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.


Global Flavor

International Smoke, a dining collaboration between award-winning chef Michael Mina and renowned restauranteur Ayesha Curry, officially opened its doors at One Paseo in July. The menu showcases flavorful smoke-infused dishes, diverse spices, traditional live fire cooking techniques, and creative cocktails, as well as vegan options, kid-friendly fare on the Lil Smokey’s menu, and a Fido’s Feast dog menu.

Tapas & Tequila

Pioneered by local industry veteran Bradley Evarts, ALCE 101 Kitchen and Tequileria made its long-awaited debut in Solana Beach in July. The restaurant’s Southwestern farm-to-table concept will feature a tapas-style and shared plates menu with private label tequila from one of the top distilleries in Jalisco, along with a wide selection of mezcal, wine, beer, and other beverages. Visit ALCE 101 at 243 North Highway 101.


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.