Farm Fresh Dining in San Diego’s North County

With 70 miles of coastline to the west and vast deserts and rolling hills to the east, the possibilities for enjoying the great outdoors in San Diego are limitless. Just in North County alone, visitors can hike, bike, surf, go for a trail ride on horseback, paraglide, and much more. Ask any local San Diegan and they’ll tell you that staying in shape is a big part of the San Diego lifestyle – hey, you have to be in tip-top shape to surf Swami’s Beach or hike Cowles Mountain – and eating right is a big part of San Diego’s healthy lifestyle. Fortunately, thanks to these delicious options, eating right doesn’t mean eating like a rabbit. The following North County farm fresh dining venues offer cuisine that’s conscious of your health (and the planet’s, too!).

Claire’s on Cedros

Claire's on Cedros - Green Dining in North County

Claire’s on Cedros is lean, green and adorable.

Set in an adorable home-like house in Solana Beach, Claire’s on Cedros knows that serving locally sourced, organic ingredients and hormone-free meat is the key to a wholesome and delicious menu. Plus, their building is LEED certified, and they are members of the Green Restaurant Association for their environmental practices.

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Garden

Make Stone Brewery and Bistro one of the stops on your San Diego Craft Brew Tour. Photo courtesy

Stone Brewing Co.’s World Bistro uses fresh ingredients grown right on their farm. Photo courtesy

Stone Brewing Co. is so committed to environmental friendliness that their CEO drives an electric car, and that commitment extends to the food at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Garden, of course. As part of a $26 million expansion plan, Stone Brewing Co. added their own farm in 2011 in San Diego’s North County. Stone Farms provides organic, sustainable farm fresh produce to the Escondido bistro (and to the new Point Loma location as well), proving that pub food can be good for you.

Solace & the Moonlight Lounge

Solace & the Moonlight Lounge in Solana Beach will have you rethinking the definition of “healthy food” in the best possible way. The eclectic California eatery doesn’t serve anything that contains high fructose corn syrup – they even make their own ketchup! Chef and Owner Matt Gordon will soon open another North County spot sure to become a green-eating favorite: Sea & Smoke, An American Brasserie is slated to open this summer in Del Mar.

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Know any other great farm fresh dining options in San Diego’s North County? Let everyone know in the comments below.

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About Candice

Foodie, craft beer nerd, shopaholic, music geek, photographer and contemporary art fan could all be used to describe me. I’m a big proponent of highlighting San Diego’s hidden gems and local businesses and breaking stereotypes about our city. We’re more than just sunshine and beaches (though those are nice, too!).

What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day?

Eating and shopping around my favorite neighborhoods: Golden Hill, South Park, North Park, Little Italy and Hillcrest. Then popping into one of our great art museums and capping off the night with some live music and a a local beer at The Casbah.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

Does shopping count as an outdoor activity? Or checking out the public art around town, like at Chicano Park? I do love visiting the La Jolla tide pools in the summer and ice skating at the outdoor rinks that go up each winter.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Let's get one thing straight here: San Diego craft beer goes with everything, not just burgers. Though it is really good with a burger.

Latest music purchases for my iPod player are…

I’m lucky to be married to a music journalist, so advance copies of the newest albums are constantly available to me for free. But I can’t seem to stop playing the new album by CHVRCHES, and San Diego band Rocket from the Crypt have been on repeat a lot lately.

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2 thoughts on “Farm Fresh Dining in San Diego’s North County

  1. Thanks for the great suggestions. San Diego dining proves that healthy eating is delicious eating! Keep the suggestions coming!

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