RVSD January/February 2015 : Page 134

[food & drink] GUIDe superyachts is where we go for behemoth burgers, old-school cocktails and Southernized Americana food. Show up on JFAT Tuesdays when they show diners their N’awlins classics like jambalaya and gumbo washed down with a Hurricane or an icy Dixie Beer. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. 4990 N. Harbor Drive, 619.226.2103, j-fat. com $$ The Patio at Lamont This P.B. indoor-outdoor restaurant has a lush, tropical, beachy vibe. Approachable dishes like the Patio melt with ham, Gruyere and avocado, or the 8-ounce Kobe burger, go well with local brews, a surprisingly good wine list, or tequila from catador Chris Simmons, a local expert. Bring Fido! The resto is dog friendly. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 4445 Lamont St., 858.412.4648, thepatioonlamont.com $$ Raglan Public house This Kiwi tribute from the gents who also own Queenstown Public House in Little Italy, oozes surf-town style from its modernist reclaimed-wood exterior to the gnarly big burgers, all made with 100 percent grass-fed beef and many featuring out-there toppings like beets and potato chips. The 24-tap beer list is legendary and changes up often, with new additions posted online for connoisseurs to preview before dropping by. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. 1851 Bacon St., 619.794.2304, raglanpublichouse. com $ Tidal Kick off your meal at this P.B. gem with chef Amy DiBiase’s excellent potted confit duck leg with cornichons and apricot mostarda; then move on to dishes like grilled whole fish, Baja stone-crab pasta with chives and cracked black pepper or cider-glazed pork cheeks with parsnips. The kids’ menu includes a three-course option for budding gourmets. Dinner nightly. 1404 Vacation Road, 858.274.4630, paradisepoint. com $$$ Lunch and dinner daily. 1701 Strand Way, 619.435.0155, bluewatergrill.com $$$ Leroy’s Kitchen & Lounge This island eatery sizzles with a farm-fresh menu served in an upscale rustic dining room. The three-course Farmers Market menu changes up and makes use of local produce, but locals also love the Leroy burger with bacon jam and house pickles. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. 1015 Orange Ave., 619.437.6087, leroyskitchenandlounge.com $$ Mistral At Loews Coronado Bay Resort, chef Nicolas Bour’s menu makes smart use of local and sustainable seafood, with dishes like grilled line-caught swordfish with chile lime corn and cotija cheese, or corn-crusted sea bass. A roasted local vegetable terrine spotlights produce from Suzie’s Farm, located nearby. Dinner Tue.-Sat. 4000 Coronado Bay Road, 619.424.4000, loewshotels.com $$$$ CoRoNaDo 1500 ocean at the hotel del Coronado The iconic hotel restaurant now has a Four Seasons alum at the helm. Dishes on chef Meredith Manee’s menu include grilled baby octopus; local golden spotted bass served with spaghetti squash, shishito peppers and chorizo-clam broth; and butter-poached lobster with veal cheek ravioli, leek and chanterelles. Dinner Tue.-Sat. 1500 Orange Ave., 619.522.8490, hoteldel. com $$$ Bluewater Boathouse Seafood Grill At the historic Hotel Del Coronado over-water boathouse, this eatery is focused on local seafood and shellfish. Straight ahead specialties like romano-crusted snapper or lemon pepper mahimahi are augmented by catch-of-the-day selections. SoUTh Bay Sea 180° Coastal Tavern Sit outside and watch the waves while noshing on Baja-Med dishes like grilled oysters with jalapeno bearnaise, or duck “canarditas” with pineapple salsa and aged goat cheese. The whole roasted branzino is easily shared between two people and is sauced with bright, fresh cilantro mojo that turns the dish into a showstopper. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 800 Seacoast Ave., 619.631.4949, cohnrestaurants. com $$ TJ oyster Bar This outpost of the original Bonita taco shop (about a block down the street) serves the same Tijuana-style seafood but in a stylish setting that evokes surfside Baja. The oyster bar is a hit, but don’t skip the stingray machaca tostada, smoked marlin tacos or octopus burritos. Lunch and dinner daily. 4410 Bonita Road, 619.434.4780, tjoysterbar.com $ Venga Venga Guests come for celebrity chef Richard Sandoval’s gastro-Mex menu, that has standouts like slow-roasted pork carnitas and a complex chicken mole poblano (order it with a side of cotija rice). Don’t skip the freshly fried churros. Lunch and dinner daily. 2015 Birch Road, Suite 710, 619.397.0977, richardsandoval.com $$ ToP FIVe Buzzworthy S.D.’s caffeine scene is hotter than ever thanks to some choice new coffeehouse openings. We checked out what’s brewing. – AF Juiced Up Coffee & Tea Collective , the hipster-approved, small-batch roaster and coffee shop in North Park, shacks up with Juice Saves when the juice bar reopens in its larger Ninth Street East Village digs later this month. coffeeandteacollective.com on Point Bar Class Just opened across the street from the Central Library, the new Bean Bar has espresso drinks and a pour-over bar, plus fresh pastries from P.B.’s Sugar & Scribe. Sweet. 1068 K St., 503.704.6573 Thanks to Better Buzz —just opened (with a drive-through!) on Rosecrans in Point Loma—commuters in want of a quality espresso fix need never leave their vehicles. That’s how we roll. betterbuzzcoffee.com Top Roast horsing around Normal Heights’ Dark Horse Coffee Roasters goes for the trifecta with an outpost opening this month at Waypoint Public in North Park and another due in mid-February on Golden Hill. Hot! darkhorseroasting.com mug sHot bird Rock Coffee Roasters is heating up Little Italy at its new Kettner location. 134 Sign of success in the coffee world? You outgrow your roaster. With its new Little Italy outpost already a bona fide hit, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters will double production at its new Morena Boulevard roasting facility, future plans for which include a coffee bar. birdrockcoffee.com RIVIER A jAn/fEb 2015

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