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San Diego Restaurant Week extended for an additional week from Jan. 26 to Jan. 31 with special pricing for lunch, dinner in La Jolla


San Diego Restaurant Week returns Sunday, Jan. 19 to Friday, Jan. 24 to kick off 2014 with delectable appetizers, scrumptious entrees and tasty desserts.

La Jolla brewer wins three medals; Great American Beer Festival names Rock Bottom ‘Brewpub Group of the Year’

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery is named the 2013 Great American Beer Festival’s “Brewpub Group and Brewpub Group Brewer of the Year.” Courtesy Photos

La Jolla brewer Marty Mendiola wins three medals and Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery earns the “Brewpub Group and Brewpub Group Brewer of the Year” title at the Great American Beer Festival.

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.

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 [...]

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.

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.

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.

Table 926 restaurant brings warm Latin flavors to cool San Diego nights

A popular appetizer is the Steamed Venus Clams with fennel confit, Spanish chorizo, chili flakes, white wine-butter broth and salsa verde. Courtesy Photo

Chef Matt Richman loves blending Caribbean and South American flavors with his own fusion of California/Mediterranean cuisine at Table 926. Richman, who grew familiar with Latin flavor influences while working in restaurants in Coral Gables, Fla., sets his eatery apart by serving dishes seldom found in San Diego.

333 Pacific makes the most of its oceanside views

Sunset seen from 333 Pacific's Ocean View Terrace. Photos by Kelley Carlson

t’s not difficult to find 333 Pacific. Named for its location — at 333 N. Pacific St., just across from the Oceanside Pier entrance — the restaurant is a standout in North County for its views, vodkas and viands. Part of the Cohn Restaurant Group, 333 offers fine dining that draws everyone, from couples on romantic outings to friends seeking an evening of fun.

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