San Diego Restaurant Week: September 23 – 30, 2018

The beginning of fall kicks off with the 14th annual San Diego Restaurant Week. The event features almost 200 of the county’s best kitchens offering unique dining experiences.  The eight days are designed to allow you to try new places at bargain prices. Two-course lunches offer an entree and choice of an appetizer or dessert.  Prix-fixe, three-course dinners range from $20 – $50 per person.  Here are my suggestions in the lunch category.

Kanda Thai Cuisine, located in the newest hot food destination (the Midway area), is my $10 recommendation.  Lunch comes with a choice of entree, soup, salad, vegetable roll, steamed rice, and choice of dessert. The panang curry with shrimp and deep fried bananas were recommended  by the server and she was right. It’s a real bargain at $10.

Backyard Kitchen & Tap is in Pacific Beach.  At $15, my suggestion is to bring a friend…lots of good food to sample and split.  For two outstanding appetizers, order the buffalo cauliflower and blackened shrimp. Second course: ahi tuna steak sandwich and the BKYD burger (a ribeye and brisket blend).  It’s an eclectic menu with, of course, an extensive bar menu.   

Hash House A Go Go in Hillcrest is my $20 choice.  Their motto is “Twisted Farm Food,” reflecting their take on classics.  Once again, this is a place to share meals. You can’t miss with the smaller version of their famous stuffed meatloaf or the midwest mac and cheese served with a blue crab cake.  As a long time San Diego favorite, it’s always crowded so plan your visit with that in mind.

Prices do not include tax, gratuity or drinks.  Reservations are not required, but be smart and make one, if possible.  For a full list of participating restaurants, menus, etc., logon to

Next Up

This month, I’ll be heading to the Adventure Travel Mexico (ATMEX) convention in Comala. It showcases the best Mexico and Latin America has to offer in the way of travel:  nature, culture, and outdoor activities…not just great beaches and weather.  Various destinations, tour operators, attractions, etc., put their best foot forward to encourage visitors.  The conference is sponsored by the Tourism Ministry (SECTUR), the Mexico Tourism Board (CPTM), and the host State, Colima.  As a travel writer, this is my equivalent to a kid in a candy store.  

Let’s go!

Howard Hian


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