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Jan 2, 2008 10:48 AM

In SD For A Week, Looking For Great Deli's, Ethnic/Gourmet Markets

Oregon 'hound will be in Mission Valley at a hotel with a kitchen next Sunday through Thursday. Several dinners out, but I'm looking at great markets, cheese shops, delis, ethnic joints to put together interesting stay at home stuff. Any ideas? Thanks..

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    1. re: Cathy

      No, but the trolley is handy.

      1. re: norad

        Yes, the trolley is handy, but, unfortunately, not especially for what you've requested :-(

        1. re: norad

          How about when you are going out to meals-with a group? Do you know where you will be eating, even one place?

          Seriously, San Diego's transportation system is not going to be helpful for what we know are wonderful places to shop.

      2. You could take the trolley to Little Italy. There are a few good options there, all along India St.

        Assenti's Pasta makes fresh noodles, which are great, as well as sauces and their own sausages. They also have a decent selection of Italian cheeses and deli meats.

        Across from Assenti's is Mona Lisa, which sells similar goods, though also has fresh produce (of varying degrees of quality).

        Unfortunately the best ethnic markets are further afield than the trolley can take you.

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        1. re: Josh

          Little Italy was the only place I thought of, too, Josh.

        2. There are some great asian groceries with options, some of it very tasty, in the Convoy St. area, if you and your friends will be eating up there. Nijiya and Zion have good bakeries, some of it brought in from area places, as well take away that's freshest around 11-11:30 am. Mitsuwa and 99 Ranch Market have food court style vendors like Sam Woo BBQ. If you aren't averse to styrofoam and steam tables, the food's good.

          Sausage King and Venissimo Cheese are within a couple blocks of each other on Washington St. in Mission Hills. I haven't been since SK changed ownership, but Venissimo is reliable.

          This is just an idea of what's available, but yes, your own transportation would be advisable. Mission Hills should be easier than Convoy St. from Mission Valley, but I've not done it myself, so can't give you routes or any such info. Sorry I couldn't be more help.

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          1. re: amyzan

            I haven't really followed Sausage King over the last 1-2 years, so who is the new owner and does anybody know if they are still good (I had some very good Leberwurst, Leberkaese and Landjaeger at Sausage King)