Food & Drink in National City

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Beginning as a plucky, family-run eatery in 1993, Los Reyes Mexican Food has blossomed into a multilocation Mexican-fare fiefdom, enticing appetites with an impressive spread of pillowy burritos, fresh seafood, and savory marinated meats. Within the casual family-style eatery, chefs forge authentic Latin-inspired meals, such as mole-soused lengua and crispy carnitas and buche. Guests pair feasts of flaky fish, seasoned carne asada, and hearty sopes with freshly squeezed juice, rich smoothies, or cold glasses of creamy horchata.

4696 Market St
San Diego,
CA
US

Though Cheez Whiz isn't a staple on most restaurant menus, at McGonagle's it's one of the ingredients that pulls together the restaurant's eight varieties of Philly cheesesteak. When composing each one, cooks layer split bread with a choice of chicken or traditional steak meat and top it with melted cheese or other ingredients to create pizza and buffalo chicken versions. From there, diners customize each one with spicy and sweet peppers from the house pepper bar, adding as many multi-hued slices as needed to achieve a desired heat level or to test for color blindness. Even the fries here get special toppings, from custom options to the menu's tried-and-true varieties with Cheez Whiz or cheesesteak on top.

1231 Highland Ave
National City,
CA
US

Shared Dreams' boat docks at Sunroad Resort Marina's pier, which is just a short jaunt away from nearly all of San Diego's seaside sights and attractions. Because of that, it's not difficult for the boat's licensed captain to customize trips. Depending on what customers want to see—whether it's whales, seals, battleships, the Coronado Bridge, or Olly, the city's beloved thicket of seaweed—he'll steer the boat in the appropriate direction. The cruises depart Friday–Sunday from sunrise to sunset.

3201 Marina Way
National City,
CA
US

Green Tea Hawaii's supplements expedite the process of losing weight. The company’s flagship item, a nutrient-rich powdered drink, dissolves into water and becomes a slenderizing cocktail of green-tea antioxidants, natural caffeine, and amino acids. Each serving of the fruit-flavored drink boosts metabolism and unlocks the ability to smell colors. Green coffee bean extract and Montagna coffee also deliver a natural dose of caffeine, and raspberry ketones increase the body's ability to burn fat via fruit compounds. Various other powdered drinks soak into the body and replenish vital nutrients.

3030 E Plaza Blvd
National City,
CA
US

Though at least 130 miles and 80 years of history separate golden-age Hollywood from modern-day National City, Cafe La Maze bridges the gap. During the 1940s, this steakhouse served as a playground for movie stars headed to Tijuana, Mexico. Here, they could tuck in to prime rib and lobster on the lower level, or gamble the night away with card sharks such as the Marx Brothers and eponymous restaurateur Marcel Lamaze in a hidden room upstairs.

Today, diners soak up auras of these legends in the same tufted booths where Bing Crosby and Clark Gable most likely lingered at the eatery's grand opening. Candles, chandeliers, and a golden ceiling cast a warm glow across tables as groups savor shrimp cocktails and slice into juicy cuts of top sirloin, new york strip, and filet mignon. Some evenings live music scores meals, and on karaoke nights guests can harmonize with friends as the portraits that line the damask-print walls try to remember the words. Those seeking a more low-key gathering can book the banquet room, which teems with enough red-vinyl seats for up to 70 close friends or cardboard cutouts of their likenesses.

1441 Highland Ave
National City,
CA
US