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paprkutr May 26, 2009 06:24 PM

I'm meeting relatives Monday in San Diego and staying downtown in the Gaslamp District.
I would like some restaurant suggestions, fish, steak and tacos. I would love a good taco truck or restaurant or fish tacos.

By the way we are not going to have a car, so something not to far, we can take a cab. TIA

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    paprkutr May 28, 2009 09:23 PM

    Thank you, are there any good seafood places that are more whole in the walls?

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      stevewag23 May 28, 2009 09:41 PM

      Not sure if I would say "hole in the walls" but Point Loma Seafoods is quintessential San Diego and close to downtown/airport.

      Blue Water as well.

      Both would be the opposite of Oceanaire as far as atmosphere, crowd, attire, experience (excluding all three are very good).

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        nuwbeads May 28, 2009 09:46 PM

        Sushi Deli is cheap and closer to a whole in the wall

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          lawyerbriefs May 31, 2009 07:21 AM

          Tin Fish may be what you're after. Very casual, next to Petco Park. Odd hours, and the food's good but not great, but it's got a great patio and you won't have a bad meal.

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            Sampaguita May 31, 2009 11:59 AM

            Across from the Tin Fish is a pricier place that serves seafood and steak: Lou & Mickey's.
            I had some sweet crab legs and tender rib-eye that were...well...wonderful! You can dine in the lounge or sit inside at a table. Their patio is great for people-watching or to just soak up some San Diego nightlife.

            Maria's Mexican Cocina on 4th is literally, a hole in the wall, and although it's not a Super Cocina, it's not bad either and I have had their Enchiladas Poblanas which were very good.
            Here's their website: Marias4thave.com. Parking is lousy so it's a good thing you don't have a car.

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            stevewag23 May 27, 2009 10:45 AM


            The Gaslamp is heaven for corporate steakhouses.

            I can't think of one we don't have. (or had: read LG's)

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              DougOLis May 27, 2009 08:56 AM

              There aren't really any taco trucks in the downtown area that I know of. Your best bet is one of the Mariscos German trucks but none are exactly that close.

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                Ewilensky May 29, 2009 08:52 AM

                The Mariscos German sit-down restaurant is much closer than any of the trucks and it is a reasonable cab ride from Downtown and can be done by bus as well.

                2802 Ocean View Blvd.

                If you're set on a truck they roll one into the parking lot at around 8 PMish...

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                mcgrath May 27, 2009 07:21 AM

                Steak: Lots of choices within Gaslamp or short walk to just outside it. For my money the best choice is Flemings at 4th and K. A traditional steak house with excellent food, service, fair prices and very comfortable ambience. Less traditional is Cowboy Star a few blocks outside Gaslamp. Excellent steak, balance of menu OK, ambience=fun.

                Seafood: Very Expensive but probably worth it: Oceanaire. Less Expensive still good: McCormick and Schmick at Omni Hotel next to Petco. Still less expensive, a 10-15 minute walk from Gaslamp, and quite good (though you'll get disagreement on this) are Fish Market and Anthony's.

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                  stevewag23 May 26, 2009 10:35 PM

                  "I would love a good taco truck"

                  Mariscos German.

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