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Feb 13, 2009 04:48 PM

6 lunches and 7 dinners SD

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


    1. 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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      1. re: oldmanwino

        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 - or
        the U/T -

        1. re: DiningDiva

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

          1. re: oldmanwino

            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)

            1. re: stradacouple

              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?

              1. re: oldmanwino

                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.

          2. re: DiningDiva

            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

        2. 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.

          1. Jaynes Gastropub
            Yakitori Yakyudori

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              1. re: oldmanwino

                Another one is Blue Water.

                I really stand by:

                Jaynes Gastropub
                Yakitori Yakyudori

                I would take any great friends in town for all three

            1. 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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              1. re: honkman

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

                1. re: honkman

                  Yeah, Urban Solace is great too.

                  I ate mariscos german today for the first time too.

                  I recommend it.