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.


Autumn Anniversary

The Cork & Craft celebrates its fifth anniversary this fall with a new dinner menu from Executive Chef Scott Cannon. Starters include roasted beets with compressed pear and steak tartare with grilled sourdough. Entrees include grilled salmon with squid ink chowder and pork tenderloin with maitake mushrooms. Learn more at www.thecorkandcraft.com.


San Diego Favorite

Black Mountain Ranch is now home to San Diego’s newest Swami’s Cafe location. The family-owned chain serves omelettes, breakfast burritos, burgers, smoothie bowls, and more for breakfast and lunch, as well as a delicious ranch and sea dinner menu. Swami’s Cafe originated in Encinitas, and now serves its fresh, unique menu at a dozen locations around town. Find hours and more at www.swamiscafe.com.

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.