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.


Herb & Sea

Puffer Malarkey Collective, the group behind Little Italy’s Herb & Wood, has launched its newest restaurant, Herb & Sea, in downtown Encinitas at D St. and Highway 101. The modern seafood concept offers dishes like oysters and clams in half shell, roasted whole branzino, and Maine lobster. Other options include small plates, handmade pasta, wood-fired pizza, salads, and a variety of entrées, plus creative cocktails, wine, and three local beers on tap.

Healthy Choices

Choice Superfood Bar & Juicery recently opened its doors in the space formerly occupied by OH! Juice on North Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas. Choice serves up cold pressed juices, fresh smoothies and bowls, craft plant milks, gluten free toast, superfood snacks to go, and more. Everything is organic, non-GMO, gluten free, and vegan.

All Things Chicken

The Shoppes at Carlsbad recently welcomed PLUCK, a fast-casual eatery showcasing pasture-raised chicken and farmers market produce, the latest project from chef and restaurateur Sam Marvin. The menu ranges from fried chicken to house-made bone broth to innovative chicken sandwiches, and more. Check it out Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m