Guide to Best San Diego Dishes | Humphreys Half Moon Inn

One need only look at San Diego’s incredible restaurant offerings to know that America’s Finest City happens to be a foodie paradise. As there are too many delicious dishes to sample in just one year, here’s a round-up of 20 amazing local dishes to sample once 2020 has rolled around.

1. King Crab and Uni Carbonara From Davanti Enoteca

Davanti Enoteca’s delicious signature pasta dish boasts king crab, squid ink, and the San Diego uni that Anthony Bourdain once described as the world’s best.

2. Tortelli di Zucca From Bencotto

Pumpkin, amaretto, parmesan, sage, and bacon all feature in Bencotto restaurant’s exquisite handmade ravioli dish.

3. Nut-Crusted Brie With Mango Chipotle Sauce From World Famous

World Famous’ nut-crusted brie is garnished with triangles of grilled ciabatta and a sweet mango-chipotle sauce.

4. Hamachi Belly From Sushi Ota

Sushi Ota’s hamachi-belly nigiri sushi is made from fresh fish, rice, and sheets of the finest nori.

5. Su-Mei’s Famous Thai Grilled Chicken (Ask About Their Picnic-Basket Special) From Saffron Thai

Su-Mei’s Thai grilled chicken, at the original Mission Hills location of Saffron Thai, incorporates jasmine rice, Cambodian salad, and a delicious sauce. We recommend asking about the restaurant’s picnic-basket special, as well.

6. Rolled Tacos From Las Cuatro Milpas

Iceberg lettuce, cotija cheese, and your meat of choice are wrapped in a rich, moist flour tortilla as a part of Las Cuatro Milpas’ iconic rolled tacos.

7. Beef Bulgogi at Taegukgi Korean BBQ

Taegukgi Korean BBQ’s beef bulgogi is marinated and grilled in a delicious soy- and sugar-based sauce.

8. Mock Turtle Soup From Grant Grill

Braised short rib and a generous pour of dry sherry are used in historic Grant Grill’s “legendary” mock turtle soup.

9. Chickpea-Battered Greens From Starlite San Diego

Starlite’s vegetarian-friendly chickpea-battered greens dish pairs the namesake veggies with a tart lemon-yogurt sauce.

10. Oxtail Gnocchi From Herb & Wood

Herb & Wood’s oxtail gnocchi mixes the namesake meat itself with roasted garlic, chives, parmesan, horseradish, and sherry.

11. Salted-Caramel Bacon Kettle Corn From Slater’s 50/50

The salted-caramel bacon kettle corn at Slater’s 50/50 is offered as part of a “bacon flight” that also incorporates agave-pork wings and crispy jalapeño pork belly.

12. Breakfast Bloody Mary From Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern

The Breakfast Bloody Mary at “JFat” is complete with Platinum 7x Vodka, pepperoni, pepperoncini, and both a blue-cheese olive and jack cheese.

13. Beef Brisket Sandwich From Abbey’s Texas BBQ

The indulgent beef brisket sandwich at Abbey’s offers American cheese, onion rings, an egg, and numerous additional meats.

14. Adobada Tacos From Tacos El Gordo

The adobada tacos at Tacos El Gordo comprise a delicious corn tortilla, fresh toppings, and spiced pork.

15. Fish Tacos From Mitch’s Seafood

The fish tacos at Mitch’s (which is just down the street and around the corner from Humphreys) boast corn tortillas with shredded cabbage, salsa fresca, and lime crema.

16. The Sergio Pizza From Buona Forchetta

Buona Forchetta’s Sergio (sadly, no, not named after our General Manager Sergio), one of its “classiche Italiane,” features both buffalo mozzarella and shaved parmesan, along with prosciutto and arugula.

17. Green Eggs & Ham From Searsucker

Searsucker’s green eggs and ham are a tribute to Dr. Seuss, who lived and wrote most of his books in surrounding La Jolla.

18. Bacon Cheeseburger From Hodad’s

The Hodad’s bacon cheeseburger includes add-ons ranging from ketchup, mustard, and mayo to pickle, tomato, and lettuce.

19. Carne Asada Fries From Lolita’s

Lolita’s carne asada fries combine choice Black Angus carne asada with sour cream, French fries, and cheddar cheese.

20. Halibut Macadamia From Humphreys Restaurant

The halibut macadamia at Humphreys Restaurant brings together mirin-ginger sauce, orange segments, halibut, and perfectly cooked basmati rice.

Plan Your San Diego Foodie Tour

Try all these dishes and more (if you have time) on your own San Diego foodie tour. If you need a place to stay, browse the exclusive offers at Humphreys Half Moon Inn.