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Jun 26, 2010 03:21 PM

Staying in Mission Valley - Looking for Good Food

Hello from New Jersey. DH and I will be spending a few days in Mission Valley in August. I've scoured this board prior to posting, but all I have been able to ascertain is the M.V. area is pretty much devoid of good food.

This may be a difficult task, but can anyone recommend a few good restaurants that serve fresh, prefably seasonal food that is NOT Mexican, Asian, Middle Eastern or a chain restaurant? DH loves good sushi but menu has to have other offerings as I do not eat fish.

Need breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas.

We will have a car and can travel, but not knowing the area, do not want to go outside of S.D.

Thank you very much!

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    1. Your best option might be to head south to the Hillcrest and North Park areas. Very close to Mission Valley, which yes, devoid of good food options. In Mission Valley the only place I can think of that's OK is Bully's (steakhouse). However, if you drive 4 minutes up Texas street, on Adams Ave. you will find my favorite place in the area, Farmhouse Cafe. They do dinner and Sunday brunch.

      Adams Avenue Grill is a good option for lunch, only 2 blocks away from Farmhouse Cafe.

      Adams Avenue Grill
      2201 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

      1. Dinner: Cucina Urbana (need a reservation at least 1 week in advance), Urban Solace, Starlite, Jaynes Gastropub, Ritual Tavern, Cafe Chloe

        None of these is in MV, which as you discovered doesn't have too much in the way of good food. Doesn't matter, everything in SD is 20 min away from everything else anyway. They're all American/European cuisine.

        Breakfast: Highly recommend The Mission, although the best dishes on the menu have a Latin influence. The Cottage in La Jolla is nice too, although a bit far from Mission Valley.

        1. You know what, you're actually pretty lucky to be staying in Mission Valley. So while it is really devoid of any good food whatsoever, it's super accessible to the 8, 163, and 5, so ur not more than a 10 minute drive from a amazing million places. If u stayed elsewhere, the city would not be as accessible.


          Best dinner: Wine Vault and Bistro in Little Italy. It's honestly too good to be true. Best fresh/seasonal/non-seafood/new-american. Really amazing California cuisine, very knowledgable staff, prix-fixe menus for around $30 that border on molecular gastronomy. Second Best: Kemo Sabe - really creative, fun, delicious.

          Best bar: The Tractor Room. It's in the middle of Hillcrest, which is a great place to walk around at night, and a 5 minute drive from Mission Valley. Great local ingredients, super nice decor, best cocktail list in town.

          Best dessert: Chocolat. It's right down the street from the Tractor Room. A great place for gelato and prosecco.

          Best breakfast: Crest Cafe, in Hillcrest. Super friendly staff, a really fun diner, amazing creative menu. Also, Bread & Cie. is AMAZING. It's a bakery that services the entire city but also has an amazing outdoor seating area on the street to enjoy their fresh-out of the oven breads, pastries with a cup of coffee.

          Best Lunch: George's in La Jolla. If ur visiting, and even if ur local, it's got an amazing ocean view. But don't go if it's cloudy, not worth it. If it's cloudy, I definitely second Urban Solace. Great menu.

          Ahh anyways, there's a million other gems, but these are the best. (I just moved to Chicago from SD and I'm feeling a little sentimental.) Have fun!


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

          The Tractor Room
          3687 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

          Kemo Sabe
          3958 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103

          1. Well you did get the best of MV, probably a great deal on a hotel room. As far as chow, hop in the car and head to North Park an go to The Ritual Tavern for some excellent beer and pub food. If you in town on a Sat., I'd suggest the prix fixe dinner at Wine Vault. For a quick lunch drive to LJ and have a grilled fish sammie at El Pescador, for breakfast, in LJ, there's The Cottage, they have a nice open patio.

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