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: Poki One N Half

8657 Villa La Jolla Dr Ste 109
San Diego, CA 92037
www.onenhalf.com

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Poke Bowls are the latest food craze sweeping San Diego! And it’s easy to see why: they are delicious! If you are a fan of sushi, you will love Poke Bowls: they’re basically deconstructed sushi.

Poki One N Half in La Jolla specializes in Poke Bowls and always uses fresh fish and other ingredients to make their Poke Bowls unique and flavorful. First you select the fish you want and then you can choose the vegetables, sauces, and toppings you want to complete your bowl. Poki One N Half offers a variety of portions and different fish combos for you to try so if you’re in the mood for something healthy and flavorful, pick up a Poke Bowl in La Jolla!

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!

 

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.

Restaurant of the Moment: Las Olas

2655 S Coast Hwy 101

Cardiff, CA 92007

www.lasolasmex.com

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Las Olas has kept the Mexican tradition alive with their spectacular menu and incredible atmosphere.  They serve authentic Mexican food including outstanding fish tacos, local craft beers, and the best margaritas at their two beach locations in San Diego, Cardiff-By-The-Sea and Carlsbad. The food is prepared fresh daily and only from scratch using wholesome ingredients. Cool down this summer with one of Las Olas’ great tasting margaritas or an ice cold beer. Las Olas Margaritas are famous, and many of their draft beer selections are from San Diego’s own incredible breweries! Check out Las Olas today and see for yourself why everyone is headed here to try some of their spectacular dishes.

Don’t forget about Happy Hour at Las Olas which offers some incredible deals. Happy Hour is Monday – Friday from 4 to 6PM. The Taco Tuesday specials run from 4PM till close!

Restaurant of the Moment: The Naked Cafe

106 S Sierra Ave

Solana Beach, CA 92075

www.thenakedcafe.com

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The Naked Cafe is a perfect healthy option for breakfast, brunch and lunch!  With their huge selection of vegetarian and vegan options, there is no way this restaurant doesn’t have something for you!  Knowing that whole foods are the key to living a healthy lifestyle, they have perfected the art of balancing wholesome grains, robust herbs and spices, and the freshest produce to create sensational flavors. Their concept of eating “naked” has shown the population of San Diego the importance of natural foods and how they maintain good health.  So check out this fantastic restaurant and see why all of San Diego is enthralled by their delicious plates and warm atmosphere!