Oct. 22 2014 08:57 AM

Your picks for the best restaurants in San Diego

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Best 24-Hour Restaurant

Studio Diner

Honorable mention: Brian's 24, Rudford's, Saguaro's Mexican Food, Roses Donuts

Best Bagel Shop

Big City Bagel

Honorable mention: D.Z. Akin's, Point Loma Bagels, Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company, Garden State Bagels

Best Bakery

Bread & Cie

Honorable mention: Extraordinary Desserts, Dudley's Bakery, Hans & Harry's Bakery, D.Z. Akin's

Best Brunch Spots

Urban Solace

Honorable mention: Snooze, Great Maple, 94th Aero Squadron, Jimmy's Famous American Tavern

Best Cajun Restaurant

Bud's Louisiana Café

Honorable mention: Crab Hut, New Orleans Creole Cafe, Proud Mary's Southern Bar & Grill, Mardi Gras Cafe

Best Casino Buffet

The Buffet at Valley View Casino

Honorable mention: The Buffet at Viejas Casino, Harrah's Resort Buffet, Seasons Buffet at Barona, Paipa's Buffet at Sycuan

Best Cheap Eats


Honorable mention: Chicken Pie Shop, K Sandwiches, Papa Luna's Empanadas, Carnitas' Snack Shack

Best Chinese Restaurant


Honorable mention: Mandarin House, Dumpling Inn, Royal Mandarin, Rising Dragon

Best Coffeehouse

Caffe Calabria

Honorable mention: Lestat's, Claire de Lune, Influx Café, Rebecca's

Best Contemporary Cuisine

The Patio on Lamont

Honorable mention: Starlite, Juniper & Ivy, Urban Solace, Table No. 10

Best Donut Shop

VG's Donuts

Honorable mention: Donut Bar, Golden Donut, Donut Star, Mary's Donuts

Best Ethnic Food Market

99 Ranch Market

Honorable mention: Pancho Villa, North Park Produce, Mitsuwa, Zion Market

Best Family Restaurant

Station Tavern

Honorable mention: Corvette Diner, D.Z. Akin's, Waypoint Public, La Bella's Café & Games

Best Farm to Table Restaurant

Carnitas' Snack Shack

Honorable mention: Blind Lady Ale House, The Smoking Goat, Alchemy, Brabant

Best Farmers Market


Honorable mention: Little Italy, Ocean Beach, North Park, Encinitas

Best Fast Food

In-N-Out Burger

Honorable mention: Rubio's Fresh Mexican, Sombrero Mexican Food, Chick-Fil-A, Jack in the Box

Best Greek Restaurant

The Kebab Shop

 Honorable mention: Olympic Cafe, Cafe Athena, Zorbas Greek Cuisine, Alexis Greek Cafe

Best Hotel Restaurant


Honorable mention: The Pearl, Saltbox, Cosmopolitan, Currant

Best Ice Cream Shop

Gelato Vero

Honorable mention: Mariposa, Chocolat Cremerie, The Baked Bear, Hammond's

Best Indian Restaurant

Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India

Honorable mention: Taste of India, Punjabi Tandoor, Royal India, Sundara

Best Italian Restaurant

Cucina Urbana

Honorable mention: Bouna Forchetta, Arrivederci, Il Fornaio, The Godfather

Best Japanese Restaurant


Honorable mention: Izakaya Ouan, Yoshino's Japanese Restuarnt, Dao Fu, Wa Dining Okan

Best Korean Restaurant

Manna BBQ

Honorable mention: Convoy Tofu House, Grandma Korean BBQ and Tofu, Friend's House Korean, Do Re Mi House

Best Catering Company

San Diego Taco Company

Honorable mention: Phil's BBQ, Waters Fine Food & Catering, MIHO Gastrotruck, Cali Comfort BBQ

Best Pizza


Honorable mention: Woodstock's, Pizzeria Luigi, Blind Lady Ale House, URBN

Best Mediterranean Restaurant

Mama's Bakery and Deli

Honorable mention: The Kebab Shop, Aladdin Cafe, Mediterranean Cafe, Kous Kous

Best Mexican Restaurant


Honorable mention: Old Town Mexican Cafe, The Blind Burro, Miguel's Cocina, Fidel's Little Mexico

Best Mexican Seafood Restaurant


Honorable mention: Oscar's Mexican Seafood, TJ Oyster Bar, El Zarape, Ortega's Bistro

Best Outdoor Dining

C Level

Honorable mention: George's at the Cove, The Patio on Lamont, The Station, Mitch's Seafood

Best Late Night Dining

Brian's 24

Honorable mention: Rudford's, La Puerta, Lion's Share, Don Chido

Best Dim-Sum


Honorable mention: Emerald, Hong Kong BBQ & Dimsum, China Max, Pearl Chinese Cuisine

Best Romantic Restaurant

The Marine Room

Honorable mention: Bertrand at Mr. A's, George's at the Cove, C Level, Whisknladle

Best Chef

Matt Gordon

Honorable mention: Deborah Scott, Chad White, Sharon Wilson, Kevin Lissy

Best Sandwich Shop

Rubicon Deli

Honorable mention: Mona Lisa, Big Front Door, The Cheese Shop, Board and Brew

Best Seafood Restaurant

Mitch's Seafood

Honorable mention: The Fish Market, Ironside Fish & Oyster, Oceanaire, Blue Water Seafood

Best Soul Food Restaurant

Proud Mary's Southern Bar & Grill

Honorable mention: Sister Pee Wee's Soul Food, Louisiana Fried Chicken, Bonnie Jean's, That Boy Good Southern BBQ Joint

Best South American Food Restaurant

Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse

Honorable mention: Pampas Argentine Grill, El Salvadoreno, Qero, Brazil by the Bay

Best Spanish Restaurant

Cafe Sevilla

Honorable mention: Costa Brava, Tapas Picasso, The Joint, Iberico Bistro

Best Steakhouse

Donovan's Steak Chop House

Honorable mention: Cowboy Star, Bully's East, The Butcher Shop, Gaslamp Strip Club

Best Sushi Restaurant

Sushi Deli

Honorable mention: Sushi Ota, Harney Sushi, Hane Sushi, RA Sushi

Best Taco Shop

Lucha Libre

Honorable mention: El Indio, Lolita's, City Tacos, Sombrero

Best Thai Restaurant

Lotus Thai

Honorable mention: Amarin, Bangkok Spices, Street Side Thai, The Original Sab-E-Lee

Best Vegan Restaurant

Loving Hut

Honorable mention: Native Foods Cafe, Evolution Fast Food, Jyoti Bihanga, Plumeria

Best Vegetarian Restaurant


Honorable mention: Pokez, Plumeria, Native Foods Cafe, Evolution Fast Food

Best Vietnamese Restaurant

OB Noodle House

Honorable mention: Pho Hoa Noodle Soup, Saigon on 5th, Cali Baguette, Phoung Trang

Best Business Lunch Spot

Slater's 50/50

Honorable mention: Blind Lady Ale House, Station Tavern, Puesto, Doods Foods

Best Restaurant Staff

Urban Solace

Honorable mention: Blind Lady Ale House, Brabant, Puesto, Pizzeria Mozza

Best Gaslamp/Downtown/East Village Restaurant

Cowboy Star

Honorable mention: Searsucker, JSix, Oceanaire, Saltbox

Best Restaurant

Island Prime

Honorable mention: Urban Solace, Cucina Urbana, Mr A's, Nine-Ten

Best New Restaurant (opened Since October 2013)

Juniper & Ivy

Honorable mention: The Patio on Goldfinch, Puesto (at Headquarters), Ironside Fish & Oyster, Florent

Food Stuff

Best Barbecue

Phil's BBQ

Honorable mention: Coop's West Texas BBQ, BBQ House OB, Kansas City BBQ, Cali Comfort BBQ

Best Breakfast

Hash House A Go Go

Honorable mention: The Broken Yolk, Original Pancake House, The Mission Cafe, Richard Walker's Pancake House

Best Breakfast Burrito

The Mission Cafe

Honorable mention: Lolita's, Kono's Surf Club Cafe, Taco Surf, Dos Brasas

Best Burger


Honorable mention: Rocky's, Slater's 50/50, Burger Lounge, Crazy Burger

Best Burrito

Lucha Libre

Honorable mention: Lolita's, Sombrero Mexican Food, Nico's Mexican Food, El Zarape

Best Chicken Wings

Dirty Birds

Honorable mention: Bub's at the Ballpark, South Park Abbey, Wings-N-Things, Ritual Tavern

Best Cupcakes


Honorable mention: Heavenly Cupcake, PubCakes, Pure Cupcakes, Frost Me

Best Deli

D.Z. Akin's

Honorable mention: Mona Lisa, Big Front Door, Rubicon Deli, Milton's

Best Dessert

Extraordinary Desserts

Honorable mention: Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro, Heaven Sent Desserts, D.Z. Akin's, Chocolat Cremerie

Best Fish Tacos

Wahoo's Fish Taco

Honorable mention: Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill, South Beach Bar & Grille, Pacific Beach Fish Shop, Mitch's Seafood

Best Fish-N-Chips

Shakespeare's Pub

Honorable mention: Pacific Beach Fish Shop, Princess Pub, Bay Park Fish Co., Mr. Fish and Chips

Best Food Truck


Honorable mention: Tacos La Mezcla, God Save the Cuisine, It's a Dogs World, Frida's Cocina

Best Health Food Store

Jimbo's Naturally

Honorable mention: OB People's, Sprouts, Whole Foods, Frazier Farms

Best Hot Dog

Lefty's Chicago Pizzeria

Honorable mention: Fathom Bistro, Daddy's Hot Dogs, Hot Diggity Dog, Mastiff Sausage Company

Best Philly Cheesesteak

Gaglione Brothers

Honorable mention: Monkey Paw, Giorgino's, Pop's Jersey Style Cheese Steaks, Effin's Pub & Grill

Best Pie Shop

Julian Cafe

Honorable mention: Mom's Pie House, Betty's Whole Pie Saloon, Sugar & Scribe Bakery, Mama Kat's Restaurant and Pie Shop

Best Prime Rib

Bully's East

Honorable mention: Island Prime, The Butcher Shop, Albie's Beef Inn, Cafe La Maze

Best Salad Bar

Tender Greens

Honorable mention: Fogo De Chao, Salad Style, Whole Foods, Napizza

Best Smoothie

Señor Mangos

Honorable mention: OB Smoothie, Swamis, Krakatoa, Captain Kirk's

Best Tapas

Costa Brava

Honorable mention: Prepkitchen Little Italy, The Joint, Cafe Sevilla, Izakaya Ouan

Best Yogurt

Paradise Yogurt

Honorable mention: Yogurtland, Yog-art, Golden Spoon, Yogurt Mill


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