25 for 25: Local Restaurants We Love

In conjunction with Studio E Architects’ 25th anniversary, we’ve used this space over the last few months to try and highlight a handful of local landmarks, gathering spots, and neighborhoods that are also celebrating significant milestones this year.  In the same spirit of spreading local love, we’re kicking off a new series this week called “25 for 25” – carefully-curated lists of twenty-five, to share the things about San Diego that have made it a great place for us to work and call home over the last 25 years.  So, without further ado, we present (in no particular order) “25 for 25: Local Restaurants We Love”!

1. South Beach Bar and Grill, Ocean Beach – “Sorry Rubio’s I know you “invented” the fish taco, but these guys perfected it – mouthwatering!”     – John

2. Farmhouse Café, University Heights –  “Authentic, delicious, charming and sustainably & locally-sourced.  Great wine list too.”     – Eric

3. Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill, Midtown – raves Jorge:

4. Loving Hut, North Park – “Tasty vegan food served with love by the Supreme Master.”     – Maxine

5. Il Fornaio, Coronado – “Delicious food, with a stunning view of the downtown skyline.”     – Gavin

6. Mignon Pho, Kearny Mesa – “All the Vietnamese basics – Pho, Bun, etc… with awesome small plates and a good wine and beer selection.  The California Banh Mi and lemongrass fries with a cold IPA are my faves.”      – Josh

7. The Prado, Balboa Park – says Kacie:

8.  Do Re Mi House, Kearny Mesa – “A small friendly Korean restaurant with yummy, complimentary side dishes.”      – Camille

9. Pappalecco, Little Italy – Kevin sings his praises:

10. Blind Lady Ale House, Normal Heights – “A relaxed pizza joint with great atmosphere, specialty beers on tap, a very kid-friendly vibe with shared picnic table seating.”     – Tilly

11. The Neighborhood, East Village – John places his order:

12. Lucha Libre, Midtown – “Awesome surf & turf burrito!”      – Jorge

13. Super Cocina El Camino, Little Italy – “This place is fun from the moment you walk through the door.  The salsa and vegetarian options are delicious.”     – Tilly

14. Wine Vault, Midtown—Eric opines:

15. K n’B Wine Cellars, Del Cerro – “Who knew good food and a great beer selection existed in the family-friendly suburbs?”     – Maxine

16. Pizza Port, Carlsbad – Gavin breaks it down:

17. Mama Testa, Hillcrest – “Put some Mexican in you!”     -Kacie

18.  Island Spice Jamaican Restaurant, Grant Hill – “Awesome jerk chicken, red beans & rice, and fried plantains to round out the meal.  Goat and Ox tail for more adventurous palettes.”    – Josh

19. Jyoti-Bihanga, Normal Heights – remarks Tilly:

20. TJ Oyster Bar, Bonita – “If it’s ceviche you crave, you won’t find better.”      – John

21. Point Loma Seafoods, Pt. Loma – “A San Diego institution and FRESH.  Unpretentious and wonderful.”     – Eric

22.  The Station Tavern, South Park – Maxine weighs in:

23. Las Cuatro Milpas, Barrio Logan – “Absolutely authentic and understated source of real Mexican food.  Always a line but worth the wait.”     – Eric

24. Pete’s Meats, Little Italy – “Philly cheesesteaks – Need I say anymore?”     – Kevin

25. Bonnie Jean’s, Webster –  If I may be so bold:


What do you think – any spots we missed?  Add your favorites to the comments below or join in the conversation on our Facebook page, and stay tuned to this space for more of our San Diego faves!

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5 Responses to 25 for 25: Local Restaurants We Love

  1. Ken Calvert says:

    What a great idea! – It’s my personal goal to try all of these. – Ken

  2. Dan Glading says:

    Two words: Rocky’s

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  4. Leslee says:

    I just learned a thing or 2 – thanks! And some of my favorites made it, too (Farmhouse!! Station! El Camino II!). Didn’t see any sushi, so I’ll throw in my personal San Diego best, Mister Sushi in Pacific Beach. Not fancy or pretentious – just out-of-this world deliciousness,

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