With the opulence of the Del overseeing the town, a night out for French cuisine seems appropriate here. You’ll do well at Chez Loma French Bistro (1132 Loma Ave., 619/435-0661, www.chezloma.com, Tues.–Sun. 5 p.m.–close, $23–36). You can walk to this charming restaurant that’s located in the historic Carez Hizar House—a white-frame house that leads into warm, red dining rooms.
The cuisine tends toward the classic French brasserie style, with the occasional hint of California color in some of the dishes. The wine list is worth a visit all on its own; it’s not immense, but it shows off the best of California and France, including a large selection of flights (samples of three different wines all in one type).
The food and the ambiance have caught the attention of local foodies, and Chez Loma has been highly reviewed and presented with a number of regional restaurant awards.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition