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The Best Hole-in-the-Wall Restaurants in San Diego

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San Diego is considered one of the most beautiful destinations in the world which is why thousands of visitors flock to stay in affordable San Diego hotels every year. Between the outside attractions and scenic views, there is much to enjoy about this city on the coast. While our award-winning restaurant scene is known far and wide among foodies, sometimes trying the city’s hole-in-the-wall restaurants can prove to be a delightful dining experience, one that is usually only had by locals.

Lolita’s Taco Shop | 7305 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, 92111

Known for their authentic ingredients and ample portions, Lolita’s is a favorite for their carne asada fries and large California burritos. Although the restaurant is often overlooked, it makes for Mexican food that rivals what you’d find south of the border.

Paesano | 30th St, 92104

With their homemade sauces and traditional menu items, Paesano is known as a secret gem in the community for their affordable choices. It’s known as a humble neighborhood Italian restaurant with large portions served to regular customers.

Bay Park Fish Co. | 4121 Ashton St, 92111

Bay Park Fish Co., located – as one would suspect – close to the San Diego Bay, offers a wide variety of fresh seafood options. Some local favorites include the campechana and the macadamia crusted halibut. The food is seasonal and they also carry an exceptional wine selection.

Imperial Mandarin | 3904 Convoy St #102, 92111

Known for serving the best Chinese food in the city, Imperial Mandarin serves dim sum from 11 AM to 9 PM with sides that include wonton soup, salt and pepper chicken wings, and peking duck. Their authentic choices and late-night menu are a hit in the community.

Con Pane Rustic Breads & Café | 2750 Dewey Rd., Ste 105, 92106

This small but beloved bakery has been serving up the city’s best cinnamon rolls, grilled cheese sandwiches and turkey cobbs for years. If you’re looking for fresh baked goods, affordable and delicious menu items, all served in a cozy and quaint setting, this is your best bet. Locals have managed to keep this bakery under wraps for too long! Satiate your sweet tooth after breakfast or lunch with once or there over-sized, made-fresh-daily cookies.

So many options, so little time! Experiencing the food and culture of San Diego is a definite “must” when vacationing in this great city. Book a cheap hotel near San Diego airport to be right in the middle of all the action, next to public transportation options and also near the beautiful San Diego Bay. Marina Inn, located off of the famous Pacific Coast Highway, is one of the most affordable, comfortable and safe hotels in the downtown San Diego area.

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