Au Revoir in Hillcrest does traditional French fare right,
while Carlsbad bistro Jeune et Jolie uses a lighter touch.
There’s always something new to try at Bleu Bohème, a
date-night favorite that changes its menu weekly, and
at The Smoking Goat, where offerings change with the
In the mood for Thai food? Taste northern Thailand street
food at Soi 30th. Aaharn brings some Thai spice to Little
Italy. Indonesian flavors and California fare come together
at Dija Mara in Oceanside. Dig into a big bowl of pho at
Vietnamese hot spot Shank & Bone, or try a modern spin
on traditional recipes at Mignon Pho + Seafood. Looking
for late-night eats? Saigon on Fifth serves until 2: 30 a.m.
Slurp your way through a bowl of ramen at Rakiraki
Ramen & Tsukemen, or if you’re feeling adventurous, try
a burger with a noodle bun. Dine on Japanese small plates
under cherry blossom tree decorations at Cloak & Petal or
take in a tasty hand roll at J/Wata Temaki Bar. Kensington
tea house Tanuki moonlights as a sake bar with tapas and
Try a Roman variation of pizza called “pinsa” at Maestoso
or an upscale traditional version at Buona Forchetta.
Monello in Little Italy is known for its pasta tossed
tableside in a Parmesan cheese wheel. At Parma in
Hillcrest, the focus is on Northern Italian fare.
Indulge in traditional dishes in the chic Kous Kous
Moroccan Bistro. Fast-casual favorite The Kabob Shop is
great for a grab-and-go meal. Try Azeri specialties and
housemade sangria at Café 21 in the Gaslamp Quarter or
inspired Greek cuisine at Meze Greek Fusion just a few
Flavors of East Africa has some of the best jerk chicken
around, while Muzita Abyssinian Bistro focuses on Er-itrean and Ethiopian home cooking with several vegetarian
Dumplings are all the rage. Try some of our favorites at
Dumpling Inn & Shanghai Saloon or one of the newest additions to the UTC mall, Din Tai Fung. The dumplings at
Steamy Piggy on Convoy Street are as delicious as their
animal-shaped dessert buns are adorable.
EAT YOUR WAY AROUND THE WORLD WITHOUT LEAVING SUNNY SAN DIEGO
Fabulous Filipino Food
San Diego is on a Filipino food kick. While
National City restaurants like Villa Manila,
Zarlitos and Tita’s Kitchenette, and Mira
Mesa’s Manila Sunset and R & B have been
serving up lumpia and pancit for years, new
Filipino eateries have been popping up
throughout the county. Sarap Filipino Kitchen
is bringing adobo and other authentic dishes to
the Miramar area, and Oi Asian Fusion offers
tapsilog and longanisa to Barrio Logan diners.
Popular chain Max’s opened an outpost in
Chula Vista, and Escondido fave CARiN de RiA
launched a second location in Encinitas. Several
San Diego hot spots are helping spread the
love, too, with Filipino-influenced dishes like
spring rolls with garlic-chili vinegar at Jsix, ube-
taro-coconut donuts at Nomad Donuts and
ube panna cotta at Bivouac Ciderworks.