Staff member Maya describes a recent weekend trip to San Diego, California
This was truly a delicious getaway filled with eating at all of my favorite San Diego restaurants, and spending a little time on the beach.
After living in San Diego for many years, I try to return often, not only to visit my friends there but to visit my favorite restaurants that I have left behind.
This post highlights of three of my favorite SD restaurants, all of which are coincidentally located near the beach.
This is my hands down favorite restaurant in the country, maybe even in the whole world. This bold statement is spurred on by many factors: food, atmosphere, service, location, drinks. They are always top quality, every single time (over 100) I’ve dined there.
The food is mainly seafood, but I don’t even like seafood! The appetizer menu is all delicious and if you happened to go there on ½ price appetizer night- the line is literally out the door and all over the boardwalk in front. My favorite dish, and the main reason I dine here every time I visit, is the Nut-Crusted Brie. It is actually crusted with nuts and seeds and is drizzled in a sticky mange salsa with delicious red onions and roasted red peppers floating in it. I lived in San Diego for 5 years and I ate here on every single one of my Birthdays and every year, it is my birthday gift to myself. I usually pair this meal with a delicious sparkling wine such as Gloria Ferrer’s, which can found in the Gloria Ferrer Sparkles and Gourmet Gift Basket.
The location is actually on Pacific Beach. When you are seated on the patio, you may be joined by different birds throughout your meal. This is a definite must-eat for anyone visiting San Diego.
Located almost on Ocean Beach, this restaurant has had a recent refurbishment which has given its patrons a beautifully spacious top floor with a wonderful view of the beach. This restaurant is famous for its fish tacos and they are truly California Delicious. Alike many beach-dining spots in San Diego, they have a great happy hour that invites customers to try and many of the different taco options as physically possible. Their ingredients are always crisp and fresh and even after eating numerous Mexican tacos, you can leave here without feeling guilty full.
This pizza spot is definitely a local favorite and is located across the street from South Beach. They offer many pizza varieties that are all given unique names such as Ron Jeremy (meat-lover), MC Hammer (pepperoni) and David Hasselhoff (garlic, basil, ricotta, tomato). You can order by the slice or by the pie- both of which are great value depending on your group size and appetite. Their tagline is “no Crap on Tap” and its true- they offer a wide variety of craft and microbrews, most local but mainly sourced from the West coast. This is definitely an atmosphere place- if there is an event going on; the patio is a great place for people watching. But beware; the local pizza-heads are often territorial about the prime patio spots. My California Delicious here is a slice of MC Hammer dipped in their homemade basil pesto.
So if you’re headed to San Diego, check out one if not all of these spots. I’d love to hear about your experiences!
7.5 hours from Sacramento
7.5 hours from San Francisco
2 hours from Los Angeles
711 Pacific Beach Dr
San Diego, CA 92109
South Beach Bar and Grille
5059 Newport Ave #104
San Diego, CA 92107
OB Pizza and Ale House
5050 Newport Ave.
Ocean Beach, CA 92107