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SAVOR SOME OF THE BEST FOOD THAT SAN DIEGO HAS TO OFFER
Old Town sidewalks overflow with people who come to revisit history, to shop and to savor some of the best and greatest variety of food that San Diego has to offer. While regional and Mexican specialties are not to be missed and present many cooking styles, visitors to Old Town have a wide choice of cuisines. The area has a history rich in diversity so you can also find early California fare along with Italian, Japanese, Creole, Peruvian, and some really great seafood.  There is something for every appetite and budget and every doorway leads to a delectable discovery.
 

Barra Barra Restaurant & Saloon

Traditional Mexican Food
Located in the Old Town State Historic Park
(619) 297-3100
COUPON

Cafe Coyote y Cantina
Traditional Mexican Food
Voted Best Mexican
15 years in a row!
2461 San Diego Avenue,
(619) 291-4695
COUPON

Casa de Reyes Mexican Cuisine
Mexican Feast and Fiesta with courtyard seating in the lush
tropical plaza surrounded by
unique shops.
(619) 297-3100
COUPON

Casa Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant
Mexican Cuisine, Seafood and the Famous Giant Margaritas
4105 Taylor Street,
(619) 295-5111
casaguadalajara.com

Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant

Modern tastes with traditional foods of the 1870s
2660 Calhoun Street,
(619) 297-1874
COUPON

Freds Mexican Cafe
Southwestern Style
health Mexican food

2470 San Diego Avenue
(619) 858-taco
www.fredsmexicancafe.com
COUPON
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Miguels Mexican Cocina

San Diego Restaurant Gold Medal Award 5 years in a row
2489 San Diego Avenue,
(619) 297-4330
COUPON

Old Town Mexican Cafe Restaurant
San Diego Restaurant Gold Medal Award 5 years in a row
2489 San Diego Avenue,
(619) 297-4330

Rockin' Baja
Famous for Traditional Mexican Seafood dishes served in a
fun Baja atmosphere
Twiggs Street off Congress Street (619) 260-0305

Old Town Tequila Factory
Delicious Mexican Food, outdoor patio dining atop the
Hacienda Hotel with views of the San Diego Bay. Free parking
2467 Juan St, San Diego, CA 92110 (619) 260-8124
COUPON

Jack & Guilio's Italian Restaurant
Homemade Pastas. Veal, Poultry, Beef and Seafood
Specialities
2391 San Diego Avenue,
(619) 294-2074

Pizza Bella Italian Bistro

Eat In, Take Out and Delivery
2707 Congress Street,
(619) 692 4333
COUPON

Verde Kitchen and Bar
Hilton Garden Inn, Taylor and Morena Blvd.
Come on Get Happy!

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Spend your vacation in the heart of San Diego at a one of the may quality hotels in Old Town. Take the time to explore the many historic sites and shop in a variety of stores that can only be found in Old Town. They all offer different types of unique and delicious items just waiting for you to discover! Enjoy the richness of History art and culture that is truly the Flavor of Old Town San Diego.
HISTORY AND FOOD
California’s history is inextricably intertwined with Mexico and Spain. The Conquest of Mexico in 1521 gave rise to one of the richest culinary revolutions in history. When the Spanish explorer Cortez and his followers came to the new world in search of fortune, they found a wealth of culinary specialties such as chocolate, peanuts, vanilla, beans, squash, avocados, coconuts, corn and tomatoes.  In turn the Spanish brought to the Americas products such as pork, beef, lamb, citrus fruits, garlic, cheese, milk, wheat, vinegar and wine, add these to the native American and early pioneers traditional foods and you have some of the richest food combinations in the country.
 
During Mexico’s colonial period 1521 to 1821 is when much of today's Mexican fare was invented, such favorites as chile’s rellenos and guacamole and it was actually nuns who pioneered such now-traditional Mexican fare as buñuelos! In the mid Victorian period Mexico was ruled by the former Austrian archduke Ferdinand Maximilian from1864 to 1867 and though his reign was brief and tragic, French cooking left a permanent mark on many Mexican-restaurant dishes.
 
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