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San Diego Neighborhood Guide: Carlsbad

The upscale coastal city is holding its surfer reputation tight, but Carlsbad is now also showing off a buzzy food and drink scene


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Carlsbad This Month:

Albert Lee & Cindy Cashdollar at the Museum of Making Music, September 9

State Street Farmers’ Market, Wednesdays

Campfire

The restaurant that’s been name-dropped in places like Bon Appétit specializes in wood-fired dishes, like smoked rib eye and charred carrots with everything-bagel spice. The design pays homage to national parks with mountain motifs, camping knickknacks, and a kid-friendly teepee outside.campfirerestaurant

 

Burgeon Beer Co.

As the name suggests, this brewery started by three locals has a natural vibe, with an exposed wood-grain bar and plants galore. Their Universal Secret is one of our favorite New England–style IPAs. burgeonbeer

 

The Land & Water Company

All seafood is 100-percent sustainable, all meats are antibiotic-free, and no endangered species are served at this eco-conscious restaurant housed in a historic Victorian home. The menu focuses on sushi and sashimi, with a daily happy hour dishing out small plates and $5 cocktails.landandwaterco

 

Cafe Topes

Cafe Topes

The daily brunch draws locals in for fluffy pancake stacks and their famous cinnamon rolls. Look for the family’s new donut and coffee spot, The Goods, opening in Carlsbad Village later this year. cafetopes

 

Park 101

The family-friendly food-court-meets-park serves barbecue, beer, ice cream, coffee, and cocktails. Games like cornhole and life-size Connect 4 hold court on the ground floor, with small plates, wine, and fire pits on the rooftop.park101_

 

Steady State Roasting

Nearly invisible from the street, this 250-square-foot coffee shop is set down a gravel path next to a pottery studio. The baristas make expert cups of espresso blends and pour-overs, and sell the equipment to do it all at home, too. steadystateroasting

 

Museum of Making Music

Museum of Making Music

This institution invites guests to play, learn about, and interact with music. Exhibits cover the construction of instruments, how genres have changed since 1900, and more. They also have an orchestra geared toward adults new to stringed instruments. museumofmakingmusic

 

Prager Bros.

Launched by siblings Clint and Louie, this bakery is dedicated to old-school methods (as in, without yeast) for its hand-shaped organic breads, croissants, scones, and other goodies. At this flagship, they also serve sandwiches and coffee on the patio. pragerbrothers

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