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

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.


Making a Splash

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A new dining destination recently opened its doors in Sabre Springs. The Florence is a restaurant, cocktail bar, and cafe. The restaurant’s namesake, San Diego native Florence Chadwick, was the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions, the Catalina Channel, the Straits of Gibraltar, the Bosporus, and the Dardanelles. The Florence pays homage with its sea-inspired menu and decor, as well as memorabilia from the Chadwick family archives.

TASTY TRENDS

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.