In Solana Beach, Vino Carta wine shop hosts two culinary
couples doing sweet justice to local produce and ingredients.
Early in the week, have a mostly plant-forward dinner by chef
Juan González and partner Megan Strom of Mesa Agrícola.
They initially offered outdoor pop-up dinners around North
County, including Encinitas’ Coastal Roots Farm. Try the cubed
patatas bravas with roasted garlic aioli and salsa brava and the
tuna tlayuda with yellowtail and crispy leeks. Other days, Elliott
and Kelly Townsend of Long Story Short cook up whatever
earthy gems they find on weekly visits to Chino Farm in Rancho
Santa Fe, which recently introduced Aisu Creamery, ice cream
pints featuring the farm’s famous produce. Occasionally, Long
Story Short does themed dinner menus, including an izakaya
(Japanese pub) inspired night featuring items like a fluffy
pancake with shredded cabbage and octopus, a riff on an Osaka