Finding San Diego Lunch Spots

Smoked Cheddar Burger at WhipHand
Smoked Cheddar Burger at WhipHand

Following the “most important meal of the day” is no easy feat, but someone’s got to do it – which is why National Make Lunch Count Day, on April 13th, was established. This national food holiday was initiated to celebrate the mid-day meal we often take for granted. And to truly make it count, we’ve compiled some of the best San Diego lunch spots to enjoy delicious bites!

Stop into any City Tacos location – North Park, La Mesa or Imperial Beach – for a quick, casual lunch of San Diego’s best tacos! Whether you prefer classics like the slow-cooked pork Carnitas, topped with cilantro, onion, guac and crunchy pork rinds or more unique menu items such as the Surf & Turf, grilled rib eye steak and garlic sautéed shrimp over Oaxaca cheese, you’re sure to find something you love at City Tacos.

Every good neighborhood deserves an eatery where locals and visitors can come together to enjoy delicious food, and Farmer’s Table brings just that to the La Mesa, Little Italy and Bay Park communities. Check out the portion of the brunch menu with items like salads, sandwiches, flatbreads and more on National Make Lunch Count Day. You can’t go wrong with any of the fresh-made flatbreads at Farmer’s Table, especially the Truffle, made with fresh mozzarella, ricotta, fennel sausage, radicchio, caramelized onion and truffle oil!

If you’re searching for a spot with endless possibilities for healthy and filling lunch options, look no further than Sammy’s in Mission Valley. From tacos, burgers and wraps, to pastas and sharable plates like the Chicken Lettuce Cups with water chestnuts, scallions, black bean hoisin sauce and sesame seeds, Sammy’s truly has it all. They also offer a variety of pizzas, soups and salads such as the Balsamic Grilled Chicken with mixed greens, gorgonzola, walnuts, fresh basil and balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

WhipHand is East Village’s answer to a casual lunch or dinner spot, featuring simple food with hearty portions meant to be shared. On National Make Lunch Count Day, opt for the Smoked Cheddar Burger, made with dry-aged beef, smoked cheddar, candied bacon, Cajun onions, lettuce, tomatoes and pickle chips. This burger pairs perfectly with many of the beers available at WhipHand’s 24 -tap, self-serve beer bank.

When you’re on a tight schedule and need to stop in somewhere quick for a bite to eat, Hillcrest’s Natural Style Chicken is the ideal place to do so. Counter service gest you in fast and feeds you even faster! Choose from a selection of combos, like Chicken or Beef Teriyaki, that each come with your choice of two sides. Rice, potato salad, garlic veggies and refried beans are just a few of the many side options you’ll find on Natural Style Chicken’s menu.

The Gaslamp District is full of great lunch spots, but none quite compares to the lively, high-energy barleymash, on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Market Street. Indulge in a barleymac bowl, as each comes made fresh with cavatappi noodles, poblano beer-cheese sauce, pepper jack beer-cheese sauce, a three-cheese blend and bread crumbs. Choose from five different toppings, one being The Mash with ale-braised pork shoulder, bourbon-bbq sauce, fresh jalapenos and crispy tobacco onions – yum!