Now Playing

Coming Up Orchids

When the San Diego Architectural Foundation recently announced their 2013 Orchid Awards (, some of our favorite destinations for food and drink were among the stylish honorees. Paying homage, we check in with a couple of winners and a few noteworthy nominees.

On October 3, North Park’s Coffee & Tea Collective won a 2013 Orchid Award for Interior Design.

Taking top Orchid honors for Interior Design was North Park’s Coffee & Tea Collective. A favorite among caffeine connoisseurs for its small-batch roasts, pour-over coffee and cold brews, the 30th Street boutique applies the same curatorial eye to its minimalist design as it does to its beans, and supports local artists both on its shelves and with solo exhibitions. On October 17, drop by the Thursday Night Throwdown from 7-8pm, a local barista battle put on by the S.D. Coffee Network and hosted by the Collective. 2911 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, 619.564.8086,

The fountain-splashed patio, heraldic draping and vaguely Arthurian round table décor of Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens at Liberty Station resonated with the voters, earning the Point Loma Stone outpost the People’s Choice Orchid. With the weather changing, expect the scene to move indoors and those stone-and-wood accented booths to become prime real estate. Try it out on a Monday, when the self-styled bistro goes meatless with a vegetarian menu that takes full advantage of produce from Stone’s Escondido farm. Our favorites? The fried avocado taco trio and the inimitable cheddar, garlic and Stone Ruination IPA soup. 2816 Historic Decatur Rd #116‎, San Diego, 619.269.2100 ext. 2000,

Little Italy’s Napizza was a nominee for Interior Design and we couldn’t agree more. Run by an adorable Roman couple who brought their Italian flare (and passion for pizza al taglio, the Eternal City’s signature square slices) to their corner shop, Napizza is a feast for the eyes as well as the belly. The 72-hour slow-rise dough bakes into a toothsome, chewy crust, layered with gourmet toppings like truffled porcini mushrooms or, our favorite, lasagna (besciamella, pecorino, fresh mozzarella and homemade Bolognese sauce). We’ve been eagerly following the buzz about a North County location in the works. 1702 India St., San Diego, 619.696.0802,

Speaking of buzz, nothing gets us up and out of bed faster than the promise of a cup of joe and a stack of the pineapple upside down pancakes at Snooze in Hillcrest. Unless, of course, it’s the thought of the cheeky A.M. eatery’s gravy-smothered breakfast potpie and a Bug’s Bloody (mixed with a shot of carrot juice). Snooze landed an Interior Design nomination for its cheerful mid-century atomic décor, itself a wake-up call. Sounds good but stuck in North County? No worries. A second S.D. Snooze recently opened in Del Mar Heights. 3940 Fifth Ave., San Diego, 619.500.3344,

And while you’re kicking around Del Mar Heights, be sure to step into Leaf & Kettle, the serene Asian-influenced teashop that also earned an Interior Design nomination. Proprietors James Bowman and Jamie Howard are the consummate kettle fanatics, designing a shop that celebrates tea drinking’s rituals and selecting loose leaf varieties from all over the world. We’re crazy for the fragrant Chinese puh-erh and No. 112 Marrakesh mint, but with the holidays just around the corner, are stocking up on the blossom tea balls that flower when steeped. Happily, the shop also stocks gorgeous glass serving vessels. Gift alert! 12925 El Camino Real, San Diego, 858.523.9217,