San Diego Restaurant Week (SDRW) returns on Sunday, September 25th through October 2nd with more than 180 restaurants throughout San Diego. Not sure which La Jolla restaurant to try? We’ve narrowed down our best picks for dinner and lunch, from splurge to deals. No tickets necessary, but reservations are recommended! Continue reading
This Friday September 12, make reservations for dinner at Mary’s English Kitchen to get 30% off your entire meal! The cafe will be serving dinner three days a week starting this Friday in addition to their delicious breakfast and lunch service. They will now be open 10am to 6pm on Monday; 9am-6pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday; and 9am to 9pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Dinner will be available on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. Get an exclusive look at their brand new menu here!
Museum Month is back in San Diego County for its’ 25th year! This extremely popular month long event enables residents to enjoy many local museums for half-off. There are 44 San Diego museums, spread across the county, that participate in the event. Museum Month was started by the San Diego Museum Council in 1989 as a way to draw thousands of visitors to San Diego’s museums, historical sites, and cultural centers. In addition, the reduced price attracts local residents to explore the many educational offerings that San Diego has.
Lean and Green Cafe in La Jolla is starting off the month of love by featuring a special 3-day cleanse! The healthy and gourmet foods cafe has been serving La Jolla residents organic and naturally grown foods since it first opened. As La Jolla’s “only place to eat organic, vegan, and gluten free”, it’s no wonder that so many people enjoy the charming and eco-friendly atmosphere that Lean and Green Cafe provides. We got the opportunity to experience the 3-day cleanse and we’re happy to report that it was not only healthy but also quite delicious! Here is a first hand look at how the 3 days went:
Breakfast: Dr. Matea [Spinach, celery, kale, cucumber, and lemon juice]
Lunch: Cleanse Salad [Mixed greens, kale, broccoli, carrots, cucumber, red onions, sprouts, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar]
Dinner: Steamed Bowl #1 [Quinoa (Eggplant optional), red beets, broccoli, cilantro, ginger, and olive oil]
Day 1 of the cleanse turned out to be rather easy and not too difficult. The Dr. Matea breakfast was full of vegetables and was very delicious. The wait until lunch time was not bad and the cleanse salad was overly filling. The balsamic vinegar combined with the cucumber and broccoli provided a lot of satisfying ‘crunch’. For dinner, the steamed bowl was a treat! The beets were cooked perfectly and the quinoa was a nice addition.
Breakfast: Super Green [Celery, cucumber, apple, and spinach]
Lunch: Detox Salad [Organic mixed baby greens, yellow beets, red beets, apples, cilantro, haas avocado, walnuts, lemon juice, and extra virgin olive oil]
Dinner: Split Pea Basil Soup
Day 2 of the cleanse was by far the hardest. As my body was struggling to adapt to the new diet, my hunger was reaching an all time high. The super green juice, although thicker than the Dr. Matea, definitely smelled the most like raw vegetables and had to be consumed slowly. By lunch time, I couldn’t wait another second for my detox salad! The combination of beets, apples, avocado, and walnuts provided for a very ‘raw’ and clean flavor. For dinner, the split pea basil soup was probably my favorite meal of the entire cleanse. The soup was extremely delicious, flavorful, and hearty. I finished off day 2 with a smooth chamomile tea that helped put me right to sleep.
Breakfast: Crazy Jungle Smoothie [Almond milk, spinach, cucumber, avocados, banana, and ice]
Lunch: Fruit Bowl [Mandarin orange, banana, mango, and strawberry]
Dinner: Steamed Bowl #2 [Broccoli, kale, red and yellow beets, ginger, carrots, and olive oil]
Day 3 was not only the best, but one of my favorites. My body had now adjusted to the new healthy diet and was not craving food nearly as much. The Crazy Jungle Smoothie was sweet, creamy, and the touch of avocado was enjoyable. The day 3 lunch was a nice surprise. My body loved the ripe flavors of the fruit. For my last dinner, the steamed bowl was a strong finish to the 3 day cleanse.
In addition to the meals listed above, I was also given a wheatgrass shot & chamomile tea every day. These two supplements helped ease hunger and the tea was very beneficial to drink right before bed. After completing the 3-day cleanse, I was able to reflect and witness how bad I was eating prior to it. I recognized that I would have consumed so many extra and unnecessary calories. The cleanse gave me a great amount of self control that I am now able to use in my normal diet! I have slowly re-introduced healthy food back into my system and feel great. During the course of the 3 days, I lost a total of 5 pounds and believe my stomach got smaller! I am now eating smaller portions and feeling fuller a lot sooner than before.
Now it’s time for you to start living healthier! If you’re interested in completing this 3-day cleanse, please contact Lean and Green Cafe! The menu is customizable for each day and is priced at $99. The cleanse is a limited-time offer and is only available for the month of February, so make sure you get a head start. Please note that a 24 hour advance notice is required and pick up time for meals each day is between 8:00AM-10:00AM. Visit leanandgreencafe.com for more information.
Lean & Green Cafe
7825 Fay Ave Ste 180
La Jolla, CA 92037 (b/t Prospect St & Silverado St in La Jolla)
Of all La Jolla’s florists and floral designers, Adelaide’s has been San Diego’s premier florist for over 75 years. Creative director Larry Anhorn has the store bursting with warm autumn hues, seasonal flowers and posh Halloween decorations. Located on busy Girard Avenue, Adelaide’s has balloons outside the store indicating that the large fall sale has begun with 10-60% off store-wide.
The store is full of large floral displays, wreaths of autumn leaves and whimsical spooky items. Ravens and bats are mounted on elegant candlesticks and pumpkins are grinning next to spiders and ghouls. The crafty decorations look hand-made and vintage, matching the store’s nostalgic aroma. Scented candles exhale the scents of baked apples and brown sugar that get customers excited for fall.
“We have to create the seasons here in Southern California,” Anhorn said. He wants Adelaide’s to be known for more than just a floral shop where you can shop for flowers and decorations, but as a resource for anyone interested in Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects.
There are dozens of great places that have lunch deals in La Jolla. It’s not hard to find inexpensive, delicious, and convenient lunches. Although the 92037 zip code is known for premier real estate and as one of the most affluent in the nation, many establishments in the village have affordable options with perfect views that rival those of fine dining restaurants in La Jolla. Here at the Bluebook, we like exploring different places that are close and convenient where we can grab a quick and budget friendly lunch! From taco places to sit down eateries, La Jolla has lots of choices to choose from. Here are our top 10 picks for a great lunch for $10 or less.
This local restaurant is a neighborhood favorite! With delicious Thai faire, it’s a place in La Jolla you must try.
What to get: One of the best deals in town is their great prefix lunch menu. For just $9 you can pick two appetizers and one entree. Famous specials include green papaya salad, shrimp lemongrass soup, and massaman curry. Prefix menu is offered Monday-Friday, 11:00am-3:00pm.
Goldfish Point Cafe
Goldfish Point Cafe is one of the best kept secrets of La Jolla. Nestled right above the La Jolla Cove, Goldfish Point Cafe offers some of the most beautiful views in San Diego.
What to get: Enjoy a Lox and Bagel or a Mediterranean Panini stuffed with feta, tomatoes, kalamata olives, onions, pesto, and vinaigrette dressing on a grilled ciabatta bread all under $10.
For 25 years, Girard Gourmet has been a favorite place for people of all ages. Whether it’s a small child staring at the decorative cookies in the window, or an everyday customer enjoying a cup of coffee and breakfast, everyone loves stopping by.
What to get: Any of their sandwiches are a great deal! From smoked salmon with cream cheese and capers to eggplant with pesto, you can’t go wrong.
Puesto is a great choice for any time of the day! Less than two years old, Puesto has created a huge fan group. Customers love coming in to create their own customizable tacos. You can have a different taco every day!
What to get: For under $10 you can create 3 different tacos. Be sure to take advantage of their taco tuesday special. 2 tacos for only $4. In addition, if you’re a student be sure to show your school ID for an additional 10% off your purchase.
The Sandwich Club
One of the best choices in La Jolla is The Sandwich Club. Located in the bottom courtyard of the Merrill Lynch building in the village, it has been a frequent lunch spot for locals and tourists alike. Everything on the menu is under $10 and the selection is huge.
What to get: Enjoy Hot Pastrami and Swiss Cheese sandwich or the Corned Beef, Swiss Cheese, Sauerkraut, and 1000 Island on Grilled Rye sandwich. All sandwiches include Lettuce, Tomatoes, Mayonnaise, Mustard, Onion, Pickles,Hot Peppers, Bacon, and Avocado. With those combinations, the choices are endless!
Cafe Vahik, formerly known as Windansea Cafe, has been a community staple for years. Very popular for quick lunches to take down to Windansea beach, the menu has many choices under $10.
What to get: Grab a Bruschetta panini filled with basil pesto sauce, tomato, fresh basil, and mozarella cheese paired with an iced cafe au lait. Perfect for any hot summer beach day!
Cliff Hanger Cafe
With a view that only rivals one from a cliff hanger, the Cliff Hanger Cafe is a relaxing and fun place to visit for lunch. Situated above the scenic cliffs, the cafe is located at the Torrey Pines Gliderport.
What to get: Enjoy a half sandwich and cup of soup or a Pesto Chicken sandwich while watching breathtaking views of hang gliders and paragliders over the ocean.
Located street side along Pearl street, Don Carlos has been serving up some of the best burritos and mexican dishes in San Diego for years. Known for its welcoming and laid back environment, Don Carlos is a great and swift choice for lunch any day of the week. Eat outside on the patio, or take your food to go and walk down to Marine street beach to relax by the ocean.
What to get: Try one of their signature burritos, such as the La Jolla Burrito. Packed with pollo asado, french fries, salsa, sour cream, and cheese, it’s a perfect selection for a summer day!
Wahoo’s has been a community favorite since it opened. Everybody from families, couples, and beachgoers can be found at this fun and surf inspired eatery. Watch videos of surfers and skateboarders while taking note of the extensive collection of stickers located everywhere in the restaurant.
What to get: Try one of their 5 combo plates, or order one of their famous bowls. One of my personal favorites, the Maui Bowl, is full of seasoned steam rice, your choice of beans, and teriyaki marinated steak. Be sure to ask for their cilantro sauce on the side! Love fish tacos? Click here for other La Jolla restaurants serving up awesome fish tacos.
In the mood for a divine burger? Take a trip over into La Jolla Shores and be sure to stop by Jeff’s Burgers. Located only 2 blocks from the world famous La Jolla Shores beach, Jeff’s Burgers is a great choice before or after a kayaking trip along the coast.
What to get: For under $10, savor one of Jeff’s famous burgers, french fries, & a large drink. Afterwards, have a scoop of ice cream, a float, or a milkshake for dessert!
This summer be sure to try one of these fun and great lunches for under $10. Let us know where your favorite places for lunch are in La Jolla by commenting below and sharing your lunch excursions.
[Images: Chedi Thai Bistro, TripAdvisor user TravelMel1, Girard Gourmet, Puesto, Foodspotting, Weekendnotes, Seriouseats, SanDiegoFreeFlight, Wahoo’s, & Jeff’s Burgers.]