What are the best neighborhood restaurants in San Diego?
San Diego has some amazing little neighborhoods, and Barrio Logan is one that I only recently discovered. The area, which sits under the shadow of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, is home to Chicano Park, which contains the country’s largest collection of outdoor murals. The Park’s vibrant artwork pays homage to the predominantly Mexican American and Mexican immigrant community and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in San Diego County.
With nearly 8-acres of hand-painted murals, unique sculptures, earthworks and architectural features it’s a hidden gem worth discovering. You’ll want to fuel up for the morning’s art-bound adventure with a proper cup of fair-trade coffee from Café Virtuoso. When you’re ready for a lunch break later in the day, The Blueprint Café is the perfect spot to get your fill. Located at 1805 Newton Avenue, the bright and cozy shop serves up tasty comfort food created with fresh, local and sustainably harvested ingredients prepared by Chef/Owner Gayle Covner.
For a hearty bite try Gayle’s massive, and much lauded burger featuring a half-pound of grilled Meyer Ranch Angus beef piled high with cheddar, bacon, avocado and tomato with spicy chipotle sauce. Be sure to save room for a side of sweet potato fries and a pint of Ballast Point Pale Ale. If lighter fare is what you crave then the signature salad is sure to please. The tender grilled chicken has just a hint of spice that tastes so nice when mixed with the sweet red onions, tangy cranberries, toasted piñons and crisp romaine tossed in chili lime dressing.
Lunch is served at The Blueprint Café from 11am to 3pm Mondays through 11am – 3pm.
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