Nick’s

Situated on a prime stretch of vintage Avenida del Mar, this inviting bar and grill is just urbane enough to lure grownups who prefer to skip the surfer grub scene in favor of crackerjack cocktails and a compact all-day menu of comfort classics with a modern twist. Ace bets include the sliced rib-eye salad and blackened halibut sandwich. A sidewalk patio with fireplace. Sociable service is notably polished. On weekends, look for a short list of yummy breakfast dishes served until 11:30 a.m.

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