Best Restaurants in Little Italy
There’s no question that the Little Italy section of San Diego is home to a great many popular restaurants, and that’s one big reason why Little Italy itself is such a popular destination, both for visitors to the area and for locals. You can find whatever you’re in the mood for at one of the diverse eateries in this area, including some of those described below, which have proven to be some of the most successful of the area’s eateries.
The Kettner Exchange
Renowned for its progressive American cuisine, the Kettner Exchange does serve American food, but most dishes are prepared with a modern twist. For example, you may want to try the Philly cheesesteak baos (a special kind of Chinese baked dough), the tuna pizza, or maybe an entree with avocado toast on the side. This restaurant also has some of the premier bartenders in the area, so make sure to sample at least one of their cocktails when you visit.
Juniper & Ivy
The dishes served at this popular eatery often resemble works of art rather than mere food entrees, and you may find yourself admiring your chosen selection before consuming it. The head chef is well known in the area, and he and his crew specialize in creating shareable entrees for guests such as carne crudo asada, mushroom and swiss madeleines, and perhaps a tasty dessert like persimmon toffee cake. If you’re lucky, you may get seated close to the kitchen, so you can watch the masters at work.
When you’re looking for a great breakfast restaurant, you’ll appreciate this relative newcomer to the scene. As its name suggests, Morning Glory specializes in breakfast fare and in brunch offerings that will leave you full for the day, and remembering every bite. A couple specialties served are the khachapuri and the fried rice, which are prepared here like nowhere else. Expect to find breakfast items from all around the world at this eatery.
The Crack Shack
A great choice for an appealing lunch, The Crack Shack is famous for its Southern California Fried Chicken, its Coop DeVille sandwich, the Baja Chop Salad, and its mini biscuits, which are always in demand as appetizers. If you like french fries, you won’t find any better fries in the state than those offered at this restaurant.
Harumama Noodles and Buns
Fans of Japanese cuisine invariably end up at this eatery in Little Italy, famous for its ramen, bao buns, sushi variations, and the Crunchy Shrimp bao bao. One of their specialty ramens is the ‘Me So Hot’ ramen, which lights up your palate with taste and flavor, and the Red Dragon Sushi, which has become a fan favorite. They also provide a take-out service, so you can take home your favorite dish.
Born & Raised
When you’re in the mood for an elegant meal, served in a Gatsby-esque environment, this stunning restaurant will certainly fill the bill. You’ll enjoy fur-covered seats and cathedral ceilings which lend an open, airy feel to this classic establishment. The food simply cannot be beaten, especially the fine T-Bone steaks, filet mignon, the butter-poached lobster, or the dry-aged pork with brussels sprouts and pumpkin. Primarily known as a steakhouse, you’ll find both the fare and the atmosphere to be as elegant as anywhere you’ve ever been.