10 TOP SAN DIEGO CHEFS
San Diego is home to some serious culinary talent. These
restaurants are sure to satisfy, whether you’re craving simple
comfort food or an all-out gourmet experience.
Elegantly presented comfort
food reigns supreme at Matt
Gordon’s three San Diego
restaurants, Urban Solace
(North Park), Solace and the
Moonlight Lounge (Encinitas),
and Sea & Smoke (Del Mar).
Trey Foshee presides over
George’s California Modern,
George’s Ocean Terrace, and
George’s Bar, all of which offer a scenic view of La Jolla
Cove alongside a seasonally
driven menu. Want a fine dining
experienceyou’ll never forget? Try
TBL3, a 12- to 14-course foodie
marathon billed as the ultimate
California Modern experience.
The rock star of the Tijuana
culinary world (and one of the
originators of Baja Med cuisine) serves as executive chef
at Romesco Baja Med. If you
can’t make it across the border,
this “Mexiterranean” tapas gem
tucked away in Bonita is a great
compromise (and just 20 minutes from downtown).
This contestant on Top Chef
Season 5 is the chef-owner of
R-Gang Eatery, a fearlessly
fun restaurant in Hillcrest that
specializes in indulgent comfort
food, and chef at Southpaw
Social, a new social dining spot
overlooking Petco Park.
Locals flock to Carnitas’ Snack
Shack, Hanis Cavin’s temple of all
things pork. The menu is somewhat
limited, but when every dish is top-notch and the prices are so reasonable, it’s not much of an issue. The
“Triple Threat” pork sandwich, with
pork loin schnitzel, pulled pork,
and bacon, is always a winner.
Sea & Smoke