San Diego's bustling dining scene includes a wide variety of ethnic restaurants, but the specialties here are fresh seafood, Italian food and California cuisine (which is distinguished by local ingredients and the creative fusion of different culinary traditions). The Gaslamp Quarter is one of the most popular neighborhoods for foodies of all tastes, while Little Italy is the spot to go for heaping helpings of pasta. Some restaurants offer "early bird specials" if you're willing to dine at 5 or 6 p.m.
Our favorite place for breakfast is Cafe 222, located between the waterfront and Horton Plaza, serving egg scrambles, pancakes, waffles and eggs Benedict with a great deal of funky attitude.
Indigo Grill, which serves creative Latin fusion cuisine, is one of Little Italy's hottest restaurants.
The Gaslamp Quarter houses the city's largest concentration of eateries for all appetites, but some favorites include Lou & Mickey's (steaks and seafood) and La Puerta (Mexican).
Pacific Beach has numerous casual finds; try Costa Brava for its fabulous tapas.
The Corvette Diner is a fun, 50s-esque diner; it's a great family joint. The menu includes whimiscally named dishes such as the Garbage Plate (an appetizer with slides, onion rings, potato skins and more) and the Say Cheese (breaded mozzarella).
Hash House A Go Go is hip, trendy and known for its massive portions. Prepare to wait in line.
Anyone who loves baseball will enjoy dinner at McCormick & Schmick's, located in the Omni Hotel at Petco Park, as much for the display of baseball memorabilia as for the dining experience. Guests of the restaurant can wander through the displays in the hotel lobby.