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Carnitas Snack Shack: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Carnitas Snack ShackSee Carnitas Snack Shack Video ($$)
(3396 ratings)

2632 University Ave Map It!
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 294-7675
carnitassnackshack.com
  • Carnitas Tacos
    pork carnitas/ standard accompaniments in corn tortilla
4.5 out of 5
3396 ratings
opened in 2011; serving slow food-inspired, pork-centric American cuisine, snacks & locally sourced craft beers
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As Seen On:
Taco-Lanche!
  • 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
2407 ratings
est. 2011; truck driver-to-apprentice to taco food truck-to-owner/restaurateur; named after the food truck owner
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Phil's BBQ: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Phil's BBQSee Phil's BBQ Video ($$)
(12934 ratings)

3750 Sports Arena Blvd Map It!
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
12934 ratings
opened in 1998; "long lines of anticipation, an energetic, friendly atmosphere, fantastic food, huge portions and many, many, paper towels"
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Pizza Party
  • Chorizo & Avocado Pizza
4.0 out of 5
1277 ratings
specialize on pizza & beer
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  • 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
3274 ratings
local favorite; break-down their own fish; choice of seasonings once you choose your fish
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Cafe 222: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Cafe 222See Cafe 222 Video ($$)
(1680 ratings)

222 Island Ave Map It!
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 236-9902
www.cafe222.com
4.0 out of 5
1680 ratings
est. in 1991; "functional funky-industrial atmosphere to compliment her (owner Terryl Gavre) quirky eclectic style of cooking" (from its website)
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Crack Shack: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Crack Shack ($$)
(3415 ratings)

2266 Kettner Blvd Map It!
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 795-3299
https://www.crackshack.co...
As Seen On:
Man v. Food (New), Episode: "San Diego, CA"
  • Senor Croque Sandwich
    crispy chicken, bacon, fried egg, cheddar, miso-maple butter, brioche
4.0 out of 5
3415 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
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Crazee Burger: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Crazee BurgerSee Crazee Burger Video ($$)
(415 ratings)

3993 30th St Map It!
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
415 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
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  • 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
285 ratings
opened in 1984; California cuisine with a touch of Italian, French, Spanish and Asian
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  • Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches
    free during happy hour (M-F, 4-7pm)
4.0 out of 5
684 ratings
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Donut Bar: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Donut BarSee Donut Bar Video ($)
(3494 ratings)

631 B St Map It!
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
3494 ratings
est. 2013
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As Seen On:
Best Thing I Ever Ate, Episode: "Cake Walk"
  • Dulce de Leche Cake
    looks good
4.0 out of 5
2987 ratings
opened in 1988; chef/owner studied pastry-making at the Cordon Bleu (in France)
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Grant Grill: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Grant GrillSee Grant Grill Video ($$$)
(420 ratings)

326 Broadway Map It!
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 744-2077
www.grantgrill.com
  • Smashing Pumpkin Martini
4.0 out of 5
420 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
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Bacon Paradise
  • Bacon
  • Bacon Waffle
    whole bacon slices cooked inside waffle
  • BBLT
    BLT w/ extra bacon
4.0 out of 5
6939 ratings
opened in 2000; won many awards (San Diego Magazine: Reader's Choice Best Breakfast; City Search: Best American Food; and others)
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High Dive Bar And Grill: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
High Dive Bar And GrillSee High Dive Bar And Grill Video ($$)
(645 ratings)

1801 Morena Blvd Map It!
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 275-0460
www.highdivesd.com
As Seen On:
Man v. Food (New), Episode: "San Diego, CA"
  • "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
645 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
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Hob Nob Hill: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Hob Nob HillSee Hob Nob Hill Video ($$)
(939 ratings)

2271 1st Ave Map It!
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
4.0 out of 5
939 ratings
est. 1944; historic landmark
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Hodad's: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Hodad'sSee Hodad's Video ($$)
(5021 ratings)

5010 Newport Ave Map It!
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
5021 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
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Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
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(7135 ratings)

1810 W Washington St Map It!
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 296-8226
tacosmackdown.com
As Seen On:
Man v. Food, Episode: "San Diego"
  • 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
7135 ratings
established in 2008; pro wrestling decor
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Mama Testa: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Mama Testa (CLOSED)See Mama Testa Video ($$)
(135 ratings)

9225 Mira Mesa Blvd Map It!
San Diego, CA 92126
(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: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
OB Noodle HouseSee OB Noodle House Video ($$)
(2979 ratings)

2218 Cable St Map It!
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
2979 ratings
opened in 2008; 40+ taps of beer available
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Pizzeria Luigi: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Pizzeria LuigiSee Pizzeria Luigi Video ($)
(1513 ratings)

1137 25th St Map It!
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
1513 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)
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Brian's 24: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Brian's 24 ($$)
(1619 ratings)

828 6th Ave Map It!
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 702-8410
www.brians24.com
As Seen On:
Man v. Food (New), Episode: "San Diego, CA"
  • 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
1619 ratings
since 2008; breakfast is served 24 hours a day; w/ copper-clad, open kitchen w/ its beautiful, historic "Joan Crawford" mahogany bar
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Broken Yolk Cafe: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Broken Yolk CafeSee Broken Yolk Cafe Video ($$)
(1401 ratings)

1851 Garnet Ave Map It!
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 270-9655
www.thebrokenyolkcafe.com
As Seen On:
Man v. Food, Episode: "San Diego"
  • 12-Egg Omelet Challenge
    challenge: 12-egg omelet w/ cheese, chili, 2 biscuits and home fries; Adam won
3.5 out of 5
1401 ratings
opened in 1979
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Cafe Coyote: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Cafe Coyote ($$)
(4264 ratings)

2461 San Diego Ave Map It!
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
4264 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)
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Crest Cafe: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Crest CafeSee Crest Cafe Video ($$)
(1003 ratings)

425 Robinson Ave Map It!
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
1003 ratings
since 1985; down-home diner serving "hearty, healthy comfort food"
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