Casual Romance in San Diego
SO has lived in SD for several years but doesn't eat out much (this will change). I will be in town from PIttsburgh for President's Day weekend and would love some suggestions for a casual but intimate place to eat. SO is ovo-lacto-pesco vegetarian and I am omnivorous. We like all kinds of food and LOVE southeast asian and seafood. Would prefer something moderately priced ($50 for two without wine or so) and not a totally mobbed "scene".
Based on other links The Linkery looks great. Any other suggestions?
I like the Linkery, and would also recommend Cafe Chloe, Vagabond, Cafe Cerise, Modus, or Red Pearl Kitchen - these places are popular, but shouldn't be mobbed (with the possible exception of Red Pearl Kitchen). They are all in the metro area. I also have some other local favorite spots around town linked on my blog - scroll down on the right hand side - www.aliceqfoodie.com
Enjoy your visit!
Roppongi's in La Jolla fits the Asian fusion, your price range (especially if you go for their 50% off all tapas between 4-6 pm) and not too much of a scene.
Cavaillon in Santaluz would definitely fit the "casual romantic" bill for good food. Will run you a little above $50/2 people for 3 courses but they have a Monday night $32 prix fixe if you want to do an early Valentine's Day dinner. French bistro.
Parallel 33 in Hillcrest is small, cozy and romantic in a different way. Will run closer to $30-40/person but the food is excellent. Fusion food from all the countries on the 33rd parallel.
Jyoti Bihanga on Adams Avenue! This would be more appropriate for a casual meal, but they have a wonderful selection of vegetarian and vegan cusine.
Jyoti Bihanga is romantic????? Sorry, i'd have to Strongly disagree with that assessment. Decent food, but an odd place. I would second Modus, and am told Vagabond is cozy and romantic.