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Comicon restaurant recommendations

Yes, it's coming up again. Last year I asked for, and received, many good recommendations of where to go before, during , and after the Comicon, (many thanks for those who participated). Considering that restaurants close and new ones open, (and that I can't seem to find last year's list), I plead once again for your opinions.
Naturally, the geographic limitations are the Convention Center, Hotel Circle Drive, and anywhere between (although we'll be spending Friday at the Zoo, too). Also, while I wish I could say that money is no object, we can't go too high-end, but still want good Chowhound-approved food.

And I promise not to lose the list this time!

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      I always sing the praises of the Cheese Shop in the Gaslamp..breakfast and lunch only...takeout also....not everything as good as others but if you seek out the stuff that is housemade you can eat quite well for, at least by Gaslamp standards, not much money...

      1. re: plantman

        How does the Gaslamp location compare to the one in La Jolla?

        1. re: hye

          La jolla one is better for some reason.

          Gaslamp one delivers though.

    2. I found this post on Comic Con recommendations: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/424347. This will be my first trip to Comic-Con. I am so excited about the convention and exploring new food opportunities-even if it seems they are limited in the area.

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      1. re: angthefoodie

        Still a fan of Chocolat for some nice gelato (and decent Paninis). Nothing mind blowing however.

        Happy hour at Oceanaire for cheap oysters and crab cakes

        Pink Berry for Fro Yo

        Downtown Johnny Browns for local craft beer (take the free shuttle to the Westgate or the trolley line)

        Pho Express for decent pho

        Don't overlook Cost Plus Market if you have a kitchenette, you can make a pretty nice meal from the ethnic food section for dirt cheap. Across the street from the convention.

        Cafe Chloe for a nice relaxing meal outside of the chaos that is Comic Con. (Probably a cab ride, especially if you've been walking all day).

        Fish Market sushi bar. Not a fan of the main place.

        Burger Lounge (trolley to Little Italy).

        There's also a Hilton across from the stadium (2 blocks away) that has a very good happy hour and nice places to sit. I've only been for drinks but the food actually gets some love here on the board.

        Salad Style (also probably a cab ride) for inventive fresh salads at lunch.

        Best tip for Comic Con - pop two Advil first thing in the morning and wear the comfiest shoes you can find and bring an extra pair of socks. That floor is concrete and you'll be walking it up and down it for miles.

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

        Oceanaire
        San DIego, CA, San DIego, CA

        Downtown Johnny Brown's
        1220 3rd Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

        Salad Style
        807 F St, San Diego, CA 92101

        1. re: Ewilensky

          I might add that Downtown Johnny Brown's makes an excellent shark burger.

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          Downtown Johnny Brown's
          1220 3rd Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

      2. Here are a couple more options.

        Basic at 410 10th Ave. for New Haven style brick oven Pizzas. Cool bar, tasty pies.

        The Kebab Shop at 630 9th Ave. for Doner Kebabs. If you have been to Europe and have tried some of the better trucks there, you may be disappointed, but I still think this place is tasty and cheap, especially with a good alcohol buzz.

        http://www.barbasic.com

        http://www.thekebabshop.com

        1. Happy hour at Omni hotel McCormicks and Schmicks everyday is great for the half pound cheeseburger with fries for $3 and 2 fish tacos for $5..
          Tin Fish is cheap and decent next to Petco..
          Love Basic for some of the best pizza.
          Heard great things about the happy hour at the Hilton.

          www.gaslamp.org

          1. I live downtown, and I'm always sad to see fellow Comic Conners subject themselves to the food that's within a one-or two-block radius of the SDCC. Just another another few blocks' walk and you have some really great, low-cost options.

            The Cowboy Star on 10th between Market and G is five blocks outside the Gaslamp and has great steaks and homestyle fare. A little $$ but worth it. Last year saw a table of Warner Bros. execs there, so word may be getting out.

            Also, for lunch, I'd walk an extra couple of blocks over to Market and 8th for J.Wok Chinese or Valentine's Mexican. I brought a machaca burrito from Valentine's to wait in the line for the Lost panel, and I swear I could've sold 100 of 'em to other people in line.

            Neighborhood is a great burger/beer joint on 8th & G. The Neighborhood burger has grilled onions, blue and gruyere cheese on a ciabatta role for about $10 (with matchstick fries). For Chicago-style hot dogs and deep dish pizza, I'd go to Wolffy's Place at 9th & Market.

            Between downtown and Mission Valley, I'd stop at Old Town Mexican Cafe on San Diego Avenue (great tortillas and carnitas) or head just a mile west and go to Phil's BBQ right off Sports Arena Blvd. Worth the wait if you're into pork ribs, believe me.

            At the Zoo, you can have a nice sit-down lunch at Albert's Tree House within the zoo if you want to avoid the standard cheeseburger fare the stands serve. The food is good, not great, but better than churros and popcorn.