Food & Drink

Fill up on San Diego's best mac 'n cheese

Published On 02/12/2014 Published On 02/12/2014
Bertrand at Mister A's
Cali Comfort BBQ
Leucadia Pizzeria
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Sublime Ale House
Spike Africa's
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1. Cali Comfort BBQ 8910 Troy St, Spring Valley, CA 91977

Check out Cali Comfort BBQ's Low-and-Slow Cali BBQ Menu for some quality plates (and even Grandpa's Soups!) -- they've got 20 beers on tap to back it all up. There are plenty of great places to get BBQ in San Diego, but Cali Comfort has to be one of the best.

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2. Bertrand at Mister A's 2550 5th Ave. , San Diego, CA 92103

Located on the 12th floor, over looking downtown and the ocean, there's a wrap-around balcony where you can enjoy the view along with your chicken liver pate and escargots de Bourgogne. SD being the land of flippy-floppies, you can get away with wearing pretty much anything anywhere you go, however this place has a dress code. Because it's classy like that.

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3. Urban Solace 3823 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

You can always rely on filling, farm-fresh food at this North Park eatery. Instead of brunch, Urban Solace serves "blunch" (on weekdays and Saturdays) where egg-centric breakfast dishes, hot & cold sandwiches, and soups & salads will leave anyone with functioning tastebuds happy. The Sunday Bluegrass Brunch draws crowds for standouts like the cinnamon roll with butter pecan sauce, braised pork belly Benedicts, and the grilled four-cheese sandwich served with fries and creamy tomato-fennel soup.

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4. Toronado 4026 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

This San Diego offshoot of the famed San Francisco beer bar boasts over 50 taps, rivaled only by its extensive, delectable food offerings. Pair Russian River’s Pliny the Elder or a Belgian Blaugies D’Arbyste with snacks like jalapeno corn cakes, maple-glazed beet skewers, and sausage sandwiches (there’s an entire menu section devoted to frank varieties like smoked beer and jalapeno Cheddar). Toronado has dive bar deco down to a tee, with sticker- and button-plastered walls illuminated by neon lights and ventilated by antiquated ceiling fans.

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5. Sublime Tavern 3790 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92104

Sublime Tavern, in the Sublime family of restaurants, is a comfort food haven overlooking Del Mar Polo Fields.

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6. Sublime Ale House 1020 W San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos, CA 92069

Proving they're more than just a band from the '90s that got teenage chicks to say they like ska, Sublime Ale House is now gracing San Marcos' Restaurant Row with their heady presence, ready to dish out an extensive menu of "gourmet comfort fare" from a wide-open rustic joint with a covered patio and a square, centrally located bar surrounding a pillar sprouting four massive flatscreens, and 48 taps, or as it's known in Morse code "somebody being a d**k"