Although many working professionals skip lunch in attempt to pack in more work through the day, studies have shown that leaving your desk is actually more beneficial to your productivity. And luckily San Diego has some excellent lunch spots! Whether you’re Looking for a place to sit down or for somewhere you can order, dine and be on your way in under 30 minutes, we’ve rounded up some of the best mid-day meal spots in the city.
If you work near Carlsbad, you’ll want to check out CLARA’s oh-so-tasty lunch menu. Comprised of dishes made with farm fresh ingredients, every bite is simply prepared to celebrate each perfect flavor. Order the CLARA Burger, topped with white cheddar cheese, heirloom tomato, Bibb lettuce, roasted garlic aioli and a house pickle, served with a side of fries.
Pizza is the perfect pick-me-up lunch and our favorite spot, Woodstock’s, has locations in PB and near SDSU. Customize your own pie or opt to try a classic combo, such as the Grateful Veg, piled high with sliced bell peppers, white onions, fresh tomatoes, black olives and mushrooms. Be sure to save room for dessert – Woodstock’s offers a Cinnabread warm dessert pie smothered with brown sugar, cinnamon and icing.
Stop in to Beerfish, a lunch and dinner spot for fresh seafood dishes and local sips, found along Adam’s Avenue. Their Crispy Fried Fish sandwich, which consists of wild white fish, lettuce, tomato and tartar sauce, is unlike any you’ve tasted before. Pair with Fall Brewing Company’s Plenty For All, a pilsner with clean and crisp finish.
Looking for a healthy yet satisfying dish to help fuel you through your afternoon? WhipHand’s Vegan dBLCheeseburger Wrap is a must-try! The East Village eatery and bar offers the two ground Impossible beef patties, topped with cashew cheese and served between Bibb lettuce starting at 11:00 a.m. And if you aren’t keen on the healthy part, order the Double Impossible super fries, a pile of crispy fries topped with Impossible meat, cashew cheese and other seasonal veggies.
With five San Diego locations spanning from Convoy to East Village, you’re never too far from a delicious lunch at Tajima. And if you’ve only got a few minutes to spare, Tajima now offers online ordering, so you won’t have to step away from your desk for too long. The Tajima Ramen, made with original tonkotsu soup, fried garlic chips, green onions, half a ramen egg, pork or chicken chashu, bean sprouts, baby boy choy, sesame seeds and Japanese seaweed is a great lunch option!
Take some time from your day to sit down and enjoy award-winning barbecue from Mission Valley’s Wood Ranch. Start things off with fresh Spinach-Artichoke Dip before selecting from salads, burger, sandwiches and barbecue plates. We highly recommend the Wood Ranch Trip Tip, served with original BBQ sauce and your choice of signature side – grilled corn on the cob, mashed potatoes and fresh broccoli are only a few of the extensive list of side dishes available at Wood Ranch.