The journey is as sweet as the destination. Ready for a tasty adventure? Fill up the gas tank. Turn on the GPS. And add these gastronomic itineraries as part of the ultimate San Diego culinary road trip.
Historic Highway 101 links 21 miles of San Diego’s iconic beach communities, from La Jolla to Oceanside. This stretch of road provides a postcard-perfect backdrop to enjoy fab coastal eateries on or just off the highway.
When: 8610 Charles F. Kennel Way, La Jolla, CA92037
Take in the breathtaking views of Scripps Pier and the sparkling Pacific. Caroline’s Seaside Café in La Jolla serves up healthy and creative California cuisine.
Where: 2201 San Dieguito Dr, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cruise north to the waterfront Viewpoint Brewing Co. This is the first craft brewery in the seaside village of Del Mar and serves up gastropub fare and house brews in an industrial-chic setting.
Where: 1163 S Coast Hwy 101 A, Encinitas, CA 92024
Continue north to Swami’s Café 101 in Encinitas to dine on classic SoCal surfer meals. Swami’s offers tasty acai bowls and smoothies, fish tacos, wraps and a cornucopia of salads.
Where: 250 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Just up the 101 sits Buona Forchetta. This is a primo spot for Neapolitan-style pies and northern Italian entrees in a casual indoor/alfresco setting.
Where: 2725 State St, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Steer north to Carlsbad and stop by Campfire. This fun camping décor restaurant serves up wood-fired American fare.
Where: 2659 State St, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Jeune et Jolie shines as an Art Deco-inspired nouvelle French bistro. And it was named one of Esquire’s best new restaurants in America, 2019
When: 1815 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
Wind down the day at San Diego’s northernmost beach town, Oceanside. Savor imaginative local and responsibly sourced sushi at the Wrench & Rodent Seabasstropub.