Restaurant of the Moment: Pho Duyen Mai

5375 Kearny Villa Rd Ste 111
San Diego, CA 92123

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Vietnamese Pho is a popular dish in Southern California and Pho Duyen Mai offers some of the most authentic and best tasting Pho in San Diego! They have an expansive menu which features different type of Pho, Bahn Mi sandwiches, noodle dishes, egg rolls, spring rolls, and more! Our favorite items were the Surf and Turf Spring Rolls, the Pho Dac Biet, House Special Pho, and the Nem Nuong.

All of the menu items are of excellent quality and taste very fresh. While it may seem like Pho Duyen Mai is just another hole-in-the-wall restaurant in the Convoy area, the elegant atmosphere elevates it above being just a casual eatery. Yet the prices are fair and affordable so you don’t need to relegate dining at Pho Duyen Mai to just a special occasion!

Like many places in the Convoy area, parking can be tricky so give yourself plenty of time to find a space, especially if you’re going on the weekend or around dinnertime. They are open from 9am-9am every day of the week.

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Restaurant of the Moment: Mendocino Farms

12873 Camino Del Mar

San Diego, CA 92130

www.MendocinoFarms.com

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New to the San Diego community, Mendocino Farms is quickly becoming a local favorite! Occupying the old space vacated by Carnitas Snack Shack at the Del Mar Highlands, Mendocino Farms offers a fresh and flavorful menu using local ingredients.

They are known for their sandwiches, though they also serve salads and even vegan options! Everything on the menu is filling and bursting with flavor, but we particularly enjoyed the Save Drake’s Farm Salad and the Steak BLT. They also offer weekly specials, so if you become a regular at Mendocino Farms, you’ll never get bored of the menu!

If you try to go to Mendocino Farms during lunchtime, be prepared to wait as this restaurant, like almost every eatery at the Highlands, gets quite busy during lunch. Luckily it’s located near the new parking garage so finding a spot is usually not difficult!

Mendocino Farms also has another location in La Jolla.

 

 

Restaurant of the Moment: Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza and Grill

12925 El Camino Real

San Diego, CA 92130

www.sammyspizza.com

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Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza and Grill serves up classic American and Italian-inspired pizzas and grilled entrees! Their menu is extensive, with options ranging from sandwiches and steaks to burgers and even tacos, but their specialty is their pizza. Every pizza is handcrafted with fresh and delicious ingredients and baked in a woodfire grill. Their pizzas are thin crust and crisped to perfection. Available toppings range from the classics like Pepperoni, Meat lovers, and Hawaiian to their own specialty concoctions.

Located on the upper level of the Del Mar Highlands, Sammy’s offer daily lunch specials, happy hour deals, and even a catering menu. If you are in the mood for high quality and fresh pizza, definitely stop by Sammy’s!

Restaurant of the Moment: Lazy Dog

1202 Camino Del Rio N

San Diego, CA 92108

www.lazydogrestaurants.com

If you’re in the mood for a family and dog-friendly restaurant with mouth-watering dishes, then Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar in Mission Valley is the perfect place for you! Treat the whole family to a night of delicious food and top-of-the-line service. They serve lunch and dinner of weekdays and on weekends they also offer a brunch menu.

They offer an extensive menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, burgers, and fusion dishes. Our personal favorite menu item is the BBQ Bacon Ranch Burger. If you’re hankering for something sweet, you can’t go wrong with the white chocolate chip brownie for dessert. They also have a special dog menu if you decide to bring your best friend!

 

Cafe of the Moment: Kono’s Cafe

704 Garnet Ave,
San Diego, CA 92109
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Located near Crystal Pier on the Pacific Beach boardwalk, Kono’s Surf Club Cafe has drawn beach-goers for its great tasting, all-day breakfast menu since 1991! Kono’s is open Monday through Friday from 7am-3pm and from 7am-4pm on weekends. They also have a second location in Pacific Beach, called Konito’s Cafe which is open from 7am-3pm every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The menu is simple, but delicious! It really hits the spot after a day of surfing or exploring the Pacific Beach neighborhood. Our favorite menu items include the Veggie Scramble, Chorizo Breakfast Sandwich, Big Breakfast #2, and Chicken Quesadilla. And of course, you can’t go wrong with any of the breakfast burritos!

Stop by Kono’s after your next surf trip and see why this cafe is truly one of San Diego’s hidden gems!

Restaurant of the Moment: Seasons 52

4505 La Jolla Village Drive

San Diego, CA  92122

www.seasons52.com

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Seasons 52 is a fresh grill and wine bar that provides guests with a healthy dining experience. Their constantly changing menu is inspired by the seasons and the fresh appeal of the farmer’s market—52 weeks a year. They also draw inspiration from different countries around the world and many of their dishes represent the best in fusion cooking.

The chefs start with the freshest ingredients and use natural cooking techniques such as a wood-burning grill to enhance flavors instead of relying on high-calorie additives. This allows them to keep each delicious item under just 475 calories. With a full menu of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, and desserts, Seasons 52 allows guests to mix and match a culinary experience that is big on flavor, not calories! They also offer dining options for guests that are vegetarian, vegan, gluten sensitive, or dairy/lactose sensitive.

Seasons 52 has two locations in San Diego at Westfield UTC and the Seaport District downtown.

 

 

Restaurant of the Moment: Trust

3752 Park Blvd #105C

San Diego, CA 92103

www.TrustRestaurantSD.com

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One of the hottest new restaurants in San Diego is Trust, an urban rustic restaurant in the Hillcrest neighborhood! Using locally sourced ingredients to put a spin on your favorite dishes and drinks, it’s no wonder Trust has become one of the most talked-about dining concepts in the city.

Trust serves dinner daily, but it’s their weekend brunch that’s really a crowd-pleaser. Some of our favorite items that we tasted on the brunch menu include the Lemon Meringue French Toast and the Pancakes With Fried Chicken. The French Toast was decadent and delightfully lemony. The pancakes were the perfect savory accompaniment to the juicy yet crispy fried chicken. And of course, how can you have brunch without a round of mimosas? Try the Trust Mimosa made with aperol or one of their fruity flavors like blood orange!

The restaurant itself is beautiful and trendy – the interior is decidedly industrial chic. Yet it still feels welcoming! Trust is the perfect place to enjoy a lazy Sunday brunch with friends or savor a romantic dinner with a loved one.