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ebay3392 Mar 19, 2010 06:40 AM

Hi all...my wife, mother in law and I will be touring your fair city on Monday April 5th and are in search of a good local diner to hit for lunch....we will be having Mexican the day before so as much as I would like Mexican morning noon and night, have to provide a variety for the others....any suggestions? My wife is fairly 'thrifty' and does not like shellfish of any kind...thanks in advance, bob

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    cstr RE: ebay3392 Mar 19, 2010 09:53 AM

    Are you looking for american comfort food?

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      ebay3392 RE: cstr Mar 19, 2010 02:28 PM

      Yes...something decent and economical...wife wants to go to Olive Garden for dinner (for one reason they are not in Canada anymore) and another $$ reasons.

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        cstr RE: ebay3392 Mar 19, 2010 02:36 PM

        Will you have a car or are you staying near the boat pier?

    2. Beach Chick RE: ebay3392 Mar 19, 2010 11:11 AM

      SD isn't much of a 'diner' kind of place but there is one that is really good and is owned by Stu Segall who produced Silk Stalkings and Renegade..it's Studio Diner and easy to get to.
      Sure you don't want a good bar since your traveling with your mother in law?
      ; )

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        ebay3392 RE: Beach Chick Mar 19, 2010 02:27 PM

        Haha...that is what our Cruise to Hawaii is for...big ship many places to hide...

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          Captain Jack RE: Beach Chick Mar 20, 2010 08:38 AM

          I like Studio Diner. The OP could order their tasty lobster roll, the fried clams, and a cup of New England clam chowder, then make his wife watch him eat it all. (does not like shellfish....huh)? I reviewed Studio Diner a while back if the OP is interested. Oh ya, and don't forget the best show by far filmed on Stu's lot, Veronica Mars. I just love me some Kristen Bell.

          ebay, you should consider yourself fortunate that Olive Garden has left Canada. I'd rather eat out of a dumpster.


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            ebay3392 RE: Captain Jack Mar 20, 2010 09:10 AM

            Haha...I know...my sentiments exactly....but I am outnumbered 2:1 on that one!

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          daantaat RE: ebay3392 Mar 19, 2010 07:45 PM

          Not sure if this will do it, but Ricky's in Mission Valley is a 1960's style diner, kind of like a better version of Denny's. We go there for their Dutch apple pancake, which is HUGE and very yummy. Have had their corned beef hash, which is decent. Nothing to blow your socks off but decent food. Can't tell you about the rest of the menu, though.

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            JRSD RE: ebay3392 Mar 19, 2010 07:55 PM

            Chicken Pie Shop on El Cajon Blvd in North Park may fit the bill. Very reasonable prices for classic American comfort food - thick soups, chicken pot pie, mashed potatoes and dessert pies. Does not have the extensive menu of a diner, however.

            1. Dagney RE: ebay3392 Mar 20, 2010 12:29 AM

              I am partial to Rudford's on El Cajon Boulevard in North Park.

              Rudford's Restaurant
              2900 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104

              1. jmtreg RE: ebay3392 Mar 20, 2010 11:40 AM

                *sniff**sniff* I miss Perry's. Any word on when it will reopen?

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                  RB Hound RE: jmtreg Apr 9, 2010 01:05 PM


                  It's open: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/around-tow...

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                    jmtreg RE: RB Hound Apr 9, 2010 02:15 PM

                    Just heard. . .totally sweet.

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