My Three Favorite Restaurants In San Diego County

There is nothing like living in San Diego County. There are plenty of beaches for locals and residents to enjoy. Sunny skies and ocean breezes are available all year round. Not to mention, there are many local attractions full of fun and enjoyment, such as the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

For anyone who loves to eat, San Diego has a plethora of eateries to choose from. From small one-of-a-kind mom-and-pop places to big elegant restaurants for special occasions, there is something for everyone. San Diego is now known as one of the craft brewery capitals of the world.

If you have friends or family visiting San Diego for the first time, I encourage you to try out my three favorite restaurants.

Herb & Wood

Located in Little Italy right by the airport, Herb & Wood, an elegant neighborhood restaurant, specializes in satisfying, indulgent, and sophisticated flavor palettes for brunch and dinner. Their food can best be described as modern American with a lot of flair. Patrons can enjoy land and sea entrees such as hamachi, beef tartare, sea scallops, and Alaskan halibut. Pasta entrees include gnocchi, orecchiette, and mafalde with dungeness crab. Their exotic wood-fired pizzas combine many out-of-the-world ingredients for a fun treat. One of their pizzas includes bone marrow, escargot, herbs, gruyere, and caramelized onions. Make sure to order the “secret rolls” as they are limited and absolutely delicious.


Self-described as “California Sushi,” Hapifish sits in the northern coastal area of San Diego County called Encinitas. Locals love coming to Hapifish to enjoy happy hour drinks, delicious cooked Japanese dishes (i.e., agedashi tofu), and most importantly, the high-quality fresh sushi. They serve sashimi, basic cut rolls, and a unique combination of rolls lovingly named “Hapi Rolls.” One of their top dishes is the bluefin tuna sashimi. Some sushi dishes have a fusion spin to them, served with surprises such as tomatillo sauce, cajun spices, or sweet potato fries.

Ignite Bistro

Ignite Bistro is located in the north coastal town of Carlsbad. This neighborhood spot is known for its modern American spin on burgers, seafood, and wine. Guests can enjoy entrees such as blackened mahi mahi fish tacos, lobster mac and cheese, and chipotle maple chicken and waffles. One of their top side items is candied spicy bacon, also known as “man candy.” Every Friday and Sunday, guests can enjoy the music of local performers. While they serve food all day, they are best known for their brunch items and their happy hour menus.

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The next time you want to try something different for lunch or dinner, I recommend any of these three spots. If you would like to hear more about one of these locations and how we can create a secure and sustainable financial plan for you, e-mail us at or call (760) 813-2125.

About Brett and John

Brett Gottlieb is the founder of Comprehensive Advisor and a financial advisor with nearly two decades of industry experience. He graduated from California State University-Chico with two bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Economics. Brett is Life Insurance licensed in several states.

John Mc Kean, financial advisor, joined Comprehensive Advisor in 2016. He has been in the financial services and retirement planning industry for over six years. John is Life Insurance licensed in California.

Brett and John previously worked as Registered Representatives with Securities America, one of the largest independent broker/dealers in the country, and currently offer advisory services through Legacy Road, LLC, and/or AE Wealth Management, LLC. Both are passionate about educating clients on retirement planning. They take a common-sense approach to the planning process and work with clients to create a retirement road map to help ensure their assets are protected and they receive the income needed to enjoy their future. Based in Carlsbad, California, they work with clients throughout San Diego County. Learn more by connecting with Brett on LinkedIn or email them at

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