Here's Our Travel Guide to This Nation of Over 7,000 Islands
1. Osteria Panevino722 5th Ave, San Diego
2. Magnolia Tap and Kitchen624 E St, San Diego
3. Kitchen 41404140 Morena Blvd, San Diego
4. Hanna’s Gourmet2864 Adams Ave, San Diego
5. Blue Smoke Sushi Lounge7007 Friars Rd, San Diego
6. Sundara1774 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego
7. Talavera Azul365 3rd Ave, Chula Vista
8. Venga Venga2015 Birch Rd, San Diego
Osteria Panevino is a friendly, approachable Italian spot with a slew of tempting items, including house-made spinach ravioli in creamy pesto sauce, and braised veal osso bucco over saffron risotto.
Southern food with a California twist in Downtown San Diego.
Headed by Chef Kurt Metzger, this eatery offers 'ingredient-inspired' food across various menus, including comprehensive wine and beer lists to complement the versatile cuisine.
This multi-national kitchen in University Heights features dishes from France, Morocco, India, and beyond. Hanna's started as a catering company, but due to high demand a brick and mortar space was created to serve dinner and brunch five days a week. The menu is constantly changing to highlight different regions, and family-style dinners are offered periodically for a fixed price.
High-quality rolls, robata items, bento boxes, and all manner of teriyaki-glazed meats round out the robust menu at this reasonably priced sushi spot in Fashion Valley Mall. Don’t leave without ordering something with pork, like the grilled pork belly skewer or the Wave Hog: a Japanese-Californian fusion roll with pork belly, pickled red onion, garlic chips, pomegranate foam, and a crisp chicharron "surfboard."
Ocean Beach might not be the first destination that springs to mind for belly warming Indian fare, but that’s exactly what you’ll find at Sundara, along with a decent selection of craft brews and a shortlist of cocktails, like rum mango lassis. The friendly vibe in the snug interior or covered back patio is much more appealing than the over-dressed spaces slinging tepid fare in the Gaslamp Quarter or even the casual, hole-in-the-wall spots in Miramar. Two tips: "medium" is all the spice you’ll need, and at least one order of garlic naan is an absolute must.
Hearty, affordable breakfast and lunch dishes are the main order of business at this cozy Mexican restaurant in Downtown Chula Vista. Sopes piled with chorizo, or righteous chilaquiles bathed in green, red, mole, or chipotle cream sauce are a must. If you love your coffee super-sweet, a bottomless cup of café de la olla with cinnamon will get your motor running.
Pair Mexican comfort food with 100 tequilas & mezcals behind the bar (all of which are also comforting), add in guac prepared tableside and a large patio outfitted with firepits, and you've got Venga Venga. They host a bottomless brunch on the weekends with unlimited breakfast tacos and shareable small plates, plus unlimited access to the brunch bar stocked with micheladas, Bloody Marias, margaritas, and mimosas.