Farm House Cafe Restaurant And Kitchen 1540 Restaurant And Prepkitchen Restaurant And Roseville Restaurant In San Diego, CA

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Farm House Café At this countrified South Park restaurant, French-born chef Olivier Bioteau pays homage to his roots with contemporary cuisine steeped in classic technique. Escargots get lavish treatment in a creamy risotto ($10), sweet white shrimp and lobster mushrooms lounge atop pillowy ricotta gnocchi ($20) and house-made fettuccine and Moroccan-spiced lamb Bolognese come together in savory symbiosis. 2121 Adams Ave., San Diego; 619-269-9662 or

Kitchen 1540 At this restaurant inside Del Mar's L'Auberge resort, you can snack on artful small plates–like scallops with popcorn puree ($13) or bison tartare with bacon sabayon ($14)–in an outdoor cabana or adjourn to the wine room for a multicourse feast, which might include whole-roasted branzino with tempura sea beans ($28). 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar; 858-793-6460 or

Prepkitchen The team behind La Jolla's buzzy whisknladle has opened this eat-in/take-out spot (pictured) that serves homey entrées like roasted Jidori chicken ($14.50) and heirloom tomato lasagna ($14). The house-made charcuterie and mozzarella–as well as the sticky salted-caramel pecan brownies ($3)–make for a perfect grab-and-go picnic to take to the beach. 7556 Fay Ave., La Jolla; 858-875-7737 or