I.B. Forum has been a neighborhood gathering place for many years and it offers a unique exprerience for the tourist. Want to see us with our hair down? This is the place to be.
Sports bar it is, beer drinking jocks just like any other place. What is the big draw? Cooking your own steak, of course!
Okay a great atmosphere, more than a dozen TV's, friendly service and a full service bar!!
Not to mention that this is the most south-westernly bar in the continental USA!
Though I haven't seen it yet, they've added a patio.
Favorite Dish: Cook your own New York or Porterhouse Steak. I choose the Porterhouse every time!They offer Happy Hour and specials for lunch and dinner.
This is the newest of the family owned chain of restaurants in San Diego County. This store is run by Michelle, the great-grand daughter of the original owners of the first Filippis on India Street in downtown SD's Little Italy.
It has several dining sections and room enough for big parties. The front section as you enter the door seems a comfortable place to sit if you're still a bit sandy from the beach. It's sort of an indoor patio. They have no outdoor seating but do offer a full "To Go" menu to order to take home or back to the beach.
Favorite Dish: It is a pizza place, but they also have Subs, Torpedoes, whatever you call those almost foot long sandwiches that are full of meats and cheeses of various types. I like the ham & cheese torpedo, the meatball sub with Mozzarella and for dinner I like the Spaghetti & Lasagna dish with a small salad or Antipasto. As for pizza, my favorite is Pepperoni & Mushroom, easy sauce and no oregano.
Filippis puts all the ingredients under the cheese which is not typical. However, I like it cooked that way because all the flavors are cooked into the crust and the cheese. It's juicy and delicious. During the week at lunch they offer a small pizza which is perfect for one or two people who also wants Spaghetti or Salad with the Pizza.
Another come-as-you-are type of place. This one offers a full menu. Sandwiches, Pizza, Pasta and more!
The place is microscopically small and there are no tables to eat at on the inside of the place. However, out on the deck you'll find clean tables to eat from or you can take your meal down to the beach!
Well, another change down at the beach! California Dough Boy is OUT and Pretzels & Much More is IN!
I haven't eaten here yet but plan to soon as I was told that they have crepes!! They also have pizza, hotdogs, nachos and of course pretzels too. I've heard good reviews so I'll let you know what I think after I try it.
I went in there. Now, they have a table or two, the tall ones but it's still small. I noticed a handwritten sign, "Restaurant for Sale." I asked the owner if he was selling the restaurant? He said, "If the price was right. Everything is for sale."
I laughed but still am not sure.
Favorite Dish: A 14" Pepperoni Pizza, ($8.50) Chicken Cutlet Parmigiana Sandwich, ($6.95) or Baked Eggplant Parmigiana served over Spaghetti, ($7.95)
Different menu, different prices. Maybe.
I was so happy that he offered savory crepes I ordered a ham and cheese and the only thing wrong with it was, no tomatoes or mushrooms. Maybe if I brought in my own mushrooms and tomatoes he'd add them. I saw one of his pizzas and it looked and smelled good.
The menu offers, soups, salads, pretzels, panini sandwhiches, nachos, pizzas and sweet & savory crepes. All at modest prices, my crepe was $4.75 and the sweet ones were $3.85 I think.
Just to let you know, he can't sell coffee, because of the guy next door who was there first. He did offer sodas.
A local hang-out type of place and since it is at the beach, casual dress is appropriate.
The Beach Club Grill is located on the ground floor and is open everyday, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Greek, Mexican and American food is ofered at reasonable prices.
Woodies keeps seasonal days and hours. (Check before coming here.) The name of the place comes from the old cars with wooden side-panels. Though Woodies--the cars--had been in existence since at least 1929, and especially the station-wagons were used to haul those huge hundred pound surf boards. In the early 1960's, a renewed interest in "woodies" developed as the surfing "craze" reached the teen of the day. These cars were popularly linked to "surfers," especially after the Beach Boy's 1963 "Surfer Girl" song became so popular.
Woodies Waterfront Patio Bar's owner, John Haupt, seems more of a seaman than a surfer, but the Califonia-beach-surfin' feel is prevalent!
While there you might even have the chance to see John's 1949 Plymouth woodie. A blast from the past, that's what Woodies are.
Something is going on here. Don't know exactly what it is but will let you know as soon as I find out. The rooftop patio of Woodies has been enclosed and there is a big, Grand Opening sign over the door.
Okay, it seems Woodies has changed to Woodies Cantina. It took a while but they covered the patio so they could stay open all year long. Great idea. Seems they've added live entertainment as well as TV's for all the sports going on.
When I asked the girl behind the counter why they had the Grand Opening sign. She told me that there are new owners and the name has changed. I didn't even notice. I asked to see Woodies Cantina and she let me go up the steep stairway. More like European stairs than American. My only thought on the way up was that I would never go up there to have a drink. I'd probably fall done the stairs and break my neck after a couple of drinks. She told me no one has done that yet. Amazing!
Honstly, not only was it smart to enclose Woodies Patio, from a business POV, so that it can stay open every day, but from an aesthetic POV. The Cantina looks much nicer than the Patio did. At the moment the can only sell beer and wine/wine based cocktails. Hopefully they will get their liquor license by summer.
I actually expected a bit more from the decor since the place had newly been remodeled. This restaurant looks much like all the restaurants along Seacoast Drive. Then it dawned on me. They are all furnished to accommodate the hordes coming in, directly, from the beach. Wet and full of sand.
Favorite Dish: If Fish & Chips, a hamburger or hotdog doesn't appeal to you, they offer Greek and Mexican food or at least order a drink and enjoy the view and feel the past, or just the ocean city atmosphere.
Next time I go I'll try the Hummus and a Greek salad.
I did try the hummus with pita bread and had a Greek salad. They both were pretty good and since that is the main thing I order from Greek restaurants, I will go back again.
Need a break from swimming or surfing? Love to people watch? Stop for a coffee or homemade ice cream at Cow-A-Bunga!
What a perfect name for a place catering to the surfing / beach crowd. Come as you are, even in that skimmpy bathing suit, for a shot of caffeine or a cool homeade ice cream.
The place is up for sale and that might explain why the guy behind the counter was an ungracious soul, but I wouldn't let that stop me from ordering an esspresso to drink out on the deck and watch the ocean roll in or the people pass by!
Cow-A-Bunga was bought by a French couple and they have chosen to keep the name. That
s all I know at the moment but will report back as soon as I check it out.
Favorite Dish: No sense in telling you my favorites, the choices are plentiful in both the fresh roasted coffees and the fresh whipped ice creams. Best of all, you are encouraged to create your own combinations!
To Be Announced....
This is a newer restaurant on Seacoast Drive and worth stopping at. The prices are moderate, the food is interesting and delicious.
The owner/chef, Marek Migdalskis, with his wife Zofia, have created a--sort of--California Cuisine by way of Poland--their homeland--and Paris. Sounds pretty eclectic to me.
Marek and Zofia closed their restaurant. I don't know why at the moment, probably the poor economy.
In it's place you'll find a new sort of restaurant. The Jersey Boys Diner. I haven't checked it out yet but plan to and will give you my opinion after I do.
I went by, didn't stop this time and noticed that they extended their dining room by the addition of out door seating. This is located across the street from the beach and seem it was a popular place to eat at.
I went back.
The small dining room was sort of divided. The left side had three or four booths against the wall and three or four tables by the window. The right side had a TV with sports playing and about th
The patio dining area was along the front outside and on the right side of the door outside, there was a canopy and fencing to create another patio type section. They use that for big parties of summer over flow.
I don't watch those popular TV shows about "New Jersey." but guess there is a guy called, "The Situation." Well, the Jersey Boys have created a "dish" they call, "The Situation." It is served on a huge pizza pan type plate. Huge! On the plate is a 24 egg omlette, something like two pounds of potatoes, one side, toast and two Breakfast Dogs!! If you can eat everything in one hour without help, your photo will go up on, "The Boardwalk Wall of Fame." You also get the meal for free, future JBD discounts, a Jersey Boys Diner T-shirt, stuff like that. If you can't finish the meal, your photo goes up on "The Boardwalk Wall of Shame," and you have to pay for the meal. That's pretty funny and there were only two who actually ate the whole meal in the year since they opened.
Favorite Dish: So far I've only had an order of French fries. They were the big fat kind that I don't really care much for. However, I have to say they were well cookes and seasoned very nicely. I couldn't eat the whole order so had the rest the next day. Even after a surge in the microwave they still tasted good.
The menu was pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs and popular East Coast "Subs." The prices are a bit high but not too expensive and if you're really on a budget you could go across the street to Subways. I think I'd rather a sub from JBD.
This Cyber Cafe attracts not only young college student types, but also big burly biker types. Most nights those great "hog" motorcycles are parked in front, paint fresh & glossy and chrome tail pipes shinning in the street lamp light.
Two patios to choose from, one in front facing the street, which normally would be unpleasant, but in this case, there is little traffic and often parked in front are marvelously restored cars and motorcycles. The back patio is surrounded by a hedge and quite secluded.
Driving by the other day, it looked as if International Blends is no longer at this address. I'll stop by and find out what happened and give the information here later.
So, I stopped by to check out the new place. Similar still. The owner gave me time to look around and then offered to help. She was very friendly. The decor perked things up quite a bit. Sort of funky, in the old hippie way. They seem to have an affinity with local artists including Kid's Art a nice addition. Glass top tables & chairs, sofas and over stuffed chairs to sit inside on and if you are alone, the chances are that someone will come and share your table. There are two outside dining sections, one secluded in the back and one open to the public up front.
Other patrons said that though the prices were modest the portions are generous. There is no dress code, so beach attire is accepted. That's a good thing considering they are just a block from the beach.
Favorite Dish: I didn't have time to order anything but a Girl Scout Chocolate Mint Shake. It was pretty good and they were generous with the whipped cream. Will order a sandwich next time. I'll also try out their Mexican Mocha. The menu looked good and the servings others had looked better. I'll let you know what I think after I've tried something.
They have their own parking lot and a section to park a bike. No bikes on the patio!%s
This is a "Denny's" type chain restaurant and the prices are moderate. An especially good deal to know about is the Weekday Power Breakfast priced at $3.99.
The service is pretty good most of the time and they have a full service bar as well as patio dining at this location.
I come often to this restaurant with a friend and we sit for hours on the patio discussing the book she's writing. They keep the coffee coming and never complain about the length of our stay.
The food is pretty good and the menu will surely have something for everyone in the family.
Favorite Dish: The Power Breakfast is usually what I order. There are four or five choices and my choice is, scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon and English Muffin.
They also offer a "Seniors" menu. The portions are smaller and the prices lower.
I've had many items from their menu but haven't been here since my "book friend" died. I just wanted to warn you that the prices have most likely risen and the menu does change periodically. I think that is because the clientel is local and they want to give variety.
Honestly, I haven't eaten here yet. In fact, it's new to Seacoast Drive. What makes me suggest it is the fact that I wanted to try it out and customers were going in at odd hours. (Meaning, between the typical lunch and dinner hours.) Which can be an indication that it will soon become a very popular place.
After I try this place out, I'll update the tip to let you know if the flavor of the food is delicious.
Favorite Dish: The menu seems pretty typical, curries, noodle dishes, seafood and vegetarian everything.
They have a Lunch Special menu ranges from 5.95 - $8.95 and nothing on the regular menu is priced over $10.95!
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