Exploring the city can be fun, especially if it involves food. The Bite San Diego tours are created to spotlight a few eateries as well as teach some history about a particular area of town. Downtown/Little Italy was my choice for a makeup tour (following the La Jolla tour).
A friend and I walked into Royal India a little before noon, where our friendly tour guide Hank was gathering the other people attending the tour.
Hank hails from New York and told us a little about himself and the tour, then ushered us towards the buffet. Can there be a better start than this? I mostly remember how much I enjoyed stuffing every tasty food item right into my mouth. Royal India is worth revisiting in the future!
Upon exiting the restaurant, I noticed this awesome status with a bowl. It held cardamon fennel, which is supposed to help with digestion when you chew on it but boy was the flavor potent!
A few months ago, we popped into Draft Republic with some friends and tried these crazy good Crispy Maple Bourbon Bacon Sticks. Pork belly on a stick haha! It was only a matter of time before we returned... which happened to be for San Diego Restaurant Week.
I loved walking into this vivid place. It seemed to be a fun environment with ping pong, pool and foosball tables, all free to play. There are also multiple tvs for watching the games so I can imagine it getting busy during prime hours! They have their own large parking lot which is another positive.
But back to business... we were here to eat, and perhaps play games later. The SDRW lunch menu was only $15 for a two course meal, which includes an appetizer and main entree. The menu is attached at the bottom of post.
Even with the discounted prices, San Diego Restaurant Week can get a bit expensive after hitting multiple spots. Harley Gray Kitchen & Bar landed in our radar due to their reasonable dinner price of $20.
We entered a cozy looking restaurant with a mixture of booths and tables. I felt comfortable with the purple mood lighting surrounding the center bar. It felt very chill here. There wasn't a hostess at the front but someone near the bar area motioned for us to sit wherever, so we grabbed a corner table.
One of my top choices for this year's San Diego Restaurant Week was Farmer's Bottega. And... it's also my 200th review! I wrote over half of those within the last two years! Wow does time fly by before you know it!
At 7:30pm on a Sunday, the restaurant was packed and we were seated in the back patio area. Even though it was chillier outside, the heat lamps were at a perfect temperature that Dennis, wearing his big coat, was neither hot nor cold, and myself, in a sweater, felt quite cozy. It was also quieter and less cramped in the patio so we were quite happy with the placement.
Leroy's Kitchen & Lounge is on the beautiful island of Coronado. When San Diego Restaurant Week rolled around, I thought it'd be a glorious time to cross the blue bridge for a visit. The restaurant is a few streets away from the historic Hotel del Coronado but we were able to score a parking spot nearby. Our late lunch may have been another helpful factor.
There's a patio area with bright red umbrellas for basking in the sunny San Diego weather while the inside has both booths and tables.
There are a few TV's for watching sports at the bar while you drink. The beer menu has a varied selection on tap plus space to advertise upcoming promotions.
We were seated at a booth facing the bar and provided the SDRW lunch menu. It's a $15 pre-fix lunch with one appetizer and one entree.
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Every year, we visit at least one Cohn Restaurant Group restaurant. They always have promos, such as their anniversary special where the price is the same as the year! Last year, we wrote about OB Warehouse and Indigo Grill and this year we picked a “new to us” place, BO-Beau Kitchen + Bar in Ocean Beach. There's another location in La Mesa (BO-Beau Kitchen + Garden) as well as a location in Long Beach (BO-Beau Kitchen + Rooftap).
I remember visiting this location years ago when it used to be Thee Bungalow and their parking lot is still horrible. There’s only a single entrance and it’s super rocky to drive over, plus the parking spots aren’t marked that well, if at all. Once you get past that, the entrance makes me feel like I’m about to enter a little cottage with the landscaping. Or maybe that’s my perspective when I view this picture!
There are two main dining areas inside plus an outdoor patio with heaters available. A nice bar is viewable immediately when you walk in and we were seated there temporarily while waiting a few minutes for our table.
The anniversary special is $20.16 for a two course meal which gives you a choice of an appetizer and a choice of an entrée. A menu is attached at the bottom of this post for reference.