San Diego, I Love You

My sister recently moved to San Diego's North Park and has been raving about her new neighborhood. I had been planning to visit so when the San Diego Tourism reached out to me to share some of my favorite spots, I couldn't be more excited. 

Just a little over 2 hours away, San Diego welcomed me with Wow Wow Waffle to satiate my hunger. I ordered an assortment of sweet & savory and fell in love with the Number 7, bacon baked in brown sugar, avocado, & goat cheese. 

I spent the latter of Friday night strolling North Park and catching up with my sister. Willy and I decided to take a nice stroll through the residential neighborhood Saturday morning. The houses are all super unique with different shapes, sizes, and decor. 

The rest of our Saturday and Sunday on a self led food tour with zero regrets. We ate everything from lobster mac n cheese to giant bavarian pretzels and artisanal donuts. Here is my round up of my try eateries/restaurants and everything in between.

1. Nomad Donuts

3102 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

Known from their world inspired flavor donuts, Nomad also features a full service cafe bar, bagels, and breakfast eats. We tried four different donuts and loved every single one. The Mango Cake Mango Chili Tamarind is definitely a wild card but was a unique try. 

 Mango Cake Mango Chili Tamarind, Meyer Lemon Crueller, Apple Jam Almond Cardamom, Passionfruit Orange Guava

Mango Cake Mango Chili Tamarind, Meyer Lemon Crueller, Apple Jam Almond Cardamom, Passionfruit Orange Guava

2. California Tap Room

3812 Ray St, San Diego, CA 92104

If you are as much of a soft pretzel fiend as I am, you cannot miss this one. They have a variety of pretzels from the Giant Bavarian (pictured below) to the Philly Sourdough. They warm up the pretzel and serve it with a side of beer cheese and an assortment of delicious mustards. Not only did we order two pretzels, we also went home with a side of beer cheese and mustards to use at home. That good. 

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3. Liberty Public Market

2820 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106

Nothing speaks to me more than a food collective with a little something for everyone. I love going to tons of stalls and getting an item or two from each and eating everything family style. Liberty Public Market definitely delivered. We got sausages and fries from Mastiff Sausage Company, lobster mac n cheese from Wicked Maine Lobster, arancini balls from Roma Express, and jambalaya from Cane Patch Kitchen.

4. Barbusa

1917 India St, San Diego, CA 92101

My sister took me to Little Italy for dinner and we dined on fresh handmade pasta and delicious wood fired pizzas. Pro tip, take a Lyft as parking can be a bit tricky. I instagram polled and everyone told me to order the Bone Marrow Cavatelli. So glad I listened. Also, I'm definitely into ordering pizzas as appetizers. Am I the only one? We got the Dolci E Piccante which is a sweet and spicy and features a lavender honey.

5. Coral Tree Tea House

2490 Heritage Park Row, San Diego, CA 92110

Two words. High tea. Pretty much my favorite bougie thing to do. Coral Tree Tea House sits in historical Heritage Park. It is family owned and everything is made in house. Not to mention, the teas were so good! My favorite was Carmen and it smelled INCREDIBLE. 

6. Carnitas Snack Shack

2632 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

If you're a Fried Chicken Sandwich connoisseur, you must try theirs. The tri pepper marmalade and chive aioli makes for the perfect combination. We also got the Steak Sandwich which was also incredible but for sure the Fried Chicken stole the show. 

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Looking back it's hard to imagine that I managed to eat all that in 2 days but somehow, my body made room. Walking around San Diego, I already have a list of my next spots I must try. Can't wait to be back soon! Until then, xo.

I want to thank San Diego Tourism for sponsoring this post. Funded in part with City of San Diego Tourism Marketing District Assessment Funds.