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If you surf, this is the place to live or visit. Encinitas (2 miles from Solana Beach) was just ranked by Surfing Magaine as one of the top 10 places to ride the waves in the U.S. If you don't surf, you can take a lesson, try boogie boarding, swimming, or just watch the surfers (they have great bodies!).
Written Sep 8, 2002
I was looking for a nice place for brunch to celebrate our 10th Anniversary (as well as Easter) so while reading the local paper, saw an article that mentioned Red Tracton's would be open. Called them up, made a reservation and everything was set. It was a nice sunny day, great weather and a perfect location across from Del Mar Race Track. Walked in and promptly seated in the patio...great spot as we could see the track as well as palm trees, service was perfect and the food was awesome. I think they should open for brunch more often and we will definitely be back.
Favorite Dish: Easter Brunch was a fixed menu and that was fine with us since it afforded us the opportunity not to overeat. But the portions were perfect and hit the spot. We started off with Red's Famous Lobster Bisque (smooth, delicious and nice portion of delicate and tasty lobster). For our main meal, we both selected the Filet Mignon Eggs Benedict (served with roasted potatoes and fruit). And to end the meal, we had the delicious Rice Pudding (with whipped cream and a delicious sauce).
Written Apr 1, 2013
Address: 550 Via De La Valle
Phone: (858) 755-6600
It seems every vacation we find at least one restaurant that we enjoy so much we keep coming back. This trip it was The Pizza Port. Some of the best pizza I've ever had and I'm kind of a pizza snob. Their beer is brewed on the premises and was very impressive.
The place is very plain with long picnic tables, paper plates, and always very crowded. Our first time there we almost said forget it, but you just have to wait until spots open and everyone just squeezes in together. Kids busy at the electronic games in back. A few tables out front are always packed as well.
Favorite Dish: A medium Pizza Roma (canadian bacon, pepperoni, sausage, salami, onions, olives, bell peppers and mushrooms) could feed the 3 of us with a few slices left over. A pitcher of Mike's Ale and I was a happy camper.
Written Jun 29, 2007
Address: 135 N. Highway 101
Phone: 858 481-7332
Favorite Dish: I had the B.M.S. Burger (1/2 lb. hand-patted burger, bacon, mushrooms, swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion with Thousand Island dressing) with a side order of Onion Rings while LJ had the Quesadilla Appetizer (cheddar and montery jack cheese between two grilled flour tortillas with sour cream, salsa and guacamole).
Written Apr 29, 2006
Address: 124 Lomas Santa Fe Dr. (#108)
Phone: (858) 755-2599
The Pamplemousse Grill, officially in Solana Beach, but closer to Del Mar, is a restaurant that will please even the most caustic diner. In an unassuming location, fronted by a large parking lot, the Pamplemousse Grill is extremely popular and has an eclectic crowd on any given evening. The servers were quite casual and friendly, and the restaurant has a relaxed air about it. The food, both meat and fish, were all excellently prepared and will not disappoint. This is a place to enjoy.
Favorite Dish: The beef ribs were tender with an amazing savory flavor.
Written Feb 1, 2005
Address: 514 Via Dela Valle, Solana Beach
Extremely fresh seafood (it's a seafood market too), very reasonably priced, laid-back (you can wear your bathing suit or wet suit in there, probably). They have beer, wine, and a tv too.
Favorite Dish: Everything is great, my favs -- Cioppino Soup (Italian seafood chowder) with sourdough bread; and Grilled Fish Burritos ($4.75 11-4pm)
Written Sep 8, 2002
For many, the Belly Up Tavern is North San Diego County nightlife. Since 1974, this anchor of the Cedros Design District has been rocking San Diegans, ages 21 to 81. The Belly Up is part bar, part concert hall, and it starts getting busy around 9:30 p.m. A 25-foot great white shark (feasting on an unfortunate surfer) is mounted above a bar. The Belly Up showcases music for every taste but typically draws the 20s-30s crowd on weekends. Star patrons have included Michael Jordan, Faye Dunaway, Farrah Fawcett and Marcus Allen.
World-class artists like George Clinton (and the P-Funk Band), Jewel and Mick Fleetwood have really rocked the rafters. Celebs who have graced the stage (or disgraced the stage, depending on your taste) include Woody Harrelson, Keanu Reeves and First Brother Roger Clinton. And one night prior to the 1998 Super Bowl, several Green Bay Packers came in and danced the night away.
Consistently excellent and refreshingly eclectic bookings have kept the Belly Up playing a critical role in the San Diego County music scene for some 25 years.
Artists on the order of John Lee Hooker, the Fugees, Erykah Badu, George Clinton, the Cowboy Junkies and Etta James have preferred playing in this wooden WWII-era Quonset hut over larger venues for its outstanding acoustics combined with the B.U.T.'s top-notch engineering staff. Beside the sound, fans happily make the drive up I-5 to Solana Beach for the B.U.T.'s large dance floor situated in front of the stage -- and because whether they sit in the adjacent terraced benches or in the sloped seats farther back, their sound and sightlines will remain uncompromised.
Tickets here tend to sell out, so you'd do well to secure them in advance. Brace yourself: Tickets for national acts can cost as much as $25. If you arrive early enough, you can snag a meal at the B.U.T.'s Wild Note Cafe right next door.
Written Sep 7, 2002
For automobile travel, Solana Beach is ideally located as are the other coastal towns strung along the San Diego North County Coastal strip. Highway 101 (PCH) and Interstate 5 pass through the city, parallel, running north and south. Lomas Santa Fe Drive runs east, through the center of the city. A short distance to the north, state highway 78 runs east, and a few miles south, highway 52 runs east.
By Southern California standards, public transportation is excellent. North County Transit System's inter-city bus service, Amtrak and the Coaster commuter train provide service to Solana Beach, and the schedules may be obtained from the Chamber of Commerce office, the Chamber's Visitor information Center, and the transportation center, located at 105 North Cedros Street, next to the train station.
Written Sep 7, 2002