Best San Diego Cafes and Local Favorites

Most who know me know of my deep love for Hillcrest, our local business district. As a longtime Hillcrest business owner I love the diversity and distinct joie de vivre that makes our area unique. Owning a distinctive cafe in Hillcrest for many years brought me much joy and connection to our residents and visitors alike. Here are some of my favorites that capture good food, atmosphere and value in Hillcrest and beyond.

Le Bonne Table
3696 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, 92103
Hillcrest – 3-minute drive or 6-minute walk from Alcazar Court Bungalows
La Bonne Table is a cozy, intimate restaurant in the heart of Hillcrest. Serving country French food in the bistro fashion, the menu features a modest but excellent selection of classic French seasonal dishes. The romantic setting features a full bar and French beer on tap. Gallic favorites also adorn a Sunday brunch menu – including Croque Madame, salad with lardons and poached egg, omelets and more. Reservations are recommended as seating is very limited. Bon appétit!

Bar Bodega
1980 Kettner Blvd. #30, San Diego, 92101
Little Italy – 7-minute drive from Alcazar Court Bungalows
This lovely tapas bar features a wide variety of those delectable treasures that cry out for wine pairing. Open for lunch and dinner, Bodega has a split personality: when the sun is out and the small patio is beckoning, it’s a calm little oasis from the bustle of Little Italy. At night, it’s candlelit and, when packed, lives up to the tapas tradition of being on the loud side. Either way it’s a delicious slice of Spain here in our own backyard.

Cafe Chloe
721 Ninth Avenue (at G Street), San Diego 92101
San Diego’s East Village – 10-minute drive from Alcazar Court Bungalows
Cafe Chloe is a cozy, urban neighborhood cafe located in San Diego’s hip East Village which serves an award-winning menu of updated bistro classics alongside gourmet coffee, tea and boutique wines. Open all day, this jewel box of a cafe offers a variety of enjoyable experiences. Join the locals in their convivial, sunny dining room to linger over breakfast or lunch, then go for a candlelit dinner and watch the world go by from their charming sidewalk patio.

Jaynes Gastropub
4677 30th Street @ Adams Avenue, San Diego, 92116
Normal Heights – 10-minute drive from Alcazar Court Bungalows
A gastropub is essentially a British Pub AKA Public House with a much improved kitchen and menu. Jaynes serves an eclectic menu including many English classics such as bangers and mash, fish and chips, and lamb Shepherd’s Pie using local organic produce, humanely bred meats, poultry and sustainable seafood. Jayne’s offers vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options and children of any age are welcome.

Et Voila French Bistro
3015 Adams Avenue, San Diego 92116
Normal Heights/North Park – 10-minute drive from Alcazar Court Bungalows
Et Voilà! is a vibrant neighborhood bistro, located along the North Park corridor. Serving a mix of French classics with a modern accent, local and seasonal products build upon French recipes from various regions, such as Steak Frites, Coquilles St. Jacques, and soufflés. Explore the diverse regions of France through a curated wine list and taste a variety of distinct local ingredients in crafted cocktails.

Minou Creperie
721 Eighth Avenue, San Diego 92101
East Village – 11-minute drive from Alcazar Court Bungalows
From the team at one my all-time favorite San Diego eateries, Café Chloe, comes Minou, a gluten-free creperie with the feel of an authentic French bistro. Enjoy sweet and savory crepes filled with housemade jams and chutneys; for sweet options choose fillings like honey-lemon-butter, rose syrup, a classic Nutella, and housemade ice creams. Savory crepes include braised short rib, prosciutto and ricotta, and gravlax crepes, among many others… there’s French onion soup, composed salads, and just about anything you could crave. Not to be missed on any visit to San Diego!

Tender Greens
Downtown – 110 W Broadway, San Diego, 92101
Mission Valley – 1640 Camino del Rio, Ste. FS-7, San Diego, 92108
Point Loma/Liberty Station – 2400 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, 92106
All approximately 12-minutes drive from Alcazar Court Bungalows
With 3 locations all within 3 miles of Alcazar Court, you’re never far from super fresh and convenient fare. Abiding by the concept that everyone should be able to afford to eat well, each Tender Greens kitchen is run by its own chef who holds food to a high standard. Dishes feature sustainable ingredients from local markets, served in a cafeteria setting at competitive prices. Tender Greens is a cashless operation so be sure to bring your debit card or pay with your smartphone.

Little Lion Café
1424 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., Point Loma, CA 92107
Point Loma/Sunset Cliffs – 15-minute drive from Alcazar Court Bungalows
When Don and Arlene Coulon opened the Belgian Lion Restaurant in Ocean Beach many years ago, it shaped the food culture in San Diego. Don and Arlene’s love of good quality food, coupled with a unique restaurant experience, left a deep impression on many, including their three granddaughters. Chef Anne-Marie, and her sisters Jacqueline and Dominique, rekindle that love in their new cafe. The Little Lion is a unique destination that shares the Belgian Lion’s food sentiment: Food is love, love is family.

Konos Cafe – Beach Breakfast
704 Garnet Avenue, San Diego, 92109
Pacific Beach – 18-minute drive from Alcazar Court Bungalows
This Hawaiian-themed, no-frills eatery is revered for its hearty portions, low prices and amiable atmosphere. The breakfast burritos and sandwiches get rave reviews too. Breakfast is served from open to close, and if you’re lucky, you’ll snag a table outside, where you can enjoy a gorgeous view of the beach.

By | 2018-04-10T19:54:15+00:00 March 28th, 2018|San Diego, Sustenance and Libations|0 Comments

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Chief, cook, provocateur and merry maker...a former retailer and restaurateur turned hostess with the mostess. Sitting in a corner cafe anywhere in the world is my favorite thing. At Alcazar Court - everyone is welcome.

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