Situated on the coast between Black’s Beach (San Diego’s nude beach) and Torrey Pines State Park is the laid-back beach town of La Jolla Shores, which includes Scripps Pier and the only beachfront boat launch in the city. Because of the typical calmness of the waves there, La Jolla Shores is a popular spot among kayakers, stand-up paddle boarders, snorkelers, beginner surfers, scuba divers and swimmers. During the summer months you can spot leopard sharks, which are only between three and four feet long and harmless to humans. The beach also has a boardwalk near the permanent lifeguard station. Kellogg Park is a large grassy area located at La Jolla Shores beach that includes a playground for children. The main business district offers shopping, restaurants and hotels.
Speaking of restaurants, Top Chef alum Brian Malarkey recently launched brunch at his La Jolla eatery in Torrey Pines, Farmer & The Seahorse. Tucked away in a business park at The Alexandria at Torrey Pines, Farmer & The Seahorse is a cool indoor-outdoor restaurant with a large patio, outdoor play area for kids, communal cornhole and bocce sets, and live acoustic music. At the center of the restaurant is an Airstream trailer which can be reserved for private parties.
At brunch, try the chilaquiles with braised chicken, creme fraiche, cotija, red onion and a farm egg. The crab crake benedict is also a popular selection, with poached eggs, sautéed spinach and hollandaise. If you’re boozing, sip on a spicy grapefruit margarita that has jalapeño and a chili salt rim, or try a flavored mimosa (cucumber mint, grapefruit or blood orange). Finish things off with a warm brownie “Sunday sundae” with vanilla ice cream and berries, or nosh on a freshly-baked chocolate chip cookie.
Farmer & The Seahorse is open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and for happy hour Wednesday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.