Keeping up with Studio E Architects’ 30th anniversary series, we have selected our most-loved places to satisfy our palettes. We asked everybody to list their favorite places to eat in San Diego and we ended up with 30 great places to get a bite; all unique and delicious! Whether you are looking for a San Diego food institution, food with a view, or a culinary cultural experience look no further. And now to delight your taste buds, here are our "30 Places Where We Love to Eat"!
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 Hammond's Gourmet Ice Cream
As an ice-cream lover, I’m always on the hunt for the best ice-cream, but always full after a couple bites. This Hawaiian Ice-cream shop has ice-cream flights with bite-size cones, so the portions are just right! Hardest part about coming? Choosing what to have!
 Cantina Mayahuel
If you ever want traditional Mexican food without crossing the border, then head over to Cantina. Their menu may be small but there is something for everyone. Oh, and did I mention the Wall of tequila? Drink it on the rocks or in their fresh margaritas (no fruity blended drinks here). All the tequila comes from small distilleries in Mexico many of which use traditional small batch processes, and is far better than any Patron you’ve ever had.
 Tasty Noodle House
Visiting the various Asian offerings along Convoy St. can be intimidating for those not travelling with a host versed in the etiquette of hot pot or dim sum but for an awesome alternative to your local Panda Express, try Tasty Noodle House (in the Pokirrito/Raki Raki shopping center. You know, the one with ten different Asian restaurants…and O’Briens.)
 Soda & Swine
Why would a vegetarian like this meatball spot? Because they make an awesome VeganBall! Served slider style with a side of pizza knots and a local brew – that loads you up for the day! I like the original Normal Heights spot best – is it inside? Is it outside? Go on a rainy day and you can sit by the fire and maybe feel a few raindrops on your face. Bonus – it is beside cocktail purveyor Polite Provisions. Come without the kids and you can order food in there alongside your stiff drink.
 Costa Brava
In Spain, a way to measure how good food is, is by comparing it to your grandma’s. This hidden gem in PB makes the cut! Some of my favorites are ‘Pulpo a la Gallega’ (Octopus with olive oil + paprika) or ‘Croquetas de Jamón’ (Ibérico ham croquettes). It makes me feel like at home!
 Et Voila
I’ll admit I’m not fluent in French, but I’m pretty sure the French translation of Et Voila is “Best damn food around”… My advice, sit at the bar and ask Sammy their mixologist to make you something special. If you make it in time for their happy hour you can get a great glass of French Bordeaux and some of the freshest mussels in town on the cheap. Or try their traditional coq-au-vin or escargot. And if you have room for dessert their red bell pepper sorbet is both the strangest and best thing to ever happen to a frozen treat…
 Nate's Garden Grill
This place has excellent food of course! It feels like it’s off the beaten track, its tucked away in a canyon and located right next to an awesome nursery, even the parking lot is gravel for that crunchy parking experience. Dogs are welcome on the patio, and there is usually live folk music.
 TJ Oyster Bar
I love everything about this place – the limited (but amazing) fresh seafood menu, the super affordable prices, the theater of the kitchen chaos which happens on the other side of the bar where you are seated and the cramped but friendly slot of space that the restaurant is stuffed into. Nothing from the exterior tells you that this is a place worthy of your attention…but don’t be fooled. Try the Fish Taco of course (99 cents each! Get 3!) the Smoked Tuna Taco, the 7 Seas Soup, and don’t leave without trying their crazy delicious Ceviche! Wow!
 Polite Provisions
This is a spot which I’ve found just recently! Polite Provisions is a speak-easy type of bar located on 30th street in North Park and has become one of my favorite spots to visit. This is a great spot to dress up a little bit with your friends, enjoy the diverse selection of beers and cocktails, and people watch. Another advantage… Soda and Swine is right next door, so you can have juicy pizza knots and dirty nachos delivered right to your table!
 Point Loma Seafood
This is a San Diego institution and deservedly so. Everything is fresh off the boat and delicious every time. Although the various fish plates are hard to resist, you must try their sandwiches at least once. And don’t miss the fish taquitos…the best I’ve had in San Diego.
 Super Cocina
It’s hard to choose one restaurant in City Heights but when I introduce noobs to the glories of University Ave., I usually start at the recently-remodeled-but-still-authentic Super Cocina near Cherokee Ave., whose cafeteria-style dishes from the heartland—usually stews—pack a deeper flavor than your typical California burrito (pro tip: don’t eat the bones.)
 The Monkey Paw
Any place created by Scot Blair is going to have great beers and The Paw sits at the top of the list. The twist on this one is it was the first venue in his portfolio to make their own beer, which quickly started winning gold metals at beer festivals all over the world. Add in a damn tasty cheesesteak and some waffle fries and you’ve got a solid afternoon/ night out. That it took over the former home of one of San Diego’s premier dive bars (The Jewel Box) only adds to the charm.
 Café Moto
Really great coffee served without all the attitude in a funky/hip space in a local’s only neighborhood. They have a good selection of pastries to go with your java and somebody they know makes a daily variety of empanadas that are the pretty dang tasty. Ask them to heat it up for you!
 The Living Room
The Living Room has been one of my favorite spots to frequent over the years. It’s a cute and intimate, European style bistro, filled with delicious desserts, sandwiches, and coffee. While you sit and enjoy your treats, you relax in comfortable armchairs with expansive views of the ocean. It consists of 2 levels, the first being the main café area, while the second floor acts as a social hookah lounge at night. People of all ages love to come here to socialize, work, and bask in the laidback, “indie” atmosphere. I’ve visited this spot since I was a kid with my parents, and to this day I love to come here to relax, catch up with friends or some reading, and enjoy their juicy turkey club sandwiches.