San Diego Magazines Best Restaurants of 2018 Critic’s picked Harry’s Coffee Shop as the best Diner in San Diego.
Harry J. Rudolph, Jr. was born in Brooklyn, New York in the 1920s. He grew up an avid baseball fan and became a batboy for the iconic Brooklyn Dodgers. Though he loved New York, when the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles he took a leap of faith and followed his beloved team and the sun to California, and he never looked back. After a couple of years spent looking for a place to call his own, Harry found the ideal location in La Jolla, the Jewel of California. Harry’s Coffee Shop was founded in 1960, inspired by the coffee shops and diners of Brooklyn. Harry and his wife Catherine set out to open a restaurant that conveyed the same nostalgia, neighborhood comfort, friendliness and style that was found on so many street corners throughout the boroughs of New York City. For decades, Harry turned the key to open the restaurant bright and early every morning. He was on his second cup of coffee by 5 am. Harry walked the floor daily at his dinner and knew the names of each of his guests. He oversaw every detail of the coffee shop for nearly a half a century.