Need new ideas after a year in San Diego
I moved to SD from NYC last year for graduate school. After a year exploring the cuisine, I am running out of new places to be excited about. I tend to prefer family-run places that don’t cost a lot of money. Décor is not an issue. Below is a list of places (in no particular order) that I rely on to keep myself happy. Any new ideas would be greatly appreciated. The list is not complete but these are most of the places that I eat at frequently.
South Beach Bar and Grill
Tacos El Gordo
Pho T Cali
Oh no, did El Porvenir fall off your list?
An error of omission, I am sure...
Also on my list, from North to South:
Fiesta Oaxaquena (Escondido Farmer's Market & Swap Meet)
Belen Artisan Bakery (Escondido)
La Especial Norte (for soups) (Leucadia)
Bety's Tacos (Encinitas)
Elizabethan Desserts (Encinitas)
Rosanna's Pasta (Encinitas)
Pho Hoa Cali Express (Mira Mesa)
Pho Lucky (Mira Mesa)
European Sorrento Bakery (for Banh Mi) (Mira Mesa)
China Chef (Mira Mesa)
Punjabi Tandoor (Miramar)
Ume no Ya (Miramar)
Santouka (Kearny Mesa)
Zumbar Cafe (best/most consistent espresso drinks) (Sorrento Valley)
Hodad's (Ocean Beach)
Yakitori Yakyudori (Hillcrest) - might not meet budget, depending
...and I can't resist... Even if it means having only 3 single pieces of nigiri to stay on budget, Kaito Sushi (in Encinitas)... Best taste experience one can have anywhere.
...and ditto for an Oceanaire crabcake at their oyster bar!
mariscos german best taco truck in the world..city heights
cheese shop sd/la jolla
el pescador la jolla
board and brew del mar
fidel's solana beach
tony jacals solana beach
el especial norte leucadia
o'briens escondido best fish and chips
las quatro milpas barrio logan
bahia taco shop la jolla
los panchos pacific beach
rocky's pub crown point/pb
cafe athena pb
waterfront little italy
brigantine..happy hour fish tacos..chain but a fun time
basic urban gaslamp for the best thin pizza
I'm sure others will chime in and give you great advice too!
I second Basic Urban, just east of the Gaslamp, for great pizza. I also like Salad Style for take out salads during the day (801 F St.) and Blue Water, on Indio, for casual, very fresh seafood. Also, by the ballpark downtown, Tin Fish is very good and reasonable.
Lots of great suggestions on here. I'd add:
Pizzeria Luigi in Golden Hill: my favorite NYC-style pizza
Lefty's in North Park: my favorite Chicago-style pizza, good Italian beef sandwiches
Georgino's Deli in Golden Hill: Philly cheesesteaks and Italian subs
Gateway to India lunch buffet: good bread and south Indian items, all vegetarian
Saffron in Mission Hills: their rotisserie chicken is very good. They make their own sauces, peanut and chutney are standouts.
Andres Cuban in Bay Park: Pressed Cuban sandwiches and cheap lunch specials like ropa vieja and arroz con pollo. Flan is awesome.
Phil's BBQ in Sports Arena area: BBQ sandwiches are huge, filling, and inexpensive. Broham is very tasty pulled pork w/ cole slaw and onion ring.
Tofu House in Kearny Mesa: Korean tofu restaurant, delicious food of all kinds.
If you don't think of it as Thai, but as food, it is excellent. Always fresh. Since the OP is a student and on a budget, a great deal.
To the OP: About one block North of Carnitas Uruapan is Charley's Hamburgers. Same side of Broadway, closer to the freeway overpass...almost at Sweetwater. The burgers are coarse ground, the kebab is *wonderful* ( A double kebab is double meat) (I don't even bother with cheese or bacon, although the bacon they use for all the items is thick cut and flavorful-great on a breakfast sandwich). Walk up or drive through only. Banana shake is real. Been there forever.