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 panang curry,
chili-spiked drunken noodles, and
larb salads with citrus and mint.
6925 Linda Vista Road, Suite B,
Owner Su-Mei Yu has received
national press for her creative
recipes and healthy approach
to Thai cooking. Be sure to try
the Thai-style rotisserie chicken
with jasmine rice and refreshing
Cambodian salad, tom yum
soups, stir fry dishes and curries.
3731 India St., Mission Hills
Supannee House of Thai
The food here is big on
presentation as well as flavor:
Seafood curry comes in a coconut,
tropical fried rice fills in a
hollowed pineapple and fried fish
is brought to the table whole. Start
the meal with the Instagrammable
shrimp wrapped in fried wontons.
2907 Shelter Island Drive, Point Loma
FILIPINO: OCEAN PACIFIC GRILL
This sleek eatery delivers a modern spin
on Filipino cuisine. The chef, a veteran of
Roy’s, puts pork sisig in tacos and flavors
baby back ribs with adobo sauce. There’s
also more traditional dishes like green
papaya salad, lumpia and seabass with
531 F St., Gaslamp Quarter
Tip: Try the tocino (sweet, cured slabs of pork
belly) on toast with burrata, roasted tomatoes
and balsamic reduction.
Two-time Michelin Bib Award–winning
chef Michael “Bao” Huynh presides over
this modern Vietnamese restaurant in the
Gaslamp Quarter, with an exciting menu
stocked with items like fish sauce chicken
wings, sizzling cuttlefish and banana spring
roll sundaes for dessert.
467 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter
Tip: Food Shop, the restaurant’s grab-and-go
kitchen, serves a tasty selection of pho, banh mi
sandwiches and wok dishes at affordable prices.
MUZITA ABYSSINIAN BISTRO
Multiple vegetarian and vegan specialties
pair nicely with a traditional honey wine
called tej, favored in East Africa.
4651 Park Blvd., University Heights
Tip: Make sure to wash up before dining, as
you’ll be eating with your hands.
BRAZILIAN: REI DO GADO
This churasscaria offers an all-you-can-eat
carnivore’s dream. Choose from 20 different cuts of mesquite-grilled beef, lamb and
chicken presented on a swordlike skewer
and cut at the table. Make a trip to the salad
bar for hot and cold sides and wash it all
down with a caipirinha.
939 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter
Tip: Use the indicator on your table to signal to
the server: Flip it to green when you want more
meat, and to red when you’re full.
Rei Do Gado
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