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Are you looking for the best places to eat in San Diego, without breaking the bank. One of my favorite things about San Diego is that you don’t have to sit down at a fine restaurant in order to get high quality, tasty food. There are plenty of quick eateries peppered around the city that is perfect whether you want to sit down or take it to go!
Here are my top 10 must try best places to eat in San Diego:
The 10 Best Places to Eat in San Diego
(for less than $15)
Pokirrito is a new discovery of mine, and will definitely keep you coming back for more. You can get a poke bowl or a yakitori box, but the real draw is the sushi burrito. All are amazing, but the Kona Volcano is particularly tasty!
2. Poke Go
Okay, before you think it, no…not all my recommendations are poke, but Poke Go place is simply amazing. Healthy and delicious, this spot is well worth a try. The Shoyu Hawaiian sauce with spicy mayo on the side is a win!
3. Woody’s Breakfast and Burgers
If you’re spending the day hanging around Pacific Beach, then this little burrito place is for you. Woody’s is super popular and you’ll find it always has a line. But for good reason, everything is delicious! In particular, the egg and sausage burritos are to die for.
4. Flame Broiler
It is easy to get addicted to this place. The Flame Broiler is a rice bowl restaurant with your choice of beef, chicken or tofu over brown or white rice with optional veggies. The best part is the soy sauce flavored “Magic Sauce” which can be added on the side.
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Depending on which location you go to, there might be a bit of a wait, but I guarantee you, it is well worth it. Hodad’s is a San Diego bucket list food item. It’s also (arguably) the best burger you’ll ever had. And if not the best burger, then definitely the largest. The malts (often overlooked because to the popularity of the burgers) are absolutely amazing!
6. Elva’s Bowls & Wraps
I love the wraps here! I am particularly partial to the spicy buffalo or veggie and feta. But what the heck, forget the menu because you can also just build your own creation.
7. Tender Greens
Tender greens is perfect if you want to keep things healthy. From sandwiches, to salads and soups, Tender Greens offers high integrity, gourmet food. It has plenty of fresh farmer’s market foods to choose from, while still maintaining a quick dining experience.
8. The Crack Shack
Jumping on the fried chicken craze, The Crack Shack is perfect if you’re in the mood for some chicken and eggs. The large outdoor seating has an open air feel. I love the social atmosphere and it’s the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy some unique tasty food.
9. Native Food’s Café
Calling all vegans! Native Food’s Café is for you! The chicken sandwiches are so delicious and taste just like real meat! You might actually feel a bit guilty afterwards. The cupcakes are equally as yummy if you’re feeling something sweet afterwards. 🙂
10. Tajima Ramen Bar
Tajima is a fantastic ramen bar, conveniently located in the trendy Hillcrest neighborhood. This spot is delicious, with lots of options to choose. You can also mix and match to create the perfect ramen dish!
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If you’re only in San Diego for a short period of time, you may just want to know what the best “bang for your buck” tours are. Below are some of my favorites!
- San Diego Hop-on Hop-off Trolley – I love these tours because you can see everything you want to at your own pace. You can choose from a one-day or two-day ticket.
- San Diego City Tour – This is a half-day tour and allows you to see a lot in a short period of time including the Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, and La Jolla.
- San Diego Scenic Tour – This is a 4-hour tour of the best scenic stops including La Jolla, Mount Soledad, Coronado Island, and downtown San Diego including Balboa Park, Little Italy and Gaslamp.
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Tiffany created Lavender Vines as a place to share her love for Jesus and adventures from around the world. She has a slight obsession with salted caramel lattes, Japanese kimonos, and an ongoing love affair with NYC and Paris.