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?

Chadwick Gantes

Graphic Designer, Videographer & Photographer,  Gantes Co.,  http://gantes.co/
Live: Bankers Hill
Work: All Over
How Long: 10 years

BREAKFAST: Breakfast is one my favorite meals. Mainly because it involves coffee. My wife and I love to cook breakfast at home but we do enjoy going out on the weekend. Avocado toast is my favorite and a staple in our household. First stop on my caffeine train is usually Coffee and Tea Collective. I love this place and have been with those boys from their early roasting in the garage, bike-delivery, suntanning in my driveway days so it has a special place in my heart. C&T has the perfect combination of light breakfast options with the best coffee or espresso drinks. Lately, I’ve also been loving James Coffee Co. since it’s within a dog walk to my house and on on weekends they offer old fashioned donuts, which obviously is my favorite thing in the whole world. I guarantee will have a donut tattoo before I die.


LUNCH: Time for my 2nd Coffee of the day (see above for places I frequent.) My favorite sandwich in all of San Diego is a spicy salami or caprese with extra balsamic on focaccia from Mona Lisa Deli. They call it Little Italy for a reason. But typically, Mexican is the go to. If you live in San Diego and you don’t love burritos you should probably move. My wife and I would eat a constant diet of bean and cheese burritos, tacos, and chips and salsa if she had her way. My favorite burrito shop, hands down, is Saguaro’s in North Park. Also Ortiz’s in Point Loma is near and dear to my heart and has the “best” California burrito in San Diego.


DINNER: Jaynes Gastropub is one of our favorites. We love their happy hour and the hamburger is amazing. Like seriously, life changing. When someone comes into town we always send them there. Buona Forchetta has amazing pizza for a reasonable price. Someone told me they flew in a pizza oven from Italy but you might want to fact check me on that. Plus they’re Italian so they over pour their wine. Bankers Hill’s bread pudding is the best for a light night cap with a tasty beverage. Izakaya Masa is my favorite place for ramen and avocado salad. Ugh… I love Asian food… It’s my cross to bear. Did I mention Bahn Thai? Man O Man… Duck Pad Thai? Need I say more? And they make it spicy just like my love life. Blue Boheme’s happy hour is pretty epic. It’s been awhile but I loved their mussels w/ french fries and a nice basil cocktail to wash it down.


BAR: Bottlecraft and Monkey Paw are what I think of when I think of perfection. I love Regal Begale for wing night or if I’m feeling lucky and I want to spin the wheel of fortune. Starlite is a staple of San Diego and also where I spent my 21st birthday and how I lured my now wife, it has a special place in my heart. I love Coin Op because they have pop-a-shot and usually have a cocktail serving Old Harbor gin. Seven Grand is always fun to listen to jazz and pretend like I know something about whiskey…