Going to San Diego was a dream for us. For a family it’s an extremely friendly city, but more than all the amenities needed to enjoy a city by foot, you could eat your way through it and never get a bad bite! We stayed at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, which is a beautiful resort near some amazing eateries. Lucky for us these hot-spots were also kid-friendly! (My biggest regret is not getting more food pics… oops!) So… here’s the question: Where to eat in San Diego?
Upon waking on our first day, we were pretty hungry. As a breakfast aficionado, I knew I wanted something good. Not just good. I wanted hot coffee that was roasted so perfectly it didn’t need sugar. I wanted hot, fresh eggs with soft breads, and a homemade vibe. San Diego did not disappoint. As we approached the front desk they pointed us in a few directions… we landed on Café 222. Although it was the furthest from the hotel (a whole 5 minute walk!), the number “222” has meaning for us.
There was a minimal wait when we arrived, but we were able to grab menus AND coffee- delicious coffee!- while we waited. Dave and I already loved the scene, so we were just waiting for the food! As I opened the menu to make a decision- not an easy feat for a pregnant woman- I realized I could eat here everyday and never be bored. Choosing the Benedict was an awesome decision… but I wish we’d gotten back for another dish. Dave (and Addie) thoroughly enjoyed his orange pecan pancakes, with sausage on the side. Our waiter was a delight- showering Addie with attention and clearing and refilling without ever being asked. The tiny establishment filled up quickly, but we were never rushed and I LOVE the servings! It was enough breakfast for Addie to have a bit of each of our plates without needing to order her own dish, and I was full at the end, but not stuffed.
As we walked back to the hotel I wished I’d grabbed one of their shirts! Seriously one of the coolest breakfast joints I’ve ever been to.
San Diego was
looking tasting good!
The following day we met up with my parents who had come to San Diego by way of Philadelphia and were still adjusting. We decided to head across the street from Manchester Grand Hyatt to The Headquarters and see what it had in store for us. A beautiful center surrounded by shops and restaurants engulfed us, and as we walked into Pizzeria Mozza, I knew we were in for a treat. Upon ordering our salad, Nancy’s Chopped Salad (as in Nancy Silverton!), I scanned the walls and saw who else comprised the team of Pizzeria Mozza: Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich! I felt like I was in the graces of the food gods! Yum!
With 4 adults and 1 toddler, we ordered (besides Nancy’s delicious Salad), Bruschette of Pane Pomodoro with burrata, speck and pickled ramps, Margherita, and Prosciutto di Parma with rucola, tomato and mozzarella pizzas. It was light but filling, and I loved the location! The menu lends itself to both lunch and dinner, and is the perfect place for group gatherings, too. If you know Joe Bastianich, you know that his wines are nothing but the best. Next time we find ourselves in San Diego, you can be sure that I will not be pregnant and enjoying a few wines from his collection.
San Diego once again wowed us with food!
For dinner we found ourselves back at The Headquarters, but this time at Puesto. Twice.
No joke. We ate dinner there two nights in a row because we couldn’t get enough!
Their award winning tacos, open kitchen and restaurant design, friendly staff, Tuesday night $2 tacos, and their beer selection kept us occupied- and wanting more- ever since we left! The first night (Monday) we were blown away by how good everything was- fresh ingredients were just the beginning. Dave enjoyed Blood Orange Wit by Refuge Brewery so much I tried to have them ship it to him for our anniversary!
We also loved that the location is perfect, and the restaurant is OPEN, literally. There is a huge garage bay door that opens to the outside from the main seating area- where there is more seating! While the establishment is huge, it’s layout is deceivingly cozy and appealing for everyone- from couples to families and large parties.
Puesto is a place where I took a million pictures… mostly because Addie was SO in love with their food, it was hard to not keep snapping away. Of everything we ate besides tacos (which included quite a few starters), I will say the Mexican Street Bowl blew me away. There was spice, sweet, crunch, softness, and it was visually stunning. I wish I had ordered it the first night we were there so I could have gotten it again Tuesday night! All-in-all, Puesto wins our heart for best place we ate in San Diego, no doubt! And on a Tuesday night, you can get two drinks, feed 2 adults and a toddler with tacos and apps, tip well and still spend under $50! That’s one heck of a thing to celebrate… especially in this infamously expensive city!
Where have you been in San Diego that you could rave about?