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Sep 27, 2006 11:58 AM

San Diego for 4 days, please edit on my food itinerary

Hello, I'm from Boston/NY looking for some rec's for my 4 days in SD (starting tomorrow). I'll be staying at Del Mar in Coronado

Day 1: From airport - drive straight to Super Cocina for late lunch
(maybe pick up some fish tacos to nurse the jetlag with). Any suggestions for takeout fish tacos in the Del Mar area (the brigatine? Miguels Cocina?)

Day 2: Going to Seaworld with the toddler - probably will do lunch (blech) at Seaworld because it is most convenient - Early dinner at
a sushi/Japanese joint - trying to decide between Kaito or izakaya sakura or Yu Me Ya. Are these places worth the drive to Encinitas? Are there really great sushi/Japanese places on the way back from Seaworld to Coronado? I also remember someone reccomended Cantina Panaderia which is near Seaworld?

Day 3: Day at the Del/beach: Lunch at Terrace, Cocktail at Peohe's. Dinner at Coronado (this is not flexible as we are attending a wedding there)

Day 4: Free/Flexible Day - Brunch at the Del. Haven't quite figured out this last day. I can either get Fish Tacos somewhere and find an activity to do around it. Trying to balance some toddler/grandparents friendly activities with chowdish food. Head over to Long Beach airport after dinner.

Option 1: Balboa Park - check out Extraodinary desserts, still need a dinner option on the way over Long Beach
Option 2: Fish Tacos - at El Zarape? but need to find some activity near it
Option 3: La Jolla, El Pescador Fish Market
Option 4: Mission Bay Park (would need rec's of places to eat)
Option 5: Seaport Village (same as above)

Other questions:
1. Couldn't find any "Must go places" in the Del Mar area so would love a few - but if nothing is really "worth" it then it is okay as I have a car.
2. Phil's Barbeque - is this worth going to? I spent 2 years living in Houston and really miss barbeque - Boston and NY just don't really compare. So I would be interested to try if you guys think it is comparable to TX

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  1. Just a note: Izakaya Sakura is very good, but only if you want Japanese atmosphere and authentic food. There are no California rolls or similar American style sushi rolls. It's not in Encinitas, but on Convoy, which is between the 805 and 163. There is no outside signage, so be sure to have the address.


    1. Option 3, La Jolla, is a good bet. El Pescador has tasty food (but the atmosphere is lousy). La Jolla has many good chow options though, if you want something more sit-down oriented.

      Also, in Del Mar I've had good meals at Cafe Del Mar. It's not anything special, but is unpretentious and straightforward non-chain fare. It's been there for a long time, under the same ownership. A lot of locals eat there.

      1. jayk, just to clarify, are you staying at the Hotel Del in Coronado, or in Del Mar, a relatively upscale community in San Diego just north of La Jolla. In reading your post I *think* you're staying in Coronado, but you keep mentioning Del Mar.

        There is a reason Californians are married to their vehicles, distances between things are not short. Such is the case with Coronado and Encinitas where you're considering sushi. They are not in close proximity to each other and on a week night that drive can be brutal. As ed has mentioned, Sakura is on Convoy St. which is much closer than Encinitas. However, if you are in Del Mar, then Encinitas is just a few freeway exits to the north up the freeway.

        If you are in Coronado, you can take the water taxi (from the dock by Peohe's) over to downtown where there are quite a few reliable options.

        Several people on this board like The Brigantine for fish tacos, and there is one in Coronado. The Brigantine is a local chain which can range from extremely good to "oh my god why did we come here", depends on the day, the servers and who's in the kitchen. Their fish tacos will be more upscale than El Zarape.

        If you do Balboa Park on your optional day there are lots of options for dinner in Hillcrest which is about 2 miles north of the park. There are about 115 restaurants in a 9 block area. Most of them are pretty respectable. It's heavy on Sushi and Asian, Mexican and Italian. California Cuisine is in Hillcrest and flies under the radar here, but is very good.

        Seaport Village is basically in downtown and within walking distance of many restaurants. Tin Fish (more fish tacos) is a short walk away, as is the Gaslamp, plus there is trolley access which can get you to Little Italy PDQ. There are always requests for downtown and Little Italy, you can do a board search for those.

        If you're flying out of Long Beach, allow yourself plent of time to get there. It is about a 1 12/ - 2 hour drive from SD with moderate to light traffic. Sometimes it can take longer to get out of San Diego County than it should take to get to the destination all together.

        Enjoy your trip, the weather should be great this weekend.

        1. At Super cocina -- dont be afraid to ask to try any of the Guisados. They will gladly give you a taste -- just ask.

          The fish tacos at the Brig in Del Mar are excellent - nice view of track as well.

          Sushi Ota is near Mission Bay.

          1. Since you lived in Houston, I think you would be dissapointed in Phil's. They do not cook low and slow over a hard wood fire.

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            1. re: Captain Jack

              Thanks for mentioning this, I forgot to include that in my reply.