San Diego Food & City Guide

In this Food Bloggers Guide To San Diego, I’m sharing my favorite things to do in San Diego, including where to eat, stay & play!

San Diego Food and City Guide

Hi, my name is Whitney, and I’m obsessed with food, and the city of San Diego, so I created the ultimate foodie guide to my favorite city in the world!

From my top spots for brunch and lunch, to my favorite Thai, Vietnamese, Italian, Mexican, Spanish, Seafood, and Chinese restaurants, to coffee shops, happy hour spots, breweries and cocktail bars, I’m giving you the inside look at where, and what, I eat and drink when I’m out and about in this beautiful city that I’m so lucky to call home!

I’ve included my Must Try dishes and As Seen On Insta links to give you a closer look at the dishes I’ve featured on my Instagram page over the years!

This page is an ongoing project with monthly updates on new restaurants, bars and menu items at my favorite spots! Because one thing’s for sure, San Diego always has something new and awesome popping up!

If you want to see what & where I’m eating before it hits this page, follow me on Instagram for daily updates on things to do in San Diego, and beyond!

Check out my other food blogger guides for New Orleans, New York City and Philadelphia, and stay tuned for guides to Washington DC, Phoenix and Dallas coming soon!

Queenstown Brunch Oink with Jalapeño Cornbread, Pulled Pork and Poached Egg

Pictured: The Oink at Queenstown

Monello Eggs Benedict

Pictured: Eggs Benedict with Pesto Hollandaise at Monello

Bacon Fat Mac & Cheese

Pictured: Bacon Fat Mac & Cheese at Firehouse

Hodad's, San Diego, Frings, French Fries, Onion Rings, Cheeseburger, Milkshake

Pictured: Onion Rings at Hodads

Drunken Noodles with Chicken

Pictured: Drunken Noodles at Sovereign

Ricotta Agnolotti at TRUST San Diego

Pictured: Ricotta Agnolotti at TRUST

Puesto Tacos

Pictured: Tacos at Puesto

  • Spanish
    • Cafe Sevilla (Downtown) → as seen on Insta! 
      • Beef, Chorizo or Wild Mushroom Empanadas
      • Olive Bread with Aioli & Tomato Sauce
      • Bacon Wrapped Dates – MUST TRY!
      • Pollo Brocheta
      • House Red Sangria – MUST TRY!
  • Hawaiian
    • Duke’s (La Jolla)
      • Mussels Adobo – MUST TRY! → as seen on Insta! 
      • Fresh Fish Crudo – MUST TRY!
      • Tahitian Octopus
      • King Ranch Beef Filet – MUST TRY!
      • Roasted Duke’s Fish

Chinese Restaurant Orange Chicken

Pictured: Orange Chicken at Lucky Liu’s

  • Happy Hour
    • Isola (Downtown – Little Italy)
    • Mister A’s (Downtown – Banker’s Hill – Best View in San Diego!)
      • HAPPIEST HOURS: 2:30-6 PM Sunday – Thursday at bar & patio
      • DRINK: Seasonal cocktail menu is always changing, but there are always tons of delicious options!
      • EAT: $7 Truffled Tries $10.5 Baby Kobe Beef Burgers or Seared Rare Ahi Sliders → as seen on Insta! 
    • Queenstown (Downtown – Little Italy)
    • PrepKitchen (Downtown – Little Italy)
      • HAPPIEST HOURS: 3 – 6 PM Daily 10 PM – 12 AM Friday – Saturday
      • DRINK: $5 Craft Cocktails, Wines, Beers & Sangria
      • EAT: $5 Tapas – menu changes regularly
  • Breweries
    • Ballast Point (2 Locations: Downtown – Little Italy & Miramar)
    • Stone Brewery (2 Locations: Point Loma & Escondido)
      • DRINK: Stone IPA or Stone Drink By (if in season)
      • EAT: Fresh Yellowfin Tuna Poke Tacos & Charred Brussels Sprouts
  • Cocktails
    • Kettner Exchange (Downtown – Little Italy)
      • DRINK: Moscow Mule – BEST EVER! or PD Collins
      • EAT: Big Eye Tuna Tacos or Double Double Burger
    • Halcyon (Downtown – East Village)
      • DRINK: Long Island Iced Coffee → as seen on Insta! – MUST TRY + a half dozen other coffee cocktails!
      • EAT: Bruschetta – MUST TRY!
      • FOR FUN: S’Mores that you roast at your table – great for Instagram pics 😉

Beyond the Food

While eating is obviously one of my favorite things to do in San Diego, living in America’s Finest City has other perks, such as great hiking trails, beautiful beaches and tons of fun annual events! Here are some of my other top San Diego picks “beyond the food”!

  • Hiking
    • Torrey Pines State Park
      • Easy hike, beautiful views, directly on the water!
    • Mt Woodson – Potato Chip Rock
      • Difficult hike, but great Instagram pic opportunity at the top 😉

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Pictured: Jumps at Potato Chip Rock

  • Beaches
    • Coronado Island – beautiful, long, white sandy beaches line this San Diego Island, home to the famous Hotel Del Coronado!

 

Was your favorite San Diego restaurant, dish, brewery or event on the list? If so, rad, you have great tastes 😉 Comment below and let me know!

Didn’t see your favorite San Diego dish on the list? Comment below with your favorite spots, and must try dishes! After-all, I’m always on the lookout for my next foodie adventure and fun things to do in San Diego!

8 Comments

  • I agree with a lot of these but one of my favorite restaurants in SD is Kettner Exchange – their food is ALL delish but my favorite things are probably their Tuna Pizza and Brussel Sprouts. Plus they used to have an amazing amazing dessert that they took off their menu but it was called “chocolate cup” – it was seriously the greatest dessert EVER

    • Hi Rayna, yes, I love Kettner also! My favorite was the Beef Bowl that they took off the menu, but I’m still a sucker for their burger and the tuna pizza is delish!

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