15 of the Best Foods and Drinks to Try in San Diego in October

San Diego has greater than 5,000 eating places, which implies you possibly can eat at a brand new restaurant on daily basis for greater than 13 years earlier than you needed to resort to repeats. With all this goodness, it may be troublesome to determine the place your subsequent dinner shall be. Right here comes our position. Listed here are 15 of our favourite meals (and low, and cocktails, and croissants) this month. Go get some.

Courtesy of Cafe 21

Cafe 21

Corn cake with shrimp

Café 21’s Bloody Marys (topped with a salad bar, served in a ceramic head) deserve loads of airtime, however the decadent corn cake with shrimp and potatoes is an underappreciated sleeper hit. It is topped with a poached egg and relaxed in a grassy pool of cilantro cream sauce wealthy sufficient to face as much as a ten a.m. vodka repair. -A

Saigon espresso

Hanoi Egg Espresso

Starbucks who? This tackle Vietnamese espresso and recent Saigon egg foam is a richer, extra satisfying model of a Frappuccino (though sadly it isn’t blended). It is breakfast on ice. Saigon began out on the Hillcrest Farmers Market in 2012 and now boasts a bustling new location in North Park. See you in line. -M.H

Gluten maximus

Gooey Butter Pecan Cake

The solar comes out, out comes the muffins, particularly when these muffins are lined in sweet and topped with pecan items. The proper mix of salty and candy, this roll is chewy however not overly dense. These muffins are large, so seize two forks in case you need to share (though you in all probability will not). Go to the Glutenus web site to see what growers are at present advertising and marketing. -WR

Oscar’s Mexican Seafood


On the listing of edible gadgets that may be served in a cup, ceviche is normally not the very first thing that involves thoughts. Oscar’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean means this place is all about their fish. The ceviche menu contains shrimp, fish, scallops and bluefin tuna served with crispy, hand-sized tortilla chips. This dippable snack has change into one among my favourite after-beach rituals. -advertisement

Little Asia Sliders

Pork stomach sliders

With dozens of tempting scents hovering within the air on the OB Farmers Market, it is virtually not possible to select a bulwark towards hunger-induced procuring spree. Let me make your life simpler: Get the Pork Stomach Sliders from Little Asia Sliders. Fatty, decadent pork stomach is positioned in a smooth bao bun and topped with recent carrots, cucumber, cilantro and a drizzle of crunchy chili oil. Is it Wednesday but? -for you

Courtesy of Lefty’s Chicago Pizzeria

Lefty’s Chicago Pizzeria

Deep dish with spinach and mushrooms

I do not typically bounce into the deep dish pizza pool, however at this Windy Metropolis joint lined in (good) Illinois license plates, it is a crime not to take action. Certain, Lefty’s affords a skinny, crunchy, delicate crust too, however c’mon. He caught me doing a double backflip in deep Chicago dough. -M.H

TJ Oyster Bar

Octopus taco

A long time later, TJ Oyster Bar continues to be the South Bay’s taco gem. Smoked tuna fries are much like Baja poutine. Nevertheless it’s this basic octopus taco — braised till tender however nonetheless with that coveted chew, topped with one or three of the sauces (cilantro, chipotle cream, and scorching sauce), and served on a very good corn tortilla — that sums up one thing easy carried out terribly effectively. . -TJ

The trompo taco


Chilaquiles do not all the time hit the spot (eggs too dry or overcooked, no beans?!), however after they do, you would possibly as effectively write my obituary and ship me to heaven. Two sunny-side-up eggs, scrumptious crimson sauce, bitter cream, refried beans, Spanish rice, and avocado, divided to feed two individuals—all for beneath $10? Wow, life is nice. -he slept

Sensible bull

Smoked bologna

Brad Sensible (Belief, Fort Oak, Uncommon Society) is thought for his killer pickles and his method of marinating proteins. Sensible Ox is a butcher store the place you should purchase these gems in a bag to prepare dinner your self. Or you may get Sammy. Such a diet-breaking fantastic thing about high-end sofa meals. Selfmade bologna, american cheese, mustard, and mayonnaise. sleep effectively. -TJ

Yalla Habibi

Mudama the idiot

Once I lived in Bethlehem, native breakfast was my favourite. Made with heat cooked fava beans with garlic and lemon. olive oil; And pittas to scoop, idiot is what consolation meals he eats when he is had a tough day. The Lebanese Yalla Habibi’s Gaslamp is correctly fooled by the additional garlic kick. The shawarma and kebab are my favorites right here, however I will be again for the comfort. -M.H


Watermelon feta salad

Salads traditionally occupy a lonely, shady place on bar menus, however Fernside Restaurant in South Park is giving fruits and veggies their delight of place within the solar. The bar mixes creamy whipped cream cheese in watermelon feta with candy and nutty issues like pistachios, pomegranate molasses and fennel. If you happen to add, say, a aspect of waffle fries, the salad will not care — it is aware of it is nonetheless the star. -A

Beachy Market and Grill

Hen shawarma pita

Positioned in an unassuming strip mall off El Camino, Peachy’s Restaurant serves a variety of Mediterranean delicacies. With a specialty market (touting treasures like rose water, dried lemons, and unfastened feta) and a counter-service restaurant, it is value a cease in your subsequent lunch errand. Hen Shawarma Pita Najm: Beneficiant parts; Succulent caramelized grilled hen; Cooling, bitter yogurt sauce. -SL

Catwater Spirits

Dragon breath

Fruity tequila cocktails on scorching days are the best way to my coronary heart, so Cutwater Spirits’ Dragon’s Breath at Miramar Tasting Room actually hits the spot: It is a vibrant, purple-hued drink made with dragon fruit, muddled strawberries, serrano, and lime juice. It’s served in a cup surrounded by 1 / 4 rim of black volcanic salt and garnished with a slice of dragon fruit. -G

Ramin Naji

Vegetarian ramen

A big noodle store from Tokyo arrived in SD in August. The comfy sit-down spot, subsequent to Raised by Wolves in UTC, is run by chef Ryuichi Nishio, who (actually) wrote the e-book on ramen — his data is encyclopedic. Surprisingly, Nagi’s vegetarian ramen soup comes piled excessive with toppings (get the hard-boiled egg) and is totally customizable, from salt to warmth to thickness of noodles. -any

Parrot Cafe

Chocolate banana croissant

With the brand new pastry chef, the parrot sings. That is principally like having a child in a fluffy chocolate croissant and gooey banana bread pudding, after which overlaying that child in toasted almonds and powdered sugar. Crispy on the skin and wealthy on the within. Scrumptious, my pricey. -M.H

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