Thursday, September 25, 2014

San Diego: Where to eat

“Where to eat” is an ongoing list series that will be updated frequently

Pricing key:
$: Price per person, before alcohol, under $20
$$: Price per person, before alcohol, under $40
$$$: Price per person, before alcohol, under $60



Cuisine: American
  • Beach Grass Cafe ($) One of my favorite breakfast spots in North County.  Think 'pineapple upside-down' pancakes, among every kind of 'scramble' and Benedict you can imagine. 
  • Beach Plum Kitchen ($) Serving breakfast and lunch
  • Bluefire Grill ($$$) La Costa Resort & Spa's upscale restaurant serving everything from beef and lamb to vegetable risotto and...wait for it...a rip on traditional Canadian poutine.
  • Claire's on Cedros ($) Wildly popular - and dog-friendly - breakfast haunt in Solana Beach. 
  • Cody's ($-$$) Super cute and perfectly-situated breakfast/lunch joint in the heart of La Jolla.  Grab an al-fresco table for a fabulous view of the ocean
  • Diversions Sport Lounge ($$) Great place to grab a cocktail and light snack in between meals or during the big game.  I'm partial to the margaritas.
  • George's California Modern ($$$) For legit dining in San Diego, this is one of the very best in terms of food quality and progression (staying abreast of current food trends). 
  • Herringbone ($$) 
  • Jake's Del Mar ($$)
  • Ki's ($$-$$$) Don't let the slow and unknowledgeable service scare you off; Ki's makes both a KILLER roasted chicken and a macadamia nut-crusted mahi-mahi entree.  Appetizers and desserts proved underwhelming.
  • Pacifica del Mar ($$$) A bit tired and overpriced, PdM arguably boasts one of the best locations in Del Mar.
  • Prepkitchen Del Mar ($-$$)
  • Solace and the Moonlight Lounge ($$) My favorite non-Mexican restaurant in North County because of the perfectly-crafted cocktails, wonderful food (including the best grilled fish tacos on the planet), and a great outdoor patio overlooking town.
  • The Med ($$-$$$) Arguably one of the most gorgeous dining spaces in San Diego proper; perfect for the 'lady who lunches.'  ;)
  • Tin Leaf ($-$$) A healthier approach to casual quick-service, complete with wine and beer.  Although orders are placed at a counter, your meal is hand delivered to your table. 
  • Tom's Famous Family Restaurant ($) Delicious, traditional grilled cheese sandwiches and the best ranch dressing I've ever had the pleasure of tasting (random tidbit, I know, but this stuff is *so good* that I ordered a pint to take home). 
  • Urban Plates ($) Healthy + fast casual
Cuisine: Bakeries, coffee, sweet shops
  • V.G. Donut & Bakery ($) Trust me, you will not find a better apple fritter on the planet. 
  • Yogurt Shack ($) What a welcome addition to the otherwise fro-yo desolate territory which surrounds the La Costa Resort & Spa!  Great selection of flavors and more toppings and mix-ins than one would ever know what to do with. 
Cuisine: Chicken
Cuisine: Italian
Cuisine: Mexican
  • El Nopalito Market & Restaurant ($) Tortillas, chips, salsa, and guacamole are a *must purchase* from the retail market.  If it's tacos you're craving, head to the restaurant.  Their shredded beef/hard shell cannot be beat!
  • Haggos Organic Taco ($) Tacos made with extra TLC (in the form of healthier, wholesome organic ingredients)
  • Jorge's Mexicatessen ($) Hands down, the North County's BEST Mexican food.  Period.
  • Juanita's Taco Shop ($) My family's long-standing, quick-casual Mexican/taco shop.  I recommend a combo plate with a cheese enchilada, beef taco, rice and beans.
  • Kotija Jr. Taco Shop ($) Another stiff competitor in the North County taco-shop game.
  • Rudy's Taco Shop ($) Another stiff competitor in the North County taco-shop game.
  • Sombrero Mexican Food ($)
Cuisine: Steakhouse
  • Argyle Steakhouse ($$$) From the lovely atmosphere and gorgeous panoramic views, to the freshly-baked popovers and "one free rub/sauce/crust" included with your protein, the Argyle is an all-around winner!


    Lindsay, Beverly Hills Bites