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San Diego has it all. Mild weather, water wherever you go and wonderfully distinct neighborhoods with unique personalities. The food scene is really varied as well and every time I go there I find more and more reasons to love it!
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1459 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
Michoz's is a small place found on University Ave in the Hillcrest neighborhood in San Diego. My husband and I love to support local owned businesses and Michoz's is near my office, so we come here sometimes for lunch or dinner. The food is fresh...
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Sunset Cliffs, San Diego, CA 92107, USA
Hearing the waves while trying to find the ocean through the cut mountains and shady overgrowth of the trail and finally...find a view of crystal waters and colorful cliffs in Point Loma, San Diego. Suddenly I feel like I'm in some other country,...
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4996 W Point Loma Blvd, San Diego, CA 92107, USA
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Bo-beau's is a unique little restaurant because it's been created to look like a French cottage. The ambiance alone is worth a visit! The food is really good- they cooked my salmon just right and the creamed spinach was very light. The brined pork...
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2750 Dewey Rd #105, San Diego, CA 92106, USA
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You might find yourself buying one of everything, or at least wanting to when you visit Con Pane Rustic Breads & Cafe in the San Diego area. The breads and pastries are exceptional and the coffee drinks make this a perfect spot to have a cuppa!
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South Casa Beach, San Diego, CA 92037, USA
On our 2 week trip across California, we stopped off at "The Casa Beach" to check out the renowned La Jolla seal colony. It's very interesting to encounter a wild seal colony after having just driven through one of La Jolla's high end shopping...
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4615 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116, USA
If you're looking for a chill place to enjoy a glass of wine and a gourmet pizza, the Park Blvd Wine & Pizza bar is the perfect stop! My husband and I enjoy coming here after a long hike. Pictured here is a glass of pinot with an organic apple,...
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100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
I got free tickets to go to the Padres vs. Arizona Diamondbacks game and although the home team (Padres), lost it was super exciting and you can really feel the San Diego pride all through the benches. :) I took my grandma an she was dancing...
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Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
The Gaslamp Quarter, located in the heart of downtown San Diego, has come a long way since its start in 1867. It is home to some of the finest restaurants in San Diego, and is an ideal place to spend an entertaining weekend. Go shopping at The...
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2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
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If you're short on time, don't think you are going to be able to see everything. I've been here many times, for hours each time, and it wasn't until the seventh visit that I finally saw all of the exhibits. I recommend picking some points of...
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207 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
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Nobu is world renowned for his restaurants located all over the world, many in some of the ritziest locales, so no one was more surprised than me to learn that there is one in San Diego. Located in the Hard Rock Hotel, it is a beautiful spot at...
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611 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
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A very cool, Top Chef-owned dining experience in San Diego's Gaslamp District, Searsucker is a great spot, whether you are stopping by for a drink and small bites or decide to try out the entrées—you will not be disappointed. Besides sensational...
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Balboa Park, San Diego, CA, USA
Balboa park is a landscape of arts and culture in San Diego, including museums, such as The Natural History Museum, and the Museum of Photographic Arts. The photo above is of the large koi pond outside the botanical garden house. It makes for a...
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150 W Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
The Sofia, opened in 1927, is one of San Diego's oldest hotels. The owners have made renovations for electrical and plumbing while leaving the original integrity of the building intact. The rooms are smaller than a modern hotel, but remember, this...
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San Diego, CA, USA
I could just stare for hours into the deep blue waters of the Pacific! Book a sailing trip over the bay and watch the seals sun bathe. Everything here moves at its own pace. Don't miss the sunset from a restaurant terrace and then find a rooftop...
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San Diego, CA, USA
I've lived many places in the states and some parts around the world and never seen so many beautiful sunsets as we have here in San Diego. You can go to any beach, hang out on a front porch, sit at a restaurant, go to a park, anywhere you can see...
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Coronado, CA, USA
Needing a break from the endless grey of Seattle during the last year we lived there, my wife and I flew down to San Diego for a few days. Just walking out of the airport and encountering the palm-lined parking lot was enough to make us giddy:...
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350 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
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Bread & Cie is located in the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego, CA. Not only is Hillcrest one of the most vibrant and historical neighborhoods in San Diego, but you can find many great places to eat. Bread & Cie makes their bread fresh every...
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Okay, I haven't had chocolate from all over the world yet, but this is the absolutely best chocolate I've ever tasted. Chuao is owned by two Venezuelan brothers and they only use Venezuelan cacao beans. Anyone who loves chocolate knows that the...
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3896 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
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This is a funky little gem located in the heart of the Hillcrest neighborhood in San Diego. The cow skin covered seats, chandelier from the ceiling and warm ambiance creates an interesting but comfortable atmosphere. I really enjoyed the...
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1250 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
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George's is famous for two things. A stunning view and some of the best fish tacos around. There are multiple parts to George's: a rooftop dining experience, a fun bar with equally good views as well as an exceptional fine dining experience...
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416 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
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The Fig Tree Cafe, located in the eclectic, historic community of Hillcrest in San Diego, is one of my favorite places to start a relaxing weekend. They have a great menu of homemade items, and you definitely have to try the house-made rosemary...
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4344 Convoy St Q, San Diego, CA 92111, USA
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You can find sushi at Ichiro's, but this is not a sushi restaurant. They carry many traditional Japanese dishes. One of my favorites is the Tenzaru Soba (cold buckwheat noodles) pictured above. Really good after a hike on a hot day. For dessert,...
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3860 Convoy St #112, San Diego, CA 92111, USA
I don't come here often because this is a very dangerous place for my waistline. The desserts are made in the French style—light, fluffy, not too sweet, and seemingly zero calories. Sage Cake is found in the Kearny Mesa neighborhood of San Diego...
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San Diego, CA 92129, USA
Covering more than 2,300 acres, Black Mountain Open Space Park features some 20 miles of trails just 45 minutes from downtown. Take the 2.5-mile hike up to the peak for spectacular views of downtown San Diego, Point Loma, Torrey Pines, and even...
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2801 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104, USA
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My husband and I enjoy good food, and The Mission for breakfast is a favorite. There are three locations and this one in the photo is on University Ave. We haven't been here for lunch yet. I've tried just about everything on the menu. There's...
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3928 Twiggs St, San Diego, CA 92110, USA
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Berta's is a hidden gem with delicious South American food located in Old Town. There's a large chain restaurant next door and it always astounds me that tourists (and even locals) will saunter past Berta's fresh cooked food into a place that...
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San Diego, CA 92101, USA
The San Diego trolley is a great way to get around to the good places in San Diego. You can go to the shopping malls in Mission Valley, Little Italy, Gaslamp, Seaport Village, Old Town, Convention Center, downtown, the Embarcadero, and the U.S....
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754 W Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
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Venissimo is the only place we purchase cheese in San Diego. We love usually pack a picnic for our hikes and the cheeses are are a necessity for our basket. They have a wide variety of goat, cow, sheep and vegetarian cheese that are hard, soft,...
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726 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
One of the most popular places for locals and tourists alike is the San Diego harbor. You can take a harbor cruise during the day, have a breakfast or lunch cruise, rent a sailboat, go whale watching, or even just take the ferry from downtown San...
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1250 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
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This is a great restaurant if you want to sit somewhere for a good meal and a fabulous 180-degree view of the La Jolla coastline. I love bringing visiting friends and family- after eating we can go shopping, walk down by the La Jolla cove or drive...
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San Diego, CA, USA
Just a short drive north from downtown San Diego, the 2,000-acre Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve offers an idea of what Southern California looked like before its coastlines were developed. Experience the area by taking a short walk from the...
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5200 Grand Del Mar Way, San Diego, CA 92130, USA
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Addison is part of The Grand Del Mar resort and is the only 5 diamond rated restaurant in the city of San Diego. The restaurant is located inside a gorgeous and opulent European styled mansion with a Mediterranean flair. There are several dining...
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Little Italy, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Little Italy is a great neighborhood with restaurants, gourmet grocers and boutiques- well worth a check out on any day of the week. But if you're in San Diego on a Saturday morning from 8am to 2pm, you have to walk over to the Little Italy...
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4224, 3702 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
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Deli Lama is located in the eclectic neighborhood of Hillcrest in San Diego. I'm not really a sandwich person, but the 'Big Top' panini keeps me coming back! I would like to tell you about the other items on the menu- if I could just get past...
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1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014, USA
On top of the Del Mar cliffs sits L'Auberge Del Mar, a boutique hotel that, with its gorgeous pool, bars and amazing restaurant puts you in the lap of luxury. The sunset from your hotel room terrace is the perfect setting for a pre-dinner drink...
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1235 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
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Brockton Villa doesn't open until 8am, but it's worth the wait. This restaurant is in a cute little cottage next to the shoreline in La Jolla. You can hear the sea lions and watch swimmers as they head out to and from the distant Scripps Pier....
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La Jolla, San Diego, CA, USA
Many people don't realize this, but although La Jolla, California, is portrayed as a separate city, it is actually a community within the city of San Diego. A short 15-20 minute drive from downtown San Diego takes you to the dramatic coastline....
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845 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
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If you're a Persian food aficionado like me, you will absolutely love this place! I can't get enough of those chicken shish kebabs and hummus/pita combinations. Located in downtown San Diego's Gaslamp District, you can expect a very diverse crowd,...
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4980 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008, USA
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Part of West Inn and Suites, West Steak and Seafood is a truly farm-to-table restaurant that sources organic ingredients from its West Organic Farm. Moreover, almost everything that is served is made from scratch. One of the highlights of an...
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3555 Rosecrans St #109, San Diego, CA 92110, USA
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Naked Cafe is one of our regular breakfast stops. In the fall, they have a yummy pumpkin latte. The food is a fusion of Asian, Mexican and American. What I really enjoy is that the food is real, it hasn't been overcooked and processed. It's nice...
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5662 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
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They had me at duck confit tacos, the francophile in me couldn't resist! This great local eatery located in La Jolla's Bird Rock Community has something for everyone. There is a nice outdoor area to eat in, as well as a cute bar, and the staff is...
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8610 Kennel Way, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
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I love dining al fresco and I love a beach view, so you can imagine how excited I was when Caroline's Seaside Cafe opened about a mile from our house. There's just nothing quite as beautiful as sitting on the deck of this chic little bistro and...
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1255 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
Goldfish Point Café is one of La Jolla’s best kept secrets. The regulars – and there are many – include La Jolla Cove swimmers, who gather here for coffee and conversation after their morning workout. The young and the restless also roll in...
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1810 W Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
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Lucha Libre is an eclectic burrito/taco place run by three brothers from Mexico that pays homage to the glam of Mexican wrestling. This place is near my office so I come here often for lunch. You can get fat burritos, tacos and drinks for a great...
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1602 State St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
My husband and I come here a couple times a month for dessert. They make sandwiches and other things, but we come for the gelato. I've been to other places around town, but I think Pappalecco's has the best gelato in San Diego. They make their...
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802 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
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Cafe 21 has a delicious, fresh menu using all local and mostly organic produce from Southern California farms. Even better, they have a happy hour from 3:00-6:00 p.m. everyday that features 21 different tapas plates for $4 each. The salads are...
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1047 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
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Saltbox is a restaurant and bar located in the heart of the Gaslamp in San Diego. The upstairs restaurant is very warm—the walls are elegantly designed with various types and shapes of stones. The tables are sleek, and the dining area has a very...
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777 G St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
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Noble Experiment is one hip place to have a drink in the Gaslamp neighborhood of San Diego. This under-the-radar bar is located inside the Neighborhood restaurant and the well hidden door is in the back, near the bathrooms. They've taken a stack...
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Plaza de Panama, Balboa Park, 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
The Mingei is one of my favorite museums in Balboa Park. Featured here are exhibitions that show the skill and craftsmanship of folk artists from around the world. Their gift shop is amazing and filled with gorgeous items and books about the items...
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1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
If you're interested in the history of San Diego, this is a great place to stop when you're at Balboa Park. There are several galleries displaying regional art, the Kumeyaay culture (local Native people), history of the Spanish and the Japanese...
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1380 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
9 words to describe why this is the best tour in San Diego: you get to drive your own mini-speed boat! A tour guide is in the front boat while you and your partner are in your own boat behind him and get to listen to the tour through speakers. The...
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11480 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
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Breakfast at A.R. Valentien in La Jolla is a relaxing way to start the day. Located in the Lodge at Torrey Pines, the restaurant is just minutes away from Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, so you can head there after your meal to enjoy this...
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700 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
A day at the amazing beaches in La Jolla California can only be complete if you get a sunset like this.
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425 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
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Bice is an upscale dining experience where the chef uses mostly locally sourced food for his creations. Most of the cheese comes from small Italian farms and they carry an extensive Italian and Californian wine menu. There are several types of...
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Carlsbad, CA, USA
S. Ponto Beach is a big favorite with local residents. (The annual surf clinic for the blind and sight-impaired (with nearly 100 surfer-assistant volunteers from the Swami’s Surfing Association and San Diego Surf Academy) is held mid-Sept every...
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520 Front St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
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The pancakes and crepes, here, are delicious: My favorites on the menu are the mandarin orange crepes, and the veggie omelet, which is light, fluffy, and full of veggies! We enjoy coming here for breakfast because we are early risers; Richard...
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951 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660, USA
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This baby chioggia beet salad with tempura avocado, topped with a balsamic reduction and served over a thin layer of horseradish crema was amazing! Cucina Urbana is one of many farm to table restaurants in San Diego that use local and organic...
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2601 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
The Market Place deli is just one block from Balboa Park on 5th Ave. This deli has been here for 25 years and the owners changed hands about 15 years ago. There's a familial feel to the place and everyone working there knows the customers giving...
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2202 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
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Banker's Hill Bar and Grill in the Banker's Hill neighborhood of San Diego has a fantastic happy hour. For $5 each, you can get a roasted beet salad, basket of truffle fries, burger sliders, or deviled eggs. Being a Southern girl, where deviled...
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1205 Auto Park Way, Escondido, CA 92029, USA
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Vintana Wine and Dine is a unique restaurant that was built on top of a Lexus car dealership. This grand interior has really high ceilings and floor to ceiling windows that overlook the water feature at the dealership as well as the mountains in...
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897 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024, USA
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Blue Ribbon pizza is tucked away in a shopping center, called The Lumberyard, in Encinitas. It's right next door to my favorite chocolate shop, Chuao-...
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326 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
The son of Ulysses Grant (18th President of the United States) built the U.S. Grant hotel in San Diego in 1910 and named it after his father. The land for this hotel was taken from the local Kumeyaay tribe in the 1800's, but the Kumeyaay purchased...
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4496 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116, USA
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Lestat's is a large coffee shop with huge overstuffed couches and chairs. There are about a dozen little private booths where you can pull out your laptop and work on projects while sipping coffee or having something to eat. The best thing about...
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1451 Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
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The Great Maple is one of several restaurants who get their vegetables from Suzie's organic Farm here in San Diego. The meats also come from local farmers who practice sustainable farming. The ambiance indoors has a warm, open feel while the patio...
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820 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Laden with drinks created with ingredients like clover honey, rye whiskey, and even fruit leather, Frauds and Swindlers is your destination for crafty cocktails. Aiden Demarest (owner of Neat in LA) and Dave Whitton teamed up to serve a diverse...
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2632 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104, USA
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Meat lovers rejoice—Carnitas is home to some of San Diego’s greatest steak and pork dishes. Located in North Park, Chefs Hanis Cavin and Sara Stroud deliver mouth-watering plates like their Steak Sandwich, smothered in chipotle aioli, or their...
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6481, 721 Ninth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
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Cafe Chloe uses only locally grown (and mostly organic) produce to create their wonderful French-style creations. This cafe is located just outside the edge of the Gaslamp District in East Village, but it is definitely worth the walk if you are...