Visiting SD from NYC- need 5 lunch and 5 dinner spots BUT GREAT food pls! Anywhere from LJ to Dtown
Im visiting SD from NYC. I come once a year and that is never enough time to find restaurants I love.
Looking for 5 dinner and 5 lunch spots anywhere between LJ and Dtown, including Kensington, N Park and close by 'hoods. I am not into white table cloth atmosphere, but am looking for high quality food, taken seriously. I lean toward healthier, produce driven meals, thought open to other rec's.
I appreciate any help!!
For great Italian food, we like Arrivederci in the Hillcrest area. It is located at 3845 4th Avenue (just off University Ave). Reservations recommended, and you'll likely still have to wait for your table. Phone: 619-299-6282
cannot miss Brian Malarky's 2 restaurants (top chef) Lunch or Dinner are terrific!!
downtown - Searsucker
Del Mar - Burlap
In the Gaslamp District - Croce's
and I agree with George's in La Jolla - George's famous soup is a fav. for lunch.
La Jolla - A Dinner must is The Marine Room
By the airport for lunch - El Indio a mexican must ( better than anything in Old Town)
I was just in NYC for Thanksgiving - wish I could have had some of your favorites there!
Several good places in North Park, Ritual Tavern has excellent craft beers and homemade chow. I especially like their shepards pie. Also, Jaynes Gastropub, Urban Solace, The Linkery serves excellent farm to table food with a nice beer list, El Take It Easy, sibling of Linkery, is another farm to table restaurant. For mex, I like Super Cocina, which serves slow cooked brasied entree's, on Univ which is also near the Marisco's truck which is on Univ & 35th, great for a quick buck baja fish taco. For a larger Mex fish dinner fare, try Marisco's Godoy on Palomar in CV.
Here's a good website for North Park.
In LJ I like The Cottage, Public House and El Pescador.
I forgot a must for breakfast - Hash House a Go Go - ( sharing plates is recommended unless you have an enormous appetite) I have sent several visitors there and everyone loves it. The wait is not as long as they tell you, and a few doors down you can go for a $3.00 mimosa while you wait and people watch !
Hash House offers average food in large quantities. While there is certainly nothing wrong with that, there's also nothing about that which would make me think to direct a tourist from NYC to eat there.
If you have 5 nights here, why in the world would you spend one of those meals at Hash House?
If we are talking about great food, El Indio, the Marine Room and Croce's would never cut it.
I like all three for different reasons, but I couldn't say with a straight face they have "great" food. El Indio I like for old school, 1960's style Mexican food, but other places have long since passed it by. La Fachada, Tacos El Paisa, Las Cuatro Milpas, Mariscos German Taco Truck, El Zarape, El Comal and Super Cocina are just a few place that come to mind. These are mostly lunch places and a couple are really just taco shacks.
Marine Room is a great environment, wonderful for special occasions, but not great food. It is good, maybe even really good, but not foodie great given the other choices out there. George's Modern and Nine Ten are better, but even Nine Ten these days is controversial as some feel it has dropped off. Also in La Jolla I’d also look at WhisknLadle and PrepKitchen.
Croce's is great for listening to jazz, but not much more. In the Gaslamp I'd look at the Grant Grill, Dobson's and JSix, although I am not a huge fan, others are. Maybe Cafe Chloe too, it seems to be a fave on the boards, but I find them up and down.
Other places I’d look at for dinner are the Farm House Café, Alchemy, The Smoking Goat and maybe Cucina Urbana.
As a former NY'er, pass on Italian, Chinese and Vietnamese (save these for a SF trip), though San Diego does do good Thai food.
Besides the above recommendatons, I would throw in the following:
1. Breakfast-- The Mission Cafe (couple of locations) does an excellent French toast.
2. JRDN at Tower 23 Hotel--nice steak/seafood restaurant in hotel in Pacific Beach overlooking ocean.
3. Romescos Baja Med--outside your stated boundary (20 minutes south of downtown), but very good take on Baja cuisine. Original caesar salad recipe as cousin restaurant in Tijuana (i.e. owned by Plascenscia group--same ownership as highly acclaimed Mision 19), excellent seafood (gobernadores tacos and ahi tostada) along with outstanding wines from the Guadalupe Valey--worth a visit IMHO.