What is San Diego’s restaurant scene like?

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Restaurant Scene in San Diego©iStock/frankshort

Sunny San Diego may not be well-known for its restaurant scene, but that is slowly changing. The city’s culinary landscape is getting more nationwide attention, since it’s home to restaurants from Top Chef alums Brian Malarkey and Rich Sweeney. It’s also gotten accolades for its fine dining. Foodies flock to Addison, one of the few Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurants in Southern California, and Four-Star favorite A.R. Valentien.

Though San Diego’s roots remain solid — it’s one of the best places in the country for authentic Mexican food. After all, El Indio is the birthplace of the taquito. Locals crowd the dining room to nosh on the housemade tortillas, and they bring home bags of the restaurant’s from-scratch tortilla chips.

If you are in search of something out of the ordinary, check out the city’s popular food truck movement. Food trucks dish out some of the most creative fare in San Diego. MIHO Gastrotruck takes a farm-to-street approach with its Mexican-Asian fare, like the MIHO dog, a grass-fed beef hot dog topped with bacon, pico de gallo, caramelized onions and a dollop of jalapeño aioli.

One of the best-kept culinary secrets is that the city has an amazing craft beer scene. Suds flow from Stone Brewing in Escondido, Port Brewing Company in San Marcos and Alpine Beer Company in Alpine. So you’re sure to get a great pint in most restaurants and bars. And when you’re asked whether you want a table indoors or outdoors, always choose the latter; alfresco dining is a way of life in this perpetually sunny city. Experience San Diego’s delicious cuisine surrounded in its natural beauty.

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