After Disneyland, we nipped down to San Diego for two days. This was a quick trip consisting of hanging out at our hotel room pool, walking the boardwalk at Pacific Beach and taking a cheesy but informative Old Trolley Ride to see the sights. Pacific Beach was pretty, but the shopping was minimal (and the partying maximum). But, here’s a plug for the Pacific Terrace Hotel – the service there was exceptional. Staff were friendly and went over and above the call of duty to serve guests.
I wished for Mexican food in San Diego, and was granted my wish on two occasions.
First at La Especial Norte, in Encinitas. This place is right on the highway on the way to San Diego. Yelp promised good soup, and I had the most excellent tortilla soup. La Especial Norte is known for its soups, so order soup. Super service in chaotic surroundings – why not throw in a mango margarita for good measure? Go ahead. You are on holidays.
We took an early Valentine’s dinner at Whisknladle. This is a buzzy place in the tony La Jolla neighbourhood. Their crafted cocktails were awesome – I had a grapefruit and gin concoction that was a tarty delight. Their menu changes often; we shared the Cutting Board and I had the Scallops a la Plancha.
Next time I do San Diego, I’ll make time for a food tour. Little Italy was an especially intriguing part of town – all funky and hip. I consumed a Butterscotch Rootbeer Float from Extraordinary Desserts, and we enjoyed a leisurely pasta lunch at Buon Appetito right on India Street in the middle of Little Italy.
Finally, we ate Mexican again for breakfast on Sunday morning. We were not daunted by the long line-ups at Kono’s Surf Club on Pacific Beach. The line moves fast, and you can supplement the wait with a Nutty Latte from the coffee kiosk next door. We snagged an ocean-side seat, and were soon rewarded with big heavy breakfast burritos, stuffed with sausage, cheese and salsa. Six bucks got me my favourite meal of the trip. (I will admit to having a soft spot for diners and dives with really good food). Plus the view of the beach didn’t hurt.