How San Diego Has Evolved Into an Unassuming Foodie Town

Paris, Barcelona, Tokyo, Bangkok, New York, New Orleans … San Diego? OK, maybe it’s a stretch to pair our neighbor to the south with these foodie capitals, but the 619 has come a long way since its awesome fish tacos put it on the culinary map. Creative chefs are transforming three of the city’s neighborhoods, Little Italy, Point Loma and North Park, into destinations where even the most intrepid explorer of L.A.’s restaurant scene might find something new.

The culinary attractions of Little Italy, just northwest of downtown, might seem obvious — but there’s plenty to explore beyond the red and-white-check-tablecloth pizzerias and been-there-forever Italian delis. Mainstays such as Filippi’s Pizza Grotto stand alongside new restaurants specializing in cutting-edge cooking from name-brand chefs from across the United States and the Mexican border.