Edit ModuleShow Tags

$10 or Less in the Gaslamp

The best part of urban living is the ability to sample tasty food from around the world without getting in your car. The Gaslamp Quarter has countless tourist-driven restaurants where you can drop $20 to $50 on a decent meal. But where do the local downtowners go for authentic eats for $10 or less?


Published:

Pho Xpress (Vietnamese)
1125 Sixth Avenue, 619-531-9333

Pho (pronounced “fuh”) is a noodle soup that originated in Vietnam 130 years ago. Though a relatively new dish in the States, it’s become quite the phenomenon lately. San Diego is one of the top pho cities in the nation, with nearly 40 restaurants specializing, and it seems like a new one opens every month. Pho Xpress is the real deal. You can taste it in the broth, which owner John Phan cooks up during an intense seven-hour procedure (the broth must simmer for hours to optimize flavor). Pho Xpress is very popular for lunch, but it can make for a quick dinner bite before a show at the House of Blues or Symphony Hall.

Mint Downtown Thai
732 Fourth Avenue, mintsdthai.com

Though Mint’s located squarely in the tourist district on Fourth Avenue, 60 percent of its customers are locals. With lunch ­prices at $7 and dinner at $9, it’s no surprise the place has developed repeat business from downtown dwellers. The Duangploys are lifetime restaurateurs who closed their restaurant in Bangkok 20 years ago to move to the United States. They have opened four eateries in San Diego, with Mint the newest, serving up Thai staples such as drunken noodles, Pad Thai, fried rice and curry dishes.

Bareback Grill
(New Zealand)
624 E Street, barebackgrill.com

Bareback has been around for a few years, both downtown and in Pacific Beach, but its “Lunch Bucket” deal has never received the praise it deserves. Start with a delicious, organic Queenstown Fave burger with red onion, garlic aioli, tomato chutney and Edam cheese, then pair it with fries and a draft beer (we won’t tell your boss you had a beer at lunch), all for $11. At first glance, Bareback may appear to be a normal American sports bar with a couple of New Zealand flags on the wall. There’s more to it. The organic burgers are juicy and flavorful, but it’s the toppings that make them New Zealand – style. Beet root, fried eggs, grilled pineapple and cucumber relish are just some of the crazy fixin’s you’ll find here.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

I Tried It: Yoga Out Loud

Who knew that modern electronic music would be a perfect match for a 5,000-year-old spiritual practice?

Backstage Tour: San Diego Opera’s 'Tosca'

We learn what it takes to stage a famous production

2016 Valentine’s Day Guide

San Diego’s best dinner specials, wine tastings, spa deals, staycations, shows and more
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. San Diego's Next Hot Neighborhoods
    Where everyone will be living in 2016
  2. The Noisy Restaurant Epidemic
    Notice a volume spike in restaurants lately? There are so many reasons today's restaurants are louder than ever. Award-winning architect Matthew Ellis explains.
  3. Goodnight, Claire de Lune
    For 19 years, Claire de Lune was the come-as-you-are cultural hangout for North Park. Today it closes. Owner Claire Magner looks back.
  4. The Best of North County 2016
    There’s never been a better time to experience NoCo’s charms
  5. Get Outside: 15 Outdoor Challenges
    Take your workouts to new heights and lengths with our list of San Diego’s best hikes, bike paths, and swims
  6. San Diego's James Beard Nominees Are...
    The James Beard nominees were announced today. And San Diego's restaurant scene grabbed three. And the nominees are...
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Promotions

More Than 1,300 Prizes are Ready to be Given Away

What are you waiting for? Buy your raffle ticket now

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

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.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit Module

Connect With Us:

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sponsored

The Inaugural Breakthrough Biomedical Philanthropy Forum

Sponsored by the Salk Institute

“Will You Marry Me”?

Sharon Jenks, CEO of 6 Degrees, on building business relationships

More Than 1,300 Prizes are Ready to be Given Away

What are you waiting for? Buy your raffle ticket now
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags