San Diego Restaurant Week – Mission Valley style

La Gran Terraza

I love San Diego Restaurant Week! What better excuse do you need to meet up with friends you haven’t seen in a while and dine on some of the region’s best food at great prices? With over 150 restaurants participating in this year’s Restaurant Week, I thought I’d narrow down the choices and talk about some options in my hood – Mission Valley.

Hunter's Steakhouse

Hunter's Steakhouse

Hunter’s Steakhouse

Hunter’s Steakhouse, a cool spot with a log cabin feel, sits on top of my list. My last meal there was a delicious Caesar salad with prime rib on top – Yum! Looking at their Restaurant Week options, I would definitely lean towards the Prime Rib and Chocolate Oblivion (although I hear the salmon is pretty tasty there as well!)

Pampas Argentinean Grill

Pampas Argentinean Grill

Pampas Argentinean Grill

The other meat lovers spot in Mission Valley is Pampas Argentinean Grill on the east side of Mission Valley\. I haven’t had the chance to visit it in person yet, but it is definitely on my list. The Cream of Pumpkin Soup, Skirt Steak and Peach & Dulce de Leche Bread Pudding definitely catch my eye on their Restaurant Week menu though!

Playa Grill & Margarita Bar

Playa Grill & Margarita Bar

Playa Grill & Margarita Bar

Of course, being a true San Diegan, I love Mexican Food, so I’m seriously considering a visit to Playa Grill & Margarita Bar – especially when I noticed that the first course of their Restaurant Week menu is a margarita! Pair one of those with some enchiladas and a trio of desserts and you have one happy eater!

La Gran Terraza

La Gran Terraza

La Gran Terraza

La Gran Terraza, on the University of San Diego campus, offers Mediterranean themed dining with a million dollar view. I particularly like the Eggnog Creme Brule dessert options, but definitely start drooling at the thought of crab cakes and ribeye steak.

Anyhow, I’m just made myself hungry writing all this, so I’m off to get a bite to eat! Enjoy Restaurant Week, January 15th-20th, and definitely consider Mission Valley as the place to go! Bon Appetite!

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Benjamin Eastman

About Benjamin Eastman

I lead a pretty active lifestyle and try to spend as much time outdoors as possible. On any given Saturday morning you'll find me on one of San Diego's beach volleyball courts and quite possibly on the water or a hiking trail at some other point during the weekend. As a single professional I definitely enjoy experiencing the nightlife throughout the county - but lean more towards the Gaslamp Quarter, North Park or Hillcrest when planning a night out. I love to eat, and try to keep my ear to the grapevine about new and exciting restaurant openings.  And while I'm certainly excited to try the latest, trendiest restaurant in town, I am also infamously known for late night trips to 24-hour taco shops. Basically, whether I'm in board shorts or a bow tie, I try to enjoy all the many opportunities available to me in San Diego!What would you do on your ideal San Diego day?I’d start with a leisurely, late morning brunch.  Spend some time on the beach.  Grab some rolled tacos at a taco stand and then grab a nap.  In the evening I’d hit the Gaslamp District for dinner and then end the night at a rooftop bar/lounge.If you were invisible, where would you go?If I got to pick a superpower, I don’t know that I would pick invisibility…but if I were to become Mr. Invisible, I guess I would go to all the live music, theater and symphony performances in town.What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?On a beautiful, San Diego day there is nothing better than playing beach volleyball.  The sun on your back, a gentle ocean breeze, and a whole lot of bump, set, spiking!  And of course the perfect day of beach volleyball isn't complete without a grill to barbeque some burgers or carne asada on.Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?Both actually!  That’s the beauty of the San Diego food scene.  I CAN have my cake and eat it too!  Depending on my mood (and my finances!) I am happy to chow down at a hole-in-the-wall neighborhood burger joint or a luxury steakhouse. I'm actually a founding member of a Burger lunch group that eats at a different burger restaurant each month.  We've been going for 6 months now and still have plenty of locations to visit before we exhaust all our options!

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