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San Diego from NYC for 5 days/4 nights

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Trying to eal like a local would. Nothing that is a cuisine that is oversaturated in New york or which New York does better.

Some of my ideas:

Lunch:
Super Cocina
Mariscos German
In n' Out
Point LOma Seafood

Dinner:
Cafe Chloe
Kaito or Sushi Ota
Occeannairre

What do you guys think? Also, need breakfast suggestions, pho/ramen or Thai suggestions and any other can't miss suggestions. Will be headed there in two days. Thanks all.

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

Super Cocina
3627 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92104

Sushi Ota
4529 Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109

Mariscos German
3515 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

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  1. Oceanaire is very similar to Lure Fishbar in Soho and Lure is much better. I would skip it.
    San Diego has great craft beer--maybe switch in one of our many beer oriented restaurants like the Linkery, Ritual or Blind Lady Ale House instead.

    Other then that your choices look great, I would do Kaito over Ota.

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    Linkery
    3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

    Oceanaire
    San DIego, CA, San DIego, CA

    Blind Lady Ale House
    3416 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA

    1. I would drop In n' Out - nothing memorable. If you look for good burgers there are a number of good places in SD - Starlite, Alchemy, Urban Solace which also have a focus on local ingredients and are all worth visit to experience local cuisine.

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      1. re: honkman

        C'mon, there are no animal fries in our neck of the woods! ;)

      2. Agree w/ honkman, In-N-Out is nothing special. Burger Lounge is similar, local, and much better.

        1. I've been on a Wa Dining Okan kick lately. I wouldn't miss it. Fantastic lunch, incredible tapas dinners. Its my current San Diego favorite restaurant

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          Wa Dining Okan
          3860 Convoy St., #110, San Diego, CA 92111

          1. Sab e Lee has great Thai food. For fish, I like The Fishery more than Oceanaire except that Oceanaire has a great deal for happy hour.

            Definitely agree with seeking out some beer-centric locales and the Stone World Bistro is an incredible setting with fantastic beer. The food can be hit or miss for me, but my last lunch there was very good. It is not centrally located and is a pretty far drive, but a good choice if you are headed to the Wild Animal Park.

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            Oceanaire
            San DIego, CA, San DIego, CA

            1. My favorite cheap drive-thru Mexican would be Super Sergio's on Convoy near Balboa. Sit down try El Portal near Balboa and Genessee. For really good cheap local Thai food (but very small, can be a wait at busy times) try Sab E Lee in Linda Vista (opens 1030am all day but closed Mon; cash only). Do you like Original Pancake House for breakfast? several locations. Or some beach breakfast places (pick a beach). We have Pho all over the place. You might try yelp for specifics. Anywhere along Convoy will get you a variety of Oriental restaurants. Dumpling Inn, Tajima (ramen), Okan (very nice Japanese next to Nijiya Market). For more upper end, Sun brunch you could drive out to Cavaillion. And I really like Mistral down near Coronado/Loews for local flavor. China Max is pretty good, includes dimsum starting around 10am. Have fun! Tell us where you ate.

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              Nijiya Market
              3860 Convoy St # 109, San Diego, CA

              Dumpling Inn
              4619 Convoy St Ste F, San Diego, CA 92111

              Super Sergio's
              4125 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111

              Pancake House Restaurant
              1000 N 2nd St, El Cajon, CA 92021

              El Portal
              1655 Brandywine Ave, Chula Vista, CA 91911

              China Max Restaurant
              4698 Convoy St Ste 101, San Diego, CA 92111

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              1. re: plmanuel

                I enjoy China Max but if the OP goes to Chinatown, Flushing or Sunset Park for Dim Sum in NY then they will likely be disappointed in the Dim Sum in SD.

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                China Max Restaurant
                4698 Convoy St Ste 101, San Diego, CA 92111

                1. re: JRSD

                  I don't think any of the dim sum places in SD compare very well with other cities, such as NY, SF, or Vancouver. At best, they only sate your appetite for something resembling dim sum. Not what I would consider a good use of time when visiting from out of town.

                  Dumpling Inn is alright, but doesn't compare to a place like Joe's Shanghai in NYC.

                  I had a horrible bowl of ramen once at Tajima, and there are better alternatives now: Santouka for tonkotsu broth and Yakyudori for shio and shoyu.

                  Yelp is horribly misleading in SD (compared to SF and NYC), because a vast majority of posters are trying to be amusing rather than provide useful information re: food quality. For pho, I'd recommend Pho Cow Cali Express or Lucky on Mira Mesa or Pho Fusion (just opened) on Clairemont Mesa.

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                  Dumpling Inn
                  4619 Convoy St Ste F, San Diego, CA 92111

                  1. re: hye

                    how does Pho Fusion compare to Cow Cali and Lucky?

                    1. re: daantaat

                      Their broth was slightly inconsistent in that of the three bowls of pho at our table, they arrived in increasing order of darkness and flavoring. Otherwise, it was well-balanced. The sate sauce was acceptable -- it doesn't compare at all to what you get at Cow Cali, though.

                      Noodles were NOT clumpy, and beef was good (not great). Nothing really stood out, but it was a very solid bowl, especially for a new place. Garnishes were missing culantro (not an issue for me but is for some).

                      They seemed to have a wide variety of appetizers, and are currently doing a free drink with pho order during the grand opening special. We did miss that the entire back of the menu was boba (maybe that's the "fusion" part?).

                      I'd still take Cow Cali or Lucky over Pho Fusion, but there's no denying that it's in a different part of town and is the standout for that area.

                        1. re: daantaat

                          I should also add that Pho Fusion carries banh mi, but it's $3.49 and not very good.

                      1. re: daantaat

                        I just had my first bowl of Pho at Pho Fusion today, my standard Pho Tai Gau Gan Sach with Tai on the side and a small bowl of soup, Nuoc Beo and sliced onions. Well judging by this one bowl of Pho I wasn't very impressed. Tastewise it's a darker and beefier broth *somewhat* like Pho Lucky, but without the excitement of the latter. (Pho Lucky's not my favorite either, but their broth seems to have a lot of rustic character which makes it a good change of pace once in a blue moon from Pho Cow Cali's beautiful and elegantly constructed broth.)

                        But with Pho Fusion's bowl I felt it lacked character and was really rather dull. Along with strong beefy notes it reminded me of dishes that are thrown off balance when a chef doesn't properly moderate their use of Chinese Five Spice; fantastic when used properly, but simply awful when overused. Not that Pho uses Chinese Five Spice, but there are a lot of taste similarities and shared ingredients. This broth tasted like that - a dual hit of almost an exaggerated beefiness along with the sense that they extracted too much out of their spices. In short, it seemed to lack balance.

                        Contributing to this lack of balance, I felt the broth to be too sweet. Not that it tasted sweet in an absolute sense, but in the sense that one can take an already balanced broth and add sugar to it as a hidden ingredient (or through sweet vegetables) without making the result sweet in an absolute sense. (I believe that you can feel sugar's presence almost like a texture on your tongue before you can actually start to taste it.)

                        What I really wanted to say about this is a bit more complicated, and I wish I had the right culinary words to describe it. In color theory one can talk about things being, say, -blue, which is another way of saying +yellow. One is the complement of the other.

                        What I was trying to say is that this broth was in an absolute sense -sweet, (not sweet in an absolute sense but rather the opposite of sweet, whatever that is), but relative to most Pho broths still sweeter. For instance if something is sufficiently yellow (- blue) one can add blue to it while still keeping the overall color still yellow; yet it just got "bluer". This is what I felt about this broth when I said that it was too sweet. Something must have been done relative to other Pho broths to make this one sweeter than the norm.

                        I also didn't much care for the balance of broth to noodles and protein. Perhaps due to using a somewhat small bowl to begin with, I felt that I was always in danger of "draining the pond". I'd rather have my noodles swimming in a sea of broth rather than have a clumpy mat of noodles almost daring to surface out of its bowl.

                        They were offering free drinks so I had my very first milk tea ever (with Lychee). Well maybe that's how it should have been, but it surprised me to find the drink to be overly sweet - I couldn't even finish it and left it behind when I left.

                        Rather than Pho Fusion for the area I'd readily recommend Pho Convoy, one of the more amazing turnaround stories. They used to have a very insipid, uninspiring bowl of Pho, but now running what must be almost a year they continue to serve a very good bowl.

                        And I was really pleased with a recent visit when I had my first bowl of Bun Bo Hue there, which was probably the very best bowl of BBH that I've had yet. I was particularly pleased to see that they accompanied the BBH with a small dish of shrimp paste, which allowed me to "funk up" the BBH to my heart's content! Mmmmm, I could really use another bowl right about now!

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                        Pho Convoy
                        4647 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111

                        Pho Lucky
                        770 Sycamore Ave, Vista, CA 92083

                  2. re: plmanuel

                    What's a good breakfast spot at La Jolla beach?

                      1. re: ajs228

                        AT the beach or NEAR the beach?

                        Coffee Cup Cafe by FAR for breakfast NEAR the beach.

                        Brockton Villa is okay (not great) for AT the beach.

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                        Brockton Villa Restaurant
                        1235 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037

                        Coffee Cup
                        1109 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92037

                        1. re: bizzwriter

                          That's not exactly my question. Though Brockton Villa is technically near a beach, how many people consider that little tiny thing at the Cove a beach? I think that what ajs228 meant was "La Jolla SHORES Beach", and as far as I know none of the restaurants down there are known for having decent breakfasts.

                          I think you can the The Cottage to those other two if that if you are going with that theme.

                          Edit: Diva comes through with something I do not know, though I wonder if one would feel comfortable in swimwear and flip-flops at the Marine Room. :)

                          1. re: RB Hound

                            I've seen people in very casual wear at Marine Room.

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                            Marine Room Restaurant
                            2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037

                            1. re: RB Hound

                              In spite of it's high-end reputation, The Marine Room is actually rather on the casual side, especially so for it's breakfast/brunch meals. Flip flops, cut-offs and a tank top probably won't fly, but flip-flops, khakis and a Hawaiian shirt just might, tho' I think with the La Jolla set you'd be more likely to see Topsiders sans socks ;-)

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                              Marine Room Restaurant
                              2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037

                              1. re: DiningDiva

                                Im pretty sure that Marine Room is only offering brunch for high tide and special occasions and not every weekend.

                                Last time we went was for high tide and it was great. It was more casual than we expected but most people were not wearing flip flops and I don't recall seeing anyone in shorts.

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                                Marine Room Restaurant
                                2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037

                                1. re: JRSD

                                  You know, I think you may be right that they're only doing brunch for high tide.

                          2. re: ajs228

                            Nine-Ten does a very nice breakfast, so does The Cottage. Neither is "on" the beach.

                            The Marine Room does a breakfast buffet (usually around $40) that is pretty good. The Marine Room is literally on the beach. It's most impressive during High Tide Breakfast in the winter when waves have been known to crash against the beach windows.

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                            Marine Room Restaurant
                            2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037

                            1. re: ajs228

                              I enjoyed the breakfast I had at the Shores restaurant inside La Jolla Shores Hotel last year while my aunt was staying there. I thought it was very reasonably priced for the setting right on the beach, and the chilaquiles I had were quite good. I keep meaning to go back there.

                          3. Isabel's Cantina is a good breakfast choice. Order the Coconut French Toast, the Banana Blackberry Pancakes or the Roast Beef Hash and Eggs.

                            Also try to make the treck to Aqui es Texcoco for some barbacoa de borrego and huitlacoche. This little place is a prime example of the benefits of our boarder with Mexico

                            1. Definitely recommend somewhere for great craft beer.

                              Whisknladle in La Jolla, lovely setting, great farm to table type menu

                              Cucina Urbana in Bankers Hill, great space, great rustic Italian but nothing new and exciting if you are comeing from NYC.

                              Oceanaire is good but it is the same as a chain type steakhouse.

                              Highly recommend the Linkery

                              As for burgers...try Rocky's in Pacific Beach. IN n Out is about the same as Shake Shack.

                              Stone is an amazing place but far out of the way, but worth the drive.

                              Breakfast - Hash House a go go, Cafe 222, The Cottage in La Jolla

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                              Linkery
                              3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

                              Oceanaire
                              San DIego, CA, San DIego, CA

                              Cafe 222
                              222 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

                              Whisknladle
                              1044 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA 92037

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                              1. re: swicks

                                Is there a such difference between Rocky's and In n Out burger ?

                              2. Geez -- so many people down on In-n-Out. It's the best burger chain on the West Coast -- ya gotta try it (be sure to get a Double-Double). Yeah -- there are better non-chain burgers around, but there are in NYC too.

                                For breakfast, you gotta go to Kono's in Pacific Beach. I'm partial to the breakfast burritos, but the conventional American breakfast offerings are solid and very well priced. Take your food out onto the deck BEHIND the little gift shop, above the beach. ONLY in San Diego!

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                                1. re: bizzwriter

                                  Burger Lounge is a much better burger chain. In-n-Out is great if you like plastic cheese and bleached white flour.

                                  1. re: Josh

                                    Yeah -- I guess I should have said "the best burger chain on the West Coast with MORE THAN 4 OUTLETS."

                                    1. re: Josh

                                      I went to Burger Lounge five times, and let's just say I've had great burgers and bad burgers there.

                                      1. re: royaljester

                                        OK, I guess I should at least give In-n-Out points for consistency.

                                        ;-)

                                    2. re: bizzwriter

                                      Kono's Surf Club is a great rec for a someone from NYC. The location on the deck, behind the gift shop, alone is worth the visit. I live a couple blocks away and eat there frequently. I strongly advise sticking to the #1 - #4 egg burritos, and the Kono's potatoes. The #1 with cheese, sausage, and avacado is huge, and truly excellent. The rest of the menu, while competent, is rather pedestian. Kono's gives an East Coaster a good feel for SoCal surf culture.

                                      1. re: bizzwriter

                                        Agreed, everyone outside of the West Coast loves Inn N Out, even if there's a better burger to be had. Animal fries and convenience are two good reasons. While I do like Burger Lounge, Inn N Out is actually more consistent and appealing to guests I've taken. Parking is also an issue at Burger Lounge unfortunately.

                                        That said, any mention of Inn N Out will always attract a post from Josh bashing it to hyperbole, without fail.

                                        1. re: royaljester

                                          What can I say, I'm a fan of cognitive dissonance.

                                          1. re: royaljester

                                            There's also the fairly unique appeal of In N Out's simple regular menu and extensive "secret" menu. I don't know that there are any other chains quite like that.

                                        2. Depending on where you stay, add El Pescador, on Pearl St. in La Jolla for lunch. Skip In n' Out for Burger Lounge.

                                          For dinner I'd add Wine Vault, they have a great multi course offering on Sat eves. and it's a great value.
                                          For breakfast, I'd opt for The Cottage, on Fay St. in La Jolla, nice patio with al fresco sitting.
                                          Another alternative for lunch/dinner options, avec excellent crafted beer, are Blind lady or The Ritual Tavern. Also Rock Bottom, in La Jolla, just won a few beer awards but, I'd avoid ordering anything other than apps. Hope you enjoy your stay.

                                          1. Thanks for all the great suggestions so far. Keep 'em coming. I have been to a few of the places on my list before: Kaito, Super Cocina and Mariscos German and really enjoyed all of them.

                                            I know many of you have recommended places with good craft beers. My first night there I'll be solo, so where would you all recommend as a place where I could comfortably sit at the bar and get dinner without it being too packed or sceney?

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                                            Super Cocina
                                            3627 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92104

                                            Mariscos German
                                            3515 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

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                                            1. re: jdf

                                              Linkery, Ritual Tavern, Blind Lady Ale House

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                                              Linkery
                                              3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

                                              Blind Lady Ale House
                                              3416 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA

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

                                              1. re: Josh

                                                jdf: You might also want to keep open as an option the Park 2 Park shuttle service. It runs Thursday through Saturday from 6 pm to 2 am (til midnight on Thursdays) every 20-30 minutes with unlimited boarding/unboarding for only $5.

                                                The route strategically gets you to all of the new hot spots along 30th St. and Adams Ave via 9 stops over roughly 6 miles (9 miles when you include the backtracking on 30th St.). I believe you buy your ticket via PayPal and redeem it when you board the shuttle for the first time from any stop.

                                                http://sdpark2park.com/

                                                1. re: cgfan

                                                  You can also buy a ticket on the bus. They don't publicize that info.

                                              2. re: jdf

                                                This place doesn't get a lot of comment on the board, but it is very solid. That would be Cantina Mayahuel on Adams Ave. Huge selection of tequilas and one of the best (if not the best) mezcal selection in SD. Mostly locals, virtually no tourists, not a usual suspect, but really worth seeking out

                                                http://www.cantinamayahuel.com/

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                                                Cantina Mayahuel
                                                2934 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

                                                1. re: DiningDiva

                                                  Nice to see Cantinas Mayahuel get some respect here. I used to live just around the corner from it. Great tequila selection like you said, and a mole definitely worth trying.

                                                  1. re: Kico

                                                    have they ever upgraded their chips? When I was in there a while ago, they were serving storebought straight from a bag.

                                                    1. re: Alice Q

                                                      Unfortunately I think not. I was underwhelmed with their 'chips & salsa' when I had them. It's been a little while since I've been there so they may have upgraded since then.

                                                      1. re: Alice Q

                                                        Had lunch there today -- I can report that the shrimp tacos, cold Pacificos, and homemade salsa are GREAT, but that the store-bought tortilla chips are still...store bought. Reminded me of Tostitos.

                                                2. Kaito over Sushi Ota, hands down
                                                  Yu Me Ya in Encinitas for "refined" izakaya
                                                  definitely Okan for lunch or dinner or both
                                                  Pho--Pho Cow Cali for a well flavored clear broth; Lucky Pho (across the street) for a more robust flavored and saltier broth.
                                                  Thai--Sab e Lee in Linda Vista or Sab e Lee 2 in Santee
                                                  breakfast in La Jolla-Coffee Cup Cafe
                                                  ramen--Yakitori Yakyudori Ramen on Convoy Ave.
                                                  best Sunday brunch--Cavaillon (think Payard-style cooking for $10/plate)
                                                  Indian chaat--Surati Farsan Mart
                                                  Hyderabadi cuisine--Copper Chimney lunch truck on Fri nights and Sat afternoons (very limited hours, see posts on the board)

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                                                  Sushi Ota
                                                  4529 Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109

                                                  1. Some other spots to check out/agreement with other posts:
                                                    Mama Testa in Hillcrest for spectacular tacos.
                                                    Point Loma Seafood...whatever looks good. I dream of the crab sandwich with a fried oyster chaser. (Yes I do have high cholesterol, thanks for asking.)
                                                    Can't rave enough about The Cottage for breakfast. Take home a bag of the granola.
                                                    Super Cocina
                                                    Chico Farm for the most dazzling (and pricy!) fruits and veg you can imagine.
                                                    Linkery and Urban Solace are on the same street in North Park. Both are great.
                                                    I love grabbing breakfast at the Hillcrest Farmers Market. The prepared food vendors are so good.
                                                    The Mission in North Park or PB has excellent french toast. (BTW, San Diego does breakfast really well!)
                                                    El Pescador in La Jolla has amazing seafood that they grill to order. So good...grab a plate and walk down to the beach.
                                                    And find a California burrito somewhere. I'm partial to El Indio, but it's a choice sneer upon by many 'hounds. It's such glorious mix of carne asada, fries, cheese and salsa.

                                                    I really miss SD. Hope your trip is great!

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                                                    Mama Testa
                                                    1417 University Ave Ste A, San Diego, CA 92103

                                                    Linkery
                                                    3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

                                                    Urban Solace Restaurant
                                                    3823 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104

                                                    Super Cocina
                                                    3627 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92104

                                                    Point Loma Cafe
                                                    4856 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92106

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                                                      1. re: daantaat

                                                        my bad...fat fingers + iPhone = typos

                                                    1. Is that little Mission Too joint still on the beach in Mission Beach? It used to be pretty good for a breakfast burrito - Konos is also right on the beach at the Crystal Pier in PB, S. of La Jolla. JRDN at the Tower 23 hotel is right on the boardwalk and does a nice breakfast, A.R. Valentien at the Torrey Pines Lodge is also known for good breakfast - it's not on the beach but close to Torrey Pines and you can sit out on the deck. A good casual breakfast place at LJ Shores would kill it. Someone really ought to get on that. In the meantime, Piatti does a surprisingly good brunch, and sitting on the patio under the tree is a nice way to spend a morning. I don't think they open until 11 or so though.

                                                      Chloe is actually a good place for breakfast too. The food is rich but portions are small - I especially like the steak frites & cheese plate (but not for breakfast!) Other good choices that showcase local produce/products are Starlite (great cocktails and good food with a mellow but hip club vibe) Blind Lady Ale House (pizza & artisanal small plates with great beer selection), Bankers Hill Restaurant & Bar (spanking new in the last couple of weeks with a gastropub-esque menu) and Market - fine dining in N. County.

                                                      You might want to check out the North Park scene - The Smoking Goat, The Linkery, Ritual Tavern, Toronado - all along 30th street from Upas to University (roughly) It's sort of the burgeoning dining/nightlife scene here in SD - lots of places with a pub-like atmosphere, casual artisanal cuisine and young-ish crowds.

                                                      I also recommend a lunch on the deck at George's Ocean Terrace and/or dinner in their dining room (California Modern.) Excellent food and spectacular views of the ocean. The terrace is more casual, and is open for lunch. Reservations are a definite must. 1500 Ocean at the Hotel Del is also excellent and has a nice beach/water view and atmosphere. The food at both (and Market as well) is fine dining with a little local flavor - lots of local produce, seafood, etc.

                                                      Blue Water Grill is also a good spot for fish (vs. Point Loma Seafood) In N' Out is fun if you can't get it where you come from. Definitely get your burger Animal Style - cooked with mustard, with grilled onions, sauce and pickles, and order your fries well done if you like them crisp.

                                                      Oh - and skip Oceanaire. It's a nationwide chain and the food is nothing special (or local.) Spend your fine dining dollars at 1500 Ocean, George's CA Modern or Market instead! :)

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                                                      Linkery
                                                      3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

                                                      Point Loma Seafoods
                                                      2805 Emerson St, San Diego, CA 92106

                                                      Blind Lady Ale House
                                                      3416 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA

                                                      Starlite
                                                      3175 India Street, San Diego, CA 92103

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

                                                      Torrey Pines Lodge
                                                      11480 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037

                                                      1500 Ocean
                                                      1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118

                                                      George's Ocean Terrace
                                                      1250 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037

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                                                      1. re: Alice Q

                                                        Hey Alice,

                                                        Yes, Mission 2 is still there on the boarwalk just south of Oliver.

                                                        JRDN at Tower 23 only offers Breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays now.

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                                                        Mission 2
                                                        4111 Ocean Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109

                                                      2. La Puerta on 4th downtown for some tasty burritos. Love the surf n turf, California and Viva Mexico ones. Not your typical looking Mexican restaurant/bar. Great happy hour and late night happy hour prices. http://www.taco619.com/

                                                        Agree with the others skip Oceanaire.

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                                                        Oceanaire
                                                        San DIego, CA, San DIego, CA

                                                        La Puerta
                                                        560 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

                                                        1. Juat wanted to thank you all for yuor suggestions. Managed to hit a few old favorites from prior trips while adding some new experiences.

                                                          Right from the airport headed to Point Loma seafood. All looked great and I settled down at a table by the water with an amply sized, very sweet tasting scallop sandwich, fires and a Sierra Nevada. Great welcome meal to SD, though I would have loved to get the sofy shell crab special, had I seen it in time. Jet lag kicked in that evening so it was a double-double animal style and a strawberry shake before heading back to the hotel.

                                                          The next morning we drove to La Jolla and had a very nice meal at The Cottage while sitting outside. I enjoyed my prosciutto scramble with bloody mary while my wife had the granola which was excellent. The late breakfast carried us until dinner time where we found ourselves at Okan at 8 p.m. We arrived and were told there would be a 20-30 minute ait since they were doing a free sake and shochu tasting. Unfortunately, the wait streteched until an hour, as we were starved by the time we sat. While tasting the sake and shchu, we had:fried baby octopus, grilled squid, soft shell crab with curry, a roast pork dish, ramen with duck, the pudding and 2 or 3 other dishes I forget, plus 2 beers which came to a reasonable$74 including tax. We found the service to be friendly and the food very homey and good.

                                                          Next day for lunch, a return trip to Mariscos German, which we hit on our last trip. Gobernador tao was our favorite. Enjoyed, but not blown away by the Octpus and Marlin taco. Really enjoyed the tostado cevice mixto. Found room afterward to have a few craft beers and a sausage at The Linkery, but no dinner that night.

                                                          Next day we went to Cafe Chloe for lunch. Great place to linger in a casual and cozy vibe with good strong coffee and pomegranite mimosas as well as well-executed food. Next time, will try them for dinner. Then, a late lunch snack at Blind Lady with a pizza o share and a few local craft beers. A great place to spend an afternoon.

                                                          Finally, a return tryp to Super Cocina. I had the barbocoa and Nopalitos (lost in translation as I thought I was getting pork). No matter, the sauces are everything there and they are so good. Wife had spicy pork and a kind of ground beef stew dish. They are always so friendly there giving tastes of everything.

                                                          We will miss these places along with the ones like Kaito that we didn't even get to. Next time..

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                                                          Linkery
                                                          3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

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

                                                          Super Cocina
                                                          3627 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92104

                                                          Mariscos German
                                                          3515 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

                                                          Point Loma Cafe
                                                          4856 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92106

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                                                          1. re: jdf

                                                            This sure was a thorough post-trip report! Thanks for responding and letting us find out how you liked the various places that were suggested!

                                                          2. Thanks for all who suggested Super Cocina. We had breakfast there twice during our July 4 weekend visit and consider it one of the highlights of the trip. The owner, while shoving sample after mouthwatering sample at us, said he had intentionally hired cooks from all different regions of Mexico over the years to add extra authenticity to his dishes. I believe him! Everything tasted like it came from a roadside shack in the Mexican countryside. A real gem and fabulous value. Thanks again.

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                                                            Super Cocina
                                                            3627 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92104

                                                            3 Replies
                                                            1. re: Cubancoffee

                                                              Cubancoffee what items did you like?

                                                              1. re: Island

                                                                Not that you're asking me, haha..but I was there recently for only the second time (after learning of the place from these boards) and had the chilaquiles, and they were definitely the best I've ever eaten..!

                                                                1. re: Island

                                                                  EVERYTHING they gave us to sample was excellent (except one dish with nopales, which I don't care for). We went for the special each day: two main dishes plus rice and beans and steamed corn tortillas. In the course of two breakfasts we tried the chilaquiles, chicken in roasted tomatillo sauce, chicken mole, pork in red sauce, chiles rellenos and chicken in a cilantro sauce. All just like my mamita would have made, if I were Latino.