What to eat in San Diego

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This Cal­i­for­nia des­ti­na­tion near the bor­der with Mexico has been in­flu­enced by its lo­ca­tion in de­li­cious ways, and the fol­low­ing are just a few of the things to try on your next stop in San Diego.


In­vented on Mexico’s Baja Penin­sula, fish tacos have made a splash north of the bor­der, es­pe­cially in San Diego. While good fish tacos are al­most a dime a dozen here, surely no one’s is fresher than those at the Blue Wa­ter Seafood Mar­ket and Grill. Not only do they sell a plethora of fresh fish and seafood, but they’ll also grill it up and serve it to you right then and there at their in-house cafe. Try the tacos stuffed with red snap­per, sword­fish, jumbo shrimp, Mahi Mahi, soft shell crab, and more.


An­other SoCal-Mex­i­can hy­brid, rolled tacos are very sim­i­lar to flau­tas and are tight­ly­rolled, filled tacos topped with gua­camole and cheese. Head to Las Cu­a­tro Mil­pas for this no-fuss com­fort food at its best.


These meaty fries are a lo­cal guilty plea­sure, mak­ing sam­pling a plate­ful of them manda­tory on al­most any trip. The dish con­sists of good French fries topped with sea­soned steak, crum­bled cheese, gua­camole, and some­times a dol­lop of pico de gallo. Lolita’s Taco Shop, in the heart of down­town, is a lo­cal fa­vorite.


If you need a break from all the Mex­i­can food, then you can’t go wrong with the au­then­tic Ja­panese cui­sine at Sushi Ota. Dine on sushi, sashimi, and spe­cials like oc­to­pus frit­ters, sea urchin, and yuzu pep­per duck.


Donuts may not be a San Die­gan in­ven­tion, but many lo­cals would agree that no visit to the city is com­plete with­out a pit stop at Donut Bar. Aside from now-stan­dard fla­vors like salted caramel and maple ba­con, this place de­lights with its spe­cial fill­ings and top­pings such as but­ter beer, creme brulee, and birth­day cake oreo.


There are more brew­eries and spe­cial­ist beer bars here than you can shake a stick at, with Bal­last Point Brew­ing’s cre­ative con­coc­tions (try their curry-fla­vored stout, IPA with mango, or porter with cof­fee and vanilla) and Stone Brew­ing’s Ocean­side eatery’s se­lec­tions be­ing two great places to start.


With its seem­ingly end­less sunny days, San Diego has be­come some­thing of a mecca for cold brew cof­fee. Al­most ev­ery cof­fee shop serves it (some even of­fer growlers of the stuff for you to fill up and take home). Nowhere can quite top Holsem Cof­fee with its unique cold brews in fla­vors like Nutella and le­mon meringue.

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