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Where to drink and dine after Thanksgiving.

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With Thanksgiving almost upon us we say bring on the delicious holiday dishes and abundance of pie! However, come Black Friday or Small Business Saturday why not take a break from the leftovers (or refuel while you shop) with Eater's handy set of turkey-free dining recommendations. Taking you into the four-day weekend a little early, in today's feature we say aloha to the legendary Duke Kahanamoku in La Jolla, get the lowdown on fall/winter menu items in North County and uncork North Park's new urban winery. Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving!


Out Of The Box Menu Additions: Union Kitchen & Tap

Union Kitchen & Tap

Eric Leitstein's popular Encinitas eatery just added some interesting new 'down south' inspired eats to its fall/winter menu. Alongside a great selection of local craft beers, vintage wines and handcrafted cocktails North County locals can look forward to shared plates like Brandt beef tartare, mussels Michelada, and blue crab and corn hushpuppies. While enticing entrées include crawfish and crepes, a chanterelle mushroom risotto, bourbon braised beef cheeks, and wild mushroom ravioli with winter black truffles. 1108 S. Coast Hwy 101 (760) 230-2337 [Photo: Local Union 101]

Live Aloha La Jolla: Duke's

Duke’s La Jolla

Stunning cove views and elevated eats courtesy of executive chef Anthony Sinsay and chef de cuisine Dave Underwood are hard to beat at this new crown jewel in La Jolla. Open for lunch and dinner, enjoy Hawaiian-inspired dishes in the main dining room or appetizers, sides and raw bar items upstairs at the bar. Island-style cuisine runs the gamut from coconut shrimp and Tahitian octopus, to poke tacos, lilikoi ceviche, spam fried rice and wood grilled meats served 'ohana style'. With plenty of craft beers and barrel-to-glass wines, a Duke's Mai Tai or pineapple martini still makes for the perfect winter sundowner. 1216 Prospect St. (858) 454-5888 [Photo: Twitter]

North Park Uncorked: Négociant Urban Winery

Negociant Winery

North Park's first urban winery has already hosted a slew of events including tastings, painting classes and a winemakers dinner since their official opening on October 24. Current varietals at the rustic-chic space include a 2013 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, bright 2014 Barbera and a crisp 2013 Chardonnay. There are two tasting options available [5-pours $10, and 7-pours $15] while bites from in-house Grinds & Vines Coffee Bar can also be enjoyed alongside their wines. Items include an artisan cheese and charcuterie board ($15), and hummus plate ($7). 2419 El Cajon Blvd. (619) 535-1747  [Photo: Négociant Urban Winery]

Breakfast & Lunch: Swell Cafe

Swell Cafe
Swell Coffee Co. just debuted new menus at its original Mission Beach and recently opened Del Mar (Flower Hill Promenade) locations. Breakfast offerings range from smoothies and acai bowls, to savories like the egg white garden omelet; for lunch think sandwiches and hardy seasonal salads. Both spots offer custom prepared coffees (drip, V60, Chemex, French press), in addition to cold brew beverages like their signature "Vanilla Bean" drink, which includes cold brew, Madagascar vanilla bean, cinnamon and a float of cream. 2670 Via De La Valle. (858) 925-7297 [Photo: Swell Cafe]

Feeling Japanese: Jinya Ramen

Take a Gander at Jinya Ramen's First San Diego Noodle Bar

With 20 beers on tap, wine, sake and Japanese izakaya favorites including a variety of small plates, PB's first bonafide noodle shop was a welcome addition to the neighborhood when it landed in September. Savor a bowl of their signature housemade ramen (Jinya's broths are simmered for 12-14 hours) in the IKEO designed space  –– where their "oishī" lineup includes pork tonkotsu, vegan, vegetarian, umami miso, garlic and chicken-based broths. Just add (thick or thin) noodles! 825 Garnet Ave. (858) 483-0177 [Photo: Lyudmila Zotova]

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