When Starbucks opened on Newport Avenue in 2001, the locals picketed in the streets. Today, this beach town’s lack of chain restaurants and unchanged-by-time streets continue to showcase its beachy charm.
This Month in O.B.
September 21: The second annual Ride for the River Park, a bike ride from OB to Julian, begins at 7 a.m. California Coastal Cleanup Day starts at 9 a.m.—both take place at Dog Beach.
NEW Wonderland Ocean Pub
The Gaslamp brings cocktails and local beer to the beach at this new waterfront pub by the owners of Bootlegger and The Local Eatery & Drinking Hole. 5083 Santa Monica Avenue
Pizza Port OB
This family-friendly pizza joint serves its renowned Port Brewing and Lost Abbey beers. 1956 Bacon Street
At nearly 45 years old, the original Hodad’s location is home to San Diego’s messiest, most famous burgers, which entice locals and tourists to wait in line daily. 5010 Newport Avenue
Chris’ Liquor & Deli
Grab some of San Diego’s best deli sandwiches on your way to the beach. Hot or cold, they are always delicious. 2275 Sunset Cliffs Boulevard
Bo-beau Kitchen & Bar
The Cohn Group’s intimate, French bistro, tucked away in a bohemian cottage, is the perfect hideout from the beach scene. 4996 West Point Loma Boulevard
South Beach Bar & Grille
This place is known for its fish tacos. Ceviche, grilled lobster, and fried oysters all go perfectly with flour tortillas and ocean views. 5059 Newport Avenue
NEW Raglan Public House
Enjoy a sandwich or burger (grass-fed organic beef or lamb) with beer, wine, and cocktails on the patio of this attractive New Zealand-inspired pub. 1851 Bacon Street
Lighthouse Ice Cream & Yogurt
You can smell its hot waffle ice cream sandwiches and fresh baked cones from the street. And now, Cravory cookies! Cash only. 5059 Newport Avenue
Noon Designs OB
This boutique sells its own inspired creations, from minimalist, feminine jewelry and housewares to letterpress stationery. 4993 Niagara Avenue
Add a vintage sense of Old World France to your home and garden with Vignettes’ carefully sourced antique décor. 4828 Newport Avenue
Cuban roots and classical French training infuse this patisserie’s delectable desserts with a unique tropical style. 4820 Newport Avenue
The 3rd Corner
This wine shop and bistro sells bottles for a fraction of the typical retail price. Enjoy them at home or at the table. 2265 Bacon Street