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California Modern
1250 Prospect St., La Jolla
(858) 454-4244
Seats: 120.Cuisine: California modern.Specialties: Muscovy duck breast with pineapple miso, bok choy, hon shimeji mushrooms and eggplant; harpoon-caught local swordfish with prosciutto wrapped ricotta gnocchi, Swiss chard, clams and romesco; golden trout with spice-braised butternut squash, spinach, brown butter-grape emulsion and shaved fennel.Main courses: $25-$50.Chef: Trey Foshee.Owner: George Hauer.

Cowboy Star Restaurant and Butcher Shop
640 10th Ave.
(619) 450 5880
Seats: 86.Cuisine: fine Western.Specialties: buttermilk fried sweetbreads with green apple-Savoy cabbage slaw, crispy potato and bourbon sauce; Berkshire pork porterhouse with warm potato salad, fava bean-pancetta ragoût and cassis-mustard sauce; hand-cut steaks, including 8-ounce Certified Angus filet, 40-ounce 21-day-aged Prime porterhouse for two, and 10-ounce American wagyu.Main courses: $21-$46Chef: Victor Jimenez.Owners: Jimenez and Angie and Jon Weber.

Farmhouse Café
2121 Adams Ave.
(619) 269-9662
Seats: 26 in dining room, 13 at bar, 10 outside.Cuisine: French country.Specialties: escargots risotto with parsley-garlic butter; chicken liver mousse with pickled vegetables and toasted baguette; flatbread with caramelized onion, crispy bacon, Parmesan, arugula and balsamic reduction.Main courses: $12-$24.Chef-owner: Olivier Bioteau.

1125 Rosecrans St. (619) 450-6800
Seats: 100, plus 12 at the bar and 52 in private dining rooms.Cuisine: French-Mediterranean.Specialties: Provençal stew of fish and shellfish, crisp duck leg confit with cranberry beans and rainbow chard, honey and apple-cider glazed Berkshire pork cheeks.Main courses: $16-$25.Chef: Amy DiBiase.Owner: George Riffle.

1500 Ocean
1500 Orange Ave., Coronado
(619) 522-8490
Seats: 120 inside, 50 outsideCuisine: contemporary California-Mediterranean.Specialties: peach bruschetta with fromage blanc, arugula, almonds and peppercorn vinaigrette; braised Prime Angus short rib with grilled beef cap, crème fraîche potatoes and baby vegetables; Northern halibut with baby artichokes, fingerlings, olive tapenade and saffron emulsion.Main courses: $25-$45.Chef: Brian Sinnott.Owner: Hotel Del Coronado.

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