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May 7, 2010 11:48 PM

The Best of San Diego in Two-ish days

Hi everyone,
I'll be going to your fair city for 2 days from the 12th to the 13th (Wed and Thurs) and wanted to know if you could name places that were good and not too expensive. We'll be staying near the Mission area and going to the Gas Light district to look around. Any type of food is fine (preferably not too too greasy). I have no idea what kind of food San Diego is known for so I don't know what to search for. Apologies if this has been asked. Thanks in advance and howdy from Calgary (Canada).

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  1. Sounds like you are staying in or near Mission Beach. You can do some searches for Mission Beach, Gaslamp and Downtown and definitely find some recommendations.

    SD is probably best known for fish tacos and there is a food truck in Ocean Beach (close to Mission Beach by car) called Marsicos German that is fantastic.

    Downtown - Cafe Chloe has the best food and I like the food at Neighborhood, a bar with an excellent selection of beers on tap. In particular, the chorizo corn dogs, burgers and sweet potato fries are excellent. Both are technically outside the Gaslamp area to the east.

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

    1. Yep, this question has been asked to death. By Mission, do you mean Mission Bay, Mission Hills, Mission Valley, one of the local historical missions? And will you have a car. SD is a fairly large metro area; rapid transit isn't the most effective way to get around town and cabs, while plentiful, are not inexpensive

      Some of the most interesting dining currently is along the 30th St. corridor in North Park. You can find everything from excellent mole (Mayahuel) and a gastropub (Jaynes) to good coffee (Caffe Calabria) bad Mexican (Rancho's) and an okay bakery (Heaven Scent), to local and sustainable (The Linkery and Sea Rocket) to casual quasi-bistro (Urban Solace, Ritual Tavern) to quite a few places to stop in and sample the local beers. SD does happen to be the brew capital of the world right now.

      3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

      Ritual Tavern
      4095 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

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      1. re: DiningDiva

        Ya, I was not sure what the OP meant by "the Mission area."

        San Diego has some of the best Uni on the planet. Sample some at a sushi bar, or go straight to the source at Catalina Offshore Products.

      2. I second Cafe Chloe, reliably good and nice comfortable ambience. If you have a sweet tooth and your own transportation, try Extraordinary Desserts in Little Italy. Cowboy Star is also good.

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

        Extraordinary Desserts
        2929 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

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        1. re: nmrios

          The desserts at ED tend toward overrated on flavor and texture, though they certainly make a beautiful presentation. However, they do make a kick butt egg salad sandwich on olive bread with roasted red peppers. That sandwich is worth a trip, even if you skip dessert. ED also does decent tea service, which is somewhat unusual.

          I agree on Cafe Chloe, Mariscos German, and the recs on 30th, if the OP can get that way. Gaslamp is largely overpriced and mediocre. It's unclear where he/she's staying exactly? If Mission Hills, then University/30th area will be easy. If you go to Balboa Park, please head north for lunch/dinner. You'll be glad you did.

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

          Mariscos German
          3515 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

          Balboa Park
          1549 El Prado Ste 8, San Diego, CA 92101

          1. re: nmrios

            Seconding amyzan on ED's savory food items. Their panini are excellent - the tuna is good, too. I also really like their Caesar salad. It's one of the few properly made ones I've found without paying for tableside preparation.