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San Diego for the First Time - Help!

scout1 May 27, 2008 01:34 PM


My husband and I will be in San Diego for the first time at the end of June. We're looking for some "must eat" places. We eat just about everything, but would love to go somewhere authentic - i.e. not overhyped. Any suggestions?


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  1. kare_raisu RE: scout1 May 27, 2008 01:42 PM

    Super Cocina - University ave East of the 805
    Aqui es Texcoco - Chula Vista
    Cafe Dore [Banh mi] - University ave. east of 15
    Linkery - University North Park
    Mariscos German - Barrio Logan
    Tacos El Paisa - 5 exit National
    La Fachada - Imperial Ave
    Menuderia Don Vicente - National City
    Pomegranate - El Cajon Blvd
    Fruitlandia - next to Super Cocina

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      Josh RE: kare_raisu May 27, 2008 01:52 PM

      Sakura - Kearny Mesa
      Buga Korean BBQ - Kearny Mesa

      If you like beer, don't miss:
      Hamilton's Tavern - South Park
      Toronado - North Park
      O'Brien's - Kearny Mesa

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        scout1 RE: Josh May 27, 2008 02:00 PM

        Thanks! These are great!

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          Ewilensky RE: scout1 May 27, 2008 02:07 PM

          Everything kare_raisu and John have suggested.

          I'll also add:

          Mama's Lebanese Bakery -- North Park.

          Excellent falafel and baba ganoush so good that even a man who's allergic to eggplant can't resist and dives right in, deals with the hives an hour later, and has not a shred of regret ;-)


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            The Old Man RE: scout1 May 27, 2008 02:46 PM

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          2. re: Josh
            DougOLis RE: Josh May 27, 2008 04:36 PM

            More beer: The Liar's Club - Alpine

            I 2nd all those between you 2 and would add:
            The Better Half - Hillcrest
            Cafe Chloe - East Village
            Cavaillon - Santa Luz
            El Pescador - La Jolla

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          daantaat RE: scout1 May 27, 2008 09:09 PM

          You have many great suggestions below. However, where are you staying and will you have a car? (See the post at the top of the board by the Moderators about "if this is your first time posting on the CA board."). SD is a large area and without great public transportation.

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            scout1 RE: daantaat Jun 3, 2008 01:04 PM

            Hi there - we're staying at the Marriott Marina (on West Harbor Drive). Not sure what neighborhood this is considered. We'll have a car.

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              daantaat RE: scout1 Jun 3, 2008 10:00 PM

              you're in the downtown/Marina area. Do a search for Gaslamp (also misnamed on the board as Gaslight), which is the closest area but has mostly touristy places with hidden gems. LIttle Italy is nearby, as is Hillcrest, North Park, Banker's Hill. Old Town is nearby, again mostly touristy but there are a few gems.

              If you want to venture further out, La Jolla, Pacific Beach, Del Mar and Solana Beach all have good eats. Mostly higher end dining except for PB area.

              If you want Asian, do a search for Convoy on the board. It's roughly 10-15 min north of the marina/downtown area. Lots of good cheap eats.

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            Willmerson RE: scout1 Jun 3, 2008 09:30 PM

            If you want something crazy off the charst good you have to go to Addison. The menu is a bit pricey at 95 per person but the food, decor, wine and service warrant this price. Awesome!

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              oerdin RE: Willmerson Jun 4, 2008 04:24 AM

              Oh... Addison's, I had forgotten about them. Spend the $150 per person and get the whole 7 course meal with wine service.

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