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New to Pacific Beach. Where should I eat?

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Hi. I just moved to PB and was hoping some of you would be kind enough to recommend your favorites and what I should avoid. I eat pretty much everything. Rocky's is a 5-minute walk away and Ichiban is a 30-minute walk. My waistline wishes it was the other way around!

BTW, I've been pleasantly surprised at how friendly and easy San Diegans are. I'm very impressed.

Thanks and bests.

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  1. PB Sushi is surprisingly very good. They have a nice spicy tuna roll and I think during happy hour the rolls around about 20% off?

    1. Welcome to San Diego

      Belgium Frie for delicious fries and yummy sauces
      Cafe Athena for Greek - really good
      Latin Chef for Peruvian - fantastic

      1. Caffe Bella Italia: Home-made Italian

        Tower 23: Ocean front fine dining

        Kono's: #1 egg burrito

        Isabella's Cantina: Coconut french toast

        Olde City Grill: Philly Cheesesteak

        Super Wok: crazy good egg foo yung

        The Australian Pub: Wings (Wed half price)

        Sushi Ota: Omakase sushi (arguably the best in SD)

        Pho Sao Bien: Solid vietnamese, great cha gio

        Los Panchos: House-made mole, albondigas, tacos a cabeza

        Nick's: Late night

        La Torta: Great tortas and quesadillas

        Mama Mia: Great home-made gnocchi

        French Gourmet: Moules Marinieres, Soupe A L'Oignon Gratinee

        Welcome to town!



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        1. re: Captain Jack

          2nd Caffe Bella Italia and also add my favorite thai restaurant in town Karinya Thai.

        2. Taco Surf on Mission Blvd for a touch of SD taco/surf soul. Welcome to SD, now, go home.

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          1. re: deckape

            Ha! That's what my s.o. always says when she sees an out-of-state license plate.

            1. re: PB808

              Best sandwiches in PB by a large margin are at Sully's on Cass St just north of Garnet.

          2. Thanks for taking the time everybody. Now I won't waste my scratch on disappointing food.

            And nice blog Jack. My palette's not sophisticated enough to be a bona fide "foodie," but I can appreciate your stuff. That Kobe beef looked pretty amazing.

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            1. re: PB808

              I don't spend a lot of time in PB, but I enjoyed Costa Brava. Great happy hour with sangria and tapas. Latin Chef is another great place. If you like to cook, Great News is a cook's playground. For great bread, Charlie's Best Bread is one of the best bakeries in SD.

              1. re: geekyfoodie

                Love Charlie's BB, Latin Chef (mentioned by Enorah previously), and Great News.

              2. re: PB808

                Glad you liked the Blog PB808, if you like Kobe beef, Tower 23 now has Kobe tartare. Give me a shout and let's give it a try!

                1. re: Captain Jack

                  Thanks Jack. On a budget here, though, because I'm buying a (gulp) ring in a couple weeks. Will give a yell when I get through that.

              3. Most of my picks have already been listed, but I'll add a few:

                Tamales Ancira - Mostly take-out, but they have a few tables.

                Kafe Yen - Predominantly Thai food.

                Tap Room - Best beer selection in PB and pretty decent pizza make up for not-so-great atomosphere.

                1. Welcome to PB!!
                  Some great cheap eats in PB..
                  My fav's are..
                  Cafe Athena
                  Los Panchos across from Pacific Plaza..outstanding mex..sit down
                  Crest Liquor..deli sandwiches
                  Kono's..foot of Crystal Pier...best cheap breakfast
                  Taco Surf
                  Los Dos Pedros on Turquoise..best for late night after drinking.. :)
                  Bahia's Taco Shop in Bird Rock..close to PB..great Mex with an ocean view
                  Filippi's..great half orders of lasagna for $5.50 with bread
                  Sushi Ota in the 7/11 strip center in Mission Bay
                  Chalkboard Deli

                  1. Captain Jack gave many good recommendations; I would include a few others:

                    Marino’s on Ingraham Street - Mom and Pop place, my favorite Italian in San Diego.

                    Cass Street Bar & Grill - Great food and also a local hangout

                    Firehouse Café – Recently remodeled, good food and a mixed crowd

                    Ramiro's – Fast-food Mexican, the chicken burrito!

                    1. Welcome to SD!
                      I love cantina on cass and felspar for breakfast, sweet corn tamale cakes
                      Hoboken pizza on Garnet , Also Liberty pizza on mission blvd
                      World curry on garnet, thai panang curry w/naan bread

                      Rocky's IS the best burger in sd.