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The Best of San Diego's North County

Where to eat, shop, and play


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Hacienda de Vega

This Mexico City familia serves up tasty fare from generation-passed recipes overseen by matriarch chef Patricia Vega herself. It’s also about the al fresco setting with its 120-foot flowing river, outdoor candlelit cabanas, fire pits, and lush gardens. 2608 South Escondido Boulevard, Escondido, haciendadevega.com

Peterson’s Donut Corner

Get your French crullers, fritters, butterlogs, and cream puffs at this donut haunt that’s open until the wee hours (think 3 a.m. cravings). 903 South Escondido Boulevard, Escondido, petersonsdonutcorner.menutoeat.com

The Yellow Deli

Taste great organic food in a lovely homey setting, owned by a communal group of farmers and woodworkers who’ve created their version of a Utopian society in Vista. 315 East Broadway, yellowdeli.com/vista

Urbn Coal-Fired Pizza

Their New Haven-style pizza, including original pies like mashed potato and bacon, are so popular they opened a second location in North Park. Hey Vista, way to show the hipsters how it’s done. 203 Main Street, Vista, urbnpizza.com

The Bar at Rancho Bernardo Inn

Esteban Interiors transformed the once forgettable room, giving it a European brasserie feel where we now love to nosh on executive chef Nicolas Bour’s short rib chili and sloppy joe sliders, and sip the Broken Heart cocktail with blood orange, passion fruit, and pomegranate purees mixed with Herradura Reposado and Cointreau. 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, ranchobernardoinn.com

Poway Midland Railroad & Antique Trains

In Old Poway Park, kids both big and small want to choo-choo on a 1907 Baldwin 0-4-0 Steam Locomotive and Tender or 1894 Los Angeles Yellow Line Trolley Car. All aboard! 14134 Midland Road, powaymidlandrr.org

Solana Beach


A study in good taste. Find haute hostess gifts like letterpress stationery, Laguiole knives, and chic coffee table books. 309 South Cedros, solocedros.com

Suite 102

The latest project of Amy Noel (formerly of AIRR Supper Club downtown), this collaboration with Gerhard in Del Mar Plaza is an unmarked-for-now storefront. Opened in December, the stark boutique carries mens- and womenswear. Find Viktor & Rolf, Narciso Rodriguez, Salt, Margiela, and other labels rarely found in San Diego. 143 South Cedros, Suite J, suite102.us

Orange Blossom Café

The coffee queen of Cedros, Anna Gomez, infuses Gaviña espresso with natural ingredients like orange essential oil for her Orange Blossom Mocha, topped with homemade whipped cream and fresh orange zest. 224 South Cedros, orangeblossomcafe.com

The Good Food Factory

The energetic Amanda Curry gets kids stoked on veggies via her hands-on afterschool cooking classes and TV show at The Center for Healthy Living, a bungalow with a thriving organic garden behind the Boys & Girls Club. 722 Genevieve Street, thegoodfoodfactory.com


Sit fireside in the swanky lounge for cheese and charcuterie paired with a nice Orin Swift “Saldo” Zin. Major design points for the Gustaf Rooth wine barrel plank furniture. 437 South Highway 101, solanabeachcrush.com

Temecula Olive Oil Company

The local, sustainably grown California olive takes many forms here: extra pressed virgin oil, body butters, sugar scrubs, and soaps redolent of gardenia. Foodies dig their salts, spices, and balsamics infused with ingredients like vanilla and fig. 342 South Cedros, temeculaoliveoil.com

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