What Kind of Food Is San Diego Known For?

September 16, 2021

Ranked one of the top food destinations in the United States by Yelp, San Diego is a food lover’s paradise. Thanks to convenient access to fresh ingredients and local dining destinations with creative flair, San Diego has satisfied the appetites of foodies, locals, and visitors for many years. Below, the friendly team from Sunrise Inn San Diego, one of the most comfortable, affordable hotels in San Diego, shine the spotlight on the types of cuisine San Diego is famous for.

California Burritos

Lucha Libre and Taco Surf PB are among the many places in the San Diego area where you can sink your teeth into California burritos, which were first served up here. These large, well-stuffed burritos are filled with an assortment of delicious ingredients, such as locally sourced shrimp.

Carne Asada Fries

Carne asada fries also originated in San Diego. Served at favorite spots such as Petco Park and Lolita’s Mexican Food, these crisp fries are topped with goodies that include carne asada, guacamole, sour cream, and shredded cotija cheese.

Fish Tacos

San Diego native Ralph Rubio is credited with making these tasty tacos popular throughout the United States, which is why they’re considered a local fave in SD. Fish tacos can be found pretty much everywhere here, but authentic Baja-style ones are found at Mariscos German on Beyer Blvd.

Avocado Toast

About half of California’s avocados are grown in North County San Diego and Southwest Riverside County, and San Diego understandably puts a unique spin on avocado toast. It’s served at many local coffee shops and brunch spots, but you’ll be in for a real treat at Son of a Toast on University Avenue, which has an actual avocado toast bar.

Pork Sandwiches

Pork sandwiches may not be thought of as typical California coastal cuisine, but San Diegans do have an affinity for the ones made locally. There are many local spots where you can try these sandwiches for yourself, but the go-to eatery for this particular treat is Carnitas’ Snack Shack on Harbor Drive.

Acai Bowls

Essentially thick smoothies served in bowls with an assortment of toppings, acai bowls first became popular in this region. Keep an eye out for these fruity and refreshing treats around local beaches throughout the San Diego area.

Surf ‘n’ Turf Burritos

Leave it to San Diego to put a unique spin on burritos. In this case, shrimp and a few other seafood surprises are mixed in with traditional burrito ingredients to create a savory surf ‘n’ turf burrito. Colima’s Mexican Food and Lucha Libre Taco Shop are among the local spots where you can try one for yourself.

Breakfast Pot Pies

San Diego doesn’t just do breakfast any old way. While you’re here, start your day off in a delicious and filling way with a breakfast pot pie prepared with an assortment of flavors and topped with an egg. Snooze an AM Eatery is one of the local spots with this particular menu option.

Ice Cream Sandwiches

When it’s time for dessert, there are some equally tasty treats to consider to satisfy your sweet tooth. Ice cream sandwiches are especially popular here at places like The Baked Bear. At this particular spot, you’ll have a choice of brownies, donuts, or cookies for your base.

With such a variety of culinary delights to choose from, you’ll want to stay for a while, so reserve your room today at Sunrise Inn San Diego. When they’re looking for comfortable and affordable cheap hotels, San Diego visitors will be amazed by our unbeatable rates as well as our spacious rooms, stunning views of the harbor, and proximity to the best dining options and most popular attractions in America’s Finest City. Call one of our friendly staff members today at (619) 223-5544 to make your reservation.

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