Restaurant of the Moment: Seasons 52

4505 La Jolla Village Drive

San Diego, CA  92122

www.seasons52.com

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Seasons 52 is a fresh grill and wine bar that provides guests with a healthy dining experience. Their constantly changing menu is inspired by the seasons and the fresh appeal of the farmer’s market—52 weeks a year. They also draw inspiration from different countries around the world and many of their dishes represent the best in fusion cooking.

The chefs start with the freshest ingredients and use natural cooking techniques such as a wood-burning grill to enhance flavors instead of relying on high-calorie additives. This allows them to keep each delicious item under just 475 calories. With a full menu of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, and desserts, Seasons 52 allows guests to mix and match a culinary experience that is big on flavor, not calories! They also offer dining options for guests that are vegetarian, vegan, gluten sensitive, or dairy/lactose sensitive.

Seasons 52 has two locations in San Diego at Westfield UTC and the Seaport District downtown.

 

 

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Restaurant of the Moment: Trust

3752 Park Blvd #105C

San Diego, CA 92103

www.TrustRestaurantSD.com

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One of the hottest new restaurants in San Diego is Trust, an urban rustic restaurant in the Hillcrest neighborhood! Using locally sourced ingredients to put a spin on your favorite dishes and drinks, it’s no wonder Trust has become one of the most talked-about dining concepts in the city.

Trust serves dinner daily, but it’s their weekend brunch that’s really a crowd-pleaser. Some of our favorite items that we tasted on the brunch menu include the Lemon Meringue French Toast and the Pancakes With Fried Chicken. The French Toast was decadent and delightfully lemony. The pancakes were the perfect savory accompaniment to the juicy yet crispy fried chicken. And of course, how can you have brunch without a round of mimosas? Try the Trust Mimosa made with aperol or one of their fruity flavors like blood orange!

The restaurant itself is beautiful and trendy – the interior is decidedly industrial chic. Yet it still feels welcoming! Trust is the perfect place to enjoy a lazy Sunday brunch with friends or savor a romantic dinner with a loved one.

Restaurant of the Week: Grand Ole BBQ Y Asado

3302 32nd St

San Diego, CA 92104

www.grandolebbq.com

Grand Ole BBQ Y Asado has established itself as one of the most authentic barbecue spots in town.  This Texas style BBQ has all of San Diego raving! They are open from Wednesdays through Sunday from 12-6pm with a menu of Central Texas-inspired barbecue that ranges from Brisket to Tri-tip to Smoked Turkey to Pulled Pork and giant Beef Ribs. They also have Smoked Salmon and Smoked Lamb for those looking for something a little different.

Grand Ole BBQ Y Asado often sells out early so make sure to check their Facebook and Twitter for updates! And be sure to note they have only outdoor seating so dress for the weather!

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: 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!