POWAY, CALIFORNIA is one of the larger cities in the surrounding area of San Diego, within San Diego County, and it has a population of over 50,000. The people who live here are known as Powegians. Aubrey Park is one of the major attractions here, with nearly nine acres of recreational space including softball fields, walking trails, beautiful picnic areas, groves full of trees that are native to the area, and a snack shop so you can refuel after a day of fun! If you'll be visiting the zip codes of 92064 and 92074, you will need to know where to find the best food and drinks. Here are our best choices in the area.
House on the Hill Restaurant is a small elegant restaurant that can be a bit pricey but we say it's worth it! The service and the ambiance are both superb. The Chicken Citron is one of our favorite dishes, smothered in delicious sauce with capers for a wonderful accent flavor, and we find it to be so addictive. The stuffed mushrooms make a great starter. We love coming here on special occasions and we're sure you will too. You can find it on County Highway S4 between Ridgedale Drive and Pomerado.
Brigantine Seafood Restaurant has the widest selection of wonderful food, including salads, sandwiches, hamburgers, steaks, and of course that mouth watering seafood and fish! Brigantine has been in business here for close to fifteen years at the time of this writing, and it's no secret why! Their high quality is the reason. The soft shell crab is our favorite thing on the menu, and we also love the steaks. There's a gorgeous patio area so you can dine in the breeze too. You can find Brigantine Seafood Restaurant on County Highway S4 near the intersection with Community Road.
Hamburger Factory Restaurant is all about great burgers at even better prices! The food is always good, and that consistency is definitely a good thing. We love coming in for breakfast, and there are always plenty of families here enjoying the ambiance and the service. It's got a very cool old west saloon vibe that kids (and kids at heart!) can really appreciate. We most highly recommend the bleu cheese burger! It's to die for! You can find Hamburger Factory Restaurant on Midland Road between Aubrey Street and Adrian Street!
Yannis Bistro & Cellar is a really elegant restaurant that brings you all your favorite flavors of Europe, including Italian, Greek, and French. The Spaghetti Bolognese is truly one of the best things on the menu as far as we're concerned, and the Shrimp Linguine is a close second. How about a Roasted Vegetable Sandwich for lunch, or perhaps a generously sized salad? And don't forget the Tiramisu for dessert. Magnifique. Located on Scripps Poway Parkway between Angelique Street and Pomerado Road.
Domenic's Italian Ristorante is one of our favorite Italian restaurants in the area, partially because of the extensive and impressive wine list, and partly because of the amazing food! If you're tired of the super-upscale new Italian places that keep popping up everywhere and are looking for something more authentic and old fashioned, this is it. They will cook anything to order for you. You can find this excellent little Italian restaurant on County Highway S4 between Ridgedale Drive and Silver Lake Drive.
Poway Sushi Lounge is really making news in the Poway area, because of its incredible high quality, unbelievably low prices, and of cousre that elegant atmosphere that's perfect for special occasions or romantic dates! They've got beer, sake, and wine to drink here, and the waitstaff is very helpful and attentive. Note that many say that Poway Sushi Lounge is the best sushi restaurant anywhere, so if you consider yourself a sushi nut (like we do!) then you will definitely want to check this one out. You can find it on County Highway S4 near the intersection with Poway Road.
Outback Steakhouse deserves a hearty mention here for its delicious food and its great ambiance. We rarely recommend the larger chain restaurants because everybody is already familiar with them and they really don't need the recommendation, but we love the dim subdued atmosphere here so much that we have to recommend it anyway. It's perfect for that special dinner and sipping the drink of your choice either at your table after the meal, or at the bar itself. You can find Outback Steak House on Pomerado Road between Kozy Crest Lane and Adobe Ridge Drive.
Original Pancake House is one of the greatest breakfast diners of all time. This restaurant serves so many different American favorites, for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner! There's quite a wait on weekend mornings, so be prepared for that. Be sure to order the fresh squeezed orange or grapefruit juice with your meal. The house blend coffee is also a win. We are also huge fans of the delicious apple pancakes, but note that the order is large enough for two! Share it with someone or be prepared to take some with you! You can find Original Pancake House on Pomerado Road between Heath Drive and Kaitz Street.
O'Harley's Sports Bar & Grill is one of those comfortable little sports bars that you find yourself going to more frequently because it's conveniently right there in the neighborhood. They've got lots of items on their menu, and of course there are many televisions scattered throughout the bar so you never miss a moment of the game. The drinks are really great here, and so is the service. Great waitstaff. You can find O'Harley's Sports Bar & Grill at 13437 Community Road.
Patrick's Irish Pub gets our recommendation because of the great live music! They always have the best bands playing here, and if we were rating these places on a scale of one to ten, that would knock it a little further up the scale by a couple of points! The joint is usually packed on the nights that the bands are playing, and it's not unheard of for it to be packed even when they're not! The beers are cheap and the Irish food is delectable! Great for birthday parties and other special occasions too. We love the covered heated outdoor seating area which also has access to the bar, and the pool table, darts, and horseshoes just give you even more to do while you're there. Locatred on County Highway S4 between Community Road and Bowron Road!