Top Choice Burgers in San Diego


Since the flower-power days of 1969, OB’s legendary burger joint has served great shakes, massive baskets of onion rings and succulent hamburgers wrapped in paper. The walls are covered in license plates, grunge/sur…
Top Choice Californian in San Diego


In one of San Diego’s most beautiful dining rooms, feast on Cal-eclectic cooking by one of San Diego’s most renowned chefs: bakery sandwiches, lobster bucatini, and jidori chicken. Go for a civilized lunch on the ve…
Top Choice Seafood in San Diego

Point Loma Seafoods

For off-the-boat-fresh seafood sandwiches, salads, fried dishes and icy-cold beer, order at the counter at this fish-market-cum-deli and grab a seat at a picnic table on the upstairs, harbor-view deck. In the Shelte…
Top Choice Pop-Up in San Francisco

Outstanding in the Field

Dinners with guest star chefs like Alice Waters and this Bay Area–based crew pop up in the unlikeliest places – strawberry fields, sea caves, sand bars – to bring diners to the source of their food.
Top Choice Californian in San Diego

Cucina Urbana

In this corner place with modern rustic ambience, business gets done, celebrations get celebrated and friends hug and kiss over refined yet affordable Cal-Ital cooking. Look for short rib pappardelle, pizzas like fo…
Top Choice Californian in San Diego

Urban Solace

North Park’s young hip gourmets revel in creative comfort food here: bluegrass burger; 'not your mama's' meatloaf of ground lamb, fig, pine nuts and feta; 'duckaroni' (mac ‘n’ cheese with duck confit); and chicken a…
Top Choice Californian in San Diego

1500 Ocean

It’s hard to beat the romance of supping at the Hotel del Coronado, especially at a table overlooking the sea from the verandah of its 1st-class dining room, where silver service and coastal cuisine with local ingre…
Top Choice International in Death Valley National Park

Inn at Furnace Creek

Views of the Panamint Mountains are stellar from this formal dining room with a dress code (no shorts or T-shirts, jeans OK), where the menu draws inspiration from Continental, Southwestern and Mexican cuisine. Afte…
Top Choice Contemporary Californian in San Diego

Juniper & Ivy

Chef Richard Blais has opened San Diego's restaurant of the moment. The menu changes daily, but if we mention molecular gastronomic takes on prawn and pork rigatoni; artisan-farmed strip steak with smoked potato, po…
Top Choice Mexican in San Diego

Puesto at the Headquarters

This upscale eatery serves Mexican street food that knocked our zapatos off: innovative takes on traditional tacos like chicken (with hibsicus, chipotle, pineapple and avocado) and some out-there fillings like potat…