Restaurants

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…
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 Mexican in Cardiff-by-the-Sea

Las Olas

For fish tacos with a sea view, Las Olas is so popular it has its own traffic light, right across the street from the beach. Lobster is served in the style of the legendary Baja lobster village Puerto Nuevo. House c…
Top Choice 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…
Top Choice Seafood in Encinitas

Fish 101

In this roadside shack all growed up, order at the counter, sidle into a butcher block or picnic table, sip craft beer, wine or Mexican Coke from a Mason jar and use paper towels to wipe your face. Simple grilling t…
Top Choice Italian in Encinitas

Trattoria I Trulli

Country-style seating indoors and great people watching on the sidewalk. Just one taste of the homemade gnocchi, ravioli or lasagna, salmon in brandy mustard sauce or pollo uno zero uno (101; chicken stuffed with ch…
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 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 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…