Foodie Favorites In Downtown San Diego, California

Lisa Nicole

Downtown San Diego has lots of options for food. Some of these establishments have lines forming three hours prior to opening. Here are some suggestions of the best places to try.

1. The Crack Shack

Restaurant, American, Halal

The Crack Shack
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The Crack Shack owner Mike Rosen and chef Richard Blais have created a definitive chicken restaurant. The selection of chicken sandwiches, fried chicken, salad, and sides will satisfy any craving you might have. Relatively new and open Tuesdays through Sundays, The Crack Shack has established a reputation for quality food. The Señor Croque comes with bacon, crispy chicken, a fried egg, cheddar, and miso maple butter on a Brioche bun and will have your taste buds screaming for more. The Crack Shack also has delicious cookies; among the best is the cookies and cream cookie. The service is great, the staff is very friendly, and the food couldn’t be better.

2. Donut Bar

Bakery, Dessert, American

Donut Bar
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Donut Bar has the best donuts in Southern California, hands down. They are freshly made throughout the day and anything but traditional, with bold flavors such as Oh My Birthday Cake Oreo (with a full size Oreo cookie in the middle), Vermont Maple Bacon, and Chocolate Euphoria, just to name a few. The line starts to form around 5am for these delicious donuts. You can check Donut Bar’s social media accounts to see which donuts are available before you make the trip.

3. Hodad’s

Restaurant, Bar, American, Beer

Hodad’s is know for delicious burgers. There are two locations: one in Ocean Beach and one in Downtown. Both are always busy, but the employees make sure to welcome everyone. The bacon cheeseburger is the way to go, cooked perfectly with cheese and toppings of your choice. While Hodad’s sets the bar high for burgers, it also makes a great chicken sandwich; the chicken breast is deep-fried to perfection. It comes topped with your choice of cheese, along with lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, and spread. The burgers and chicken burgers are big enough to share, or to save half for later. If you don’t want to do that, there’s also a selection of mini burgers available.

5. Hash House A Go Go

Hash House A Go Go

This is where food and art become one. Hash House A Go Go is located in Hillcrest. This place is a triple threat, serving tasteful selections for brunch, lunch, and dinner. A menu may not even be necessary; you’ll be tempted to order based on the delicious art you see on other people’s plates. Good old Instagram offers a good visual depiction of the menu, as well. One of the tastiest meals is Andy’s Fried Chicken: fried chicken, two eggs cooked to your preference, bacon, mashed potatoes, and a biscuit, along with watermelon and juicy tomatoes. It’s food porn brought to reality that will satisfy you; the servings are large, but larger is always better. This is a great place for those mornings after a night out.

Hash House A Go Go, 3628 5th Ave, San Diego, CA, USA +1 619 298 4646

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