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Visiting San Diego - Suggestions/Comments please

manda Jul 2, 2008 06:18 PM

Hi all,

I'm an SF Hound who has been stalking the CA board for a little bit knowing that I will be in San Diego July 19-24th. I'll be staying at the Manchester Grand Hyatt without a car. Pretty open to any cuisine.

I don't have anything set in stone but here are the restaurants I'm definitely considering to visit mainly for expensed dinners (and maybe a few lunches). Comments and suggestions greatly appreciated!

- Oceanaire for a nice $$$ seafood dinner
- Cafe Chloe - sounds right up my alley, plus the afternoon tea sounds nice
- Chive
- Red Pearl Kitchen (?)
- Cafe 222 (?)
- Extraordinary Desserts - good idea?

- Sally's - seems like a decent enough place and the location is convenient ;D

Opinions appreciated:
- The Better Half or Bite or ??? - meeting a friend who lives in Hillcrest
- Sultan's Shawarma or The Kebab Shop - for a quick lunch?
- Other quickie lunches close to the hotel? I have 1-1.5 hours for lunch each day

Ideally, I'd like to visit Mariscos German, Super Cocina, and El Zarape but I'm not sure if I'll have the time.

Any good sushi recs near the hotel or within easy/short public transit? (Is it uni season?)

Thanks in advance!!!

  1. c
    Cathy Jul 2, 2008 07:02 PM

    I prefer Sultan Schawarma to the Kebab Shop and have been to both multiple times.

    Definitely Cafe Chloe.

    You will really like Sally's.

    1. Fake Name Jul 2, 2008 07:19 PM

      First, yes, you've been paying attention. Not a bad place on your list- others may disagree, but you've hit the high points. It's been a while, but Kiyo's on F Street for sushi is excellent- he's supposed to have great sashimi.

      Yes to Red Pearl, Yes, Kebab Shop, Yes Bite. 222 is fine, but I'd never wait in that line for breakfast- or anything else.

      El Zarape is ok, but I don't think it's worth going out of your way.


      Excellent research.

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        gmk1322 Jul 2, 2008 08:23 PM

        Cafe 222 is good but not worth the wait. IMHO the better breakfast/brunch is at Cafe on Park. Huge pancakes and lots of egg/hash choices.

        Cafe On Park
        3831 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92103

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        1. re: gmk1322
          manda Jul 2, 2008 09:16 PM

          Thanks for the opinion on 222 along with Fake Name.

          Something tells me I may be headed to Cafe Chloe for more than one meal. =D

          1. re: manda
            daantaat Jul 2, 2008 09:27 PM

            Cafe Chloe also has breakfast. I can't remember if it is only on the weekends or all week. Their pomme frites are really, really good.

            Thanks for doing your research!

        2. foodiechick Jul 2, 2008 09:54 PM

          I would skip Sally's, really not one of the better hotel restaurants - if you must try sister restaurant Molly's at Manchester Marriot. We have had luck there for pre-symphony dining but I believe tthey have changed chefs a couple of times in the last year or so.

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            butterbutt Jul 3, 2008 07:44 AM

            Sallys is great on a beautiful day.. I wouldnt want to go at night or sit inside.. but the food is fine and a lovely place to sit and watch the goings on.They might do breakfast ..not sure..but I think the sun would be in the wrong spot anyway..

            Zanibar downtown on 7th is great for breakfast or lunch...secomd Red Pearl..or third?

            Havent made it to Cafe Chloe..but its on my list! Hear wonderful things..

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            1. re: butterbutt
              DiningDiva Jul 3, 2008 08:44 AM

              Do get to Cafe Chloe, it's very good and worth the effort. Based on some of your other posts I think you'd like it :-)

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