Jake's Del Mar: A User's Guide
Oceanside eatery with steaks, seafood, and a bounty of gluten-free options.
Appetizer: seafood cocktail with shrimp, lobster, and orange-chili sauce
From the sea: schezwan-glazed salmon with bacon-scented dashi, shiitake mushrooms, and pickled mustard seeds
From the land: porter-beer-braised short rib with tomato-horseradish gremolata
Dessert: Hula pie—macadamia-nut ice cream on a dark-chocolate cookie crust topped with fudge, whipped cream, and more macadamias
Where to Sit: To make the most of this beachside experience, try snagging a table next to the floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the Pacific.
When to Go: Head in between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. for happy hour. Jake's specials extend beyond the typical drinks and appetizers into the realm of fresh seafood at persuasive prices.
While You're in the Neighborhood
For date night: Just next door, Powerhouse Park (1658 Coast Boulevard at 17th Street) sports an outdoor theater and palm-tree-studded lawns ideal for a romantic stroll.
For flying solo: About 3 miles away, the Del Mar racetrack (2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard) hosts summer-long thoroughbred-racing events, inviting guests to place bets on which steed will win the race and which jockey will be named Best Dressed.
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: For a taste of Jake's at home, whip up the restaurant's breakfast potatoes using this recipe.