Breakfast at A.R. Valentien in La Jolla is a relaxing way to start the day. The restaurant is located in the Torrey Pines Lodge and is minutes away from Torrey Pines State Park, so you can head there after your meal to enjoy this beautiful part of the California coastline- (http://www.torreypine.org/)
Chef Jeff Jackson uses all locally sourced ingredients from fisheries, farms and farmers markets to create his simple, yet elegant dishes. The carrot/ginger juice is a great pick-me-up and the pulled beef ribs mixed with grits and tomatillo sauce then topped with farm fresh poached eggs made a hearty meal.
The charming balcony is built around a large Torrey pine tree- the rarest type of pine tree in the U.S.- and overlooks the Torrey Pines golf course.