Thursday, May 21, 2015

San Diego Eats: Hill Street Cafe

Scott and I have been eating at Hill Street Cafe for years. The menu accommodates vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters easily, plus it's a certified green restaurant which means they do eco-friendly things like compost the coffee grounds and leftover beans and rice. They also steer clear of styrofoam containers and harmful cleaning chemicals. As for drinks, Hill Street serves beer and wine as well as fresh pressed and organic juices. 

When we were there the other night I was starving. For lunch at work we had eaten at a hot dog and sandwich shop designed for meat lovers. I tried to order one of the salads without meat and the waitress was like, "Literally every single thing in this salad is meat" (I didn't know capocollo was hot boar's head!). I ended up getting an Italian salad there with every veggie possible and it was good, but my 7 p.m. I was starving and Hill Street seemed like the perfect call since they totally get the "I don't want animals in my food" thing and have a bunch of choices to accommodate this request. Our favorites are the Avocado Burrito, Tofu Stir Fry and the Baja Bowl (Scott gets his with chicken). I went with the Tofu Stir Fry and Scott got the Baja Bowl. I kind of wish I got what he ordered since I was starving and beans and rice coat the ribs a little better, but both options were good. 

Recently I have noticed service here is a little slower than it used to be, but I'm hoping we've just had bad luck the last two times we've visited because usually the staff is incredibly nice and the wait time isn't so arduous. Besides the food, one of the best things about Hill Street Cafe is the fact that it's located in a historic landmark called the Weitzel House, built in 1888. They occasionally have live music or open mic and when we left there was an eight-year-old girl with sandy hair free-styling Lorde White Teeth Teens. Awesome. 

524 S. Coast Highway
Oceanside, CA — 92056
Open Everyday
8am — 9pm


  1. It sounds like a wonderful place, I love it when somewhere goes the whole hog and uses environmentally friendly containers and cleaning stuff. Hot boar's head, good grief, who eats that sort of thing?! The photo of Scott is lovely. CJ xx

    1. It is nice when you know all efforts are made to be environmentally friendly, isn't it? Anything is good, but trying to do everything you can is better!

  2. Sounds like a good place - especially that they're environmentally-friendly. Do you think they might be interested in San Diego Surfrider's new Ocean Friendly Restaurants certification? And would you be willing to talk to them about it?

    1. I would be very interested! Thanks Cynthia! here's my email devonkh{at}gmail{dot}com

  3. It's so cute! And it sounds like a winner for trying to accommodate multiple dietary restrictions. :)


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