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National City is a city in San Diego County, California. The population was 58,582 at the 2010 census, up from 54,260 at the 2000 census. National City is the second-oldest city in San Diego County.

Manila Seafood Fish

Filipino Heaven

It’s Foodie Friday here at South Bay Compass and I’m talking about Filipino Heaven, which happens to be located in National City. Yes, La Mesa in San Diego County is colloquially known as “Little Manila,” but drive a little further South and you’ll be in heaven. First and foremost, you’ll be able to go through […]

Cotijas in National City

National City’s Mexican Cuisine

National City’s Mexican Cuisine is reasonable and THE BEST in the county. Within a small strip along Highland Avenue, border culture comes alive. This is where American chain stores jut up against the small local Mexican business. Drive to the Walmart or 7-11 and then continue on to a Mexican food market or stop at a reasonably […]

Herman Baca

Herman Baca, Chicano Rights Activist

The population is about 60,000. Sixty-five percent of the people are Hispanic. The median household income is about $37,000 and media outlets, when they cover National City at all, generally focus on crime. Growing up in the Bay Area, one of my favorite things to do as a youth was visit the Mission District in San Francisco and […]

Prostitute License of 1879

Brick Row

There’s an orb in the house, a prostitute’s license from 1876 in the archives and tea party space laden with vintage hats. The absolute coolest place to be in National City is Brick Row. Sure, I could tell you it’s because the Frank Kimball House across the street is the oldest house in National City. I […]

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