Sun. Sand. Surf. Sea World.
And some spectacular restaurants!
I’ve included some of our favorites below. Some frugal. Some splurgy. All fabulous.
Lunch / Dinner:
Great atmosphere, hip, a little funky, with straightforward, not fussy, well-priced food. Don’t miss it. Seriously. You might drive by and totally miss it since it’s in a random little neighborhood and there isn’t much around it. Do order the grapefruit martini if you like grapefruit and siracha. We each ordered an appetizer and two drinks (cocktail and a beer) and were out the door for under $50.
Usually being voted Most Popular Restaurant by Zagat might send me in the other direction, but in this case I totally get why. There are 3 levels, all with incredible views of the La Jolla coast, all serving George’s fantastic dishes like butternut squash bruschetta and marinated skirt steak with buttermilk onion rings.
We love the top deck, the Ocean Terrace, as it’s a bit more casual and less pricey than California Modern on the first floor. The second floor is a bar that offers drinks and lighter options. Any of the three restaurants would make for a fun and celebratory night out, depending on what you’re in the mood for and much you want to spend.
Breakfast / Brunch:
Let’s see here. Should I begin with my new BFF, the blackberry capt’n crunch pancake that’s nearly the size of our 2-door hatchback, or their crab benny? Their pancakes are out of this world and so imaginative (mango coconut, banana chocolate chip), their scrambles are huge and full of fabulous hearty breakfast toppings like chicken pesto, and they serve water in huge mason jars. Need I go on?
Want more recommendations?
Here are a few other cities we love:
- New York City
- Orange County, CA
- Vancouver BC