20 San Diego Dishes to Try in 2020

It’s a new year — meaning you have 365 more days to try out all the fantastic food offerings in San Diego. If your New Year’s resolution was to try as many of the city’s delicious delicacies as possible, then you’re in luck. We’ve put together a list of 20 can’t-miss culinary creations to try in 2020. Read the list below and decide where to start your foodie tour of San Diego.

A Slice of Pizza From Bronx Pizza – 5.6 miles away

Slices at Bronx Pizza are as good as those in the trattoria’s NYC namesake — with gooey mozzarella cheese; delicious toppings, like pepperoni, spinach, and mushrooms; and crispy, thin crust.

World Famous Pie Dinner at the Chicken Pie Shop – 7.6 miles away

Chicken Pie Shop’s prix-fixe World Famous Pie Dinner includes gravy-topped chicken and turkey, whipped potatoes, vegetables, coleslaw, rolls, and a hearty dessert.

Burger of Your Choice at Hodad’s – 2.9 miles away

Delectable burgers at world-famous Ocean Beach eatery Hodad’s incorporate your choice of mini, single, and double burger; ham, chicken, bacon, or fake meat; and optional cheeses and pastrami. Don’t forget to try one of their amazing milkshakes!

Apple Pie at Julian Pie Company – 60 miles away

Julian Pie Company’s original apple pie is made from baked Granny Smith apples, flakey pastry crust, and just the right amount of sweetener.

California Burrito at Nico’s – 2.8 miles away

Carne asada, cheese, lettuce, tomato, guac, and French fries all make appearances in the California Burrito at Nico’s, voted one of America’s best burritos.

Pastelito de Guayaba con Queso at Azucar – 2.7 miles away

Azucar patisserie’s Cuban-style Pastelito de Guayaba con Queso revolves around the namesake cheese and guava, wrapped in a buttery puff-pastry bun.

Açai Bowl at Val’s Coffee Corner – 2.4 miles away

The best açai bowls in town can be found at Val’s, where Amazon-sourced açai berries are topped with coconut, chia seeds, honey, fresh fruit, and granola.

Gelato From An’s Dry Cleaning – 8.1 miles away

You can’t go wrong with any of the fabric-inspired ice creams at An’s, one of USA Today’s top 10 ice-cream parlors in America, from the Kimono (jasmine and blueberry) to lace (pear and cider).

The Turk From Gaglione Bros – 1.9 miles away

“Like Thanksgiving as a sandwich” is how we would describe the incredible Turk specialty sandwich at Gaglione Bros, made with fresh-baked turkey, cranberry, mayo, and stuffing.

Brussels Sprouts at Bo Beau Kitchen + Bar – 2.4 miles away

The Crisp Brussels Sprouts appetizer at Ocean Beach’s Bo Beau Kitchen + Bar features mouth-watering trifecta of pancetta, Parmesan, and a delicious drizzle of Balsamic vinegar.

Man Candy From Fig Tree Café – 4 miles away

Thick bacon, brown sugar, paprika, and broiled pork belly come together beautifully in the Man Candy from Fig Tree Café, an unexpectedly dessert-like appetizer.

Pizzelle From Buona Forchetta – 8.5 miles away

Buona Forchetta’s deep-fried pizza, or pizzelle, places a unique and inventive twist on the classic combination of marinara sauce and fresh Parmesan cheese.

Ice-Cream Sandwich From the Baked Bear – 2.7 miles away

An ice-cream sandwich from Baked Bear is one of the best foods to eat just steps-away from the beach, with your choice of cookie or brownie base and ice cream, plus toppings such as Fruity Pebbles and Oreo crumbs.

Tacos Al Pastor From Tacos El Gordo – 19.4 miles away

Tacos El Gordo’s tacos al pastor are the closest dish you can get to a delicious Tijuana-style street taco this side of the border, with spices, pineapple, and shawarma-type meat.

Fish Taco From Lola 55 – 7.3 miles away

Lola 55 is one of the few local restaurants awarded the prestigious Michelin Bib Gourmand Award, and its fish taco features an amazing remoulade, pickled serrano, and a touch of purple basil.

Ribs From Coop’s West Texas BBQ – 15.8 miles away

You wouldn’t expect to come to San Diego for barbecue, but Coop’s is the best in town, with each cut of beef seasoned and broiled to perfection.

Passionfruit Mango Cheesecake From Extraordinary Desserts – 6.5 miles away

Extraordinary Desserts’ passionfruit-mango cheesecake lives up to the promise in this bakery’s name, its tropical fruits mixed into the lightest and creamiest of cheesecakes.

Rolled Tacos From Las Cuatro Milpas – 8.6 miles away

Hugely popular among San Diegans, rolled tacos at historic Mexican joint Las Cuatro Milpas combine rich, moist flour tortillas with iceberg lettuce, cotija cheese, and your meat of choice.

Risotto Tartufo e Capesante From Solare – 3.8 miles away

The risotto tartufo e capesante from Liberty Station’s Solare comes with not only its namesake truffle and scallops, but the finest lobster roe and salted butter.

Local Sea Bass With Mushroom Risotto From Firefly Eatery & Bar

The local sea bass plate at The Dana’s own Firefly Eatery & Bar pairs mushroom risotto, tomatoes, pea tendrils, and pancetta beurre blanc with the freshly caught fish.