San Diego’s 10 Best Meals (all price ranges)
10. Hodad’s. Burgers, 5010 Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach. One of San Diego’s most famous hamburger joints, open since 1969. Hodad’s has been a popular destination attracting people from all over the world. Shown on the Food Network, the bacon cheeseburgers burgers and malt shakes are incomparable. Hodad’s makes bacon patties to place on their high, mouthwatering burgers. The place is small, so lines tend to accumulate, but they go fast.
9. Apollonia Greek Bistro. Greek, 8650 Genesee Avenue, University City, La Jolla. Recommend the Moussaka entree, a Greek version of an eggplant and ground lamb lasagna, which is flavorful and plentiful. Prices are moderate and entrees are large. Try not to skip out on the appetizers as there are plenty of delicious options to choose from. Enjoy great Greek food and a full stomach.
8. Restorante Arrivederci. Italian, 3845 4th Avenue, Hillcrest. Hillcrest has some of the best restaurants in San Diego, Restorante Arrivederci being one of them. This cozy, Italian restaurant has fantastic ravioli and black linguine seafood entrees. The ambiance is warm, food is succulent, and the prices are very reasonable.
7. Kous Kous Moroccan Bistro. Moroccan, 3940 4th Avenue, Hillcrest. The Moroccan menu at Kous Kous is delicious and flavorful. The lamb shank and chicken tagine entrees are tender, moist and simply phenomenal. A great pick for the ethnic food spice lover.
6. Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill. Seafood, 3667 India Street, Mission Hills.A casual, fast food sit down or take out spot off of India and Washington Streets. Whether you come and purchase fresh fish from the market or order the dungeness crab sandwich or fish tacos, Blue Water is sure to give you the freshest seafood at reasonable prices. A gem for seafood lovers.
5. Sushi Ota. Japanese/Sushi Bar, 4529 Mission Bay Drive, Pacific Beach. The most authentic sushi and sashimi in San Diego. The prices are not out-of-this-world like most sushi bars. Driving up to the sushi bar you will be surprised as it is located in a strip mall around car dealerships. Ask for the sushi chefs recommendation menu and you will be sure to get the best of the best. The sashimi melts in your mouth and never disappoints. Slightly higher prices, but a must go-to for any fish lover.
4. Rei Do Gado. Brazilian Steakhouse, 939 4th Avenue, Gaslamp, Downtown. The best buffet in San Diego, they feature Brazilian Rotisserie BBQ, usually around 10 different kinds along with a good salad bar with fresh food. Servers come to your table with different pieces of meat, and cut you a piece if desired. Don’t pass out eating too much filet mignon wrapped in bacon, beer marinated sausages, ribs, chicken, or lamb. Top of the line marinated BBQ meat. A quality restaurant with high prices, a piano bar on the weekends, and truly quiet an experience, especially for meat lovers. Lunch buffet prices are significantly lower than dinner so come then if you are on a budget.
3. Hash House A Go Go. American, 3628 5th Avenue, Hillcrest. A popular breakfast, lunch and dinner destination in Hillcrest. Where do you begin when you look over the menu at Hash House A Go Go? The menus are large, and the plates are even larger. Recommend Andy’s Sage Fried Chicken Benedict with maple reduction, eggs, bacon mashed potatoes & biscuit for breakfast. The place is trendy, prices are slightly higher, but the food is fantastic and never disappoints. The only disappointing thing about Hash House A Go Go are the long waits to get a table, especially for breakfast on the weekends.
2. Cucina Urbana. Italian/Mediterranean, 505 Laurel Street, Banker’s Hill. Right outside of downtown San Diego and Balboa Park, a modern Italian and Mediterranean restaurant and wine bar. True urban and modern decor. The food is fantastic, each entree is $20 and under and the appetizers are superb. Highly recommend the squash blossoms with feta cheese as an appetizer and the rabbit pasta as an entree. The food is exquisite for the food lover. A popular drink and dinner location, so we suggest you make reservations. Best meal in San Diego for the price.
1. Phil’s BBQ. BBQ, 3750 Sports Arena Blvd, Midway.Hands down the best BBQ in San Diego. Phil’s BBQ pork ribs and sauce are worth a half hour wait. The meat always tender and juicy, the sauce sweet yet tangy make this the best meal in San Diego. Also recommend their beer battered onion rings. Ask for extra BBQ sauce to dip your rings or fries. Phone order to go or expect a wait, as lines tend to go around the building.