Don’t be fooled by San Diego’s casual vibe. The culinary scene is hot and easily rivals that of any major metropolitan city. San Diego is not just about fish tacos (though eat as many as you can while visiting) and you don’t always need to check your flip flops at the door to enjoy a meal of a lifetime.
Locally-sourced, farm-to-table, organic and sustainable are buzz words you see on menus, but it’s not just hype. San Diego chefs are active in social media, show genuine concern for the environment as well as customers, and often work together to promote charitable causes. A few have been featured on TV shows such as NINE-TEN’s Jason Knibb on Iron Chef and Herringbone’s Brian Malarkey on Top Chef. Our chefs are a force to be reckoned with.
Ambiance varies by place. Traditional Craftsman-style architecture gives A.R. Valentien a cozy Southern California feel while the eclectic, but rustic flair of Brian Malarkey’s Herringbone may overload your senses (in a good way). Ocean views are common as are spectacular values at happy hour. Speaking of getting happy, craft beers, specialty cocktails and award-winning wine lists are the norm. Can’t find a sitter? Not to worry as kids are welcome, too.
Whatever you happen to be craving, you can find it in San Diego.