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ATTN: Comic Con Attendees (San Diego)

Do yourselves and all of us a favor, and put your requests here, so that we don't have a bazillion threads all asking the same questions. I see we've already had 3 or 4 threads devoted to this.

To kick things off:

If you want cheap food that's decent, hit up Tin Fish or Ciro's Pizzeria. Ciro's has a special - two slices and soda for $6. That's some of the cheapest grub near the Con, and their pizza is good.

If you want stuff that's more in the moderate ($10-20) range, try Royal Thai, Bandar, Chopahn, or Alambres.

$15-20ish: Trattoria Mare e Monte, Cafe Chloe, Gaslamp Strip Club.

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  1. I was so thinking that someone needed to do this!

    For fancier hit up Oceanaire for super fresh seafood and good sandwiches can be found at the Cheese Shop.

    1. we're eating at rama on thursday night. we'll have a car, looking for someplace casual and not too $$$ for an early dinner friday.

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      1. re: woofer

        What type of food? Are you all adults? I would suggest South Beach for fish/calamari tacos etc...very tasty and in Ocean Beach which isn't too far from downtown and gives you a very San Diego feeling. It is casual and a little rowdy but really tasty.

        If you want something a little more upscale Piatti in La Jolla is nice...

        1. re: jturtle

          it's just me & my husband. rowdy is not for us. we have to go to a party @ 10pm later that night. not looking for anything asian, othewise we're open.

          1. re: woofer

            Josh, good call on putting up this thread!

            woofer, if you want casual, there's a good taqueria in Hillcrest, not far from downtown called Mama Testa's. Nothing but tacos here, but what a variety!
            http://www.mamatestataqueria.com/

            If you like Mexican AND authentic, there's Super Cocina further east on University. Believe me, it's nothing fancy at all, but the food is amazing. They don't have a website, but I'll let you read a very glowing review from a man who knows his food:
            http://www.sdcitybeat.com/article.php...

            I'd recommend the Guild, which is not too far from the convention center, but on a Friday night, they might be a bit busy. Depending on how early your dinner is, it might be fine.
            http://theguildrestaurant.com/

            1. re: phee

              we're from l.a so mexican is not really desired and the taqueria is probably too casual.

          2. re: woofer

            Downtown, Cafe Chloe, Chive or the Guild would probably fit the bill. I also have a list of places I recommend on my blog at www.aliceqfoodie.com - many of them are downtown or in the surrounding area.

            1. re: woofer

              If Mama Testa's is too casual, Cafe Chloe might fit what you're looking for. Casual in a European bistro way, not to pricey and you can get stuff to snack on and leave room for the 10 pm party. They have really good pomme frites.

            2. Thank you! I was suprised not to find a San Diego only thread and appreciate just making it easier for us out-of-towners by putting some recommendations here. I am eager to visit your beautiful city and eating my way through it as much as possible! When you are ready to come to the Twin Cities, I'll be sure to send you to great food finds!
              Cheers

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              1. re: Abacus

                Thanks - that's very nice of you. Hope you enjoy your trip!

              2. Got any easy Sunday breakfast places? I'm sure we'll run into a Starbucks, but if there's something unique to SD between Horton Plaza and the Convention Center, that'd be nice to know about. Thanks for your help!

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                1. re: ITurnedOutTV

                  Cheese Shop. One block south of HP...on Fourth at Market...same building that has the Hooters

                  (there is a *$ kitty corner that sells the breakfast sandwiches, BTW)

                  www.cheeseshopdeli.com

                  1. re: Cathy

                    Thanks! The Cheese Shop looks like a great option. Can you help me interpret your second line there? I don't know if you hit the wrong keys or if it's some kind of code I don't know, but I can't figure out what "*$" means!

                    EDIT: Oh, duh, I get it. Starbucks. Of course I figure that out as soon as I posted!

                    1. re: ITurnedOutTV

                      Sorry, was typing that reply and my phone was ringing.... I understood it, anyhow.

                      I wasn't sure if you knew that *$ does breakfast/sandwiches out here-$2.95 each and pretty good. There is a poster inside and a small handout. 5 flavors. I sometimes get the ham/egg/cheese in the afternoon-cheap lunch.

                      1. re: Cathy

                        I think that's a new staple at all the Starbucks. I noticed they've changed up the food menu in recent weeks. They have a nice new selection of pre-packed salads, too. The mozzarella/tomato is particularly good for lunch.

                        Anyway, if the Cheese Shop isn't too crowded, we'll probably head there. Thanks again!

                  2. re: ITurnedOutTV

                    Cafe 222. There are long to very long waits after about 9AM on Sat/Sun though.

                    1. re: mikec

                      Cafe 222 is across the street and down one small parking lot from the Convention Center. Good, cheap breakfasts and lunch. Get there early.

                    2. re: ITurnedOutTV

                      Cafe Chloe. Their Croque Madame is one of the great brunch dishes.

                    3. Any upscale places near the convention center that those of us on the company dime should check out?

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                      1. re: Kiley79

                        If I was on the company dime:
                        Molly's is very nice even though it is in a hotel.
                        Stingaree is great but turns into a club after 9 or 10 but is doing really good food.
                        Oceanaire is a great seafood restaurant (the chef is on Top Chef)
                        and Morton's always does a good job.

                        1. re: Kiley79

                          Company dime--Oceanaire for sure. If you want a supper club atmosphere, Anthology just opened. There's been a few reviews on the board.

                          Slightly further north is Laurel and Mister A's. Mister A's has great view of the city.

                          1. re: Kiley79

                            Candelas, on 3rd. Good place for upscale Mexican food. Also, they have weekend breakfast and I had the best green chilaquiles in years here. I was surprised at how few people go there for breakfast. Excellent service.

                            1. re: logovo

                              How do they compare to the chilaquiles at Super Cocina?

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                              Super Cocina
                              3627 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92104