Beat Cold Weather with These Hearty Eats in San Diego

As the weather turns colder, it's the time of year when people crave hearty comfort food just like Mom or Grandma used to make. Even in a health-conscious city like San Diego, homestyle classics are easy to find. And, we're not talking about chain restaurants either.

A number of San Diego's best restaurants are putting modern spins on classic dishes. You can't go wrong with Soda and Swine's meatball selection which can be place on spaghetti, in a slider or even a burger. Finish with apple pie a la mode or pecan pie.

While you can't go wrong with old-fashioned meatloaf and patty melts, it's hard to pass up a giant stack of pancakes at Brian's 24, a Gaslamp staple. The upshot is that this family-run favorite is open round-the-clock.

Homestyle food can also equal a stop at San Diego's popular New York-style deli. Milton's serves up a heaping Matzo ball that is only made better by pairing it with a meaty pastrami sandwich on rye bread. Pick up a macaroon on the way out and keep them in mind for your next catered event.

After all, sometimes a few extra minutes (or hours) on the treadmill is worth it to fill your soul and belly with a homestyle meal. For those times, here are 10 San Diego restaurants to consider.

Balboa Park

Listed in "Gourmet" magazine as one of America's greatest hometown cafes, this local favorite has been around since 1944. Serves up such hearty breakfasts as smoked pork chops and eggs, eggs Benedict, French toast, pancakes, waffles, and much...  Read More

Harry's Coffee Shop is popular with locals and tourists alike for an old-school, casual ambiance as well as enormous portions. Coffee is refilled quickly while the menu is varied featuring delicious omelettes and items with a Mexican flair....  Read More

Studio Diner

Studio Diner is open late-night (round-the-clock from Thursday through Sunday and until midnight during the rest of the week) and set on a working studio lot in the Kearny Mesa business district. The menu features a wide array of great...  Read More

North County Beaches

This saloon-style coffee and dessert spot is inside the Sunshine Gardens nursery. Despite an odd location--it's kind of a hidden gem--the pies are worth seeking out. But, they're only whole pies, no slices, prepared with real fruit, local eggs,...  Read More

Pacific Beach
Broken Yolk

As you might guess from its name, this lovely cafe specializes in omelets perfectly prepared with a wide variety of ingredients. The famous dozen-egg omelet comes topped with chili and a pile of potatoes on the side. Eat it all and you pay a...  Read More

Since opening in 1995, Milton's has been serving generous portions of fresh, high quality New York style deli food. Located in beautiful Del Mar just off the I-5 freeway at the Via de la Valle exit, Milton's bakes and prepare hundreds of items...  Read More

Brian's 24

If there's one thing the Gaslamp Quarter needs, it's a place to nosh after a late night at the clubs. Brian's 24 is extremely popular for ordering breakfast, lunch or dinner 24 hours a day. The owners were fed up that a 24-hour option did not...  Read More

Owned and operated by Chef Matt Gordon and his wife, Urban Solace in North Park offers brunch-goers two options. "Blunch" on weekdays and Saturdays includes breakfast-type items such as Kitchen Sink Biscuits and Gravy, Wild White Mexican Shrimp...  Read More

North Park

Soda and Swine is part of a dual-concept by Consortium Holdings that also includes Polite Provisions. The brings a renewed spirit of community to a bustling street corner of one of San Diego's most eclectic, burgeoning neighborhoods, Normal...  Read More

Hash House A Go Go

Modern diner Hash House A Go Go specializes in BIG "Twisted Farm Food" so bring your appetite. For breakfast or brunch (served a la carte), indulge in a plate of hash with meatloaf, salmon, or corned beef. Try flapjacks such as the traditional...  Read More


Meet Katie Dillon

Katie Dillon originally moved to the seaside community of La Jolla to attend UC San Diego. When the opportunity presented itself, she and her husband set off for a 7 year stint overseas as...  More About Katie