I know I’m not the only one who has their favorite restaurants/bars and when the time comes to meet up with friends, is a creature of habit because, 1. I know it’s good and 2. I’m craving my favorite menu item. Since moving back to San Diego, there are sooo many new spots that have popped up. Luckily for you, I’ve been trying them all! Here are my top new spots in San Diego that I’m now obsessed with!
Where to eat in San Diego
Looking for the most adorable cafe? Parakeet Cafe has got you covered! You walk into Parakeet Cafe and if you’re anything like me, you’ll be immediately obsessed. Not to mention everyone was so friendly! I was between a few options on the menu (surprise, surprise) and the employee helped me pick! I went with a friend for brunch/lunch and we ended up getting avocado toast with poached eggs and added smoked salmon and a cocoa waffle (which was gluten free, btw). Both options were delicious, how can you go wrong with a savory and sweet picks? We also got a chai tea latte, a cold brew, and just to try a beet latte. I would recommend all of them! The beet latte is very instagramable, just in case you’re into that kinda thing ;)!
The decor is themed with a tropical vibe and you can see neon lite signs, “birds of a feather” “tweet tweet” and more. They have a variety of gluten free pastries that you need to get for later and bring your pup because the patio is dog friendly! There’s three locations in San Diego – Del Mar at One Paseo (the one I went to), La Jolla, and Little Italy.
I’ve heard great things about Farmer’s Table and let me tell you, all of my expectations were met! I went on a mother – daughter brunch date here and we both loved it. The restaurant is decorated so cute and I love their saying “farm to fork” -it’s so cute and is a fun play on farm to table. I love that they even have a tractor inside! And every corner of the restaurant is decorated differently. They have a huge patio and it’s even dog friendly!
We got a bloody mary and mimosa and both were great. The Tijuana Maria was very instagrammable! It even had grilled street corn on it and was loaded with all the goodies. For food, we got the turkey benedict and the heirloom tomato frittata which were both 10/10. You could tell how fresh everything was. Make sure to save room for dessert because we got the nutella bread with strawberries and bananas which was so delicious!
I would also like to point out that the service was also amazing, we got everything we needed right away and they really went the extra mile. I would recommend this place for breakfast and I can’t wait to go back again!
Din Tai Fung
Din Tai Fung is not new to the restaurant world, but it is new to San Diego. It started as a cooking oil retail shop in 1958 and then in 1972 transitioned into a full fledged restaurant and immediately started to win awards. There is a buzz around this restaurant, Forbes named them as having “the world’s greatest dumplings” and it even has a Michelin star.
I went to their location at UTC in La Jolla which was busy even on a Tuesday afternoon! We had a reservation but this place is known to have long wait times and even wait months to get one. The decor is very chic with a gold wall when you enter with a huge window so you can see the chef’s hard at work making the dumplings. We decided we wanted a variety and tried a few items! We got vegetable & mushroom dumplings, shrimp & kurobuta pork dumplings, sauteed string beans with garlic, and shrimp fried noodles. Everything was delicious, but the string beans were out of this world! If you’re in the area, I’d recommend stopping in…with a reservation of course!
Gravity Heights quickly became my go-to spot for anything after my first visit! I first went for brunch and it was amazing. I can’t say how much service can impact an experience, our server (if you go and Mitch is working you have to sit in his area) and he was one of the best waiters I think I’ve ever had. The restaurant/brewery itself was very cute and chic! There is a huge wrap-around bar that would be perfect for football games along with a beer garden, full size restaurant and patio seating. They have a huge selection of brews, cocktails, ciders, and even hard kombucha.
Just make sure you come hungry because there are so many delicious options! We loved the crab fries, ahi tuna starter, white pizza (whipped burrata, need I say more?), and the avocado toast with crab. We also HAD to get dessert and they were amazing. We loved the strawberry shortcake and the cast iron cookie.
Lagom is a community in the search for balance. Not too little, not too much – just right. How does that not draw you in? If you’re anything like me, it will. This place has family owned from start to finish, their chic pink decor makes you want to hangout in the restaurant for hours, and the owners walk around to see how everything is. The chef even made a few appearances! We got a lavender & chai latte, both were very delish! Their acai bowls were very tempting but I went with chilaquiles and boy will I be drooling over them from now on. Everything that came out of the kitchen looked amazing and I can’t wait to go back and try everything on the menu. You could tell it was so fresh and no ingredient was overlooked.
What are your new favorite spots in San Diego? I’m always looking for new restaurants to try out!
~ XOXO, the forever exploring, Amanda