If there’s one thing that North County residents enjoy more than the beach, it’s the various cuisine, beverages, and sweet treats throughout San Diego. Here, we offer a taste of some local flavor.

On the Map


Lucha Libre

With its Mexican wrestling-inspired decor and uniquely delicious fare, Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop has been a Mission Hills staple since it opened in 2008. Now, North County residents can try the Knockout Fries without the drive – a new location opened in The Shoppes at Carlsbad earlier this year.

Dinner Winners

Carlsbad’s Vivace and Argyle Steakhouse were recently announced as 2018 AAA Four Diamond restaurants. Every year, AAA announces its list of high-quality, distinctive restaurants, and this year, Vivace’s Northern Italian influences and organic ingredients made an impression. Argyle Steakhouse was recognized for its sophisticated service and standout entrées.

Tasty Trends


Street Food

For the past several years, food trucks seem to have taken over the culinary scene in cities around the world. This modern dining option offers quick, gourmet food – anytime, anywhere. Mobile cuisine encompasses everything from burgers, hot dogs, tacos, and barbecue to grilled cheese sandwiches, bacon, macaroni and cheese, vegan food, and international fusions – each with their own unique twist. When you’re craving something delightfully different (and convenient!) try one of the many food trucks cruising through North San Diego County.