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Mar 19, 2010 06:40 AM

Diners in San Diego

Hi 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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  1. Are you looking for american comfort food?

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    1. re: cstr

      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.

      1. re: ebay3392

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

    2. 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'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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      1. re: Beach Chick

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

        1. re: Beach Chick

          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.

          1. re: Captain Jack

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

        2. 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.

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

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