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Oct 24, 2008 12:26 PM

Dinner in San Diego tonight

I am coming down to San Diego tonight to meet up with my sister who will be in town for 2 days and need a place for dinner.

She is staying in University Heights, so there or in Hillcrest or somewhere within a 10 minute drive. We probably won't get to the restaurant until 10, so a place that's open until 11.

We like Asian (all varieties) or Middle Eastern. I would prefer it if entrees were until $15. Nothing touristy or loud. Don't really care about drinks. Casual (as in no waiter service) is fine.

I've seen several posts about kebab places but reviews seem all over the place. I'm happy to go in that direction but would prefer a place that has fish on the menu.

Thank you

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  1. Ichiban in Hillcrest on University (next to Lucky Bucks) is pretty inexpensive ($7-$8 entrees?). They also have another location across the street next to Blockbuster called Ichiban-on-the-Rocks, I haven't been there so I'm not sure if the prices are under $15.

    1. I recommend Saigon for Vietnamese food. It's on El Cajon Blvd around 45th St and an easy 10 min or less drive from anywhere in mid-city. If you do a search here, you'll find some great suggestions on what to order there. We get pho to go and it's about $5.00 for a healthy portion for 2 pp. Most things on their extensive menu are well under $15.

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      1. re: mimosa

        These should be walkable and WELL under $15:

        Mama's Lebanese Deli (check hours)

        Dao Son Noodle House

        Soltan Banoo (Persian Cuisine



      2. Mama's Bakery and Lebanese in the North Park area just South of you. Really good and cheap. The kebab places (The Kebab Shop, Sultan's Shawarma) are a bit further away from you in downtown.

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        1. re: DougOLis

          Thanks, all. Everything looks delicious. But it doesn't seem like much stays open past 10.

        2. We ended up going to Saigon. The food was great (we had two kinds of bun w/shrimp and other stuff) and I've been eating the leftovers all week. It was great to just go to a place knowing it would be open, instead of driving around looking for options.