Today we return to San Diego, California, a city not yet under the Eater purview, and focus on eight of its buzziest restaurants — some new, some not-so-new. Making the selections this time around is seasoned traveler and diner Bonjwing Lee, aka The Ulterior Epicure, who recently visited Southern California and took the temperature of the city's restaurant scene. Of dining there, he said, "I was impressed by its density of restaurants, and even more so, the density of diners. From what I observed, the hot restaurants are the ones with atmosphere, like Brian Malarkey's newest addition to his collection of fabrics, Herringbone, where diners are seated amongst a grove of 100 year-old California olive trees." His list also includes less nationally publicized restaurants, like the Szechuan Spicy City and Japanese Yakitori Yakyudori. There isn't much on the high end, but Trey Foshee's TBL3, where the renowned local chef serves extended tasting menus to a small group of diners, is pretty darn exciting.
Here now, the Eater Heatmap to San Diego.
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