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June 2023

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lunch, and dinner in a homey diner setting for decades. e food is consistent and my buddy and Ranch & Coast contributing editor Bill Abrams and I routinely meet there for breakfast. We go as much for the meal as for the company of the friendly and loyal staff. encinitascafe.com e most exciting addition to the scene as of late for me is GP Diner, which took over the prime spot on the corner of E Street and 101 where Angelo's was previously. Helmed by the team behind Buona Forchetta, the west side serves up delicious diner classics (toasts, benedicts, omelettes, you name it) expertly executed by Chef Hanis Cavin, while the east side offers Roman- style pizza, puffy baked goods, gelato, and other enticing grab-and- go options. : @gpdiner Also newer to the neighborhood is Temaki, Chef JoJo Ruiz's SoCal-inspired sushi bar. In a vibrant environment, hand rolls, sashimi, and cut rolls including the playfully named Super Ninja Bunny are plated, complemented by a well-curated sake list. A perfect fit in eco-conscious Encinitas, Ruiz was named a James Beard Smart Catch Leader for his efforts to maintain healthy, sustainable seafood sources. temakibarsushi.com Brew-centric Culinary Standouts BRANDON HERNÁNDEZ, FOOD & BEVERAGE EDITOR When I'm not evaluating the finer points of restaurants for Ranch & Coast's monthly dining reviews, I tap into taprooms as an expert on the local brewing industry via my outlet, San Diego Beer News. ese kitchen-enhanced brewery venues get my vote, where food, service, and ambience rank every bit as high as ales and lagers. In 2020, a veteran Pizza Port brewer teamed with beer buds to open Craft Coast Beer & Tacos in Oceanside, the county's first- ever brewpub celebrating San Diego's standout suds and Mexican food. It's been a hit since day one behind a menu of tacos and mulitas (cheese-encrusted fold-over quesadillas) stuffed with succulent slow-cooked birria and al pastor, and nachos piled high with carne asada and all the fixings. ose decadent delights are best washed down with an ever-changing variety of highly hopped IPAs, plus award-winning north-of-the-border takes on clara and negra Mexican-style lagers. craftcoast.co When the minds behind Whisknladle Hospitality got into the brewing game in 2019 with Sorrento Mesa's Gravity Heights, they lured AleSmith Brewing's OG brewmaster out of retirement to >> << GP Diner @ranchandcoast RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE JUNE 2023 61 GP Diner GP Diner

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