Places to Eat
There are top 10 and top 20 restaurant lists all over the place for San Diego. Here are my top picks for food in no particular order.
First things first- the California burrito. I had never heard of a California burrito before. They are life changing as the tortillas are stuffed with carne asada, salsa, cheese, guacamole, and french fries.
La Perla: Based on my extensive California burrito research (which was a lot), this Pacific Beach restaurant has the best. Their french fries are always crispy and the burritos are huge. I only ever ordered the California burrito but Miles tried the King Kong (filled with carne asada and chile relleno) and Oaxacacalifornia (California burrito wrapped with a quesadilla) burritos. The owner is very friendly and the food is always delicious.
Tacos El Paisa: This was the best authentic Mexican food we found. I was happy with my usual order of beef tongue and tripe tacos. As always, Miles was more adventurous and tried the surf and turf burritos (carne asada and shrimp), adobada (marinated pork) burritos, and Al Pastor (slow cooked pork on a spit) burritos. I would also recommend the fruit waters.
Blue Water Seafood: I tried Blue Water Seafood the day before I left San Diego. The tacos were amazing, but not Mexican style. I tried the tuna and shark tacos while Miles ordered tuna and swordfish. The shark was the best hands down. Two tacos are very filling as each one has at least 4 oz of meat.
Oscar’s: Get the fish tacos and the ceviche! Oscar’s has one dollar fish tacos happy hour Monday – Thursday from 2:30pm – 5:30pm. Sometimes they only let you buy two happy hour tacos per person, other times you can get as many as you want. I only visited the PB location right across the street from La Perla.
Slater’s 50/50: Do you love bacon? Slater’s 50/50 makes 50% beef, 50% bacon burgers and they are mindblowing. Their $10 lunch special is a great size because you get a ¼ lb burger and a side of fries.
Baked Bear: The Baked Bear lets you create your own ice cream sandwiches. Pick from 10 different cookies, brownies, and/or donuts as the top and bottom of your sandwich. Then choose from over 10 ice cream flavors. My favorite was chocolate chip cookies with mint chocolate chip ice cream!