Little Italy, San Diego: Where to Eat Every Day of the Week

Monday: Cafe Gratitude

Reset your well-lived weekend with a plant-based meal that fuels the body and mind. Take a moment in the zen cafe to think about the week ahead and don’t leave without trying dessert. Our recommendation? Coconut cream pie.

Omnivores Love: Summer Polenta | braised summer squash, roasted tomatillo sauce, sautéed kale, salsa verde, cashew queso fresco, spicy pepitas

Herbivores Love: GC Double Double | housemade black bean patties, tomato, red onion, chipotle ketchup, cashew macadamia cheddar, gluten-free amaranth & millet bun, heirloom fries

Tuesday: Lucha Libre

Don’t let the line deter you, this taco shop can handle a lunch rush blindfolded. Plus the light at the end of the tunnel is a burrito that can sustain you all day. Don’t forget to level up at the salsa bar.

Omnivores Love: Classic Cali

Herbivores Love: Build your own Veg

Wednesday: The Crack Shack

You’re halfway through the workweek, reward your hard work with sweet ‘n savory combinations and ranch on tap. Stroll down to the Crack Shack where classic comfort food meets eclectic fine dining. Enjoy a custom cocktail from the indoor/outdoor bar, the Coop, or sip on some frosé.

Omnivores Love: Firebird | spicy fried chicken, cool ranch, onions, pickles, potato roll

Vegetarians Love: Baja Chop Salad | guac, radish, cotija, charred poblano dressing

Thursday: Kettner Exchange

Kettner Exchange masterfully combines chic club vibes with a casual California atmosphere. Celebrate Friday Eve by relaxing in the outdoor lounge. Come Friday the patio will be packed with weekenders, so take some time to recline on the posh couch swing.

Omnivores Love: Tuna Tostada | ahi tuna, ponzu, shiso, truffle oil

Herbivores Love: Avocado Toast | Gioia burrata, radish, frisée

Friday: Queens Town Public House

Take date night down under for New Zealand fare. Enjoy craft cocktails and hearty bites in a cozy setting straight out of the shire. See if you can be seated in the sheep room, where sheep graze on a grass ceiling.

Omnivores Love: Rack of Lamb | New Zealand rack of lamb, sweet potato mash, blue cheese crumbles, sautéed kale

Vegetarians Love: Quiche l mozzarella, arugula, tomato, mushroom, gruyere, mixed baby greens

Saturday: Ballast Point Brewery 

Saturdays rarely honor conventional meal times, luckily the Ballast Point tasting room is serving up noms from 11 to 11. Unwind under the canopy-shaded deck while sampling their infamous IPAs from pineapple to pumpkin.  

Omnivores Love: Beer Steamed Mussels | Ginger, jalapeno, garlic, onion, Spanish chorizo, and shishitos

Herbivores Love: Portobello Reuben Sandwich | Sourdough bread, house sauerkraut, caraway horseradish

Sunday: El Camino

Brunch, the alternate universe between the night out and the real world where anything is possible. Savor the last of your weekend with a Disco Brunch at El Camino. Watch planes fly overhead as you cap a well-fed week.

Omnivores Love: Stone I.P.A. Baja Fish Tacos | Baja Tacos, Beer-battered with Stone I.P.A and cooked to crispy perfection. Topped with cabbage and cilantro cream

Herbivores Love: Sweet Potato Flautas | Floutas filled with sweet potato, topped with queso fresco, cilantro cream, and green tomatillo