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Dining with a View in La Jolla
It's a "sad but truism" that many restaurants with great views serve food that isn't so hot. Many less-than-dedicated operators figure that the gorgeous vista will help make up for any deficiencies in the flavor department. Here are some exceptions to that rule:
George's Ocean Terrace (1250 Prospect St. 858/454–4244), part of the George's at the Cove complex, is one of the busiest spots in the village and for good reason: the casual bistro has an expansive view of the ocean, where you can glimpse boats and sometimes whales. Order a bowl of their signature black bean, broccoli, and chicken soup; Asian-style chicken wings; or garlic-roasted shrimp.
For a more upscale experience, head downstairs to George's California Modern, which offers excellent high-end fare. Chef Trey Foshee's menu offers seasonal dishes like local-catch grilled octopus salad with tzatziki sauce; and scallop, lemon, and tarragon ravioli.
Tucked into a hillside above the cove, Brockton Villa (1235 Coast Blvd. 858/454–7393) serves three meals a day, but they excel at brunch and lunch when ocean views are best. Snag a seat by the fireplace and order the soufflé-like Coast Toast or an artichoke and asparagus omelet.
Cody's La Jolla (8030 Girard Ave. 858/459–0040) serves up a slice of ocean view along with American fare like voluminous omelets and grilled chicken sandwiches with Gruyère and crisp pancetta.
At Goldfish Point Cafe (1255 Coast Blvd. 858/459-7407) the menu is very light, limited to coffee, teas, pastries, and a few sandwiches. But it's easily the most affordable romantic spot in La Jolla. They also welcome dogs with free treats and a bowl of water.
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