Best Eats


    Sushi Deli 2, Downtown San

    Located in the heart of downtown, you might expect Sushi
    Deli 2 to be as hoity-toity as its ritzy Horton Plaza
    neighbors. But despite all odds, delicious and cheap sushi has landed in the
    midst of San Diego’s

    Enclosed in a tiny urban nook, Sushi Deli 2 manages to
    rotate tables quickly, leaving you waiting for a bit but not dying of hunger at
    the door. And, the food is well worth the wait because, despite its name, Sushi
    Deli isn’t just for sushi lovers. It has tasty combos featuring four different
    types of rolls for around $8 and excellent single rolls starting at $4, as well
    as bento boxes and miso soup. The only downside to Sushi Deli 2 is that,
    because it’s in the heart of downtown, you might have to fight for street-side

    The trick is to bring a large group of people and share roll
    after roll so that you’ll walk out of the deli $11 poorer but stuffed to the
    gills with sushi goodness. And if downtown is too far away, the restaurant has
    two sister locations in Hillcrest and on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard.

    Runner up: Sushi


    Hash House A Go Go Hillcrest
    With its extravagantly generous, mouth-watering servings,
    Hash House A Go Go wins the title of San
    ’s Best Breakfast. Not far from the heart of
    Hillcrest, this award-winning restaurant draws crowds of hungry visitors from
    all over San Diego each morning — especially on weekends, when the wait can be
    up to an hour long.

    But the wait is worth it for Hash House’s farm-inspired,
    industrial atmosphere, which complements its elaborate presentation of savory
    American-style comfort foods while providing a hip flair and stylish interior
    to the restaurant.

    The menu is full of simple yet delectable breakfast items,
    ranging from farm scrambles to gigantic Snickers pancakes and griddled French
    toast dipped in banana cinnamon cream with pecan maple syrup. Sample one of the
    House Hashes, tossed with tasty eggs, crispy seasoned potatoes and accompanied
    by a biscuit and fresh fruit.

    Just be sure to bring your appetite — the Hash House’s
    oversized portions are more than enough to satisfy you and a friend. Though the
    surfboard-sized plates might be overwhelming to newcomers, the resonable prices
    will definitely have you coming back for seconds.

    Runner up: the Cottage


    Extraordinary Desserts, Hillcrest
    If you find yourself in dire need of a sweet fix or a
    birthday cake for a friend, Extraordinary Desserts is your best bet. Located in
    Hillcrest, Extraordinary Desserts offers everything from cakes to handmade
    sorbet in a variety of colors and flavors, which look as good as they taste.
    Started in 1988 by Karen Krasne, the restaurant has managed to notch up a
    series of impressive awards, a testament to the excellent sweets created there.
    Baked fresh, each cake has a unique texture and taste that will be sure to have
    you craving more. But don’t expect to see the same pastries every day; the
    dessert menu is constantly in rotating. These cakes aren’t the only thing worth
    going for — the atmosphere is serene and stylish, making you a little less
    eager to grab your pastry and go. But be sure to have enough money when you
    show up; these sweets are expensive, especially for on student’s budget. So
    save up and go buy yourself a cupcake, since you might as well gain your
    Freshman 15 eating something sweet.

    Runner up: Golden Spoon

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