If there’s one thing that North County residents enjoy more than the beach, it’s the various cuisine, beverages, and sweet treats throughout San Diego. Here, we offer a taste of some local flavor.


Fair Food

In the spirit of this year’s San Diego County Fair theme, “How Sweet It Is!” food vendors offered especially creative and colorful treats for fair-goers, like cotton candy ice cream sandwiches and unicorn cupcakes. Longtime vendors continued to serve up old fair favorites, including corn dogs, giant turkey legs, curly fries, funnel cakes, kettle corn, and all things deep fried!

Local Tastes

budz_tasteencinitasDon’t miss this year’s Taste of Encinitas on Aug. 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Taste samples from over 30 local restaurants and 19 “sip stops” while enjoying live music at seven venues along the way. Get your ticket at www.visitencinitas.org/event/tasteofencinitas.


Fresh Happenings

The Patio Group, the team behind popular restaurants The Patio on Lamont in Pacific Beach and The Patio on Goldfinch in Mission Hills, has expanded into North County with The Patio on 101, replacing Open House Food + Drink on S. Coast Highway 101. The restaurant, which officially opened in June, features an outdoor lounge with a kids’ area, and serves up local, seasonal fare for happy hour, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.