10. Madras Café
Now, San Diego has a decent amount of Indian places, mostly serving your typical chicken tikka masala and curries. Madras Café is an Indian spot located in Mira Mesa that specializes in Southern Indian food- this includes dosas, sambhar, and biryani. You’ll also find Utthapam, which is a thick and soft dosa! Check out their menu because it’s impossible to list all the amazing things they have! I’m personally obsessed with the Apollo fish fry, which is a Hyderabad dish that involves fish being deep fried in a yummy sauce.
They also have a tasty goat curry and something called a samosa chaat, which is a popular street food that is a deconstructed samosa!!
Make sure to get a mango lassi to cool the heat!
11. Tamarindo Del Mar
There are SO many good places for Mexican food in San Diego. Tamarindo holds a place in my heart for a few reasons- they have a little more of an upscale vibe, and are located close to the beach. It’s the perfect place to hang out with a few drinks, for either a date or a get together with your girlfriends! The place is gorgeous, the drinks are fun and refreshing, and the food is delicious. They have a huge table with a fire pit in the middle too! I would recommend their pork belly tacos and one of their star dishes, the molcajete! A loaded seafood soup of deliciousness, Tamarindo’s comes bubbling hot and has cheese in it! My jaw dropped when this reached the table.
make sure to grab dessert- their flan is some of the best I've had!
Tappizza is a recently opened restaurant in Mira Mesa, and has one of the coolest concepts in San Diego. Simply put, they do Indian fusion. One of the hottest trends in the Bay area currently is Indian pizza, and I’ve been waiting for it to come down to San Diego! And FINALLY, Tappizza is now serving it!! You’ll find chicken tikka masala pizza, saag spinach pizza, and other flavors like figgy piggy, which has fig butter (which is delicious!)! They have fun items such as chicken tikka poutine and samosa sliders.
13. Handoo Korean BBQ
Who doesn’t love KBBQ? Now for the noobs out there, AYCE KBBQ is a place you go to grill your own meat that is brought out to you by the servers, raw. Some of the meat is marinated, some is not. There are typically Korean side dishes that include steamed egg, soup, salad, glass noodles, kimchi, radish, etc. You are typically provided with a brisket sauce and sesame oil for dipping. I typically request garlic to grill alongside the meat and also ssamjang, a Korean bean paste that I think goes marvelously with the pork. You can also request rice paper to wrap around your meat (LOL). Now everyone has their own opinion on what is the best KBBQ in town, and I choose Handoo for a few different reasons: price, quality, and variety. Handoo has some of the best prices in town ($23 for the cheapest option, $27 for the medium option which includes beef tongue, shrimp). They have all the cuts of meat we like that other places typically don’t have (thin sliced pork belly and beef belly being a few) and have bean paste stew, an amazing side dish I adore (I typically have 3-5 in one sitting) that other places also don’t usually have. The meat is the best around! For these reasons, Handoo is your best bet! BBQ tip: if you get marinated meat, save that for the end of your session. The marinade effs up the grill and turns it black, and you'll need a grill change- hence why you don't do it in the beginning, or you'll end up needing a grill change right away. Enjoy!!