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.


Herb & Sea

Puffer Malarkey Collective, the group behind Little Italy’s Herb & Wood, has launched its newest restaurant, Herb & Sea, in downtown Encinitas at D St. and Highway 101. The modern seafood concept offers dishes like oysters and clams in half shell, roasted whole branzino, and Maine lobster. Other options include small plates, handmade pasta, wood-fired pizza, salads, and a variety of entrées, plus creative cocktails, wine, and three local beers on tap.

Eat, Drink & Be Social

New American eatery and bar Pacific Social is now open in The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch. The social hub brings together food and fun for all, with an upstairs arcade, dog-friendly outdoor patios with games, and 20 TVs for sports fans. The menu features a mix of classic comfort foods, unique specialties, vegetarian and vegan options, and six flavors of dessert pies baked fresh daily, plus 32 taps with rotating draft beers, an extensive wine list, and signature cocktails and mocktails.

Pizza Party

URBN is the latest dining establishment to open at One Paseo, known for its New Haven-style pizza with signature toppings like fried eggplant, Gorgonzola-stuffed peppers, fresh clams, and garlic mashed potato and bacon. The 2,800-square-foot restaurant also features a full cocktail bar and a separate quick-service area for to-go and delivery orders.