San Diego, CA

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Carnitas Snack ShackCarnitas Snack Shack
2632 University Ave Map It!
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 294-7675
  • Carnitas Tacos
    pork carnitas/ standard accompaniments in corn tortilla
4.5 out of 5
3286 ratings
opened in 2011; serving slow food-inspired, pork-centric American cuisine, snacks & locally sourced craft beers
Oscar's Mexican SeafoodOscar's Mexican Seafood
703 Turquoise St Map It!
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 488-6392
  • 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
2170 ratings
est. 2011; truck driver-to-apprentice to taco food truck-to-owner/restaurateur; named after the food truck owner
Phil's BBQPhil's BBQ
3750 Sports Arena Blvd Map It!
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 226-6333
  • 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
11789 ratings
opened in 1998; "long lines of anticipation, an energetic, friendly atmosphere, fantastic food, huge portions and many, many, paper towels"
Blind Lady Ale HouseBlind Lady Ale House
3416 Adams Ave Map It!
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 255-2491
  • Chorizo & Avocado Pizza
4.0 out of 5
1242 ratings
specialize on pizza & beer
Blue Water Seafood Market & GrillBlue Water Seafood Market & Grill
3667 India St Map It!
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 497-0914
  • 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
2984 ratings
local favorite; break-down their own fish; choice of seasonings once you choose your fish
Cafe 222Cafe 222
222 Island Ave Map It!
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 236-9902
4.0 out of 5
1527 ratings
est. in 1991; "functional funky-industrial atmosphere to compliment her (owner Terryl Gavre) quirky eclectic style of cooking" (from its website)
Crack ShackCrack Shack
2266 Kettner Blvd Map It!
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 795-3299
  • Senor Croque Sandwich
    crispy chicken, bacon, fried egg, cheddar, miso-maple butter, brioche
4.0 out of 5
2658 ratings
opened in 2015; "Admittedly, we're a little cocky." (from its website...they specialize in chicken); one of celebrity chef Richard Blais's restaurants; long lines
Crazee BurgerCrazee Burger
3993 30th St Map It!
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 282-6044
  • 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
345 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
Dobson's Bar & RestaurantDobson's Bar & Restaurant
956 Broadway Cir Map It!
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 231-6771
  • Mussel Bisque
    seafood bisque w/ mussels served en Croute (w/ pastry puff on top of a pot pie); at service, waiter breaks a hole in crust and pours in some cream sherry from Spain
4.0 out of 5
260 ratings
opened in 1984; California cuisine with a touch of Italian, French, Spanish and Asian
Donovan's Steak and Chop HouseDonovan's Steak and Chop House
570 K St Map It!
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 237-9700
  • Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches
    free during happy hour (M-F, 4-7pm)
4.0 out of 5
646 ratings
Donut BarDonut Bar
631 B St Map It!
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 255-6360
  • 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
2832 ratings
est. 2013
Extraordinary DessertsExtraordinary Desserts
2929 5th Ave Map It!
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 294-2132
  • Dulce de Leche Cake
    looks good
4.0 out of 5
2788 ratings
opened in 1988; chef/owner studied pastry-making at the Cordon Bleu (in France)
Grant GrillGrant Grill
326 Broadway Map It!
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 744-2077
  • Smashing Pumpkin Martini
4.0 out of 5
389 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
Hash House A Go GoHash House A Go Go
3628 5th Ave Map It!
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 298-4646
  • Bacon
  • Bacon Waffle
    whole bacon slices cooked inside waffle
  • BBLT
    BLT w/ extra bacon
4.0 out of 5
6508 ratings
opened in 2000; won many awards (San Diego Magazine: Reader's Choice Best Breakfast; City Search: Best American Food; and others)
High Dive Bar And GrillHigh Dive Bar And Grill
1801 Morena Blvd Map It!
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 275-0460
  • "The Kracken" Burger
    1 pound Angus patty, gorgonzola, bacon, grilled onions, sandwiched between two roasted sriracha-infused peanut butter & jelly sandwiches
4.0 out of 5
619 ratings
since 2006; neighborhood bar & restaurant w/ outdoor patio, situated in the enchanting heart of Bay Park; carry 20 local craft beers on tap and serve up an array of tiki-inspired cocktails
5010 Newport Ave Map It!
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 224-4623
  • 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
4688 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
Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco ShopLucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop
1810 W Washington St Map It!
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 296-8226
  • 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
6606 ratings
established in 2008; pro wrestling decor
Mama TestaMama Testa (CLOSED)
9225 Mira Mesa Blvd Map It!
San Diego, CA 92103
(858) 566-8226
  • 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)
OB Noodle HouseOB Noodle House
2218 Cable St Map It!
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 450-6868
  • 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
2701 ratings
opened in 2008; 40+ taps of beer available
Pizzeria LuigiPizzeria Luigi
1137 25th St Map It!
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 233-3309
  • 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
1420 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)
Brian's 24Brian's 24
828 6th Ave Map It!
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 702-8410
  • Pancake Monster Challenge
    five buttermilk pancakes layered w/ 4 strips of bacon, 2 sausage patties, an 8-oz ham steak, & an 8-oz country fried steak, topped w/ 3 eggs any style, all on a bed of house home fries; finish it (total of 5.5-lbs) by yourself in under an hour, it's on the house; Casey lost
3.5 out of 5
1474 ratings
since 2008; breakfast is served 24 hours a day; w/ copper-clad, open kitchen w/ its beautiful, historic "Joan Crawford" mahogany bar
Broken Yolk CafeBroken Yolk Cafe
1851 Garnet Ave Map It!
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 270-9655
  • 12-Egg Omelet Challenge
    challenge: 12-egg omelet w/ cheese, chili, 2 biscuits and home fries; Adam won
3.5 out of 5
1351 ratings
opened in 1979
Cafe CoyoteCafe Coyote
2461 San Diego Ave Map It!
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 291-4695
  • 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
3688 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)
Crest CafeCrest Cafe
425 Robinson Ave Map It!
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 295-2510
  • 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
956 ratings
since 1985; down-home diner serving "hearty, healthy comfort food"
El IndioEl Indio
3695 India St Map It!
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 299-0333
  • 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
1321 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
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