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Best of San Diego 2015: Best of the Neighborhoods

Meet the new neighbors and time-honored classics in five San Diego ’hoods.



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Oceanside

Best New Restaurant

Blvd Chinese Kitchen 

The menu of Chinese-Mexican cuisine is phenomenal, from a short rib braised for five hours to a honey-glazed fish taco topped with a chile-and-condensed-milk mayonnaise.
514 South Coast Highway

Best New Bar

Bagby Beer Company

One of the beer scene’s most anticipated debuts fulfilled all expectations with an expansive, family-friendly space that offers visitors many choices for sipping, sitting, and dining.
601 South Coast Highway

Still the Best

Oceanside Pier

The historic pier is a perennial tribute to the neighborhood’s coastal lifestyle. Stroll down with family and make a pit stop at Ruby’s Diner for some burgers and shakes.
The Strand and Pier View Way

 

 

La Jolla

Best New Restaurant

Catania

The team behind Prepkitchen and Whisknladle has added another eatery to its roster with the coastal Italian-leaning Catania, located in the former Jack’s space atop the new La Plaza center.
7863 Girard Avenue

Best New Bar

The Hake Kitchen & Bar

The Hake specializes in gourmet seafood, but its new cocktail menu is equally impressive. Try the Japanese Spell, mixed with coffee grain whisky and a green tea tincture.
1250 Prospect Street

Still the Best

Museum of
Contemporary Art

The La Jolla branch of San Diego’s contemporary art forum boasts mixed media exhibits and frequent events, not to mention ocean views from its patio. 
700 Prospect Street

 

 


 

Barrio Logan

Best New Restaurant

Salud Catering

Popular vendor San Diego Taco Company has finally set up shop in a brick-and-mortar space that serves a short menu of tacos, nachos, and mulitas (open-face quesadillas), as well as craft beers.
2196 Logan Avenue

Best New Bar

Border X Brewing

Salud’s neighbor is the city’s only Latino-owned brewery, serving beer with a Mexican twist, like the Abuelitas, a brew made with Mexican hot chocolate and Blood Saison, with hibiscus and agave.
2181 Logan Avenue

Still the Best

Chicano Park

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the park is filled with murals depicting past and present struggles in the Mexican and Chicano communities.
Near Cesar E. Chavez Parkway and Logan Avenue

 

 


 

Ocean Beach

Best New Restaurant

Little Lion Café

The Belgian-Californian eatery, which straddles the Point Loma–Ocean Beach border, brings breakfast, lunch, a newly launched dinner service, and European charm.
1424 Sunset Cliffs Boulevard

Best New Bar

Culture Brewing
Tasting Room

Nearly twice the size of its Solana Beach flagship brewery,  Culture’s O.B. spot has the same lineup of well-balanced beers, like a wonderfully hoppy black IPA.
4845 Newport Avenue

Still the Best

Hodad’s

Few burgers stack up like Hodad’s and few restauranteurs leave an impression quite like Mike Hardin, Hodad’s owner/patron saint, who passed away in February.
5010 Newport Avenue

 

 


 

North Park

Best New Restaurant

StreetCar Merchants of Fried Chicken, Donuts & Coffee

StreetCar’s made-to-order fried chicken has been a wild success, and the juicy-meets-crispy reward is well worth the wait.
4002 30th Street

Best New Bar

Modern Times Flavordome

Brett Trois IPAs, a bar made of VHS tapes and floppy disks, food from next door’s Tacos Perla—this tasting room is a welcome addition to the nabe’s rapidly expanding brewery scene.
3000 Upas Street

Still the Best

Pigment

The boutique continues to be a visual feast, with Instagram-worthy décor, accessories, barware, and more. For DIY action, the succulent area is stocked with cacti, planters, and colorful sand.
3801 30th Street

 

 


 

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