That’s SoCal: Day 6

The past month or so has been crazy! So much to do, so little time. Also, I think, deep down, that I’m not ready to end this series. It was such a wonderful experience for me, and I’ve loved sharing my story with you all. Thanks for reading.

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I woke up to the best croissant I’d ever had. Justin bought some for the house, and I’m so glad he did. I hadn’t had one in so long! Like, why are croissants so tasty?! *insert crying emoji here*

Croissant that my friend gave me for breakfast

Just look at that beautiful pastry. It was delicious.

It was a pretty chill day. We figured we should get some good food. I mean, all of the food I had in San Diego was awesome, so we went to go find more awesome food.

I told Justin about my horrible first experience with Hawaiian food. I had some delivered from a seemingly popular restaurant. I was SO excited. When I finally tried it, I regretted every cent I spent on it. Every bite I took. I didn’t even eat half of the food. It was that bad. I was actually really bummed about it. After telling Justin my story, he suggested a different Hawaiian food spot. Thank God. He said that he heard it was good, so I was up for it.

The Island Cafe is in San Diego not too far from North Park. I loved the atmosphere. We went at lunchtime and were the only customers there. It’s a family-friendly restaurant, and you could feel that even though there weren’t any other customers. Also, I loved how simple the interior was and thought the pineapple lights were a nice touch. The staff was really nice, too. That’s always a good thing.

Pineapple lights at Island Cafe
Tables and chairs at the Island Cafe in San Diego, CA

I ordered the Island BBQ Chicken with fried rice and a garden salad with mango dressing. My beverage of choice was the Michele Wie, which is a passion fruit iced tea/lemonade mixed. I don’t think any word could describe what this meal was actually like. I would say scrumptious, but that kind of feels like it’s an understatement. This meal was one of the best I have ever had.

The Michele Wie dish at the Island Cafe in San Diego, CA
The Michele Wie dish at the Island Cafe

The BBQ chicken was very flavorful. The fried rice was perfect. The two went together so well. And that salad. My goodness. This was the first time I had ever heard of mango dressing. I’m so glad I chose it. This dressing was otherworldly. Life-changing, even. Actually, I think “otherworldly” is the best word for this meal. If you’re ever in San Diego, go to the Island Cafe.

I ended up having more great food for dinner. We went to the Lucha Libre Taco Shop. You may have heard about it on the show, Man vs. Food. I didn’t know it existed until Justin and Eric told me about it. They said it was awesome, so of course I was excited to check it out. They suggested the Surf n’ Turf burrito, which is basically the California burrito with a seafood twist. When I tell you this burrito was like heaven on Earth, I mean it. I’m a Maryland girl, so I love me some seafood. I loved the California burrito the minute I tried it. Of course these things made a beautiful combination.

Just look at this beauty. My goodness.

Inside of a Surf n’ Turf burrito.
Inside of a Surf n’ Turf burrito.

And they have jokes.

Raspberry tea with Ice-T's photo
Raspberry Ice-T. Haha.

Until next time.

Update 01/27/2021: The El Cajon location is temporarily closed.