Did you know that fried food has been around since Ancient Egypt? That’s right, the advent of fried delicacies has evolved from the fried cakes enjoyed by Ancient Egyptians, to the fried, well, everything we eat today. Take a cheat day and visit these San Diego restaurants serving up some of the best fried foods in San Diego!
Nestled in East Village, BeShock Ramen & Sake Bar is serving Japanese dishes packed with flavor and traditional Japanese spices. Enjoy their Koji Chicken Karaage, marinated in shio koji and deep fried with rice cracker. A crunchy coating encasing toothsome chicken, and infused with slight acidity and umami-enhancing shio koji, this dish is deep fried to perfection.
A family-owned restaurant hotspot, open 24/7 and known for their delectable dishes, Brian’s 24 in the Gaslamp District offers a welcoming atmosphere paired with an elevated take on traditional diner dishes. Hankering for a homecooked meal? Indulge in their Chicken & Waffles, a delicious Belgian waffle served alongside half of a fried chicken. A perfect intermingling of sweet and salty, this fried delight is sure to satisfy.
In need of a Caribbean getaway? Look no further than Miss B’s Coconut Club in Mission Beach. Adorned in tiki décor and boasting vibrant cocktails infused with tropical flavors, Miss B’s is like a staycation for your senses. OrderCrispy Calamari, served with bread and butter pickles, sweet peppers, roasted garlic cilantro aioli, mango chutney and sweet chili pineapple mojito sauce. Fried and accompanied by sauces with a variety of vibrant ingredients, this dish packs a punch!
Have a hankering for some fresh seafood? Satisfy your craving with a meal from The Fish Shop. With a three-step ordering process that enables you to choose your fish, marinade and how you would like it prepared, your fish will be customized to your liking. Try Jumbo Shrimp, fried and served over a bed of mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, pickled red onions and capers. A melding of crispy shrimp and fresh vegetables, this meal is suited to all palates.
A lively hangout located in Solana Beach, Pillbox Tavern offers a beachy-chic environment matched with coastally-inspired menu items. Enjoy an order of Fried Pickles, a warm plate of crunchy coated pickles, deep-fried and served with spicy ranch. An outer crispy coating encasing a sour tinge of pickle with a crunch, and a slight kick from spicy ranch, this fried delight is a classic.