San Diego CityBeat - North Fork <![CDATA[Bistro West lacks the “wow” factor - Popular Carlsbad spot has its own farm]]> Occasionally, a restaurant leaves me in a muddle. And not that pleasant muddle that comes from just a bit too much food and the perfect amount of fuzziness from a few cocktails.]]> <![CDATA[When Pigs Fly BBQ serves up meat in a gas station - Vista upstart is a delicious no-brainer ]]> Tucked inside a shiny Chevron on a busy suburban corner of Vista is When Pigs Fly BBQ (1211 E. Vista Way), and its owners hope you’ll back away from the Slim Jims and tuck into some brisket.]]> <![CDATA[Hacienda de Vega has old California style, great food - Escondido fan favorite serves up killer mole fries]]> Hacienda de Vega is one of those San Diego County charmers that feel like they’ve been there forever. The restaurant (2608 S. Escondido Blvd. in Escondido) has been open for more than a decade, but the hacienda itself dates to the 1930s.]]> <![CDATA[Inland Tavern: international menu, killer tacos - San Marcos newbie out to up the inland restaurant game]]> San Marcos’ Inland Tavern (1001 W. San Marcos Blvd.) has taken over the former confines of divey Brit bar Penny Lane and turned it into a clean dining room and bar with a coastal feel. ]]> <![CDATA[Hello Betty charms with killer views and fresh eats - Go for the less-traditional at this Oceanside fish house]]> The rooftop bar at Hello Betty Fish House in Oceanside is my new favorite place to gaze at the horizon and pretend that I totally saw the green flash—not to mention you’re perched right over Kelly McGillis’ house in Top Gun, so get ready to have your breath taken away.]]> <![CDATA[Pillbox Tavern feels casual yet polished - Solana Beach hangout excels at wings and American classics]]> I love the beach as much as the next SoCal native, and I yearn for the day I can move just a little closer to the sand. But if I hear “Margaritaville” one more time, I’m going to stick my own head in a blender to see what it will render.]]> <![CDATA[At Land & Water Company, the unexpected shines next to the familiar - Sustainable seafood is a passion for this Carlsbad star ]]> Fear not, squeamish eaters. This splashy new Carlsbad restaurant (2978 Carlsbad Blvd.) has an incredibly fun menu to explore, with fresh offerings that manage to be comforting as well as creative. ]]> <![CDATA[Local Tap House is the hangout Oceanside needs - Creative gastropub food makes it more than your average bar]]> “Revitalization” might not be the right word when talking about the various interesting eateries popping up around Oceanside, but there’s a brash energy to our county’s northernmost beach town that’s unlike its crunchier neighbors to the south. ]]> <![CDATA[Yoshino Japanese Deli serves up fresh, bright rolls and bowls - Fish so good, you should get to this Carlsbad shop early]]> I’m finally coming clean with my ineptitude after a visit to Yoshino Japanese Deli in Carlsbad, where the fishy delights are so good, I can’t be expected to eat as slowly as I’d have to with chopsticks in hand.]]> <![CDATA[Hungry Bear banishes bland sandwiches - Steak subs should lure you to this Escondido shop]]> Then along comes the plentiful menu at Escondido’s Hungry Bear Sub Shop (302 W. El Norte Pkwy.) to smack me upside the head and tell me that I do love a good grinder, especially one that’s done as brilliantly as this North County star does them.]]> <![CDATA[Beach Plum Kitchen: quality, charm and ice cream - Carlsbad outpost offers sweet and savory starts to your day]]> My taste buds, if not the rest of my body, are pretty pumped about working their way through the menu at Beach Plum Kitchen, a polished new locale in Carlsbad (6971 El Camino Real, Suite 201).]]> <![CDATA[The Curious Fork has passion, a few glitches - Solana Beach café and shop offers classes and Blue Bottle Coffee]]> The Curious Fork (512 Via de la Valle, Suite 102) is a café, shop and cooking school all rolled into one. ]]> <![CDATA[Expansive menu at KC’s Tandoor worthy of exploration - Small Encinitas outpost is tops at the exotic and the more familiar ]]> For such a sprawling swath of real estate that encompasses what’s called “North County,” there’s a surprising dearth of decent Indian restaurants.]]> <![CDATA[Café Cantata hits the sweet spot with good coffee - Caffeine is star at Del Mar café, while food is an afterthought]]> Coffee is clearly where Café Cantata shines and where its passion lies. I loved the deliciously creamy cappuccino, topped with a thick head of glorious foam.]]> <![CDATA[Company Pub & Kitchen is uneven but earnest - Poway’s answer to the gastropub is better than suburban chain restos]]> Company Pub & Kitchen is trying to bring the humble-yet-sophisticated feel that defines a gastropub to this corner of the county, and it gets points for coming close.]]> <![CDATA[French Corner wows with classic pastries and humble classics - Authenticity is the key in this small Leucadia outpost]]> French Corner Café & Bakery in Leucadia (1200 N. Coast Hwy. 101), helmed by chef / owner Alexandra Long, is trying to bring a little bit of that authentic French eating experience to our everyday lives.]]> <![CDATA[Green Dragon Tavern & Museum is solid and unexciting - New Carlsbad outpost of food and colonial history makes for an odd mix]]> Have you seen the confusingly massive colonial-style building looming over Interstate 5 in Carlsbad? That’s the Green Dragon Tavern & Museum, a new outpost of dining and Revolutionary War curiosities in a town better known for suntans and Legoland.]]> <![CDATA[Solterra Winery brings Napa vibe to Leucadia - Relaxed atmosphere and tasty but unmemorable tapas ]]> Using grapes from the owner’s father’s vineyard in Sonoma, as well as ones from around Southern California and Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe, Solterra (934 N. Coast Hwy. 101) makes its own tasty blends of wine right there in the vast, trendy space.]]> <![CDATA[Gordy’s should be your go-to North County bakery - Meat pastries in Encinitas will satisfy your hungry morning belly]]> In a world oversaturated with cupcakeries and artisanal donut shops, it’s nice to have a bakery that’s both bursting with substance and lacking in gimmickry.]]> <![CDATA[6 places to get fine sausages for your weenie roast - Frankly, it’s time to eat]]> Hey campers, it’s time for a weenie roast! Put down your tie-dye kits and stop looking for coyote scat on the hiking trails, because I’ve got your guide to the best wiener slingers in town.]]>