Restaurant of the Moment: Coop’s BBQ

2625 Lemon Grove Ave

Lemon Grove, CA 91945

www.coopsbbq.com

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For an amazing BBQ experience, you have to visit Coop’s West Texas BBQ in Lemon Grove! Trust us – it’s worth the drive!

The shop itself is small so be prepared to wait in line especially if it’s near lunch or dinner time. But all great things take time and Coop’s BBQ is no exception. The storefront definitely has a hole-in-the-wall feel…which is a nice change if you’re used to going to Phil’s. You definitely get the sense that you’re supporting a local San Diego institution!

You can order their meats on sandwiches, on a plate with sides, or just the meat by itself! Can’t decide what to get? Try the sampler platter! We recommend getting either the pulled pork sandwich or the pork ribs. The meat is tender, smoky, and topped with some of the best BBQ sauce we’ve ever had! For the sides, we recommend the mac ‘n’ cheese, cornbread, and red beans and rice.

For an authentic BBQ experience that’s a little off the beaten path, visit one of San Diego’s hidden gems, Coop’s West Texas BBQ!

Restaurant of the Moment: Las Olas

2655 S Coast Hwy 101

Cardiff, CA 92007

www.lasolasmex.com

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Las Olas has kept the Mexican tradition alive with their spectacular menu and incredible atmosphere.  They serve authentic Mexican food including outstanding fish tacos, local craft beers, and the best margaritas at their two beach locations in San Diego, Cardiff-By-The-Sea and Carlsbad. The food is prepared fresh daily and only from scratch using wholesome ingredients. Cool down this summer with one of Las Olas’ great tasting margaritas or an ice cold beer. Las Olas Margaritas are famous, and many of their draft beer selections are from San Diego’s own incredible breweries! Check out Las Olas today and see for yourself why everyone is headed here to try some of their spectacular dishes.

Don’t forget about Happy Hour at Las Olas which offers some incredible deals. Happy Hour is Monday – Friday from 4 to 6PM. The Taco Tuesday specials run from 4PM till close!

Restaurant of the Moment: The Naked Cafe

106 S Sierra Ave

Solana Beach, CA 92075

www.thenakedcafe.com

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The Naked Cafe is a perfect healthy option for breakfast, brunch and lunch!  With their huge selection of vegetarian and vegan options, there is no way this restaurant doesn’t have something for you!  Knowing that whole foods are the key to living a healthy lifestyle, they have perfected the art of balancing wholesome grains, robust herbs and spices, and the freshest produce to create sensational flavors. Their concept of eating “naked” has shown the population of San Diego the importance of natural foods and how they maintain good health.  So check out this fantastic restaurant and see why all of San Diego is enthralled by their delicious plates and warm atmosphere!

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: 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!”

 

Restaurant of The Moment: Rimel’s Rotisserie

12955 El Camino Real Suite G-2

San Diego, CA 92130

www.rimelsrestaurants.com

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Rimel’s is a popular family-owned restaurant located in the Del Mar Highlands. The all-natural, healthy, and locally-grown menu has been a success for over 22 years. The rotisserie kitchen cooks everything over oak, which is milled from their local ranch, and serves grass-fed, Animal Welfare Association approved meats. The bulk of the fish served is supplied from their own fish company that is long-line caught and local when possible.

Our favorite menu item at Rimel’s has to be the pot-stickers. They are crisped to perfection and lathered in a mix of three homemade sauces. You also can’t miss their rotisserie chicken, which is juicy, flavorful, and all-natural. Other delicious menu items include the steaming rice bowls, tortilla roja soup, and the simple, grilled fish tacos. Most plates are served with rice, beans, and as many of their sauces as you desire.

Rimel’s also has two other locations in La Jolla and Cardiff-By-The-Sea.