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Best Hidden Gems of San Diego Part 3


5. Vons Chicken

Now before you even ask…, this Vons is not related to the grocery store, or located inside the Vons grocery store lol. They are completely unrelated! Vons Chicken is a Korean fried chicken chain, similar to Bonchon or Cross Street chicken. Now you may be thinking, what’s so special about Korean fried chicken? And my answer to you is EVERYTHING. KFC typically has a paper thin crust, and is also double fried for extra crispiness. The double frying also renders out more fat, so Korean fried chicken ends up being lighter and less oily than American fried chicken (a huge plus for me). KFC is a hugely popular takeout option in Korea and I first became interested because I saw it frequently in the Korean dramas I watched. It seemed like they were always getting chicken and beer! So I went on a quest to try all the KFC in San Diego. I find that Vons has my favorite (and in my opinion the best) Korean fried chicken in San Diego. They be thicc and juicy. Their options include crunchy fried chicken with flavor like 5 grain powder, powdered cheese, garlic, soy garlic, with honey butter or yangnyeom (sweet and spicy sauce comprised of gochujang). Honestly I would recommend any of their flavors. Soy garlic and 5 grain powder are the safer options- honey butter and yangnyeom are definitely for the more adventurous! My personal favorite was soy garlic.

In addition to wings, you can get some good sides such as fries, onion rings, dumplings, Korean rice cakes, and Kimchi fried rice, which I was obsessed with. A bit on the spicy side but still delicious! If you’ve never tried Korean fried chicken, I highly recommend giving it a go. You won’t regret it. Let’s get some chicken, beer and watch some k-dramas together!

6. Awash Ethiopian Restaurant

Have you had Ethiopian food? If not, prepare to have your mind blown. I first had Ethiopian food in college- I was lucky enough to get a few samples that were being given away by a local student Ethiopian club. I have been in love ever since and always establish my new favorite place ASAP whenever I move somewhere new! In San Diego, my current favorite is Awash! If I had to compare, I would say Ethiopian food is similar to Indian food- you can have curry-like dishes that go with a starch, similar to how you have naan that you use to handle your Indian curries and entrees. For Ethiopian food, this starch is called injera, and it is typically served underneath the entrees and lines the plate (see below to see what I mean). I love injera because it is spongey, fluffy, and tastes a bit like sourdough bread. Typically on Ethiopian menus you see ‘wot’ and ‘tibs’- to put it simply, a wot is a stew/curry (so you’ll see a chicken wot, a beef wot, etc) and tibs is meat that has simply been sauted with spices (so it’s not ‘wet’ like a wot. I would say it’s similar to Mexican fajitas. You can have all different types of tibs). If you feel overwhelmed by all the choices, do not fear, Awash has a combo platter! Most Ethiopian places do, and I have a feeling it’s to cater to non-Ethiopians who have no idea what the hell they’re doing. I often get the combo platter because it’s a great way to have a lot of variety without committing to something. Awash has a vegetable combo and a meat combo, and you can opt to get both. Last time I was there the combos were in the $10-13 range. Very affordable! Sometimes they have Ethiopian honey wine as well, another absolute must try. It’s like a sweet, candy-like mead. Last I was there, they made theirs in house! Awash is actually an Ethiopian grocery store, with the restaurant operating all the way in the back. It truly feels like you are sitting in someone’s living room, enjoying an amazing home cooked meal. My favorite individual dish is the doro wot, or chicken stew. This is a BITTTT spicy so just a warning! I recommend going to Awash with a few friends so you can split both combos!

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