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Favorite Restaurants in Oceanside, Carlsbad, and Vista

I just got an email from a friend downtown San Diego asking where she should go out to dinner in the Oceanside area.  Here are my recommendations:


Land and Water Co. – Carlsbad

Beef Skewers at Land and Water


Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen – Oceanside

flying pig kitchen

Absolutely Worth Trying

Uncle Tony’s – Best Italian in San Diego – VISTA

Masters Kitchen – I love the atmosphere here and the food is getting better and better.  Just opened in the past year.
Local Tap House – Cool venue, but I haven’t tried the food yet.  The word on the street is the food is excellent.
Hello Betty – It’s attached to the Marriott in downtown Oceanside.  GREAT views and good food.  Service was awful at first, but it’s getting better.  I love the fish sandwich!
Wrench and Rodent
Rim Talay – A cute little Thai restaurant right in downtown O’side.
Thai One On  – My FAVORITE Thai in San Diego and it happens to be in Vista.


See anything that should be on my list?  Comment on Facebook.  I love to hear about new places I should try.  Or I’ll just tell you why it’s not on my list.

Event Recap: Beers, Views and Chews

San Diego is in the midst of Beer Week, which runs November 7th to the 16th.  There are events all over the county celebrating our local craft breweries, but the one that was not to be missed was the Beers, Views and Chews event at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse.


Andy Baumann, GM of Tom Ham’s, & Audra Leigh of SDCheers

Closing the entire venue for this private event, Tom Ham’s was the perfect location to enjoy a cool San Diego evening taste testing local brews from Acoustic Ales, Lost Abbey, Ballast Point, New English, and Ironfire Brewing.  Each ticket holder received a tasting glass that was used to wonder around the entire property sipping on the amazing offerings.

Also included were small plates from Carnitas Snack Shack, Bali Hai, Comun Kitchen, and, of course, Tom Ham’s.

The event drew hundreds of younger customers that they have been trying to attract since the huge renovation two years ago.  I’ve known this was a hot spot since dining there for the first time this summer, and I’m so glad that people are coming out to experience this unique and truly special venue.  Having to wander both up and downstairs to find the beer and food tastings, it gave people a chance to see what Tom Ham’s is all about.

Walking in at 6:30, my plus one and I went for our first tasting, which was a gin and rum from Ballast Point.  That was definitely an unexpected pleasure.  Did you know that Ballast Point made spirits?  I’m not a huge gin or rum fan, but I could appreciate both the flavor and spice in each.

Staying downstairs, we walked along the patio overlooking our beautiful downtown skyline, and made our way to Accoustic Ales.  They were offering two different brews as tasters and I went with a mango ale.  The name of the brew escapes me now and it is not listed on their website, but it was my absolute favorite of the night – maybe EVER!

Live music serenaded us as we made our way upstairs to take in more of the breathtaking views, more beer, and more food.  The line for the oysters was at least 25 people at all times, so we strolled outside to the upstairs patio and made friends with a couple of painters that were creating a masterpiece for the silent auction taking place at the end of the night.

As a ticket holder, we each received one drink ticket to take advantage of all of the other offerings at the bar.  How much were the tickets, you ask?  Only $40!!!

We were all truly spoiled at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse last night.  Memories were made and more importantly, new and lasting customers!  Plus, Accoustic Ales made two new fans!

Check out more pictures in our Facebook Gallery.

When you head down to Tom Ham’s, be sure to ask for Andy and let him know Audra or SDCheers sent you.  He’ll be happy to give you the history lesson, too!

Brews, Views and Chews at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse

This is a last minute event for TONIGHT, but if you’re free COME JOIN ME! I love this place and love supporting everything that they do! You must buy the tickets before 2pm today. The link is below!!

patio at Tom Ham's Lighthouse

INFO: Tom Ham’s Lighthouse is hosting the Brews, Views & Chews event for only $40 a ticket! The ticket holder is guaranteed a taster glass, samples of unique and exclusive beers brewed by San Diego breweries including Ballast Point Brewery, The Lost Abbey, New English Brewing Company, Ironfire Brewing, Acoustic Ales and more. Not only will the ticket holder get to taste these amazing beers, but they will also be paired with food crafted by some of the best chefs in San Diego, Executive Chef Lance Repp from Tom Ham’s Lighthouse, Hanis Cavin from Carnitas Snack Shack, Santiago Campa from Donut Bar, Chad White from Comun Kitchen and Tavern and Dion Morales from Bali Hai Restaurant.

Brews, Views & Chews will have live music, a silent auction, real time painting of the San Diego skyline, while guests enjoy breathtaking views of the San Diego Bay. Along with the entertainment, it wouldn’t be a party unless we have a photo booth so guests can take home memories of the first annual beer week kickoff event at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse!

A portion of this events proceeds will be donated to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

Get your tickets by 2pm!!