(KGTV) - Over the years, a stretch of road in San Diego’s Kearny Mesa area has become known as a go-to destination for those seeking an Asian food fix.
Take a trip to "Convoy" (Street, that is) and you’ll come across dozens upon dozens of restaurants that specialize in unique cuisine from different Asian countries.
Whether you’re craving Chinese dim sum, ramen or Korean BBQ, there seems to be something for everyone if you go up and down Convoy Street, between Clairemont Mesa Boulevard and Aero Drive.
There are so many places to choose from, but we managed to come up with 10 restaurants on Convoy Street we think you ought to try out!
Jasmine Seafood Restaurant
4609 Convoy Street
-- The award-winning restaurant that serves authentic Cantonese cuisine is best known for its dim sum dishes and the long lines of people waiting to get their hands on them. Dim sum, for those unfamiliar, are small dishes wheeled out on carts right to diners’ tables by servers. The beauty of dim sum is the variety of dishes to choose from; some recommendations include pork or shrimp siu mai, steamed BBQ pork buns, shrimp har gow, Peking duck and soup dumplings. Please note that Jasmine serves dim sum from the time it opens until 3 p.m. daily.
4646 Convoy Street
-- It’s fast-casual, with a twist on Japanese cuisine. Created by chef Junya Watanabe, Pokirrito presents its own creative take on sushi, salads, wraps and bowls. If you have to try one thing at Pokirrito, it’s definitely a signature sushi burrito! Besides the Convoy Street location, you can find Pokirrito restaurants in Little Italy and at the Liberty Public Market in Point Loma.
4170 Convoy Street
-- Yelp users give this restaurant’s pho (Vietnamese beef- or chicken-based soup with rice noodles and a distinct herbal flavor) a thumbs up. But from everything we’ve heard or read about this spot tucked away in a strip mall across the street from an auto care store, the thing to order is the garlic chicken wings with butter.
4681 Convoy Street, Suite I
-- Considered by many to be one of San Diego’s best Japanese restaurants, Tajima satisfies customers’ cravings for piping-hot bowls of their signature ramen and authentic Japanese dishes such as the okonomiyaki (a Japanese-style pancake with various fillings and toppings).
Jeong Won BBQ Buffet
4690 Convoy Street, #104
-- Did someone say all-you-can-eat? At this hidden Korean barbecue gem in the Plaza Del Sol strip mall, you can eat as much as you want but you’ll have to do all of the cooking on your own using your table’s built-in grill. Choose from different cuts of beef and pork, seafood and a variety of vegetables. Plus, you get the typical mini side dishes (known as banchan) with your meal -- and those are all-you-can-eat, too.
Kura Revolving Sushi Bar (formerly Kula)
4609 Convoy Street, Suite F
-- This place keeps eating interesting by serving plates of sushi on conveyor belts that travel throughout the restaurant. Most sushi is $2.50 per plate and menu items are priced between $3-$10.
4647 Convoy Street, #101b
-- Come here if you want to get down and dirty, arms-deep in a variety of seafood that is at your disposal at this restaurant putting its own spicy spin on Cajun cuisine.
3860 Convoy Street, #106
-- You can count on Café Hue to satisfy your sweet tooth with its broad selection of crepes, waffles, gelato and drinks. On top of that, its friendly atmosphere filled with music and games makes it a place the whole family can enjoy.
4898 Convoy Street, #101
-- For $3-$10, stop by after 5:30 p.m. for plates of well-seasoned yakitori (grilled meats and vegetables served on skewers) that give this restaurant its name. Its menu appeals to customers with all sorts of palates, from chicken thighs and pork belly, to beef tongue and chicken gizzards.
Grandma Tofu & BBQ
4425 Convoy Street
-- For many Yelp reviewers, this is a go-to place for authentic Korean fare, especially those looking for a bit more spice in their dishes. You can do the traditional Korean barbecue, but the popular dishes are the beef bulgogi (marinated beef), Bibimbap (beef, vegetables and an egg served over rice in a hot stone pot) and the Budae Jeongol (known as army base stew; it contains kimchi, pork, spam, sausage and ramen noodles served in a spicy broth).