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?
Work: North Park
How Long: 11 years
Brielle and her husband Scott roast small batches of coffee beans out of their home in North Park as Dane Coffee Roasters. You can find them serving coffee at the monthly BLVD Market and Tuesdays at Pacific Beach Farmers Market. Dane’s fresh roasted coffee beans are available via delivery, and from shops around North Park including Simply Local, Parkside Market and Lucky Dutch Juice Company.
I’ve lived in san diego for a total of eleven years, off and on, and I’ve eaten at some great places. But there are definitely a few that stand out to show a friend who visits. For breakfast my first choice is Swami’s Cafe in North Park. It’s got an all-around good breakfast, including my favorite — the classic french toast (I add strawberries). There are also many options for a vegetarian or gluten free diet. The basil dressing on the Swami’s Salad is the best!
On to lunch, I’d head down to South Park and stop by Grant’s Marketplace for their chicken salad sandwich or the South Park special — turkey breast, ham, bacon, & provolone topped with fresh avocado. Grant’s has so many great sweets and specialty items, I could eat there all day!
But, for dinner I’d pick Alexander’s. It’s really tasty, from pizza to entrees — I usually get the lobster ravioli or linguine vongole. Both taste so good! They’ve also got great Monday happy hour specials, and I can’t get enough of their fantastic basket of warm sesame seed bread with butter and olive oil!
All these places are within walking or biking distance of home in North Park. For drinks, I would go a little farther out into town to hit a favorite — Starlite. Such a cool bar with awesome lighting and a little back patio were you can get fresh air and order from the outside bar. Maybe catch some live music, or a DJ while ordering ginger beer cocktails served in copper mugs, like the Kentucky Colonel and the Starlite Mule!