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first time in san diego--any suggestions

going to san diego for the first time, staying for 5 days in the gaslight (?) district and will have a car. will be coming from a few days of very high end dining in sonoma and so am hoping for something more relaxed (and cheaper) but do want to experience some of what locals might call authentic. enjoy all kinds of food but, again, nothing too staid or mannered. also willing to travel out of town. your help is appreciated.

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  1. I would suggest Mama Testa in Hillcrest on University Ave. About 25 different tacos from various regions in Mexico. I highly recommend the rolled tacos in broth or the catfish taco. mmm.

    1. strongly second Mama Testa's. For other cheap and casual places, Bronx Pizza and El Cuervo on Washington Ave are both good.

      If you are willing to go north about 10-15 minutes by freeway, there are a lot of cheap, casual and good Asian places in and around Convoy Ave. If you do a search on the board, you'll turn up the best places.

      1. I'd head down to India Street to Blue Water Grille and have two grilled shrimp tacos. Nothing like them anywhere.

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        1. Mama Testa is a good choice, but you should also make sure to check out Super Cocina on University. That's where Mama Testa's owner goes for his homestyle Mexican cooking fix.

          1. Chilango in Hillcrest is a nice restaurant covering Mexican food from the central and southern regions.

            http://www.chilangosgrill.com/