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San Diego Restaurant Week (SDRW) starts this Sunday, January 20, 2019 and continues until Saturday January 27, 2019. This bi-annual event features over 180 restaurants offering a prix fixe meal which range between $10 to $50. We've partnered with Casa Sol y Mar for a sneak peek of their dinner menu.

I've heard about Jimmy's Famous American Tavern for several years through friend's birthday posts and finally redeemed their generous birthday offer - $25 off during your birthday month! For more ideas, check out our master list of birthday freebies and deals.

The original San Diego location opened in 2010 and has since expanded to Dana Point, Brea, Santa Monica, and Woodlands California. Our local spot is in the Point Loma area along Harbor Drive. There's a dedicated parking lot for the businesses nearby so we parked close. Walk yourselves around the building toward the ocean to find the front of the restaurant. You can see they were rocking and ready for the holidays!

My birthday is during one of the busiest months of the year. Everything needs to be completed BEFORE christmas break else you might be working extra hours to make deadlines! Despite the usual time crunch of my job, I managed a hefty birthday haul last month and am just now sharing. It's been three years since I last posted about a birthday roundup so this is long overdue!

San Diego Birthday Offers

We'll start with the local offers. I found a few new places like Banh Mi Hoa An, as well as redeemed a couple existing ones such as Duff Doggz and revisiting a few others.

Free banh mi sandwich from Banh Mi Hoa An through ibirthdayclub

The Mira Mesa food scene has been blossoming right before our eyes with new restaurants like Little Sakana, an "All You Can Eat" sushi spot in the Mira Mesa Mall. It's across the walkway from the popular Crab Hut Mira Mesa and a few doors down from San Diego Snowy Village.

We were quite eager to visit and arrived promptly one Sunday at 11am, a week after their soft opening. The restaurant was spacious, clean and immediately more satisfying than the revolving retailers before it, which were mostly clothing stores and a temporary Halloween superstore. Food over retail for us always. We came with a giant appetite. The hostess sat us down at a table and provided us the menu options: All You Can Eat or A La Carte.

Lazy Hippo is a newer brunch spot in the heart of gaslamp San Diego. They serve up signature pancakes, waffles, french toast and other breakfast favorites. The business filled up quickly during our brunch visit so the locals seem to dig it as well.

There's several New Zealand inspired restaurants throughout San Diego with the newest one being Queenstown Bistro at Westfield UTC Mall. This location is near the food court right next to the music stage plaza. It's a convenient stop for eats before, during or after your shopping. Our media visit was right after Thanksgiving but luckily the holiday frenzy hadn't grown much, at least yet!

Dennis and I were invited to check out Empanada Kitchen in downtown San Diego. This business advertises "hand-made" and "happily baked" since these empanadas are made fresh throughout the day (ie not leftovers from a previous day). It was perfect timing as we had been craving empanadas since our last bite at Havana Kitchen, a bit of a drive.

Last week was San Diego Beer Week from Nov. 2-11. I stumbled into it when a coworker invited everyone to Duck Foot Brewing, one of many breweries along Miramar Road. It just so happened to be the FIRST day of San Diego Beer Week so the timing was accidentally perfect!