What a glorious welcome back to Phoenix with 118 degree weather. After enjoying a week in San Diego, where the beach called to us everyday and I got to check out all kinds of delicious food, I wanted to share a few of my favorite spots. I know many of us hit up San Diego on the regular and they are full of great food options. So I’m curious as to what your favorites might? I couldn’t get to everything because it’s hard getting around with two little ones but I was quite happy with what we did try. We stayed on Mission Bay, so you’ll also notice that most of the spots are around there or on Hillcrest.
Every morning we woke up and walked to Better Buzz Coffee for a best drink ever (Classic Americano with our signature creamy vanilla) and sometimes a pastry or breakfast sandwich (B.A.B.B Bacon, Almond Butter and Banana and maple syrup). This has always been a ritual for us when we travel to San Diego. They have locations all over town, so no matter where you are, there they will probably be 🙂
I had to check out Liberty Public Market. A space filled with all types of restaurants and pumping with people. It wasn’t hard for me to figure out what I wanted to try as the wicked Maine lobster was all that I could think about. A crisp bun filled with huge chunks of Maine lobster chilled with a bit of mayo and a side of fries. And we finished that meal off at Crafted baked goods with an ice cream sandwich made from a chocolate chip cookie, captain crunch square and some birthday cake ice cream in the middle. Damn! That was good stuff. You should go there for that ice cream sandwich, if nothing else.
On our way up to Legoland we needed to have something hearty for our day there and Fat Sal’s came to the rescue. You don’t know Fat Sal’s? You need to know Fat Sal’s, not for the faint hearted and not for those trying to watch their figure either. But good. Let’s talk about the Fat Jerry, full of cheesesteak | chicken fingers | mozzarella sticks | crisp bacon | fried eggs | fries | mayo | ketchup | salt & pepper| on a hero.
My husband is pizza obsessed, so I found this great spot in Little Italy called Napizza. They are super friendly and you can order a bunch of different slices to try, as well as amazing salads, etc. We went for four different slices, BAPO with potato, bacon, mozzerlla and rosemary, pollo e pesto with mozz, chicken, cherry tomatoes, pesto and goat cheese, amatriciana with mozz, slow cooked crispy bacon in their amatriciana sauce, parm and parsley and spice me up with signature tomato sauce, mozz, sausage, roasted red peppers and jalapenos.
Who doesn’t love sushi burritos? Rolled up on Hillcrest gave us our fill and introduced us to this delicious concept. I had the half and half so I could try out two rolls, the TBD with KOREAN SHORT RIBS, KIMCHI SALSA, JULIENNE CARROTS, CILANTRO, LETTUCE, CILANTRO CHILI BITCHIN SAUCE, BLUE CORN CHIPS, SALSA ROJA, the Crunchy Little Guy with SHRIMP TEMPURA, CRAB, SEASONED CABBAGE, PERSIAN CUCUMBER, GINGER BITCHIN SAUCE, BLUE CORN CHIPS, SRIRACHA AIOLI, EEL SAUCE. And my husband got The Pokey with AHI, PERSIAN CUCUMBER, LETTUCE, MASAGO, TEMPURA CRUNCH, GINGER BITCHIN SAUCE, WASABI SOY MAYO. Yes please, may I have another!
We had tacos at a few places but these were our favorite and we went back to Oscar’s Mexican Seafood twice for their spicy grilled shrimp tacos. Their location in La Jolla is a little hole in the wall, filled with inviting smells and the perfect eats. Check them out!
So baked bear opened up the day we left for San Diego, so how could I not walk up to the location at Pacific Beach and try it out for myself. Pictured above is the butter pecan ice cream sandwiched between a chocolate chip cookie and brownie, drizzled with caramel and coated with oreo cookies.
How could I resist the best Poke in Hawaii at their spot in San Diego. Poke Go is located on Hillcrest but I hear they are expanding to La Jolla too. We got the ahi bowl with the spicy mayo, white rice and macaroni salad. Clean fish, fresh flavors, take me back now!
No really, take me back now!