Broadway Pizza Downtown San Diego
San Diego has its share of inexpensive all-night restaurants. (Photo: Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images )
The beachfront city of San Diego is populated by 1.2 million residents and more than 14.5 million annual tourists. Made up of various diverse neighborhoods filled with bars and music venues, the city includes an active nightlife. Although the affluent California city features a high cost-of-living, San Diego also plays host to various 24-hour restaurants, many of which offer inexpensive dining options.
Two blocks from the North Park Community Park, Rudford's Restaurant (rudfords.com) serves up such fare as chili burgers, patty melts and Southern fried chicken. Established in 1949, the casual diner welcomes diners with a private parking lot outside and red leather booths inside. Saguaro's Mexican Food (saguarosmexicanfood.com) lies less than 1 mile from the sprawling Balboa Park. Hearty Mexican fare includes beef burritos, carne asada and cheese enchiladas. Combination platters include rice and beans. Located in the middle of a residential neighborhood, the laid-back restaurant offers counter and drive-thru service.
Located in downtown San Diego, Broadway Pizza (broadwaypizzarestaurant.com) sits just steps from San Diego City College. The pizzeria - with its seafood toppings, Hawaiian-style and The Works on the menu - has a casual setting, complete with brick tiled floors, wood furnishings, a wall-mounted television and booth seating. Around-the-clock service includes pick-up, dine-in or delivery. Brian's 24 (brians24.com) lies two blocks from Horton Plaza, a downtown-based, outdoor shopping complex. The restaurant features bar seating, sidewalk patio dining, ceiling fans, tiled floors and wood furnishings. The late-night dining menu includes fish tacos, French dip sandwiches and BLTs. Other 24-hour services includes all-day breakfast and midnight brunch.
Situated in University Heights, Rigoberto's Taco Shop (rigobertostacoshop.com) places diners 5 minutes from the Birch North Park Theatre. The Mexican fast food joint specializes in all-day breakfast burritos, tacos, chimichangas, tortas and tostadas. Housed inside a strip mall, the casual taco shop accepts cash only but has an on-site ATM. Lestat's Coffee Shop (lestats.com) offers a bright setting, complete with ornately painted tabletops, original artwork, stone slab floors and sidewalk patio seating. The cafe's light fare includes tuna sandwiches, spinach quiche and a gourmet vegetarian soup of the day. The coffee shop sits three blocks from the Adams Avenue Park.
Kearny Mesa/Serra Mesa
The Kearny Mesa-based Studio Diner (studiodiner.com) is near a host of shopping districts. Housed inside a silver train car, the old-fashioned diner includes counter seating, tin-pressed ceilings and red leather booths. The restaurant offers such dishes as pulled-pork barbecue sandwiches, patty melts and the Baja burger with guacamole, pepper jack cheese and salsa. Situated in Serra Mesa, Cotixan Mexican Food (gotburrito.com), a half-block from the Genesee Plaza and Balboa Mesa Shopping Centers, serves up large portions of Mexican food. Cotixan offers indoor seating and a 24-hour drive-thru. The casual counter-service eatery accepts cash only but offers an on-site ATM.