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Can anyone rec SD restaurants that locals frequent? I'm going to be in SD for 3 weeks and would not like to break the bank. Diners, take out places, mom and pops, type are what i'm looking for. I'll be staying in mission valley and working close to the shipyard. pls help....

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  1. First critical question: will you have a car?

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    1. re: phee

      yes. lets saw 10 mile radius from both locations.

    2. If by "working close to the shipyard" you mean somewhere near Barrio Logan, I would highly recommend Las Quatro Milpas for two or three visits during the course of three weeks. Definitely a locals, mom-and-pop kinda place with the BEST homemade tortillas you'll ever eat.

      1875 Logan Avenue, San Diego 92113

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      1. re: bizzwriter

        For the Barrio Logan area my faves, from closest to furthest, but all within very easy driving distance, are:

        1) El Porvenir - carnitas
        2) Cafe Virtuoso - primarily a wholesale roaster, but they setup a walk-in bar for retail drink sales
        3) Tacos El Paisa - tacos and delicious Aguas Frescas

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        Tacos El Paisa
        840 S 47th St, San Diego, CA 92113

        Cafe Virtuoso
        1616 National Ave, San Diego, CA 92113

      2. Perry's in Old Town/Mission Valley area..breakfast
        Ricky's in MV for breakfast apple pancakes
        Sab-E-Lee for Thai in Linda Vista
        Las Cuatro Milpas for lunch
        Mariscos German..best fish tacos and other seafood..2802 ocean view blvd
        Saffron on India street
        Blue Water Grill India street
        Bully's East Mission Valley..Bully Burger and a beer

        1. Mariscos German
          Tacos El Paisa
          Super Cocina
          Hamilton's Tavern
          Toronado
          Sab-E-Lee
          Pizzeria Bruno
          Blind Lady Alehouse

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

          Mariscos German
          3515 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

          1. Thanks for all the recs! looks like i will eat well in SD

            1. If you just want a good burger and beer, Longhorn Cafe is on Friars Road East of the Stadium in the Vons parking lot.

              1. I like Kabob Shop 630 9th Avenue, San Diego, California 92101 (wait for it....they're better in Berlin, someone will point out)

                Mariscos German2802 Ocean View Boulevard San Diego, CA 92113 is near the shipyards as is

                Blueprint Cafe, 1805 Newton Avenue
                San Diego, CA 92113

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                Mariscos German
                3515 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

                1. El Borrego, Pho Hoa, Minh Ky, and Tacos El Panson, all in City Heights

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                  Pho Hoa Restaurant
                  4717 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115

                  El Borrego Restaurant
                  4280 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92105

                  Tacos El Panson
                  4433 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115

                  1. Second all of the above - esp. Blind Lady Alehouse - plus Blue Water Grill, K Sandwiches (bahn mi), Mama's Lebanese, MIHO Gastrotruck, Starlite, Farmhouse Cafe, Jayne's Gastropub, El Take it Easy, Con Pane Bakery, Tender Greens, Bread & Cie, Lucha Libre and Influx (in Golden Hill and Little Italy). All of these are within 5-10 mins of Downtown/Mission Valley.

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                    K Sandwiches
                    7604 Linda Vista Rd, San Diego, CA 92111

                    Starlite
                    3175 India Street, San Diego, CA 92103

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

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                    1. re: Alice Q

                      I almost forgot about Mama's! Had to run up and get a manakeesh ultimate for lunch. As delicious as I remembered. Thanks for the nudge!

                      1. re: Alice Q

                        Influx for coffee or food as well?

                        1. re: Alice Q

                          Oh, the Chicken Pie Shop, Nob Hill. . .