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going to san diego this weekend, need good places near the convention center

coming from LA to Diego this weekend. need good grub that's distinctive and not too pricey. will consider all types of cuisine. thanks

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    1. re: srk

      cool, looks nice but what i am looking for is something really unique and says san diego.

      1. re: swindledestron

        There isn't anything really like that. Fish tacos and carne asada burritos are probably the most distinctively "San Diego" food items, and both are in short supply near the Convention Center - particularly at the level of "not too pricey".

        From what I hear, Tin Fish has decent fish tacos. That's near the Convention Center. Carne asada burritos are hard to find downtown.

    2. any good italian or middle eastern or greek would be good. coming from LA, sick of chinese, indian, thai, japanese and mexican. euro food would be good too. 15 per person is our limit.

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      1. re: swindledestron

        There are 2 Persian places in the Gaslamp Quarter--Bandar and Sadaf. Both are good, although they may be just above your price limit.

        Cafe Chloe near the ballpark does Euro bistro food--really good stuff. Could possibly slide in your price range if you don't need wine w/ your meal.

        Might want to consider driving or taking the trolley to get out of the Gaslamp Quarter to broaden your options for your price range.

        1. re: daantaat

          I agree with daantaat. Two sides to downtown. Cheap: Rubio's Fish Tacos, Wendy's, Horton Plaza Food Court. Expensive: Salvatores, Stingaree, The Palm, etc. etc. Might be best to bust out on the trolly

      2. nice, persian is something i want to try. italian?

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        1. re: swindledestron

          We have some great Italian downtown but the good stuff is all serious bank. eg Salvatore's (fifteen bucks will get you an appetizer.)

        2. Chopahn Afghan restaurant on 6th is very good.

          1. If you like pizza, Ciro's Pizzeria on Market St. between 5th and 6th is a very good deal. Six bucks gets you two slices and a soda. The pizza is very tasty New York thin crust.

            Horton Plaza, which is a little bit further but quite walkable, has a food court with a lot of places in the sub-$10 range.

            For Mexican, there's a place called Alambres on 5th between E and F. It's not as cheap as a taco shop, but under $15 is very doable and their food is decent.

            Sammy's Woodfired Pizza, on 4th and F, also has some decent deals for under $15 provided you go easy on the drinks.

            1. get away from the gaslamp/convention center area for decent food, otherwise head to LA

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              1. re: stangoldsmith

                Um, read the initial post...he is coming here from LA.....

              2. ok horton plaza looks good. is that walkable? and if i ask any locals, they should direct me tot he right direction?

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                1. re: swindledestron

                  Yes....and on this post or a similar one, someone mentioned a bus from the convention center drops you off right in front of the Ralphs which is directly south one block. But you can easily walk it. Its between fourth and fifth and the northernmost street is Broadway.

                  1. re: Cathy

                    Yup, the Orange shuttle will drop you off right by Ralphs and Horton Plaza. These Special Con shuttles go through out the whole day and are free. It's also not that far a walk back.

                    Like I said in the other post, I typically go to Ralphs during the day at the Con (Because parking is a pain and expensive, so I don't want to move my car out. And I don't want to stray to far from the Con. I'm there to geek out & see friends, not go chowhounding, sorry... ) and then at NIGHT (Because I'm way too old to get entertained by the Costume Ball anymore) I go hounding (And NOT in the gas lamp!).

                    I'll be there Saturday! Have a great time! :)


                2. Take the time to go over to Shelter Island (5 minutes away) and eat at the restaurant on the North End (name changes with regularity), but always Hawaiian themed. Prices don't show that it includes salad and desert, but GREAT bargain. Always a MUST for me when I go to San Diego.

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                  1. re: bliebman2

                    Changes names with regularity as in Owners and Chefs. Sounds like a winner to me.

                  2. 5 Minutes? from the Convention Center...along the bay....past the airport.... then the NTC then past Point Loma Seafoods...then Shelter Island...maybe if you are superman....(he did say he was walking...)

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                    1. 5 minutes by car. Head towards point loma. Turn left on Shelter Island Drive. Head toward Humphreys, but follow Traffic circle NORTH. Take a cab

                      1. More like 15 minutes - especially with the traffic delays from the Con and the airport.