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The Last Word on the Gaslamp Quarter/Convention Center

Josh Jan 29, 2010 09:20 AM

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

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  1. honkman Jan 29, 2010 09:28 AM

    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
      DougOLis Jan 29, 2010 09:55 AM

      Basic for pizza too

      1. re: honkman
        stevewag23 Feb 2, 2010 08:20 AM

        Honkman, do you like Ciros?

        That pizza tastes like plastic.

        1. re: stevewag23
          honkman Feb 2, 2010 01:19 PM

          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
            stevewag23 Feb 2, 2010 05:25 PM

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

            I think I would need tons of booze and drugs.

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        MrKrispy Jan 29, 2010 02:00 PM

        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
          4wino Jan 29, 2010 03:49 PM

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

          1. re: MrKrispy
            ipsit Feb 4, 2010 12:06 PM

            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)

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            daantaat Jan 29, 2010 04:22 PM

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

            I 2nd Cafe Chloe.

            1. j
              JRSD Jan 30, 2010 08:56 AM

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

              Oceanaire and Grant Grill

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                The Office Goat Feb 2, 2010 02:10 PM

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


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                1. re: The Office Goat
                  stevewag23 Feb 3, 2010 08:37 AM

                  That place is pretty good.

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

                  1. re: The Office Goat
                    daantaat Feb 3, 2010 08:25 PM

                    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!

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