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Dec 12, 2009 06:35 AM

Visting SD This Weekend: I know where I'm drinking - But where should I eat?

I'm meeting a friend from Boston on Sunday in San Diego to check out the beer scene. We've pretty much decided where we'll be drinking, but I've failed to plan our meals. Here's the itinerary:

Sunday - Escondido & Carlsbad
* Port Brewing/Lost Abbey
* Pizza Port - Carlsbad
* Stone Brewing

Monday & Tuesday - San Diego Proper
* Ballast Point Brewing
* Toronado San Diego
* Hamilton's

I was hoping you guys would be able to suggest some spots in the surrounding areas. I'd be most interested in San Diego specific eats (of which I'm only aware of Carne Asada Fries, I'm sure there's a lot more).

I'm excited to see where you guys send me! Thanks.

Hamiltons Tavern
1521 30th St, San Diego, CA 92102

Toronado San Diego
4026 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

Ballast Point Brewing Co
10051 Old Grove Rd Ste B, San Diego, CA 92131

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Garden
1999 Citracado Parkway, Escondido, CA 92029

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  1. One suggestion is Blind Lady Ale House: my husband tells me their selection of beer is outstanding, and we have followed Chef Aaron around SD. At BLAH he's making great CA pizzas (one features housemade chorizo) and salads. BLAH is loud, crowded (unless you go early in the afternoon) and tasty tasty. It's a real neighborhood place but with world-class food and beer. it's closed mondays. PS. Don't be tempted to eat at Stone. Cool place; intriguing menu; food sucks bigtime.

    Blind Lady Ale House
    3416 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA

    1. I strongly second Blind Lady - if you dont have time in addition to the above schedule - I would hit it instead of Hamilton's (Its changed for me).

      In Esco - I would go to La Cocina de Maria or El Tejate across the the street and also check out Holiday wine Cellars down the street. The Esco swap meet is also a trip - especially if you are going on the weekend - its the closest you are going to get to experience a Mexican market in the US.

      By Toronado - I would shoot over the 805 on University ave to the 35th st corner to experience Sinaloan style Mariscos at Mariscos German. Be sure to try the Marlin - you wont find anything like it in NY. Further down is a great Vietnamese cafe called Cafe Dore which makes the best Banh mi in SD - but you may have your fill of these in NY.
      If you dont do Mexican in Esco - you really owe yourself to get to Super Cocina which is between the two above.

      4 Replies
      1. re: kare_raisu

        Just realized how close my by far favorite reccomendation is to Ballast Point - Go to Surati Farsan on Black Mountain near Mira Mar Rd. Get the Pani Puri, one of the Curries with Menthi Thepla,Kasta Kachori, Chaash to drink, Sev Khamani, Delhi Chaat, Masala Dosa, Chole Samosa. Its a super special and unique window for us San Diegans into the world of West Indian Gujarati and snack aka chaat foods.

        1. re: kare_raisu

          Definitely second the Cocina de Maria suggestion - outstanding home-style Mexican dishes (their mole is really good), and they welcome you to bring your own beer. If you're still in the mood for any after the brewery visits, you can stop by Holiday Wine Cellar, which is right down the street from Cocina de Maria, and pick up a great bottle to have with your meal.

          Near Toronado, I would also second the Mariscos German taco truck recommendation. You won't find anything like that in NYC.

          1. re: kare_raisu

            KR, I am little bit confused with Mariscos German. Which food trucks are still belonging to them ? I read somewhere (mmm-yoso ?) that they sold some of them, is it true ?

            1. re: honkman

              The people who were running the truck in City Heights when I first reported on them are now at the location on Imperial ave in Barrio. I havent been to the Clairemont Mariscos so I cant say anything about their quality or relations.

              I still like the people and cooking of the original - now in the Barrio, but that isnt to say that those who run the city heights truck aren't bad. They have definitely adapted to the popularity

          2. Jayne's Gastropub might be a good idea for when you are in the North Park area. Also goes along with the beverage theme.

            1. You could combine good beer with good food and go to Linkery. I had some very good evenings with excellent food over the last few months at Linkery. The food is getting better and better and the beer selection was always very good (and it is a classical SD place which started a lot of things)

              1. Urban Solace on 30th street across from The Linkery-get the Duckaroni