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Published on December 18th, 2012 | by James Miyazawa


Top 5 Comfort Foods San Diego 2012

The holiday season is the perfect time to reflect on some dishes that will warm your heart and fill your belly, comfort foods.  Just remember to eat ‘em fast – your New Years’ diet starts in less than two weeks!

*No Ranking. Restaurants are listed in no particular order* 

Searsucker Duck Fat Fries San Diego EatSD

1.  Duck Fat Fries from Searsucker (Gaslamp)

The humble tuber is elevated to new heights when lovingly fried in duck fat.  The result: fries that are shatteringly crisp outside, creamy inside, perfectly salted, and so addictive that you may forsake your entrée.

611 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

Burger Lounge Onion Rings San Diego EatSD2.  Onion Rings from Burger Lounge (Various Locations)

The perfect antidote to those annoying onion “strings” that are impossible to eat and those hubcap-sized monstrosities that never seem to be cooked correctly.  These little babies are the correct thickness (about a quarter of an inch), coated in a crisp cornmeal crust, and seasoned properly.  (Note: the fries, tossed in parsley, ain’t so bad, either.)

608 India St
San Diego, CA 92101
*Many locations in San Diego*

Extraordinary Desserts Shangri La San Diego EatSD3.  Shangri-La from Extraordinary Desserts (Bankers Hill and Little Italy)

Paradise on a plate.  Moist layers of vanilla cake, white chocolate mousse, and tropical fruit filling, all topped with whipped cream and adorned with flower petals – chocolate will be dead to you by the time you’re done (though Chocophiles should take note of the Bete Noire, a dark chocolate fantasy).

1430 Union St
San Diego, CA 92101

Antica Trattoria Lasagne San Diego EatSD4.  Lasagna from Antica Trattoria (La Mesa)

If lasagna inspires images of high school lunch ladies dishing out foot-high squares of tough noodles, canned sauce and rubbery cheese, then it’s time for you to pay Antica a visit.  The individual casserole of moist noodles, flavorful sauce, luscious béchamel, and bubbly mozzarella is earthy and refined.

5654 Lake Murray Blvd
La Mesa, CA 91942

Sushi Ota Ota A Combo San Diego EatSD5.  Ota A from Sushi Ota (Pacific Beach)

A bento version of a smorgasbord consisting of six pieces of sashimi (tuna and salmon), two pieces of California roll, a bowl of tender and modestly-dressed Mesclun greens topped with flash-fried calamari, two pieces of Dynamite salmon roll, a couple of bites of Seafood Dynamite, and miso soup.  The perfect lunch or dinner when you’re craving Japanese comfort food, served with care and pride.

4529 Mission Bay Dr
San Diego, CA 92109

About the Author

James Miyazawa

was born and raised in Honolulu and moved to San Diego in 2006 by way of Syracuse, New York and Washington, D.C. James makes a career out of being a lawyer for the Navy, but his first passion is food: eating it, cooking it, looking at it, talking about it, reading about get the idea. When not obsessing about food, you can find him at the movies, and working off all that food at the gym and the occasional half-marathon. He and his wife live in Rolando Village (the cutest neighborhood in San Diego that no one knows about), but will drive just about anywhere for a good meal. Facebook | Twitter

One Response to Top 5 Comfort Foods San Diego 2012

  1. Gary Rice says:

    I’m pleased to see that Burger Lounge made it on your list. They receive too much criticism and hate, in my opinion. And you’re right– the onion rings are divine.

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