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Feb 23, 2007 01:19 PM

Where are the best dining deals in San Diego?

I'm looking for the best cheap eats and the best locals spots where they might have good sales in the middle of the week.

I hate to say it but I love $1 Fish Tacos at Rubios on Tuesday night!! 3 of those and a bottle of beer is good cheap eats,

Any deals like that you can think of??

Also, higher class restaurants that have good sales in the mid week.

For instance, Molly's has a thing called the Molly's Card. It gives you 20% off Sunday - Thursday, IF you are a local!!

So, best deals and best cheap eats are the recommendations I am looking for?

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  1. If you do a search on this board, you'll find that El Zarape has pretty good $1 fish tacos (beer battered) every day of the week.

    There have been some recent posts about the Entertainment book and some other coupons:

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    1. re: Joseph

      I'll check El Zarape out. Not too far off my beaten path.

      1. re: Wino

        This doesn't beat the $1 taco deal but the calamari burrito at El Zarape is really quite delightful and a good value too!

        Don't get me wrong, I love their fish tacos but when I wanna change it up a bit, the calamari burrito is dependable.

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      1. We love Apertivo in North Park. Italian tapas - meaning, portions big enough to share, but at great prices. Nothing on the menu is over $8. A decent by the glass wine list (small, but well chosen) with very fair pricing and a liberal corkage policy ($15) just add to the value.

        Don't let the price fool you though-- quality is top notch. In addition to the menu, Ken (owner and chef) always has some additional specials which are usually what he feels like cooking and eating. If Osso Bucco's offered, don't think twice, order one just for yourself. Also love the pasta fazul and the eggplant parmigiano.

        Only demerit I'd give is the noise level can be deafening. That, and North Park is becoming so trendy that parking is a challenge.

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        1. re: mimosa

          Yeah, Apertivo is one of our regular haunts now.
          You can't beat the price. We like to bring our own wines when we dine and they have a very friendly corkage policy, which I much appreciate.

          The people that work there are cool, so is Ken. It's remarkable watching this area become better and better. Man, I used to be afraid to even get out of my car around here, those days are over and it is only going to get better and better.

        2. I live in downtown and one place I go to for good cheap eats is Jimmy Carter's Cafe on Fifth (Bankers Hill). It's a homely looking place with rather sketchy people walking around at night but the food is comforting and affordable. For $12.95, you can get a steak dinner (various steaks with sauces like shitake mushroom cream, gorgonzola, spicy sauce, etc.) and it includes a salad or soup (chicken tortilla, clam chowder, lentil and others) and a choice of sides (rice pilaf, pasta, baked or roast potato). They also have various specials that change regularly. I have also been there for breakfast and it was equally good. The menu might scare you at first since it includes down home American as well as Indian and Asian but give it a try and you might be surprised. I have yet to try the ethnic dishes so if anyone has tried them, please post and let us know your thoughts.

          1. Monday nights at the Liars Club has steak night. 3/4 lb flat iron, with all the fixings for about 12 bucks. Way better than the steak up the street and half the price.