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I'm going to be in San Diego (and the entire San Diego area) for a couple of days later this month. I will have a car, and am looking for several recommendations for both lunch and dinner (breakfast is probably out as this is a business trip).

What are the San Diego (area) restaurants that I should absolutely NOT miss? I like most kinds of food, and recommendations of high-priced places are welcome (as are recommendations of hole-in-the-wall cash-only places).

I like regional food, food that reflects the area I'm visiting, etc. There is no type of place that I WON'T go.

Thanks so much.

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  1. I live in North County San Diego and here are some of my favs..

    Asia Vous in Escondido...very unique
    Stone Brewery and restaurant in Escondido..great beer, good food and amazing location
    Valentin at the Lodge at Torrey Pines
    George's in La Jolla
    Tapenade in La Jolla
    Beach Grass Cafe in Solana Beach

    1. Regional food + San Diego = fish tacos.

      Go to South Beach Bar & Grill in Ocean Beach. Most people agree that these are the best fish tacos in San Diego. Taco Surf in Pacific Beach also has good fish tacos, IMO.

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      1. re: mangiatore

        I agree completely with South Beach. The others mentioned so far are nice places, and you'll have an exellent meal, but are not "SAN DIEGO". I would also check out the burrito thread elsewhere on CH- absolutely San Diego.

      2. I highly recommend Jayne's Gastropub on 3th near Adams Avenue. I recently had the evening special which was seared Ahi on a bed of Israeli couscous with rapini and a red pepper coulis. Well prepared, flavorful dishes and not skimpy on the portions. The only thing I can say against Jayne's is it was pretty loud. The place is small so you should make a reservation.

        1. Buy your own salad at Chinos in Rancho Santa Fe, fish sandwich from El Pescador in La Jolla, rolled tacos with guacamole from Robertos or a thousand other places, fish tacos from South Beach and a squid sandwich from Pt. Loma Seafoods. Should cost you under $40 total and is a good way to get going.

          1. Market in Del Mar
            Cavaillon in Santaluz (near Rancho Bernardo/Penasquitos)
            Izakaya Sakura on Convoy Ave
            AR Valentien in La Jolla
            Tapenade and Nine-Ten in La Jolla
            Cafe Chloe in downtown
            Parallel 33 in Mission Hills
            Mama Testa's in Hillcrest
            Isabel's Cantina in Pacific Beach

            Beach Grass Cafe is decent but if you're short on time, you won't miss much by skipping it.

            If you do a search on the board, you will find many threads for good high-end and cheap eats.

            Chino Farms is a vegetable stand with the best fresh veggies and strawberries in the county. Cash only, pricey but excellent!