studio diner | kearny mesa / san diego, ca

The Studio Diner is a little joint in the middle of Kearny Mesa’s business section. It looks kind of out of place, with this chrome-metallic look. It almost looks like it was haphazardly placed here in a parking lot, waiting for hungry business people to crawl in and enjoy it’s diner treats. It’s also one of a handful of places open 24 hours – I have been here very late at night, too, happy that I was here instead of Denny’s.

I recently scored a half off coupon from one of the many coupon/groupon sites I check daily (I think it was BuyWithMe). I went solo on this mission because I already knew what I wanted to get and my coupon would just cover my meal for $22 (I think I paid like $10). What wonderful treat do they offer here at Studio Diner that’s very hard to find on the West Coast? Fried Clams. Ohhh. Fried Clams, I love you.

Fried Clams are really an East Coast/New England thing. The best fried clams I’ve ever had are in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, a tiny little town where my dad grew up about 50 miles outside of Boston, MA. The place is called SS Lobster Ltd and I’ve been there with my grandparents and my dad on several trips out to the East Coast (I also went to college there). The fried clams (and most of the other food) at SS Lobster are delicious (and so much more affordable). Sometimes I miss Boston and sometimes I miss fried clams. But there are a few places in San Diego where you can get them, for a hefty price.

Studio Diner is one of those places. They fly the clams in from Ipswich, MA, making these the real thing.

These are whole belly clams, my friend. Not those dinky little clam strips that have virtually no flavor and all you can taste is the breading and some hint of clam. No, no. These are sweet, taste of the sea, and so delicious. The familiar bite and bit of sweetness was a welcome memory to my senses and I thoroughly enjoyed this meal while I sat and read from my book. This a pricey little item though, about $18 for the meal (though on the menu it says “Market Price” so it can vary), but to me it was very worth it.

I also got this cool looking Arnold Palmer with Pink Lemonade. I loved the colors so much before I mixed it. Pretty, pretty drink.

I’ve had this dish before and it’s a nice trip down memory lane. Eating fried clams reminds me of the East Coast, of warm summer nights, of college days, of a time that now seems a world away.

Studio Diner
4701 Ruffin Road
San Diego, CA 92123-1611
(858) 715-6400
Open 24 hours

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My name is Mary and I live in San Diego. I've been blogging since 2006 as a hobby - it's my fun, creative outlet! Some random things about me: I'm a front end web developer, I love peanut butter, cookies, warm cupcakes, puppy noses, star gazing, new bags of sugar, sprinkles, cupcake wrappers, egg rolls, eating french fries with ice cream, driving with the windows down, snuggling, wes anderson movies, staying up too late reading a good book and Jake. These are my adventures in all things food. Hope you enjoy the ride.
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