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UCSD graduation weekend recs?

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I'm graduating from UCSD in June, and my family is coming down from friday morning to monday night. We are basing out of Solana Beach, and I was wondering if anyone had recommendations for 1- a delicious place for the celebratory dinner 2- a more reasonable place for the larger family for dinner, and 3- places for lunch and breakfast that are really good and maybe more reasonable? We love food of all kinds, asian, mexican, anything really, and aren't afraid to be adventurous. Not particularly interested in mediocre food with a great view. I would prefer not to have to travel too far, as weekend traffic can be oppressive. Thanks!

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  1. Market in Del Mar for your celebratory dinner, and Fidel's or Tony's Jacal in Solana Beach for dinner with the family. Also search the board for Del Mar, Solana Beach and Encinitas for further suggestions.

    1. Great places wanker suggested for you..
      Things book up quickly for graduation and I would choose very soon..
      Addison at the gorgeous Grand Del Mar might be another option for the big blow-out celebratory dinner too or Cavaillon restaurant in the Del Mar/Ranch area.

      www.thegranddelmar.com
      www.cavaillonrestaurant.com

      1. I haven't been there yet but I heard very good things about Blanca in Solana Beach.

        1. What size of party are we talking with the smaller family, and larger family? If your smaller family party is greater than eight, then cross out the Market recommendation - unless you are willing to split into smaller groups.

          Weekend traffic is generally only oppressive in one area - anything on I-5 southbound. It can get a bit sticky on I-5 northbound (near the fairgrounds), but it really is only a factor if you are returning southbound (during the day). Anything east-west is generally quite easy on the weekends.

          1. I think I'll make a reservation at market since that dinner's a smaller group. I've been wanting to try it, and I've heard mixed things about blanca. Actually some friends and I want to have a get together for all of our families, and wanted to order in food for 20-25 people. Does Tony's or Fidels do that? are there other good places around that do?

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            1. re: cmhuang

              One place I like for Mexican in Solana Beach is Don Chuy. It is not the best Mexican you will ever have but good food and I have seen larger groups (15 people) there.