Let’s Eat San Diego: A San Franciscans Guide To The Food Meca + Things To Do

If you’re feeling cooped in spite California’s orders to stay in, we hear you loud and clear.

Though we also know that most of you are gearing up your travel lists of things to do, eat, see, and experience once it’s safe to. Whether it’s traveling through the state or a next door city, we want to give you a list of recommendations that get you involved in the true local spirit. So for our San Diego guide, we filled the list with eateries offering sit-down (for now) and to-go options alongside sights to see that can be done from the safety of your car. San Diego is but just a snapshot in this guide but we hope it will bring you to new and exciting places you wouldn’t visit otherwise.

Northside Shack

The acai to end all acai—Northside Shack truly emboldens delicious bowls that are monster like. Founded by chef Pamela Olvera, a first generation Mexican-American, her vision was to bring produce “where people can turn to for a healthy alternative.” Now bustling with people from all walks of San Diego—the shack continues to churn out delicious Acai Bowls from scratch and thirst quenching smoothies. // 1255 N. Rosecrans Street Point Loma; northsideshack.wordpress.com.

Taco Stand  

Inspired by the taco stands of Tijuana and many adventures along the Baja Peninsula, Taco Stand settled their first taqueria in La Jolla, followed by Downtown San Diego, Encinitas, North Park and officially making their East Coast debut in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. The authentic taco experience features handmade corn tortillas, grade meats, and freshest ingredients used to make their guacamole and salsas from scratch daily. Besides amazing tacos and burritos, they also have a great selection of Mexican flavored popsicles, refreshments, imported beer and freshly prepared Rosarito-style churros. Whose mouths are watering? // 645 B Street, San Diego; letstaco.com.

Pop Pie Co.

A true commitment to Southern comfort in the California sense—Pop Pie Co. takes the cake… pie. LGBT-locally-owned, the shop showcases the signature all butter crust by Executive Chef Gan Suebsarakham, with a rotating menu of sweet and savory pies made in-house daily. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu features a variety of pies from pie slices to hand pies to classic meat & vegetarian pies. Their flavors encompass a worldly flair with inspiration coming in from Australia, Europe and Asia into their specialty pies. Though if pies aren’t your thing, next door is Pop Pie Co.’s sister shop, Stella Jean’s—a delicious ice cream parlor. Made ever so convenient. // 4404 Park Blvd. San Diego; poppieco.com.

Communal Coffee

San Diego’s coffee and cafe scene is next level—marrying premium aesthetic with good brews, we never wanted to leave. Owner Jen Byard used her background in the art and non-profit worlds to pull these two concepts together in their first location in North Park. And as a plus, the coffee spot uses SF locals Sightglass. Which hey, is usually a very good sign. // 2335 University Ave, San Diego; communalcoffee.com.

Born and Raised

The date spot your grandparents went to has brought a sense of timeless modernism to the front—Born and Raised became an instant classic in our book. Surrounded by some impressively cooked steak and wagyu options, we were absolutely stuffed—a serious hats off to the chef. Marrying 1920’s wood decor and the flair of the 30’s, it’s like you’re sitting comfortably in a Great Gatsby dream. We’ll cheers to that. // 1909 India St, San Diego; bornandraisedsteak.com.

Ironside Oyster 

Little Italy was built by the fishing industry—Ironside Oysters continues that historical narrative with their contemporary interpretation of the classic fish house and oyster bar. Located in a historic auction house on India St, they did a full comprehensive restoration of the building, with three open-air culinary hubs featuring an expansive raw bar, chefs table, and bakery. Ever more, trying to be mindful of the past while looking towards the future. Getting yourself a full body cocktail and tray of oysters is not a bad way to spend it by the water. // 1654 India St, San Diego; ironsidefishandoyster.com.

Moniker Coffee Co. + Moniker General

For some, it starts the day. For others, it’s a dawn-to-dusk necessity. Coffee is an integral part of our daily routines and Moniker Coffee Co. provides your fuel towards productivity any time you need it. Exclusively served inside Moniker General, their craft coffee brings people together through a community-driven environment. A good cup of coffee can make for the best inspiration, and they are pleased to be collaborating with OB Beans to offer you just that. No matter how you take your cup of joe, they have it ready for the taking. // 2860 Sims Rd, San Diego; monikergeneral.com.

La Jolla cove

A perfect summer spot—the beaches are made for easy relaxing to the sounds of wave but also crystal clear for swimming. Though it does get quite packed, we recommend coming early to snag yourself a parking and beach spot or later in the evening when the sun sets. The Cove itself is protected as part of a marine reserve; underwater it is very rich in marine life, and is popular with snorkelers, swimmers and scuba divers. // Google map the name for an accurate address.


A city just off the coast of San Diego—Coronado is a retiree’s dream but for those antiquarians out there, this time capsule of an island homes some beautifully deco’ed properties. Pops of light blue, pink, and creme can be seen from home to home—truly inspirational. // Google map the name for an accurate address.

Downtown Gaslamp

The Gaslamp Quarter is a lively downtown neighborhood, known for its nightlife. Clubs, dive bars and cocktail lounges draw a young crowd, while the Spreckels and Balboa theaters have diverse programs of music, comedy and drama. There’s a mix of chain and independent restaurants in the area, with many global options. // Google map the name for an accurate address.

// Feature photography courtesy of Born And Raised.

Let’s Eat San Diego: A San Franciscans Guide To The Food Meca + Things To Do
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