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National Restaurant Week Supports Local Restaurants | #nationalrestaurantweek served by Toast

National Restaurant Week

National Restaurant Week is an opportunity for you to support local restaurants in your community.

When you eat from a restaurant you are doing a lot of things at once: You are supporting local businesses. You are helping create local jobs. You are making memorable experiences.

When is National Restaurant Week? National Restaurant Week, served by Toast, takes place October 4 through October 10. 2021 was the first year for #nationalrestaurantweek.

Cocktails at Graze with Sam the Cooking Guy

In our San Diego community there are many dining spots we love like Sam the Cooking Guy’s restaurants. Find a list below of San Diego restaurants to order from and support during the inaugural National Restaurant Week 2021 from Oct. 4 to Oct. 10.

We know you have lots of favorite restaurants in San Diego, which is why we’re hoping you can help us highlight them during National Restaurant Week in October.

How to National Restaurant Week —

  1. Eat from a local restaurant. Use the Toast TakeOut app to order from your favorite restaurants without the wait.
  2. Post a photo sharing your experience on social media and tag the restaurant. Make sure to include the hashtag #NationalRestaurantWeek.
  3. You’ll be entered to Win a $200 gift card to a participating restaurant of your choice.
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National Restaurant Week is Oct. 4-10 —

National Restaurant Week is Oct. 4 through Oct. 10 and takes place all over the United States at participating restaurants. It is presented by Toast our restaurant technology partner.

You can take part — and maybe win a $200 restaurant gift card — by eating at a local spot and then posting about your visit on social media with the hashtag #nationalrestaurantweek.

Search for Restaurants near you:

Restaurants are the soul of our communities.

“Restaurants pivoted, innovated, and welcomed us through challenging times this past year and they did so not just for their own survival but for the communities they love and serve,” Toast wrote on its National Restaurants Week news page.

More than 11 million people are employed by nearly 800,000 restaurants, according to Toast.

“Restaurants have been there for us, and we’ll continue to be there for them.”

WATCH: Shawn Walchef on KUSI Good Evening San Diego discussing National Restaurant Week 

6 San Diego Area Restaurants to Support

National Restaurant Week


Not Not Tacos 

550 W Date St Suite B, San Diego, CA (Little Italy Food Hall)

Are they tacos? Well, they’re not not tacos. Established in 2018, by San Diego hospitality group Grain & Grit Collective and TV personality, author, and cook-extraordinaire, Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien, Not Not Tacos serves up genre-bending fare that pushes the envelope of culinary creativity. Imagined by Zien and brought to life as a team, the concept of Not Not Tacos is to breakdown preconceived notions of “tacos” and provide fiercely-innovative and unexpected items. These aren’t your typical Mexican-influenced tacos; no carnitas, pollo, or carne asada here. These are big, bold, full of flavor and made from things not normally found in a taco (looking at you meatloaf, salmon & pastrami).


The Corner Drafthouse 

495 Laurel St, San Diego, CA

Pull up a seat at the best neighborhood hangout in Bankers Hill, and get a feel for our unique yet casual gastropub. Just around the corner from historic Balboa Park, the down-to-earth space at The Corner Drafthouse will get you settled in to enjoy this noteworthy American gastropub tailored for foodies, craft beer, and cocktail enthusiasts.


El Pollo Grill 

2015 Birch Road Suite #2003, Chula Vista, CA

In 1987, Rafael and Constanza Lopez took over a small hole-in-the-wall restaurant located in the heart of the historic Lemon Grove area named Pollo Charro. The signature dish was marinated open-flame broiled chicken. Opened in 1987 by Rafael and Constanza Lopez, EPG El Pollo Grill is a family-owned restaurant and catering company located in Lemon Grove, CA.


The Trail’s Eatery

7389 Jackson Dr, San Diego, CA

Owner Stacey Poon-Kinney grew up in a food family — her great-grandfather was a chef and her great-grandmother ran a diner. She was chopping, dicing and stirring from an early age. The married mom of two owns The Trails Eatery with her father. Once a small diner in San Carlos, today the eatery is twice the size.  Stacey and the eatery have been featured on Food Network’s “Restaurant Impossible” with Robert Irvine and on Food Network’s “Food Network Star”.


Corbin’s Q 

6548 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA

At age 23, Corbin and his babe Meghan (wife now!), launched Corbin’s Q at the La Jolla Farmer’s Market in September 2013. Many fires and markets later, Corbin’s Q now does bbq catering across the county for private and corporate events as well as weddings. The fun doesn’t stop there as he built a permanent location that launched in November 2017.


My Yard Live 

288 Rancheros Dr, San Marcos, CA

The “My Yard Live” experience brings together all the elements of a community center, park, upscale beer garden / brewery, diverse eatery, and a one of a kind live entertainment and event venue. For the young, or young at heart, MYL combines the comforts of your own fantasy backyard with the convenience of a brewery and restaurant. Situated in an indoor – outdoor, park-like setting, MYL offers a variety of activities for all ages.


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After you order from Cali BBQ please let us know how you liked your slow-smoked barbecue feast by tagging @calibbq on social media and using the hashtag #nationalrestaurantweek.

We love to see you enjoying our food!


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