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Brooklyn Girl Eatery | Mission Hills

4033 Goldfinch Street
San Diego, CA 92103
Neighborhood: Mission Hills

Tucked away in a quaint neighborhood is Brooklyn Girl Eatery, a quintessential upscale Italian restaurant rooted in Brooklyn blood. I had the pleasure of indulging here on my 25th birthday and was delighted from start to finish.

What I had: The whole table of friends shared their plates of food which is the only way I truly suggest to eat, especially in a more upscale setting. But what I ordered personally were three items. An appetizer of potato latkes with apple butter dipping sauce, duck and date salad (pictured) made of frisee, spinach, marcona almonds, banyals vinaigrette and oyster sliders made with whole grain mustard aioli served with salt & vinegar hill chips.

Come here if: you dig ecclectic decor, hanker  some east coast influence meets a community-rooted and artisan driven atmosphere or simply want to celebrate any occasion that you can cheers a specialty cocktail with. It’s easy to let time escape while dwelling at Brooklyn Girl.

Expect to pay: $-$$$

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Raglan Public | Ocean Beach, CA

1851 Bacon St
(between Niagara Ave & Newport Ave)
San Diego, CA 92107

Being a freelance Writer meets foodie, happy hour bodes well for me so I’m constantly on the look out for some quality food meets happy hour and have found it in my neighborhood in Ocean Beach. Raglan Public.

What I had: I’ve been here a couple of times but recently I enjoyed their happy hour (until 6pm) which includes half of appetizers and deals on drinks. A friend and I got sangria ($3.75), a as you can tell LARGE soft pretzel with gentleman jack mustard and a roasted jalapeno sauce (both are equally delicious though the former will be sure to clear your nasal passage) and their grilled corn which comes in two ear corns portioned in 4 servings topped with sriracha mayo and parmesan cheese. In addition to the happy hour menu items, we also splurged  via regular menu and split their Queenstown Fave which is their 100% grass feed and certified organic beef burger topped with edam cheese. We were full and consequently very happy.

Come here if: If you need to wind down from a long and busy day, enjoy interior design and aesthetics of a restaurant or feel like eating the usual burger but with unique sauces and freshly baked buns (known for their burgers). After all, Raglan is an experience inspired by the land down under, so if you have a curious taste bud, Raglan is for you.

Expect to pay: $-$$

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Haute Cakes Caffe | Costa Mesa, CA


1807 Westcliff Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Breakfast is my favorite time/meal/experience of the day. So its safe to say, when venturing out looking for the must morning eats, I was thrilled to have finally found, Haute Cakes Caffee. This Caffe, (yes, two “f’s”) is a consistently busy one but offers the most gourmet and fresh foods. From great drip coffee (Cafe Moto) to freshly baked goods to their famous orange ricotta pancakes, there is a wide range to order from if you are famished or just hankering for a small bite. In addition, they also serve gluten-free items too.

What I had: Im a classic omelet/eggs girl so above you can see their perfectly scrambled eggs with their signature salsa verde. Bacon done anyway you like (when it’s cooked this well, it’s perfection) plus their delicious, freshly baked sourdough bread.

Come here if: you want to experience an ideal atmosphere before a busy day,  gourmet breakfast to fuel you and delight your taste-bud and want anything but the diner meets breakfast vibe. This place is a little more buck than your usual breakfast perhaps but totally worth it.

Expect to pay: $-$$

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