SP's Approved Eating Places in SoCal
List is not ranked. At this level, food preference dominates.
Chun's Seafood and Grill - 9355 Kearny Mesa Rd, San Diego, CA 92126. Good Shanghainese. The Lion's Head Casserole is decent. On weekends, the brunch is excellent with reasonable soy bean curd and deep fried fritters.
China Max - 4698 Convoy St C101, San Diego, CA 92111. The only reasonable dim sum place in SD. Jasmine down the street is ok and offers an authentic "cart-style" experience, but extremely busy. Personally, think China Max is better food-wise.