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Top 5 Old School Spots To Eat

Jennifer Yun | May 16, 2017 | Food & Drink Best of The Best Eat

In San Diego's evolving sea of trendy new hangouts, a handful of time-tested classics still reign supreme. These beloved staples have been open and booming for more than 50 years—and for good reason. Time to kick it old-school.
Ocean views and a sweet sampling of The Marine Room's dessert trilogy—what could be better?

Join faithful regulars for the lunchtime rush at Dobson’s Bar & Restaurant. Even The New York Times loves its famous mussel bisque, but that’s not the only reason to visit. Since 1983, Dobson’s has offered a refreshing fusion of unique flavors with dishes like pan-roasted Chilean sea bass and ripe olive tapenade-stuffed chicken breast. It’s also the best seat in town to enjoy chef Martín San Ramon’s new, elevated line of tequila. Salud to the ultimate power lunch. Gaslamp Quarter, 619.231.6771,

Since 1960, Harry’s Coffee Shop has brought Brooklyn flair to San Diego. Enjoy fresh ingredients and a plethora of tasty temptations—think mouthwatering cinnamon rolls—while taking in its cozy and nostalgic surroundings. This La Jolla community landmark offers a sense of quality and care that you can count on. On the off chance that nothing on the menu catches your eye, Harry’s will be happy to oblige with a custom creation just for you. La Jolla, 858.454.7381,

The Marine Room has been setting the bar quite high since 1941. Every seat in the house provides a panoramic view of the Pacific’s smooth acrobatics, and the iconic dining destination offers an eclectic menu, from fresh seafood to unique and inventive seasonal dishes. With more than 70 years of service, The Marine Room continues to make waves. La Jolla, 855.923.8057,

Get dressed up for a night on the town at Old Trieste, a blast from the past with shimmering chandeliers and romantic ambience. Enjoy traditional Italian dishes like veal florentina and filet mignon parmigiana alongside a consistent clientele that have sworn by this hidden gem since 1963. Reservations are highly recommended. Bay Park, 619.276.1841,

Originally founded as a go-to for Hollywood’s elite, Cafe La Maze arrived in San Diego in 1940. The gambling room hidden above the restaurant was the perfect getaway during the Prohibition era and attracted legends like Bing Crosby, Clark Gable and Errol Flynn. Today, Cafe La Maze continues to be a time-tested favorite with impeccable steaks, a full cocktail bar, and live music fit for locals and celebs alike. National City, 619.474.3222,

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