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It’s easy to drink and be merry at the new Davanti Enoteca

Truffle Egg Toast with fontina and asparagus. Photos by Kelley Carlson

A lively neighborhood wine bar with a Mediterranean flavor has opened in the Del Mar Highlands Town Center. Davanti Enoteca (Davanti translates as “in the front [of]”) is rustic and casual. During the day, it’s bright and relaxed with guests sipping wine on the covered patio surrounded by lemon trees. As the sun sets, the lights dim and the atmosphere grows vibrant, enhanced by upbeat music.

Iberico Spanish Bistro and Gin Club brings spirited atmosphere to La Jolla

New neighborhood hotspot Iberico Spanish Bistro and Gin Club brings Spanish flavor to La Jolla. The upscale family-style restaurant is backed by award-winning restaurateur Juan Carlos Gomez, who brought El Agave to Old Town. Iberico is as trendy as it is flavorful, boasting authentic ingredients, chic art and a spot-on gin menu.

It’s steak and seafood with style at Lou & Mickey’s

The 20-ounce Prime Rib-eye "Cowboy" Steak, with a side of Broiled Garlic Jumbo Shrimp. Photos by Kelley Carlson

At the King’s Seafood-owned Lou & Mickey’s restaurant, hospitality rules. “Our guests are first here,” said general manager Brian Neal. “The special attention (we give them) … is what makes us memorable enough to be an annual return (trip).” The warm welcome comes from the heart, and such service helps define the establishment in the popular Gaslamp Quarter setting, he added. Since it’s close to Petco Park and across from the San Diego Convention Center, Lou & Mickey’s (named for the fathers of owners Sam and Jeff King) caters to varying demographics.

Old World flavors and style at the Kaiserhof in Ocean Beach

Dinner is served in the dining room at Kaiserhof.

Photos and Story By Kelley Carlson In the funky seaside community of Ocean Beach sits Kaiserhof, a restaurant more typical of a Bavarian village, with its green shutters featuring wooden tree cutouts and a fence that wraps around the roof. The family-owned establishment is based in a sunny yellow cottage along Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. Inside [...]

Tapenade Bistro favorites have a decidedly French flair at La Jolla restaurant

Fish with white wine from Tapenade Bistro.

Tapenade’s chef Jean-Michel Diot considers his bistro his home, where he welcomes guests to dine every day on Gallic specialties with a touch of Provence. “You open your door and patrons trust you to give them a good experience around the table,” Diot said. “It’s really a magical job.”

Farm-to-table freshness at West Steak & Seafood in Carlsbad

Uni Tagliolini and Caviar features buttery house-made pasta. Photos by Kelley Carlson

From locally-grown ingredients to globally-inspired cooking techniques, West Steak & Seafood aims to offer the best of both worlds through its cuisine. Owned by Gary and Mary West of Rancho Santa Fe, the restaurant provides a farm-to-table experience with produce selected daily by Executive Chef Eugenio Martignago from his nearby three-acre property.

Japanese fare served in high style at Katsuya by Starck in San Diego

Chirashi Sushi is thin slices of fish over rice with ginger and sesame.

To attract foodies and casual diners alike, Katsuya’s San Diego location recently scaled down the size of its menu — described as “Japanese fare catered to the American palate, but with a unique concentration on San Diego tastes” — along with some of the price points and made subtle alterations to the decor.

Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza satisfies with a menu loaded with variety

Oven Roasted Tomato and Smoked Provolone Flatbread is part of the summer Mediterranean menu.

There’s more for the eyes than just pies on the menu at Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza. It’s the variety of food that sets the 18-chain restaurant apart from its competitors, according to Executive Chef Jeff Moogk. “There’s something for everybody,” he said.

Nekter Juice Bar opens in La Jolla

Nekter Juice Bar is located at 834 Kline St. in La Jolla.

Nekter Juice Bar, a leading wellness brand that offers a variety of vegan drinks, smoothies, acai bowls and other healthy beverage and food options, opened its first San Diego location June 21, 2013 at 834 Kline St. in La Jolla — turning a historically-inspired cottage into a vibrant and healthful neighborhood destination.

The Hake Kitchen & Bar brasserie brings new dining model to La Jolla

The Tuna Tostada is topped with ponzu scallion marinade, avocado and fried leeks.

Ricardo Dondisch is hoping the brasserie concept at his new restaurant, The Hake, catches on with locals. Named for a type of fish, the idea behind the establishment is to offer a gathering spot for people to enjoy globally inspired fare (primarily seafood) in a neighborhood-type setting. “The Hake is based on our passion for simple dishes that showcase the high quality and freshness of ingredients,” said Dondisch, managing partner. Dondisch has opened several restaurants in Mexico City with chefs Federico Rigoletti and Roberto Craig, who oversee the seasonal menu at The Hake.

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