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Nov 10, 2009 05:45 AM

NYC Hound in San Diego

Spending a long weekend in San Diego for the first time. I'd love to check out some of the top spots in SD.

Staying downtown and will have auto access if necessary but would prefer walk/public trans.

Would enjoy:
Any and all Mexican or South American food
Seafood of any shape or size
Any other cuisines or restos that are particularly good in the SD area.


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  1. Not for food, but for best SD has to offer: JRDN (pacific beach) for sunset cocktail. Great 2-way bar; people-watching (inside and on the boardwalk); view of the Pacific; decent drinks. Eat some place else. My friend, former NYT cocktail columnist, loved JRDN when he was in town on assignment.

    1. You'll want a car for Mexican food, the best of it is not near downtown.

      Places to check out:

      Super Cocina on University Ave. - homestyle Mexican cooking, very authentic. Dishes from all over Mexico's varied regions. Not a taco shop.

      Mariscos German truck on University Ave. - Mexican seafood, stellar. Try the smoked marlin taco.

      Aqui Es Texcoco in Chula Vista - Mexican lamb preparations.

      Super Cocina
      3627 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92104

      Aqui Es Texcoco
      1043 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91911

      Mariscos German
      3515 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

      1. Seafood, go to oceanaire, blue water or point loma seafoods.

        The later two give you more a 'san diego" experience.

        I have had the worst bar service in my life at JRDN. Twice. Beyond retarded.

        The sunsets are nice, although I wouldn't give credit to JRDN for those.

        4 Replies
        1. re: stevewag23

          Never had bad service at JRDN. Or any worse than any other busy, popular bar in SD. Maybe if your attitude in person is similar to how to come across on chow, poor service may be a result of your impatience, intolerance or provocation?

          1. re: pickypicky

            Actually I had the worst bar service that I have ever encountered sitting at the bar. The bartender was more interested in checking his football pool (which he had sitting out on the counter) then getting us another beer. In fact, other patrons wanting at the bar almost went around the bar looking for more water. This was around 4 in the afternoon and not busy, maybe 7 or 8 of us at the bar. It was really attrocious. On the other hand, I have had excellent service sitting at the table and actually enjoy the food most of the time.

            1. re: pickypicky

              No need to take shots at me. Or get defensive for a sub-par restaurant.

              I have heard tons of people say it is some of the worst service they have ever encountered.

              I have ordered tons of drinks in my life. I started going to bars at age 15.

              JRDN was the worst bar service I have even encountered.

              Simple as that.

            2. re: stevewag23

              Hahaha! I almost spit my beer on the keyboard when I read this. Too funny and pretty much on the nail's head. Beyond retarded, hahahaha.

              Here are my recomendations:

              Blue Water Grill
              Point Loma Seafood
              Cowboy Star
              Farm House
              Marine Room
              Oceanaire, although a chain and you might get same experience in your area
              Kitchen 1540
              Urban Solice
              3rd Corner
              Pappas and Tacos - neighborhood hole in wall
              Taco Rey - another neighborhood place for me

              Point Loma Seafoods
              2805 Emerson St, San Diego, CA 92106

              San DIego, CA, San DIego, CA

              Farm House Cafe
              2121 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

              Marine Room Restaurant
              2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037

              Taco Rey
              1870 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

              Point Loma Cafe
              4856 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92106

              1125 Rosecrans Steet, San Diego, CA 92106

            3. some great advice given...I would add Las Cuatro Milpas for lunch for some of the best carnitas and the salsa and flour tortillas are out of this world..close to downtown..
              Candela's in Coronado for can take the water taxi over from the Gaslamp.
              George's at the Cove in La Jolla is a great place for locals and tourists to watch the sunset, have drinks and dine...ocean terrace or bar is more casual.
              Marine Room for drinks and app's in LJ..high tide is a real show.
              I like the Fish Market downtown but only the oyster bar, sushi bar or the bayfront patio for drinks and app's...upstairs at Top of the Market is good but pricey.


              1. Yakitori Yakyudori in Hillcrest and close to downtown.

                Had the uni and jellyfish recently. Excellent along with all their other offerings.

                Easily one of my top five places to eat in san diego.

                Yakitori Yakyudori
                3739 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103