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Jun 2, 2008 03:03 PM

San Diego spots: pizza, seafood, chinese

Hounds up.....Staying in Hyatt Manchester for a week [2 adults + 2 kids (11 & 15)] and looking for the following:
*Pizza and salad: Italian variety
*Gelatos: Milky, flavorful, not too sweet
*Seafood: Did SanFo last April and I'd like to sample San Diego's seafood lot. We love chowders, sushi, seafood platters
*Chinese: Dimsum and Noodles would be fantastic

I can drive max of 30 minutes for good eats. Appreciate if you can give recs and possibly links.

Thanks huge :)

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  1. Gelato - Pappalecco at Cedar and State in Little Italy, not far from your hotel. Long walk, take the trolley to the Little Italy stop. Outstanding gelato, not sweet, very creamy.

    Seafood - you don't say what type or price range. Try Blue Water Grill on India for casual, or Point Loma Seafood. Oceanaire (walkable from your hotel) for fancier, upscale fish and seafood. Sushi Ota in Pacific Beach generally gets good nods for sushi.

    Chinese - well pretty much just head for Convoy St.. Ba Ren and China Max are pretty reliable, Emerald does decent dimsum. The asian options on Convoy are a pretty well covered topic here. A board search will probably turn up more options than you could try while here.

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    1. re: DiningDiva

      Thanks for rec :) Seafood...shrimps, crabs, lobster is casual setting. Read about Point Loma so going there. Anywhere else?

      1. re: iclee

        Con Pane in Point Loma is a good bakery. They have a short selection of sandwiches, all of which are really good. You could do a lot worse than to stop by, pick up some sandwiches and head out to the PL Lighthouse, or Shelter Island for a picnic. The cinnamon rolls at con Pane are killer too. I don't think I've ever had anything there I didn't like, or, that didn't like me.

        The Elegant Truffle is about a block away from Con Pane and they've got some wonderful chocolate dipped cookies, chocolate covered caramel, and anglefood cake in addition to the truffles.

        Since you have kids with you, you might want to stop by Cupcakes Squared on W. Point Loma Blvd. for a treat. They were somewhat uneven when they opened, hopefully, they've gotten more consistent. Their carrot cake cupcake was excellent.

        1. re: DiningDiva

          DD - Is that the place on Voltaire down the street a bit from European Cake Gallery? Noticed it a couple of weeks back while headed to 3d Corner. Carrot cake is a long time favorite so a cup cake of same would be...sweet

          1. re: ibstatguy

            Cupcakes Squared in the same shopping center as Stumps Market. I'm pretty sure that's on W. Point Loma Blvd, not Voltaire.

    2. Chinese: Jasmine for dimsum - Hong Kong style on carts. China Max is good also, but smaller selection. If you are used to small, hole-in -the wall places, Dumpling Inn also on Convoy, near Jasmine. For more formal Chinese, Pearl in Rancho Bernardo. From your hotel it's about 20-30 minutes north depending on the time of day and day of the week. Pearl also does excellent dimsum on the weekend, hong kong style.

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      1. re: araknd

        to the OP--if you have had dim sum in San Gabriel/Alhambra/Monterey Park (in LA county), SF or Vegas, the dim sum at Jasmine is sub-par in comparison.

      2. Pizza and salad - Both at Mimmo's Italian Villiage in Little Italy.
        They have an antipasto combo salad, you choose 4 salads from about a dozen choices on display. The Pizza is thick crust and good, not too heavy.