This Hawaiian staple is popping up all
over San Diego, in eateries dedicated
specifically to the raw fish, or in
creative dishes at top restaurants.
Head to this little Garden of Eden
for Hawaiian eats on a sunny patio
with picnic tables. We recommend
the house ahi poke, or go Californian
and add chunks of avocado.
1114 N. Coast Highway 101,
Diners move through stations,
selecting the base (white or brown
rice, or kale salad), vegetables,
fresh fish, house-made toppings
and sauces. Or, try their innovative
4646 Convoy St., Clairemont Mesa
This iconic 1954 tiki restaurant
is another outpost for poke. Savor
their top-selling pupu—poke with
avocado cream cheese, seaweed,
masago (roe) and wontons.
2230 Shelter Island Drive,
Good Time Poke
Keep an eye out for this new eatery
in Pacific Beach that will front a
tiki-themed speakeasy, The Grass
Skirt, opening fall 2016.
910 Grand Ave., Pacific Beach
This build-your-own poke concept
offers seven types of fish with one
special catch of the day and a variety
of bases, sides, sauces and toppings.
2958 Madison St., Carlsbad
THAI: LOTUS THAI CUISINE
Find spicy panang curry with roasted duck,
crab fried rice, boat noodles and larb at
this chic restaurant decorated with Buddha
statues and bamboo fixtures.
3761 Sixth Ave., Hillcrest;
906 Market St., East Village
Tip: Don’t miss the Thai iced tea ice cream
This neighborhood favorite has an extensive
menu of traditional dishes, from Aegean
octopus salad to dolmathes—rice and meat
wrapped in grape leaves. Order the kasseri
cheese appetizer that’s flambéed tableside.
345 Sixth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter
Tip: Try the flight of three wines from Greece; you
can mix or match red and white.
KOREAN BBQ HOUSE
Indulge in kalbi (beef ribs) and spicy pork
belly to your heart’s desire at this all-you-can-eat spot where you grill the meat right
at your table. Wash it all down with soju (a
vodka-like liquor) and end the meal with a
macaron ice cream sandwich.
7655 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Kearny Mesa
Tip: The meal comes with banchan, or small
dishes of pickled vegetables, like kimchi.
PERUVIAN: CASA DEL Q’ERO
This South American bistro is always busy.
Locals come for the quinoa-crusted scallops,
ceviches and handmade empanadas. Try the
antojitos, fried plantain and yucca chips served
with a garlicky dipping sauce. Dinner only.
815 Birmingham Drive, Cardiff-by-the-Sea
Tip: Visit their sister restaurant in Encinitas,
Q’ero, for lunch.
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