2 San Diego Restaurants Make Yelp's Top 100 Places to Eat in 2017

The list is based on both the rating and volume of patrons' reviews of restaurants on Yelp's website, according to the online review company

Two local restaurants – one specializing in tasty breakfast and lunch items and the other a throwback to a cute, little 1950s diner – have landed on Yelp’s list of the Top 100 Places to Eat in 2017.

The list, which includes a plethora of delicious dining destinations across the country, names these two local spots among the best in the U.S. – at least based on reviews from Yelp users: Sunny Side Kitchen in Escondido and Classics Malt Shop in San Diego.

Sunny Side Kitchen – located at 155 S. Orange St., between Grand and Second avenues in downtown Escondido – serves hot paninis, sandwiches, salads, soups, cookies, craft coffee and more during breakfast and lunch hours. The eatery nabbed the No. 51 spot on Yelp’s list of the Top 100 Places to Eat in 2017 in the U.S.

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Sunny Side Kitchen in Escondido is known for its breakfast and lunch items, including sandwiches and salads.

Meanwhile, Classics Malt Shop – located at 3615 Midway Dr., Suite B, in the Point Loma area – is a 1950s-themed diner that offers burgers, jumbo hot dogs, hand-scooped malts and shakes and old-fashioned favorites like root beer floats and Italian sodas. According to Yelp, Classics Malt Shop is No. 100 in the Top Places to Eat rankings.

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Classics Malt Shop on Midway Drive is a 1950s-themed diner known for its burgers.

Yelp says the list – now in its fourth year – was determined by the reviews received by businesses on Yelp in the restaurant and food truck categories. Both the rating and volume of reviews were taken into consideration. This year, the methodology for putting together the list also weighed heavily on more recent reviews of eateries, giving up-and-coming eateries a chance to shine, according to Yelp. Yelp says half of this year’s top 100 places to eat opened in the past two years.

Yelp also says nearly 75 percent of the eateries that made the cut are also affordable, fast-casual spots priced at under $10 per person.

Classics Malt Shop/Facebook

Here’s a peek at the eateries across the country that nabbed the top 10 spots on the list; for the full 100 places, click here.

1) Tony’s Italian Delicatessen (Montgomery, Texas)
2) Afghan Bistro (Springfield, Virginia)
3) AJ’s Press (Tampa, Florida)
4) TKB Bakery & Deli (Indio, California)
5) Bell Street Farm (Los Alamos, California)
6) Sammy D’s Cafe (Lake George, New York)
7) Ciao! Pizza And Pasta (Chelsea, Massachusetts)
8) Fratellino (Coral Gables, Florida)
9) Fox Smokehouse Bbq (Boulder City, Nevada)
10) Little Miss BBQ (Phoenix, Arizona)

Last year, eight restaurants in San Diego County made Yelp’s Top 100 list, including Chula Vista’s beloved Tacos El Gordo. To see that list, click here.

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