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.

On the Map

Sweet Treats

Orange County’s popular dessert cafe Crème & Sugar recently opened its second location in Del Mar. The shop is known for colorful, picture-worthy sweets and drinks including milkshakes, hot chocolate, sundaes, floats, lattes, custom cakes, and much more. It all started with the Unicorn Hot Chocolate, pictured at right. Try a unicorn-inspired treat at 2646 Del Mar Heights Rd.

Fresh Happenings

Del Mar Highlands Town Center, which is already home to a variety of eateries, will soon welcome two new additions: Philz Coffee and Panini Kabob Grill. Philz, a San Francisco-based coffeehouse, specializes in customized coffee blends – made one cup at a time. Panini Kabob Grill’s menu offers fresh Mediterranean cuisine, including kabobs, salads, and wraps. Both restaurants are scheduled to open in the late spring or early summer.

Fare & Festivity

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Baseball Bites

Padres fans have new options for satisfying their mid-game munchies this season, with two San Diego favorites adding ballpark locations. Buona Forchetta offers simply delicious Italian fare from Neapolitan pizza to gelato. Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill will open one stand serving fish tacos and sandwiches and a second stand with an expanded menu of fresh, local seafood.