Believe it or not, San Diego’s Historic Old Town – an area that celebrates its Spanish founders – is home to some of the best Japanese cuisine in the county! Everyone already knows about the fresh made tortillas, California burritos and small Mexican markets, but what about the hand rolls and sake shots?
If you want to experience Old Town like the locals, skip over the Mexico-inspired tourist hot spots and head straight to the small hole-in-the-wall eateries that are serving up the best sushi in San Diego. Unpack your bags at your budget hotel near Old Town San Diego and head over to these top restaurants located just steps away from Marina Inn:
- Sushi Tadokoro serves traditional Edo-mae style sushi or Nigiri (raw fish over small balls of vinegar-marinated rice). This warm and inviting restaurant on San Diego Ave. has some of the best fresh shrimp in the city and is the place to go for sashimi (raw fish) and ama-ebi (sweet shrimp). There’s always the option of ordering Omakase which means “I’ll leave it to you.” Just have an open mind and give the sushi chef a price range and they’ll make you something special, unique and delicious. Seating is limited so be sure to make a reservation beforehand and sit at the bar if you want one-on-one service with the chef himself.
- Yoshino Japanese Restaurant doesn’t look like much from the outside, but when it comes to the food they’ll leave your taste buds dazzled. This cozy restaurant on the outskirts of Old Town serves up a vast array of Japanese food items like fresh sashimi, traditional and trendy sushi rolls and their famous sesame chicken. Seating is first come first serve so you’ll want to show up when doors open at 5 pm for a guaranteed seat, especially on busy weekend nights.
- Harney Sushi breaks all the rules in a wonderfully delicious way. This sushi restaurant strays from tradition and instead creates new and interesting combinations that are sure to please your palate. Their lively atmosphere is largely due to the late night happy hour from 10 pm to 12 am and the in-house DJ that mixes up tunes while you down sake bombs. Don’t leave without trying the Flaming Lip Roll which is a tempura fried California roll with cream cheese, spicy mayo, jalapeno and sriracha.
Reservations at an Old Town Japanese restaurant could be the cherry on top of a wonderful fun-filled day in San Diego during your vacation. Take time to wonder around Old Town soaking in the rich foods, history and shops before you stray over to the nearby Marine Corps Recruit Depot Museum just across the street near the San Diego Bay. Click here to learn more about the San Diego MCRD and why it’s a great tourist stop even if you’re not a military member.
If you’d like to make your travels easier you can always book a cheap downtown San Diego hotel room that’s walking distance from the above mentioned activities. No need spend extra money on a rental car when Marina Inn & Suites is located less than 2 miles from the MCRD, just 3 miles from Old Town San Diego and the Old Town trolley stop.
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