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Jul 14, 2008 06:30 PM

Coming to San Diego for a Bachelor weekend. Looking for good eats.

Hi all,
Wondering if anybody can offer some suggestions for my trip to San Diego. I'm bringing a group of six down to San Diego from Los Angeles for a bachelor weekend. So I have three questions...
1. The bachelor is a steak connoisseur so I'd like to treat him to the best the town has to offer. We'll be training it down there at staying in the Gaslamp Quarter so closer to there would be ideal but not a huge thing.
2. If not steak, I'm looking for a place that serves good shark.
3. Also, in an alternate though, in the interest of combining dinner and drinks, has anybody eaten at either of the clubs Envy or Stingaree?

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  1. 1. If he is a steak connoisseur (not sure what that means), he might not be real impressed with San Diego's steak offerings compared to like those in Vegas (Stripsteak, SW, Craftsteak, etc.). The Palm and Donovan's are probably your best bet and are good old style steakhouses.

    2. For seafood in the Gaslamp you should go to Oceanaire

    3. I've eaten at Stingaree but it was awhile ago and I think the chef is now at new hotel called The Pearl in Point Loma, so I'm not sure how it is now.

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    1. re: DougOLis

      2nd Donovan's in LJ, if you don't have transportation, Island Prime may do.

    2. For steak, Donovan's and The Palm are standards but I'd recommend Cowboy Star (10th and Market downtown). Excellent steaks, great drinks and a better atmosphere.
      For shark and seafood I'd second Oceanaire and add the new downtown Roy's. I don't believe this Roy's usually has shark on the menu, but the location on the bay is nice (you can at least get a drink at the outdoor bar).
      Both Stingaree and the Quarter Kitchen at the Hotel Ivy (where Envy is) have surprisingly good food. Mt preference would be to eat at the bar at Quarter Kitchen. Another good bar with food is Bondi on 5th.

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      1. re: TXGSD

        I'll second Cowboy Star- I agree that it has a better atmosphere and I also think that it has a more interesting menu that Donovan's or the Palm. Items like seared scallops with foie gras and the bison ribeye take it to a different level. If you want to go the more traditional route- I think I heard that Donovan's has opened a new location in the Gaslamp.

        1. re: bethsd

          Correct Donovans has opened a location in the GasLamp. They have great steaks!!

          1. re: Foodinmyface

            thanks guys. advice and info much appreciated.

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        1. I haven't been, but Gaslamp Strip has gotten some good comments on the board in the past. It is a grill-your-own place and has the reputation of being very lively.

          Cowboy Star got a very nice writeup in the local paper and is more Country-Western themed, if that is your preference...

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          1. re: JRSD

            Donovan's....definitely Donovan' will not be disappointed.