When eating in Southern California, the seafood is, of course, the star. The Greater San Diego area, including La Mesa, houses some of the best seafood restaurants in the country. Their easy access to Pacific bounty, like tuna, salmon, calamari, and shellfish, means some of the freshest ingredients are in the hands of some of the most experienced seafood chefs in the business. This quality of fish also means there is a lot of great sushi. There is a growing farm-to-table movement in this area, driven by access to many local produce vendors. Without a doubt, a strong Latin influence exists on East County's cuisine. The area has everything from fantastic taco joints to high-end traditional fare, all worth checking out.