Restaurant of the Moment: Oink and Moo

121 North Pico Ave

Fallbrook, CA

www.hstrial-oinkandmoo.homestead.com

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If you’re in the mood for the best BBQ in San Diego and you’re looking for some place that isn’t Phil’s, Oink and Moo is well worth the drive up to Fallbrook. Just make sure you make a reservation as seating is limited!

Oink and Moo primarily serves burgers, BBQ, and stuffed pork chops. If you’re looking for BBQ, get either the pulled pork sandwich or one of the platters. We recommend the rib sampler platter which comes with a little bit of everything: Baby Back Ribs, Pork Spare Ribs, and Bronto Beef Ribs. On the burger side of the things, you can’t go wrong with the Oink a’Doodle Moo, which is a burger topped with a fried egg, bacon, and your choice of cheese. You can also BYOB (Build Your Own Burger). The OINK brand on the burger buns is a nice touch! They also have specials including rare meats like alligator! For sides, we recommend loading up on the mac n’cheese, waffle fries, onion rings, tater tots, and biscuits. The sides are almost as delicious as the main course!

Oink and Moo is open Wednesday through Sunday for dinner – come hungry and bring the whole family!

Restaurant of the Moment: Pacifica Del Mar

155 Camino Del Mar

Del Mar, CA 92014

www.PacificaDelMar.com

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Experience award-winning coastal cuisine and stunning views in one of San Diego’s most sought-after ocean view restaurants! Pacifica Del Mar’s dramatic setting is a canvas for their highly acclaimed cuisine, served daily for lunch and dinner.  Pacifica has been awarded the prestigious Gold Medallion for “Best Seafood Dining in San Diego,” and Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence”. Seafood is their passion and it shows in their thoughtfully selected menu.

While Pacifica Del Mar is normally open for lunch and dinner, they also serve a spectacular weekend brunch.Standout brunch items include the cinnamon brioche french toast and sugar spiced salmon hash. Some of our favorite menu items for lunch/dinner include the lemongrass shrimp cocktail, macadamia crusted mahi mahi, and the blackened fish tacos. For desert, try the chocolate bon bon or lemon tart!

For a world-class dining experience you won’t soon forget, make a reservation at Pacifica Del Mar!

 

Restaurant of the Moment: The Crack Shack

407 Encinitas Blvd

Encinitas, CA 92024

www.crack-shack.com

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The Crack Shack is a great place to dine with friends and family! They believe in sourcing happy, pastured chickens fed all-natural grain to ensure quality.  They also have a full bar program with craft cocktails, a thoughtfully chosen wine list, and curated local craft brews on tap.

With two locations in Encinitas and Little Italy, The Crack Shack is a casual spot to hang out with friends and family! You can even bring your dog! Our favorite menu items include the Coop Deville and Senor Croque sandwiches. We also recommend trying the Mexican Poutine for a fun twist on this classic Canadian dish. If you’re looking for something a little more simple, you can’t go wrong with an order of the Fried Chicken. And no visit to The Crack Shack is complete without an order of the Mini Biscuits and special Miso-Maple Butter!

 

Restaurant of the Moment: Hodad’s

5010 Newport Ave

San Diego, CA 92107

www.hodads.com

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Ocean Beach has always been a fantastic place to hangout especially when you have a craving to grab one of the world’s greatest burgers at Hodad’s!  The food is so satisfying, even celebrity chef, Guy Fieri stopped by to host the show, “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” at Hodad’s.  According to the the website, a “hodad” is a nonsurfer who spends time at beaches masquerading as a surfer. Which explains why their one-of-a-kind burgers are served in a vibrant beach atmosphere!

If you decide to try Hodad’s come hungry, but be prepared to wait especially if it’s a weekend! Hodad’s usually has a line out the door. Their menu is simple, but perfected: burgers, fries, onion rings, and shakes. Choose the size of your burger, choose your toppings, choose your side, and choose something to wash it all down with!

You’ll never choose another burger joint once you’ve had a taste of the famous Hodad’s!

 

Recipe: Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken Salad

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What You Need: 

  • 1/2 c. mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp. yellow mustard
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 2 thin sliced chicken breasts
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 5 c. salad greens
  • 4 slices cooked bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 c. cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 c. red onion, slivered
  • 2 boiled eggs, sliced

How To: 

  1. In a small bowl, add mayonnaise, mustard, honey, vinegar, and 1 teaspoon pepper and whisk until smooth and combined. Sprinkle both sides of chicken with salt and remaining ½ teaspoon pepper.
  2. Place chicken breasts on preheated grill over medium heat. Top each breast with 1tablespoon dressing. Cook, 7 minutes. Flip and brush on another tablespoon of sauce per breast. Continue cooking until chicken is cooked through, 7 minutes.
  3. Divide salad greens between two large bowls. Top each salad with half bacon,tomatoes, onion, and eggs. Slice chicken into strips and place over salad. Serve with extra honey mustard dressing.

Restaurant of the Moment: Casa Sol y Mar

12865 El Camino Real

San Diego, CA 92130

www.casasolymar.com

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If you’re looking for a genuine Mexican style restaurant, look no further than Casa Sol y Mar! The atmosphere and exquisite meals inspired by the traditions and values of Mexico make it truly a pleasure to dine at. Casa Sol y Mar is located in the Del Mar Highlands and it’s impossible to miss!

Not only are they known for their great atmosphere, but they also have an incredible selection of customary Mexican dishes that will leave your taste buds satisfied.  The Chicken Enchilada is definitely a local favorite, but they also have a seasonal menu full of mouth-watering items to choose from!  Our seasonal favorite has got the be the Burrito de la Casa – can’t go wrong with a delicious burrito for lunch or dinner!

Don’t forget about their Happy hour going on from Monday through Friday from 4 p.m to 7 p.m!  Casa Sol y Mar is a great place to grab a drink and some delicious food with friends.  If you’re in the mood for authentic Mexican food in Carmel Valley, this is the place to check out!

Restaurant of the Moment: Grater Grilled Cheese

3545 Del Mar Heights Rd

San Diego, CA 92130

www.gratergrilledcheese.com

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After enjoying success with their food truck and their first storefront location in Mission Valley, Grater Grilled Cheese recently opened a store in Carmel Valley at the Del Mar Highlands Town Center!

A word of advice: if you don’t like cheese and butter, you’re not going to enjoy this restaurant. But if your late night dreams are made of cheese, you’ll want to try the Grater Grilled Cheese menu right away! The menu consists of grilled cheese sandwiches (of course), mac n cheese, tomato soup, and loaded cheese fries. Our favorite grilled cheeses are the Basic 5 Grilled Cheese and the Avocado Grilled Cheese. You can also create your own grilled cheese sandwich! The mac n cheese is also delicious, though more of a side size than an entree. We really liked the Grater Mac! And of course you can’t go wrong with the cheese fries, or Pommes Frites! Try the 5 Cheese or the Lobster Pomme Frites which are big enough to share!

If you’re craving a good grilled cheese and tomato soup or mac n cheese, stop by Grater Grilled Cheese! “Making the world a grater place one grilled cheese at a time!”