A couple times a year I like to do a gambling sports road trip food review somewhere not far from Las Vegas.
Since I also own and breed racehorses many of my road trips involve a racetrack. I have been to tracks all over the country and my favorite has always been Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky.
I’ve never been to Del Mar but everyone says I have to go to there. So during the Baseball All Star break that is exactly what I did.
Del Mar is about a 4½ hour drive so it’s not a bad trip at all. If you love horse racing I can tell you Del Mar lived up to all the hype. But this vacation spot is also right at the beach so you can make every family member happy.
After a day at the races I highly suggest driving down to the beach, which is just minutes from the track, and checking out the great restaurants.
On our first night in town we drove to the beach and found a restaurant called Jake’s, located at 1660 Coast Blvd. in Del Mar, California. It sits right on the beach, and from our open air table we enjoyed the sounds of the ocean while watching a game of beach volleyball.
The view at sunset is absolutely amazing but too often when you go to a restaurant with a great view that is the highlight of the meal or the place is over priced. That wasn’t the case with Jake’s.
I enjoyed my meal so much we made a second trip there for dinner. When I’m visiting somewhere new I never go to the same place twice so that tells you how much I enjoyed it.
On our first visit I had the Chef’s Special, which was Hawaiian Ono. This is a mild white fish and it was topped with a mango salsa. It was very tasty and the island salsa mixture complimented the fish, giving it a nice light fruity taste, perfect for ending a wonderful day at the beach.
My wife had the Surfing Steak, which was a dry rubbed filet medallion accompanied by herb grilled jumbo shrimp. The filet sat on top of sweet creamed corn and truffle mashed potatoes. Both the sweet corn and mashed potatoes were very good.
The seasoning and the way they were grilled made the shrimp possibly the best I have ever had.
After having a great meal the dessert was even better. They call it Kimo’s Hula Pie from Hawaii and it was pure heaven. It is macadamia nut ice cream piled high on an Oreo cookie crust then topped with hot fudge, whipped cream and more macadamia nuts.
On the second visit I had the Surfing Steak and again we enjoyed the meal, the view and the Hula Pie for dessert. The service was excellent and the prices very reasonable, especially for being right on the beach.
If you’re looking for a weekend getaway make a road trip to Del Mar and enjoy great horse racing and the beach as well.
I give Jake’s Del Mar a rating of 3.75 Forks out of 4.
Marco D’Angelo is a Race Horse Owner & Breeder, Professional Sports Handicapper & Bettor. Get a Free Sports Pick from Marco daily by following him on twitter: @MarcoInVegas. You can contact him at [email protected].