakfast, brunch and lunch!  With their huge selection of vegetarian and vegan options, there is no way this restaurant doesn’t have something for you!  Knowing that whole foods are the key to living a healthy lifestyle, they have perfected the art of balancing wholesome grains, robust herbs and spices, and the freshest produce to create sensational flavors. Their concept of eating “naked” has shown the population of San Diego the importance of natural foods and how they maintain good health.  So check out this fantastic restaurant and see why all of San Diego is enthralled by their delicious plates and warm atmosphere!

Restaurant of the Moment: Oink and Moo

121 North Pico Ave

Fallbrook, CA

www.hstrial-oinkandmoo.homestead.com

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If you’re in the mood for the best BBQ in San Diego and you’re looking for some place that isn’t Phil’s, Oink and Moo is well worth the drive up to Fallbrook. Just make sure you make a reservation as seating is limited!

Oink and Moo primarily serves burgers, BBQ, and stuffed pork chops. If you’re looking for BBQ, get either the pulled pork sandwich or one of the platters. We recommend the rib sampler platter which comes with a little bit of everything: Baby Back Ribs, Pork Spare Ribs, and Bronto Beef Ribs. On the burger side of the things, you can’t go wrong with the Oink a’Doodle Moo, which is a burger topped with a fried egg, bacon, and your choice of cheese. You can also BYOB (Build Your Own Burger). The OINK brand on the burger buns is a nice touch! They also have specials including rare meats like alligator! For sides, we recommend loading up on the mac n’cheese, waffle fries, onion rings, tater tots, and biscuits. The sides are almost as delicious as the main course!

Oink and Moo is open Wednesday through Sunday for dinner – come hungry and bring the whole family!

Restaurant of the Moment: Pacifica Del Mar

155 Camino Del Mar

Del Mar, CA 92014

www.PacificaDelMar.com

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Experience award-winning coastal cuisine and stunning views in one of San Diego’s most sought-after ocean view restaurants! Pacifica Del Mar’s dramatic setting is a canvas for their highly acclaimed cuisine, served daily for lunch and dinner.  Pacifica has been awarded the prestigious Gold Medallion for “Best Seafood Dining in San Diego,” and Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence”. Seafood is their passion and it shows in their thoughtfully selected menu.

While Pacifica Del Mar is normally open for lunch and dinner, they also serve a spectacular weekend brunch.Standout brunch items include the cinnamon brioche french toast and sugar spiced salmon hash. Some of our favorite menu items for lunch/dinner include the lemongrass shrimp cocktail, macadamia crusted mahi mahi, and the blackened fish tacos. For desert, try the chocolate bon bon or lemon tart!

For a world-class dining experience you won’t soon forget, make a reservation at Pacifica Del Mar!

Restaurant of the Moment: Hodad’s

5010 Newport Ave

San Diego, CA 92107

www.hodads.com

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Ocean Beach has always been a fantastic place to hangout especially when you have a craving to grab one of the world’s greatest burgers at Hodad’s!  The food is so satisfying, even celebrity chef, Guy Fieri stopped by to host the show, “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” at Hodad’s.  According to the the website, a “hodad” is a nonsurfer who spends time at beaches masquerading as a surfer. Which explains why their one-of-a-kind burgers are served in a vibrant beach atmosphere!

If you decide to try Hodad’s come hungry, but be prepared to wait especially if it’s a weekend! Hodad’s usually has a line out the door. Their menu is simple, but perfected: burgers, fries, onion rings, and shakes. Choose the size of your burger, choose your toppings, choose your side, and choose something to wash it all down with!

You’ll never choose another burger joint once you’ve had a taste of the famous Hodad’s!

Food Truck of the Moment: Red Oven Pizza

www.redovensd.com

It’s finally pizza night, but you’re feeling too lazy to drive all the way to your local spot for pick up and you don’t want to pay extra for delivery. What’s a pizza-lovin’ San Diegan to do? See where Red Oven Pizza’s food truck is at, of course!

Inspired by Napoletana and Alsatian pizzas originating from Italy, Red Oven Pizza uses only fresh ingredients, hand-crafted dough, and their own special Italian wood-fired oven. You can choose from their Napoletana menu options or opt for the classics: cheese, pepperoni, or meat lovers. They also have a small variety of sides such as salads or garlic breads.

Here’s a primer on Napoletana-style pizzas: the process starts with the ingredients, importing all the top shelf cheeses, prosciutto, flour, and oils from Naples so you can enjoy an authentic pizza as if you ordered it from a Napoli pizzeria! The end result is simply delicious, with the right combination of warm, melted cheese, soft baked crust, high quality vegetables and your choice of either homemade Marinara, Margherita, or Margherita Extra sauce.

So next pizza night, keep your eyes peeled for the Red Oven food truck!

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