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In the past few years Oceanside’s restaurant scene, to the delight of locals and Oceanside visitors, has been quietly but deliciously blooming. We knew we wouldn’t be able to keep these delectable eateries to ourselves forever, and now we see the word is getting out around San Diego. Check out the articles in the San Diego Tribune, North County Coastal, and San Diego Reader featuring just a few of our Oceanside restaurants.
Patrick Kragen of the San Diego Tribune in Our Picks for San Diego Restaurant Week writes: “Two of the entrees on the Restaurant Week menu for this eatery overlooking Oceanside Pier are over $30 on their own, so you’re essentially getting a free appetizer and dessert on top. The menu has changed over the years, but I always start with the sweet chili calamari, an Asian twist on the classic appetizer. If you’re a meat-and-potatoes guy, go for the classic 8-ounce flatiron steak with garlic mashed potatoes. And for a light, bright finish, go for the passion fruit panna cotta with kiwi fruit and macadamia brittle.”
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The San Diego Reader features the best restaurants in different neighborhoods throughout San Diego and North County, based off of reviews. In the Feast! North County Coastal issue on September 9 focusing on the coastline between Del Mar and Oceanside, Oceanside’s Masters Kitchen and Cocktail, Red Rooster Bar and Grill, and Guahan Grill made the list.
[Delving into the lure of Masters Kitchen and Cocktail, Patrick Henderson writes] “Located in a converted hot rod garage, Master’s does a good job with bringing new American cuisine to a place not known for being a culinary landmark. The menu combines seasonal specialties like the watermelon salad (with a mint pesto dressing) with all-year-round dishes like the flatiron steak with chimichurri sauce or the seafood paella. Although the bar has an ever-changing list of craft cocktails, the mixologists also do a great job with “forgotten” drinks, such as their Rye Manhattan, a drink Don Draper would like.”
Red Rooster Bar and Grill
Explaining the awe and touching on the roots of Red Rooster, Ed Bedford writes “Dive bar? Maybe. But that only adds to the flavor of things you gotta try at this 50-year-old Oceanside institution. Starting with the half-pound legendary Rooster Burger with cheese, grilled onion, and Ortega chili. You watch that patty go up in flames right there at the grill behind the bar. It comes to the counter crunchy and flavor-popping. The Mother Clucker Sandwich is the chicken version, almost as good. And the Sunday-night barbecue (5-9 p.m.) is quite a scene: you get to toss your own rib eye steak on the barbie outside. Cash only.”
Kirk K. explains the draw of Oceanside’s Guahan Grill in a way that makes it sound enticingly delicious. Kirk explains that; “If you’ve never tried chamorro — Guamanian food — friendly Guahan Grill might be the place to dip your toes in the water. The one dish that immediately comes to mind is Kelaguen. The version here is made of chicken, chopped, with some lemon juice, green onions, a touch of chili pepper, with the flavor of ginger coming through. Though milder than versions I’ve had, it’s the perfect vehicle to move as much Finadene (a tangy, sour, salty, and wonderfully addictive condiment) into my belly as possible. Along with some Boonie peppers, a species related to Piri-Piri and Tabasco chilies. The empanadas are worth a try as well. And don’t forget the red rice.”
The Best of North County 2015, conducted by San Diego Magazine, lists a few of Oceanside’s favorites that food lovers will want to head over and check out.
“At this tiny O-side joint, chef Alfred Sheik is crushing it with big-time creativity and a fresh Asian-fusion chalkboard menu. His pulled-pork cream cheese roll melts in the mouth; his divinely tender yellowtail with cabbage slaw and bacon bits makes for an excellent fish taco. There are also crispy tempura ’shrooms, curried potato short rib croquettes, and craft beer spilling from the taps, enjoyed by everyone from mom and pop to younger-gen surfers and skaters,”
“It’s no secret that the further north you go, the Mexican food goes south, but Los Tacos is the exception. Think Lucha Libre if they dropped the décor, and the wait. The ChoriQueso tacos will change your life,”
See also: Restaurants in Oceanside for more places to dine!
Make sure to keep a wary eye locked on Oceanside as it continues to develop and grow with the influx of new restaurants and craft breweries; you may not have to drive as far as you used to when craving some good eats, vibes, and drinks!