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San Diego lunch in a touristy area

mikey Oct 25, 2007 08:41 AM

So, I will be stuck in a nasty convention at a Marriott Marina Hotel near the convention center. If I am at the Marriott and don't want to have lunch at the hotel, is there a recommended place within walking distance that is not overpriced, not filled with fanny pack tourists, and has great food?Not picky either on types of food. It could be a fabulous cheeseburger or sandwich, a fresh salad, authentic Mexican, or anything else that is deemed mouthwateringly good. Fancy or hole in the wall is fine. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

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    mikey RE: mikey Oct 25, 2007 08:46 AM

    I earlier posted a similar request and received good responses. Sorry for being repetivie but just in case anyone wants to add a response, I always enjoy reading opinions.

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      Cathy RE: mikey Oct 25, 2007 09:39 AM

      www.cheeseshopdeli.com. Roast pork sandwich, if you don't want the pumpernickle havarti grilled cheese...

      Kebab House. Ninth just North of Market. Excellent doner kebabs $5.

      Nordstrom Cafe in Horton Plaza.

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        mikey RE: Cathy Oct 25, 2007 09:49 AM

        Yum.. I recieved a number of responses in favor of the cheese shop. Looks like that is exacty where I will go. I love roast pork and I love deli food. If I go to Horton Plaza I will be sure to check out Dobson's or Nordstrom Cafe. Is Candela's more of a dinner place or a lunch place? I love good Mexican food too.

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          loothor RE: mikey Oct 25, 2007 11:37 AM

          Just my .02, Candela's more of a dinner place, but I wouldn't eat there. I've been there twice and I'm pretty sure most of the wait staff are doing a ton of coke. Weird, but true and very offputting. Food's better at Chilango anyways and it's not terribly far from downtown if you want nice mexican.

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            mliew RE: loothor Oct 25, 2007 11:58 AM

            Chilangos has been closed for a few months now.

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            Cathy RE: mikey Oct 25, 2007 12:35 PM

            Mexican Taco Shop: Walk down Market Street to 8th- Valentine's.

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          jessicah RE: mikey Oct 25, 2007 07:03 PM

          The Kebab Shop down on 9th (next to Valentine's)


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            butterbutt RE: mikey Oct 26, 2007 09:08 AM

            Dobsons for lunch is great.. a bit of a walk from the convention ceneter but not bad...also Zanzibar cafe on 7th is very good.. they have just opened a new one..after their PB style..

            1. Josh RE: mikey Oct 26, 2007 09:35 AM

              Cafe Chloe.


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                LisaSD RE: mikey Oct 28, 2007 08:01 PM

                I heard that the burgers at the Omni during Happy Hour are good but haven't tried it so far. Right next to that, in front of the new Hard Rock hotel, is a nice, inexpensive place called the Tin Fish. My husband loves their Fish Tacos (you can only eat one, they are so big) and I liked the burger I got there...nice outdoor seating too.

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