Budget-friendly eats are totally my jam, but whether they’re comfort classics like mac & cheese or steaming bowls of spicy Thai curry, what matters most is that they’re delicious. Check out my post on Serious Eats for 10 of my favorite meals under $10.
Writing for Serious Eats:
This stunning dessert of coconut milk tapicoa pudding topped with tropical fruit and a vibrant fuchsia quenelle of dragon fruit sorbet surfing atop a crisp pineapple chip also happens to be dairy and gluten-free.
This relatively new restaurant in the heart of Hillcrest has a screaming lunch deal: a burger, drink, and house-made chips for $5.
Aussie-style burgers with “the lot” (i.e.: pickled beets, cheese, pineapple, a fried egg, aioli, and smoky tomato chutney) can be yours at three restaurants in San Diego (all of which share the same owners): Queenstown Public House in Little Italy, Bareback Grill in Pacific Beach, and Raglan Public House in Ocean Beach. Check out my review on AHT for a closer look at this magical mess of a burger.
Did you know that Ben and Jerry’s employees get three free pints of ice cream per day, every day (along with a free gym membership?) It’s true! Check out my post on Serious Eats—which made the front page of Reddit—for more fun facts about the company.
The bacon cheeseburger at the Marriott Marquis and Marina (downtown, beside the Convention Center) won’t change your life, but spending an hour sitting among towering palm trees and looking out on the sparkling pool just might. There’s also churros.
Juniper & Ivy is no mere “breath of fresh air”. Someone left the front door open and the gust was so strong, it knocked the dust off the plants and scared the cat. Take a look inside and you’ll see just what a big deal this is for the San Diego dining scene.
Yes, putting a fried egg, bacon, ham, and cheese between two halves of a cinnamon roll is crazy…but you know what else? It’s awesome.
This stylish new spot in the Gaslamp Quarter serves an awesome upscale burger that’s totally worth the investment at full price ($14, including fries), but if you go during lunchtime, you can order it as a prix-fixe “power lunch” with an appetizer and a Bellini for $20. I think you know what to do.
Seafood restaurants don’t need to have a burger on their menu (let alone put extra effort into making it better than average), but the ones that do have a special place in my fish-averse heart. Spike Africa’s is one of those places.