Where to Dine in San Diego: North Park

Looking for a place to eat in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego? Here are some suggestions for dining in this newly revived area of San Diego. Mind you, this isn't a "best" or "top" list, nor is it exclusively focused on fine dining. It's simply a subjective list of places to try while in this part of San Diego. Now, get out and eat!
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    If you're going to start somewhere for a memorable dining experience, Urban Solace is a good bet. Urban Solace serves up New American Comfort Food and was created out of a desire to bring a new and exciting neighborhood dining concept to San Diego. With a straight-forward dining and service experience, the menu features a unique combination of American dishes, both classic and cutting edge, and an intriguing wine and crafted beer and cocktail list.
    3823 30th St
    (between North Park Way & University Ave)
    San Diego, CA 92104
    (619) 295-6464
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    Chicken Pie Shop

    Now, where Urban Solace serves up New American comfort food, at the other end of the spectrum is the venerable Chicken Pie Shop, which serves up good old fashioned comfort food. It ain't fancy by any stretch, but the food is starchy and filling and cheap. Order up a classic chicken pie (actually turkey) and some mashed potatoes from a waitress who calls you "honey" and it gets served to you in minutes. It's better and quicker than any fast food place on the Boulevard.
    2633 El Cajon Blvd
    (between Hamilton St & Oregon St)
    San Diego, CA 92104
    (619) 295-0156
  • 03 of 10
    If you're looking for a hearty breakfast, lots of people swear by the Mission. The Mission specializes in simple, healthy, tasty food, with a whimsical edge and a focus on artful presentation at an affordable price. The portions are hearty and the pancakes and potatoes are crowd favorites. The Mission also has locations in the East Village and Mission Beach.
    2801 University Ave
    (between 28th St & Idaho St)
    San Diego, CA 92104
    (619) 220-8992
  • 04 of 10

    The Linkery

    The Linkery is a restaurant with an admirable philosophy, including pastured and sustainably raised meats from farmers they know, their own house made fresh sausages and house cured meats like bacon, hams, and other charcuterie, and they make their food by hand, from scratch. They also use fresh, organic produce from regional farmers. It's a place worth checking out.
    3794 30th St
    (between Gunn St & North Park Way)
    San Diego, CA 92104
    (619) 255-8778
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    If you're looking for rustic French cuisine, Farm House Cafe is worth checking out. Technically located in University Heights (just north of North Park), Farm House serves up well-prepared French bistro food with the chef's own twists.
    2121 Adams Ave
    (between Mississippi St & Panorama Dr)
    San Diego, CA 92116
    (619) 269-9662
  • 06 of 10
    Now, if your inclination of the moment is for a burger and beer, Tioloi's Crazee Burger is the place to head over. It's even been featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives with that dorky Guy Fieri guy. But they don't just serve regular old hamburgers - they serve burgers for the adventurous: gator, salmon, ostrich, venison, antelope and kangaroo are slapped between buns. That in itself makes it worth trying.
    4201 30th St
    (between El Cajon Blvd & Howard Ave)
    San Diego, CA 92104
    (619) 282-6044
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    Johnny's Family Restaurant

    For all-day dining in North Park, most people think of old school Rudford's or Denny's, but a better alternative is Johnny's Family Restaurant. Just this side of a greasy spoon, Johnny's serves up standard American diner fare, along with Greek and Mexican dishes with equal aplomb. Johnny's does the diner thing better than any self-styled "diner" or chain because it comes naturally.
    2611 El Cajon Blvd
    (between Hamilton St & Oregon St)
    San Diego, CA 92104
    (619) 291-8239
  • 08 of 10
    Now, I'm not a deep dish pizza person - give me a thin, crispy crust anytime. But if it's Chicago-style pizza you're looking for, then you can't go wrong with Lefty's Chicago Pizza. It's an unassuming beer and pizza place, but it is true to its Windy City roots. Throw in authentic Chicago dogs, chopped salads, burgers and Pabst Blue Ribbon, and you'll feel you're among the working stiffs on the South Side.
    3448 30th St
    (between Myrtle Ave & Upas St)
    San Diego, CA 92104
    (619) 295-1720
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  • 09 of 10

    Red Fox Steak House

    If it's steak in a retro setting, then it's time to hit the Red Fox Steak House. All dark, with naugahyde booths and piano bar, the Red Fox Steak House gives off that Rat Pack vibe with true authenticity. The steaks are done old school, with old school prices. Sure, it might be a little tattered around the edges, but it's got more character than any Outback Steakhouse, any day.
    2223 El Cajon Blvd
    (between Louisiana St & Mississippi St)
    San Diego, CA 92104
    (619) 297-1313
  • 10 of 10
    Ranchos is associated with the Ranchos Natural Foods Market, and if it's a sit down Mexican restaurant to go to, locals flock to this place. Along with large portions of traditional Mexican dishes and homemade chips, Ranchos offers a large number of vegetarian offerings. All of it done in a healthy and fresh way.
    3910 30th St
    (between Lincoln Ave & University Ave)
    San Diego, CA 92104
    (619) 574-1288