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?


Rudy Pollorena Jr.

Beer Artist / Owner,  Craft Beerd,  http://craftbeerd.com
Live: North Park
Work: North Park
How Long: San Diego native

Good morning, you want to start your day off right?

Well, let’s head to our friends at Dark Horse Coffee for some excellent caffeinated pick you ups! Cold Brew on Nitro or some tasty hot pour overs.

With coffees in hand we can decide where to eat breakfast, but I’ll just let you know — bang for buck, Golden Hill Cafe has some of the best chilaquiles in all of San Diego. What are chilaquiles? Tasty tortillas cut up into pieces, crispy with some spicy red sauce and some eggs and beans on the plate! MAN, so good.

After we have full bellies and cracked out on coffee, we can head to Torrey Pines to walk some trails. It would be great to walk off all that morning awesome and see the beautiful sights of the San Diego coastline! Torrey Pines is sweet because there are many trails that can lead you up high for awesome vistas, or walk down along the beautiful beach. Ahhh, you smell that crisp ocean air?

It’s probably getting close to lunchtime…so I’d suggest we head down to Carnitas Snack Shack down in North Park for some excellent piggie yums! Their Steak Sandwich is one of my favorites, and their infamous Triple Threat Sandwich is not for the faint of heart. But, if you are up for a challenge… you got this!

Since we’re in North Park, we can hit up 30th street and walk around to all the Awesome that are breweries! We can walk to Mike Hess, grab a pint and play some darts! After I beat you in darts, we can cruise across the street to North Park Beer Co. and try out some of their tasty ales or lagers. We can then go to Rip Current or Fall Brewing. If you’re keeping up, we can Uber down to Hamilton’s Tavern in South Park and, depending on the day, watch a ballgame on the telly, play some pool or shuffleboard, and drink of their amazing offerings!

It’s probably getting to be late afternoon/early evening at this point so we can Uber to get a beautiful San Diego burrito! JV’s Mexican Food off Morena Blvd is one of my favorite spots of all time. I’ve been eating there for over 20 years and they have not let me down. We can get the burrito to go and wander over to Coronado Brewing tasting room off Knoxville Street and try one of San Diego’s oldest breweries!

You’ve just done San Diego proper!