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Eats on a coastal trip from LA to San Diego?

kcavana3 Jul 8, 2007 04:21 PM

My wife and I are driving along the coast from LA to San Diego next weekend and wanted to check out the top restaurants in the area. We haven't been to Southern California before and are looking for a mix of places from a quick lunch in a beach town while we're driving to a romantic dinner at a prime destination. We're staying 2 nights in LA then heading south to La Jolla for the rest. Any can't miss spots?

  1. Enorah Jul 11, 2007 10:20 AM

    We just moved to Encinitas and have been eating our way through the town. There are a surprising number of excellent food choices here in this beach town. Here is a thread on it


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      kcavana3 Jul 10, 2007 05:44 PM

      Thanks everyone....very helpful and we can't wait to eat our way through the coast! I'll let you all know where we stop!

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        RobertCarlsbad Jul 8, 2007 07:10 PM

        Here are some of my recommendations most of which will are on the higher end:

        Matsuhisa - Dinner
        Sushi - Expensive
        Beverly Hills

        Melisse - Dinner
        French - Cal version - Expensive
        Santa Monica

        230 Forest Avenue
        Lunch - California - Moderate
        Enjoy downtown Laguna Beach, park on beach across Coast Highway
        Laguna Beach

        Ramos House
        Brunch - California twist on New Orleans - Moderate
        Covered outdoor eating - Closed Mondays
        San Juan Capistrano

        San Diego
        Pamplemousse Grille - Expensive
        Dinner - French New
        Solana Beach

        A.R. Valentien
        Dinner - California - Expensive
        Torrey Pines - La Jolla

        El Zarape
        Lunch or Dinner - 99 cents for a fish taco what can I say
        I rate as a must try hole in the wall for San Diego - Baja Mexican
        Go with the scallop tacos, fish tacos and calamari quesadillas
        Univeristy Heights

        Karen Krasne Extraordinary Desserts
        Desserts - Inexpensive
        San Diego -Little Italy or Hillcrest

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          strummerjones Jul 8, 2007 06:45 PM

          I would highly recommend Pizza Port in Solano Beach, which is not far from the Del Mar horserace track and right across the street from the Amtrak station. They make great pizza with a variety of toppings to choose from and they brew their own beers. Many of their beers possess higher than normal alcohol content, so be careful! There's also one in San Clemente, but I prefer the Solano Beach location.

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            Hapafish Jul 8, 2007 06:30 PM

            LA area--Malibu Seafood off PCH. It's casual but delicious and right on the beach! In S.D. on the other end-pricewise, we've always had a great meal at Donovan's in La Jolla. This is more of a fine dining/steakhouse experience.

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              AAQjr Jul 8, 2007 06:23 PM

              In the L.A. area it doesn't get more romantic than Inn of the 7th Ray in Topanga... a bit out of the way, but it's a nice ride if you take the coast. For San Diego, For food and romance, Mille Fleurs. And listen to some great jazz on kkjz on your way down. For the ride down, well for the L.A. experience you need to try Tito's Tacos. It's not fancy or romantic but the food is good and has a lot of local color!

              1. alanstotle Jul 8, 2007 05:54 PM

                If you haven't done this already: you might want to post this question on the Los Angeles board, too.

                Here on the California board you are likely to get recommendations for the San Diego County part of your trip, while Orange County & Los Angeles County recommendations are available on the Los Angeles board.

                Have a good trip...& please report back what you eat & find.

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