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San Diego, stuck downtown for convention

Joan Kureczka Jun 10, 2008 07:41 PM

Okay San Diegans. I'm a SF poster going to be stuck downtown for convention for 5 days next week. So what's decent and hopefully interesting downtown or Gaslamp district? Extra points if its open on Monday.

Also extra points for a super good cocktail bar, especially one that can make a proper classic Sazarac.

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    christine_i RE: Joan Kureczka Jun 10, 2008 08:01 PM

    Rama's is a great Thai restaurant, right across the street from the convention center on 4th. Very nice ambiance too.

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      sandshark RE: Joan Kureczka Jun 11, 2008 08:54 AM

      Cafe Chloe for French bistro, Neighborhood for burgers, Basic for the mashed potato and bacon pizza, Royal India, The Field Irish pub, JSix

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        ginael RE: Joan Kureczka Jun 11, 2008 02:29 PM

        Ditto on the recommendation for "Cafe Chloe". Their alcohol selection isn't great, but you'll enjoy the aesthetics, service, and food. To satisfy your cocktail craving, you may want to venture into "J Six" in the Solamar hotel.

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          Ewilensky RE: ginael Jun 11, 2008 03:53 PM

          Ocenaire knows how to make a good cocktail and is within walking distance. Some oysters, some bread, you have yourself a meal that any SFer would feel at home with.

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            JonDough RE: Ewilensky Jun 11, 2008 05:04 PM

            Lately I have been very disapointed in Oceanaire with both their food and service. So, I wouldn't go for a sit down dinner, but going for happy hour is a good idea.

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          daantaat RE: Joan Kureczka Jun 11, 2008 09:23 PM

          this is the most frequent post on the board. Do a search for Gaslamp or Gaslight (misnamed on the board) and you'll turn up lots of options.

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            Victor Lieberman RE: Joan Kureczka Jun 19, 2008 02:21 PM

            Quarter Kitchen at the Ivy Hotel for upscale is fantastic. Red Pearl for Fusion is pretty good and it's fun. JSix is worthwhile...kinda, sorta California cuisine...You can also take the trolley and have some fantastic food experiences....Magnolia's off Euclid, Incredible mexican food in Barrio Logan, etc.

            1. susancinsf RE: Joan Kureczka Jun 20, 2008 09:22 AM

              Hi Joan:

              hope this isn't too late,but if it were me, I'd spring for a cab one night and take the short cab ride up to Hillcrest (very close to downtown) to eat at Chilangos. moderately priced Mexican of a type not often found in SF.

              Chilangos Mexico City Grill
              142 University Ave E, San Diego, CA

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