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Where to Eat and Drink on Convoy Street

The dynamic neighborhood has plenty of places to please every palate

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The Convoy District has long been a dining hub for locals, but in recent years, Convoy Street has established itself as a major culinary showcase for San Diego’s food scene. It’s easy to eat your way around the area for days without repeating restaurants. Though Asian cuisines still dominate the neighborhood — you can find anything from Peking duck to Korean fried chicken — it also offers stellar craft beer, tacos, and more.

With each strip mall chockablock with restaurants, we know that choosing which spot to try can be an intimidating prospect, so here’s a curated overview to help you get started.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Eater’s guides to ramen as well as hot pot and Asian barbecue also feature a number of Convoy Street standouts.

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This Korean kitchen specializes in beef bone broth stews, teeming with protein and vegetables, that you season to your own taste. The Beef Bone “Emperor” Soup with brisket, ox knee, and oxtails is a favorite among regulars, as is the house kimchi.

Korean beef bone “Emperor” soup with brisket, ox tail and ox knee, with side dishes at Woomiok
Woomiok.
Helen I. Hwang

Wa Dining Okan

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The longstanding family-owned restaurant is a jewel box-sized space specializing in bento boxes with such broad options as grilled mackerel and katsu curry. Add a shrimp tempura mini bowl or buta kakuni (braised pork) to sample more dishes.

Japanese bento box with tempura shrimp bowl and side dishes at Wa Dining Okan
Wa Dining Okan.
Helen I. Hwang

Shancheng Lameizi Hot Pot

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This upscale hot pot chain, with headquarters in Beijing, has a 30-year history of providing a fancy version of the Chongqing specialty. Customers can choose from various soup bases, including red-hot spicy Szechuan style and mild pork bone broth. Try the house-made mashed shrimp paste as well as the Kobe beef to cook at the table. 

Szechuan hot pot soup base and bone broth hot pot soup base at Shancheng Lameizi Hot Pot
Shancheng Lameizi Hot Pot.
Helen I. Hwang

Shan Xi Magic Kitchen

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With a toothsome, bouncy texture, the house-made, hand-pulled noodles are the star here, featuring in the popular biang biang spicy hand-ripped noodles or paired with spicy cumin lamb or beef brisket. 

Biang biang noodle dish at Shan Xi Magic Kitchen Shan Xi Magic Kitchen.

Szechuan Chef

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In Convoy Village Shopping Center, the modest restaurant has been cooking up homestyle dishes for years. As the name suggests there are tons of spicy dishes here but also more mild dishes like beef rolls. Popular spicy entrees include mapo tofu, crispy chicken with dried red pepper, and spicy fish filet. 

Cross Street Chicken and Beer

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If you’re craving Korean fried chicken, the original location of this popular spot offers crispy wings and hot chicken sandwiches to accompany its wide selection of soju and more than 20 beers on tap. The fried chicken comes in a variety of flavors, from Thai chili to soy garlic. Recent additions include more traditional Korean dishes like bibambap and jjigae soup.

Korean fried chicken wings at Cross Street Chicken and Beer Cross Street Chicken and Beer.

Jasmine Seafood Restaurant & Express

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One of the iconic mainstays on Convoy, Jasmine’s spacious dining area fits the bill for large groups, banquets, or dim sum. They’re one of the few places in town that still use rolling carts to serve dim sum highlights, like seared taro cake and sweet rice wrapped in lotus leaf. Elaborate chef specialties include sweet-and-sour rock cod filet and Peking duck.

Chinese Rock Cod Fish at Jasmine Seafood Restaurant & Express
Jasmine Seafood Restaurant & Express.
Allen Chan

Dumpling Inn & Shanghai Saloon

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Diners can find a wide variety of fillings (pork, fish, and chives) in the dumplings here that can be ordered fried, boiled, or steamed. Also try the braised duck noodle soup, a recipe that chef Phat Vuong brought over from his former restaurant, Minh Ky in City Heights. They also have a fantastic cocktail menu and worked with Maker’s Mark to develop their own whiskey. 

Shanghai soup dumplings in a metal steamer basket at Dumpling Inn & Shanghai Saloon Dumpling Inn & Shanghai Saloon.

Crab Hut

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Looking for Cajun-style seafood west of the bayou? Pull up your sleeves and prepare to dig into shellfish slathered with copious amounts of seasonings like Old Bay and garlic butter. Choose popular seafood boils, like S “N” S, which comes with head-on shrimp and snow crab clusters. This is also one of Convoy Street’s best options for cocktails.

Crawfish, shrimp, and corn on the cob in a seafood boil at Crab Hut. Crab Hut.

Convoy Music Bar

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The speakeasy behind Taco Stand plays homage to Tokyo-style hifi listening bars with a vinyl soundtrack and a drinks menu that has an emphasis on Japanese whiskey. Make sure you come in cocktail attire to adhere to their dress code.

negroni cocktail
Red Bottom Sky cocktail.

Tofu House

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For tofu stews in stone pots, such as kimchi jjigae, this establishment serves them up rapid-fire. A basket raw eggs to cook in the bubbling stews is offered as accoutrements along with Korean side dishes,

Korean tofu stew at Tofu House Tofu House.

Tasty Noodle House

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This busy Shanghainese restaurant branched out from L.A. and quickly established itself as the place to dive into Shanghai grilled pork buns, ginger scallion beef with noodles, and beef in spicy sauce. Waits can be long but it’s worth it.

Shanghai Grilled Pork Buns at Tasty Noodle House Tasty Noodle House.

Sunday Ice Cream

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Owner Nancy Chi founded the popular dessert cafe Bing Haus in 2016 before she sold it last year. Her newest venture is a scoop shop serving small-batch ice cream with Asian flavors, such as taro ube, red bean, banana milk, and black sesame along with conventional flavors like vanilla, strawberry, and Oreo milk. .

Jomaru Gamjatang

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This Korean restaurant specializes in gamjatang, a spicy pork back-bone stew packed with potatoes, cellophane noodles, pork, and vegetables. Often eaten as a late-night snack with soju, it’s also known as “hangover soup” to remedy any impending headaches.

A pot of gamjatang.
Gamjatang stew at Jomaru.
Candice Woo

Song Hak Korean BBQ

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If you’re hankering for Korean barbecue, try this homestyle joint that specializes in different types of marinated beef intestines, like gop chang. The high-quality meats are half-cooked in the kitchen, then brought out to the table where customers can finish barbecuing on the table grill. Song Hak branched out from Los Angeles, but the San Diego location has other favorite Korean noodle dishes, like jia jang myun.

Korean barbecue dish called gop chang at Song Hak Korean BBQ Song Hak Korean BBQ - San Diego.

Spicy City Chinese Restaurant

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The traditional restaurant is decked out in basic décor but the service staff is there to warmly guide newcomers around the menu, which holds specialties like boiled beef or fish filet in hot sauce, mapo tofu, and shrimp with green chili and hot sauce.

Eastern Dynasty 粤品

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Chinese roast meat dishes are the specialty at this Hong Kong-style restaurant. Customers can pick from plenty of choices for their combo meat platters. Try the Peking duck two-course meal that comes with bao buns. 

Plate of half a roast duck sliced from Eastern Dynasty.
Eastern Dynasty.
Candice Woo

Hitokuchi

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Chef John Hong opened this space adjacent to his Hidden Fish, which operates strictly as a sushi counter. The larger restaurant has tables as well as a sushi counter with menu highlights like crab and uni toasts and miso-sake Chilean seabass, along with a robust sake menu. 

Hidden Fish

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Chef John Hong serves up an intimate omakase experience at his corner Japanese restaurant. The dinner-only establishment serves seasonal sashimi with omakase that includes 18 pieces. Book a reservation well in advance, as seats fill up fast. 

Sashimi on a small plate at Hidden Fish Hidden Fish.

Realm of the 52 Remedies

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Gaining entry to this secret speakeasy behind Common Theory is well worth the trouble. Leaving a brightly lit apothecary room via a secret door, patrons feel like they’re time-traveling to another era. Try themed cocktails like Saigon Dreamer (reminiscent of a Vietnamese iced coffee) and Lapsang Souchong, made with Cool Hand Company’s pineapple turmeric shrub, a local product.  

An elegant, backlit cocktail bar in Realm of the 52 Remedies
Realm of the 52 Remedies.
Haley Hill Photography

YinTang Spicy Hot Pot

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The Taiwanese hot pot chain has established itself as a popular choose-your-own ingredient restaurant in Kearny Mesa. The wide range of proteins, including beef and fish, as well as tofu, fish balls, and fresh vegetables, lets diners pick and choose their favorites for the “mala” bone broth or dry hot and spicy mix. Once the raw mix is weighed, the kitchen prepares the meal by separating out the ingredients for the optimal hot pot experience.

Yintang Spicy Hot Pot Dish.
Spicy Hot Pot dish.
Yintang Spicy Hot Pot

Woomiok

This Korean kitchen specializes in beef bone broth stews, teeming with protein and vegetables, that you season to your own taste. The Beef Bone “Emperor” Soup with brisket, ox knee, and oxtails is a favorite among regulars, as is the house kimchi.

Korean beef bone “Emperor” soup with brisket, ox tail and ox knee, with side dishes at Woomiok
Woomiok.
Helen I. Hwang

Wa Dining Okan

The longstanding family-owned restaurant is a jewel box-sized space specializing in bento boxes with such broad options as grilled mackerel and katsu curry. Add a shrimp tempura mini bowl or buta kakuni (braised pork) to sample more dishes.

Japanese bento box with tempura shrimp bowl and side dishes at Wa Dining Okan
Wa Dining Okan.
Helen I. Hwang

Shancheng Lameizi Hot Pot

This upscale hot pot chain, with headquarters in Beijing, has a 30-year history of providing a fancy version of the Chongqing specialty. Customers can choose from various soup bases, including red-hot spicy Szechuan style and mild pork bone broth. Try the house-made mashed shrimp paste as well as the Kobe beef to cook at the table. 

Szechuan hot pot soup base and bone broth hot pot soup base at Shancheng Lameizi Hot Pot
Shancheng Lameizi Hot Pot.
Helen I. Hwang

Shan Xi Magic Kitchen

With a toothsome, bouncy texture, the house-made, hand-pulled noodles are the star here, featuring in the popular biang biang spicy hand-ripped noodles or paired with spicy cumin lamb or beef brisket. 

Biang biang noodle dish at Shan Xi Magic Kitchen Shan Xi Magic Kitchen.

Szechuan Chef

In Convoy Village Shopping Center, the modest restaurant has been cooking up homestyle dishes for years. As the name suggests there are tons of spicy dishes here but also more mild dishes like beef rolls. Popular spicy entrees include mapo tofu, crispy chicken with dried red pepper, and spicy fish filet. 

Cross Street Chicken and Beer

If you’re craving Korean fried chicken, the original location of this popular spot offers crispy wings and hot chicken sandwiches to accompany its wide selection of soju and more than 20 beers on tap. The fried chicken comes in a variety of flavors, from Thai chili to soy garlic. Recent additions include more traditional Korean dishes like bibambap and jjigae soup.

Korean fried chicken wings at Cross Street Chicken and Beer Cross Street Chicken and Beer.

Jasmine Seafood Restaurant & Express

One of the iconic mainstays on Convoy, Jasmine’s spacious dining area fits the bill for large groups, banquets, or dim sum. They’re one of the few places in town that still use rolling carts to serve dim sum highlights, like seared taro cake and sweet rice wrapped in lotus leaf. Elaborate chef specialties include sweet-and-sour rock cod filet and Peking duck.

Chinese Rock Cod Fish at Jasmine Seafood Restaurant & Express
Jasmine Seafood Restaurant & Express.
Allen Chan

Dumpling Inn & Shanghai Saloon

Diners can find a wide variety of fillings (pork, fish, and chives) in the dumplings here that can be ordered fried, boiled, or steamed. Also try the braised duck noodle soup, a recipe that chef Phat Vuong brought over from his former restaurant, Minh Ky in City Heights. They also have a fantastic cocktail menu and worked with Maker’s Mark to develop their own whiskey. 

Shanghai soup dumplings in a metal steamer basket at Dumpling Inn & Shanghai Saloon Dumpling Inn & Shanghai Saloon.

Crab Hut

Looking for Cajun-style seafood west of the bayou? Pull up your sleeves and prepare to dig into shellfish slathered with copious amounts of seasonings like Old Bay and garlic butter. Choose popular seafood boils, like S “N” S, which comes with head-on shrimp and snow crab clusters. This is also one of Convoy Street’s best options for cocktails.

Crawfish, shrimp, and corn on the cob in a seafood boil at Crab Hut. Crab Hut.

Convoy Music Bar

The speakeasy behind Taco Stand plays homage to Tokyo-style hifi listening bars with a vinyl soundtrack and a drinks menu that has an emphasis on Japanese whiskey. Make sure you come in cocktail attire to adhere to their dress code.

negroni cocktail
Red Bottom Sky cocktail.

Tofu House

For tofu stews in stone pots, such as kimchi jjigae, this establishment serves them up rapid-fire. A basket raw eggs to cook in the bubbling stews is offered as accoutrements along with Korean side dishes,

Korean tofu stew at Tofu House Tofu House.

Tasty Noodle House

This busy Shanghainese restaurant branched out from L.A. and quickly established itself as the place to dive into Shanghai grilled pork buns, ginger scallion beef with noodles, and beef in spicy sauce. Waits can be long but it’s worth it.

Shanghai Grilled Pork Buns at Tasty Noodle House Tasty Noodle House.

Sunday Ice Cream

Owner Nancy Chi founded the popular dessert cafe Bing Haus in 2016 before she sold it last year. Her newest venture is a scoop shop serving small-batch ice cream with Asian flavors, such as taro ube, red bean, banana milk, and black sesame along with conventional flavors like vanilla, strawberry, and Oreo milk. .

Jomaru Gamjatang

This Korean restaurant specializes in gamjatang, a spicy pork back-bone stew packed with potatoes, cellophane noodles, pork, and vegetables. Often eaten as a late-night snack with soju, it’s also known as “hangover soup” to remedy any impending headaches.

A pot of gamjatang.
Gamjatang stew at Jomaru.
Candice Woo

Song Hak Korean BBQ

If you’re hankering for Korean barbecue, try this homestyle joint that specializes in different types of marinated beef intestines, like gop chang. The high-quality meats are half-cooked in the kitchen, then brought out to the table where customers can finish barbecuing on the table grill. Song Hak branched out from Los Angeles, but the San Diego location has other favorite Korean noodle dishes, like jia jang myun.

Korean barbecue dish called gop chang at Song Hak Korean BBQ Song Hak Korean BBQ - San Diego.

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Spicy City Chinese Restaurant

The traditional restaurant is decked out in basic décor but the service staff is there to warmly guide newcomers around the menu, which holds specialties like boiled beef or fish filet in hot sauce, mapo tofu, and shrimp with green chili and hot sauce.

Eastern Dynasty 粤品

Chinese roast meat dishes are the specialty at this Hong Kong-style restaurant. Customers can pick from plenty of choices for their combo meat platters. Try the Peking duck two-course meal that comes with bao buns. 

Plate of half a roast duck sliced from Eastern Dynasty.
Eastern Dynasty.
Candice Woo

Hitokuchi

Chef John Hong opened this space adjacent to his Hidden Fish, which operates strictly as a sushi counter. The larger restaurant has tables as well as a sushi counter with menu highlights like crab and uni toasts and miso-sake Chilean seabass, along with a robust sake menu. 

Hidden Fish

Chef John Hong serves up an intimate omakase experience at his corner Japanese restaurant. The dinner-only establishment serves seasonal sashimi with omakase that includes 18 pieces. Book a reservation well in advance, as seats fill up fast. 

Sashimi on a small plate at Hidden Fish Hidden Fish.

Realm of the 52 Remedies

Gaining entry to this secret speakeasy behind Common Theory is well worth the trouble. Leaving a brightly lit apothecary room via a secret door, patrons feel like they’re time-traveling to another era. Try themed cocktails like Saigon Dreamer (reminiscent of a Vietnamese iced coffee) and Lapsang Souchong, made with Cool Hand Company’s pineapple turmeric shrub, a local product.  

An elegant, backlit cocktail bar in Realm of the 52 Remedies
Realm of the 52 Remedies.
Haley Hill Photography

YinTang Spicy Hot Pot

The Taiwanese hot pot chain has established itself as a popular choose-your-own ingredient restaurant in Kearny Mesa. The wide range of proteins, including beef and fish, as well as tofu, fish balls, and fresh vegetables, lets diners pick and choose their favorites for the “mala” bone broth or dry hot and spicy mix. Once the raw mix is weighed, the kitchen prepares the meal by separating out the ingredients for the optimal hot pot experience.

Yintang Spicy Hot Pot Dish.
Spicy Hot Pot dish.
Yintang Spicy Hot Pot

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