We have some new restaurants in Escondido, bringing new dining opportunities to our city along with private investment and jobs. The most recent addition, Jersey Mike’s Subs, started as one small sub shop on the Jersey Shore back in the 1950s and has grown into a national chain. Their amazing growth hasn’t affected quality -- all their subs are served on bread baked fresh each day.

Another is Five Guys Burgers, which opened last month. They also started as a small operation on the east coast decades ago, and have since expanded to hundreds of locations nationwide. The Washington Post calls Five Guys “the Willy Wonkas of Burgercraft.”

Downtown Escondido has many unique restaurants, and some new ones have recently established themselves along Grand Avenue. The California Avocado Grill’s menu is inspired by the avocado. The Grand, which opened in December, offers locally-inspired cuisine and a martini lounge.

We are anticipating the spring opening of Vintana, the newest Cohn restaurant located at the Lexus Centre. The view from the dining room is spectacular. Stay tuned for two more new restaurants opening this year at Westfield North County as part of their full-scale renovation and expansion.

For more restaurants go to www.escondido.org/uniquely-escondido.aspx  and enjoy working your way through the list!