Coming from LA - what to eat in San Diego?
- krystle920 Aug 19, 2014 02:12 AM
We are visiting San Diego for the weekend, and trying to figure out what to eat that's a unique strength of the area. My initial thought is to focus on more specific Mexican food not widely available in LA. Mariscos German might be a good option (to compare with Ricky's Fish Tacos and Mariscos Jalisco in LA) - which location would be on the way to San Diego?
Aqui es Texcoco seemed interesting but I guess they just opened a branch in LA so no need to go there. Super Cocina seemed promising, but the consensus seems to be that it's just solid home cooking, and not mind blowing. Carnitas Shake Shack seems popular but not sure if it's really that flavorful/authentic or just a cool concept.
Thoughts? We are open to any type of cuisine. We are staying at Del Mar so probably looking to have lunch and dinner around San Diego on Saturday night, and just have brunch around Del Mar or surrounding beaches for lunch on Sunday.
Hmmm...why bother? You've written off everything before you've even gotten here or eaten anywhere.
Mexican is NOT a strength in San Diego. Taco shops, yes, but Mexican in general, no.
Carnitas Snack Shack isn't Mexican...Carnitas is the name of the chef/owner's pet pig.
Just have a craft beer and a burger and call it good.
I'll be visiting SD/north county in a few weeks, so this is timely! Thanks to the OP for the initial homework on the Mexican. So if not any of the above mentioned, where?
My quick research shows Urban Plates, Kitchen 1540, Prep Kitchen and Georges Modern. Other must-try lunch options further north up to O'side? Been to Kaito, Solace & the Moonlight Lounge, Fidel's. Thanks!
OMG...the seafood looks like a seafood lover's wetdream...absolutely delectable! But the "Rodents" is a bit off-putting, but piques my dirty just enough.
Looks like I may have to do Betty's Whole Pie w/my friend and Seabasstropub another time w/Mr OCAnn. BTW, how does it compare to Kaito?
Thank you both (TOG &DD) for the above recommendations!
I picked up some savoury pies from Betty's Pie Whole & two little sweet bites, which I soon realised was the former location of Elizabethan Desserts. I picked up the cowpoke, mule, chicken pot pie and meatball pie as gifts. The cowpoke is two fpieces or an order of 1 ($7) and so I stole one and ate it from the box. OMG...it was delicious, like homemade perfection. While not a huge fan of pulled BBQ anything (usu over sauced), this was flavourful and not overly messy (just enough meaty goodness). If the rest of the items taste as good as this, then this will be a CH favourite. All items look homemade. Next time I'm in the area, I'm bringing home a sampler for myself (I'm kicking myself for not doing so!). Thanks for the rec on this one!
EDIT: the mule is missing bc someone grabbed it before I could take a pic...and I scarfed down one of the cowpokes in a very unladylike manner.
Hit up the Roberto's Taco Shop in Del Mar on Carmel Valley..views of lagoon/Torrey Pines/Ocean on patio.
Bull Taco in Cardiff in the San Elijo State Park..oceanfront with super casual Mex. .go to VG's for donuts across the street.
Pony Room at the Rancho Valencia Resort in Rancho Santa Fe..fab for lunch on the patio..stunning resort and very SD.
Claire's for lunch in Solana Beach..
Dinner, Kaito in Encinitas for sushi
Kitchen 1540 at the L'Auberge Del Mar resort
Red Tracton's for old school food and drink, across from the Del Mar Race Track
George's Modern or upstairs to George's at the Cove in La Jolla for casual dining.
Tony Jacal's in Solana Beach
Happy Hour at the Brigantine Del Mar for fish tacos and Marg's
Try and make it to the Racetrack..gorgeous and fun
Belly Up for live music..great venue and hit up the Cedros Avenue
Hike Torrey Pines State Reserve, next to the famous Torrey Pines Golf Course and you can always go and have a drugstore burger at course.