… happy Wednesday, Friends!
I’m currently en route to Las Vegas, and thought I’d take some time out of my hour I have left before I leave to type up a quick guide to my favorite city in America….. you guessed it. (If you missed the title, its San Diego) ; )
I’ve been getting some questions from my readers on where to go, stay, eat and play. So without further ado, here we gooooo!
Where to Stay:
If as if all of the hype wasn’t enough, I can legitimately endorse this amazing new hotel in the heart of downtown. I haven’t planned a staycation this summer, but if I was, this little gem would be at the top of my list. I was invited here for the opening of the hotel, and can I say, not much impresses me…
….but dang, this place is is hands down, one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve ever seen.
It boasts a gorgeous pool, and bar area and at least 3 other restaurants, and a club I’ve heard is off the chain.
Go. Go. Go.
Where to EAT:
Little Italy wasn’t exactly hurting for another Italian restaurant, but Barbusa’s entry on the scene proves there was room for a team smart enough to see the rising demands of the city’s hottest dining neighborhood and raise the stakes accordingly. Owned and operated by the Busalacchi family, who previously operated Po Pazzo out of the same space on India Street, the buzzy spot immediately landed in our round-up of best Italian restaurants in San Diego, which includes crudo, pizza, meaty entrees, and spectacular handmade pasta dishes at prices so reasonable it could be your new go-to.
This local breakfast concept recently spawned two new locations and is scheduled to expand into East Village and Carmel Valley in 2017. The winning combo of creative eats (like breakfast jambalaya, s’mores French toast, and turkey meatball hash) with cheeky decor and branding elements — including chairs that look like hard-boiled eggs and cutlery wrappers reminding you that yawns are silent screams for coffee — make it one of the best breakfast options in SD.
Tip: the Liberty Station location serves a pared-down menu with inexpensive, appetizer-sized portions of core offerings and half-price cocktails from 3-8pm daily.
BIGA’s appearance in the historic Samuel Fox Lofts signalled the dawn of an optimistic new era in the downtown dining scene. For years, ground-level retail spaces sat vacant and the Spanish revival building was just another dead zone on Broadway. That changed when the lights went on at BIGA.
That alone would land BIGA on this year’s best-of list, but Dickey recently went a leap further by hiring an accomplished pastry chef to oversee the expanded dessert offerings and a new baker to head up an ambitious bread program. We can’t wait to see what this over-achieving enterprise gets up to in 2017
Where to DRINK:
Ignoring the scores of tourists that are sure to be at Cannonball on any given day, the bar has an unabated view of the beach and the best people watching in San Diego with the crowds that populate Ocean Front Walk.
Catania in La Jolla:
An excellent date spot, Catania serves up some of the best Italian food in San Diego in a relaxed environment with a view of La Jolla’s picturesque downtown. Try the duck sugo orecchiette, or go with a classic and order the pizza margherita.
Hello Betty Fish House in Oceanside:
Too often, lists like these neglect North County, which is outright silly. Just one block off the beach, Hello Betty presents stunning views of the Oceanside Pier. It can get crowded up there with people putting back oyster shooters and ceviche and beers, but head downstairs to the main kitchen for the best salmon burger in town.
… and there you have it kids. I’ll be adding onto this list with a new post later in the summer once I get out to explore some new places in this fine city, but this is a starting place.
Where is your fave place to go, dine, stay… eat or drink, in Americas Finest City? : )