Dine Out Only: San Diego, California

What an AMAZING week in San Diego! Always one of my favorite trips… Here’s my official round up of all things delicious this time. XO

NORTH COUNTY SAN DIEGO

Chris is always complaining about the lack of Mexican food back on the East Coast, so when we’re back in his hometown, we eat Mexican food at least once a day. Seriously! Cali Burritos from Rudy’s in Solana Beach and Juanita’s in Encinitas are to die for. Don’t know what a Cali Burrito is? You’re missing out! Its sour cream, carne asada, cheese, and for the cali effect, French fries. Just go try one, please; you’ll thank me for the recommendation later.

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One of our favorites, Priority Public House, always pleases in the drink department. We always meet friend here for libations and a good time. Their Baja Fireback made with jalapeno-infused el charro tequila, aperol, pineapple gum, lime juice and mango puree was so good, I just had to have two! Chris and the guys enjoyed samples from the 22 beers on tap. The food at this gastropub looks amazing, too! Try their caramel drizzled, fluffy beignets lightly topped off with powdered sugar for a real after dinner treat!

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I’m obsessed with matcha tea, and have finally found a great place for matcha green tea lattes, look no further then Better Buzz Coffee. Yes, this is a local chain but its nothing like your average Starbucks. Such a fun atmosphere and really great coffee and tea drinks. Totally should have brought my Mac with me to work on this post while I was there, oh well. I’ll save it for next time!

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Union Kitchen& Tap is another great yummy spot for more local brews and burgers. Try their Union Burger with tomato jam, smoky bacon, and NY aged cheddar cheese, amazing!! OR one of their flat breads, I loved mine with the Mediterranean flavors. From their wide selection of local beers on tap, I tried a Cali Creamin’ from Mother Earth, it has a great after taste of an adult cream soda.

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Last but not least for this dining extravaganza is Fidel’s Little Mexico. We always come here for our last dinner in Solana Beach with Chris’s mom and dad; it’s like our little tradition. I always order house margaritas skinny style plus a shredded beef enchilada with rice and beans. Don’t forget to ask for their house made salsa fresca and guac to go with you chips- absolutely delish!

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DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO

You always eat with your eyes first, right? While strolling along India Street, I saw Ironside and immediately knew we had to check it out. Describing the inside of the fresh fish and oyster bar would not do it justice. All five of my senses were ringing as soon as Chris and I stepped inside. We opted to sit at a high top and were immediately greeted by our server Gabe. If you’re at Ironside, I highly recommend you ask to be served by him. He was really passionate about their new cocktail list and was great a making recommendations in the food and beverage departments. I tried the Turista, a yummy concoction of blanco tequila, mezcal, tamarind, house-made almond syrup, lime, hellfire bitters, and tajun rim. Chris had an IPA from Mother Earth (our new favorite), one of the many local microbrewers in town. Lets get down to grub. We started with oysters, Gabe recommended the Ironside Select from Washington, which were refreshing, a little buttery, and fresh from the ocean. For entrees I had a kale salad with anchovies, fennel, homemade croutons, and pasmesan. While Chris loved his mako shark sandwich on a house made roll and herb, rosemary frites. Ironside, definitely one of my favorite delicious excursions on this trip!

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