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Where to Eat in Barrio Logan

Traditional dishes meet innovative cooking in this historic neighborhood

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Barrio Logan has undergone many transformations throughout its history. In the community’s current chapter, established businesses continue to serve long-time neighbors, while the new wave of development has turned the main strip of Logan Avenue into an attraction for those inclined toward arts and culture.

The combination of old and new is also mirrored in Barrio Logan’s dining scene. Incoming restaurants offering modern flavors coexist among long beloved spots to eat on the block, making the neighborhood one of the best places in San Diego to grab a bite.

Note: Entries listed geographically from west to east

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sister Rays

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549 25th St
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 237-8041
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The collaboration between Luigi Angostini of Pizzeria Luigi and Tom Logsdon of The Balboa yielded this temple to topping food with chili. Burgers include a classic third-pounder and a flat-top grilled patty burger, while hot dogs run from the plain to the chili-slathered specialty dog. Other items include chicken sandwiches, salads, and crispy French fries. 

2. El Salvadoreño

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2845 Imperial Ave
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 231-8254
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When it first opened in 1995, El Salvadoreño was the first restaurant of its type in San Diego. Today, this Imperial Avenue institution continues serving Salvadoran specialties like baleadas, fried yucca, and casamiento con platano in a homey dining room. Known for its pupusas, each one is stuffed with your choice of filling and cooked to perfection on a griddle. 

El Salvadoreño

3. El Golosito

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2275 Imperial Ave
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 338-9262

This unassuming mariscos restaurant should be on your radar if you are looking for fresh tostadas and cocktails on an airy patio. While the menu is consise, there is no going wrong with any item on the board. Standout items include the lime-cured aguachiles and the tostada loca, a medley of all the seafood on the menu. 

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4. La Fachada

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20 25th St
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 236-8566
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One of the neighborhood’s longtime favorites, La Fachada has been the spot for tacos after work or into the night in Barrio Logan. While the setting might be a little plain, one bite of a birria or carne asada taco is enough to warrant a visit. Other Mexican antojitos include gorditas and flautas, topped with lettuce, sour cream, and dry cheese.

5. Thorn Brewing Co.

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1745 National Ave
San Diego, CA 92113
(619) 255-9679
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The second outpost by the North Park-based brewers, Thorn Brewing has been crafting some of its best suds at their Barrio Logan outpost since opening up production at the space in 2017. The modern tasting room features a large opening into the street and seating along production and fermentation tanks. The tap setup features 16 of Thorn’s best beers, from classics like the Barrio Lager to novel IPAs and stouts. An upcoming eatery at the site should make it even more of a draw.

6. Las Cuatro Milpas

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1857 Logan Ave
San Diego, CA 92113
(619) 234-4460
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Possibly San Diego’s most legendary Mexican restaurant, Las Cuatro Milpas serves fried tacos, red rice, and refried beans made the same way these were first made back in 1933. While lines can get long, your patience will be rewarded at the counter, where the experienced cooks fry tacos and flautas by hand before putting them on your plate. Ordering a side of beans and/or rice will also get you a couple of flour tortillas, also made by hand every morning. 

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7. Panchita's Bakery

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1879 Logan Ave # K
San Diego, CA 92113
(619) 338-9331
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With fresh bread and pastries emerging from the oven throughout the day, this traditional panaderia has become the neighborhood’s preferred stop for fresh baked goods. You can find a wide array of Mexican pan dulce and bolillo rolls alongside full trays of cakes, donuts, and croissants. A concha and a warm Chocolate Ibarra from this bakery is a great start to any day.

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8. MishMash

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1805 Newton Ave
San Diego, CA 92113
(619) 955-8544
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With creative takes on burgers and sandwiches and a world of influence, this Barrio Logan eatery lives up to its name. The more reserved diner will be easily content with the everyday burger special — a juicy third-pounder burger with house fries and a lemonade at a very good price. But anyone looking for something bold should gravitate toward the vegan tempeh tacos or the Clinton burger, a beef patty stuffed with goat cheese and topped with an over easy-egg. 

9. Oi Asian Fusion

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1985 National Ave #1133
San Diego, CA 92113
(619) 228-9857
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Filipino-American favorites pack rice bowls and bao buns at this fusion restaurant. Standouts include bowls featuring tapsilog beef and the house take on chicken adobo -- made with fried boneless thigh meat. The unique Oi Burger comes inside a pretzel bun and is stuffed with angus beef, pickled onions, and shiitake mushrooms roasted in balsamic vinegar. 

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10. El Carrito

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2154 Logan Ave
San Diego, CA 92113
(619) 501-0095
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Traditional Mexican breakfast and lunch items are the specialty at this new incarnation of Logan Avenue’s beloved trolley-turned-kitchen. Stop in for the chilaquiles, available with your choice of and protein or one of five salsas, or a torta stuffed with milanesa. As a project from the minds of Por Vida owners Milo Lorenzana and Carolina Santana, coffee makes its mandatory appearance in the shop’s fragrant cafe de olla. 

11. ¡SALUD! Barrio Logan

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2196 Logan Ave
San Diego, CA 92113
(619) 255-3856
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With funky tunes and great tacos on hand-pressed tortillas, Salud has become a destination for both locals and visitors to nearby Barrio Logan landmarks. Menu items range from standard carne asada tacos and mulitas to daily specials including ceviche, pozole, jumbo roll tacos, and a taco shop style burger. While the lines can get long, any of the signature drinks will help you get in an eating mood. 

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12. Border X Brewing

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2181 Logan Ave
San Diego, CA 92113
(619) 501-0503
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While many hopped on the IPA trend during the rise of the San Diego craft beer scene, the Favela brothers opted to celebrate the flavors many Mexican-Americans hold dear through their brews. Today, the tradition continues with signature beers like the Blood Saison -- inspired by agua de jamaica -- the horchata golden stout, and the cucumber sour, among others. Border X also boasts a regular musical and cultural lineup, plus solid tacos in the back patio, making it a Barrio Logan favorite.

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13. Barrio Dogg

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2234 Logan Ave
San Diego, CA 92113
(619) 546-7889
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Baja-style hot dogs get a gourmet twist at this Logan Avenue eatery filled to the brim with lowrider memorabilia. Barrio Dogg’s innovative takes on the hot dog range from the grilled onion-topped Xolito — a homage to the Tijuana hot dog — to surprising franks like the Samurai and Pueblito, respectively inspired by bahn mi and chiles en nogada. A new taproom expansion keeps the good times rolling, with a 16-tap craft beer setup and a killer michelada list.

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14. Ciccia Osteria

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2233 Logan Ave
San Diego, CA 92113
(619) 674-4069
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The newest project from chef couple Francesca Penoncelli and Mario Cassineri, Osteria Ciccia was among this summer’s arrivals to Logan Avenue, bringing warm Italian vibes to this family house turned restaurant. Order from the counter and enjoy countryside Italian dishes and fine vino in the outdoor patio, or sit inside among family mementos and wine bottles. 

15. Cafe Moto

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2619 National Ave
San Diego, CA 92113
(619) 239-6686
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As one of the most storied suppliers of artisanal coffee in San Diego, this roastery and cafe has been a favorite among local caffeine enthusiasts for many years. Cafe Moto’s drip and espresso-based drinks, all made from the shop’s house-roasted beans, are sure to please even the most discerning coffee drinker. The warehouse store behind the shop carries fresh single origin beans and all the coffee equipment you could ever ask for.  

Cafe Moto retail space Phaedra Cook

1. Sister Rays

549 25th St, San Diego, CA 92102

The collaboration between Luigi Angostini of Pizzeria Luigi and Tom Logsdon of The Balboa yielded this temple to topping food with chili. Burgers include a classic third-pounder and a flat-top grilled patty burger, while hot dogs run from the plain to the chili-slathered specialty dog. Other items include chicken sandwiches, salads, and crispy French fries. 

549 25th St
San Diego, CA 92102

2. El Salvadoreño

2845 Imperial Ave, San Diego, CA 92102
El Salvadoreño

When it first opened in 1995, El Salvadoreño was the first restaurant of its type in San Diego. Today, this Imperial Avenue institution continues serving Salvadoran specialties like baleadas, fried yucca, and casamiento con platano in a homey dining room. Known for its pupusas, each one is stuffed with your choice of filling and cooked to perfection on a griddle. 

2845 Imperial Ave
San Diego, CA 92102

3. El Golosito

2275 Imperial Ave, San Diego, CA 92102
El Golosito

This unassuming mariscos restaurant should be on your radar if you are looking for fresh tostadas and cocktails on an airy patio. While the menu is consise, there is no going wrong with any item on the board. Standout items include the lime-cured aguachiles and the tostada loca, a medley of all the seafood on the menu. 

2275 Imperial Ave
San Diego, CA 92102

4. La Fachada

20 25th St, San Diego, CA 92102

One of the neighborhood’s longtime favorites, La Fachada has been the spot for tacos after work or into the night in Barrio Logan. While the setting might be a little plain, one bite of a birria or carne asada taco is enough to warrant a visit. Other Mexican antojitos include gorditas and flautas, topped with lettuce, sour cream, and dry cheese.

20 25th St
San Diego, CA 92102

5. Thorn Brewing Co.

1745 National Ave, San Diego, CA 92113

The second outpost by the North Park-based brewers, Thorn Brewing has been crafting some of its best suds at their Barrio Logan outpost since opening up production at the space in 2017. The modern tasting room features a large opening into the street and seating along production and fermentation tanks. The tap setup features 16 of Thorn’s best beers, from classics like the Barrio Lager to novel IPAs and stouts. An upcoming eatery at the site should make it even more of a draw.

1745 National Ave
San Diego, CA 92113

6. Las Cuatro Milpas

1857 Logan Ave, San Diego, CA 92113
las cuatro milpas

Possibly San Diego’s most legendary Mexican restaurant, Las Cuatro Milpas serves fried tacos, red rice, and refried beans made the same way these were first made back in 1933. While lines can get long, your patience will be rewarded at the counter, where the experienced cooks fry tacos and flautas by hand before putting them on your plate. Ordering a side of beans and/or rice will also get you a couple of flour tortillas, also made by hand every morning. 

1857 Logan Ave
San Diego, CA 92113

7. Panchita's Bakery

1879 Logan Ave # K, San Diego, CA 92113
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With fresh bread and pastries emerging from the oven throughout the day, this traditional panaderia has become the neighborhood’s preferred stop for fresh baked goods. You can find a wide array of Mexican pan dulce and bolillo rolls alongside full trays of cakes, donuts, and croissants. A concha and a warm Chocolate Ibarra from this bakery is a great start to any day.

1879 Logan Ave # K
San Diego, CA 92113

8. MishMash

1805 Newton Ave, San Diego, CA 92113

With creative takes on burgers and sandwiches and a world of influence, this Barrio Logan eatery lives up to its name. The more reserved diner will be easily content with the everyday burger special — a juicy third-pounder burger with house fries and a lemonade at a very good price. But anyone looking for something bold should gravitate toward the vegan tempeh tacos or the Clinton burger, a beef patty stuffed with goat cheese and topped with an over easy-egg. 

1805 Newton Ave
San Diego, CA 92113

9. Oi Asian Fusion

1985 National Ave #1133, San Diego, CA 92113
Courtesy photo

Filipino-American favorites pack rice bowls and bao buns at this fusion restaurant. Standouts include bowls featuring tapsilog beef and the house take on chicken adobo -- made with fried boneless thigh meat. The unique Oi Burger comes inside a pretzel bun and is stuffed with angus beef, pickled onions, and shiitake mushrooms roasted in balsamic vinegar. 

1985 National Ave #1133
San Diego, CA 92113

10. El Carrito

2154 Logan Ave, San Diego, CA 92113

Traditional Mexican breakfast and lunch items are the specialty at this new incarnation of Logan Avenue’s beloved trolley-turned-kitchen. Stop in for the chilaquiles, available with your choice of and protein or one of five salsas, or a torta stuffed with milanesa. As a project from the minds of Por Vida owners Milo Lorenzana and Carolina Santana, coffee makes its mandatory appearance in the shop’s fragrant cafe de olla. 

2154 Logan Ave
San Diego, CA 92113

11. ¡SALUD! Barrio Logan

2196 Logan Ave, San Diego, CA 92113
Yelp

With funky tunes and great tacos on hand-pressed tortillas, Salud has become a destination for both locals and visitors to nearby Barrio Logan landmarks. Menu items range from standard carne asada tacos and mulitas to daily specials including ceviche, pozole, jumbo roll tacos, and a taco shop style burger. While the lines can get long, any of the signature drinks will help you get in an eating mood. 

2196 Logan Ave
San Diego, CA 92113

12. Border X Brewing

2181 Logan Ave, San Diego, CA 92113
Border X Brewing

While many hopped on the IPA trend during the rise of the San Diego craft beer scene, the Favela brothers opted to celebrate the flavors many Mexican-Americans hold dear through their brews. Today, the tradition continues with signature beers like the Blood Saison -- inspired by agua de jamaica -- the horchata golden stout, and the cucumber sour, among others. Border X also boasts a regular musical and cultural lineup, plus solid tacos in the back patio, making it a Barrio Logan favorite.

2181 Logan Ave
San Diego, CA 92113

13. Barrio Dogg

2234 Logan Ave, San Diego, CA 92113
Mario A. Cortez

Baja-style hot dogs get a gourmet twist at this Logan Avenue eatery filled to the brim with lowrider memorabilia. Barrio Dogg’s innovative takes on the hot dog range from the grilled onion-topped Xolito — a homage to the Tijuana hot dog — to surprising franks like the Samurai and Pueblito, respectively inspired by bahn mi and chiles en nogada. A new taproom expansion keeps the good times rolling, with a 16-tap craft beer setup and a killer michelada list.

2234 Logan Ave
San Diego, CA 92113

14. Ciccia Osteria

2233 Logan Ave, San Diego, CA 92113

The newest project from chef couple Francesca Penoncelli and Mario Cassineri, Osteria Ciccia was among this summer’s arrivals to Logan Avenue, bringing warm Italian vibes to this family house turned restaurant. Order from the counter and enjoy countryside Italian dishes and fine vino in the outdoor patio, or sit inside among family mementos and wine bottles. 

2233 Logan Ave
San Diego, CA 92113

15. Cafe Moto

2619 National Ave, San Diego, CA 92113
Cafe Moto retail space Phaedra Cook

As one of the most storied suppliers of artisanal coffee in San Diego, this roastery and cafe has been a favorite among local caffeine enthusiasts for many years. Cafe Moto’s drip and espresso-based drinks, all made from the shop’s house-roasted beans, are sure to please even the most discerning coffee drinker. The warehouse store behind the shop carries fresh single origin beans and all the coffee equipment you could ever ask for.  

2619 National Ave
San Diego, CA 92113

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