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.


A Toast to Toast

Breakfast favorites are getting their turn in the San Diego spotlight. Carlsbad’s Toast Gastrobrunch opened earlier this year, with toast toppings including avocado, duck confit, and Nutella. The rest of the menu includes eggs, pancakes, sandwiches, Mexican dishes, and more. Meanwhile, down in North Park, Son of a Toast has opened its doors on the city’s first dedicated toast bar. The all-toast menu includes savory and sweet options, from the Venetian with ricotta, tomato, basil, and balsamic cipolline onions to the Madrid with fig jam, manchego cheese, and prosciutto.


Tapas & Tequila

Pioneered by local industry veteran Bradley Evarts, ALCE 101 Kitchen and Tequileria made its long-awaited debut in Solana Beach in July. The restaurant’s Southwestern farm-to-table concept will feature a tapas-style and shared plates menu with private label tequila from one of the top distilleries in Jalisco, along with a wide selection of mezcal, wine, beer, and other beverages. Visit ALCE 101 at 243 North Highway 101.

Beyond the Border


Rancho Santa Fe’s newest eatery is Cocina del Rancho, a gourmet Mexican spot opened recently by Gaetano Cicciotti, owner of Cicciotti’s Trattoria Italiana & Seafood, in the space formerly occupied by Table Food + Drink. The menu offers a variety of traditional Mexican dishes including tacos, burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, soups, salads, and more, plus a selection of over 100 tequilas, homemade sangria, and fresh margaritas. Weekend brunch will be available soon.