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Guidebook for San Diego

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Guidebook for San Diego

Food Scene
Discover Pupusas, an amazing delicacy, sort of pie or stuffed tortilla. Priced $2 or $2.5o each, two of them will fill you up. The tropical fruit drink is also a treat.
El Salvador Pupuseria Y Restaurante
3824 University Ave
Discover Pupusas, an amazing delicacy, sort of pie or stuffed tortilla. Priced $2 or $2.5o each, two of them will fill you up. The tropical fruit drink is also a treat.
Open 8 am to 830 pm. Authentic Mexican COOKING - real, nourishing meals with RECIPES rather than the usual fast foods like tacos, enchiladas etc. Cafeteria style, you can even try a sample of each tray on the line. FAST service, yet not Fast Food! Univ Av between Cherokee and 36th. Recent Yelp Reviews: 5 stars. Unpretentious décor and pricing.
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Super Cocina
3627 University Avenue
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Open 8 am to 830 pm. Authentic Mexican COOKING - real, nourishing meals with RECIPES rather than the usual fast foods like tacos, enchiladas etc. Cafeteria style, you can even try a sample of each tray on the line. FAST service, yet not Fast Food! Univ Av between Cherokee and 36th. Recent Yelp Reviews: 5 stars. Unpretentious décor and pricing.
So refreshing. Amazingly delicious fruit shakes and smoothies just like south of the border. Open 8 to 8. Univ Av & Cherokee
Fruteria Disfrutalas
3647 University Ave
So refreshing. Amazingly delicious fruit shakes and smoothies just like south of the border. Open 8 to 8. Univ Av & Cherokee
We love their thick square pizza, around $20, plus $4 delivery.
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Sicilian Thing Pizza
4046 30th Street
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We love their thick square pizza, around $20, plus $4 delivery.
Where else can you get a burger made from exotic meats like ostrich, antelope, buffalo or wild boar? Lots of craft beers too. Happy hour is until 6:19 pm. Map may show old location, it's now at the corner of 30th and Lincoln, one block north of University Ave.
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Crazee Burger
3993 30th Street
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Where else can you get a burger made from exotic meats like ostrich, antelope, buffalo or wild boar? Lots of craft beers too. Happy hour is until 6:19 pm. Map may show old location, it's now at the corner of 30th and Lincoln, one block north of University Ave.
Very good coffee. Seating indoors, on sidewalk or the quiet garden in the back.
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Caffè Calabria
3933 30th Street
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Very good coffee. Seating indoors, on sidewalk or the quiet garden in the back.
Home of the Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich. Univ Av & 36th, open 10 to 10.
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Canada Steak Burger
3604 University Avenue
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Home of the Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich. Univ Av & 36th, open 10 to 10.
Nationwide Chinese fast food chain
Panda Express
4371 University Avenue
Nationwide Chinese fast food chain
Home of the $6 Hot and Ready Pepperoni PIzza. Weekday hours 930 am to 10.30 pm. Behind the Starbucks on Marlborough & Univ Av (one block past 41st St). (619) 281-3300
Little Caesars Pizza
4128 University Ave
Home of the $6 Hot and Ready Pepperoni PIzza. Weekday hours 930 am to 10.30 pm. Behind the Starbucks on Marlborough & Univ Av (one block past 41st St). (619) 281-3300
One at 41st and University and one near 32nd and University next to Walgreens, across street from US Bank and CVS Pharmacy
Starbucks
3206 University Avenue
One at 41st and University and one near 32nd and University next to Walgreens, across street from US Bank and CVS Pharmacy
Long-time favorite spot for Greek - American food. Has been named best restaurant in its category in San Diego on multiple occasions over the years. Hours 7a-9p. University & Texas St. There is a donut shop on the same corner and a 7/11 across the street.
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Olympic Cafe
2310 University Avenue
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Long-time favorite spot for Greek - American food. Has been named best restaurant in its category in San Diego on multiple occasions over the years. Hours 7a-9p. University & Texas St. There is a donut shop on the same corner and a 7/11 across the street.
Closest Fast Food is this Filipino place serving Lumpias, the Filipino version of Spring Rolls. 4.7 stars on Facebook reviews. Next to Family Dollar at Univ & 38th, kitty corner from La Pupuseria. Hours 11 to 6.
Fredcel Lumpias & Catering
3876 38th St
Closest Fast Food is this Filipino place serving Lumpias, the Filipino version of Spring Rolls. 4.7 stars on Facebook reviews. Next to Family Dollar at Univ & 38th, kitty corner from La Pupuseria. Hours 11 to 6.
Open 24 hours, Mexican fast food drive-thru spot. Univ. Av at Swift.
Filiberto's Mexican Food
3446 University Ave
Open 24 hours, Mexican fast food drive-thru spot. Univ. Av at Swift.
Here are some fast food / breakfast places nearest me: Hilda's Mex. Bakery, Univ & 37th (6 am-9 pm), coffee takeaway, 5 min. walk. El Paisano, Univ & 38th, breakfast etc (8a-10p). Jack in the Box & Alberto's Taco Shop (both 24/7), Burger King (6 am - midnite), all around University and 41st St. - Denny's, McDonalds, Starbucks & Chipotle (all 24/7) + Jamba Juice, Waba Grill, Donut Star, Panda Express & El Super, all at Fairmont and University/Wightman.- Finest Donuts (4 am - 10 pm), Filiberto's Mexican Food (24/7), both at University and Swift (one block past 35th).- Lucky's Breakfast, Grim & North Park Way (7 am- noon), Swami's Cafe, University near 29th (7 am -4 pm).
Jack in the Box
4075 University Ave
Here are some fast food / breakfast places nearest me: Hilda's Mex. Bakery, Univ & 37th (6 am-9 pm), coffee takeaway, 5 min. walk. El Paisano, Univ & 38th, breakfast etc (8a-10p). Jack in the Box & Alberto's Taco Shop (both 24/7), Burger King (6 am - midnite), all around University and 41st St. - Denny's, McDonalds, Starbucks & Chipotle (all 24/7) + Jamba Juice, Waba Grill, Donut Star, Panda Express & El Super, all at Fairmont and University/Wightman.- Finest Donuts (4 am - 10 pm), Filiberto's Mexican Food (24/7), both at University and Swift (one block past 35th).- Lucky's Breakfast, Grim & North Park Way (7 am- noon), Swami's Cafe, University near 29th (7 am -4 pm).
"Flavors of Colombia" is the absolutely nearest eatery to our house, at corner of 37th and Univ.Av. Gets top marks for big portions and low prices. They also have WiFi (and Colombian coffee of course!) so it also qualifies as our closest internet café. Hours 11am-8pm, closed Monday.
Sabores Colombianos
3695 University Ave
"Flavors of Colombia" is the absolutely nearest eatery to our house, at corner of 37th and Univ.Av. Gets top marks for big portions and low prices. They also have WiFi (and Colombian coffee of course!) so it also qualifies as our closest internet café. Hours 11am-8pm, closed Monday.
Thin crust pizza, has some tasty Californish specialties like artichoke topping, they deliver too.
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Mr. Moto Pizza House
3773 30th St
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Thin crust pizza, has some tasty Californish specialties like artichoke topping, they deliver too.
Essentials
Only two blocks away, so super convenient. Good prices and selection of discount store items as well as food. They're very helpful about taking phone calls to say if they have the item you need in stock. (619) 618-0303. Open til 10 pm. A 5 min. walk.
Family Dollar
3729 University Ave
Only two blocks away, so super convenient. Good prices and selection of discount store items as well as food. They're very helpful about taking phone calls to say if they have the item you need in stock. (619) 618-0303. Open til 10 pm. A 5 min. walk.
This supermarket has the lowest prices around on fruits and vegetables. El Super is across the way from the library (free copies of SD Reader and City Beat) and from the Saturday Farmer's Market. In the same "Shopping Village" are a Chase Bank, a Wells Fargo ATM, a Starbucks, and a Panda Chinese restaurant.
El Super
4421 University Ave
This supermarket has the lowest prices around on fruits and vegetables. El Super is across the way from the library (free copies of SD Reader and City Beat) and from the Saturday Farmer's Market. In the same "Shopping Village" are a Chase Bank, a Wells Fargo ATM, a Starbucks, and a Panda Chinese restaurant.
24/7 chain drugstore and pharmacy
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Walgreens
3222 University Avenue
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24/7 chain drugstore and pharmacy
General store with fruits and vegetables, in a small strip mall that also houses several Oriental food places. A 15 min. walk. On Marlborough between Wightman and University.
Saver's 98 Cents Store
4129 University Ave
General store with fruits and vegetables, in a small strip mall that also houses several Oriental food places. A 15 min. walk. On Marlborough between Wightman and University.
Electronics and Computer hardware. Also at this address, Hutchinson Computer Repair, 619-284-5000
Avenue Electronics
3829 University Ave
Electronics and Computer hardware. Also at this address, Hutchinson Computer Repair, 619-284-5000
Small supermarket is your closest location for fresh meat, veggies and other groceries. Open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Prices a bit higher than El Super but they have some good deals too. El Paisano also serves Mexican hot food specialties like Carne Asada Fries ($8) from 8 am until 10 pm. There is also a very helpful cell phone shop here. They have a 2nd location at 3561 University which is groceries only, no meals, but you have Super Cocina (8am 830pm) and Canada Steak Burger (10a-10p) near there.
El Paisano Victors Market La Familia
3820 University Ave
Small supermarket is your closest location for fresh meat, veggies and other groceries. Open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Prices a bit higher than El Super but they have some good deals too. El Paisano also serves Mexican hot food specialties like Carne Asada Fries ($8) from 8 am until 10 pm. There is also a very helpful cell phone shop here. They have a 2nd location at 3561 University which is groceries only, no meals, but you have Super Cocina (8am 830pm) and Canada Steak Burger (10a-10p) near there.
Closest Supermarket, just opened recently, gets good reviews. Open 8 am to 9 pm. A bit further is Vons at 30th and Howard.
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Barons Market North Park
3231 University Ave
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Closest Supermarket, just opened recently, gets good reviews. Open 8 am to 9 pm. A bit further is Vons at 30th and Howard.
There are two small malls on the corner of University and Marlborough. On the south side there is a laundromat, check cashing place, discount, grocery & convenience stores, Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants, a dentist, seafood, and a tamale kiosk. North side has Starbucks Little Caesars, more Asian restaurants and stores, and Boost Mobile.
4137 University Ave
4137 University Ave
There are two small malls on the corner of University and Marlborough. On the south side there is a laundromat, check cashing place, discount, grocery & convenience stores, Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants, a dentist, seafood, and a tamale kiosk. North side has Starbucks Little Caesars, more Asian restaurants and stores, and Boost Mobile.
Fun place to browse an amazing selection of imported preserves, great assortment of feta cheeses and olives, and super prices on produce specials. Includes a Middle Eastern grill and small eatery.
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North Park Produce
3551 El Cajon Boulevard
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Fun place to browse an amazing selection of imported preserves, great assortment of feta cheeses and olives, and super prices on produce specials. Includes a Middle Eastern grill and small eatery.
Shopping
Auctioning coins, collectibles, jewelry & antiques, this venerable spot offers appraisal services.
Treasure Trove
3538 University Ave
Auctioning coins, collectibles, jewelry & antiques, this venerable spot offers appraisal services.
Mexican supermarket with bakery and ready to eat takeaways. Right between Wells Fargo and I-805
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Pancho Villa Farmer's Market
3245 El Cajon Blvd
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Mexican supermarket with bakery and ready to eat takeaways. Right between Wells Fargo and I-805
Big "wholesale" market with all the Chinese food specialities you can imagine. There are smaller Oriental markets closer by too. This area is known as Little Saigon.
Sin Lee Food Corporation
4665 El Cajon Blvd
Big "wholesale" market with all the Chinese food specialities you can imagine. There are smaller Oriental markets closer by too. This area is known as Little Saigon.
San Diego's favorite mall.
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Fashion Valley Mall
7007 Friars Road
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San Diego's favorite mall.
Target's main store is in Mission Valley, but they have a small format North Park store at 3029 University (near the corner of 30th St), so this is your closest department store.
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Target
1288 Camino Del Rio North
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Target's main store is in Mission Valley, but they have a small format North Park store at 3029 University (near the corner of 30th St), so this is your closest department store.
Getting Around
City Heights Transit Plaza, I-15 + Univ Ave. "Freeway flyer" Express bus #235, 10-15 minutes to downtown, also north to Escondido. Fare $2.50. Buy "Compass" bus pass at the Chevon station, for sale at almost all hours.
Chevron San Diego
4055 University Ave
City Heights Transit Plaza, I-15 + Univ Ave. "Freeway flyer" Express bus #235, 10-15 minutes to downtown, also north to Escondido. Fare $2.50. Buy "Compass" bus pass at the Chevon station, for sale at almost all hours.
Car Rental in walking distance
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
3851 El Cajon Boulevard
Car Rental in walking distance
Corner of 38th and University, good work, reasonable rates, Vietnamese guys. Tel (619) 281-1881
Haig's Complete Auto Repair
3750 University Ave
Corner of 38th and University, good work, reasonable rates, Vietnamese guys. Tel (619) 281-1881
Everything Else
Nearest blue collection box to drop a letter is at corner of 36th and Wightman (2 or 3 blocks, 5 min. walk). Mail pickup is usually between 1030 am and 1 pm
US Post Office
4193 University Ave
Nearest blue collection box to drop a letter is at corner of 36th and Wightman (2 or 3 blocks, 5 min. walk). Mail pickup is usually between 1030 am and 1 pm
Send or Receive $$$ day or night 24/7
The Check Cashing Place
4121 University Ave
Send or Receive $$$ day or night 24/7
Sightseeing
A stunning and colorful architectural gem tucked away in the City Heights East neighborhood, this beautiful Buddhist temple is the last photo on our listing, so click left to see it.
Wat Sovannkiri
3864 52nd St
A stunning and colorful architectural gem tucked away in the City Heights East neighborhood, this beautiful Buddhist temple is the last photo on our listing, so click left to see it.
Old buildings of the late 19th century. Lots of bars and restaurants.
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Gaslamp Quarter
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Old buildings of the late 19th century. Lots of bars and restaurants.
This nursery is a local landmark, with many goldfish ponds, a Zen bonsai garden, barnyard animals (pony, donkey, goat, chickens, turtles), kids play area, and of course all sorts of plants and flowers. They serve coffee 8 am to 2 pm Thurs-Fri-Sat-Sun. Closed Mon. Nursery hours 8 to 5.
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City Farmers Nursery
3110 Euclid Avenue
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This nursery is a local landmark, with many goldfish ponds, a Zen bonsai garden, barnyard animals (pony, donkey, goat, chickens, turtles), kids play area, and of course all sorts of plants and flowers. They serve coffee 8 am to 2 pm Thurs-Fri-Sat-Sun. Closed Mon. Nursery hours 8 to 5.
Parks & Nature
The pride of San Diego. Great collection of museums in an arboretum setting, home to world-famous San Diego Zoo. Usually one museum is free every Tuesday, check balboapark.org. Botanical Garden, Timken Museum, Rose Garden, are always free admission.
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Balboa Park
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The pride of San Diego. Great collection of museums in an arboretum setting, home to world-famous San Diego Zoo. Usually one museum is free every Tuesday, check balboapark.org. Botanical Garden, Timken Museum, Rose Garden, are always free admission.
Great beach, 10 minutes drive by I 15 and 94 fwy. Wonderful view from bridge on the approach. Fabulous Victorian towers of the 19th century Hotel Del Coronado. Usually can find parking in walking distance to beach. Fire pits for barbecues at northerly end. On the landward side there is a ferry service to downtown and some chic shops and restaurants, with fantastic views of the San Diego skyline.
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Coronado Beach
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Great beach, 10 minutes drive by I 15 and 94 fwy. Wonderful view from bridge on the approach. Fabulous Victorian towers of the 19th century Hotel Del Coronado. Usually can find parking in walking distance to beach. Fire pits for barbecues at northerly end. On the landward side there is a ferry service to downtown and some chic shops and restaurants, with fantastic views of the San Diego skyline.
Watch the seals, pelicans, and surfers. Check out the upscale shops and the imposing beachfront homes.
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La Jolla Cove
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Watch the seals, pelicans, and surfers. Check out the upscale shops and the imposing beachfront homes.
About 10 minutes drive east on the I-8 is this lovely lake. Very quiet, great spot for a picnic, to feed the ducks, rent a kayak, or go fishing.
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Lake Murray
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About 10 minutes drive east on the I-8 is this lovely lake. Very quiet, great spot for a picnic, to feed the ducks, rent a kayak, or go fishing.