The New Year brings us tableside cocktails, prime-aged meats, new restaurant openings, low-cal cocktails and so much more. So get out there, and opt to eat and drink the best our city has to offer!
ELEVATE YOUR MEAT:
Carne Prima – The newly opened Italian Steakhouse boasts a swank interior and roomy patio overlooking prime 5th Ave. It also offers an unmatched selection of USDA prime-aged steaks, which they patiently age in-house. In addition, they carry hard-to-find cuts like wagyu, and a 32oz. Tomahawk long bone that’s carved tableside. So get ready to be impressed, and up your meat game this year. www.carneprima.com
Fish and chips is a hot dish of English origin but has become widely popular around the world. Battered and fried fish with deep-fried chips, this comfort food is a favorite at San Diego restaurants. We’ve rounded up the best places in the county to get your fish and chips fix.
Down by the shore,PB Shore Club has given their Fish N’ Chips a Southern California twist! Four pieces of beer battered Pacific Cod served with house sauce, tartar sauce and cocktail sauce. You also get your choice of tots, fruit, mixed greens, onion rings and fries. Wash it all down with Shore Club’s draft Modelo Especial’s.
A neighborhood chef-driven tavern, WESTROOT tavern in Carmel Valley has been serving heaping portions of Southern California inspired dishes. Listed under the comfort plates, the Fish & Chips WESTROOT tavern will fill you with comfort. Battered seasonal white fish served with root slaw and seasoned fries with jalapeno tartar sauce.
Surfing and San Diego go hand-in-hand, even in the middle of winter. A long day of surfing and enjoying the beach can leave you hungry and parched. If your inner surfer is growling for some grub after a surf session at one of the city’s best beaches, make sure to check out these hotspots near the water
Looking for an energetic atmosphere and great post-surfing munchies in Pacific Beach? Situated in the heart of one of San Diego’s most lively neighborhoods, PB Shore Club boasts a panoramic view of the San Diego sea. If you’re ready to feast after an early morning surf sesh, check out the Crab Cake Benny with fried crab cake, grilled tomato and house potatoes. Whether your hunger kicks in in the morning or late at night, PB Shore Club serves up satisfying meals all day long. The late-night menu with classic snacks and the tacos are not to be missed!
Weekends are never complete without brunch paired with a good cocktail. Bottomless mimosas are great, but these San Diego brunch hot spots offer something better that will turn the most important meal of the day into your favorite meal of the week.
While they specialize in fresh, farm-to-table eats, Farmer’s Bottega in Mission Hills also knows that booze and brunch is a match made in heaven. Complement your meal with their Kombucha Mule, which combines mint, lime, orange liquor, lemonade and ginger kombucha, this drink will be sure to perk up your morning.
Barrel Republic in Oceanside California, boasts a modern yet rustic barn atmosphere complete with wood barrels filled with 60 tap handles for beer aficionados to freely pour and enjoy. “The food menu is uniquely created for the Barrel; scratch, fresh and original craft food for craft beer,” says Executive Chef Michael Brown of Barrel Republic’s Oceanside location. “We use seasonal organic and local produce when it’s available, and all of our ingredients are sustainable.”
Brown attended Baltimore Culinary Arts Institute and has been in the kitchen for over thirty years since. He especially enjoyed his time working and learning from chef Michel Richard at Citronelle. “I am still learning the skills of the craft,” he says. “My knife skills are really strong, but my best skill is over-all kitchen leadership.”
Whether served blended, on the rocks or neat; these cocktails are as unique to their countries as any national dish and this is where you can find them in San Diego.
Pina Colada – Puerto Rico
Do you like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain? The blended mixture of rum, pineapple and coconut cream can transport you to a Caribbean island. Many people claim to have been the ones that created this quintessential Puerto Rican cocktail but Tavern at the beach gives it a nice little PB kick. The Frozen Pineapple Express is whipped up Appleton Jamaican rum, spiced liqueur, fresh pineapple, coconut cream and lime.