Category Archives: Restaurant Reviews

Farmer’s Bottega Delivers Rustic Mediterranean Food

Hearts of Artichoke with parsley beurre blanc served with Manchego rosemary focaccia.

Embracing the beauty of simplicity, Farmer’s Bottega in Mission Hills is a unique neighborhood eatery focused on delivering farm-to-table rustic Mediterrranean food.

Burnt Carrot Salad with avocado, red onion, cilantro, feta, and citrus thyme vinaigrette.

Upon entering the intimate eatery, the vintage décor creates a farmhouse ambiance.  From a treadle sewing machine to a 40-year-old table-top recovered from the ocean, this warm details of this restaurant radiate authenticity. The Edison bulbs, dimly glowing from iron chandeliers and hallowed wine barrels, produce a welcoming and familiar atmosphere.  

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Decoy Dockside Offers New American Cuisine

Cast Iron Cornbread with bacon jam, jalapeño jelly and honey butter.

Located inside the Lakehouse Hotel & Resort, Decoy Dockside Dining is a luxe lodge inspired restaurant designed to maximize views of Lake San Marcos.  

Buttermilk Fried Quail with ruffle honey, greens and Carolina gold BBQ.

Corporate Executive David Warner offers New American Cuisine inspired by the great outdoors. The menu is built around the restaurant’s wood burning oven and highlights wild game and fresh water seafood. 

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Visit Eddie V’s

Crab Stuffed Jumbo Shrimp “Oreganata Style” and Steak and Lobster

A jewel over the sparkling Pacific Ocean, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood in La Jolla offers 180-degree views of the most magnificent coastal location available in San Diego. Striking architectural lines and chic modern décor are the backdrop for diners seeking a special experience. The La Jolla location is unique because it is located at the old Green Dragon Colony, La Jolla’s founding colony. This is a historic writer’s association in La Jolla. The bar area, raised above the main dining room, features a small fireplace that has been there for centuries. Continue reading Visit Eddie V’s

Enjoy Peruvian Specialties

Casa del Q’ero in Cardiff (Courtesy photo)

Every neighborhood needs a Latin American restaurant like Q’ero in Encinitas. Peruvian and South American specialties influenced by ancient times and cultures are offered in a romantic and enchanting candlelit setting decorated with Peruvian-style artwork and tablecloths. Since this small and exclusive eatery is often booked for lunch and dinner, reservations are highly recommended.

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Nozomi Is Longtime Favorite

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Choose from three different Japanese dining venues all in one building. A favorite is the Tokyo room upstairs, where the sound of raindrops from a massive waterfall design evokes a sense of tranquility. There’s a notable selection of small plates, seafood specialties, sushi, nigiri and sashimi, specialty rolls, and desserts. Sip on a rare seasonal sake or a cold Japanese beer while savoring Panko Fried Soft-shell Crab with sesame dressing or Kara-Age Fried Chicken Thigh with Japanese mayo. The Tempura Banana Vanilla Ice Cream with nuts, chocolate sauce and caramel will further convince you that your visit to Nozomi will exceed your greatest expectations. Nozomi, 3050 Pio Pico Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008; (760) 729- 7877; carlsbadnozomi.com; Asian Fusion; $$$.

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Farm Fresh Bushfire Kitchen

Bushfire Kitchen

Bushfire Kitchen is the sister restaurant of Bushfire Grill, the farm-fresh concept that originated in Temecula, California. Almost every menu item is made in-house, from scratch, to ensure quality and freshness, including Bushfire’s organic grass fed hamburgers, smoked Duroc bacon, all sauces and dressings, organic Focaccia bread and hamburger buns.

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