What to Look for at This Year’s Del Mar Gourmet Food Truck Festival

Nothing catches a foodie’s fancy quite like a festival that’s all about… well, food. The 4th annual Food Truck Fest at the Del Mar Racetrack rolls in Saturday, August 16th and it’s sure to be six hours of pure, unadulterated dining bliss – but with nearly 50 different trucks on the roster this year, things might get a little overwhelming for those of us who have an innate desire to try absolutely everything. To make life a little easier on my fellow foodies this coming Saturday, I’ve picked out my top 3 pieces of portable gourmet heaven at this year’s Del Mar Food Truck Festival.

1. The Grilled Cheese Truck

What started out as a Los Angeles-based weekend hobby quickly escalated into a full-on production that has since won a gamut of awards throughout Southern California. As someone who’s harbored a deep love for the cheesy sandwiches deep into my adult years, I have to admit that this place has some of the best concoctions I’ve ever tried.

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Encinitas Chamber of Commerce Shares Membership Benefits

ECCAre you a small and local business owner? Are you interested in new opportunities to network and meet other small business owners? The Encinitas Chamber of Commerce has the answer to all of these questions. The Encinitas Chamber of Commerce (ECC) promotes and advocates local businesses. ECC provides events and services for networking and connecting business professionals and community members. ECC offers numerous benefits and keeps business owners informed of issues and trends within the marketplace and community.

Owning a business can be time consuming and adding another activity to your busy schedule could be difficult. So you still may be asking, “Why should I join a chamber?” We chatted with Mimi Gattinella, an administrator at the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce and she shares with us the perks of becoming a chamber member.
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Happy Hour Specials in Del Mar

Happy hour specials are back! This time, centered in the beautiful beachside town of Del Mar. If you happen to be spending the day at the Del Mar Fair and need some yummy inexpensive food and drinks, Del Mar has a number of restaurants that offer happy hour throughout the week.

The Del Mar Brigantine, located on Camino Del Mar, is a fun and lively restaurant overlooking both the beach and the Del Mar Fairgrounds. It is known for its oyster bar as well as its award-winning fish taco plates with homemade potato chips. Happy hour is held Tuesday thru Sunday from 4-6 PM and Monday from 4-10 PM.

Jake’s Del Mar on Coast Blvd has arguably one of the best views of all Del Mar restaurants, as it is located directly on the beach. Enjoy happy hour Monday thru Friday from 4-6 PM and Saturday 2:30-4:30 PM. You can indulge in Moroccan grilled shrimp, crispy calamari or a seafood Caesar salad while drinking a sunset martini for $8.50 or a draft beer for the low price of $4 all while looking at the ocean. After happy hour, kick off your shoes and take a nice stroll on the beach at sunset.

If you’re feeling more of a bar atmosphere, visit Jimmy O’s, King of Happy Hour, on 15th street for bar food, cheap drinks and lots of lively, young company. From 4-7 PM Monday thru Thursday and 11-7 PM on Sundays, enjoy delicious $3 tacos, $3 beers and well drinks, $9 burger and fries, and $4 glasses of wine and margaritas. Not only does Jimmy O’s hold happy hour in the evening, they also have late night happy hour Sunday thru Thursday from 10 PM-12 AM for the same great specials. So whether you want to enjoy some drinks and appetizers before dinner or whether you want to end your night with them, Jimmy O’s has options for you.

If you want an Asian flair, visit Rendezvous on Camino Del Mar 4-5:30 PM Monday thru Saturday for Happy Buddha Hour. Buy one regularly priced beer, glass of wine or sake and enjoy your next round for only 88¢! Also, if you order any two rice, noodle or entrée dishes, you get a free appetizer, side or dessert of your choosing. Not only does Rendezvous have great happy hour specials, each night of the week they have something that benefits you: Monday-no corkage fee, Tuesday-half-off beer and sake, and Wednesday and Sunday-half-off bottles of wine $32 and up. Everyday they make it possible for you to take home your purchased wine, beer and sake at ½ price with your meal or take-out. And finally, they offer 10% off all take-out dinner orders before 6:30 PM or after 8 PM everyday.

For a fun, fiesta-themed happy hour, visit En Fuego on Camino Del Mar everyday from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. Drink up those $3 beers, wells and margaritas and indulge in an assortment of street tacos as well as nachos and quesadillas for less than $7. Also visit En Fuego on Tuesdays for $1 Taco Tuesday!

Poseidon, located on Coast Blvd, boasts of its’ amazing beachfront view of the water and its happy hour! From 4-6:30 PM Monday thru Friday. Munch on $7 starters like ceviche, mini duck confit tacos and coconut shrimp and wash it all down with $3 beers, $4 margaritas, $5 cosmos and $5 glasses of wine.

What other restaurants in Del Mar have killer happy hour specials? What city would you like us to feature next for happy hour specials? Let us know with a comment!

Del Mar Dining in the Summer


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With the San Diego County fair and Track Season approaching, new Del Mar restaurants are being added for summer to supplement its already large collection.  The Del Mar Highlands Shopping Center, a popular destination for locals and visitors alike, is opening new enjoyable and already popular establishments.

For dining options, the Center already has many choices from Urban Plates to Taverna Blue. Recently Davanti Enoteca, Rimel’s Rotisserie, and Mia Francesca were added to the collection. This summer, three new restaurants wills be opening to the delight of many residents.

El Agave Del Mar

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As the sister restaurant to the extremely popular El Agave restaurant in Old Town, the newly opened El Agave Del Mar is conveniently located on the upper floor of the Del Mar Plaza. Famous for their extensive selection of mole, menu highlights include Mole Poblano Don Julio, Mole Rojo, Mole Rosa de Taxco, Mole Coloradito, Mole Negro, and Mole Verde! In addition, El Agave also features a tequila menu with more than 2,000 different brands to chose from including their award winning “Tequila Agave Artesanal”.


Searsucker will be opening in the former Burlap location. Burlap closed on June 10 and Searsucker Del Mar is set to open on July 17. As a sister restaurant to Burlap, Searsucker’s other location is in the heart of the Gas lamp District downtown. As part of celebrity chef Brian Malarkey’s “fabric” restaurant collection, Searsucker Del Mar will be the newest location for the nationally expanding brand. Known for its classic and vibrant dishes, the menu is a reflection of the local coastal cuisine.

Casa Sol Y Mar

Casa Sol y Mar, recently opened by famed San Diego entrepreneur Diane Powers is the fourth and newest Mexican eatery in her collection of restaurants. Casa Sol y Mar focuses on “memorable flavors, abundant selections, high quality ingredients” that reflect the warm esprit of Mexico. The menu includes traditional Mexican dishes and also highlights small plates. Also inside the restaurant is a festive Cantina with an extensive happy hour menu including signature drinks and a strolling Mariachis band.


Lastly, Snooze, an A.M. Eatery is also opening at the Del Mar Highlands Center. This extremely popular breakfast eatery re-invents a traditional diner. With natural, farm raised, free ranging, and local ingredients, this vibrant and colorful eatery will be a great addition to Del Mar. This will be the seventh national location for the growing popular chain. The menu includes Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes to a Shrimp n Grits Eggs Benedict.

Hopefully with the addition of these restaurants, summer traffic and the pain of finding a table will be much easier and more enjoyable. Will you be dining at any of these new restaurants? Let us know and comment below!

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