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A city that is almost always engulfed in sunshine, San Diego has made its way to the top of many people’s travel lists. Temperatures year-round fluctuate around the seventies and there are a seemingly endless number of activities to partake in, ranging from a very active night-life scene to entertaining events that are family-friendly.

However you decide to plan your itinerary for your trip to San Diego, there is one activity that you can’t afford to miss: dining out at one (or more) of San Diego’s foodie-famous restaurants that will appease even the pickiest eaters.

Bencotto Italian Kitchen

Craving delicious carbs? Satisfy those cravings with fresh, handmade pasta from this San Diego italian favorite! You have the option of customizing your own pasta dish by pairing up your favorite style of noodle with your favorite sauce to create the perfect dish for your tastes. And because their portion sizes are extremely generous, you can enjoy the dish all over again for your next meal.

Blind Lady Ale House

You’re starving but you aren’t in the mood for some elaborate, complicated, and expensive dish that you’re sure won’t satisfy your food cravings. Trust your instincts and go with a classic combination – pizza and beer. You can choose to keep it simple with a margherita pizza or go all out with a breakfast-inspired pizza featuring eggs, bacon, caramelized onions, and — truffle oil? It may be a strange combination, but Blind Lady Ale House didn’t earn its reputation as a San Diego staple by not proving their ability to experiment with delicious flavors.

Lobster West

You can’t take a trip to the West Coast without finding a seafood joint to try. Known for their lobster rolls, Lobster West offers a variety of roll options – you can make yours with lobster, shrimp, or crab. They even offer options that are paleo-friendly, allowing people to substitute their bread with romaine lettuce instead.

Carnitas’ Snack Shack

Almost everything on this restaurant’s menu is inspired by pork. Bacon, pulled-pork sandwiches, pork belly “snacks,” Carnitas’ Snack Shack is a carnivore’s heaven. Their seating is completely outside so you get to enjoy your food while sitting underneath the shade in their quaint back porch.

Was your mouth watering as you read through this list? Start planning your trip to San Diego with these restaurants in mind – then you can add the hidden food gems that you stumble upon as you explore the city to your list!