In the heart of downtown on Third Avenue, this family owned and operated Italian restaurant's has been one of Chula Vista's favorite pizza places. This is not fast-food pizza like Dominos--which opened a shop across the street--this is a neighborhood family Italian restaurant . Like Filippis' Pizza Grotto. Both opened their doors in the mid-1950s and have been in competition since. Or maybe not. It seems that each restaurant has it's own loyal clientele.
Okay, just so you know my bias, I was manager of Filippis and Filippis is my favorite.
Favorite Dish: The flavor of the food is different from Filippis, but it's good too. I like the Peperoni & Mushroom pizza, Lasagna and Chicken Parmesan. Beware, the Veal Parmesan comes with french fries instead of pasta--which is how it's served at Filippis.
The building's been there for years, but Talavera Azul hasn't been there very long. They serve breakfast and lunch. The interior decor is restive it's a great place to sit outside on a sunny day having coffee and reading a good book!
Stella's is out and Talavera Azul is in. Talavera Azul means blue pottery. The decor is a pale blue with lots of pots around the place. The menu is now Mexican and the two most popular items are Chilaquiles and their Cafe de Olla. At least that's what I've been told. I haven't tried either yet.
Another thing I'll have to check on is whether or not they serve dinner. On their web page they say, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Yet, they state their hours as 7:30 am - 2 pm? Interesting.
Favorite Dish: The menu is now Mexican but I haven't seen it yet or tried any of the food. I will let you know my opinion after I've checked it out.
Casa Don opened it's doors more than thirty years ago and I've been going there ever since. It is a family owned and operated restaurant and bar with consistantly good food.
Every ten years or so, the decor is re-done to keep-up with the changing times. In fact the outside tables are a newer addition, convenient for their smoking patrons.
No more smoking on the patio. Chula Vista passed a "no smoking" law so you have to go out to the sidewalk or parking lot to have a smoke.
Casa Don is a restaurant and full service bar with fast and friendly service. However, they will not rush the pace of a meal.
Also I like their Sunday Brunch.
Favorite Dish: The Margaritas and Mexican Coffee are well made and delicious. Carne Asada is my all time favorite dish, but also I like the Chicken Fajitas and the Chili Rellenos very much. It all depends on my mood at the time.
Step into the past. Red leather booths, red velvet flocked wallpaper and dark wood, especially popular in the late forties early fifties, can be experienced at this popular restaurant!
Have lunch here!
Walking into the dimly lit dining room from the sunny outside is like going blind. You can hear but not see a thing! Close the door, stand still for a few moments until the pale glow begins to reveal the scene.
The Butcher Shop has a reputation for being "connected." If that is true or not I haven't a clue, unless the photo of Frank Sinatra with the owner is telling. Actually the owner of the ButcherShop and Frank Sinatra do have a connection, Del Mar Race Track.
The Butcher Shop Steak House was sold some years ago, but since the quality of food did not suffer at all, I didn't mention that. However, now not only has it been sold the new owners have changed the name to The Steak House on Broadway. They are still using the history of the original owner and I'm sure that it is with his permission.
Neither the decor nor the food has changed so it is still a great old place to experience.
Favorite Dish: Prime Rib At It's Best!
The drinks are strong, they make the best potato skins I've ever had, the prime rib is tender and delicious. What more could anyone want? Oh also I suggest that you order their homemade bleu cheese dressing--it is the best--for your salad and enjoy!
Though it is a chain restaurant it still has it's charm. This Chula Vista store is just off Third Avenue on F Street. They offer patio dining--which I prefer--however, in inclement weather I like the cozy, high-backed booths in the bar to enjoy a meal.
The bar is full service and usually not crowed at lunch time. There is more of a flurry in the various dining areas so for a nice conversation, choose a seat in the bar.
Favorite Dish: Pies are most popular at Marie Callender's, but their menu offers something for everyone and the food is pretty good all the time.
I espeically like the Cobb Salad, potatoe skins, their salad bar and of course pie. Most of their food is homestyle cooked and pretty well done. Don't forget to order a pie to take home.
Set in a small mall of of Eastlake Parkway, this branch of the Busalacchi Restaurant chain brings a bit of San Diego's Little Italy to Chula Vista. Lunch time seems to not be this restaurant's specialty as I've rarely seen many people at lunch; at times I'm the only patron.
Dinner however is another matter. The place is usually packed and reservations needed on weekends.
Favorite Dish: The pasta bolognese is excellent. I was told the chicken parmesan was the best a friend had ever had, but I was not quite as enthusiastic. It was good, but I have had better. Portions however are huge and most entrees will partially go home with you.
Los Arcos is a Mexican restaurant chain that has expanded into the US. Just a few miles from the Otay Mesa border in Chula Vista, Los Arcos brings very good "fast food" that tastes as good as the places I eat in the Baja.
Favorite Dish: I chose the perenial favorite, fish tacos while my wife had a mixed sea food dish. Both were excellent.
Islands is a Burger & Beer chain with a number of venues. Luckily I found one in my new hometown of Chula Vista. It has a "sports bar" feel and the wait staff are friendly and efficient. The menu selection is typical for a "quick bite" restaurant, but everything is prepared very well and they have some of the best french frys I've ever had.
Favorite Dish: Definitely their classic burger but hold the cheese and make the frys "well done." Consistently excellent.
Organically grown, all raw vegan food -- are you ready for this? And in old downtown Chula Vista, too. The sparsely, modern decor of this storefront restaurant contrasts with the rich, varied flavors of this food. Highly recommend it! And plan to return for more healthy, delicious food and to watch the cooks work in the open kitchen.
Even my non-vegetarian brother liked it! This is a guy who didn't appreciate vegetables at all until he was into adulthood!
Favorite Dish: Their global approach is their best. Try the ginger lemonade, a cold drink.
Their wonderful web site has great photos, etc. of much of the food.
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150 Bonita Road, Chula Vista, California, 91910, United States
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
632 E Street, Chula Vista, California, 91910, United States
Good for: Solo
As the second largest city in San Diego County, Chula Vista has a wide variety of restaurants to choose from. The restaurants are scattered all over the city. Third Street and Boadway...