If there’s one thing that North County residents enjoy more than the beach, it’s the various cuisine, beverages, and sweet treats throughout San Diego. Here, we offer a taste of some local flavor.


Slow Smoked

Two years after its founding, Smokin J’s BBQ now has a permanent home in Old Poway Village. Everything at the Kansas City-style barbecue joint is made in-house from scratch, including brisket, pulled pork, burnt ends, baby back ribs, pecan pie, and even the signature barbecue sauce. Check it out at 14035 Midland Rd. Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Herb & Sea

Puffer Malarkey Collective, the group behind Little Italy’s Herb & Wood, has launched its newest restaurant, Herb & Sea, in downtown Encinitas at D St. and Highway 101. The modern seafood concept offers dishes like oysters and clams in half shell, roasted whole branzino, and Maine lobster. Other options include small plates, handmade pasta, wood-fired pizza, salads, and a variety of entrées, plus creative cocktails, wine, and three local beers on tap.

Pizza Party

URBN is one of the latest dining establishment to open at One Paseo, known for its New Haven-style pizza with signature toppings like fried eggplant, Gorgonzola-stuffed peppers, fresh clams, and garlic mashed potato and bacon. The 2,800-square-foot restaurant also features a full cocktail bar and a separate quick-service area for to-go and delivery orders.