Experience Authentic Asian Cuisine in San Diego

Shabu Shabu House in San Diego

Locals and tourists will enjoy Authentic Asian Cuisine

Although not officially named an Asian Restaurant Row, Convoy Street between the 1-52 freeway and Mesa College Drive surely fits the bill for authentic Asian cuisine. Here you’ll find fabulous Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean and Chinese culture and cuisine in an amalgamation of flavors, sights and sounds.

Shabu Shabu House in San Diego offers authentic Asian cuisine

Savor authentic Asian food at Shabu Shabu – where you cook the food – just the way you like it!

Convoy Street is lined with wonderful restaurants, shops and bakeries; some of my favorite spots to nosh include Shabu Shabu House, where you cook your own meats and vegetables and dip them into delicious dipping sauces, and Tofu House, where kimchi and Korean hot pots filled with tofu, meats and seafood are the specialty.  For dim sum try Emerald Restaurant, which specializes in Seafood dim sum and for great Vietnamese, try Pho T Cali just West of Convoy Street on Clairmont Mesa Blvd.  If you’re craving Ramen, Tajima Ramen House and Yakitori Yakyudori & Ramen, both on Convoy are delicious.

Enjoy authentic Asian cuisine at Yakitori Yakyudori & Ramen on Asian Restaurant Row in San Diego

Yakitori Yakyudori & Ramen on Convoy Street is a local favorite!

If you like to mix and mingle with the locals, try one of several Asian markets in the area.  The brand new Zion Market features a tasty Korean indoor food court as well as a French-Asian fusion bakery complete with cronuts on the weekends.

A little of the beaten path for visitors to San Diego but well worth the effort, Convoy Street is sure to satisfy any craving for Far East cuisine.

What is your favorite Convoy eatery?  Let us know below or tweet us @VisitSanDiego!


12th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival

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My recommendation for the upcoming San Diego Asian Film Festival, October 20-28, 2011, has nothing to do with my Japanese heritage, my love for movies or being an ardent festival-goer. Sure, I was the obvious pick to cover this festival, but I am here to tell you that even if I was of Irish descent, watched only 80’s Rom Coms, and was agoraphobic, I would still be recommending this film festival.

Whether you’re an Asian film buff, a foreign film guru or just your run-of-the-mill movie goer, there is something for everyone. Now in its twelfth year, the festival is one of the largest showcases of Pan-Asian cinema in North America, screening over 160 films (feature-length and shorts) from 21 countries in the span of 8 days. From feature to indie films, shorts, animation and documentaries, you’ll be hard pressed not to find something that peaks your interest.

Read more and leave a comment on this post to win tickets to the 2011 SDAFF…