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Return trip in Sept and just finishing touches on where to dine.

We will need 3 dinners and 4 lunches We are staying near little italy downtown SD and will have a car. 2 younger children with us that are well travelled and love patio's or more higher end..
Last trip
El Pescador, Wahoos, Alfonso's, Ropongo's, Georges, Brigantine, Point Loma Seafood, Mama Testes. Casa Guadalajara.

Return trip list: (want to try places we missed last year or new places I have read on here)
Mama Testes (return trip for take out probably again)
Super Cocino
German Mariscos on University
Hodad;s (hubby wants to try the cheeseburgers since we watch diners and drive in's)
Blue Water (or something like this)
Corvette Diner (yeah or nes?? )
Also if some are better for lunch or dinner please let me know :O) Also cheap and cheerfull AKA happy hours appeal as well to keep the budget down too!

We were thinking about a return trip to Old Towne as the hotel shuttle will take us to enjoy some happy hours where we went to Casa Guadaljara last time. I have seen the reviews and they dont seem to be chowhound worthie.
Saturday night we will eat dinner with the family and then my spouse and I will go to Gaslamp for drinks and people watching where our 3rd adult in party can watch the kids.

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

Hodads Restaurant
5010 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107

Casa Guadalajara
4105 Taylor St, San Diego, CA 92110

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  1. In Little Italy, there are some very nice places for lunch:

    Pete's Quality Meats is a hole in the wall sandwich shop that has a very limited menu of hot sandwiches, a fantastic sausage and pepper, meatball and 2 others that I forget.

    Mona Lisa has a nice Italian deli for take out sandwiches as well. Pappalecco has excellent gelato, pannini and other cafe fare.

    Not in LI, Bay Park Fish Co is similar to Blue Water in that they are also a fish market but it is a lot bigger and has a large patio. It is just off the 5 freeway to the east about even with Pacific Beach (in Bay Park). It is a sit-down restaurant as opposed to the counter ordering model of Blue Water or Point Loma.

    FYI - Mama Testa and Super Cocina

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

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

    Pete's Quality Meat
    1742 1 2 India St, San Diego, CA

    Bay Park Fish Co
    4121 Ashton St, San Diego, CA 92110

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

    Pappalecco
    1602 State St, San Diego, CA 92101

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    1. re: JRSD

      "FYI - Mama Testa and Super Cocina" :-D

      I think someone said recently that the Marisco's German truck on Uni had changed owners but the quality was still about the same. You might want to consider the Marisco's German truck in Ocean Beach instead. Same great food but at the beach. It's about a 3 block walk to the beach and about a block and a half away from Hodad's. Also in OB and close to both the Marisco's truck and Hodad's is Azucar Bakery. Their Mojito cookies, ginger scones and cafe Cubano are excellent.

      Blue Water was also featured on triple D and hasn't been the same since. By that I mean it's been packed and slammed for the last 6 or 7 months. Expect to wait. They do have patio seating, but there is no view and it's surrounded by a lot of foilage. It's still pretty good, but probably not as good as it was before the exposure.

      C Level Lounge has patio seating and a spectacular view of the bay, it's actually one of the best views in town. Not a bad choice for lunch, kids would be welcome. Great place for drinks.

      If your visit includes a Saturday, be sure to cruise through the Little Italy farmers market on Saturday morning. There are quite a few prepared food vendors, most of them with good stuff. Great place for breakfast or to pick up snacks for later on

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

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

      Hodads Restaurant
      5010 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107

      C Level Restaurant
      880 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

      1. re: JRSD

        "Mona Lisa has a nice Italian deli for take out sandwiches as well."

        And some outdoor seating.

        Puerto La Boca in little italy is good as well, lunch or dinner.

        "Corvette Diner (yeah or nes?? ) "

        I would say no. Substitute it with Burger Lounge in little italy.

        1. re: stevewag23

          With kids? I'd say yes to Corvette Diner

          1. re: DiningDiva

            I didnt relise that Marisco's German truck had changed owners.. So I really dont need to go to this one? I was going to go to Truck #5 that we didnt get to go to last holiday but heard it moved too..

            So Super cocina is must try then and is it better for lunch ?
            We will be there on Saturday so perfect to walk the market. Sunday we are doing a sail cruise on our last day.
            Corvette diner maybe for dinner?
            Is there any restaurants in Old Towne for happy hours now?

            So where is the best fish taco's in SD now???

            1. re: palmtree38

              The Marisco's German on University is just a couple of blocks away from Super Cocina. As much as I like the marisco's truck, I would keep driving and go to Super Cocina. Yes, I think you're better off doing lunch there than dinner. I think Old Town is kind of hit or miss. Patio happy hour with a view, the best bet is probably Acapulco on Juan St. It sits up on a hill and has a protected patio with a failry decent food. Food and drinks are servicable to decent but geared towards the tourist trade.

              I'm not the best person to answer the fish taco question. I'm kind of neutral on them. I like them when I eat them, but I don't usually seek them out. The best ones I've had were in Loreto, Baja Sur and were made out of dorado that an acquaintance had caught that morning. I've also gotten ghastly food poisioning from them too.

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

              1. re: palmtree38

                Mariscos German is still good. The change in ownership hasn't hurt it any.

                Best fish taco I've had in SD is at Mariscos El Pescador, a taco truck down in Chula Vista in the Toys R Us parking lot. Every other one I've had here is second to that one.

                Corvette Diner couldn't be less necessary. Almost anything else is a better choice.

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                Mariscos German
                3515 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

                1. re: Josh

                  I finally got to try the fish tacos at El Pescador and they were really great like everyone has been saying. To me, the main difference was the tortilla. It was much softer and seemed more homemade than the tortillas used at German. Has that been your experience?

                  1. re: jasont

                    I agree that's one element. I also taste seasoning in the batter, and possibly something unusual in the white sauce.

        2. Cafe Chloe for lunch or dinner.
          If you want to venture slightly north, Okan has a great lunch deal during the week. Just bring cash b/c they don't take credit cards at lunch.

          BTW, it's Roppongi's. Mama Testes makes for some good giggles!!

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

          1. Tender Greens in Point Loma is probably another good lunch option for you. Fresh, healthy food at a budget price point.

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

            Tender Greens
            2400 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106

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            1. re: DougOLis

              wooops that is a giggle just looked at my spelling haha.

              Ok folks lets get some of your best fish taco places going here..:O) The ocean beach one is age 21 and we have kids. We have been to brigantine and georges for them. I dont want to drive up to la jolla for fish tacos so something that is within 10 min drive or less to our hotel.

              So vito covette diner..

              And fish and seafood since being at point loma what is another good one that doesnt break the bank but fresh and perhaps a patio??

            2. You have to try a couple of San Diego's fine beers (if not you, then the hubby and the 21 yr old) while you're here. After all, we are the best beer town in the country. A good place to go is Pizza Port. Now, do not think of Pizza Port as having great food. It doesn't. The pizza is better than Domino's or Papa Johns, but its still nothing great. But it is family friendly, serves some of the best beer in town, and its right around the corner from Hodads.

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              Hodads Restaurant
              5010 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107

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              1. re: jmtreg

                WE both will drink beer especially hubby. I like wine mostly.

                Well hodad's was negged here as not a great place to go.....

                I dont see anything that I MUST TRY this time from Chowers that I might be missing from my restaurant lists... Does that mean I have been to the best must try's previous and upcoming trip?

              2. Amy DiBiase is opening a new place in the old Case de Bandini soon. Could be another good option in Old Town.

                http://www.foodbuzzsd.com/blog/2010/0...

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                1. re: DougOLis

                  Doug are you the same chower that recommended a jazz./blues venue for a Saturday night venue few mths back? We have never gone out on the town since children but since bringing a relative this time we can go out a evening and choose Gaslamp area for SAt night.. Were not into young clubbing as we are around 40 but more down to earth fun friendly atmosphere with no attitude places..

                  1. re: palmtree38

                    That might have been me. Patrick's II in the Gaslamp. Older crowd, blues bands.

                    1. re: Josh

                      Thanks Josh... Is this still a happening place? Is their cover charge? If not we like to do a pub type crawl and go in to a few places over the course of the evening.

                      1. re: palmtree38

                        Ok reviewing more reviews I am thinking now of a return trip Friday night to Old Townes Casa Guadalajara. We enjoyed the atmosphere, happy hour drinks flowing and the mariachi everyone in the party enjoyed Casa Guad. Our food was really good last time despite the slower service.

                        Saturday night leaning to Blue Water Seafood.. This isnt too far from where we are staying and we can sit out on patio if nice enjoy our meal and spouse and I can go on the town this night to Gaslamp for our pub crawl :O)

                        Sunday our last day of holiday we are going for a boat cruise and thought we could pick up Mama Testa's to bring back to t he hotel for dinner to enjoy and relax at the pool before leaving the next day.

                        Lunch at Super Cocina, Sandwiches at a above choice in Little Italy and will pick a fish taco truck for the other lunch.

                        How does this agenda look????

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

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

                        Casa Guadalajara
                        4105 Taylor St, San Diego, CA 92110

                        Blue Water Seafood
                        3667 India St, San Diego, CA 92103

                        1. re: palmtree38

                          No idea, haven't been there in probably 10 years. I've driven by though, and it still seems to be popular. I remember cover charges being around $5.