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Eat Around the World
Enjoy cuisine from across the globe at these tasty eateries.
Specializing in inventive plays on Milanese street food, this Italian spot is a
local favorite. The crowd-pleasing menu is filled with Italian specialties
incorporating imported cheeses, artisanal charcuterie and a 27-ingredient,
house-made sweet vermouth.
1655 India St., Little Italy
Tip: Head in between 4 and 7 p.m. for “Milanese Aperitivo,” when each drink comes
with a trio of complimentary small bites from the chef.
INDIAN: ASHOKA THE GREAT
Regulars at this Miramar mainstay make the drive out for award-winning
curries, specialty dishes cooked in a tandoor (a cylindrical clay oven) and
innovative desserts like homemade cheese medallions in honey rose water. An affordable
lunch and dinner buffet offers variety
for diners who don’t care to be
limited by menu selections.
9474 Black Mountain Road,
Suite G, Miramar
Tip: All dishes can be ordered
mild, medium or hot. Err on
the side of caution.
This cash-only, cafeteria-style
restaurant serves up big portions of Filipino comfort food.
The pork sisig is hugely popular.
2720 E. Plaza Blvd., National City
Tip: Try the ube (sweet purple yam) ice
cream for dessert.
THAI: SAB E LEE
Now in a larger, comfier space,
this beloved destination for
authentic Issan-style Thai food is
worth the drive from anywhere
in the county. Must-order dishes
include thick and fragrant pan-ang curry, chili-spiked drunken
noodles and tangy papaya salad.
6925 Linda Vista Road,
Suite B, Linda Vista
Tip: The spicy scale ranges from
1 to 10; level 3 is the sweet spot.
Multiple vegetarian and vegan
specialties pair nicely with a
traditional honey wine called tej,
favored in Eritrea and Ethiopia.
4651 Park Blvd.,
Tip: Make sure to wash up before
dining, as you’ll be eating with