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!

 

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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.

Restaurant of the Moment: Board & Brew

1212 Camino Del Mar

Del Mar, CA 92014

www.BoardandBrew.com

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Board & Brew has been a Del Mar staple for over 30 years. They stick to a simple menu, offering quality sandwiches and craft beer. It’s a simple concept, but Board & Brew does it really well. With a laid-back, beach-inspired environment, it’s no wonder Board and Brew has become the iconic hotspot for surfers and business professionals alike.

Quality ingredients and simple, California-style sandwich creations are what keep people coming back. The Turkado is their most popular sandwich. However, the real secret that puts Board and Brew above the rest has got to be their sauce. A sweet and sour creation, their sauce is unlike any other and goes great with any type of sandwich. Many have claimed to have developed a physical addiction to this sauce, but this phenomenon has yet to be supported by scientific evidence. Kids and adults agree, Board & Brew is one of the best spots in Del Mar to grab a lunchtime bite!

Live outside of Del Mar? Board & Brew has expanded in recent years with locations across San Diego in Scripps Ranch, Del Sur, Pacific Beach, and even two shops in Carlsbad!

 

Restaurant of The Moment: Fidel’s Little Mexico

Fidel’s Little Mexico

749 Genevieve Street

Solana Beach, CA 92075

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Fidel’s Little Mexico has been a staple for North County locals since 1960. The house-turned-restaurant  consists of three different levels, including a festive courtyard, a couple of bars and outdoor patios, and a taco bar. In addition to the fabulous venue, the Mexican cuisine takes you right to the border.

Starting with the bare necessities, Fidel’s is all about their chips and salsa. Once you dip your first chip into their spicy, yet sweet salsa, we can assure you that you won’t be able to stop. The menu offers classic items such as enchiladas, huevos rancheros,  fajitas, and countless burritos, just to name a few.

As a weekly-Fidel’s customer, it is highly recommended that you order the chicken and rice soup, as well as a patron margarita (on the rocks, with salt, of course 🙂 The chicken and rice soup is simple and consists of only avocado, cilantro, and onions while served with your choice of flour or corn tortillas. Also, be sure to order a side of enchilada sauce to dip your chips in…you won’t be disappointed!

Restaurant of The Moment: Stratford Court Cafe

Stratford Court Cafe

1307 Stratford Ct, Del Mar, CA 92014

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This house-turned-cafe is located on the popular Del Mar street, Stratford Ct, and has been a staple of locals for years! Walking distance from the beach, the delicious cafe offers quality homemade food that coincides perfectly with the healthy Del Mar lifestyle.

Good news for dog lovers, the cafe is very dog-friendly. It is rare that you will ever see less than five adorable dogs relaxing on the patio, and be sure not miss the picture of dog trainer extraordinaire, Cesar Millan, that is framed next to the register!

The beach-casual cafe serves breakfast and lunch all day, and makes some of the best hot drinks. If you are in the mood for breakfast, our go-to healthy item is the Powerhouse scramble that comes with with egg whites, soy sausage, spinach, tomato, feta cheese, black beans, and a spinach tortilla on the side. For lunch-lovers, the sandwiches are drool-worthy and are served with the best homemade cilantro pasta.

Before leaving, do yourself a favor and order the Comfort Bowl. Don’t let the name deceive you as it is a warm drink that consists of frothed soy milk, honey, and chamomile tea.  Although simple, it is surely one of the most delicious things we have ever been lucky enough to taste!

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Restaurant of The Moment: Beaming

Beaming

2683 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014

858.481.1222

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Want to feel healthy without compromise? Beaming, an organic superfood café located in Del Mar, has perfected the art of making healthy taste delicious. Committed to spreading the value of plant based foods and how they can heal and transform both the body and soul, they offer a menu consisting of a wide variety of  vegan, gluten free, preservative free, dairy free and raw items.

Beaming makes healthy taste good by only using the freshest vegetables, fruits, and superfoods available to deliver a menu that is packed with both nutrients and flavor. The menu includes made to order superfood smoothies, cold pressed juices, salads, soups, baked goods, and so much more!

Their most popular smoothie, the “Rockstar” is named after how you will be feeling after drinking it! It is loaded with superfoods that reduce inflammation, stimulate muscle recovery, and even give you a natural boost of energy, with an incredible flavor to boot! Contemplating a juice cleanse? Think again! Beaming’s  cleanse programs incorporates food as well as juice for the ultimate reset, without  getting “hangry.”  Get to beaming today and do you, and your health, a favor!

 

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Five Things To Know About Del Mar

Whether you’re a local resident or visitor, here are five things you might not know about Del Mar, CA.

Insider Tip #1: Del Mar Pier

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The Del Mar Pier, originally built in 1908, was one of Del Mar’s iconic landmarks before getting torn down in 1958. Naval infantry use to jump off the end of it in preparation for WW II. Surfers were also seen jumping off the end of it right into the surf lineup. Many local residents and visitors that go to 15th street during the winter months on low tide can see old remains of the pier. 

Looking at Del Mar today, it’s hard to imagine that there used to be a pier that ran right through the middle of the beach. The pier can be seen in old photos from the mid to early 1900’s.

Insider Tip #2: Surfing in Del Mar

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Since Del Mar is located where it is in San Diego, it picks up all kinds of swells from big northwest winter swells to the fun summer south swells. Excellent for all levels of surfers! What people don’t know about surfing in Del Mar is that from 8th-15th streets, there is a reef that runs along the ocean floor which causes that stretch of beach to break differently. However, from 17th St over to Dog beach there’s a beach break which consists of a sand bottom. 

The stretch of reef and beach break in Del Mar makes for a series of different breaks. Depending on ones level of surfing, the reef offers more of a sloppy take off which could be favored by more beginners surfers however a low tide and big swell at the reef could cause steeper and faster waves. The stretch of beach break from 17th-Dog beach picks up all types of swells, but only breaks right on certain swell directions and if the sand is shifted in the right spots. Get out there and give it a go!

 

Insider Tip #3: Best Time to Visit Del Mar

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The best time to visit Del Mar is Sept-Nov. Most tourist have left, the “June gloom” that brings in the Marine layer is usually gone, and weather is typically glorious! During the summer months Del Mar tends to get flooded with people due to its beautiful beaches and weather. What many people don’t know is that once August passes the weather chooses to hang around until late October. 

Being able to enjoy the sunny 70 degree weather from September-October with no one around makes Del Mar seem like an oasis at times. The time one spends at the beach in Del Mar during those months will change your life for the better!

Insider Tip #4: Local Dining Spot “Board and Brew”

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The place where you’ll most likely find a line for food is Board and Brew (they truly have the secret sauce!) Board and Brew has every type of Sandwich imaginable, from the Turkado, to the Baja Beef, and lastly the Italian Sub. Board and Brew is one of those places sandwich lovers dream about. Since Board and Brew is located right next to the beach, there’s nothing like grabbing a sandwich and heading down to the beautiful Del Mar coastal cliffs to enjoy the view and your sandwich. 

Board and Brew offers many types of sandwiches, but one must not forget to ask for a side of the secret sauce. This sauce will put your sandwich on a whole new level!

Insider Tip #5: “Daybreak at Del Mar”

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During Racing season, a fun thing that most people (even locals!) don’t know about is “Daybreak at Del Mar” where you can go get the best seats, have a reasonable, simple breakfast, and watch the racehorses get exercised. Being able to enjoy a Sunday breakfast while watching the horses warm up is an experience many racing fans will ever get to see. Getting an inside look at the horses before they race could also be a key factor in walking away with a nice cash payout on your Sunday afternoon.

 

We encourage you to share any insider tips about Del Mar you may have with us in the comments!