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Bon appetit! 7 specialty markets to explore in San Diego

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Posted at 12:54 PM, Aug 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-29 16:06:28-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego's food scene is a delicious, smorgasbord of international cuisines and dishes.

And is extends into our kitchens too!

Specialty markets around town give us all what we need to create those time-honored dishes we grew up with or try out something completely new.

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From specialty ingredients to specific dishes, San Diego's specialty food markets offer a lot to sink our taste buds into.

Here are seven delicious stops to explore on your own foodie adventure:

Mona Lisa Italian Foods (2061 India St., San Diego): This Little Italy deli offers a wide selection of Italian meats, cheeses, desserts, crackers, wine, and more, right next door to its restaurant serving up authentic dishes.

Zion Market (7655 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego): The full-service market is known for its prices, daily specials, and Korean specialty foods, sushi rolls, sashimi, and baked goods.

Pancho Villa Farmers Market (3245 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego): Pancho Villa is known for its delicious offerings spanning Latin cuisine. Their fresh tortillas are always a favorite and their deli offers fresh daily specials.

Balboa International Market (5905 Balboa Ave., San Diego): To find ethnic foods spanning Middle Eastern, European, Indian, Russian, and African cuisines, check out Balboa International Market. The market's food court also boasts tastes of Persia, India, and the Middle East.

Tip Top Meats (6118 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad): For an authentic bite of Germany, Tip Top Meats makes handmade sausages, in-house smoked meats, seafood, and specialty items like suckling pig, head cheese, liver, ground duck, and more. Their deli and German restaurant also serves up authentic dishes.

Mitsuwa (4240 Kearny Mesa Rd. San Diego): This Japanese grocery store sells delicious sushi, bento boxes, Japanese drinks, sashimi, meat skewers and rolls, and more. The shop's in-house food court also offers freshly made ramen bowls, donburi, and other delights.

Point Loma Seafood's (2805 Emerson St., San Diego): Check out Point Loma Seafood's fresh fish caught locally and from right off the boat. The market's deli also serves up fresh sushi, fish sandwiches, seafood plates, and daily specials.