North County coastal region of San Diego is the epitome of trendy. No where is that more apparently than the
upscale hamlet of Del
Mar. This small village is so full of
itself that it changed the name of its main roadway, relabeling the historic
California Hwy 101 to Camino Del Mar
for its 2 mile stretch through town.
So it goes without saying if you open a restaurant here it had better be good, or it will be gone quicker than a plastic surgeon can make an incision. Following are four of my favorite restaurants that have stood the test of time by providing good food, better service and the all important late night dining.
Brigantine Seafood Restaurant: If you enter
Del Mar from the North
you will pass by the “Brig”. Perched a
top of a bluff the back patio looks out over the famed Del Mar Race Track. During the racing season it can be difficult
to get a table, but if you do its great for people watching. The food is excellent as well and is why the
establishment stays busy year around.
Besides their fresh seafood entrees, they also offer an oyster bar,
their own “Brig Brew”, and the surprisingly affordable Taco Tuesday.
Jake’s Del Mar: As stated earlier
Del Mar expects excellence, and Jake’s does
not disappoint. Probably the restaurant
that is most associated with the city, Jake’s sits on the beach. Its upscale beach flair provides for an
enchanted evening. However, I prefer
lunch as the daytime allows for the diner to watch the surfers navigate the
waves as they crash down on . Like the Brigantine, Jake’s specialty is also
seafood. However, they also serve one of
the best steaks in town. It too is open
later, but to me much is lost when the light goes out on the ocean. Powerhouse
En Fuego Cantina & Grill:
Del Mar’s answer to Mexico dinning is a resounding
“Si”! Located along the main business
area of the town, the restaurant’s décor is a rambling maze of levels and
rooms. It is quite easy to believe you
are south of the border as you are led to your table. The fajitas are my favorite, but their
margaritas are the best in town. For
late night food and fun the downstairs bar provides entertainment for tourist
and locals alike.
Jimmy O’s: The perfect place to catch up the latest sports scores while enjoying some spicy chicken wings or the restaurant’s signature OFB Burger. With the beach just a block it way it could be easy to feel guilty watching your favorite team on the big screens. However, the happy hour prices and appetizers will quickly wipeout that concern. Jimmy O’s also provides DJ’s and Karaoke for late night happenings.