Best Local Eats in San Diego

San Diego is known for its amazing seafood and beautiful weather. Since the city is located right on the coast, most restaurants have ready access to plenty of fresh seafood. If you are looking into visiting this amazing city, make sure that you check out one of these hotspots for local cuisine.

Hodad’s

Recently featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” Hodad’s serves up huge, juicy, gourmet burgers without attitude. The atmosphere is dive-like with license plates and memorabilia lining the walls and blaring music to set the mood. They don’t care if you’re shoeless or shirtless (men only!) at this Ocean Beach location, as it’s THAT casual. If you’re lucky enough to grab a table, make sure not to linger, as a line snaking out the door is anxiously awaiting their burger heaven. Don’t forget to pair a beer or an awesome shake with your burger. This is definitely one of San Diego’s most famous restaurants.

Cucina Urbana

CUCINA Urbana, located in Banker’s Hill, is a California inspired Italian Kitchen and Wine Shop. Enjoy favorites such as pizza, stuffed fried squash blossoms, and veal piccata while dining traditionally or family-style. Locally-sourced and organic ingredients are used whenever possible while keeping most menu items at under $20. The decor mixes a modern kitchen and an old rustic farmhouse together with splashes of bohemian accents. Have a look around. Due to popular demand, some of the items in the restaurant are for sale, but act quickly as they can be one-of-a-kind. This restaurant is a favorite of local San Diegans because it’s reasonably priced, family-friendly, chic and delicious, all wrapped into one. There is now a Del Mar location.

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 buttermilk variety, or something different like blackberry-granola or butterscotch-almond. Nursing a hangover? Order the “O’Hare of the Dog,” a 24-oz Budweiser in a brown bag and a side of bacon. Lunch and dinner choices are just as mammoth, including a one-pound burger stuffed with mashed potatoes and bacon, or go for the stellar sage fried chicken, a show-stopping dish.

These are just a few of the amazing local eats. Make sure you check out our favorites and see if there are others to add to this list. If you want some help on planning your next vacation to San Diego, check out 710 Beach Rentals for all your vacation needs.