These easily accessible neighborhood favorites
go easy on your budget, but are still big on flavor.
Breakfast standards are well represented,
plus tempting vegetarian and gluten-free
dishes. With three locations (Mission
Beach, downtown, and North Park), you’re
bound to be near one when hunger strikes.
Portions are generous, so come hungry!
The Kebab Shop
Grab a wrap with moist lamb, seasoned
chicken, or crunchy balls of fresh-fried falafel
at one of six locations scattered throughout
San Diego, including the East Village, Little
Italy, Mission Valley, and Encinitas.
To avoid garlic breath, swap the garlic
sauce for creamy dill.
Carnitas’ Snack Shack
Before hitting the bars in North Park, come
here and fortify yourself with pig-centric
fare. There’s cozy patio seating in the back.
2632 University Avenue
While pork is the star ingredient, the
burger (topped with bacon jam!) is always
an excellent choice.
Order a pie to share, or grab a few slices at
this New York-style pizza shop that’s been a
local favorite since 1997.
111 Washington Street, Hillcrest
The Whitestone, a sauce-free pie with
fluffy mounds of herbed ricotta, is one of
their tastiest creations.
The Rubicon Deli
It’s all about the bread at this sandwich
shop—big, freshly baked loaves of it, available in flavors like jalapeño jack, Dutch
crunch and gluten-free rosemary focaccia.
For the full SoCal experience, the original
Mission Beach location has the edge, but
the Mission Hills spot is good in a pinch.
Keep an eye out for the Puesto
food truck, serving up a variety
of street tacos
Sandwiches come in two sizes, half
and whole. The whole is the best value,
but you’ll want to find someone to share
Go here for Mexican street food like tacos
crafted from fresh corn tortillas lined with
griddled cheese and filled with everything
from chicken and pineapple to zucchini
blossoms and cactus.
1026 Wall Street, La Jolla and 789 West
Harbor Drive, near Seaport Village
The frozen horchata is a must.
No visit to San Diego is complete without
a giant cheeseburger, topped with a signature “bacon patty.” The original location in
Ocean Beach has the best vibe, but downtown is usually less crowded.
5010 Newport Avenue and 945 Broadway
Ask for your onions to be grilled and
don’t remove the burger wrapper until
you absolutely have to.