Top 5: Bankers Hill

Matthew’s Top 5:

1.) Balboa Park
I am amazed how under-utilized Balboa Park is. For good reason, San Diego is best known for its beaches, but take the time to explore all of Balboa Park, and you’ll be amazed what it has to offer. The park’s footprint is actually larger than Central Park! The museums, theatres, running trails, restaurants, concerts and of course, The Zoo, round out some of its top attractions.

2.) Bertrand at Mr. A’s
Hands down Bertrand at Mr. A’s has the best view in all of San Diego. Nothing beats grabbing a drink and an appetizer (or two) while watching the sun set over the harbor and Point Loma as the downtown skyline comes to life. It doesn’t matter how many times I frequent Mr. A’s, this view never gets old.

3.) Cucina Urbana
If you’re a foodie, this is a can’t-miss restaurant. Given its popularity, you’ll typically need a reservation, but during the week you may get lucky with a spontaneous seat or two at the community table. It’s a refreshing way to enjoy a meal, and a great way to meet new friends and neighbors.

4.) Avenue 5
Our family frequents this establishment given that the top-notch service, aesthetic and food all bring a level of sophistication and class to the neighborhood. The refined folks that first called Bankers Hill home would be pleased to have a restaurant of this caliber located in their neighborhood.

5.) Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant
Yes, another restaurant, but equally as deserving as the others on this list. This swanky little culinary delight is the newest addition to the neighborhood. The understated exterior adds to the intrigue, and the desserts are quite tasty. Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant will most certainly be a staple for years to come.

Melissa’s Top 5:

1.) Old Globe Theater
Put down the remote and program the DVR. If you haven’t yet been to The Old Globe, it’s time to broaden your theatrical horizons with an orchestra seat to Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound or Jane Austen’s musical comedy, Emma. There really isn’t a bad seat in this house and your inner thespian is sure to embrace the cable television hiatus.

2.) Marston House Museum & Gardens

Tucked away at the north end of Balboa Park sits a street rich in San Diego history. The George and Anna Marston House, an historic Arts & Crafts mansion designed by Irving Gill, resides on five acres and will transport you to the turn of the century. Famous house guests included Booker T. Washington and Theodore Roosevelt. Be sure to stroll Seventh Avenue and soak in the other homes celebrating a century.

3.) Wet Stone Winebar & Cafe
Nestled between Fir and Grape (and tucked behind a tree), this neighborhood hideaway is even a Yelp! favorite. Happy Hour (every day!) is typically well-attended thanks to reasonable prices, generous pours and tasty tapas. Enjoy the delectable quesadillas, bruschetta and shrimp skewers in an ambiance that exudes cozy sophistication.

4.) Café Bassam
If there was ever a chance of running into Indiana Jones in San Diego, Cafe Bassam would be that place. With floor-to-ceiling antique/eclectic decor, an archeologist just might happen upon a hidden treasure while sipping his favorite something on a sofa. Alas no wi-fi (gasp!), so plan to disconnect, soak in the surroundings and dive into a literary accessory while savoring Mexican hot chocolate. Great place for you night owls.

5.) Karen’s Extraordinary Desserts
It’s so nice, I’ve awarded it twice! (see Downtown Top 5) If you’d like a bit mellower ambiance, the location on 5th is an excellent post-theater destination. While only sweet treats are offered here, it has a much more intimate vibe than the urban Union Street location.

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  • Melissa Hernholm,
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