Restaurants

Top Choice Cafe in San Diego

Fig Tree Cafe

You'll queue at the weekends for this laid-back outdoor cafe housed in an old cottage. Eat breakfast, brunch and lunch in the leafy garden area or patio, with heaters for cooler months. Our favorites are the stacked…
Top Choice Mexican in San Diego

Old Town Mexican Café

Other restaurants come and go, but this place has been in this busy adobe with hardwood booths since the 1970s. While you wait to be seated, watch the staff turn out tortillas. Then enjoy machacas (shredded pork wit…
Top Choice Market in San Diego

Liberty Public Market

What the Ferry Building Marketplace is to San Francisco, the newly opened Liberty Public Market is to San Diego. Inside this converted old Navy building are more than 30 hip artisan vendors such as Baker & Olive…
Top Choice Californian in San Diego

Juniper & Ivy

The menu changes daily at chef Richard Blais' highly rated San Diego restaurant, opened in 2014. The molecular gastronomy includes dishes in the vein of lobster congee, Hawaiian snapper with Valencia Pride mango, ah…
Top Choice Seafood in San Diego

Pacific Beach Fish Shop

You can't miss this fishy-themed joint with its enormous swordfish hanging outside. Inside, it's a casual, communal bench affair. Choose from more than 10 types of fresh fish at the counter, from ahi to red snapper,…
Top Choice American in San Diego

Hash House a Go Go

This buzzing bungalow makes biscuits and gravy straight outta Indiana, towering Benedicts, large-as-your-head pancakes and – wait for it – hash seven different ways. Eat your whole breakfast, and you won't need to e…
Top Choice Diner in San Diego

Clayton's Coffee Shop

Some diners only look old-fashioned. This one is the real deal from the 1940s, with red leatherette swivel stools and booths with mini jukeboxes. It does famous all-American breakfasts and some Mexican specialties l…
Top Choice Desserts in San Diego

Nomad Donuts

If you think you know donuts, think again. This artisanal donut shop is headed up by pastry chef Kristianna Zabala, who handcrafts every batch using cage-free, organic eggs and other ingredients from farmers markets…
Top Choice Californian in La Jolla

George's at the Cove

The Euro-Cal cooking is as dramatic as the oceanfront location, thanks to the bottomless imagination of chef Trey Foshee. George’s has graced just about every list of top restaurants in California, and indeed the US…
Top Choice Burgers in San Diego

Hodad's

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…