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Feb 29, 2008 04:54 AM

San Diego (Gaslamp) Question

Hello Fellow Hounds,

I'm posting this for a friend traveling to San Diego.

Looking for suggestions for food, one decent fun place and other good food but more affordable for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Will be with a larger group of girls. Staying in Gaslamp district at the W. Hoping to go to La Jolla for one day.


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    1. I'll answer because I was visiting down there last week looking for the same things. My boyfriend and I were with friends, so while we couldn't try the real "Foodie" places, we still had a good time.
      We ate at Croce's for dinner on a whim because of the live music. I was pleasantly surprised by the food; there were many things that looked good. I started with the short ribs and then had the pork tenderloin. The service was wonderful, and although the place is smaller, it has some character.

      For breakfast, I love the PJ's cafe across from Hard Rock. They have breakfast sandwiches and pastries if you are looking for less expensive and on-the-go.

      If you are looking for a good happy hour (meaning cheap) try Moose McGuillacuddy's (sp?). They had like half-priced everything from 4-7 and it was a less expensive way to start the night.

      Then I would recommend going to Cafe Sevilla at night. If you go into the bar at the main level, order a Perron with the green drink. It's a funky shaped decanter that you basically pour into others mouths'. Pretty fun. The live music helps as well.

      If you get out to La Jolla, there are many good places, but I always count on Roy's. While a chain, it has some of the best seafood you'll find. Enjoy!

      1. Here is a link to the Gaslamp district as to what is happening with nightlife and restaurants..
        We like going to the rooftop bar at several of the hotels in the Gaslamp..Marriott next to Petco, Solamar, Ivy..W too.
        La Jolla, great lunch at George's at the Cove/George's Modern on the terrace.
        Nachos and Marg's at Alfonso's, Crab Catcher for happy hour..El Pescador for fresh fish sandwiches..

        1. Best Gaslamp advice.... DON'T GO! The good food seems to be outside of that touristy area. If you are looking to have inexpensive, but very San Diego... surfer/bum type fun... try Dick's Last Resort

          1. You should for sure do a search as this is a popular question but I will give you a few places.

            Less expensive lunchtime fare can be found at the Cheese Shop downtown, Mona Lisa for Italian sandwiches, The Waterfront for tasty burgers and they do a decent breakfast, Buon Appetito for more of a sit down lunch. The coffee shop at the new Hardrock Hotel Maryjane's is supposedly tasty. Cafe Chloe is great and does b, l & d I think.

            For fun food that is pretty tasty I would suggest Confidential they have good tapas style food and turns into a club after hours. Along that note Stingaree also serves dinner and is a fun place at night. If I was to choose with my girlfriends I will almost always go to Oceanaire but Red Pearl and Nobu are also good options.

            Downtown is NOT a culinary wasteland but more research then just walking up and down 5th is necessary.