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Cuisine as fresh as the sea and sky at Board & Brew in Del Mar

The Turkado, with ‘dirty’ potato chips and a soft drink, is a signature sandwich. Photos by Kelley Carlson

Board & Brew is more than 30 years old, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, the sandwich shop (with locations in Del Mar, Carlsbad and San Clemente) will soon be expanding into Rancho Santa Margarita and Scripps Ranch.

Board & Brew’s House Potato Salad

House Potato Salad Ingredients • 12 red potatoes, boiled and diced • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped • 1/2 stalk of celery, chopped • 1 cup sweet relish • 1/2 cup dijon mustard • 2 cups extra-heavy mayo • 1/2 ounce ground black pepper • 6 large hardboiled eggs, chopped Method: Mix all ingredients together until [...]

Tidewater Tavern in Solana Beach: Where everybody knows your name!

The garage door at Tidewater Tavern is open to the outside when the weather is pleasant.  Photos by Kelley Carlson

By Kelley Carlson In a region filled with modern restaurants, Solana Beach’s Tidewater Tavern is an old-school standout. Popular with the locals – and tourists during the Del Mar racing season – the nearly 20-year-old establishment embraces the laid-back California culture with no pretenses. “We’re the real deal,” owner Sam Lunde said. Despite a recent [...]

Tidewater’s Table Top Sandwich

• Sliced pastram • Sliced turkey breast • Swiss cheese • Coleslaw • Thousand Island dressing • Roll Note: Ingredient amounts are up to the individual’s preference.In a skillet, heat the pastrami and turkey; add the cheese and let it melt. Toast a roll, then place the meats and cheese on the bottom half. Add [...]

Have a taste of old Milan at Little Italy’s Monello

Brunch pizza toppings include sunny-side-up eggs, bacon, spinach and cheese sauce. Photos Kelley Carlson

Bencotto’s “naughty little brother” is growing up. Monello has made a name for itself since opening next door to its older “sibling” in Little Italy in 2012, already earning accolades from patrons and food critics.

Monello’s Pasticcio

Pasticcio — Bread casserole with vegetables and Parmesan sauce  (from Monello’s brunch menu) (Serves 4 people) • 1 pound “day old” bread • ½ pound kale • ½ yellow onion • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil • ¼ cup of heavy cream + 1 cup heavy cream • 4 ounces Parmesan cheese Directions: Julienne [...]

New La Jolla restaurant: The Taco Stand offers authentic Mexican street food

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When Ortega’s Place Mexican restaurant closed after decades on Pearl Street, the owners of the adjacent Pizza on Pearl — both of Mexican descent — saw an opportunity to open The Taco Stand, an eatery serving authentic Mexican street tacos, basic with no frills

Surf and turf is served in style at Pacific Beach’s JRDN

VIP guests can celebrate special occasions at Table 401 on the Sunset Patio. Photos by Kelley Carlson

Near the Crystal Pier is a picturesque place where guests can sip on sunset-hued Chili Mango Margaritas while watching the sun descend beyond the horizon from the Sunset Patio. JRDN (pronounced “Jordan,” in honor of the owner’s father and son) is a contemporary steak and seafood restaurant in the Tower 23 Hotel.

JRDN Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Sweet Potato Gnocchi (Makes about 45 gnocchi) • 2 pounds sweet potatoes • 2 egg yolks • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg • Kosher salt to taste • ¾ cup ricotta cheese, drained • 1 cup flour, plus more for dusting • Butter for cooking Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Prick the sweet potatoes all over [...]

Sea & Smoke opens in Del Mar as American brasserie

The Lobster Roll features butter poached Maine Lobster, which is simply dressed with celery, scallions, herbs and chopped Bibb lettuce, and served on toasted bread. Here, it's served with Spiced Kennebec French Fries, dusted with golden brown sugar and other seasonings. Photos by Kelley Carlson

Matt Gordon makes it clear that at his newest restaurant, Sea & Smoke, the focus is on quality and simplicity. The chef/owner — who also heads Solace in Encinitas and Urban Solace in North Park — recently established the American-style brasserie as a place for people to feel comfortable sipping a coffee or a cocktail.

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