TBL3: Local Prawns — Photo courtesy of George's at the Cove
La Jolla isn't huge, but sometimes trying to figure out where to eat is difficult. Why? It's because the affluent seaside community's choices are vast, with a number of award-winning chefs and cuisines to choose from. To help narrow options, we'll break the day down by meal.
Breakfast: Go for a hearty dose of Coast Toast at Brockton Villa, a charming restaurant famous for the first meal of the day along with fantastic service and spectacular view of La Jolla Cove. Also popular is the Crab Ipanema Benedict paired with a mimosa. Burn some calories by walking along the coastline afterward.
A lighter lunch: You have two choices here, depending on which part of La Jolla you're in. If kayaking through the caves or learning to surf at La Jolla Shores beach, stop for a made-to-order sandwich to-go at the Cheese Shop. The pork loin (roasted in-house) sandwich with cilantro and melted jack cheese is divine while the piled-high turkey, jack and avocado sandwich is the most popular. Save room for the famous, homemade, flourless oatmeal cookie. Have a picnic by the beach or dine on the small, kid and dog-friendly patio there.
The other choice is to pick up a street taco or three at Puesto, if you happen to be in the Village. Even locals hailing from Mexico City (who are used to the real deal) rave about the flavor bursting out of grilled fish, shrimp, chicken al pastor, carne asada and gourmet Mexican vegetarian items like zucchini flower, corn truffle and soy chorizo potatoes. Tacos are assembled in front of each guest during the ordering process. Don't skip the cheese as they grill it on to the tortilla. The grilled salmon salad is also a favorite. Eat in the chic dining area or take lunch with you.
Dinner: You could just book a table inside at George's California Modern or al fresco on the Ocean Terrace for a spectacular sunset view. Meals are outstanding in both dining areas of George's at the Cove. But, if the bank balance permits, foodies will want to take it one step further and reserve the coveted TBL3 in advance. TBL3 is a 12-14 course meal based on fresh ingredients of the day and the creativity of Executive Chef Trey Foshee. The cost of this dining experience like no other is $180 per person for 12-to-14 courses and $260 with beverage pairings (plus tax and gratuity). Diners insist that it's worth every penny.
It's a good thing La Jolla offers up plenty of opportunities for exercise, right?