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The Last Word on the Gaslamp Quarter/Convention Center

With any luck, the mods will sticky this one to avoid Gaslamp thread pollution, since people evidently don't like to search.

My picks:

Cafe Chloe
Chopahn
Alambres

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  1. I would add Cowboy Star for steak, game etc
    Chocolat for good icecream
    Ciro Pizza for the 2am pizza
    Ivy Bar, Grant Lounge for good cocktails
    Dusini for decent cocktails and a nice game of pool

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      1. re: honkman

        Honkman, do you like Ciros?

        That pizza tastes like plastic.

        1. re: stevewag23

          It's a decent pizza at 1-2am after several wines and cocktails. It's nothing outstanding but I also wouldn't call it plastic. I had some decent slices there when they are fresh out of the oven (most pizza slices taste lousy after they are 10 minutes out of the oven.

          1. re: honkman

            "It's a decent pizza at 1-2am after several wines and cocktails."

            I think I would need tons of booze and drugs.

      2. I tend to the East Village area (5 blks or so)

        Neighborhood for great craft beers/Bourbon and some decent food in a bar
        Cowboy Star for game meats, great ribeyes
        Basic for thinner crust pizza

        More toward Gaslamp:
        Fleming's for chain steakhouse with attentive service
        Monsoon for standard fare Indian food with a waterfall to tease your bladder
        Osteria Panevino - the only place I know that serves fresh-stuffed Cannoli (and won't serve non-fresh ones; restaurant itself has gone quite downhill over the years)

        For a nice view of the ballpark or downtown, overpriced drinks, and wannabe attitude:
        Rooftop Pool Bar of Hotel Solamar (or whatever it might be in the future)
        Altitude sky bar

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        1. re: MrKrispy

          Cowboy Star for steak--but they make some really nice cocktails.

          1. re: MrKrispy

            Monsoon is actually sub-standard Indian food, and overpriced. If someone craves Indian food in downtown, they should go to Chopahn instead. Yes, it is Afghan, but Indian and Afghan cuisines have a shared heritage, and enough cross-influence, so that decent Afghan is actually a better option IMO than overpriced, badly made Indian (and in this case, it is easier on the bladder too)

          2. Josh, good idea. Any way to get the mods to sticky this post?

            I 2nd Cafe Chloe.

            1. For expensive business or client dinners where large groups can be seated:

              Oceanaire and Grant Grill

              1. For very casual and pretty tasty organic (grass-fed?) burgers, fries, organic beers and juices: O'Brothers in Horton Plaza.

                http://www.obrothersburgers.com/menu....

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                1. re: The Office Goat

                  That place is pretty good.

                  You can get a salad with your burger instead of fries as well.

                  1. re: The Office Goat

                    I hope your experience was better than the samples they were passing out last year. The burger sample was extremely greasy and flavorless. In N Out has better burgers!