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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.

Flower Hill in Del Mar welcomes new Cucina Enoteca

Bucatini, the chefs' favorite, features a pile of thick noodles mixed with house-cured guanciale, burnt cabbage leaf, tomato, chili and pecorino, and topped with a hen egg. Kelley Carlson photos

People are welcome to have a seat at Cucina Enoteca – literally and figuratively. At this modern Italian kitchen-meets-rustic farmhouse concept eatery – which recently took over the former Chevy’s location in Flower Hill Promenade – guests will discover a “restaurant to retail” environment. Everything is for sale, from Italian entrees on the menu and bottles of wine stocked near the entrance, to the customized furniture and lighting.

Girard Gourmet in La Jolla welcomes fall with savory and sweet treats

Girard Gourmet’s organic garden provides a bountiful harvest for chef Francois Goedhuys’ buffet of delicious foods. Girard Gourmet is located at 7387 Girard Ave., La Jolla. Courtesy Photo

Girard Gourmet owners Francois and Diana Goedhuys credit their one-acre organically grown garden in Julian for their bountiful harvest. Their property boasts 52 fruit and nut trees, a medley of seasonal vegetables, and herbs and spices that provide an ongoing cornucopia of fresh produce. Twice a week, Francois brings his harvest back to the shop on Girard Avenue in La Jolla, where it inspires his signature plates on a daily basis.

Bring the gang to hang at Bang Bang!

The “RGT” (Rosemary, Garlic, Tuna) Roll includes spicy tuna, cucumber, ahi tuna, ponzu, rosemary garlic oil, cilantro, pistachio and garlic chips. PHOTOS by Kelley Carlson

Where in San Diego can a person dance the night away under one of the largest disco balls on the West Coast, sample Asian street fare, and find images of Ryan Gosling all over a bathroom stall? Bang Bang.
Open since July in the Gaslamp Quarter, this social destination – a collaboration between El Camino Little Italy owner Mauricio Couturier and Voyeur co-founder/partner Johnny Shockey — is an all-encompassing experience, from the ambience to the food. The scene is relaxed when the doors open at 5 p.m., but once the doorman arrives around 9 p.m., it begins its transformation into a thriving nightclub.

Say ‘Voila’ for fresh, creative cuisine with a Belgian signature at Voila deli in La Jolla

Voila serves an array of the entrees, sides, salads and desserts. (Courtesy Photos)

The new European-style deli on Pearl Street in La Jolla opened in July 2013 with owners Laurent and Francine Hebbelinck guiding Voila’s culinary team. The breakfast through dinner menu (served 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.) emphasizes fresh, healthy organic salads (with a variety of 30 toppings), ever-changing soup and cheese selections, and artisan breads and pastries.

Amaya La Jolla restaurant to host winter holidays specials

Amaya La Jolla offers private dining rooms for special occassions. Amaya is located at 1205 Prospect St., La Jolla, (858) 750-3695,

Executive Chef Camron Woods and his culinary team at Amaya La Jolla are looking forward to welcoming guests to the restaurant’s first winter holiday season. From expertly stirred or shaken cocktails to savory appetizers and entrees to special desserts, friends and families are certain to enjoy celebrating with special menus created for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. A complimentary champagne toast will be offered to guests celebrating private events booked in the Private Dining Room or Wine Room during the winter holiday season.

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