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Foodie staying in Gaslamp Saturday night -- looking for restaurant recommendations

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k12 Nov 16, 2009 11:44 AM

Won't have a car, so need someplace that we can walk to or take a short cab ride to. Any genre of food is fine -- mostly just want it to be delicious. Fresh seafood would be a plus. Thoughts?

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    mcgrath Nov 16, 2009 12:21 PM

    Seafood: Oceanaire
    French/California: Cafe Chloe
    Steak: Cowboy Star or Flemings

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    Cafe Chloe
    721 9th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

    Oceanaire
    San DIego, CA, San DIego, CA

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      k12 Nov 16, 2009 12:53 PM

      Thanks mcgrath. I was looking at cafe chloe -- it looks promising. I was concerned about oceanaire because it is a chain. Any thoughts on Avenue 5? Steak probably isn't my first choice.

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      Avenue 5
      2760 5th Ave Ste 100, San Diego, CA 92103

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        mcgrath Nov 16, 2009 02:11 PM

        I'm unfamiliar with Avenue 5, but it would be a cab ride.

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        Avenue 5
        2760 5th Ave Ste 100, San Diego, CA 92103

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          stevewag23 Nov 16, 2009 05:36 PM

          Avenue 5 is decent although I haven't been in a long time. Not really worth the trip in my opinon. It is solid, but just another san diego restaurant that offers decent value and closes early.

          If you are looking to take a cab outside the gaslamp, it really opens up the options: Yakatori, Hane Sushi, Farmhouse, Jaynes Gastropub.

          Even Puerto La Boca.

          If you stay close to the gaslamp, mcgrath pretty much nailed it.

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            daantaat Nov 16, 2009 09:24 PM

            2nd Yakitori Yakyudori in Hillcrest. Make reservations, o/w risk a long wait.
            Add Mama Testa's in Hillcrest.

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            Mama Testa
            1417 University Ave Ste A, San Diego, CA 92103

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

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            honkman Nov 17, 2009 12:02 PM

            I really liked Avenue 5 the one time we went there about 2 yeras ago but unfortunately they close very early (around 9 pm which is early even for SD) so that we haven't tried them recently

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            Avenue 5
            2760 5th Ave Ste 100, San Diego, CA 92103

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              stevewag23 Nov 17, 2009 02:07 PM

              Yeah, I went about two years ago also (I think it opened around that time), and I liked it.

              But the early hours, and the fact that it is not really unique has kept me away.

              It also has many better competitors in my opinion:

              Farmhouse
              Jayne's Gastropub
              Currant etc

              I even like Starlight and the now defunct Modus more.

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                honkman Nov 17, 2009 02:48 PM

                Based on the one visit I would say that the food ar Avenue 5 was better than at Farmhouse, Currant, Modus and Starlight. Jayne's is on a similar level.

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                Avenue 5
                2760 5th Ave Ste 100, San Diego, CA 92103

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                  Lynnester Nov 17, 2009 03:10 PM

                  I agree. I go to Avenue 5 regulary and they have better food than those listed above.

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                  Avenue 5
                  2760 5th Ave Ste 100, San Diego, CA 92103

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                    stevewag23 Nov 17, 2009 03:29 PM

                    I think Avenue 5 has better food than Starlight and Modus, but I "like" Starlight and Modus more.

                    Mostly because they don't turn off the lights at 8:59 pm.

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                      deeznuts Nov 17, 2009 09:16 PM

                      I just came back from Denver. Now that is a town that closes early!

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            duck833 Nov 17, 2009 02:15 PM

            I was there for a conference in January. Ended up eating twice at Cafe Chloe. Nice bar to sit at and have a great meal and to many glasses of wine. It is on the far end of the Gaslamp, I was staying at harborside. I took a cab to Chloe and then did a nice walk back to the hotel. It was so darn outstanding the first night I went back for a rerun the second.

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            Cafe Chloe
            721 9th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

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