The APHA 2018 Annual Meeting & Expo is almost here! While we’re most excited for the science and important public health conversations that the meeting convenes, visiting San Diego with its beachfront, sunny skies and yummy food doesn’t hurt either.

San Diego is a fantastic spot for food lovers. It’s got a rich history of blending cultures and flavors to create some truly unique dishes and restaurants. If you’re planning to meet colleagues for a dinner after sessions or catch up with a longtime public health friend over breakfast, there’s an endless array of dishes and restaurants to try.

Here’s a quick sampling of San Diego culinary highlights from Thrillist, Eater and more to help you decide:

  • Check out Thrillist’s 50 things to eat in San Diego before you die. Highlights include carne asada fries, acai bowls, tiramisu pancakes, guava cheese pastries and many more San Diego flavors. Completing this list during a five-day conference is not recommended.
  • Eater has a great roundup of the 38 essential San Diego restaurants, updated just last month. This list has everything from nicer sit-downs for a fancy meal out, to simpler spots that are all about the food. Galaxy Taco, No. 7, makes their own masa for tortillas, and Puesto, No. 37, is just steps from the convention center.
  • San Diego Magazine’s Best Restaurants 2018 is based on reader votes, so you know that these spots are what San Diegans crave. Also check out readers’ favorite healthy pick, Tender Greens, which has a Gaslamp Quarter location.
  • And for a guaranteed delicious meal, turn to the 20 best spots for tacos in the city.

San Diego’s food showcases the rich, multicultural roots of this city and region. Take a few minutes in between sessions to refuel, grab a healthy, local meal, and enjoy all the flavors the city has to offer.