With the Pacific to the west and Mexico to the south, San Diego Restaurants have plenty of inspiration to draw upon. Take Searsucker San Diego chef Brian Malarkey as an example. The former Top Chef competitor mixes Albacore tuna and chorizo into his unpretentious, stripped-down New American cuisine. Like Malarkey, many of the best restaurants in San Diego play with tradition, whether they specialize in Italian or seafood. At Lucha Libre, one of the city’s best Mexican restaurants, chefs stuff burritos with steak, shrimp, and even french fries. Meanwhile, for more intimate meals, consider the many La Jolla restaurants that serve entrees alongside romantic views of the ocean.

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