You are in San Diego for 48 hours. This is where you will eat.

Curator Clare Leschin-Hoar

Clare Leschin-Hoar has been exploring San Diego after recently relocating from Boston, discovering her new city is much more than just a craft-beer powerhouse. Good eats can be had in pockets throughout the city, from upscale La Jolla to hipster-heavy Hillcrest. Her work has appeared in the The Wall Street Journal, San Diego Magazine, EatingWell and more.

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Sun-drenched San Diego sports spectacular surfing, generous ocean views, and friendly locals who radiate a cool, laid-back California vibe. While the city’s food reputation once hinged on beachside fish tacos and tequila laced margaritas, today it’s burnishing a more sophisticated palate with an emphasis on local. Of course, it helps that chefs can tap into a year-round growing season and nearly 375 organic farms in the county to support them. We think this city’s on the verge of losing its one-flip-flop-still-in-the-water reputation.

Dinner at a Seafood Oasis: The Fishery

5040 Cass Street, San Diego, CA

Go on and toss your seafood pocket guide aside. The Fishery in San Diego’s Pacific Beach neighborhood is a sustainable seafood oasis. While too many restaurants are all talk when it comes to sourcing their fish thoughtfully, this vibrant spot takes it to the ... more →

Lunch at Tender Greens

2400 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego, CA, 92016

This place gets it right from the get-go: bright, airy, with a bounty of veggie-style eye candy. Place your order at the counter, and then stroll past the line where prepped ingredients like crisp, sweet lettuces, grilled albacore tuna, char-roasted red peppers, ... more →

Dinner at The Pearl

1410 Rosecrans Street, San Diego, CA, 92016

The Pearl in Point Loma oozes über-cool Mad Men vibe without any pretentiousness. Knowledgeable bar staff pour creative house-infused cocktails including a bevy of Bourbon and gin drinks that we’re certain Don Draper would tipple. Poolside cabana seating is ... more →

Cocktails at Craft & Commerce

675 W. Beech Street, San Diego, CA, 92101

Craft & Commerce brings an East Coast swagger to this West Coast outpost with a superbly-designed and executed cocktail program guaranteed to make your inner-cocktailian swoon. The drink-list may showcase up to 20 tasty beverages but their compendium is 400 cocktails ... more →

Breakfast at Coffee Cup

1109 Wall St., La Jolla, CA, 92037

This is everything you want in a breakfast joint. Small but bustling. Neighborhoody. Hip. Best bet is to come here with a friend, rather than a group. Plenty of two-tops, busy servers, and strong coffee will perk you up in no time. While they do serve lunch, breakfast ... more →