Gringo is a Mexican word used to describe Americans, especially those who know nothing of the Mexican culture.
They saw you coming!!! This is the most expensive Mexican Restaurant I've seen yet!
It seems that an architect and a chef partnered-up to create Gringos Cantina and they have big bills to pay. Now I'm not saying that the food is not worth the price, expecially if you are into "fusion" cuisine. This is not Mexican food, rather Gringo food. Oh, "Gringo Cantina!" Well, guess these guys are pretty clever after all!
Gringos seemed not to work out. It has closed it's doors. I will check back to see what has taken it's place and let you know.
Well, it seems that Fat Fish Cantina Grill has taken over this space. I haven't heard any pros or cons about this restaurant and I haven't tried it out yet, but will report when I do.
Favorite Dish: I didn't eat here, but am sure that you'll enjoy anything you order. They offer Lunch and dinner.
Visit during Happy Hour then try out one of the dance bars near by, later in the evening.
Opened for lunch and dinner this restaurant is pretty stylish and also "fast-food" PB style. With a name like Kafe Yen, I expected Japanese, however, they serve dishes from China, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Japan!
Of course, there are plenty of Vegetarian choices and you can have your order made as mild or spicy as you'd like, just tell the foodserver.
Pay attention especially to their lunch special and don't forget to go to their website, sometimes they offer a coupon!
Favorite Dish: I suggest the Lunch Special during the week. For seven-fifty you get soup, salad, rice and your choice of vegetarian, chicken, pork or beef dishes. The price is a bit higher for duck or a seafood combination. Terryaki Chicken is my choice.
Pacific Beach is full of "chain restaurants." Many people snub their nose at these types as being "generic" without charm and not worth a visit. However, most chain restaurants usually start as an individually owned business that becomes so popular that the owners try new locations to share their product. The real value in this type of eatery is that all the future stores generally maintain the same recipes, decor and business philosophy as the original.
Tony Roma's, famous for ribs, first opened in North Miami with their famous baby back ribs. Now, they are in PB and offer ribs, steak and seafood.
Favorite Dish: What else, Ribs!! Tony's Original Baby Back Ribs. Of course, there is way too much to eat at one meal so be prepared to ask for a "doggy bag."
Parking can be a pain, but the popularity of this section of Pacific Beach offers interesting sights to enjoy while having a meal.
One of my favorites happened on a Saturday morning. A guy in bathing suit picked out a space of beach adjacent to the restaurant's patio, set up a sign that read, "Free Yoga Lessons."
In the time it took to order a meal, receive the meal, eat it and have a nice conversation with my friend over coffee, I saw the Yoga group grow and recede, several times. It was quite interesting to watch the progression and some of the characters who joined were very entertaining.
Of course that is not a guaranteed sight, just an example of the possible surprises you might find.
Favorite Dish: I've only been here for Breakfast and know they have a lunch and dinner menu, but haven't tried either.
Usually I order the Machaca omlette with beans & tortillas and a Bloody Mary.
The French Gourmet is a popular catering company and this is it's "open-to-the-public" restaurant, bakery and grocery store. Located about three blocks from the beach it is a convenient place to stop in the morning for luscious pastries and a strong coffee before heading to the beach. While there, pick-up a picnic lunch too. I'd sugguest choosing bread, cheese and wine, but the wine would have to be transfered into something other than a glass container, no glass allowed on the beach.
Whether you are at the beach for the day or are staying at one of the hotels, this is a great place to get your gourmet supplies.
The restaurant is small-sih, pretty popular and though a romantic spot, still casual.
Favorite Dish: Haven't been here for dinner, but the lunch was good.
Soupe a l'oignon gratinee is a good starter, or the Salade Nicoise, with the anchovies. Try the Quiche Lorrain or the Shrimp Scampi as the main course if you plan a sit down meal.
There are things on the menu other than hamburgers, but why go there? Surf, Sun, hamburgers, fries and a soda are a team.
The look has changed. Gone from this location is that wild and wacky fifties style building, but after fifty-four years of selling hamburgers, the look is not the important thing.
They make your hamburger when you order it and expect some sort of wait, but the juicy burger will convince you why some people will settle for nothing less than a Fatburger.
Favorite Dish: They offer chicken sandwiches, but my favorite is a Fatburger fries and a regular coke! Try it you'll like it.
So this place is for your average beach dudes (and Dude'ets) who want to chomp on some food. They have an upstairs patio where you can get a good beach view. The cool thing about this place is that you can party there later. We left before the night life showed up, but you can see the giant disco ball. This ball hangs over a giant stage for bands to jamout on. So go eat, or listen to music. Have fun.
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Favorite Dish: Just good old fashion menu of Grub. The usal resturant. Not like upper class, just a beach front returant. Things like burgers, fries, club sanwiches, and some upper end food like salmon.
The have many TV screens for all sports fans, a pool table, and a shuffleboard game. The ceiling always catches everyone's attention..it has a massive map of Mexico and Baja, and the walls have pictures of locals on fishing trips.
Favorite Dish: This place has an awesome breakfast crowd. The omelets are great. I love the lunch menu too. If you love salad like I do they have a great chinese chicken salad and an amazing SHARK salad. I love it!!! If you are not a salad fan not to worry they have tons more.
Nick's is very comfortable and casual.
Favorite Dish: This menu is heavy on seafood...my favorite is the linguine with scallops. If you don't like seafood they have plenty of other items such as burgers and meatloaf.
Pacific Beach Bar & Grill
The great thing about PB Bar & Grill is that it is walking distance to the beach....only a block away. They have good loud music, 15 beers on tap and a great patio. This is a great night spot too.
Favorite Dish: They have everything from sandwiches, burgers to gooey Mexican food.
For breakfast I love the Broken Yolk Cafe.
Great stop on the way to the beach. You just keep going straight and its right there...the beach.
Favorite Dish: There are more than 20 omelets on the menu. As I said before I love this place for breakfast, but they do have other things on the menu. They have a great Patty melt.