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San Diego may be the eighth largest city in the country, but walkable pockets like Little Italy make it feel cozy and manageable. My mood guides my appetite, and most times I’m in the mood for strong coffee and sweet and savory foods prepared with no-fuss and quality ingredients. I’m also into the sort of places where you can linger as long as you like, and Little Italy is bursting with these establishments.

In the years that I’ve either worked and/or played Downtown, here’s my most-frequented eat and drink list in Little Italy:


  • For a leveled up breakfast or lunch in a casual, airy setting (with free WiFi)Herb & Eatery


  • For when those Kogi BBQ cravings hit…Not Not Tacos’ Korean short rib taco
  • For a, ‘that’s ok i’ll fight through the food coma feels’ lunch…a Kebab Shop döner (I get the lamb and beef, with lots of garlic sauce)


  • For equally delicious beers and bites…Ballast Point (most people know their beers, but the food is highly underrated)

Coffee and more

  • For small-batch ice cream made with a rotating list of local ingredients…Salt & Straw