The International Forum on Language Teaching is coming to my hometown of San Diego at the beginning of July. Here is a list of my favorite restaurants.
Worth the price (click on restaurant name to see the yelp review):
Pomodoro (best Italian restaurant in San Diego, casual but reservations accepted) favorite dishes: Pork Osso Bucco with Rissotto, spaghetti and meatballs(seriously!), Salmon with crab in curry sauce
Costa Brava (best tapas bar in San Diego, casual but reservations strongly suggested) favorite dishes: rabo de toro, paella, croquetas de bacalao, sopa de ajo
Bleu Bohème (French bistro, casual but reservations necessary) favorite dishes: escargots à la portugaise, entrecôte de porc, flétan “oscar”. I have had mixed experiences with the black mussels and the boeuf bourguignon.
The Fishery (specializes in sustainable seafood, reservations accepted; excellent Sunday brunch) favorite dishes: wild king salmon sushi, grilled albacore belly, Dungeness crab fettuccini
Pomegranate Russian-Georgian Restaurant favorite dishes: lamb shashlik, Russian Borscht
Moderately priced favorites (click on restaurant name to see the yelp review):
Pizza Port (Specializes in 30-40 microbrews on tap, pizza) Located in the seedy-but-safe neighborhood of Ocean Beach. Fun place, hard to find parking.
Daofu (Amazing) It looks like a bohemian hole in the wall, but it´s one of my favorite restaurants. They make their own tofu which is unlike anything you´ll get in a store. Most of their food is vegan. Pineapple curry is my favorite. Salad and homemade ice cream is offered with any entrée.
Ortega´s (upscale Mexican, great happy hour, popular moderately-priced weekend brunch) favorite dishes: banana crusted huachinango, chilaquiles (weekend brunch), margaritas
RakiRaki (Convoy Street, drive along this street for Korean barbecues and Japanese restaurants ) favorite dishes: tonkatsu ramen with aburi chaisu, tempura jalapeño stuffed roll, spider crab roll, karaage (home style fried chicken with a spicy dipping sauce). This is one of the cheaper options.
Filippi’s Pizza Grotto good cheap place for spaghetti and meatballs. nothing mind-blowing, good family restaurant
Fabrison’s French Creperie Cafe favorite Saturday brunch spot
City Delicatessen & Bakery favorites: reuben sandwich and matzo ball soup, grilled mahi mahi sandwich
Boston Bites favorites: whole belly fried clams, lobster rolls as good as I had growing up in Massachusetts. Not cheap.
Cheap and delicious (click on restaurant name to see the yelp review):
El Salvador Pupuseria y Restaurante Pupusas, Salvadorean horchata,pickled cabbage served free, yuca frita with chicharrones
Surati Farsan Mart If you order a mini thali they will give you a tray with 4 or 5 little servings of delicious, all vegetarian food for around $8. The masala dosa is good too… I usually ask them to help me and they always chose something great.
Picnic tables (bring your own picnic lunch)