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Addison in Carmel Valley serves French-Japanese tasting menus, has a huge wine list, and is San Diego’s fanciest restaurant.
March 15, 2023
La Sirène has changed a bit over the last few years, but this French cult favorite in a strange part of SoHo is still pretty damn good and pretty damn authentic.
Super Cocina in City Heights serves homey Mexican classics, like pozole and smothered enchiladas.
December 21, 2017
Himitsu is a sushi restaurant in La Jolla that sources the highest quality fish and has a great plant-lined patio.
Nomad Donuts is where to go in North Park for unusual donut flavors, like blueberry lavender and ube taro.
Wrench & Rodent Seabasstropub in Oceanside serves less traditional takes on sushi, including sashimi and rolls, along with a great omakase.
Trust is a neighborhood restaurant in Hillcrest that’s known for their wood-fired grill, wide selection of wines, and great atmosphere.
The Grass Skirt is a modern tiki bar in Pacific Beach that serves a variety of umbrella drinks, along with burgers, pork buns, and kimchi fried rice.
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The Crack Shack in Little Italy is where to go to a really good fried sandwich on a huge patio.
Cantina Mayahuel in North Park serves every type of tequila and mezcal imaginable, along with simple Mexican food like tacos and tortas.
It’s Raw Poke Shop in Ocean Beach is where to go for authentic poke and chicken long rice.
Blind Lady Ale House in Normal Heights serves really good pizza and more beers than you could ever consume in a lifetime.
Born & Raised in Little Italy is where to go for an expensive steak, fancy cocktails, and to live out all of your Great Gatsby fantasies.
Menya Ultra is the best option for ramen in Kearny Mesa and continues to draw lines for their house-made noodles.
Yakitori Taisho is where to go in Clairemont for really good grilled chicken and cheap beers in a small, friendly space.
Corazon de Torta is a food truck in Barrio Logan that serves the best Tijuana-style tacos and tortas north of the border.
Tita’s Kitchenette is a cafeteria in National City that serves some of the best homestyle Filipino food in town.
Campfire in Carlsbad looks like the setting from Moonrise Kingdom, serves a wide range of wood-fired dishes, and let's you roast your own s'mores.
Grand Ole BBQ y Asado in North Park is an outdoor-only spot that serves Texas barbecue and Argentine-style asado.
The Balboa Bar & Grill is where to go in Banker’s Hill for really good burgers and a few beers in a space your grandpa would like.
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Little Lion Cafe is an all-day restaurant in Sunset Cliffs that's the perfect stop before, during, or after a trip to the beach.
Tapas 24 is a touristy but still quality tapas spot.
December 12, 2016
Uma is a less-known tasting menu restaurant, but a more relaxed and casual option at a lower price point.
For old school tapas and vermouth, head to Bodega 1900.
December 9, 2016
Bobby Gin has managed to make gin and tonic a refreshing and creative cocktail. There are 20 options, and you're going to want a lot of them.