For the best
view of the
a seat at the
ramen bar and
at work in the
Enjoy fragrant bowls of pho
spiked with chili oil at this
authentic gem with a cult
following among in-the-know locals.
4717 El Cajon Blvd.
Bun Bo Hue—mildly spiced
beef broth with rice noodles,
beef shank, pork leg, tendon
and cubed pork blood—is
the star attraction at this
cozy spot that has been
satisfying diners since 1993.
4660 El Cajon Blvd., Suite 102
Head here for banh mi
sandwiches, ham and cheese-
stuffed croissants and colorful
sticky rice desserts.
4616 El Cajon Blvd., Suite 15
Minh Ky Chinese Restaurant
Some of San Diego’s most
legit Chinese (and Chinese-American) fare is served here.
Open with the wonton noodle
soup, then feast family-style
on roast duck, barbecue pork
lo mein and walnut shrimp.
4644 El Cajon Blvd., Suite 101
drink: Sea Salt Coffee (iced Americano
topped with sea salt whipped cream).
5575 Balboa Ave., Clairemont
Tip: The bakery is open until midnight on
Saturdays, which makes it a great spot for a
OB NOODLE HOUSE
Slurp a big bowl of pho at this buzzing bar/
restaurant in Ocean Beach. The 46-tap beer
list features brews from around the world,
along with a smattering of local suds.
2218 Cable St. and 4993 Niagara Ave.,
Tip: Tip: The newer location on Cable Street is
typically quieter and less crowded.
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
shawarma, 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.
JAPANESE: RAKIRAKI RAMEN & TSUKEMEN
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, a.k.a. “dipping noodles,” a plate of extra thick
noodles served with a bowl of rich soup on the side for dipping.
RUSSIAN: KAFE SOBAKA RESTORAN POMEGRANATE
Familiar favorites like borscht and beef stroganoff can be found
here, but venturing into unexplored culinary territory with
exciting dishes like khachapuri (cheese pie topped with a sunny-side-up egg), shashlik (fire-roasted kebabs basted with pomegranate molasses) or chanakhi (lamb stew) is more rewarding.
2469 Broadway, Golden Hill
Tip: Servers here are experts in helping first-time diners navigate the
This six-block stretch of El Cajon Boulevard—from Highland to Euclid avenues—
menu, so don’t be afraid to ask for suggestions.
is chock-full of Vietnamese and other Asian restaurants with delectable dishes to discover.
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