From Chula Vista to Carlsbad – and tacos to barbecue – eight local eateries have landed on a newly-released list of Yelp’s top places to eat in the United States.
Amid a plethora of delicious dining destinations across the country, Yelp has named the following San Diego-based businesses among the “Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S. in 2016” – at least based on rave reviews from Yelp users:
• (No. 17) Tacos El Gordo (689 H Street, Chula Vista)
• (No. 30) T Deli (1469 University Ave., San Diego)
• (No. 31) Oscar’s Mexican Seafood (various locations in San Diego, including 703 Turquoise St.)
• (No. 42) Sushi Ota (4529 Mission Bay Dr., San Diego)
• (No. 47) Coop’s West Texas Barbeque (2625 Lemon Grove Ave., Lemon Grove)
• (No. 50) Beach Break Café (1802 S. Coast Highway, Oceanside)
• (No. 68) Phil’s BBQ (various locations across San Diego, including 3750 Sports Arena Blvd.)
• (No. 71) Yoshino Japanese Deli(2913 State St., Carlsbad)
These local gems serve everything from traditional Mexican fare and barbecue to sandwiches and sushi. They landed on the list from a pool of thousands of restaurants across the country.
San Diego’s eateries are in good company. The top five restaurants on the list include: Porto’s Bakery & Café in Burbank, California; Cheese Board Pizza in Berkeley, California; Paseo in Seattle, Washington; Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que in Kansas City, Kansas; TKB Bakery & Deli in Indio, California. To peruse the full list, click here.
This is the third year Yelp has compiled this particular list, which is based on the all-time most popular and well-reviewed restaurants on Yelp, per data from the website’s users.
Trish Sanderson, San Diego-based Yelp Community and Marketing Director, says businesses from across the U.S. were compared based on ratings and the number of reviews, while accounting for quality, popularity and statistical fluctuations.
“Unlike our list from last year, which unearthed the best places to eat on Yelp based primarily on their performance in recent years, this year’s list looks at performance since the founding of Yelp in 2004,” Sanderson explained.
The result, she says, is a quirky round-up of classic favorites and newer up-and-comers.
The eight local spots on the list are no surprise to Sanderson, who says each one of these businesses consistently deliver this to customers: “fantastic, specific products and amazing customer service.”
“I'm sure San Diegans join me in being proud to have eight restaurants on this list of 100. That's a win for the local food scene,” Sanderson added. “What is also cool is that this mix of locations really has a range of geography, flavors and experiences!”
In the end, Sanderson says locals keep flocking to these restaurants because they deliver a “stellar experience.”
By the way, this is the second year in a row that Tacos El Gordo and Yoshino Japanese Deli have made the cut for this list.
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