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This San Diego Neighborhood is a Foodie’s Dream Come True

by Aoife O'Riordan

Feb 20, 2024

© Downtown Chula Vista

Destinations / North America

Everyone knows of San Diego, but, did you know, only a few miles south of the city, you can find a bustling neighborhood of restaurants, shops and community events? Chula Vista sits just north of the Mexican border and continues to grow in popularity due to its proximity to both San Diego, California, and Tijuana, Mexico.

 

Kalaveras food

© Kalaveras

But Chula Vista is a gem for another reason: its food. Discover a wide variety of diverse cuisines, from emerging restaurants to time-honored staples lining Third Avenue. Here, you have the chance to savor authentic flavors of Mexican cuisine. Top restaurants in the area include Don Pedro’s Taco Shop, El Comal, Talavera Azul, Kalaveras and Los Cuates Seafood & Bar. In fact, two of San Diego’s most popular burrito and taco shops, Mujer Divina Burrito and Coffee House and Tuetano Taqueria, are slated to open new locations in Downtown Chula Vista this spring.

 

You won’t just find taste Mexican restaurants in Chula Vista. The area has seen a surge in a rich variety of other cuisines in the last 20 years. Savor the flavors of Hawai’i, the Philippines, Vietnam, Japan and the Caribbean at Lime in the Coconut. Highlights include fried Musubi balls, yakisoba noodles, a bao flight, Huli Huli chicken and a refreshing cocktail menu. Or, if you’re seeking a true Korean dining experience, opt for Spoon House. Japanese meals with a Southern California twist await at California Sushi Bar.

 

Chula Vista

© Lime in the Coconut

Beyond its wealth of dining destinations, Chula Vista hosts some exciting events throughout the year, including Taste of Third, Día De Los Muertos, the Lemon Festival, and the beloved Starlight Parade and Festival.

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