Cafe Calypso. Coffees and sandwiches in a pretty patio setting. $; breakfast and lunch daily. 114 Avenida Del Mar; 949/366-9386.
Del Mar Ranch Market. Try the fresh tamales. 156 Avenida Del Mar; 949/492-3663.
Gordon James Grill & Bar. An unpretentious steakhouse somewhere between Chart House casual and Morton's chic. Good selection of specialty martinis. $$; lunch Tue-Fri, dinner daily. 110 N. El Camino Real; 949/498-9100.
La Galette Crêperie. Its pierside location makes it a great place to people-watch over a latte and a fresh berry and cream crêpe. $; breakfast and lunch daily. 612 Avenida Victoria; 949/498-5335.
Ole's Tavern. Home to the Blue Bikini drink and a giant fish tank. 127 S. El Camino Real; 949/498-9400.
Angel Wings. A fun apparel and accessory shop. Owner Laurie Wodiske also owns Variant Jewelry and Clothing (165-B Avenida Del Mar; 949/366-6264), across the street. 204-C Avenida Del Mar; 949/218-5258.
Antiques & Decorative Art Center. Vintage European furniture as well as Early American and midcentury Baker furniture. 106 Avenida Del Mar; 949/366-6290.
Icons of Surf. The icons of this meaty surf shop are classic board shapers such as Robert August and Hap Jacobs. 217 S. El Camino Real; 949/429-7133.
A Matter of Taste. Stylish furniture, linens, and gifts. 101 Avenida Del Mar; 949/361-4648.