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Best San Diego Foods of 2012

News | 12th Sep 2012

With the wide range of top-notch restaurants in the city, San Diego has become a food lover’s paradise.  Whether you’re in the mood for authentic street food or for fine cuisine prepared by a celebrity chef, San Diego is sure to have exactly what your taste buds are craving.  Here’s a look at some of the best foods on offer for 2012.

Lucky’s Lunch Counter

If you’re craving a sandwich of Jewish deli size proportions, hop on over to Lucky’s Lunch Counter.  With a vibe like those quirky lunch counters found only in Chicago, Lucky’s will satisfy your hankering for over-stuffed sandwiches, hot dogs, salads and traditional breakfasts.  Lucky’s also has the best Reuben on the west coast, hands down.  Located across the street from Petco Park at 338 Seventh Avenue.


Not sure what you’re in the mood for?  Then sample a little bit of everything with small plates at Prepkitchen in Little Italy.  Winner of “Best Tapas” in San Diego Magazine’s reader’s poll, at Prepkitchen you can enjoy everything from spicy shrimp served in sizzling garlic to delicious local mussels and frites.  With a daily happy hour from 4 – 7pm, you can wash away the day with a $5 glass (or two) of sangria.  Located at 1660 India Street.

Fish 101

A modern interpretation of a traditional west coast fish house, Fish 101 in Encinitas will delight with its selection of seasonal fish and shellfish.  This cozy 50 seat restaurant serves up a daily fresh oyster selection along with some savory fried oyster po’ boys.  Spend happy hour with them from 4-6pm Tuesday through Friday and sample their wine on tap for $5.  Located at 1468 N. Coast Highway.


A 5,000 square foot warehouse in the heart of North Park is home to some of the best pizza in San Diego.  Their thin crust New Haven style pizza is coal fired and features signature toppings such as fried eggplant, gorgonzola stuffed peppers, and fresh little neck clams.  For the best hangover cure, don’t miss URBN’s breakfast pizza.  With it’s cheesy, potato-y and egg-y goodness, you’ll wipe out last night’s indiscretions.  Located at 3085 University Avenue.


Yes, it’s an LA transplant, but there’s a reason it’s so popular.  Katsuya’s crispy rice with spicy tuna is simply to die for, and their specialty cocktails pair well with their menu of Japanese cuisine.  The sleek interior of this downtown hot spot completes the package, and offers diners a feast for all the senses.  Located at 600 F Street.


Who doesn’t love ice cream?  At Bardot in La Jolla, dessert lovers will find a new object of obsession with their signature ice cream bars.  Their collection of creamy concoctions includes Deep Thoughts – a mint ice cream crafted with fresh Thai mint and covered with dark Belgian chocolate.  Purists will adore The Forbidden Fruit, made from 100% fresh ripe soursop fruit (guanabana) and no chocolate.  Located at 1025 Prospect Street.


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