If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I visit San Diego…A LOT. I not only have friends and family there, but I find it to be the perfect place to go when I need to get away from the craziness of the city for awhile. It’s super chill, there’s great food, beautiful beaches, ideal weather. Over my many trips, I’ve had the opportunity to try out a variety of restaurants and bars in different neighborhoods. I’ve visited enough that I now have a select few spots that are always in my rotation. Make sure you add these to your list next time you’re in town!

Oscar’s Mexican Seafood

Oscar’s is known for its fresh seafood, and the fish tacos will live up to all expectations. There is more to it than just the seafood though. Their steak taco is the best steak taco I’ve ever had. That’s right, EVER. The Fisherman’s Torta is also killer – warning, it’s massive. Everything is fresh, and they make their own sauces, all of which are delicious. Make sure you sauce up your tacos before you dive in. You won’t regret.

Plumeria Vegetarian

This one is a relatively new addition to the rotation. I discovered it on Yelp as I was looking for a place that would satisfy my Thai craving. I took a risk and checked it out, and it was the best decision I ever made. It’s all vegetarian, but their substitute meat is the tastiest I’ve had, and their sauces are incredibly flavorful. The highlights: Chicken Satay, Pumpkin Curry, and Spicy Basil. They also have mango sticky rice – bonus points there. The restaurant is in University Heights, a very cute, quaint neighborhood. Sit outside on the patio and take in the amazing food and relaxing atmosphere.

Cody’s La Jolla

A classic La Jolla breakfast joint with solid food. SO California. It’s been there for years, and the location is like no other. Enjoy brunch outside, facing the ocean with a nice breeze coming your way. My favorite thing to order is the breakfast salad, but you really can’t go wrong!

Little Italy Farmer’s Market

This is one of the best farmer’s markets I’ve ever been to. It takes place every Saturday from 8AM-2PM in San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood. You’ll find really unique vendors with excellent stuff here. Some of my favorites include Bitchin’ Sauce, Baba Foods Hummus, and Safari Crunch Granola. Go hungry and indulge in a variety of snacks, and maybe get a tamale too.

Nate’s Garden Grill

This place isn’t in the trendiest of neighborhoods, but it’s a hidden gem. They have a really cute patio and their pulled pork is excellent. I actually have only been there for brunch (ordered the pulled pork hash – phenomenal), but I’m looking forward to checking out their lunch menu next time. They’re also extremely friendly, which I appreciated.