COWBOY STAR Winner, Best Steakhouse (Critic’s Pick) This house of meat in downtown’s East Village neighborhood has an open kitchen where you can watch chefs in action. Plus, chef Victor Jimenez’s creative starters and sides, like asparagus soup and charred bone marrow, are more inventive than the usual steakhouse suspects. 640 10th Avenue, East Village
THREE THINGS YOU’VE
JUST GOT TO TRY WHILE
YOU’RE IN SD.
Winner, Best Food Truck
(Readers’ and Critic’s Pick)
San Diego’s first and foremost food
truck serves amped up, in-season
comfort food ranging from burgers
and frites to duck tacos and heirloom
tomato sandwiches. Various locations
in San Diego, track them on Twitter.
1Fish Tacos Battered fish filets deep-fried and wrapped in a tortilla with slaw are
an essential eat in San Diego.
BO-BEAU KITCHEN + BAR
Winner, Most Romantic (Critic’s Pick)
This candlelit French bistro in Ocean Beach is cozy and romantic, but portions are
ample and the food is far from fussy. Don’t miss the crispy Brussels sprouts, drizzled
with a balsamic port reduction and crowned with curls of Parmesan.
4996 West Point Loma Boulevard, Ocean Beach
Try them here:
South Beach Bar & Grille in Ocean
Beach, Mariscos German Taco Truck in
South Park, or, in a pinch, at Rubio’s, the
locally-born fast food chain that popularized the fish taco ( 20 locations).
2 Carne Asada Tender strips of grilled marinated steak spice up everything from
tacos to French fries, or try a California
burrito, stuffed with carne asada, cheese,
guacamole, and French fries. It’s more
filling than you can imagine, so go easy.
Try it here:
Lolita’s Taco Shop in Kearny Mesa,
Tacos El Gordo in Chula Vista, El Indio
in Mission Hills.
3 Açaí Bowl Frozen açaí puree is buzzed
up with apple juice or
soy, then topped with
granola, fresh fruit,
and a drizzle of agave.
Think of it as a fruit
salad/smoothie hybrid that’s like eating a
bowl of sunshine.
GEORGE’S AT THE COVE
Winner, Best Outdoor Dining (Readers’ Pick), Best Vegetarian (Critic’s Pick)
Chef Trey Foshee serves up contemporary California cuisine alongside views of
La Jolla Cove at George’s California Modern, and casual bistro fare on the rooftop
terrace. Serious about great food? Make a reservation for TBL3, a 14-course
progressive meal with wine pairings that’s like a gourmand marathon.
1250 Prospect Street, La Jolla
Try it here:
OB Smoothie Bar & Subs or Lazy
Hummingbird in Ocean Beach, Rum
Jungle in Mission Beach.