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5 Patio Dinning Spots in North County

5 Patio Dinning Spots in North County

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With the weather warming up and San Diego getting in the mood for summer, patio dining is the ideal way to spend a summer afternoon or evening.

Here are five rad spots with patios to check out in North County San Diego:

Pacific Coast Grill, located in Cardiff, sits on the beach, for perfect beach-side dinning, a true California classic. With their rich ingredients, and refreshing drinks, add this to your San Diego must do, capturing the perfect sunset dinner.

Dining Tip: We had reservations at 6:15, and right when our entrees were coming out, the sun went down over the water, which was an hour into our dinner date.

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Bagby Beer, Oceanside

Bagby Beer, located on PCH in Oceanside, is serving up all in-house made items, down to their own ranch dressing! With four patios to choose from; rooftop, lower outside, lower covered, and front patio, Bagby is the perfect place to be outside!

One of Bagby’s chefs is vegan, so the menu range is for all. They have daily homemade soups, along with various sandwiches of the day, which are crusty, melt in your mouth bites!

Their drinks set them apart. The fresh mint mojito is one of their specialties, and for good reason. With their homemade mint syrup, the fresh muddled mint, and the crisp lime, these can be drank by the dozen. (These mojitos are even better than the ones I had in the Caribbean!)

Bagby’s also has fire roasted pizzas, which are cooked to perfection, and they pair perfectly with their cold beer!

Flying Pig Pub, located in Vista Village, has a covered patio as well as a outdoor patio. They are open for dinner daily, and lunch on the weekends.

Flying Pig is taking traditional pub food to a gourmet level with their decadent burgers, complex salads, and different daily sweets. This is the perfect place to have a relaxed dining experience with deluxe food offerings.

My personal highlight of the meal was the hibiscus mojito. Yes, it does taste as good as it looks. The bright pink drink was beyond refreshing for a hot summer day.

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Hello Betty, Oceanside

Hello Betty, located by the Oceanside Pier, has beach-view dining with beyond fresh finds! Hello Betty is one of the only restaurants in San Diego to have special permit to purchase fish right off the boats in the harbor, and if you’re lucky enough, you might see the fisherman carry a giant fish right through the front door!

The menu is constantly changing here, since there is no telling what might be caught fresh that day. Their ‘catch of the day’ plate is all local fish. Other highlights include their poke dip, guacamole, grilled fish tacos, and shrimp ceviche! They are known for their seafood, which can also be purchased fresh to take home.

With their rooftop patio overlooking the pier, this is the perfect place to watch the sunset and have a cocktail, which are not boring cocktails! Some favorites were Mission 211; a vodka drink with hibiscus syrup, lemon, and champagne, Same Same but Different Mule; lemongrass vodka, lime, ginger syrup, and sparkling soda, and Eddie Would Go; a spin on a margarita with tequila, coconut rum, orange liquor, pineapple, and lime! (This one was my fav!)

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The Compass, Carlsbad

The Compass, located in Carlsbad Village, is a popular spot for locals to get unique drinks, and gourmet bites! With their bright and one of a kind drinks, The Compass will leave you craving more!

If I could choose one meal to live off the rest of my life, it would be this cheese board! Fresh, creamy, salty, and sweet all on one plate… Yes please! This is the ideal tapas and cocktail location, with their patio overlooking the center of Carlsbad Village!

Other impressive bites include their bacon-wrapped dates, gourmet mac-n-cheese, Baja fish tacos, fish burrito, and any burger on the menu! Their killer herbed blanco sauce on the tacos was the icing on the cake!

Two drinks that me crave a tropical vacation were the Full Moon Party; elderflower vodka, lemongrass/cardamom syrup, topped with coconut citrus, and the Beet It; similar to a margarita with tequila, beet syrup, lime, and spiced pear!

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