Some of the coolest areas of San Diego are the beach communities lining our coast that each have their own distinct personality and charm. Oceanside to the north of San Diego is no exception. Not far from the water, the Oceanside Museum of Art buildings stand out with their sleek, modern architecture. The museum holds more than 15 contemporary art exhibitions annually, in addition to regular classes, lectures, docent tours, parties, concerts, films and culinary events. Their exhibits showcase work from SoCal artists including paintings, sculptures, studio furniture, art quilts and architectural glass. The museum’s galleries are redesigned with each new exhibit for a full experience refresh every visit. Check out what’s on current and future exhibit here.
Perhaps the buzziest restaurant in Oceanside, Wrench & Rodent Seabasstropub had been on my list of places to check out for a long time. Known for its fresh fish and sushi, Wrench & Rodent has delicious sashimi, nigiri, rolls and seafood appetizers. I recommend sitting at the sushi bar and having Chef Davin Waite prepare his tasty creations for you based on his freshest ingredients. You’ll quickly realize he uses top quality products and is very creative when combining flavor profiles.
Their adjoining restaurant, The Whet Noodle, is a fast-casual ramen bar where you can build your own ramen or choose one of their signature bowls. This visit I tried the fish tonkotsu and adobada pork varieties that are served with pickled radish, scallions, fish cake, burnt cabbage, bean sprouts and shiitake. I also like to add a hard-boiled egg and shrimp tempura for extra protein. And don’t skip their salads and small plates, many of which have Asian flavors. You definitely won’t leave hungry, and it’ll be worth the drive time!