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nyc chowhound in san diego for a weekend wedding in june

and searching cheap eats in del mar/la jolla area. looking for anything beachy or relaxed for a group of five or six people that will be arriving in san diego thursday evening; good cheap seafood or mexican for lunch on friday, also preferably near a beach; i think we're heading up to the fish house in carlsbad for dinner on friday; then a great, inexpensive brunch on saturday and sunday. sunday i'm looking for a stick-to-your-ribs kind of brunch that will last us until we land back in NYC late that night; saturday can be lighter fare. I've heard hash house is ok? opinions? thanks!

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  1. It isn't cheap but the Hotel Del Coronado has the best Sunday Bunch in town. For cheap eats try Ropponggi's happy hour while for cheap but good eats Bud's Louisiana Food Shoppe in Little Italy is nice and so is The Chicken Pie Shop in the college area though that last one isn't near the beach. For good cheap Mexican look for one of the local Taquerias where the signs are all in Spanish and most of the costumers are Mexican; that's how you'll know you're getting authentic food cheaply.

    I'm assuming that when you say cheap we're talking around $5-$8 though my idea of cheap might be different from yours. If your budget is larger then that then I can recommend several places in the under $25 range.

    1. Hash House a Go-Go isn't close to Del Mar or La Jolla, but it could be a detour on your way back to the airport. Portions are insanely huge and if you can put it all away, it should last you all the way back to NYC.

      1. why the Fish House in Carlsbad?? it is OK but the drive north on the 5 would be a killer on a Friday night just to go to dinner .There is a Fish Market in Del Mar..off Via de la Valle.

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        1. re: Ela0427

          a friend recommended fish house, they said it was only 15 minutes from del mar? i think something for the $25 and under range would be good for thursday night dinner ... thank you!!!

          1. re: awesomechoi

            Fish Market is a chain restaurant but still offers good food with restaurants in Seaport Village and Del Mar. Mille Fleur has some great seafood though it isn't strictly a seafood restaurant and the prices will be a bit higher then $25. For informal seafood dinning Point Loma sea foods has always been a great place and it offers a number of fresh locally caught fish in addition to the imported stuff. Pacifica Del Mar is a great place in a great location in the Del Mar area while The Oceanaire Seafood Room downtown is fairly good though a bit touristy. There are several great high end places in La Jolla I can recommend though they'll likely break the $25 budget.

            1. re: awesomechoi

              I have a feeling they are going to Fish House Veracruz not Fish Market. I assume they aren't eating at 6 so the drive shouldn't be that bad.

              For your Sunday Brunch Hash House is "okay" not great but "okay" and will for sure be enough food to get you back to NY.

              The thing about being near the beach is that really it is either going to be expensive or cheap. There aren't a ton of options in between for good/great food.

              For lunch on the more expensive side: The Lodge at Torrey Pines, 910, & The Shores Restaurant are nice & by the beach and mid-priced at lunch.

              On the cheaper side: Las Olas in Cardiff is okay not authentic mexican food but directly across the beach and not bad food like Charlies or the Beach House across the street. I also like pizza port--good local brews and not terrible pizza (California style, if there is such a thing.)

              For Breakfast (brunch doesn't happen so often on Saturdays here) cheap is Pipes in Encinitas is tasty and lots of locals go there. There will be a long line but generally the service is quick and you can see how all the surfers eat after they rip. I also like Pacifica Breeze cafe in Del Mar for a nice light breakfast with beautiful views.
              Have fun and if you poke around this board you should find some more options.

              1. re: jturtle

                If you're going to do a Brunch in San Diego then you might as well pony up the cash and go to the best. Go to the Hotel Del Coronado across the bay from downtown in Coronado. It's a great old Victorian hotel with a storied history, great beach front dinning, and is hands down the best brunch in town. The cost will be in the $50-$60 per person range but you'll be dinning in a historic setting which was the first building west of the Mississippi to have electric lights and they were put in by Thomas Edison himself because, at the time, he literally was the only person who knew how to do it. King Edward VII met Ms Simpson (the American divorcee who he later adbicated the British thrown to marry) while walking on the private beach at the Hotel Del Coronado and just about every King, President, or movie star who visits San Diego stays there. It's well worth a visit for both the food and the scenery.

          2. Fish House Vera cruz has multiple locations as well. Friday night traffic in JUne will be tricky esp. if the Fair is going on at that time. I do not think it is worth a long drive at all...there are better places in SD.

            1. On June 8 the San Diego County Fair opens in Del Mar (going until July 4) AND the US Open starts at Torrey Pines. That wole Delmar/La Jolla area of town is going to be jam packed with people. Traffic will be a nightmare, and in general, when events are not going on, "cheap" does not coincide with either Del mar or La Jolla...going further south, to Pacific Beach, though...then you can have water/beach and inexpensive.

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                1. re: deckape

                  I think he means the Torrey Pines Invitational though I don't follow golf so I am likely wrong. Either way I5 should be avoided at that time.

                  If I were them I'd just go to the Oceanaire or dig around in the OB & PB areas is the Oceanaire is to expensive.

                  1. re: oerdin

                    Considering the OP is from NYC I think that they can deal with traffic. And it is summer so all of the SD is going to be crowded and there is never going to be a good weekend.
                    Since they asked for Del Mar/LJ recs we should probably do our best to answer those questions.