Category archives for: Restaurants

Rakiraki raises ramen rations to rate raves

picy Tuna with Crispy Rice, topped with jalapeño peppers and Japanese mayonnaise.  Photos by Kelley Carlson

The ramen obsession that began in the Far East has made its way to the West Coast, as restaurants that serve these noodle dishes are springing up everywhere, including San Diego. One that has become quickly recognized is Rakiraki Ramen & Tsukemen, which opened in 2012 in the heart of Kearny Mesa. Among its accolades is an appearance on Zagat’s “8 Hottest Restaurants in San Diego” list in December 2013.

Bistro 39 treats travelers and locals to its SoCal flavors

The dining room at Bistro 39 has a contemporary design. Photos by Kelley Carlson

As a hotel-based restaurant with a strong local following, Bistro 39 is a melting pot of travelers and area residents. Located inside the Hilton Garden Inn Del Mar, the eatery is a logical choice for those visiting from out of town — a place to relax after a long journey, where they can feast on classic dishes with a California twist in a cozy setting.

Find Italian fare without the flight to Italy at Rosina’s

Pepperoni Repieni al Forno consists of baked banana peppers stuffed with sausage and herbs, topped tomato sauce and served with bruschetta. Photos by Kelley Carlson

The dining experience at Rosina’s Italian Restaurant gives guests a taste of owner Rosina Gangale’s home life. Set in a simple-yet-elegant space in Piazza Santaluz, the eatery is designed to be comfortable and welcoming to everyone, from couples and families indulging in an authentic Italian meal, to customers casually dropping in for a glass of wine. “You feel like you’re in my house,” Gangale said. “There’s no pretension here.”

Ooh La La! The French Gourmet offers tradition-rich dishes in Pacific Beach

Guests enjoy dinner at The French Gourmet.   PHOTOS By Kelley Carlson

While known for its catering services and wedding cakes, The French Gourmet also operates an intimate restaurant that is a favored choice for romantic dates, special occasions and people generally seeking a quieter atmosphere. Simply decorated with a vineyard theme, it’s not pretentious — yet it’s still sophisticated. “It’s a place to celebrate,” owner Michel Malecot said.

Poway’s Hamburger Factory is always a family affair

The Hamburger Factory has an eclectic mishmash of collectibles on the walls, from large plush bears and mounted animal heads to classic signage and random cooking utensils.

With an array of knickknacks on display and a bountiful menu, the Hamburger Factory offers a feast for the eyes (and stomach). Located in Old Poway Park, the Wild West-themed restaurant is a favored stop for diners of all ages.

Sunset Suppers are at the ‘Cusp’ at Hotel La Jolla’s Cusp Dining & Drinks

The Sunset Supper menu allows guests to enjoy a special two-course prix fixe meal 5-6 p.m. daily at Cusp Dining & Drinks, located atop Hotel La Jolla. (Courtesy Photo)

There’s nothing quite like catching a sunset in La Jolla. However, what makes the experience even better is watching the sun drop behind the Pacific Ocean, glass of wine in hand, and enjoying a delicious meal. That’s exactly what you’ll find at Cusp Dining & Drinks, the 11th floor restaurant high atop Hotel La Jolla.

Stratford Court Café offers tasty escape from hustle and bustle

The patio is in a garden setting. Photos by Kelley Carlson

Just a block off bustling Camino del Mar in Del Mar is a calming oasis that’s nearly hidden from plain view, but well-known among the locals.

Kaiserhof’s classic German cuisine makes it a destination restaurant for La Jolla and San Diego locals

Meals are served in the quaint dining room at Kaiserhof. (Photo by Kelley Carlson)

Wiener Schnitzel and red cabbage, sizzling bratwurst and sauerkraut, beef goulash and hot apple strudel: Few things say comfort foods better than hearty German cuisine. Kaiserhof in Ocean Beach has served only the best in these and other traditional German dishes for more than 34 years. Their winter specials feature wild game such as duck, venison, boar and quail.

Hoppy Days! La Jolla Brewing Company joins flurry of new restaurants in town

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From WindanSea beach to the Village to the Shores, eateries of all kinds have recently opened, and other retail companies are on their way.

The emphasis is on taste and flavor at Stone Brewing World Bistro

Grilled Baby Back Pork ribs are smothered in a Korean-style barbecue sauce. Photos by Kelley Carlson

With an on-site brewery and eclectic menu, it appears that the 9-month- old Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens at Liberty Station has developed a rock-solid following.

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