within. Take the “Belly of the Beast” as an
example. It’s loaded with oxtail dumplings,
short rib, smoked brisket, and pork belly,
plus the traditional soft-boiled egg.
750 West Fir Street, Little Italy; 30th & Upas
Streets in North Park (opening January 2014)
Order, pay at the counter, take your
number and find a seat (in that order).
Filipino: Manila Sunset
Nostalgic, home-style Filipino dishes
have been served here since 1985.
Some items may be difficult to pronounce, but familiar ingredients like
noodles and grilled meats make them
easy to love.
25 East Plaza Boulevard, National City;
9837 Mira Mesa Boulevard, Mira Mesa
Try the Bibingka Galapong, a rice
cake topped with white cheese and co-
Indian: Punjabi Tandoor
It’s worth the drive for authentic Indian
eats at this casual family-owned spot.
Most people take their food to go, but
there are a few tables that are comfortable.
9235 Activity Road, Miramar
For the best variety, order the
“everything” plate. It’s more than enough
Korean: Manna Korean BBQ
This all-you-can-eat restaurant is a
carnivore’s dream come true. You get two
options: seafood or short ribs and ribeye,
along with unlimited side dishes.
4428 Convoy Street, Kearny Mesa
There’s a two-hour limit per table, so
get cooking right away.
Chinese: Dumpling Inn
Chinese-American classics like noodles
and stir-fry dishes are served alongside
dumplings filled with warm broth that
burst like pleasure grenades.
4619 Convoy Street, Kearny Mesa
Lines are common. Add your name to
the list by the door to secure your spot.
Saganaki—pan-seared Greek Kassari cheese
splashed with brandy and set on fire.
551 J Street, Gaslamp Quarter
Go for happy hour before 6:00 p.m.
to score $5 house wines, $4 beers and
This trendy spot is famous for holding
nothing back when it comes to the broth
(it’s intense!) and the amount of additions
Some of the best Thai food in
San Diego can be found at
Sab-E-Lee in Linda Vista
Sure, it’s a hole-in-the-wall, but Sab-E-Lee
has some of the best
Thai food in San
Diego, hands down.
The green papaya
salad, spicy raw
beef, duck soup, and
panang curry are
Ulric Street, Linda
Vista; 9159 Mission
Gorge Road, Santee
Be cautious with the
spiciness scale. Level 3 is a
good starting point.