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• Patio dining experience • Sidewalk cafes • Open air sightseeing
Sidewalks and streets of Old Town have become an amazing outdoor dining experience offering guests safe, social distance dining, shopping and siteseeing! Visit all of Old Town from Tayor Street to Old Town Avenue.

Wear your mask and enjoy the birthplace of California.


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


Casa de Fred's, Tacos y Tequila
Southwestern Style
healthly Mexican food

2470 San Diego Avenue
(619) 858-taco

COUPON

Dr. Freeze is a one-of-a-kind dessert experience with amazing desserts and creative desserts...
2506 Congress St


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



New ownership and great new menu. Food tastes homemade... they are open early and ready to serve.
3941 Mason St

Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant

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

Jack & Guilio's Italian Restaurant
Homemade Pastas. Veal, Poultry, Beef and Seafood
Specialities
2391 San Diego Ave

Pizza Bella Italian Bistro

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



Tahona Mex Restaurant
Oaxacan cuisine & Mezcal tasting
2414 San Diego Avenue,
(619) 255-2090



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

HarneySushi.com
Dining at Harney Sushi isn’t just about having a meal, it is an experience.
3964 Harney St, San Diego
(619) 295-3272
COUPON

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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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