Want to know where the locals eat in San Diego-we're adventerous eaters
We are coming to San Diego for a week and I'm looking for interesting/authentic places to eat.
It's just me and my 11yo son, we tend to like good ethnic food, anything unusual and I figure there must be some good mexican style seafood places in SD? Please no tourist traps.
Any help would be appreciated and if you could suggest an area to stay in that would be great too.
The best (and extensive) guide to authentic dining in SD has got to be KirkK's blog:
It is particularly good for Asian cuisines.
I would include the following in a week long visit to SD
Ba Ren - authentic Sichuan
Izakaya Sakura - Izakaya style Japanese (think Japanese tapas) also good for lunches
Many good Vietnamese choices for soups and banh mi
Mariscos German truck for seafood tacos
San Diego does interesting/authentic better than fancy.
None of the ethnic places are probably somewhere you really want to stay, but if you have a car maybe choose a central location and just go from there (i.e. downtown, Mission Beach, La Jolla)
Aqui es Texcoco (Chula Vista)
Mariscos German (Logan Heights or truck in North Park/City Heights)
Mariscos Godoy (Chula Vista)
Tacos el Paisa (Chula Vista)
Super Cocina (City Heights)
Pho Cow Cali (Mira Mesa)
Cafe Dore (City Heights)
K Sandwiches (Linda Vista)
Mien Trung (Linda Vista)
Shirahama (Kearny Mesa)
Izakaya Sakura (Kearny Mesa)
Okan (Kearny Mesa)
Sab-e-Lee (Linda Vista)
Ba Ren (Clairemont Mesa)
Pomegranate (North Park)
Surati Farsan Mart (Miramar)
Punjabi Tandoor (Miramar)
Mama's Bakery & Deli (North Park)
Muzita (University Heights)
Red Sea (City Heights)
add Oton on Kearny Villa Rd, the sister place to Okan. Robata-yaki style cooking.
also Yakitori Yakyudori in Hillcrest for yakitori.
Buga Korean BBQ
Tsuruhashi Japanese BBQ
Mama Testa's in Hillcrest for tacos from all over Mexico. excellent salsa bar. And Cesar, the owner, just beat Bobby Flay in a Throwdown episode.
Yu Me Ya in Encinitas for izakaya
For me it's Marisco's Godoy in CV. Pretty much the best of Marisco's, friendly staff, fresh food, and reasonable prices.
The seafood in my combination cocktail has always been very fresh. You know, I would probably not have tried La Playita either, but Cathy, who sometimes posts on Kirk K's blog, is the one who turned me on to it. She took some good photos when she was there. You can check them out if you search La Playita in the blog.
You can try some very interesting, unusual and local foods at The Linkery in North Park. Eyeballs, brains, various organ meats and blood products are often offered. This restaurant is controversial among CHs and the general public for their many unconventional practices, so you may want to check out their website to see if it is for you, but based on your original post I think you might really enjoy it.