It’s graduation season and before your grad conquers the big, wide world, treat him or her to a solid celebratory meal. So, grab the family, friends, your graduate and that newly-minted diploma or degree and feast away. Yelp has put together this list of A+ spots to grab some grub with that grad.
Caroline’s Seaside Café (La Jolla Shores)
Tucked away at Scripps Seaside Forum in La Jolla, Caroline’s Seaside Cafe boasts endless ocean views and creative California-style cuisine. It’s a relaxing, casual and contemporary environment, not to mention it is the perfect backdrop for the impending photo-ops. Whether visiting for breakfast or lunch, a celebration at Caroline’s is sure to be one for the books.
Indigo Grill (Little Italy)
Now that school is out, the world is your oyster. Start by exploring Modern Latin Cuisine with Chef Deborah Scott’s inspired menu at the revamped Indigo Grill after your pomp and circumstance. The Anticucho Boards consist of Peruvian and Chilean street food in the form of skewered meats. Don’t stress if some of those in your party prefer more traditional cuisine: the Bucket of Fried Chicken with Serrano Vinaigrette is a solid choice too.
The Med at La Valencia (La Jolla Cove)
Graduates can grab a seat to celebrate this momentous occasion at the renowned “Pink Lady” of La Jolla. Dine on the chic (and pet-friendly) patio or reserve the stunning Ocean View Terrace for a meal of the highest degree. Chef James Montejano is basically an alumnus in the kitchen, creating perfect items for your celebratory event like the Maple Leaf Duck or the Spice Rubbed Skuna Bay Salmon.
Mamma Teresa (Poway)
Dig into that pasta: you deserve it. The menu boasts extra creditable items like a linguini in a 40 percent top sirloin, 40 percent pork and 20 percent veal Bolognese sauce, not to mention the homemade Porcini Mushroom Ravioli with sage butter. The family-owned location feels just like home, and you won’t have to worry about the mess. The whole crew can dine at this local Italian joint; just call ahead for any large group reservations.
The Land & Water Co. (Carlsbad)
History abounds at this hyper-local foodie paradise, making it the perfect North County location to put your school days behind you. Chef Rob Ruiz beams in his signature restaurant, with creations like the Bacon Lardon, crispy pork belly with red stone crab salad and jalapeno corn bread with touches of orange marmalade and mint. We also suggest the Papa Bear Salmon Roll from the sushi menu and you absolutely must dig into desserts.
Blue Water Grill (Temecula)
For graduates inland: Toast to your accomplishments with a glass of local wine and some stunning seafood at this newly-opened gem. The spot features an oyster bar, fresh catches daily and, if you have family in from out of town, the clam chowder is rumored to wow even East Coast palates. Throwing a whole party for your grad? Inquire about the banquets and really send your student into the next phase of their life in style.
Trish Sanderson is the community manager and marketing director for Yelp North County San Diego. She leads the local community of Yelp reviewers both online and off.