Each month we ask one of our favorite San Diegans the question:
If you only had 24 hours to show a friend the best that urban San Diego has to offer, where would you take them?
Brad + Kristine Schnell
Live: East Village
Work: East Village
How Long: Brad, 7 years; Kristine, 9 years
Our mornings are all over the map, but you’ll typically find us at Copa Vida in East Village for their veggie breakfast burrito or avo toast. We also love the coffee at Bean Bar and sometimes venture out to Little Italy for Bird Rock or Lofty Coffee. Yeah, we mix it up. Oh, and The Pendry for breakfast is fabulous if we’re feeling a bit fancy.
Kristine adores The Patio on Goldfinch for lunch. They have such a great wine list, the most beautifully plated salads, and serious ambiance. We also like that we can bring our sidekick, Peter (local celebrity dachshund, and our company’s mascot). The Crack Shack in Little Italy is also a fun spot, especially if we’re meeting up with friends who have kids. With friends in town we’ll probably take everyone paddleboarding on the bay afterwards, or, if it’s Saturday, swing by the Little Italy farmer’s market. Just being outside in San Diego is the best.
We can’t get enough of all things Matt Gordon. Our favorite go-to spot after a long day is Urban Solace in North Park. Kristine always gets the quinoa burger with tomato jam (so good!) paired with a big glass of red wine and a side of veggies, plus the fries bien sûr. I mean, live a little! Brad mixes it up, but a favorite is the off-menu grilled cheese and tomato soup. Pure comfort and serious hospitality.
Hands down, our favorite bar is The Lion’s Share, off of Kettner. It’s the bar where we met, and has the best drinks (and bartenders) in town. We can stroll home, which is a great way to walk off the buzz. But if it’s early enough, we might also go for wine or cocktails at Herb and Wood!