6. Thursday is the best day to order a sandwich
Hand-rolled sesame seed bagels are flown in from St-Viateur (a legendary Montreal bakery) twice a week. Your best bet to score a fresh one is to time your visit for a Thursday. If you’ve never tasted a Montreal-style bagel, you’ll soon understand why Hugo goes through all the trouble to get the slightly sweet, dense, and chewy bagels all the way to San Diego. The Norwegian smoked salmon with cream cheese, capers, red onion, and tomato is a wise choice -- or, try the roasted turkey with bacon, Monterey jack, lettuce, and spicy chipotle mayo.
7. The brews are local
You can’t score Canadian beer, but the shop stocks a selection of craft brews from Ballast Point and several domestics (in bottles). Hugo says he decided to highlight local suds because, well, it's San Diego. Why wouldn't you?