2015 Best of Ranch & Coast: Dining

Juniper & Ivy

New Restaurant
Not surprising to see a Top Chef alum on top. Richard Blais’ feats of modern gastronomy are just as incredible as the mind-boggling pace at which J&I’s menu shifts with the seasons and his whims. (www.juniperandivy.com)  

Market Restaurant + Bar

Favorite Restaurant
Chef Carl Schroeder is no stranger to our best of list. Like classic dishes given refinement care of farm-fresh ingredients, his eatery didn’t require primping, but received it all the same via a 2014 remodel. (www.marketdelmar.com)

2015 Best of Ranch & Coast: Dining

Market Restaurant + Bar

Pamplemousse Grille

Fine Dining
Considered a veteran elder-statesman among San Diego toques, Jeffrey Strauss continues to hover like well-aged French Cognac, sharing space with the county’s other top-shelf white-linens. (www.pgrille.com)

2015 Best of Ranch & Coast: Dining

Jeffrey Strauss

Encinitas Fish Shop

Casual Dining
Building one’s own adventure is the key to the likability of this recent addition to the coastal scene. Of course, the ability to indulge in a whopper of an adult beverage list doesn’t hurt. (www.thefishshopencinitas.com)

2015 Best of Ranch & Coast: Dining

Encinitas Fish Shop

Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza

Family Restaurant
Wood-fired pies were an innovation in the ’80s. They remain relevant and divine, but it’s this chain’s nimbleness and ability to update its menu to reflect modern yens that keeps it going strong. (www.sammyspizza.com)

2015 Best of Ranch & Coast: Dining

Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza

Rubio’s

Quick Bite
No matter how adventurous one’s epicurean desires, some days one’s appetite can only be sated by crispy fried fish tucked within warm corn tortillas from San Diego’s fish taco progenitors. (www.rubios.com)

2015 Best of Ranch & Coast: Dining

Rubio’s

Addison

Service
Lush furniture, perfectly polished silver and china are only part of the luxurious comfort at this deserving lauded fine dining gem, where the staff is militarily precise yet welcomingly warm. (www.addisondelmar.com)

2015 Best of Ranch & Coast: Dining

Addison

Union Kitchen & Tap

Atmosphere
A good time and lively energy are always on tap — along with craft beer and cocktails that tastefully wipe away traces of a hard day — at this pair of pleasing pit-stops. (www.localunion101.com)

2015 Best of Ranch & Coast: Dining

Union Kitchen & Tap

 

Encinitas Fish Shop & Union Kitchen & Tap: Photo by Evan Blumenfeld