San Diego, CA

  (26 restaurants)     1 2
Restaurant What to Get Show / Episode / Recommended By Yelp! Rating Restaurant Notes
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Carnitas Snack Shack
2632 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 294-7675
carnitassnackshack.com...
  • Carnitas Tacos
    pork carnitas/ standard accompaniments in corn tortilla
4.5 out of 5
3176 ratings
opened in 2011; serving slow food-inspired, pork-centric American cuisine, snacks & locally sourced craft beers
2
Oscar's Mexican Seafood
703 Turquoise St
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 488-6392
www.oscarsmexicanseafood....
  • Smoked Fish Taco
    smoked tuna served w/ cabbage, avocado & cheese; looks good
  • Spicy Shrimp Taco
    served w/ cabbage, onion, tomato, cilantro, avocado & cheese; looks good
4.5 out of 5
2030 ratings
est. 2011; truck driver-to-apprentice to taco food truck-to-owner/restaurateur; named after the food truck owner
3
Phil's BBQ
3750 Sports Arena Blvd
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 226-6333
www.philsbbq.net
  • El Toro Sandwich
    winner of Best Sandwich (West Coast); char-grilled sliced tri-tip topped w/ signature BBQ sauce & served on Kaiser roll; looks good
4.5 out of 5
11089 ratings
opened in 1998; "long lines of anticipation, an energetic, friendly atmosphere, fantastic food, huge portions and many, many, paper towels"
4
Blind Lady Ale House
3416 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 255-2491
www.blindladyalehouse.com...
  • Chorizo & Avocado Pizza
4.0 out of 5
1201 ratings
specialize on pizza & beer
5
Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill
3667 India St
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 497-0914
bluewaterseafoodsandiego....
  • Halibut Salad
    Guy got it w/ Teriyaki
  • Halibut Sandwich
    Guy got it w/ lemon garlic butter; looks good
  • Cioppino
    hearty seafood soup made of wahoo, mahimahi, ahi tuna, scallops; served on plate of rice; looks good
  • Fish Tacos
    Guy got sea bass; served on warm El Indio tortillas w/ cheese, cabbage, tomatoes & onions & topped w/ homemade white sauce; "that's one of my favorite fish tacos I've ever had"-Guy Fieri; looks good
4.0 out of 5
2823 ratings
local favorite; break-down their own fish; choice of seasonings once you choose your fish
6
Cafe 222
222 Island Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 236-9902
www.cafe222.com
4.0 out of 5
1460 ratings
est. in 1991; "functional funky-industrial atmosphere to compliment her (owner Terryl Gavre) quirky eclectic style of cooking" (from its website)
7
Crazee Burger
3993 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 282-6044
crazeeburger.com
  • Alligator Burger
    served w/ curry fruit tapenade as a topping
  • Kangaroo Burger
    served w/ creamed horseradish sauce
  • Santorini Burger
    1/2 feef, 1/2 lamb with Greek tsatsiki sauce; looks good
4.0 out of 5
292 ratings
2 German immigrants combining an old American tradition w/ a European bistro atmosphere; over 30 burger variations including exotic burgers (kangaroo, gator, ostrich, etc) and exotic toppings (fruit chutney, wine-infused pears, orange glaze, etc); Other Recipes: Turkey Burger w/ Orange Mustard Glaze
8
Dobson's Bar & Restaurant
956 Broadway Cir
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 231-6771
www.dobsonsrestaurant.com...
  • Mussel Bisque
    seafood bisque w/ mussels served en Croute (w/ pastry puff on top of bowl...like a pot pie); at service, waiter breaks a hole in crust and pours in some cream sherry from Spain
4.0 out of 5
238 ratings
opened in 1984; California cuisine with a touch of Italian, French, Spanish and Asian
9
Donovan's Steak and Chop House
570 K St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 237-9700
www.donovanssteakhouse.co...
  • Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches
    free during happy hour (M-F, 4-7pm)
4.0 out of 5
625 ratings
10
Donut Bar
631 B St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 255-6360
www.donutbar.com
  • Big Poppa Tart Donut
    pop-tart stuffed into a donut, injected w/ filling, frosted & sprinkled; choice of blueberry, s'mores or strawberry; each weighs about 1-lb; Duff recommends strawberry
4.0 out of 5
2500 ratings
est. 2013
11
Extraordinary Desserts
2929 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 294-2132
www.extraordinarydesserts...
  • Dulce de Leche Cake
    looks good
4.0 out of 5
2644 ratings
opened in 1988; chef/owner studied pastry-making at the Cordon Bleu (in France)
12
Grant Grill
326 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 744-2077
www.grantgrill.com
  • Smashing Pumpkin Martini
4.0 out of 5
358 ratings
opened in 1951; the place to power lunch; brass plaque commemorating a 1969 women's successful sit-in known as "the Grant Grill invasion" protesting men's only sign during lunchtime
13
Hash House A Go Go
3628 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 298-4646
www.hashhouseagogo.com...
  • Bacon
  • Bacon Waffle
    whole bacon slices cooked inside waffle
  • BBLT
    BLT w/ extra bacon
4.0 out of 5
6261 ratings
opened in 2000; won many awards (San Diego Magazine: Reader's Choice Best Breakfast; City Search: Best American Food; and others)
14
Hodad's
5010 Newport Ave
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 224-4623
www.hodadies.com
  • Bacon Cheeseburger
    bacon patty (bacon is boiled, then chopped & seared on the grill) on top of burger; wrapped & served in the "burger diaper" (burger wrapper that is wrapped around half of the burger); looks good
  • Guido Burger
    skillet-fried pastrami on burger served w/ ketchup, pickles, Swiss cheese, grilled onions & spicy brown mustard; inspired by Guy Fieri from 1st visit; looks good; #1 in Triple D's "Top 10 Burgers" (voted by viewers)
  • Milk Shake
4.0 out of 5
4521 ratings
started in 1969; moved to current location in 1991; recognized as one of the top 5 burger joints in the country by CNN (2009); "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem" (it's a block from the beach); decor consists of wall-to-wall license plates
15
Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop
1810 W Washington St
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 296-8226
tacosmackdown.com
  • Surfin' California Burrito
    Grilled Steak, Shrimp, Fresh French Fries, Avocado, Pico De Gallo, Cheese, & Super Secret Chipotle Sauce; looks good
4.0 out of 5
6242 ratings
established in 2008; pro wrestling decor
16
Mama Testa (CLOSED)
9225 Mira Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92103
(858) 566-8226
www.mamatestataqueria.com...
  • Fish Tacos
    top seller; catfish tacos served 'Guerrero style' (deep fried but not quite crunchy); topped w/ Mexican coleslaw & queso fresco
4.0 out of 5
135 ratings
CLOSED; Throwdown: Bobby Flay lost [recipe]; opened in 2004; Mexican decor; moved from original airing location (1417 University Ave)
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OB Noodle House
2218 Cable St
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 450-6868
obnoodlehouse.com
  • House Special Fried Rice
    Chinese broccoli, shrimp, beef, eggs & Chinese sausage (made by owners' father) & chili sate sauce; looks good
  • Pho
    Vietnam beef broth rice noodle soup; Guy got the "OB Special" (extra large w/ rare steak, well-done steak, brisket, flank & tripe); "I've had a lot of pho...this really is of the best"-Guy Fieri; looks good
  • Spicy Garlic Wings
    jumbo premium mid-joint chicken wings marinated w/ garlic & spices; served on a bed of lettuce, onions & ranch dressing; looks good
4.0 out of 5
2540 ratings
opened in 2008; 40+ taps of beer available
18
Pizzeria Luigi
1137 25th St
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 233-3309
www.pizzerialuigi.com...
  • Pizza (El Diablo)
    Guy Fieri concocted at airing; diced pepperoni, sausage, meatball, red onion, jalapeno, crushed red peppers, Sriracha hot sauce
  • Pizza (Donatello)
    Ricotta Cheese, Mozzarella Cheese, Grated Romano Cheese (no tomato sauce)
  • Pizza (Mona Lisa)
    Pepperoni, Sausage, Bell Peppers, Mushrooms, Onions, Black Olives
  • Pizza (The Capone)
    thin crust pizza; Pepperoni, Sausage, Meatball; looks good
4.0 out of 5
1362 ratings
est. 2004; New York-style 18-inch pizza pies (thin crust); Italian-born chef; "pay attention to details"; uses bottled water for dough; 2nd DDD airing at new location (2121 El Cajon Blvd); Other Recipes: Pizza (Crime Scene)
19
Broken Yolk Cafe
1851 Garnet Ave
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 270-9655
www.thebrokenyolkcafe.com...
  • 12-Egg Omelet Challenge
    challenge: 12-egg omelet w/ cheese, chili, 2 biscuits and home fries; Adam won
3.5 out of 5
1317 ratings
opened in 1979
20
Cafe Coyote
2461 San Diego Ave
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 291-4695
www.cafecoyoteoldtown.com...
  • Deep-Fried Ice Cream
    vanilla ice cream covered in corn flakes, deep-fried & topped w/ honey, whipped cream & a cherry; served w/ a flavored tortilla; looks good
3.5 out of 5
3432 ratings
#55 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); since 1973; landmark in Old Town San Diego's Historic Walking District; festive atmosphere w/ "Mexican Tortilla Ladies", splashing fountains & strolling mariachis; numerous awards including Best Mexican restaurant & best margaritas (w/ over 120 tequilas to choose from)
21
Crest Cafe
425 Robinson Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 295-2510
www.crestcafe.net
  • Butter Burger
    half pound of fresh lean ground beef, stuffed w/ garlic, tarragon, basil, & parsley butter; topped w/ cheddar cheese, garlic mayonnaise (made w/ a dash of paprika, cayenne & cumin); looks good!
  • Creme Brulee French Toast
    thick French Toast w/ whipped cream & fresh strawberries topped w/ creme brulee sauce; looks good
3.5 out of 5
926 ratings
since 1985; down-home diner serving "hearty, healthy comfort food"
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El Indio
3695 India St
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 299-0333
www.el-indio.com
  • Beef Taquitos
    rolled-up tacos
  • Chile Relleno
  • Tamales
    choice of beef, chicken, pork, veggie or plain; handmade everyday w/ in-house stone-ground Masa wrapped in corn husks; steamed, unwrapped & then topped w/ choice of 3 sauces & cheese; looks good
  • Taquitos
    top seller; shredded beef, shredded chicken or potato rolled in a tortilla & deep-fried; topped w/ salsa, cheese, shredded lettuce & guacamole
  • Tortilla
    corn-based; made everyday; leftovers are deep-fried & made to tortilla chips
3.5 out of 5
1265 ratings
opened in 1940; family-owned 3 generations; local favorite; started as a tortilla factory then bloomed to a full-blown restaurant serving around the world (including care packages to our soldiers) as well as to Congress and the White House
23
Hob Nob Hill
2271 1st Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 239-8176
www.hobnobhill.com
  • Chicken 'N' Dumplings
    steamed dumpling topped w/ chopped boiled chicken & gravy
  • Corned Beef & Steamed Cabbage
  • Braised Lamb Shank
3.5 out of 5
779 ratings
est. 1944; historic landmark
24
Roberto's Taco Shop
2744 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 584-0377
  • California Burrito
    signature item; carne asada (beef), french fries, shredded cheese rolled in a large burrito
3.5 out of 5
279 ratings
open 24 hrs; many locations in southern California & Utah; all owned & operated by 1 (large) family; has drive-thru
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Spread (CLOSED)
2879 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 543-0406
www.spreadtherestaurant.c...
  • White Chocolate Pretzel Peanut Butter
3.5 out of 5
250 ratings
CLOSED
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