Now that summer is in full swing, locals can escape the West Coast without ever leaving Southern California. Local hot spots are offering summertime specials that bring East Coast summer to San Diego. With everything from clambakes to cheesecake, the beaches of the Golden State will feel more like the city lights and North Shore of Long Island.
The Patio on Lamont | San Diego, CA
Amidst the excitement of Pacific Beach, The Patio on Lamont is bringing one of the Atlantic Shore’s most famous traditions, with their Summer Clambakes.
Each Sunday Summer Clam Bake is taking place on the last Sunday of each month, and will include clams, salt potatoes, corn and a refreshing watermelon beer — bringing the taste of Cape Cod to The Patio on Lamont’s laid back, neighborhood location. Guests are invited to come out and get a taste of the delicious flavors inspired by the East Coast on both July 26 and August 30, beginning at 4 p.m.
FIREHOUSE American Eatery + Lounge | Pacific Beach, California
At the newly reopened and reimagined FIREHOUSE American Eatery + Lounge, Executive Chef Jason Maitland draws on his New England Culinary Institute training to introduce classic East Coast dishes to the West Coast. The New England Clam Chowder with bacon, Cherrystone clams, Old Bay oil and house hot sauce is perfectly complimented by the rooftop deck’s ocean views. For those who arrive hungry, try the Proper Maine Lobster Roll. This spin on the East Coast classic is mayonnaise-free and features butter-poached Maine lobster, melted leeks, and drawn butter in a buttermilk hot dog bun with a side of duck fat fries.
Herringbone | La Jolla, California
Executive Chef and Restaurateur Brian Malarkey’s Herringbone La Jolla is located just blocks from the ocean in one of San Diego’s most pristine, scenic coastal communities and boasts a quintessential Southern California vibe. The creative ‘fish meats field’ cuisine highlights ocean specialties from around the world, with a select few East Coast-inspired dishes. While dining under 100-year-old olive trees filled with twinkling lights, it’s easy to imagine you’re on the Atlantic. Every Sunday, Herringbone La Jolla offers a first-come, first-serve fish fry. Gather friends and family to enjoy the whole fried fish, with a choice of soup or salad to start. Additionally, their brand new raw bar offers freshly shucked oysters, Maine lobster, King Crab legs, and peel-n-eat prawns — all available individually or as a full sampling in the tempting raw tower. For those who choose to brunch, don’t miss the decadent lobster roll bursting with Maine lobster on their house-made roll.
Sally’s Seafood on the Water | San Diego, CA
Send your palate to the Atlantic as you dine bayside at Sally’s Seafood on the Water. Home of some of San Diego’s freshest catches, this waterfront restaurant has created their own version of some East Coast favorite plates. Come in for lunch and try the creamy Lobster Bisque, savory Lobster Quesadilla, or the mouthwatering Crab Cake Benedict. Or stop by for Tapas Hour every day between 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. for $6 specials on draft beers, select wines, and appetizers, as well as their full menu. Dive in to highlights from the kitchen such as the Crab Cakes, Diver Scallops, Maine Lobster, or Oysters and finish up with a New York’s native dessert, Strawberry Cheesecake. Sally’s Seafood on the Water’s specialties bring together signature East Coast dishes and the freshest seafood along the Pacific all while enjoying a breathtaking view.
Rancho Bernardo Inn | San Diego, CA
Splash into the Atlantic all the way from San Diego this summer. Head over to North County’s premiere resort and club – Rancho Bernardo Inn. Amidst hitting the Inn’s championship links, lounging at the club’s pristine pool, unwinding at the infamous San Diego Spa on property and snoozing in your luxurious resort suite, you must find time to taste the Pan Seared Diver Scallops from the resort’s signature restaurant, AVANT. This entree is so fresh that you’ll feel as if you are dining on New England’s cool coast. The hearty scallops are paired with pork belly, celery root and topped with succulent grapefruit. The dynamic dining environment at AVANT was designed to allow guests to experience this transformative eating experience. However, you won’t forget you’re in Southern California for too long, AVANT‘s artisanal menu possesses a homegrown quality that is best exemplified through its approachable cuisine and handcrafted cocktails.
Rustic Root | San Diego, CA
Located in the heart of downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, Rustic Root serves a dynamic menu of rustic American cuisine with a spotlight on locally sourced meats, produce and seafood and house-made ingredients. Managed by local hospitality and nightlife veterans, RMD Group, Rustic Root pays homage to their east coast roots (founders Mike Georgeopolous and Dave Renzella are both originally from Boston) with their popular New England Cobb Salad ($18). Perfect to enjoy in the summer, this New England specialty is made with hearty chunks of lobster, chopped eggs, bleu cheese, tomato, applewood smoked bacon, avocado and finished with bleu cheese vinaigrette.