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Your favorite food spots in San Diego?

Hey everyone. Next week I'm heading down to San Diego with a few friends and I was wondering, what are some food spots (any type of cuisine is fine) that you guys would recommend?. We'll be staying by Downtown SD, but will be traveling to nearby cities and areas as well.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. I would love to hear the same! We're headed to San Diego in September. .

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    1. re: dg1873

      Well, at the risk of making our favorite restaurant a little more crowded than it already is, I'll offer a rec for Trattoria i Trulli on the Coast Highway in Downtown Encinitas (about 20 mins north of downtown San Diego). Truly some of the best Italian food I've ever had in an intimate, lively and friendly environment. The downtown location is great and walking distance from great shops and places for a nightcap if that's your thing. Where ever you end up, I hope you enjoy your time in our city!

    2. Currently on heavy rotation:

      The Better Half
      Cafe Chloe
      The Linkery
      Urban Solace
      Kous Kous
      Mama Testa
      Latin Chef
      Tropical Star
      Caffe Calabria

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      1. re: honkman

        "heavy rotation"? do you ever eat at home? ;-)

        1. re: ibstatguy

          We like to eat in good restaurants but also cook a lot at home (there is a reason why we have about 400 cookbooks :). I think we haven't eaten any kind of highly processed food for the last few years. So even with going to a lot of restaurants there is still enough time to cook a lot.

      2. Mama's Lebanese Bakery and Deli
        The Neighborhood
        Pizzeria Luigi
        Super Cocina
        Mariscos German
        Izakaya Sakura
        Cafe Chloe
        Sushi Ota
        Blue Water Grill

        1. Dobson's is great fun...don't miss the mussel bisque, served en croute. It's so rich it's a meal in itself.

          1. Thanks for the replies and recommendations everyone! Looks like i got quite a few restaurants to look up, and no worries encinitaseater! Theres only gonna be 3 of us total, so we shouldnt make it too crowded :). 50sGuy, im a big fan of mussels so the mussel bisque sounds great. I will probably have to check out Dobson's during my stay in SD just for the bisque!

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            1. re: Chris7

              Check out the current CA threads "3 Nights in La Jolla," "Encinitas One Year Later," and "Suggestions for Upscale San Diego Restaurant." Lots to wade through but tons of great suggestions for the area.

              1. re: Chris7

                Second Dobson's for the mussel bisque..
                Pizza at Basic is some of the best in the Gaslamp.
                Waterfront in Little Italy for the Texas Burger..fries blow but a classic dive that is one of my fav's..along with Nunu's!

              2. These are not places that I think have the best food, just the spots that we visit the most often and enjoy, ones on our regular rotation. These are just a few off the top of my head and in a hurry!!

                Blue Water
                Tacos El Paisa
                Izakaya Sakura
                Jimmy Carters Mexican Restaurant
                Tender Greens
                Super Cocina

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                1. re: Wino

                  If you really don't want to make i Trulli too crowded, and want to enjoy the same level of food without driving so far, Buon Appetito in Little Italy is owned by the same folks and is a lot closer to downtown.

                  1. re: Wino

                    Oh, and I'd also second the Cafe Chloe and Better Half suggestions, and add Cowboy Star (near Cafe Chloe) and Basic Urban Kitchen (for great pizza).

                  2. Thanks again for all of the suggestions everyone, really do appreciate it.

                    1. Theres plenty of recommendations. Good looking out guys. We're trying to pick out the best spots from the lists. Buon Appetito is going to be on the to go list.

                      We Yelped Neighborhood for Hamburgers and it ended up being ok. We already started the food search. We're going to do more.


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                      1. re: Lando

                        Thanks for the recc for Cafe Chloe -- we went last night and it was outstanding! I had a delicious mussel dish and also a wonderful savory custard and pear gallete. MMMmm. Now the tough part is finding somewhere for this evening that holds up!