5 Things to Eat and Drink in San Diego -- and One More for the Drive Home

Categories: Food Tours

Heather Hoch
A punch bowl for three (or more) at Polite Provisions.
This time of year, conversations at Chow Bella staff meetings tend to turn to who's eaten what and where. With the summer travel season in full swing, we bring you Food Tours, our writers' suggestions of what to eat and drink out of town.

San Diego might just be one of the most popular spots for Phoenicians to temporarily transplant themselves for a few days every summer. The easy five-hour drive goes by quick and the weather is pretty much always perfect -- sunny and right around 70 or 75 degrees. However, this laid-back beach city has a lot of gems popping up for vacationing foodies to dig into al fresco. So sit back, relax, and let us guide you through some of our favorite chow-down spots in San Diego.

See also:
- 10 Things to Eat and Drink in Manhattan
- 5 Things to Eat and Drink in Houston
- 7 Things to Eat and Drink in Erie, Pennsylvania

Heather Hoch
Just order one of everything at Polite Provisions and Swine & Soda.
A Punch Bowl at Polite Provisions/ Swine & Soda
4696 30th Street, San Diego

This twofer restaurant on one side, bar on the other side spot in San Diego's hipster haven, North Park, literally will satisfy every craving you might have. Artisanal meatballs? Got it. Homemade swirled chocolate and cinnamon-vanilla ice cream cones? All you got to do is ask. Huge, pre-Prohibition-style punch bowls full of craft cocktail? Just bring $32 and two friends and it's yours. The ever-changing list of punch bowl, regular cocktail, beer cocktail, champagne cocktail, and cocktails on draft list is sure to please anyone with options at $8 per drink. Plus, the art-deco, open-air bar makes you feel like a dressed-down extra in The Great Gatsby.

While we tried a lot of the neighboring Swine & Soda's menu, the mac and cheese must be mentioned because it's perfect. Find a creamier, smoother, cheesier, and more balanced bowl of mac -- we dare you. Best of all, like it's liquor-y counterpart, dishes are super-cheap, with everything under $10 and that heavenly mac and cheese being only $4 per serving. Obsessed? Yeah, a little.

Heather Hoch
Azucar's guava and cheese pastry for breakfast.
Guava and Cream Cheese Pastry from Azucar
4820 Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach

Previous visits to Ocean Beach have found us at Azucar, a quaint little Cuban bakery, for breakfast. While all the pastries are unique and intense in flavor and around $1 or $2, the guava and cheese pastry takes the cake for us every time. Paired with a cappuccino, the flaky pastry, creamy cheese, and tart and sweet guava jam is pretty much all you could ask for for a quick bite before hitting the beach. Plus, it won't make you look any less bikini-ready.

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Brian Grummell
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I usually go with the "cactus" shake in Dateland. The prickly pear juice turns it bright pink.

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