Chef Ernest Lopez’ $9 tapas include duck confit flatbread, nut-crusted lamb chops, and a white shrimp quesadilla. Happy hour is daily from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, enjoy live music from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. DJ from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
The restaurant at Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa draws tourists as well as the real housewives of Carlsbad, who like to hold court on the patio by the square fire pit. You’ll love Chandler’s mysteriously smoky margarita made with mezcal.
American Restaurant in Escondido, CA, United States
During the daily Social Hour, 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., snag seven different apps for $7 each. Our fave pairing was the bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with chorizo, though chef Deborah Scott’s signature nut-crusted Brie doesn’t disappoint, either.