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The gustatory artisans at Ono's Café populate their menu of Asian-fusion cuisine with a bounty of fresh ingredients that evoke the flavors of California and the distant Pacific Rim. Tables strain under the heft of such entrees as the macadamia-crusted salmon, which ladles a regal banana sauce atop grilled king salmon before showering the plate with an aromatic confetti of black thai rice and asian slaw ($17). Bearing a mosaic of temporary grill-mark tattoos, the kalbi short ribs ($14) waft their flame-kissed aromas across the dining room, and tempura-battered shrimp and vegetables snuggle alongside a salad with miso-raspberry vinaigrette to create the tempura mix ($11). Ono's Café proffers an array of delicate sushi delights, including assorted hand rolls ($4+) as well as a signature house roll, which gives softshell crab and cucumber a great big rice hug before layering albacore tuna, avocado, and a fully paid mortgage atop the creation. Visitors considering a drink can turn to Ono's beverage menu, which comprises beer, cocktails, sake, wine, and multifarious hot and cold options for those who prefer nonalcoholic swallowing.

4154 Bonita Rd
Bonita,
CA
US

Delighting patrons for more than 50 years, Jalisco's serves up a menu sporting savory selections of soups, burritos, tacos, tostadas, and more. Quiet wagging tongues with sips from a small bowl of pozole ($4.99) or red or white menudo ($4.99), made fresh daily and served with hominy and corn or flour tortillas. Next, move on to house specialties such as enchiladas suizas with chicken and tomatillo sauce ($8.99), or toothsome and tender pork tips ($9.49) with a posse of green peppers, onions, and tomatoes that tickle tongues with the feather-light flavors of a mild sauce.

4026 Bonita Road
Bonita,
CA
US

Across the street from the rolling greens of the Chula Vista Municipal Golf Course, chefs artfully prepare grilled seafood, charred ribs, hearty steaks, and decadent Mexican dishes. The flavors of the menu reflect its vast variety, offering everything from Mexican-style french toast and breakfast burritos to salmon topped with guayaba sauce, chicken smothered in mole sauce, and steak stuffed with shrimp. Keeping the mood festive, servers pour tasty libations such as frosty margaritas, bubbly brews, fine wines, and tasty spirits into tall glasses or even taller top hats.

4020 Bonita Road
Bonita,
CA
US

Whether they're teaching music-and-movement classes to infants or leading high-school gymnastics, Tumble Wee & Dance's instructors strive to foster a love of movement and activity. Their diverse class roster includes hip-hop, ballet and tap, and gymnastics classes, and they also lead students in a competitive dance program that performs across California and Arizona.

5034 Bonita Road
Bonita,
CA
US

As a New Yorker expose details, chef Javier Plascencia believes in the transformative power of food. The piece describes how in Tijuana, he strove to redefine the city's culinary paradigm with his gourmet food, made exclusively with, as he says, materia prima, or ingredients sourced strictly within 120 miles of the restaurant. He did it, too. In the process, he gained the respect and business of famed chef Anthony Bourdain. After moving to the U.S., he opened Romesco using the same cooking philosophies he prescribed to south of the border, and was recently hailed by Zagat for his skill and innovation and named Chef of the Year by San Diego Eater.

Named Best Mexican restaurant and one of the Top 10 best restaurants by San Diego Magazine Romesco's culinary slate is solidly grounded in Mexican cuisine, but Chef Plascencia has accented his dishes with Mediterranean flavors and cooking techniques. The cuisine is derived from all corners of the globe, from traditional tapas to fettuccini alfredo and baja California lobster ravioli. The carefully selected vintages on the wine list pair with the menu's diverse flavors, especially on Wednesdays when the restaurant also serves Italian dishes with half off wine bottles. On Friday and Saturday, the restaurant stays open late to accommodate night owls, serving tapas until 11:30 and, on every last Saturday of the month, hosting live flamenco music. From 3-7, there are also happy hours?named after what a round trip to the moon will be like in 2060.

4346 Bonita Rd
Bonita,
CA
US