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a seat at the
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Home-style Filipino dishes have
been served at this popular chain
since 1985. Start with lumpia
(Filipino spring rolls) then dig into
pancit malabon (rice noodles with
shrimp, eggs and vegetables) and a
plate of barbecue pork.
9837 Mira Mesa Blvd., Mira Mesa and
925 E. Plaza Blvd., National City
Red Ribbon Bakeshop
Discover traditional Filipino desserts
like the ube mamon (chiffon cake),
coconut macaroons and halo-halo (an
intriguing combination of sweetened
beans and fruit topped with flan,
mango, shaved ice and milk).
8955 Mira Mesa Blvd., Mira Mesa and
1420 E. Plaza Blvd., National City
Expect big portions of Filipino
comfort food at this cash-only,
cafeteria-style restaurant. The pork
sisig is hugely popular. Go before
the lunch rush so you don’t miss
out. For dessert, try a scoop of ube
(sweet purple yam) ice cream.
2720 E. Plaza Blvd., National City
4428 Convoy St., Kearny Mesa and
740 Nordahl Road, San Marcos
Tip: There’s a two-hour time limit on each
table, so the earlier you start cooking, the
more you eat.
LEBANESE: MAMA’S BAKERY
Don’t be fooled by the misleading name.
This walkup Lebanese restaurant is a
tightly guarded secret by discerning San
Diegans. Menu highlights include sha-warma, falafel, lebna and house-made
flatbread baked in a traditional saj oven.
4237 Alabama St., University Heights
Tip: If the outdoor seating area is full, take
your order to go and picnic in Balboa Park.
Multiple vegetarian and vegan specialties
pair nicely with a traditional honey wine
called tej, favored in Eritrea and Ethiopia.
4651 Park Blvd., University Heights
Tip: Make sure to wash up before dining, as
you’ll be eating with your hands.
This trendy eatery has a vast menu, from sushi rolls and rice
bowls to Japanese curry and a mind-boggling variety of ramen
with chicken, pork and miso broth made with more than 20
herbs and spices imported from Japan.
4646 Convoy St., Kearny Mesa
Tip: Try the tsukemen, aka “dipping noodles,” a plate of extra thick
noodles served with a bowl of rich soup on the side for dipping.
SOUTH AFRICAN: CAPE TOWN PUB
Gourmet savory pies, peri-peri prawn skewers and belly-warming
meat and vegetable curries round out the
menu at this casual restaurant and
sports bar focusing on South African cuisine, a medley of Dutch,
French, Portuguese, English,
Indian and German flavors.
7580 Miramar Road, Miramar
Tip: Save room for a koeksister,
a crisp, deep-fried pastry dipped
in cold syrup.
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