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6 lunches and 7 dinners SD

oldmanwino Feb 13, 2009 04:48 PM

In town for a week next month and want to treat ourselves to a real foodie & wine adventure...your favs and pans please. THX

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  1. Enorah RE: oldmanwino Feb 13, 2009 08:51 PM

    Where are you staying, will you have a car, how far are you willing to travel?


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      oldmanwino RE: oldmanwino Feb 14, 2009 06:12 AM

      Staying at the Solamar, and will not have a car but willing to go to La Jolla or equivalent distance by cab. Thanks!

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        DiningDiva RE: oldmanwino Feb 14, 2009 06:37 AM

        A round trip cab ride between downtown and La Jolla would probably cost you as much or more than the dinner in La Jolla. Cabs, while plentiful, are not inexpensive in this town. Hillcrest is much closer and has good options as well

        If you search this board for downtown, Gaslamp or Little Italy you'll turn up a gazillion and one recommendations, it's a very, very, very frequently asked question. Here are some of the usual suspects

        Cafe Chloe
        JSix (in your hotel)
        Red Pearl
        Cowboy Star
        Molly's (in the Marina Marriott)
        Napa Valley Grill
        Quarter Kitchen
        Crescent Heights
        Avenue 5
        Basic Urban Bar
        Bertrands at Mr. A's
        Indigo Grill
        Buon Appetito
        Pete's Meat (lunch)
        Roseville (Point Loma)
        The Pearl (Point Loma)

        You can read about almost any of these places in the SD Reader - http://sdreader.com or
        the U/T - http://www.signonsandiego.com

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          oldmanwino RE: DiningDiva Feb 16, 2009 02:42 AM

          Thanks for the reply..this is a great start!

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            stradacouple RE: oldmanwino Feb 16, 2009 04:30 AM

            We travel to San Diego 4-5 times a year and often stay at the Solamar. We are Boston based foodies. We are not fans of Jsix (too much like any other hotel restaraunt) or Mr A's (though you night want to try them and form your own opinion). Dining Diva has given you plenty of amazing options. Crescent Heights is one of the newest and the food/ambiance is fantastic. Others on her list that we are "regulars" of and would recommend you try are:

            Quarter Kitchen
            Neighborhood (great burgers)
            Cafe Chloe (french)
            Buon Appetito
            The Pearl (there is a downtown location)

            We are also fans of Nobu (in the Hard Rock Hotel)

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              oldmanwino RE: stradacouple Feb 17, 2009 06:52 AM

              Thanks so much for the advice..we are from Charleston and make it out there just occasionally...not often enough for me! Any winebars you might be especially fond of?

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                stradacouple RE: oldmanwino Feb 17, 2009 04:16 PM

                Zanzibar on 7th and G is a short walk from the Solamar and has solid wine selections and is a great place for lunch or a casual dinner. They are also open for breakfast. We have eaten there many times and it ias always been very good.

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                  oldmanwino RE: stradacouple Feb 19, 2009 12:13 PM

                  sounds great...thanks!

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            rotie77 RE: DiningDiva Feb 17, 2009 02:16 PM

            Great list! I'd add Farmhouse Cafe, Wine Vault & Bistro (especially on Sat nites for the 5-course tasting menu which is now $30), Urban Solace and Cantina Mayahuel

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              oldmanwino RE: rotie77 Feb 19, 2009 12:13 PM

              sounds interesting...thanks!

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          Bobierto RE: oldmanwino Feb 16, 2009 08:23 AM

          A lot of interesting new restaurants are popping up in the North Park neighborhood, mostly along 30th St. Try Urban Solace and the Linkery for what's going on in San Diego right now. I have a real fondness for Prado in Balboa Park, too - try to get a table outside. The Better Half in Hillcrest is getting a LOT of buzz at the moment but I haven't tried it yet. This is not a town where you can flag down a cab, so put this phone number in your cell phone - 619 234 6161. That's Yellow Cab, I use them all the time to get to the airport, they're very reliable.

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            stevewag23 RE: oldmanwino Feb 16, 2009 09:13 AM

            Jaynes Gastropub
            Yakitori Yakyudori

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              oldmanwino RE: stevewag23 Feb 17, 2009 06:52 AM

              Thanks for those!

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                stevewag23 RE: oldmanwino Feb 17, 2009 11:14 AM

                Another one is Blue Water.

                I really stand by:

                Jaynes Gastropub
                Yakitori Yakyudori

                I would take any great friends in town for all three

            2. honkman RE: oldmanwino Feb 17, 2009 12:22 PM

              I would also highly recommend Better Half (for food and wine) and Urban Solace in Hillcrest/North Park.

              Jayne's Gastropub can be very inconsistent. I had two great meals end of last year but also one very disappointing one three weeks ago.

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                stradacouple RE: honkman Feb 17, 2009 04:09 PM

                Agree.....Urban Solace has great food and is worth the "cab ride".

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                  stevewag23 RE: honkman Feb 17, 2009 04:33 PM

                  Yeah, Urban Solace is great too.

                  I ate mariscos german today for the first time too.

                  I recommend it.

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                  tnilsson RE: oldmanwino Feb 20, 2009 11:54 AM

                  I highly recommend El Agave in the Old Town area. It is unlike any other Mexican restaurant in the states (very upscale menu). There are a lot of fun (lower-scale) restaurants in Old Town such as Old Town Cantina (great carnitas). And there is a fun Brazilian steakhouse near the Gaslamp area but I can't recall the name. It used to be the only one in town and is right by Horton Plaza. Prado is also good and has a great location in the park.

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                    ella6664 RE: oldmanwino Feb 20, 2009 10:02 PM

                    The Better Half in Hillcrest.. The Farm House in University Heights...Hane Sushi in Bankers Hill.. Cowboy Star in East Village

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                      sliim RE: oldmanwino Mar 5, 2009 10:01 AM

                      Friends were in town last week and we went to the restaurant at Se right next to the House of Blues. It was amazing!! I highy recommendit and the desserts are amazing. Also if you want real neighborhood flavor and want to go a bit casual, Basic in the East village for drinks and pizza is great. Another choice is Cowboy Star - also in East Village. A really original steakhouse with great cocktails. Fun.
                      Also - for really expensive, but top of the top, is Addison's at the Grand Del Mar.

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