What does everyone think of the San Diego Reddit's "Best of San Diego"
I'll just copy and paste it here, omitting the things not related to food.
Best Sushi : Sushi Ota.
Best BBQ : Coop's.
Best Hamburgers : Rocky's Pub in Crown Point with Hodads as a close second.
Best Pho : Pho Hoa.
Best Pizza : Luigis, if you like thin crust this place is amazing.
Best Fish Taco : Mariscos German.
Best Brewery : Green Flash is my favorite and they have a different food truck every day.
Best Beer Pub : Blind Lady Ale House.
Best Thai Food : Tie between Amarin (Hillcrest) and Sab E Lee.
Best Indian Food : Punjabi tandoor.
Best Taco Shop : El gordo (Chula Vista).
Best Breakfast/Brunch : Snooze - Hillcrest.
Best Coffee : Cafe Calabria.
Best Sandwiches : Rubicon deli.
Best Ice Cream/Gelato : Miraposa's.
Best Chinese Food : Spicy City on Convoy.
Best place to get a drink with a nice view : Wonderland.
Best Philly Cheesesteak : Gaglione Bros.
Best Vegan/Vegetarian : Plumeria Thai in University Heights.
Best cheap eats : K's sandwiches is great for bahn mi's around $3 for a big sandwich.
Best Chicken Wings : Dirty Birds - PB.
Best Happy Hour : Casa Guadalajara has FREE food in the bar with good $5 drinks.
Best Seafood : Pt Loma Seafoods.
Best Middle Eastern Food : Sufi mediterranean in balboa
Best Donuts : Not really San Diego, but Peterson's Donut Corner in Escondido.
Best Cupcakes : Baby Cakes.
Best fine dining : Addison.
Best late night food : Vallartas-- carne asade fries.
Best Ramen : Yakitori-Yakyudori on Convoy.
Best Dive Bar : Cherry Bomb.
Best Beer Store/ Growler fill locations : Bottlecraft.
Best Ceviche : Tie between Mariscos German and Oscar's.
Best place to get a good steak : Cowboy Star.
Best Bagels : Golden Bagel.
Best Bakeries : Bread & CIE. Arleys Bakery in Clairemont, Con Pane Rustic Breads, Hans & Harry's in Bonita.
Best Italian Food : Arrivederci - Hillcrest.
Best Fish and Chips : Harbor Fish & Chips in Oceanside.
I mostly agree with these, some I take issue with:
Best Hamburgers: I'm not really a big fine of Rocky's or Hodad's, I guess I like Burger Lounge more but I'm honestly not too picky when it comes to burgers, my favorite are usually the ones we make at home.
Best Thai: I definitely prefer Sab E Lee to Amarin
Best Chinese Food: I much prefer Dumpling Inn to Spicy City, in my opinion Spicy City is 5 or 6 on my SD County Chinese Food places (not that San Diego has great Chinese food to begin with)
So what does everyone else think about the list? Agree/disagree?
It's so nice to not see Phil's listed as "best BBQ" that I'm willing to forgive them for the small stuff. LOL
There are a bunch of excellent places on this list, I must say, although naturally there are several where my personal preference differs.
I agree with you about Sab-E-Lee and Dumpling Inn, for example, and my current favorite burger is the one at Luce.
Best list of its kind that I've seen, though. A person wouldn't be wholly disappointed by choosing to dine, drink, or snack at any of these places.
It's one of the better list I've seen.
Gotta check out Cherry Bomb in Bankers Hill..who doesn't love a great dive bar.
Wonderland in OB for best view for a drink...need to check this out.
Rocky's..been going here before electricity and tho' I'll eat my annual burger, either here or In and Out, they still are the surly bunch that makes me bristle why I put up with the same bs all these years..it must be in the employee handbook..how to be a prick to your customers through the years.
Aaaahhh. I knew ole Josh would chime in especially on burgers and pizza. No GF burger at BL Josh!!! I must agree Rocky's wasn't my first choice but, the term 'best' is very personal and subjective. Good to hear from you. Oh well, back to SFO till next month! BTW - Can you recommend a good burger place in SF, I might be there soon.
A burger I will go out of my way for is at the Saturday Ferry Building market, in back. It's from 4505 Meats, and it's made from dry-aged grass fed beef. It's on a really delicious onion roll. Especially good with the egg on top. This one's probably my favorite in the city. If you can't make it there on Saturday, they have a location in the Mission which is a butcher shop-style place, but you can eat there, and they have a BBQ spot on Divisadero in Western Addition. Burger is available at both places.
Another one I've heard good things about is Kronerburger in the Mission, but I rarely go to the Mission so I have not yet tried this one.
A burger I have had in the Mission and liked is the grass-fed burger at Zeitgeist, but I need to make clear that it's not gourmet, high-end, or fancy at all. It's cooked outside over open flame, served on a generic roll, and is accompanied solely by industrial ketchup, mustard, and pickles. That said it's kind of the perfect thing when you're sitting in the beer garden.
There's a steakhouse on Market St. that serves really high-quality locally raised meat called Bluestem Brasserie and their burger is supposed to be epic, but I only ever get steak there.
Bird Rock makes better roasted coffee beans than Calabria but the baristas at Calabria are much better and their final product, e.g. cappuccino is much better than at Bird Rock even with worse beans - but overall Zumbar is one of the best places in the moment to buy beans and for prepared espresso or cappuccino
Well, all educated people know the best Beer Pub is the Alpine Pub, so naturally I disagree with BLAH.
Donuts? Hmm...I'm a Mary's gal, but I have not been to Peterson's.
For best Cheesesteak, I'd say Eddie's on 30th.
For sushi, I have to say Shirahama. However, Sushi Ota is better for a dining with friends.
Overall, a decent list.
Alpine may not count if they focused on the city, but I find the categories a bit limiting. I think that by pub they meant places that carried outside beer, which would sort of put Alpine in the brewery category. I like BLAH, but I'm a Toronado fan.
Most of the beer geeks that I know have gotten sort of tired of Green Flash.
re: RB Hound
True, Alpine has guest beers, but for the most part they carry their own brews. I am completely biased because husband and I adore the place. They are down the street from our house, the entire staff knows us, the food is good, the mood is relaxed, and the beer rocks. We train together in Eskrima (Filipino stick fighting), and we have spent many a Sunday afternoon, post work week, post training session, soaking up the sun on their back patio and talking about training and life.
Best Fish Tacos - Oscar's and TJ Oyster Bar (I have not yet tried Mariscos)
Best Chicken Mole – Cantina Mayahuel (also has fantastic collection of Tequila and Mezcal)
Best Thai – Depends on dish. Sab E Lee for grilled pork neck, napa cabbage soup, bamboo shoot salad, green curry and panang curry. Supannee House of Thai for papaya salad, masaman curry and seefood.
Best Japanese - Wa Dining OKAN
Best Ethiopian – Muzita Bistro
Best Lebanese - Alforon
Best Pub for Beer – Blind Lady and Waypoint Public
I just asked her, but nothing in particular came to mind. She's vegetarian and is happy if there are a couple of good veggie options. We often go to Asian restaurants (in San Diego, mainly Thai and Japanese; I have not yet found a good Chinese restaurant) because these tend to have better vegetarian options.
I live in Europe and visit SD twice a year but do not frequently go to Escondido. I have only been to the Stone Bistro. The beer selection is great, but the food I have had varied from very tasty to not so good. The garden is a great place to drink some beers, but it can get very crowded on weekends. I am afraid, you'll have to ask someone else for recommendations in Escondido.
If Pt. Loma Seafood is the best then San Diego has nothing to offer in the seafood category. I have now been there 3x and would never recommend it to ANYONE.
Since moving to San Diego from Sacramento and San Francisco, I have been so disappointed with the seafood scene.
Not impressed with Cowboy Star. Love Bread & Cie. Friends of mine swear by Rocky's and I will go there soon.
Italian food - i recommend antica tratorria. Love Sab E Lee.
Yes, it is surprising that we don't have more of a "seafood scene" here, considering that SD is a city by the ocean. But we don't. Still, there are some pretty good places scattered around town and you may not have been to all of them yet.
I'll mention Eddie V's (either location), Top of the Market, Spike Africa, Blue Water Seafood, Tidal, and Jake's as personal favorites. (In addition to Point Loma Seafood, that is, which I also like.)