New Eats in Pacific Beach

| Greater San Diego

When you visit Pacific Beach and stay at its premier boutique hotel, the Ocean Park Inn, you’ll be confronted with almost too many options for great restaurants in the area. While there are old standards that we’ll always recommend, there are also tons of new places to grab a bite during your San Diegan adventure! Check out some options below:

Fat Sals:

Holy sandwich, Fat Sals will give you one food coma you’ll never forget, and we’re not messing around. This New Jersey inspired, gluttonous deli was the creation of actor Jerry Ferrara, famous for playing Turtle on HBO’s Entourage. Jerry and his two childhood friends, Josh and Sal, wanted to bring the mouth-watering East Coast grub to the young West Coast neighborhood of Pacific Beach.

Since it’s opening in December 2012, flocks of PB natives have lined up, waiting to get their next “Fat Jerry” (cheesesteak, chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, bacon, fried eggs, fries, mayo, ketchup, salt & pepper) or “Fat Joey” (pastrami, turkey, melted swiss, cole slaw, fries, Russian dressing). Don’t even get us started on their shakes. Check out the menu at

http://www.fatsalsdeli.com/Menu-San-Diego.aspx

The Patio on Lamont:

“(The Patio is) not a raucous sports bar, not a locals’ dive bar, not a hipster beach bar, but a bar for the more distinguished folk of Pacific Beach with an appetite for something more upscale – something with class, if you will,” (sandiegoville.com).

The Patio features a mouth-watering Mediterranean and Asian inspired menu, with dishes like an 8 oz. Kobe beef burger, braised pork shank, beef & blue flatbread and bacon & panko crusted sea scallops. “Yum” is an understatement.

Unlike most surrounding restaurants, The Patio is dog friendly. Diners are encouraged to bring their pooch onto the outdoor patio and order Fido a homemade doggie biscuit. The Patio also features “Dawg Grog,” the only dog-friendly, non-alcoholic beer!

Happy hour is offered everyday from 3pm-6pm. The look at the menu, visit http://thepatioonlamont.com/

The Baked Bear:

Who doesn’t enjoy an ice cream sandwich on a hot summer day? The Baked Bear, PB’s newest addition, has taken the neighborhood by storm with its handcrafted, delectable frozen treats. With 12 premium ice cream flavors and 8 different cookies to choose from, customers can custom-build the ice cream sandwich of their choice. For less than $3, you’ve got a drool-worthy concoction any child would be envious of. Add an extra $1, and replace your cookie(s) with a waffle or Ghiradelli brownie. Ice cream sandwiches not your thing? No problem! The Baked Bear also offers root beer floats, ice cream sundaes, chocolate dipped bananas, and even coffee floats!  Located just 2 blocks from Ocean Park Inn, The Baked Bear is open daily until 11pm. For more information about The Baked Bear, visit http://thebakedbear.com/

California Kebab & Beer Garden:

This restaurant has quickly grown into a local favorite. Located just one block from the beach (and 3 blocks from Ocean Park Inn), California Kebab provides a laid-back atmosphere ideal for watching the sunset while you sip on a homebrewed beer.

With Mediterranean inspired dishes like lamb skewers, falafel sandwiches, and veggie rice bowls, California Kebab holds a reputation for serving some of the healthier options in Pacific Beach. The “Bounty” salad, a personal favorite, includes a variety of seasonal vegetables from San Diego local farms.

The specials at California Kebab are endless. From 3 – 6pm on Monday through Friday, select draft beers are half off. On Tuesdays, get any pitcher for $10 and kebab tacos for $3, with flavor options of falafel, lamb or chicken. On Wednesdays, enjoy “Stein Night” and get a 32 oz. stein of German beer for only $5! Thursdays, come over for “Koozin’ for a Brews’n” and get $4 pints all night with the purchase of an Amplified Aleworks (California Kebab’s in-house brewpub) Koozie. Bring the Koozie back for another Thursday, and you’ll still receive the $4 pint special. On Sunday’s, enjoy a savory brunch of 4 slices of smoked bacon, rosemary fingerling potatoes, smoked cheddar cheesy egg scramble, french toast with pomegranate sangria syrup and a beer flight for only $20!

To browse the menu and current beer listings, visit http://www.cali-kebab.com/zgrid/themes/842/intro/index.jsp

Coast of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk – Tuesday, May 21st

| Greater San Diego

Our hotel guests often ask, “Where’s the best place to grab a bite in Pacific Beach?” With a multitude of restaurants here worthy of the “Best Food in San Diego” title, it’s often hard to pinpoint the perfect place. However, on Tuesday, May 21st, the Coast of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk will give our guests the unique ability to sample some of the best plates from an array of dining establishments in the PB area.

For only $20, attendees will sample some of the best grub Pacific Beach has to offer. With 26 participating restaurants, hometown and visiting foodie’s alike will be given the chance to devour a plethora of PB’s coastal cuisine—from fish tacos, to pulled pork sliders, and delicoius surf and turf burritos. Your taste buds will feel like they’re on a joy ride!

Pacificbeach.org claims, “What could be better than a leisurely self-guided restaurant stroll set by the Pacific Ocean?” Our answer: nothing! Add in the gorgeous sunset you’ll enjoy after a delicious day of food and ocean breeze, and this event truly offers you the ideal day in Pacific Beach.

Participating restaurants include Bareback Grill, Big Kahunas, California Kebab, Firehouse Eatery and Lounge, Duck Dive, Fat Sals, PB Alehouse, Ciro’s Pizzeria and Beerhouse, Miller’s Field, Chupacabra, Ra-ka-de-ka, Shore Club, Bub’s, Cabo Cantina, Gelato Bus Stop, Liberty Pizza, Cass St. Bar and Grill, Morays and more.

Event proceeds will go back to the PB community in order to keep the neighborhood and surrounding area clean. And while you’re here for the food, stay for the atmosphere at Pacific Beach’s premier boutique hotel, the Ocean Park Inn. Located right on the boardwalk with gorgeous views of the glittering Pacific Ocean, the Ocean Park Inn is the best place to rest after a long day of sampling delicious local cuisine. Please visit the Ocean Park Inn website to view rates for Tuesday, May 21st.

Purchase tickets online for $20 at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/346235, or get them at the door for $25.

VinDiego: The San Diego Wine & Food Festival

| Greater San Diego

The California wine culture is not one to be taken lightly, because the state is well-known for its many regions dedicated world-class wine making and innovation.  When that first sip of wine exudes deep beauty and elegance Californian wine enthusiasts rejoice.  If you’re interested in a taste of this regal California wine experience or already consider yourself a wine connoisseur, be sure to mark your calendar for April 6, 2013. On April 6th the annual VinDiego Wine and Food Festival–a premier wine tasting event in Southern California–takes place in San Diego.

VinDiego is a truly unique event which celebrates California’s finest wines and wineries at the beautiful Broadway Pier on the San Diego Bay. There will be hundreds of wines from the best and brightest vintners for attendees to taste and enjoy.  While sipping wine, you can graze on offerings from local culinary masters and artisans, as well as food from most renowned bakers and restaurants in California.

Wine enthusiasts can also enjoy specialized seminars conducted by certified wine experts of Cabernet, Rhone, and Pinot Noir.  These specialized seminars let you sip and swirl the finest offerings in each category as well as learn more about each wine’s popularity and differences in taste and texture.

The VinDiego festival is on Saturday, April 6th from 3pm to 8pm. Hopeful attendees can buy tickets to to the event at http://www.vindiego.com/tickets/. Tickets are on sale now through April 5th.  There are different ticket types available, ranging from VIP to Designated Driver. Or get together a group of 10 or more and receive discounted tickets! Located just 14 minutes away from Broadway Pier, Ocean Park Inn is the ideal place to stay to enjoy not only VinDiego, but also all that San Diego has to offer! From the soft ocean breeze of Pacific Beach to the glamorous nightlife of the Gaslamp, Ocean Park Inn is the perfect place to stay during your San Diegan adventure. For booking information visit http://bit.ly/QN1Jod.

Family Winemakers of California Presents “Tasting 2013″ (March 9, 2013)

| Greater San Diego

Nothing compares to a nice glass of wine. Except for a glass of Californian wine…on the coast…sipped while watching the sunset! On Saturday, March 9th and Sunday, March 10th join the thousands of other wine connoisseurs and experience the perfect combination of wine tasting and gorgeous beach views at the Family Winemakers of California’s 5th Annual “Tasting 2013” in Del Mar.

With 170+wineries pouring, guests will have a plethora of different of Cabs, Pinots and Zins to taste. The event showcases small, family-owned wineries from some of California’s up-and-coming and widely acclaimed regions. From small label productions, to the rare collectibles, attendees will have the chance to discover some of California’s hidden treasures in the wine industry.

All of the wineries in attendance are small, family-owned establishments, that pour at only a select few events each year. Tasting 2013 gives you the opportunity to meet the vintners and wineries behind the labels, and see first-hand their passion for the craft of exceptional wine making. With over 700 wines to taste at the event, attendees will gain a complete understanding and taste of California wine.

The event is open to trade and consumers. Consumer hours are 3-6pm on March 9th, with tickets available online for $60. Consumers also have the option to participate in a “Reserve” tasting for $85. Purchase online with the promo code “VinVillage15” and receive 20% off your purchase! For more information on tickets, please call 415-705-0646 or email tasting@familywinemakers.org.

Just a short drive from the Tasting 2013 event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is the Ocean Park Inn, which is the perfect venue to serve as your home base after a long day of indulgence of California’s finest wineries. Ocean Park Inn sits just a few steps from the beach. We can’t think of a better way to enjoy that new bottle of wine then while watching the sunset from one of our ocean front balcony rooms. Sip, sit back, relax, enjoy! For room rates, please call 858-483-5858 or visit http://www.oceanparkinn.com.

San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival

| Greater San Diego

Unlike many places across the country, San Diego is resistant to typical fall weather, maintaining its famous sunny days and high temperatures well into December. This alone draws thousands to America’s Finest City every Autumn, but it isn’t the only reason to visit. Food and wine enthusiasts will also tell you that November is one of the best times to make the trip to Southern California. November boasts the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival from the 14th-18th which offers the opportunity to pamper your taste buds with the culinary creations of gourmet food producers, authors, celebrity chefs, 170-plus winemakers and more!

Events you won’t want to miss at the festival include 15 wine tasting and cooking classes, a WineRave, Reserve & New Release Tasting, Wine Dinners, and AIWF Big Bottle Auction & Celebrity Chef Luncheon, Tommy Bahama Rum VIP Party and the star-studded Grand Tasting Event. With so many great activities you’ll need to book a hotel that you can call home for the week! Ocean Park Inn is the perfect location. Set right on the sand just ten minutes from San Diego Bay, the Ocean Park Inn grants you the freedom to wake up next to the Pacific Ocean, explore the sights of Pacific Beach and make the short trip to downtown to experience the action of the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival.

The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is one of the largest wine and food festivals in the nation, and showcases the best of San Diego’s booming restaurant industry. According to the San Diego Wine Classic, “We’ve got our eyes and ears peeled for the city’s most drool-worthy restaurants and newest food trends to hit the streets, bringing you an epicurean experience unlike any other.” If that’s not a reason to begin preparing your belly for this upcoming 4-day event, we’re not sure what is!

There are numerous types of ticket packages available to suit every level of interest. Set the date for your trip to San Diego today! For more information on the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival visit, http://www.sandiegowineclassic.com/