What is your favorite place in the San Diego State area?


Monday, October 24, 2011


I apologize for the lack of updates in recent weeks, but I have moved to Tokyo for the year.

When I return I will put 100% of my effort into maintaing this blog and adding new restaurants.

I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

Thank you,

San Diego Food Man

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Seafood-Off the Hook

Name: Off the Hook Seafood Grill

Cuisine: Seafood

Opinion: Great

Area: Encinitas, Carlsbad

About: Located in one of Encinitas's busiest shopping centers with Best Buy and Stater Bros., this is a great place to quickly relax and enjoy a great meal.

What to order: Fish & Chips, Albacore with lemon butter bowl with brown rice

More info: To order from the main menu you choose a type of fish, then a type of oil or flavoring for it to be cooked in, and how you want it served to you (salad, bowl, plate, sandwich). They also offer various other seafood items. The bowl I ordered came with steamed vegetables and steamed rice which went well with my albacore. The fish was fried perfectly and the french fries were delicious in the fish & chips. Definitely try this place for a quick lunch!

Address: 1042 N El Camino Real, Encinitas, Ca 92024

Phone: 760-632-8553

Fish & Chips

Lemon Butter Albacore Bowl with Brown Rice and Steamed Vegetables 


Name: Tomiko Restaurant and Bar

Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

Opinion: Good

Area: Encinitas

About: A very romantic setting with a great view of Encinitas. The bar area offers a very good happy hour, with different menu items costing only $4,$5, or $6.

What to order: Las Vegas Roll

More info: This Japanese fusion restaurant is definitely on the higher end, I have only tried their happy hour menu which was alright. The happy hour menu was slightly limited not offering any sashimi, mostly rolls and appetizers. There are plenty of other sushi restaurants I would try in Encinitas, but I think their specialty is non-sushi items. The service was great and the atmosphere was worth it.

Website/Menu: http://tomiko.com/

Address: 87 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas, Ca 92024

Phone: 760-633-3587

California Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Mexican-Juanitas Taco Shop

Name: Juanitas Taco Shop

Cuisine: Mexican

Opinion: Great

Area: Encinitas, Leucadia

About: An Encinitas favorite, this hole in the wall taco shop offers great food at an amazing price.

What to order: California Burrito, Breakfast Burrito, Number 10: Fish Plate, Number 2: Taco & Enchilada

More info: The taco shop is open on weeknights until midnight and on the weekends until 3 a.m.. A perfect place for lunch, a break from the beach, dinner, or after a late night pub crawl. This is one of the cheapest restaurants you will find in Encinitas. You can probably feed a  family of four on $20 here and everyone would be satisfied. Make sure you bring cash because they do not take credit cards! The ingredients they use are very fresh and filled with flavor. The taco shells are very crunchy and topped with really good cheese.

Address: 290 N. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

Phone: 760-943-9612

#2 Plate: Taco and Enchilada 

Mixed Burrito

#10 Plate: Fish (Choice of corn or flour tortilla)

Chinese-China Cafe

Name: China Cafe

Cuisine: Chinese

Opinion: Good

Area: Del Mar, Carmel Valley, Torrey Pines

About: Located next to the Torrey Pines State Reserve this mom and pop shop serves up a friendly experience.

What to order: Schezuan Dinner: Deluxe Hot Pot, Egg Drop Soup

More info: Very reasonably priced lunch specials, what ever meal you order make sure you select the egg drop soup. The Deluxe Hot Pot is terrific, a little more expensive, but it is definitely a feast. The meal includes fried or steamed rice, fried fish, an egg roll, twice cooked meat, sweet and sour sauce, spicy mustard, and the Deluxe Hot Pot (vegetables, shrimp, beef, and chicken in a delicious sauce).

Address: 2236 Carmel Valley Road, Del Mar CA, 92014

Phone: 858-793-8478

Half of the Deluxe Hot Pot*

The other half of the Deluxe Hot Pot with egg drop soup*

Fried fish, twice cooked meat, egg roll*

*The pictures are based off to-go order.

Peruvian-Q'ero Restaurant

Name: Q'ero Restaurant

Cuisine: Peruvian, South American

Opinion: AMAZING

Area: Encinitas

About: A very exotic restaurant, which without a reservation don't expect to get a table easily.*

What to order: Pescado con Salsa de Chupe de Camarones (pan roasted fish filet), Pate Festejo (Duo of house cured Woodland Farms duck confit and seared duck breast)

More info: Located on the Coast Highway, this tiny restaurant serves up a big amount of flavor. An average dinner will cost anywhere from $28-$35. The food is so fresh and exotic I wish I could afford to order the whole menu. The first page of the menu tells you the story of how the chef was inspired by the beauty of Peru and wanted to bring the flavor and spirit to America. We were lucky to nab the last table outside with out a reservation but then we watched countless people be turned away. I didn't know we were that lucky until the food arrived. The flavors were so foreign but yet familiar. Every bite just melt in your mouth. The culinary genius, Monica Szepesy serves the food in perfect portions, each plate the waiter carried resembled a piece of art.

Outside you are not allowed to have alcohol which is a bit of a shame because a good glass of wine would have made the experience more outstanding. Also, outside is very noisy because of the street and people walking by, but is still enjoyable.

*Reservations can be made by calling in or from their website.

Website/Menu: http://qerorestaurant.com/

Address: 564 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA

Phone: 760-753-9050


Pescado con Salsa de Chupe de Camarones (pan roasted fish filet)

Pate Festejo (Duo of house cured Woodland Farms duck confit and seared duck breast)

Italian-The Godfather

Name: The Godfather Restaurant

Cuisine: Italian

Opinion: AMAZING

Area: Clairemont Mesa, Kearny Mesa

About: One of the best Italian restaurants in San Diego, to quote Sollozzo, "Try the veal, it's the best in the city."

What to order: Godfather Bread, Bocconcini Alla Godfather, Vitello Alla Parmigiana, Minestrone, Tiramisu

More info: The atmosphere is very romantic with a piano player, an impressive wine list, and waiters dressed in full tuxedoes. Our waiter was very nice and brought us complementary fried zucchini which was delicious. We then ordered the Godfather Bread which is their take on bruschetta. This place is a little more expensive but is a great place to treat yourself. The portions are good sized and will have you grabbing a to go box. The deserts were terrific, the best tiramisu I have ever had! They take reservations so I would call ahead.

The parking lot is a little frustrating but there is parking in the back.

Website/Menu: http://www.godfatherrestaurant.com/

Address: 7878 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. San Diego, CA 92111

Phone: 858-560-1747

The Godfather Bread


Vitello Alla Parmigiana

Bocconcini Alla Godfather

Side of Spaghetti Bolognese

Chocolate Desert


Fried Zucchini