San Diego is a giant place!

Whenever I hear anybody talk about San Diego the only thing I ever hear about is downtown. Its interesting to me that the people who choose to visit our city mostly end up in the gaslamp quarter. I thought it would be wise to illustrate how easy it is to find awesome places to hangout, eat and enjoy ones self in San Diego when one doesn’t find themselves downtown.


In this image you’ll see that I’ve highlighed downtown and its surrounding area with a red circle. Compare this visually to the rest of the map. This map isn’t even all of San Diego – there’s still a bit north, and a bit east that were chopped off for the sake of having the map be a manageable size.

Heres another example:
yelp sd neighborhoods

This is a list that yelp has for the neighborhoods in town. I thought about having a nice oriental lunch, so I did a search for japanese food and sorted it by the highest rated:

yelp sd results

Looks like the “highest rated” place it found was Mr Charlies Fortune cookie (which fortunately for me is only a mile or so from me) Followed immediately by a couple places 15 minutes away in Encinitas. It’s pretty safe to assume that food-wise it doesn’t matter WHERE you are, if you have internets you can find a really tasty place for noms thats not more than 10 minutes away. Our friend Phelan has a project blog that also elaborates more on awesome personally-reviewed places in town to eat called spots to eat. If you fancy a nom, check it out!

As far as entertainment, you have your usual boomers/family fun center/lasertag type places all over town, movies everywhere – but those are sort of filler anyway. Friends of mine have yearly passes to the wild animal park where under the right circumstances you can get into for free. Theres the comedy store in La Jolla where top tier comedians perform, we have a handful of wineries, a couple which have ties back to our community (Woody Pewitt, Mike Diliberto). If you fancy a scenic drive, head out to Julian – get yourself a slice of pie, some fresh cider and some ribs at the wrong branch steakhouse.

Like driving? Perfect! Head out to mount palomar, drive up the windy roads and make it to the top where it smells awesome and looks even better. Theres an observatory up there as well should you feel an inclination to check it out.

I’ve also seen a prevelance of wine bars opening up around the 4s/rb/pq/poway/miramesa areas. Theres one in Rancho Bernardo called The Barrel Room. I’ve taken a few people there just for the dessert and they were very happy I did. I think it would be worth my while to rally some troops and test out the rest of em!

5 Comments so far

  1. Queequeg (queequeg) on February 16th, 2009 @ 4:18 pm

    Hey this is great! We were just in San Diego this weekend, and yeah, we did the downtown thing (and fell madly in love with Cafe Chloe … I wish I could transplant it to LA … sigh), but we also found a nifty foot bridge on Spruce. I’ll use this the next time we make a trip down south.

  2. Dan Tentler (viss) on February 16th, 2009 @ 4:54 pm

    Awesome! Check out more of San Diego – theres a virtual ocean of stuff outside of downtown – its also not as far to drive :D

  3. Dave Share (daveshare) on February 17th, 2009 @ 8:42 am

    I have to admit I often forget how big SD is. Last saturday, my father-in-law wanted us to go with him to "San Diego". My wife and I got excited until we turned on to the 76 and started to Fallbrook, which is where we were actually going. We ended up having fun, but I won’t lie, we really wanted to go downtown.

    Oh, and I LOVE Encinitas. Beautiful and fun.

  4. Benjamin Forrest (morrisato) on February 17th, 2009 @ 10:28 am

    Great post Viss! I admit that I’m very downtown centric, but once upon a time I did live in North County and still have much love for Leucadia, my old digs.

  5. Dan Tentler (viss) on February 17th, 2009 @ 10:30 am

    Hey, thanks for the comments guys! My only goal here was to remind people that theres a LOT more to San Diego than the gaslamp :D

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