Gerry's Grill Entrance
Finally found Gerry's Grill at the Plaza Bonita Mall National City
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A Taste of Home at Gerry’s Grill San Diego in National City: A Filipino Gastronomic Journey Abroad

Experiencing Filipino Culture Abroad

In the latest chapter of our “Way Beyond Baguio” series, where we delve into life beyond Baguio and the Philippines, we spotlight Gerry’s Grill San Diego, an inviting gastronomic retreat situated within Plaza Bonita Mall in National City.

San Diego’s Thriving Filipino Community and Culinary Scene

Music at Gerry's Grill

Music brings every Filipino together at Gerry’s Grill

San Diego’s burgeoning Filipino community is highlighted by the proliferation of Filipino-owned businesses and franchises, serving as vibrant threads that weave us closer to our roots. Our collective passion for food, a cultural cornerstone, has led to a dynamic Filipino culinary scene in San Diego. We eagerly embraced the arrival of Gerry’s Grill in National City, an opportunity to experience a comforting blend of novelty and familiar tastes.

Reminiscing the Gerry’s Grill Experience in the Philippines

Gerry’s Grill isn’t a stranger to us. Its flavors have delighted us across numerous branches in the Philippines, particularly in Baguio City. It’s consistently been our sanctuary when cravings for bona fide Filipino cuisine emerge.

Why the Buzz Around Gerry’s Grill Abroad?

So, why the buzz about a dining spot we’ve patronized before? Firstly, there’s an undeniable thrill to rediscover a familiar establishment in a foreign country. Secondly, it elicits national pride to witness a Filipino business flourish on international soil, particularly in the United States. Lastly, the longing for homegrown flavors persists no matter where we are.

Finding Our Way to Gerry’s Grill in National City

Gerry's Grill Entrance

Finally found Gerry’s Grill at the Plaza Bonita Mall National City

Tracking down the restaurant in the labyrinthine mall layout turned into an exciting adventure, simplified by Google Maps’ AR technology. Contrary to initial impressions, Gerry’s Grill National City isn’t located within the food court; rather, its main entrance faces the mall’s extensive outdoor parking lot. Exiting near the VR Park and walking a few steps brings you right to its doors.

Stepping into the Warmth of Gerry’s Grill National City

Gerry's Grill entrance

While waiting for our turn at Gerry’s Grill

The moment we stepped into Gerry’s Grill National City, we were enveloped in classic Filipino hospitality. Reflecting our experiences back home, the courteous staff guided us through their welcome procedure, setting the tone for an enjoyable dining experience.

Embarking on a Culinary Journey with Gerry’s Grill San Diego’s Menu

Gerry's Grill Kare-Kare

Kare-Kare at Gerry’s Grill

Gerry’s Grill San Diego’s menu transported us back to familiar culinary landscapes, echoing the beloved selection from the Philippines. We were quick to order our favorites: Kare-Kare, Sinigang na bangus, Palabok, Tinomok, or Stuffed Laing, rounded off with Halo-Halo for dessert and refreshing coconut juice in the shell.
Sinigang na Bangus

That’s a lot of bangus

Gerry's Grill  San Diego Palabok

Hefty serving of palabok

Savoring the Flavors of Gerry’s Grill Abroad

What impressed us was not just the authenticity of flavors, but also the generous portions at Gerry’s Grill San Diego. While we were satiated by the quality and consistency that echoed our previous experiences, we found ourselves with delicious leftovers for the following day. We did note a different taste to the coconut water, something we attributed more to regional variations rather than the restaurant itself.


It might not look appetizing but believe us when we say it is delicious!

Conclusion: The Success Story of Gerry’s Grill Abroad

Halo Halo

The only way to end a delicious meal

In summary, Gerry’s Grill San Diego and Gerry’s Grill National City stand as a testament to Filipino cuisine’s success story abroad. By recreating the flavors and quality that Filipinos cherish, they offer us a comforting culinary experience reminiscent of home. They have become our new go-to places for those moments when we long for a taste of the homeland.

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