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.


I Scream, You Scream

The first annual Scoop San Diego Ice Cream Festival will take place on Sunday, June 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in North Park. Sample the best ice cream and gelato San Diego has to offer. Proceeds from the event benefit Monarch School, supporting homeless youth in San Diego with educational needs. More information and tickets available at www.scoopsandiego.org.


A Toast to Toast

Breakfast favorites are getting their turn in the San Diego spotlight. Carlsbad’s Toast Gastrobrunch opened earlier this year, with toast toppings including avocado, duck confit, and nutella. The rest of the menu includes eggs, pancakes, sandwiches, Mexican dishes, and more. Meanwhile, down in North Park, Son of a Toast has opened its doors on the city’s first dedicated toast bar. The all-toast menu includes savory and sweet options, from the Venetian with ricotta, tomato, basil, and balsamic cipolline onions to the Madrid with fig jam, manchego cheese, and prosciutto.


Beyond the Border


Rancho Santa Fe’s newest eatery is Cocina del Rancho, a gourmet Mexican spot opened in April by Gaetano Cicciotti, owner of Cicciotti’s Trattoria Italiana & Seafood, in the space formerly occupied by Table Food + Drink. The menu offers a variety of traditional Mexican dishes including tacos, burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, soups, salads, and more, plus a selection of over 100 tequilas, homemade sangria, and fresh margaritas. Weekend brunch will be available soon.