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San Diego Happy Half Hour Podcast: Episode 100

We celebrate the 1-0-0 with a Fantasy Restaurant Draft

By Archana Ram

Today’s episode of the Happy Half Hour is sponsored by Hornblower Cruises.

Happy 100th episode! We’re toasting to our milestone episode aboard Hornblower Cruises’s Sights & Sips Cocktail Cruise, but before we get to our draft (more on that below), we open with restaurant news. The team behind Campfire is opening a modern French bistro in Carlsbad, You & Yours Distilling Co. is expanding their East Village space and has announced a new product, and our food critic Troy Johnson gives us the scoop on El Jardín, chef Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins’s new Mexican restaurant in Liberty Station.

In lieu of a special guest, we’re playing a fun, foodie take on fantasy sports. We asked ourselves, if we could eat at only seven restaurants for the rest of the year, which would we choose? Each of us—Erin, Troy, Archana, and David—prepared a list of our favorite restaurants—everything from fine dining and tacos to breakfast spots and oceanview eateries. And things got competitive.

Now that we’ve made our picks, we want you to crown a winner. Check out the picks below—intentionally listed without the drafters’ name!—and tell us which restaurant roster deserves gold by July 11. We’ll announce the winner in episode 102.

A huge thank you to our listeners and supporters, as well as those of you who joined us aboard the Hornblower—we couldn’t have made it to 100 without you. Looking forward to 100 more!

Team 1

1.1 Buona Forchetta

2.4 Little Lion 

3.1 The Crack Shack

4.4 Lucha Libre

5.1 Cucina Urbana

6.4 Campfire

7.1 Mama’s Bakery

Team 2 

1.2 Cantina Mayahuel

2.3 Panama 66

3.2 Jaynes Gastropub

4.3 Hane Sushi

5.2 Old Venice

6.3 Cowboy Star

7.2 Caroline’s Seaside Café

Team 3

1.3 Grand Ole BBQ y Asado

2.2 Isabel’s Cantina

3.3 Trust

4.2 Café Chloe (selected before news of their closing was announced)

5.3 Amplfied Ale Works

6.2 Addison

7.3 Beerfish

Team 4 

1.4 George’s at the Cove

2.1 Las Cuatro Milpas

3.4 Sab-e-Lee

4.1 Wrench & Rodent Seabasstropub

5.4 Born & Raised

6.1 Urban Solace

7.4 Rocky’s Crown Pub

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