Best of the Beach 2022: Bartendar, Local Original Band

Bartender Rico De Alba, Shellback Shellback bartender Rico De Alba is thrilled to finally see the faces of his guests after enduring mask mandates. “I love talking to people and making them feel welcome,” he said. For the past 21 years the resident bartender has been serving signature drinks like the Fanta, a shot of…

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Best of the Beach 2022: Craft Beer Restaurant/Bar, Happy Hour

Craft Beer Restaurant/Bar Hermosa Brewing Company These days it’s a rare eatery that doesn’t have local beers,and a rare bar that still serves just burgers and hot dogs. Even so, Hermosa Brewing stands out for creative food that would grace an upscale space and beers that will satisfy a demanding brew connoisseur. The food menu…

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Best of the Beach 2022: Seafood (other than sushi), Rotisserie chicken, Sports bar food, Steak (over $40), Steak (under $40), Sommelier

Seafood (other than sushi) Bluewater Grill The Bluewater grill was anachronistic on the day it was built, a retro design reminiscent of East Coast seafood houses of the 1950s. Meals at those establishments were generally clam chowder, fish simply grilled or fried, two vegetables and a potato, and martinis for adults, lemonade for kids. Part…

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Best of the Beach 2022: Mexican (under $25), New Restaurant 2021, Coffee house (Indie), Dessert restaurant, Dining Deck, Pizza, Poke

Mexican (under $25) El Tarasco  The original El Tarasco on Rosecrans is legendary, the shack by the beach that has fed generations of students, surfers, tourists who wanted to be mistaken for surfers, and everybody else who wanted a meal that was cheap, filling, and surprisingly good. About 10 people can eat inside, and whoever…

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