Firewood is a uniquely modern restaurant in the woodsy, artsy town Murphys. They serve an odd combo of pizzas and Mexican food. I had the pizza with grilled onions- which sadly turned out to be far too sweet for my taste- but the rest of the people in my party were very happy with their food choices.
BRCC is a great campsite for large and small groups alike. I came here last summer for one week as a part of an 80-person camp. We loved this campsite- the facilities were everything we'd hoped for (clean, up to date, very usable space) and the staff was so helpful and kind. The kids absolutely loved the food. The camp has a really neat history too- it was a popular spot for celebrities in the 1920s and 30s. In one cabin, there is a charming, rickety staircase that was built by Charlie Chaplin himself!
Books Inc has a steady flow of customers, and a surprisingly large number who come in the evening hours. Its a great place to come when you're strolling down Castro Street after going out to eat. I've wandered in several times and have found myself picking up books and becoming completely enthralled by them. It's a wonderfully relaxing and charming bookstore; I especially like the upstairs loft-type area where there is a popular cafe.
I have been here a few times, all of which have been a part of academic meetings or roundtables. The lunch set-up is good- plenty of healthy options and great-tasting food. I came here once for breakfast and it was delicious. If you have the opportunity to go, the Faculty Club is a great on-campus dining option.
Cafe Ventanas, located at Eleanor Roosevelt College on the UCSD campus, is the newest and most architecturally exciting dining hall on campus. However, its food leaves much to be desired. They don't seem to have nearly as many options as nearby competitors OVT and Sierra Summit have. On top of that, what they do serve tends to be disappointing- rubbery chicken, salty entrees, and a withered salad bar, to name a few.
Plaza Cafe is located in Revelle College on the UCSD campus. They have the most homey, comfort food you can find on campus- macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, etc. There is a large amount of seating, although this dining hall does get packed during peak dining hours. This is odd due to the fact that I've never found the food to be appealing, save the salad bar, which is usually what I end up settling for.
OVT (as UCSDers call it) is a place to come for late-night burritos. Most of the food is rather greasy and seems unclean. The place is usually crowded too. However, OVT makes these amazing banana wraps (with peanut butter, apples, raisins, sunflower seeds, honey... mmm!) and so redeems itself in my opinion.
Warren College's Canyon Vista restaurant is one of the better options for on-campus dining. I'd recommend the stir-fry, but be sure to ask for only half the sauce (otherwise its too salty and slimy). Breakfast is also good here at the grill section- bobcats and breakfast burritos are very popular, as are the chocolate chip pancakes.
Sierra Summit is my favorite of the 6 UCSD dining halls. It seems to have the freshest food and the most options. I'd recommend the individual pizzas (you decide what you want and watch it go through the pizza oven). It also has a decent salad bar. As most dining halls go, they tend to overcharge, but this is expected.
The UCSD Sunshine Market just opened in the last couple of months, but is really not all that exciting. The store is not well laid-out, so the lines wrap around aisles and impatient customers get frustrated. The selection is okay, but you'd expect more for the amount of space the Sunshine Market takes up.