San Diego is home to many eateries that cater to all types of dietary styles and traditions, including kosher dining. Whether you are looking for your new go-to lunch spot, somewhere to sit down and have a hearty breakfast with the family, or a bakery that caters to your sweet tooth, there is something on this list for you. To help you find new restaurants to try that fit in with your lifestyle, check out our list of the top kosher dining spots in San Diego, the best place to get a kosher meal. Whether a traditional Jewish Deli or Jewish Bakery, or a modern interpretation on the classic, these eateries are the place to go for kosher dining.
1. Milton’s Delicatessen:
Established in 1995, Milton’s has long been a local favorite restaurant, deli and bakery. On their menu you will find traditional favorites as well as their take on current culinary trends. They serve up several kosher items including their “over-stuffed” kosher salami, bologna, and liverwurst sandwiches as well as delicious fresh and crunchy pickles. Milton’s is located in Del Mar, off of Villa De La Valle.
2. Chewy’s Rugulach:
Chewy’s is a kosher bakery that is well-known for their sweets that aim to please. Their baked goods are made with all-natural products (like real fruits and pure sweet butter) and non-GMO, kosher ingredients. Some kosher favorites from Chewy’s are their gourmet Rugulach, which are available in 21 distinct and equally delicious flavors, and their Hamentashen Specialty Cookies, which are baked to perfection. There are four flavors of these triangular shortbread cookies, filled with fruit preserves that taste as good as they look. Visit their storefront bakery or order online.
3. Broad Street Dough Co:
Certified kosher, Broad Street Dough Co. sells made-to-order donuts and sweets including old school flavors (perfect for those who like glazed, powdered, or plain donuts), candy-topped varieties like classic sprinkled or s’mores style, and options with “a little something extra.” Unique combinations like peanut butter and blackberry jelly, Fruity Pebbles, and maple with walnuts will be hard to pass up, so you might want to grab a dozen. Pick up and enjoy your goodies at their bakery in Encinitas. In addition to delicious kosher treats, you will also get to see their fun, desert-celebratory décor.
4. Place Café:
The Place Café is a Mediterranean restaurant and the perfect place to grab a quick but enjoyable kosher meal for lunch. They have delicious deli sandwiches, falafel, shawarma, schnitzel, hummus plates and more. You will also find breakfast specials like shakshuka, chilaquiles, huevos rancheros for the most important meal of the day. Place Café is Glatt Kosher under the supervision of Va’ad Harabbonim of San Diego.
5. Chabad at La Costa’s Glatt Kosher Summer Sunday BBQ:
On Sunday’s you can enjoy Chabad at La Costa’s Barbeque Bounty, which is an all-you-can-eat kosher barbeque. At the barbeque, you will find hamburgers, hot dogs, spicy and regular wings, a salad bar, desserts and a soda bar. In addition to food, they have a bounce house, cotton candy and snow cones for the kids, making this a great opportunity to have a fun meal with the family. To partake in the barbeque, you can reserve your spot in advance or pay at the door.
6. Pita 22:
Pita 22 is not a fully kosher facility, however, they do have kosher chicken shawarma that is raved about. The kosher chicken shawarma can be ordered in a pita or bowl and is served with tomatoes and pickles, garnished with onions and fresh parsley, and finally topped with drizzled tahini sauce. Their Amba sauce (pickled mango) also comes on the side. Visit them off Camino Del Sur off Highway 56.
7. D.Z. Akins:
D.Z. Akins in La Mesa offers an oversized, abundant menu filled with New York-style Delicatessen favorites like Matzo Ball Soup, Potato Pancakes, Lox, Cheese Blintzes, Borscht, Bread Pudding, Chopped Liver, Potato Knishes… Oy vey! Opened in January of 1980 with the purpose of serving San Diego’s starved deli-lovers and offering a kosher menu, this is a classic.
Wherever you live in San Diego or if you are visiting, you are just a short drive away from satisfying kosher eats that are likely to become new favorites.