Peter Dennehy (Senior V.P. at Meyers Research, a Kennedy Wilson Company) is back for this installment of the San Diego Daily Dish with some spots all you foodies out there won’t want to miss in the Hillcrest/Banker’s Hill area. Here’s what Mr. Dennehy has to say:
The Hillcrest/Banker’s Hill/Uptown San Diego area is located just north of Interstate 5 and Downtown San Diego (a short cab, bike or car drive). The unique residential areas surrounding Balboa Park area have long been a destination for many of the region’s finest restaurants and the North Park area just to the northeast of Balboa Park has been called one of America’s top up & coming “hipster” neighborhoods. The area also includes Mission Hills, one of San Diego’s top, established in-town historic neighborhoods.
A favorite place to have breakfast is Snooze in Hillcrest (3940 Fifth Avenue, 619.500.3344), a hopping spot that combines excellent breakfast and lunch items with an open, modern “loft-like” space, music and weekend crowds. Try the excellent pancakes and egg dishes.
For lunch, you have to try BFD or Big Front Door (4135 Park Boulevard, 619.255.4100). This casual spot is open daily from 11 to 8 and offers excellent sandwiches, salads and baked goods. If you need catering or box lunches for any events during PCBC, this is an excellent option. There is a small selection of beer and wine available at the back of the store.
Another casual choice in the North Park area is Carnitas Snack Shack (2632 University Avenue, 619.294.7675), a slow-food inspired, pork-centered “shack”. Order at the window and they will bring the food to the tables in back. The menu changes every day, but always includes a variety of pork products and excellent desserts.
For dinner, try Cucina Urbana (505 Laurel Street, 619.239.2222) or Banker’s Hill (2202 4th Avenue, 619.231.0222) in Banker’s Hill, Brooklyn Girl Eatery in Mission Hills (4033 Goldfinch Street, 619.296.4600), Farmhouse Café in University Heights (2121 Adams Avenue, 619.269.9662), Urban Solace (3823 30th Street, 619.295.6464) or Smoking Goat (3408 30th Street, 619.955.5295) in the North Park area or Alchemy in South Park (1503 30th Street, 619.255.0616). While located a short distance out of Downtown, all of these are top “foodie” spots for local San Diegans and will give you a feel for the creativity and innovation at work in the San Diego food, wine and craft beer scenes in nearby neighborhood settings. Use a cab, the Uber Car Service or Car2Go to get there and explore on the way!
Thank you Mr. Dennehy for once again contributing to The San Diego Dish! There are quite a few places in the area to try!