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Where to eat in San Diego, CA

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There are so many yummy places to eat in San Diego that I wanted to create a list to share, why be greedy?
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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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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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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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3709 Convoy St #101, San Diego, CA 92111, USA
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The interior of Emerald's is quite spacious with dozens of large round tables covered in white linen. Throughout the course of the meal, Chinese women push around carts loaded with all sorts of steamed, fried, baked and raw foods. The first time I...
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353 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
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Cafe Sevilla is located in the downtown Gaslamp district in San Diego. It's a great place to hear live music while sharing tapas and drinks with friends. The interior is huge with flags hanging from a 20ft ceiling, a bull on the wall behind the...
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1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
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After exploring Balboa Park for a few hours, this is the place to be for a cocktail or lunch. The food is really good, and the chef has won multiple awards over the years. They've got great mojitos, and my new favorite drink, the caipirinha (sugar...
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4615 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116, USA
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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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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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861 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
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Edgewater Grill is located right next to the bay in Seaport Village. The location makes it an easy and quick walk from any downtown San Diego hotel. Sitting outside on the patio you can see great views of the bay, Coronado Island, and the Coronado...
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4574 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116, USA
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The Parkhouse Eatery is one of our favorites since we come here at least twice a month for breakfast. We try and experience new places as often as we can, but we always return to the Parkhouse. The interior is warm wood and cozy with a fireplace...
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3731 India St B, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
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Saffron Noodles and Sate is located on the edge of Little Italy and Mission Hills in San Diego. Owned by Su-Mei Yu, a woman from Thailand who wanted to recreate the types of foods that she grew up with sold by street vendors in Thailand. The food...
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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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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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5300 Grand Del Mar Ct, San Diego, CA 92130, USA
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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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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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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4645 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116, USA
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Soltan Banoo is located on the funky little busy strip on Park Blvd in University Heights. It's located in a former house and has a warm feel. The Persian style decor and artwork add a unique and eclectic vibe. They also sell Persian style jewelry...
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3667 India St, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
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Blue Water Grill has the best fish sandwiches I've had here in San Diego. They have fish plates, sandwiches, cocktails, and chowders. Everything is fresh—they only serve what was caught that morning. They don't skimp on the fish in your sandwich,...
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523 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
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Khyber Pass is one of my favorite places to eat in San Diego. The place has been owned by the same family for 26 years and uses traditional Afghan recipes. I also enjoy this food because, although it is a little similar to Indian food, it is much...
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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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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...
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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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616 J St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
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Jsix is a beautifully decorated restaurant located in the Gaslamp District in San Diego. Every dish is made from scratch, using ingredients from local farms. On Sunday mornings, one-hour yoga classes are held up on the the rooftop. On the weekend...
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777 G St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
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More than worth a visit if you’re in the Gaslamp Quarter, Neighborhood features healthy food for everyone from the meat lover to the gluten avoider. Guests will also find around 27 local brews on tap and many more kinds of bottled beer. The...
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1201 1st St #115, Coronado, CA 92118, USA
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Candelas restaurant serves Cali-Mexi food, which is good, but it is the stunning views of downtown San Diego that makes this a great place for lunch or an early dinner. The large glass wall of the dining area is perfect for a light bite and some...
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3797 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
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Tucked away in the eclectic Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego, Heat Bar and Kitchen is managed by a French chef and serves up fabulous soups, sandwiches, meats, quiches and deserts. The restaurant uses local and organic produce from nearby...
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3120 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92105, USA
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Since 1972, City Farmer's Nursery has been established in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego. http://www.cityfarmersnursery.com/ This is the place where we purchased all the native plants for our yard. We like this nursery because it is...
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1790 W Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
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Yoshino's is located on the North end of India street in San Diego. Because it's near my office, I come here at least once a month to eat lunch. This end of India street has some great places to eat, on these couple blocks you can find- Lucha...
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4141 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116, USA
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Kensington Cafe is located in the Kensington neighborhood of San Diego. We come here a couple times a month when we want something early- they open at 7am- and we're on a budget. Check out this Sandy Eggan for just under $7 and it's loaded with...
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1026 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
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Tucked away on a side street in the shopping district of La Jolla is this little gem serving fresh Mexican food. All the food is sourced from a local, organic farm here in San Diego County. The salsas are made fresh every day, and the tortillas...
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7837 Herschel Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
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Herringbone has beautiful indoor seating that almost feels as though you are outside on a large patio. The food is locally grown and the seafood is fresh. This building used to house the car collection of a wealthy man some time ago. When he died,...
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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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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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750 W Fir St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
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I discovered Monello by accident after overhearing a woman at a restaurant tell her friend that she thought Monello's was the best place to go for happy hour. So, I had to check it out. Monello's is a restaurant owned by two Italian men, and their...
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880 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
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Located near the airport on Harbor Island Drive, C Level boasts one of the best views of San Diego's skyline. Go for happy hour—served on weekdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.—when you can order $6 appetizers. The rice paper-wrapped prawns and the...
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7955 La Jolla Shores Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
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Cusp restaurant is located on the 11th floor of Hotel La Jolla and overlooks a good part of La Jolla, as well as La Jolla shores beachfront. The food is excellent, but it is the view that will hold your gaze throughout the meal. This is definitely...
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880 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
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Island Prime is one of the Cohen brother's group of restaurants and is now a new favorite of ours. The salmon was tender and served with a delicious black linguini. My husband's skirt steak was grilled just right. They have a good wine list and...
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2550 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
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Bertrand at Mister A's gives you an almost 180 degree view of the San Diego skyline. Located on the 12th floor of the 5th Avenue Financial Center building. Not the height, but the building itself is a little reminiscent of the grand skyscrapers in...
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3964 Harney St, San Diego, CA 92110, USA
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Harney Sushi has a location in the Old Town area of San Diego and Oceanside. It is the only sushi restaurant in San Diego that strictly follows the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch list. What this means is that every sushi they sell is from a...
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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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3940 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
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Snooze is located in the vibrant neighborhood of Hillcrest in San Diego. The menu is fantastic as the chef takes simple breakfast foods and makes incredible creations. The interior is a combo- retro 1950's and yet a futuristic type ambiance,...
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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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750 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
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With two stories and multiple patio choices, you will have a fantastic view of the San Diego Bay anywhere you sit. In 1976, The Fish Market was started by a fisherman and his friend, who was a boat captain and a gourmand. The history shows,...
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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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1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92102, USA
Located in the outdoor sculpture garden next to the San Diego Museum of Art is a little cafe that serves fresh food from local growers. You can either order your food from the to-go counter and sit with it in one of the oversize couches nearby or...
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4010 Twiggs St, San Diego, CA 92110, USA
Yes, the Old Town Market has it's share of kitsch, but there are some unique things found here. Beautiful stained glass hangings, handcrafted gourd art, pan flute musicians, clothing and blankets brought over from Mexico and more. The Old Town...
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3416 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116, USA
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If you're looking to hang with the locals, Blind Lady Ale House is the place to be. Communal seating encourages familiarity and you don't need to dress up here. Attire consists of t-shirts, flip flops, and shorts- might as well be on the beach....
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3000 Upas St Suite 105, San Diego, CA 92104, USA
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Tacos Perla is a cute little eatery in the hip San Diego North Park neighborhood. They make the tortillas for your tacos fresh to order. The food is absolutely delicious. Just to try out their homemade salsas is enough to make this a go to place...
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4909 Pacific Hwy c, San Diego, CA 92110, USA
Any San Diego local will tell you that traffic here is a headache and that you can't really expect much from public transportation. However, that has changed in the last couple years with DecoBike Stations, so really this is a local's secret- but...
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2000 Spindrift Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
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The Marine Room faces the Pacific Ocean and is the only place in San Diego where you can eat great food in a cozy atmosphere while the surf pounds the glass. Don't even bother coming here unless it's during high tide. When you visit San Diego-...
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2061 India St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
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Mona Lisa is a favorite Little Italy spot for lunch and dinner, or just picnic provisions. You'll find sausages, salami, Italian sweets, cheeses, hams, wines, vinegar, and more—everything you need for a memorable Italian meal. The deli is popular...
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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,...