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Here Are The Iconic Diners of San Diego

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We're kicking Greasy Spoons Week off with our map of San Diego's Iconic Diners. This collection of joints focuses on the breakfast specialists, the all-day gems that have ideally had a few decades to age into faded comfort. These old school spots fuel our city at all hours of the day with their classic diner fare; did we miss a favorite? Let us know in the comments.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Lucky's Golden Phenix

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3804 Grim Ave
San Diego, CA
(619) 297-2760
North Parkers hold this old school Chinese restaurant-turned-diner dear to their hearts. The priciest item on the cash-only menu is a Denver omelette, clocking in at just over $4. The serviceable plate includes crispy hash browns, toast and jam.

2. Rudford's Restaurant

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2900 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 282-8423
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Equally popular with the early bird special crowd and after-bar party goers; both sets agree that the biscuits and gravy and chicken fried steak at this 24-hour diner are first rate.

3. Perry's Cafe

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4620 Pacific Hwy
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 291-7121
Hungry locals and truckers just passing through fill up at this roadside eatery, where they do a great job with breakfast basics (the hash browns are always crispy) and the service is friendly and efficient. Go early to avoid a wait.

4. Hob Nob Hill

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2271 1st Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 239-8176
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This Bankers Hill eatery has been feeding San Diegans since 1944. Their popular prime rib dinners mean homemade roast beef hass at breakfast-time.

5. Harry's Coffee Shop

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7545 Girard Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 454-7381
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This La Jolla institution is renowned for their potato pancakes served with sour cream and applesauce but they've got everything from healthy egg white omelettes to throwbacks that include chipped beef on toast.

6. Big Kitchen

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3003 Grape St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 234-5789
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Judy the Beauty runs this neighborhood favorite in South Park which counts Whoopi Goldberg as a former staff member with has a namesake dish on the menu: 2 eggs any style, bacon, potatoes, toast, and large orange juice.

7. Restaurant

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999 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101
This no-name eatery (regulars just call it Restaurant or 12th & Broadway) is the very definition of old school. Established in 1957, this greasy spoon serves up cheap breakfast and Mexican combo plates with a dose of local history.

8. Tobey's 19th Hole Restaurant

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2600 Golf Course Dr
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 239-1660
Feed a hangover or fuel up before a round of golf at this tucked-away eatery with a great view of downtown San Diego. Regulars are particularly fond of their corned beef hash and the Bloody Marys.

9. The Huddle

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4023 Goldfinch St
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 291-5950
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Families and old timers share counter space at this Mission Hills spoon, known for their pork chop and eggs and fried chicken atop either waffles or French toast.

10. The Old Townhouse Restaurant

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4941 Newport Ave
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 222-1880
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Over 40 years of breakfasts have been served at this beach-adjacent diner. Eater readers are fans of the mimosas, bottomless cups of coffee and the fluffly biscuits.

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1. Lucky's Golden Phenix

3804 Grim Ave, San Diego, CA
North Parkers hold this old school Chinese restaurant-turned-diner dear to their hearts. The priciest item on the cash-only menu is a Denver omelette, clocking in at just over $4. The serviceable plate includes crispy hash browns, toast and jam.
3804 Grim Ave
San Diego, CA

2. Rudford's Restaurant

2900 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104
Equally popular with the early bird special crowd and after-bar party goers; both sets agree that the biscuits and gravy and chicken fried steak at this 24-hour diner are first rate.
2900 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92104

3. Perry's Cafe

4620 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92110
Hungry locals and truckers just passing through fill up at this roadside eatery, where they do a great job with breakfast basics (the hash browns are always crispy) and the service is friendly and efficient. Go early to avoid a wait.
4620 Pacific Hwy
San Diego, CA 92110

4. Hob Nob Hill

2271 1st Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
This Bankers Hill eatery has been feeding San Diegans since 1944. Their popular prime rib dinners mean homemade roast beef hass at breakfast-time.
2271 1st Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

5. Harry's Coffee Shop

7545 Girard Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037
This La Jolla institution is renowned for their potato pancakes served with sour cream and applesauce but they've got everything from healthy egg white omelettes to throwbacks that include chipped beef on toast.
7545 Girard Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037

6. Big Kitchen

3003 Grape St, San Diego, CA 92104
Judy the Beauty runs this neighborhood favorite in South Park which counts Whoopi Goldberg as a former staff member with has a namesake dish on the menu: 2 eggs any style, bacon, potatoes, toast, and large orange juice.
3003 Grape St
San Diego, CA 92104

7. Restaurant

999 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
This no-name eatery (regulars just call it Restaurant or 12th & Broadway) is the very definition of old school. Established in 1957, this greasy spoon serves up cheap breakfast and Mexican combo plates with a dose of local history.
999 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101

8. Tobey's 19th Hole Restaurant

2600 Golf Course Dr, San Diego, CA 92102
Feed a hangover or fuel up before a round of golf at this tucked-away eatery with a great view of downtown San Diego. Regulars are particularly fond of their corned beef hash and the Bloody Marys.
2600 Golf Course Dr
San Diego, CA 92102

9. The Huddle

4023 Goldfinch St, San Diego, CA 92103
Families and old timers share counter space at this Mission Hills spoon, known for their pork chop and eggs and fried chicken atop either waffles or French toast.
4023 Goldfinch St
San Diego, CA 92103

10. The Old Townhouse Restaurant

4941 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107
Over 40 years of breakfasts have been served at this beach-adjacent diner. Eater readers are fans of the mimosas, bottomless cups of coffee and the fluffly biscuits.
4941 Newport Ave
San Diego, CA 92107

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