Of course Solana Beach has the standards for quick, convenient, and inexpensive meals—McDonald’s, Carl’s Jr., and Denny’s come to mind. However, if you want to experience the local flavor on a budget, we suggest checking out the deliciously affordable restaurants and cafes below.
Rudy’s Taco Shop
524 Stevens Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075
Rudy’s Taco Shop boasts authentic Mexican favorites and an outdoor patio. This charming, hole-in-the-wall is located inside a market. In addition to fresh, hot meals, the taco shop also sells tasty treats to take home, like spicy carrots. Locals love the Carne Asada Burritos. Best of all, it’s only one mile from Winners Circle Resort (about a 3 minute drive). An average meal at Rudy’s is about $6-$10 per person.
150 South Acacia Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075
Hideaway Café serves up traditional American Breakfast fare in the heart of Solana Beach. Offering a cozy, seaside atmosphere this hidden gem is open from 7am to 2pm. Solana Beach locals love the potato pancakes and cinnamon rolls. Meals are generally under $10 per person. We recommend going to Hideaway for breakfast, then strolling over to Fletcher Cove Park just across the street.
Jersey Mike’s Subs
915 Lomas Santa Fe Dr, Solana Beach, CA 92075
Jersey’s Mikes offers some East Coast cuisine near the western shore. Often revered as the best sub shop around, locals can’t get enough of The Original Italian sub (Provolone, ham, prosciuttini, cappacuolo, salami and pepperoni). Open all day, from 7am to 9:30pm you can stop by Jersey Mike’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They also serve hot subs, wraps, and kid’s meals.
T’s offers typical SoCal Breakfast—traditional American with Mexican favorites like juevos rancheros available too. Their Bloody Mary’s are legendary among the locals. Open from 7am to 2pm, T’s is great for breakfast and lunch. Meals average $9-$12 per person.
New to the area, Urban Pi is a new concept in affordable dining in Del Mar. Located across the street from the upscale Flower Hill Promenade, Urban Pi makes your pizza fresh in front of you. With classics like pepperoni or Margherita on the menu, alongside new offerings like Thai Pi and Pesto, there’s something for everyone. All pizzas are currently less than $8. Salads too!
We hope you enjoy saving money and savoring good food during your Solana Beach vacation!
Beginning this week, Winners Circle Resort will continue its renovation plans. We will begin the total remodel of Building 4. This building houses units 160-173 and 260-273. The complete overhaul will include new kitchens, appliances, cabinetry, carpets, furniture, paint, and bathrooms.
The constructions will be limited to the one standalone building, and thus it should have a minimal impact on the resort of the resort. There may be work crews present and some construction noise from December 20, 2012 through early March.
Due to the fact that we must shut down the entire building for the renovation process, please be advised that we will have very limited availability for nightly stays and exchangers. Resort timeshare owners will be given priority, and placed in a different, but equal unit, should their use week fall during construction.
Beginning phase 2 of the 4 phase construction project will be a great start to 2013 at Winners Circle Resort. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email the General Manager.
We look forward to seeing all of you in 2013 and exceeding your expectations with our gorgeous remodel!
Best Black Friday Shopping in San Diego
If you’re visiting San Diego during the most wonderful time of year, one thing you don’t want to miss is the excellent shopping. San Diego offers something for everyone—from fashionistas who love a designer label to savvy shoppers always looking for the best deal. Below are our recommendations for San Diego’s shopping hotspots. Take a day—or two—to explore shopping in San Diego.
Westfield UTC Mall – 10 Minutes South of Winners Circle Resort
4545 La Jolla Village Dr., San Diego, CA 92122
Newly remodeled, Westfield UTC boasts a unique dining area, featuring Tender Greens, currently ranked as one of the top ten restaurants in all of San Diego. Under the dining area, you’ll find an ice rink. This mall offers great staples, like Nordstrom, Macy’s and Sears. Additionally, there is a Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, and Restoration Hardware for those who love home furnishings. New retailers include J. Crew, Splendid and Tesla.
Black Friday Hours: All Stores will be open at midnight.
Fashion Valley Mall—20 Minutes Southeast of Winners Circle Resort
7007 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108
Centrally located in San Diego’s Mission Valley, this is San Diego’s Flagship Mall. Shoppers can find ultimate luxury with shops like Gucci, Hermes, and Louis Vuitton lining the ground floor. Of course, there are many options for fast fashion too, like H&M, Forever 21, and the newly opened, European chain, Zara. You’ll also find an Apple Store, Verizon Wireless, Microsoft Store, and a Sony Store for all the electronics lovers.
Black Friday Hours: Opens at 12am on Black Friday.
Carlsbad Premium Outlets—13 Minutes North of Winners Circle Resort
5620 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad Premium Outlets is praised as one of the best outlet shopping centers in Southern California. This mall has is getting Black Friday started on Thursday night—with many retailers opening at 9pm on Thursday evening. They include Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, Clarks Bostonian, Coach, Designer Fragrances, Fossil, Godiva Chocolatier, Guess, Hot Dog on a Stick, Izod, Lids, Nine West, Puma, Solstice Sunglass Outlet, Stride Rite Keds Sperry, Sunglass Hut (103-D), Tommy Hilfiger, True Religion, Van
Black Friday Hours: All stores open their doors at midnight right after Thanksgiving. Some stores are opening earlier.
Marshall’s Solana Beach – 5 Minutes from Winners Circle Resort
685 San Rodolfo Drive, Lomas Santa Fe Square, Solana Beach, CA 92075
This is a local favorite for bargain hunters. San Diegans drive all the way from El Cajon, Chula Vista, and Lakeside to check out the wares at SD County’s best stocked Marshalls. From clothing to home goods, this is one of the best kept shopping secrets in San Diego.
Black Friday Hours: 9:30a – 9:30p
Flower Hill Promenade – 3 Minutes East of Winners Circle Resort; a 15 Minute Walk
2720 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014
Offering a truly one-of-a kind shopping experience, Flower Hill offers everything from luxury spa treatments at Spa Gregrorie’s to a relaxing cup of coffee at Pannikin to amazing designer clothing. This space is currently being beautified, but all shops remain open. Places like Bon Bijoux Girly Boutique and Nothing Bundt Cakes are ideal for picking up gifts for friends, family and co-workers.
We wish all of our guests, and all San Diego visitors, a safe and fun Black Friday!
There are many benefits to spending the holiday season in Sunny San Diego. The truth is, on average, December is one of the sunniest months of the year. Further, San Diegans are notorious for getting in the spirit of the season, featuring plenty of family friendly activities. Below are the resort’s top picks for Holiday fun in the greater San Diego area.
December Nights in Balboa Park
San Diego’s season begins with a phenomenal celebration in Balboa Park, near downtown. The local favorite features sparkling lights, theatrical and musical entertainment, exotic foods, a wine and beer garden, and more. It does require quite a bit of walking to see it all, so we recommend wearing comfortable shoes.
Dates: December 7 and 8, 2012
Cost: Admission is Free, but we recommend bringing cash to purchase food and beverage from various local vendors.
Holiday of Lights at the Del Mar Fairgrounds
This event is perfect for younger children. You sit back and enjoy the magic of hundreds of holiday scenes formed by twinkinling lights. Best of all, you view the wintery wonderland from the comfort of your own vehicle, as you drive slowly around the Del Mar Racetrack.
Dates: November 22, 2012- January 3, 2012. Dark Mondays.
Cost: $15.00 per car, up to 5 people; $20 per car, 6 or more people; $50 per bus.
Outdoor Skating Ring at Horton Plaza
Enjoy San Diego’s version of Rockefeller Center when you enjoy ice skating between Horton Plaza and the NBC studios. The best news is the proceeds benefit Rady’s Children’s Hospital, San Diego.
Dates: November 15, 2012 to January 6, 2013
Cost: $14 for Adults, $12.00 for Children under 12, $35 for Season Passes
Address: 225 Broadway Circle, San Diego, CA 92101
North Coast Repertory Theatre’s Holiday Productions
Solana Beach’s own North Coast Rep boasts many fabulous productions throughout the holidays, from plays geared towards Children to comedy productions. For dates, tickets, and more information, visit their website at www.northcoastrep.org.
Dates: Ongoing throughout the Holiday Season
Cost: Prices vary by show and times.
Address: 987 Loma Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, CA 92075