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Jan 8, 2009 04:40 PM

San Diego - Misson Bay Neighborhood

Hi everyone,

I'm attending a conference for 5 days later this month and staying here:

Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
1775 E. Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA 92109

Can anyone recommend some good spots near by. Walking or short cab ride is best since I won`t be driving. I`ll be dining alone, therefore will prefer restaurants with less focus on a social scene, and more focus on just the food.


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  1. You're in chain restaurant hell near the Hilton. Best restaurants will be downtown, La Jolla (pronounced hoya), Coronado, Old Town or at the beaches, so it will take a cab, unless you can rent a bike.

    It's been 25 years since I've lived there, and about the only decent place near Mission Bay that is still in business is World Famous, right across the bay on the Mission Beach boardwalk. (It's concrete, not boards, but that's what the locals call it)

    From the reviews it looks like it's as good as ever - not great, but solidly good. You certainly can't beat the view, and it's stood the test of time. It was a venerable classic southern California beach bar/seafood restaurant even back then. Go on Tuesday or Wdnesday for 1/2 price shrimp and lobster tacos, respectively. You should go just to be able to say you've been there.

    While you're in San Diego, be sure to have an authentic Baja-style fish taco - and by authentic I mean battered and fried fish with shredded cabbage and sour cream mixed with lime juice wrapped in a corn tortilla. Accept no substitutes. Not grilled fish, not lettuce and salsa, not flour tortillas, not sour cream with no lime.

    Also see if you can find a Roberto's taco stand and have a machaca burrito. Trust me on this.

    Here's some top ten lists for best San Diego restaurants:

    1. Bayfront location but with using the hotel shuttle service they will drop you close by to some great places across the 5....about 5-10 minutes by car/shuttle..get the cell phone number of the driver and tip him well, so he will be more apt to run you all over..
      Bay Park Fish Company..casual place with good seafood..happy hour..shuttle/cab
      JV's Mexican Food is one of my fav taco shops down the hill from USD..shuttle/cab
      Baci's if you want to have fab Italian on Morena blvd..expensive but damn good..shuttle/cab
      Sushi of the best sushi in town on Mission Bay drive..7/11 strip center..shuttle/cab
      Cafe Athena in Pacific Beach for
      JRDN'S for drinks and app's at Tower 23
      World Famous or Green Flash on the boardwalk for that beach vibe..ride the bike along the boardwalk from the hotel..
      Silver Spigot, Night Owl, Silver Fox, Pacific Shores..great dive
      I'm sure others will chime in..

      5 Replies
      1. re: Beach Chick

        I never understand why people want to visit "dive bars" instead of good restaurants--but that's me.

          1. re: avgolemona

            OP: "with less focus on a social scene, and more focus on just the food."

            1. re: The Old Man

              Sometimes the local flavor is more distinctive than the food.

          2. re: The Old Man

            dive bars rule! Gotta have something to do after a good restaurant!

        1. You are very close to one of San Diego's oldest and best resteraunts World Famous

          World Famous
          711 Pacific Beach Dr, San Diego, CA 92109