San Diego: Where to Eat (and not to eat)

Whether you’re visiting San Diego for a couple of days or a week, there are so many wonderful places to go eat, drink and be merry. The Gaslamp district is where all the good food and craft beer is at. Of course there are other areas, but there’s so much going on the food is just the icing to the cake.

Below are some places I visited for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner.

Breakfast/ Brunch 

Le Parfait Paris
5 star

Located: 555 G Street, San Diego, CA 92101

This French cafe/ bakery is well worth it’s 5 star rating. The extensive list of confectionary, brunch items and drinks can make your tummy rumble just by looking at them.

Le parfait paris outside

Le parfait cakes

Le parfati croissant sandwich
Alsacien – Scrambled eggs, swiss cheese, Canadian bacon and avocado all stuffed inside of a butter croissant.

 

Croque Madame - A cheese bechamel and ham sandwich with an egg on top
Croque Madame – A cheese bechamel and ham sandwich with an egg on top

The atmosphere was welcoming, but can get a little packed, and who can blame them, the food is finger-licking good. After devouring the croissantwich in about 5 minutes, I was eyeing up the pastries, and even considered going back for seconds. I didn’t, but I wish I had.

Werewolf American Pub
two star

Located: 627 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

This place has a decent brunch menu, I think that is what initially had attracted us to this place. Then it all went down hill from there. It might have been the day that we went, but our experience wasn’t a 4 or 5 star experience, it was more 2 stars.

The food was okay. It had obviously been pre cooked and warmed up when served. Below is the breakfast burrito. It was plain, and very cheesy, which isn’t a bad thing, I LOVE cheese, but it was bland.

Warewolf burriot
Breakfast burrito – scrambled egg, bacon, jack cheese, and smashed avocado

Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture, but we also tried the eggs benedict with a side of hash browns. The potatoes were cold and the English muffin for the eggs benedict had been toasted and left to cool for a while. The bacon was hard, but not in a crispy kind of way. It was on the verge of being burnt.

Brunch wouldn’t live up to it’s name it there wasn’t a bloody mary being consumed, but it was so spicy I could feel the spice coming out of my nose.

Now, let’s talk about service and atmosphere. The place was dark, somber and looked like a sports bar/ dive bar housing a group of local drunks. It was 10AM on a Saturday and I still had to use a flashlight to read the menu. I wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt.

The waitress made the experience so much worse. She was condescending and over the top. It felt like I was getting personally victimised.

Let’s just say she got a tip that said “fuck you”.

The Mission
4 star

Located: 1250 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101

The Mission is a Mexican restaurant that serves brunch and lunch food, offering a variety of authentic Mexican food, with healthy, fresh ingredients.

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Breakfast Quesadilla – With scrambled eggs layered with cheese, crispy bacon, cilantro, scallions, tomatoes and fresh salsa

This quesadilla was absolutely delicious. The scrambled eggs was an extra option, I highly recommend adding it. The tomatoes made the quesadilla

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Lunch/ Dinner

Chianti
4 star

Located: 644 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, United States

An adorable authentic Italian restaurant located in the Gaslamp district. The classic Italian food was delicious, as any good Italian restaurant would be. However, their mussels was exquisite. So much so, that we were asking for more and more bread to dip in to the meat sauce. 

Unfortunately, I didn’t take a picture of the food. I was too involved with the complimentary bread and mussels. I do however remember the delicious Ravioli Formaggio… four cheeses inside little pasta parcels, what’s there not to like?

The service was good, they were friendly, but towards the end of our meal, as we sat, chatted and sipped wine, they were nearly rushing us out the door.

The Oceanaire
5 star

Located: Gaslamp District, 400 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Here’s a quick tip: book before you go. 

If you’re looking for fresh seafood, albeit overpriced, then I would try this place. It’s located just off 5th Ave, near the main action where the Gaslamp district is. They are known for they’re selection of oysters and daily fresh fish selection.

Lobster tail
Lobster tail with butter (excuse the quality of the photo it was rather dark)

 

OYSTERS
Oyster Platter

They are specifically known for their oysters so I would definitely try the platter, one of each kind. 

Mimmo’s Italian Village
4 star

1743 India Street San Diego CA 92101 US

This authentic Italian eatery is located in the heart of Little Italy and creates an all round Italian feel. The decor is adorable. It’s made to make you feel like you’re sitting outside on a beautiful Italian patio.

SCALLOPS LITTLE ITALY
Pan seared scallops / sauteed spinach / seafood risotto.

The food was delicious, and very filing. It was fairly priced for the amount of food that you receive, and the atmosphere added that extra layer of comfort.

If you’re planning your trip and want to know more, let me know in the comment space below. Or, do you have anywhere in San Diego where you’d recommend?

Coming soon: What to do in San Diego

 

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