City Deli Hillcrest, 535 University Avenue
Well, it's hit and miss when it comes to restaurants in this city. The best restaurants are the one's that have been here thirty years. The Marine Room in La Jolla for instance. (it actually it opened in 1941 after reviewing their website) There are many fine restaurants in the La Jolla Area and downtown San Diego. It also depends on the type of cuisine you would like. If you like Mexican food, there are thousands of Mexican eateries here. So to tell you the best is insulting to those restaurants I have yet to try. So, I will just give you a few personal favorites.
Jose's in La Jolla is good. (1037 Prospect Street La Jolla)
Miguel's Cocina in Point Loma is pretty tasty. (2112 Shelter Island Drive, Point Loma)
Casa De Pico, is legendary has been in San Diego for over 30 years. Unfortunately it has left old town but, you can find it in La Mesa at 5500 Grossmont Center Drive in La Mesa
El Indio has been there forever at 3695 India Street, Mission Hills. (San Diego)
Hernandez Hideaway is on Del Dios Hiway, 19320 Lake Drive (760) 746-1444. It's a little harder to get to but worth the drive.
Also, just walk into any Mexican Restaurant in the Old Town area of San Diego. Most are very good!
Filippi's Pizza Grotto, there are many locations, I personally like the one in Little Italy
1747 India Street, San Diego. Everything is good.
Any and all of the restaurants in Little Italy are above average, or better, India Street is Just North of downtown.
Asti Restaurante on 5th Avenue, downtown is always good.
If you're in and around Pacific Beach, try Lotsa Pasta, 1762 Garnet Avenue. It's in the back of a shopping center. It's good, try the Angel Hair Pasta with Vodka Sauce and Broccoli Salad!
Phils BBQ is the best for old fashioned BBQ.
3750 Sports Arena Blvd, 619 226 6333
Kansas City Barbeque, or for a really amazing location. (also was in the movie top gun, the jukebox scene) go downtown to the Kansas City Barbeque. At 600 West Harbor Drive, 619 231-9680
Kaiserhof Restaurant and Biergarten, 2253 Sunset Cliffs Boulevard is always a favorite in Ocean Beach.
Sure there is a Benihana's in Mission Valley, 477 Camino Del Rio South, it's fun! Go, if you've never been or for a special occasion and there are Sushi joints all around this city. But, if you want all you can eat sushi, go to Todai, in Mission Valley, Camino Del Rio south, take the 8 to Texas street, go south then left at Camino Del Rio, it's under the 805 and it's fantastic. Though, not cheap. $ 27.00 for dinner, lunch is $16.95 though.
There are a bunch of Chinese places in town. You might try one that has been family owned and operated for over 75 years, CHOP SUEY, Peking Restaurant at 2877 University Avenue.
It's in the North Park area of San Diego. Good prices and very tasty.
BEST OF IN SAN DIEGO
Best breakfast, "The Broken Yolk Cafe" In PB, 1851 Garnet Avenue and now downtown on 6th.
Hodad's has the best hamburger's in San Diego, Hodad's is in Ocean Beach on Newport, it's good, it's huge, (the hamburger that is) get the vanilla shake and fries too.
Best Ice Cream, Gelato Vero Cafe, it's a coffee house, with great ice cream, 3753 India Street. Free wifi, go upstairs to talk, drink, and work on your computer.
Best local coffee? There are many places, depends where you are. My favorite in Pacific Beach is
Cafe 976 at 976 Felspar Street. wifi for paying customers.
South Beach Bar and
Grill, order the Mahi Fish Taco's...thank me later.
at the end of
Newport Avenue near the pier. The best fish tacos in San Diego.
Of course the best fast food burger (chain) is at IN AND OUT. There are many locations throughout the city, get the double double.
Best Steak, grill your own at The Strip Club, a steak place, 340 5th Avenue, Gaslamp
REI DA GADO, (means King Of The Herd in Portuguese) man what a cool place, it is a Brazilian Steak House. It is across from Horton Plaza on 4th Avenue. *pay one price, the meat keeps on coming*