Twenty three-year-old chef Jeremy Manley puts an adventurous spin on the California bistro, using an armory of locally sourced organic produce and seasonal ingredients from Julian, Ramona, Borrego Springs, and Valley Center. The ever-changing dinner menu regales diners with grilled California rib-eye steak served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, asparagus, and mushroom ragout ($26). The California Sunshine burger, like an avant-garde portrait of the Hamburglar, provides an exciting new look at the classic sandwich with its smooth coating of avocado butter, mango pico de gallo, cheddar cheese, and chipotle aioli ($14).
On the rolling greens of the Empire Polo Club, the Rhythm, Wine, and Brews Fest unfolds for an afternoon of locally crafted libations and priceless rhythm and blues. Guests saunter into the white cabanas of the wine garden with souvenir glasses in hand, partaking in the fruits of local and national wineries, such as Smith & Hook and Fess Parker, underneath the shade of date palms. The scent of hops and barley drifts through the high-peaked tents of the beer-tasting pavilion, where more than 25 breweries, including Shipyard Brewing Company and Lagunitas Brewing, dispense their handcrafted suds. As daycationing denizens sniff, swish, and savor their beverages, the air buzzes with liquid rhythm and blues from a roster of roots artists.
For 29 years, the family-owned Sloan's Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner has furnished tabletops with platters of comfort fare classics beneath the cheerful sports banners and neon signs of its dining area and lounge. Chefs appease visitors throughout the day with signature breakfasts, sandwiches, and specialties such as Baby Dutch german pancakes, garnished in a shower of butter and powdered sugar. Customers can sample sips from the restaurant's full bar while cheering for local sports teams and applauding infomercials on the eatery's multiple television sets.