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FOOD & DR INK g ui d e black cod. 2958 Madison St., 760.434.4959, blueoceanrobatasushi. com $$ Chandler’s The beachy vibe at this Cape Rey Carlsbad eatery pairs well with its coastal-inspired cuisine. Take a seat around one of the fire pits for a menu of shared plates like pomegranate barbecue sliders, Capeside poke or lobster and shrimp tacos. Craft cocktail offerings include the shimmering Starry Night, but the house mezcal and silver tequila margarita is the local go-to. 1 Ponto Road, 760.683.5500, chandlerscarlsbad. com $ fare using the property’s kitchen garden. Look for fresh and flavorful dishes like an heirloom beet and carrot salad with almond and cocoa dust; spring pea and ricotta raviolo; and lamb loin with Provençal vegetables. Don’t miss the astounding cheese selection. 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, 877.517.9340, ranchobernardoinn.com/avant $$$ BANKERS HILL/ HILLCREST Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant This reclaimed wood-interiored resto from Carl Schroeder and partner Terryl Gavre is beloved for its braised short ribs. With bar manager Christian Siglin mixing cocktails (try his Alaska, a twist on the gin martini), its added a late-night happy hour program with braised pork tacos, deviled farmers market eggs and the restaurant’s outrageous truffle fries. 2202 Fourth Ave., 619.231.0222, bankershillsd.com $ Brooklyn Girl Try the three-day cold-rise pizzas, the roast duck for two and the shrimp-studded, bacon-wrapped Vietnamese meatballs at this Mission Hills fave. Sit at the marble-topped raw bar for oysters and Jonah crab claws. Weekend brunch is a don’t-miss. 4033 Goldfinch St., 619.296.4600, brooklyngirleatery. com $$ CUCINA urbana The first of its kind in San Diego, the California-inspired Italian kitchen and wine shop opened doors in the heart of Bankers Hill in 2009 and has been a San Diego dining staple ever since. Executive Chef Joe Magnanelli takes the reigns in the kitchen with his inventive menu comprised of vasi, antipasti, insalate, pizza, pasta, piatti and dolce. Crowd favorites continue to be the grilled octopus, pear + gorgonzola pizza, and the short rib pappardelle. For large groups (yes, it’s party central), check out the lunch and dinner prix fixe menu options. 505 Laurel St., 619.239.2222, cucinaurbana. com $$ Mister A’s Downtown’s penthouse resto is as iconic San Diego as it gets—with contemporary flourishes on traditional. Timeless classics? The view of the 747s landing at Lindbergh, and chef Stephanie Voitzwinkler’s fine cuisine, which includes favorite dishes like the Maine lobster strudel and herb-crusted rack of lamb. 2550 Fifth Ave., 12th Floor, 619.239.1379, bertrandatmisteras. com $$$$ The Patio on Goldfinch This indoor-outdoor eatery’s a standout for its elegant glass cheese cave housing an international selection ranging from milky and mild to sublimely stinky. Breakfast and brunch have crossover dishes like egg-topped flatbreads and potato skins, while INLAND NORTH COUNTY Avant This stylish indoor-outdoor eatery creates contemporary farm Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens Beer is only half the story at the Escondido home of the ground-breaking brewery. Nearby, Stone Farms (open for tours) grows produce for the restaurant’s exclusive use, inspiring a winning, garden-fresh menu. 1999 Citracado Parkway, 760.294.7866, stoneworldbistro. com $$ MISSION HILLS/ TOP FIVE Mock Up Between diets, power lunches with the boss or getting roped in as the evening’s designated driver—there’s always a reason to lose the booze, yet the alternative “seltzer with lime” is rarely as enticing as a martini. Find your consolation in one word: mocktails. Here, five nonalcoholic drinks that are just as spirited as any fancy cocktail— minus the spirits, of course! –Julia Naman BO-beau Kitchen + Garden While Benjamin Franklin’s quote “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy” may serve as the mantra for those delving into the restaurant’s wide selection of taps, BO-beau Kitchen + Garden won’t leave any pro-temperance types stranded. Order the Ginger Thyme ($8), a refreshing mix of nonalcoholic ginger beer, thyme and mint, for a zesty libation that even Mr. Franklin would enjoy. 8384 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa, 619.337.3445, cohnrestaurants.com/bobeaukitchengarden are also true of its creative sans-liquor drinks, like the Hibiscus Agua Fresca ($3.50). This inventive mix of ginger, tart lime and ruby red hibiscus flowers is packed with vitamins—no need to watch your limit! 1536 India St., San Diego, 619.234.6802, cohnrestaurants.com/indigogrill Cusp Dining & Drinks At Cusp, the intoxicatingly romantic view of La Jolla shores is the ideal setting for a nonintoxicating Shore Break ($6). Muddled cucumber cubes and mint are mixed with fresh lemon juice, ginger and agave, resulting in an exotic beverage that’s sweet, fresh and tangy (maybe even better than a buzz). 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, 858.551.3620, cusprestaurant.com Leroy’s Kitchen & Lounge Swap an adult beverage for a childhood favorite at Leroy’s Kitchen & Lounge with a delicious fizzy Creamsicle ($6), made with orange juice, vanilla simple syrup and soda water. While you’re at it, embrace that trip down memory lane and pair the drink with the resto’s Mac + Cheese ($11). 1015 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.6087, leroyskitchenandlounge.com Sally’s Fish House & Bar Enjoy sobriety at its fullest, as Sally’s Fish House & Bar offers a virgin edition of their popular cocktail Ginger on the Bay ($6). Made with muddled strawberries, vanilla syrup, orange bitters and ginger beer, and garnished with a strawberry, this stunning concoction tastes just as good as it looks. One Market Place, San Diego, 619.358.6740, sallyssandiego.com FRUIT FORWARD Enjoy a Ginger on the Bay with Sally’s stellar view of the San Diego Marina. Indigo Grill This eatery’s rustic-chic Latin ambience is known for being festive and flavorful—two words that 130 MODE R N LUXU RY SAN DIEGO OC TO B ER 201 6

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