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Top 5 Restaurants in Southern California

No. 5
brigantine restaurant
The Brigantine
Solana Beach
On the menu: Maybe the best fish tacos south of Orange Countys Super Taco and the signature claim chowder is every bit as good as anything found on Yawkey Way.
Location: 3263 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, Calif. - (858) 481-1166

No. 4
tonys jacal
Tony's Jacal
Solana Beach
On the menu: Authentic Mexican is the signature line for Tony Jackals, a longtime hangout for racetrack regulars.
Location: 621 Valley Ave, Solana Beach, Calif. - (858) 755-2274

No. 3
pacifica del mar
Pacifica Del Mar
Del Mar
On the menu: Just down the hill from Jimmy Os, the seafood is fresh and the dishes are above average, but the real draw is the ocean-side seating. It doesnt get any better.
Location: 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, Calif. - (858) 792-0476

No. 2
red tractons
Red Tracton's
Solana Beach
On the menu: Hall of Fame steaks and an atmosphere that seems plucked from the 1950s. One half expects to see Bing Crosby spinning yarns in the corner.
Location: 550 Via De La Valle, Solana Beach, Calif. - (858) 755-6600

No. 1
Coronado Island
On the menu: Ecclectic menu demands experimentation. Try the steamed artichoke appetizer and the chocolate molten lava cake but it takes 30 minutes to prepare. Views of downtown and San Diego Bay abound. Three words: location, location, location.
Location: 1201 1st St # 3, Coronado, Calif. - (619) 437-4474