Finding Early Spring Dishes

Tacos at Jalisco Cantina in San Diego, CA
Jalisco Tacos

Spring is here in San Diego, and really, what could be better than that? Sunshine, flowers, and the beaches are calling your name and there is nothing to do but be happy and lay out with a towel, your favorite book, and some tasty food from your favorite San Diego restaurants. Speaking of food, we have compiled a list of the best spring dishes and hotspots to eat at right now and you won’t want to miss out. Soak in that sunshine and check out these top places to eat in San Diego this spring!

Head over to Fig Tree Cafe, a neighborhood restaurant that prides itself on serving the best fresh food options available. With three locations in San Diego, Fig Tree uses homegrown rosemary and selects their eggs from a family farm in Ramona- talk about a fresh food commitment. Each restaurant is designed to fit in its respective neighborhood, which means each Fig Tree you go to will have its own unique vibe. However, the food is presented with incredible quality and taste at each spot. With so many options on their menu, it can be difficult to choose the best of the best so don’t worry- we did that work for you. The Summer Salad is a fresh mix of oranges, strawberries, caramelized pecans, green onion avocado, dried cranberries, balsamic vinaigrette, and mixed greens. Or opt for the Berry Sweet French Toast which includes house-made mixed berry jam, fresh berries, and sweet cream cheese. Talk about a sweet start to spring!

Oceanside panoramic views, lively entertainment, and a “social seafood” construct that combines the best of fresh cuisine- you can find that all at Waterbar, located right along the boardwalk in Pacific Beach. With community style- dining or intimate oceanside tables, this restaurant will make you wonder why you would ever live anywhere besides San Diego. The Seafood Platter offers selected oysters, Baja shrimp cocktail, Jonah crab claws, Snow crab legs, and whitefish ceviche, all bathed in red-wine mignonette. The Maine Diver Scallops, which combine black radiatore pasta, hoja santa chimichurri, sweety drop peppers, cherry tomato, radish, purslane lettuce and pumpkin seed is another great choice! And don’t forget about Waterbar’s cocktails. We highly recommend the Ganga– a refreshing blend of Aperol, Pamplemousse Rose, lemon, and sparkling wine.

Located in the cute neighborhood of Kensington, The Haven Pizzeria offers an incredible selection of salads, pastas, and pizzas that will be sure to impress even the pickiest of eaters. The Caprese Salad is the perfect fresh start to any meal, combining fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and basil drizzled with olive oil and balsamic reduction. Check out the Lemon Shrimp Alfredo Pasta– it comes with your choice of penne, spaghetti, or angel hair tossed in a lemon garlic alfredo sauce with shrimp.  And of course, you’ve got to try a pizza, as The Haven is known throughout San Diego for offering some of the best Neapolitan-style pies! The Total Package comes topped with roasted garlic sauce, Brussel sprouts, caramelized onions, and mozzarella all over home-baked bread. If you are looking for restaurant that will keep your belly full and your heart happy, make sure to stop at The Haven this spring.

Eat well. Feel good. That is the motto of Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza and Grill, and with over 14 locations and three decades of serving mouthwatering food, this pizza joint knows what people want. The expansive menu offers a ton of selection- everything from salads, pizzas, sundaes, tacos, burgers, and wraps- this place has it all. The Grilled Chicken Pesto Wrap, withromaine, roasted peppers, feta, red onion, kalamata olives, and Caesar dressing, is all packed together into a pesto tortilla wrap. Be sure to try the Grilled Hawaiian Mahi Tacos made with tomato avocado salsa, Napa cabbage, and chipotle sauce, all on a flour or corn tortilla. The variety that this restaurant offers is second to none, so what are you waiting for?

Jalisco Cantina was inspired by an area of central-coast Mexico that is rich with picturesque landscapes, rolling hills, and the beautiful blue agave plant. This restaurant will make you feel as though you’re at a beach cafe in Mexico, with its vibrant style, comfortable seating, and extensive tequila and cocktail menus. Pair any drink with the Artisanal Meat and Cheese Boardthat comes with chorizo salami, wild boar salami, jalapeno bites, hatch chili cheddar, iberico cheese, and other accompaniments. Jalisco’s fresh taco choices include Orange Cumin Carnitas, Chile Dusted Yellowtail, Lemon Garlic Shrimp, and much more. These dishes are as rich and splendid as the sunshine coming your way this spring- so don’t miss out!

If you are looking for a hearty dish to celebrate spring, head over to Natural Style Chicken, San Diego’s hometown BBQ eatery! With two locations in the city, one in Hillcrest and the other in Point Loma, this BBQ spot knows how to grill fresh and filling menu options. Their wholesome, fresh chicken is prepared on a rotisserie over a wood fire, with the choice to order a Whole Chicken, Half or Fourth, along with sides like rice, refried beans, coleslaw, potato salad, macaroni salad, french fries, and onion rings. Natural Style Chicken even has Korean Style BBQ, Kimchi Fried Rice, and Chicken and Beef Teriyaki. Can it get any better than that? Live, love, BBQ.

Spring is here- no need to fear! Get outside, hop in your car, roll down your windows, and head on over to any of these San Diego favorites to try these taste dishes today!