"It's always adult swim here—this is where the well-heeled grown-ups linger over their foie gras for at least a few hours. To wit: Mister A's requests business casual attire (collared shirts and closed-toe shoes for men) before 4:30 p.m. But that also means the fine dining at this institution is above reproach."
"A little ways outside of downtown, there’s nothing that compares to the view of Mister A’s. Big ol’ jet airliners will ride past on approach and departure, using the ocean as backdrop with the city skyline showing off its wares. The hype is real, with the food and drinks perfecting the tableau."
"Not only does The Crack Shack serve incredible chicken but both of the locations also provides a fun setting for the whole family to enjoy. Try a game of bocce ball on the lawn or pose for a silly photo with the giant chicken that stands guard over the patio. Trust us, it’s a great, unique photo op!"
"From Top Chef: All-Stars winner Richard Blais comes this Little Italy favorite, a fast-casual spot specializing in humanely raised chicken and eggs. Here, the fried chicken is crispy and not too greasy, and sandwiches like the Malibu Barbie Q..."
"Lil Cluckers” can take their pick fromnuggets, tenders, grilled chix, or grilled cheese, with carrots or petite fries on the side, plus a juice box and a cookie before checking out the bocce ball court and giant chicken statue here."
Brockton Villa Restaurant
4.4 (1166 ratings)
Happening brunch & dinner spot revered for its French toast & patio with views of La Jolla Cove.
"That's right, Juniper + Ivy is owned by the winner of Bravo TV's Top Chef, none other than Richard Blais. If you've seen him on TV you know that Richard is the molecular gastronomical guy - you know, the guy who likes to deconstruct and transform ingredients into new forms. Just saying because if you see things like Corn Dog or Mac N Cheese on the menu you should know upfront that the food they bring out might not exactly match your experience from the past."
"The buzz: Star power and smokey flavors provide the heat at this small chain.The food: Michelin award-winning chef Michael Mina and cookbook author/restaurateur Ayesha Curry are the powerhouse duo behind International Smoke’s wood-fired cuisine. Inspired by their extensive travels, plates like wood-fired oysters, Jamaican jerk chicken cutlets, and five-spice fried chicken charbroiled miso Chilean sea bass, Korean smoked brisket, and five different takes on mac and cheese capture smells and tastes from around the world and present them in a fresh space that’s both kid-friendly and upscale. Cocktails are also infused with smoky and/or warmly spiced elements, especially the ultra-smooth Cold Smoked Old Fashioned (Evan Williams bourbon, cardamom, corazón bitters) that’s reminiscent of a slow-cooked mole."
"Powerhouse duo Michael Mina and Ayesha Curry are behind International Smoke’s woodfired cuisine concept, inspired by their extensive travels. Lightly grilled oysters, Jamaican jerk chicken cutlets, and five-spice fried chicken capture flavors from around the world, while cocktails are infused with smoky and/or warmly spiced elements. Snug banquettes and optimal use of tall planters enclose the expansive heated patio, making it the perfect happy hour stop."
"Chef Michael Mina’s Del Mar restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dining at last report but if you’re not prepared to eat anywhere except home, the restaurant’s to-go brunch, lunch and dinner options are worth ordering. One standout is the family feasts dinner available for two people or up to eight, and includes your choice of barbecue classics, East-meets-West cuisine, plant-based dishes or restaurant favorites."
"Sometimes mom and dad want a bloody Mary or mimosa with breakfast. While on vacation, indulge in a greasy, calorie-laden breakfast with a cocktail at MaryJane’s Diner in the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego. Even their omelets seem imbued with some sort of magic potion (cream, I suspect)."
Urban MO's Bar & Grill
4.6 (1975 ratings)
Upbeat gay-friendly spot with a happening dance floor, festive theme nights & an outdoor patio.
"Where: 308 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
No visit to San Diego would be complete without a meal and good time at this iconic LGBTQ+ gathering spot featuring spacious outdoor patio seating and an upper deck to watch all the action. Colorful, fun, and filled with friendly locals and visitors on any given afternoon or night, Urban MO's is a Happy Hour favorite and known for great burgers and strong cocktails adorned with plastic farm animals."
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"Urban MO’s Bar & Grill coined as “The Best Gay Bar In The World”, is located in the heart of San Diego’s LBGTQ+ community of Hillcrest. They are self-described as a colorful, fun place to have a great time where everyone is welcome!. Urban MO’s is both a restaurant and bar that is said to be even more fun if you stay into the lively evening."
"A warm, comfortable San Diego breakfast restaurant with a stylish atmosphere, serving share plates. Breakfast and brunch items are served on weekends only, but it’s worth the wait. You’ll savor pork belly hash, house-made banana bread, bottomless mimosas, and even a short rib breakfast poutine!"
"Under the direction of Chef Brian Malarkey (Bravo's Top Chef finalist), Searsucker has quickly become a comfortable choice for indulging in eclectic menus. Located on a busy block of the Gaslamp Quarter, this eatery is decidedly Californian.[Learn more]"
"Located just off coast highway in the heart of Downtown Encinitas, the Potato Shack offers something special for potato fans… All You Can Eat Fries!. And after breakfast, work off those carbs by taking a quick jaunt up the street to the I Street Lookout."
"This hole-in-the-wall City Heights restaurant proves that looks can be deceiving. The food, which includes an assortment of egg noodle soups, rice noodle soups and practically any other Chinese dish you could imagine, is highly recommended by regulars. There are so many menu options that you could try something different every time and never run out of options or combinations!"