At the helm of his urban winery in the heart of the Cedros Design District, winemaker Adam Carruth handcrafts award-winning wines, including the 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Best in Class Alexander Valley Cabernet, from grapes he fastidiously collects from all over California. His team handles the production of each varietal from crush to finish, aging juices in barrels that line the walls of the industrial-chic tasting room. The final products—which range from a crisp sauvignon blanc to a bordeaux-style Surfing Madonna—slosh into customized stemware for patrons’ enjoyment seven days a week. Also in the tasting room, guests can peruse the exhibited work of local artists, break into crunchy baguettes from Bread & Cie or nibble on cheese.
Jerry Swain created Jer’s Chocolates, an all-natural-candy company that mixes premium peanut butter and cocoa into its toffee, chocolate squares, and chocolate-covered peanut-butter balls. He and his fellow candy makers put valencia peanuts, many of which come from U.S. farms, into candies, which are devoid of preservatives and hydrogenated oils. All their white, milk, and dark chocolates are certified by the World Cocoa Foundation, which encourages responsible cocoa farming and fudge-sauce wrestling matches. Snackers can enjoy their peanut brittle bites, gourmet peanut-butter bars with pretzels, caramel, or toffee, signature chocolate balls, and other sumptuous sweets.
On a sunny day, salty sea breezes tumble over the sands of Solana beach and through the open windows of Woody's Solana Beach eatery. Chefs complement the ocean-enriched air with fresh catches of the day prepared to diners' specifications and their classic seafood paella with chorizo sausage and saffron rice. The restaurant hosts brunch every Sunday, which, in addition to hot breakfast eats, features such drink specials as bottomless champagne, for which diners can enjoy while watching Sunday NFL games on Woody's eight high-definition TVs. Corrugated metal emulates the texture of water, covering the walls between exposed metal beams and wood paneling. The hammered-tin silhouette of a whale frolics amid the faux waves, creating a playful metallic seascape.
Americana Restaurant is a casual café by day and an upscale dining spot by night, treating taste buds to eclectic American cuisine all day long. The breakfast menu is a mouthwatering melting pot, featuring succulent selections such as Bernadino's huevos rancheros ($9.99) and homemade belgian waffles ($8.25), while lunch offers eaters freshly grilled sandwiches and crispy salads. At night, white tablecloths and candles transform Americana for the refined dinner crowd who chow on grilled-duck-breast entree salads ($15.50) and pesto-grilled halibut ($22.95). Visit Americana to enjoy a casual lunch seated outside on the sidewalk with al fresco friends, or stare into the eyes of a potential stunt double over a sophisticated dinner.
Named for a range of snowy peaks that rises up on the southern shores of the Caspian Sea, Alborz Restaurant introduces diners to the aromas and flavors of Persia and Greece. Daily specials include moussaka, spanakopita, and basmati rice infused with dill, saffron, and orange marmalade. Among the main courses you can find filet mignon kebabs, grilled chicken, and charbroiled salmon. Like a box of teething crayons, the menu has all kinds of tasty colors, from the forest greens of a sautéed-herb stew to the rich reds of whole roasted tomatoes that garnish kebabs and cuts of meat.
Singers and deejays get crowds dancing during live shows on the weekend, and catering packages bring Persian cuisine to birthdays, commencements, and weddings.
Breakfast at Milton's doesn't always start at the same time, but it always lasts all day. The delicatessen's morning treats run the gamut from housemade blintzes filled with cheese and applesauce to platters of smoked fish. Milton's has been a fixture in Del Mar for almost 20 years, preparing "New York–caliber" deli staples, raves San Diego Magazine, that comprise the rest of Milton's "incredible menu," which total more than 200 dishes.
By lunch, those include bite-sized wraps filled with reuben fixings, as well as triple-decker sandwiches with ingredients such as albacore tuna salad and pastrami. At night, dinnertime entrees such as traditional roasted turkey and brisket alongside homemade desserts such as Milton's Oreo dream bars.