Casual and Delicious
Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge, Coronado
If you enjoy sustainable, farm-to-table fare, craft beer flights and a funky “island” vibe, you’ll want to head over to Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge in Coronado. This hip eatery is located on Orange Avenue, in the heart of Coronado’s shopping and dining district, so the upscale beer-on-a-patio atmosphere is part of the fun. Try the Leroy’s Burger with bacon jam and house pickles.
Fun For Families
Corvette Diner, San Diego
Beehive hairdos, poodle skirts and 50s singalongs complement the hearty burgers-and-milkshakes menu at this over-the-top themed restaurant that has kids dancing in their seats. Sit in a vintage booth and sample the Hula Hoop Onion Rings, Slider Trio and Cha Cha Chocolate milkshake while watching costumed waiters entertain the happy crowd. A jukebox, a corvette in the lobby and a very cheerful staff make this diner a kid-approved experience.
Brockton Villa, La Jolla
The perfect brunch spot, this historic cottage overlooking La Jolla Cove is a local favourite, and not just for the stunning seaside views and breezy California decor. The food is spectacular and filling, from fresh-squeezed orange juice to the famous Coast Toast, a fluffy French toast infused with citrus. If you want savoury, try the Naughty Burrito with house-made Carne Asada (grilled meat), potatoes and chili crème fraiche.
The Med, La Jolla
With its hand-painted murals, Spanish mosaics and wide-plank floors, The Med offers an elegant dining experience within La Valencia Hotel. The many-windowed dining room is set high on the cliffs of La Jolla overlooking the ocean, and the cuisine leans toward delicately prepared, fresh seafood like Maine scallops and grilled swordfish. Signature cocktails include Tommy Lee’s Breeze and Mel Gibson’s Mule, plus an extensive wine list. Finish the evening with a Mission Fig Tart or Lavender Crème Brulee.
The Marine Room, La Jolla
It’s one of the most dramatic locations imaginable—an elegant restaurant built right on the beach’s seawall, where the waves cast their spray right up to the picture windows. The Marine Room is famous as the site of many, many wedding proposals. Depending on the tides, you may be looking out at a beach, or you may have waves crashing against your window. Equally impressive is the food, and the wine pairings with each course are well worth it. Try the Maine lobster and finish with the pistachio halvah gelato.
San Diego Spotlight: You & Yours Distilling Co.
You & Yours Distilling Co. officially opened in early 2017 in Makers Quarter, an up-and-coming neighbourhood in San Diego’s East Village. It offers tours as well as a creative cocktail menu. Here, head distiller and co-founder Laura Johnson shares the inspiration for the distillery and her favourite spots for cocktails.
Where to Sip Sake Cocktails, and the Recipe for Masa Shiroki’s Osake Sunrise
In North America, sake (a Japanese rice wine) is popping up on menus as a wine option, or in cocktails as an ingredient that adds an exotic flair. Sip it in creative cocktails at Foreign Concept in Calgary, at UnderBelly in San Diego or at Sunda New Asian in Chicago.