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Neighborhood Guide: Bay Park

Nestled between I-5 and Tecolote canyon, Clairemont residents are opting for the mom-and-pop-shop neighborhood vibes at Morena and Ashton instead of the big box boredom of Balboa and Genesee.


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Bird's Surf Shed

Bird’s Surf Shed

Part surf shop, part surf museum—visiting Bird’s is like hitting the magazine rack at Barnes & Noble. Time just slips away as you check out all the eye candy. Unlike in other surf museums, you can actually touch the displays. If you are not a total kook, and you ask nicely, Bird may just let you ride that ol’ board in the rafters you were ogling. 1091 West Morena Boulevard

Waters Fine Foods Cafe

Waters Fine Foods Cafe
The shiny new café is twice as big, but still fills up quickly at lunch with Louis Vuitton-totin’ soccer moms and Lululemon-clad USD gals. Although Waters is known for gourmet takeout and posh catering, the cafe is underrated. Start with panini and sumptuous sides, but leave room for a homemade chocolate chip cookie. 1105 West Morena Boulevard

»3 Honorable Mentions

  • Bay Park Coffee
  • Luce Bar & Kitchen
  • Siesel’s Old Fashioned Meats
Urbane Café

Urbane Café
This is hands down one of the best lunch spots in all of San Diego. Sandwiches are served on freshly baked, lightly salted, warm and soft focaccia bread. USD students line up daily for the oversized salads and tasty sandwiches. The Southwest chicken sandwich with black bean salsa, avocado, and chipotle mayo is a masterpiece. 5375 Napa Street

Bay Park Fish Co.

Bay Park Fish Co.
Insider tip: They list the grilled fish torta as “Mkt Price,” but they’re flexible when you approach the counter. You can pretty much have any fish on display in a sandwich, with fries, for around $10—even fresh $25/lb. halibut, if you’re lucky. This is your quintessential SD seafood bar and grill, with craft brews on tap and killer fish tacos.  4121 Ashton Street

Kitchen 4140

Kitchen 4140
Although it has garnered a foodie cult following, Kitchen 4140 still flies under the radar, mostly due to its awkward location in a stretch of furniture showrooms. Start with a brunch visit, try the red velvet pancakes, and odds are you too will join the cult. Don’t stop there, though—lunch and dinner offerings will strengthen your faith.  4140 Morena Boulevard

Ballast Point

Ballast Point
With most of the craft beer tourists flocking to larger facilities, this tasting room remains a little gem of a watering hole for hopheads. A recent roster included a pale ale infused with serrano peppers, a porter with chipotle peppers, and a ginger lime peppercorn IPA. 5401 Linda Vista Road

 

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