Edit ModuleShow Tags

PCBC PICKS: A Guide to Good Eats

From authentic Mexican and margaritas to antelope sliders and craft beers, here are some of our favorites.


Published:

Sponsored by:
PCBC logo

The culinary landscape in San Diego has blossomed in the past few years, with more and more exciting eateries to be found throughout the city. During your San Diego stay, make sure to experience the medley of cuisines and scenes. From authentic Mexican and margaritas to antelope sliders and craft beers, here are some of our favorites. —PCBC Co-chairs Dawn & Bill Davidson

Bencotto
Bencotto | Photo by Dean Bradshaw

Bencotto Italian Kitchen: San Diego’s favorite Italian restaurant serves up home-style Milanese cuisine in a modern setting. We love the pillowy homemade gnocchi in pink pancetta sauce. 750 West Fir Street, Little Italy, lovebencotto.com

The Blind Burro: Baja-style fish tacos, oyster shooters, flights of tequila, mescal margaritas . . . need we say more? 639 J Street, East Village, theblindburro.com

Café Chloe: This European bistro brings a touch of Paris to town with delicious dishes like lamb cassoulet, mussels steamed in Belgian ale, and steak frites. 721 Ninth Avenue, East Village, cafechloe.com

Café Zanzibar: Rustic flatbreads, garden-fresh salads, paninis for lunch; global cuisine and fun wine bar at night. 707 G Street, East Village, zanzibarcafe.com

Cowboy Star: Old West ambience and hearty cowboy fare, like hand-cut steaks from the in-house butcher shop. Wild salmon, lamb chops, halibut, and scallops, too. 640 Tenth Avenue, East Village, thecowboystar.com

Craft & Commerce: Comfort-style bar food and crafty cocktails. Share a giant punch bowl with friends, or sample the wealth of San Diego’s craft beer that flows from the taps. 675 West Beech Street, Little Italy, craft-commerce.com

Davanti Encoteca: Rustic Italian in a romantic setting with wonderful formaggi and salumi, polenta, pasta, and pizza. Lauded and listed by Bon Appétit in its top 50 Best New Restaurants in 2012. 1655 India Street, Little Italy, davantisandiego.com

Dobson’s Bar & Restaurant: Owned by American bullfighter Paul Dobson, this downtown favorite has an old-school feel and serves classic American fare like veal chops, linguini and clams, oysters on the half-shell, and steaks. 956 Broadway Circle, downtown, dobsonsrestaurant.com

Grant Grill: Classic cuisine meets modern mixology at this historic downtown hotel. We love the mahogany wood, fleur-de-lis banquettes, California seasonal menu, and bar scene in the lounge. 326 Broadway, downtown, grantgrill.com

Prepkitchen
Prepkitchen | Photo by The Hendershotts

The Lion’s Share: This swank, low-lit lair celebrates the art of craft cocktails and offers an innovative game-driven menu. Think bourbon-glazed wild boar ribs and clever tipplers like Monks Gone Wild—strawberry-infused Pimm’s, green Chartreuse, lemon, and ginger beer. 629 Kettner Boulevard, Marina District, lionssharesd.com

Prepkitchen: With long communal tables and festive lights, this dynamic stylish spot has great Happy Hours, tapas, flatbreads, and pastas. We love the crispy artichokes, rigatoni Bolognese, and scallop crudo. 1660 India Street, Little Italy, prepkitchen.com

Point Loma Seafoods: Chowder, fish sandwiches, sushi, sashimi, and seafood cocktails. Bottom line: the freshest fish in town. 2805 Emerson Street, Point Loma, pointlomaseafoods.com

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

Shaping San Diego

Local innovators push the boundaries and bring big ideas to execution

Celebrating Life Beyond Retirement in San Diego

This guide spotlights some of San Diego’s most dynamic lifestyle options for life over 55.

Shop Local in San Diego

The best gifts of the season are in your neighborhood.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. San Diego Magazine's Travel Awards
    Cast your vote now for your favorite hotels, travel companies and attractions
  2. Best of Baja 2016
    46 ways to relax, dine, drink, and play the Mexico way
  3. Vintage San Diego: How Our City Has Changed Since 1876
    Before bottleneck traffic and the modern housing crisis, San Diego was a swath of undeveloped land, horse-drawn carriages, and dairy farms
  4. FIRST LOOK: The Grass Skirt
    San Diego's tiki boom continues with this new spot in Pacific Beach
  5. Why Our Veterans Keep Quiet About Their Service
    From misconceptions about the military to reticent heroism, San Diego veterans share the many reasons they often keep mum about their service
  6. 67 San Diego Holiday Traditions You Don't Want to Miss
    'Tis the season for fa-la-la fun in San Diego
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Promotions

Go Ahead... Ask McMillin!

At McMillin Realty, we are encouraging you to bring us your real estate questions. We will answer these questions….. for free.

Not Your Grandma's Orthotics

New year, new – shoe? Staying on your feet for long hours at a time just got a whole lot more comfortable with Wiivv’s BASE custom insoles
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit Module

Connect With Us:

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sponsored

Win Tickets to the Holiday Bowl

Plus VIP Tailgate Party passes

5 Ways to Upgrade Your Home to Age-In-Place

Buying a home is one of the biggest investments anyone can make, and it’s only natural to want to live in your own abode for as long as you can.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags