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Old School Restaurants in San Diego..

There is something so nostalgic about an old school restaurant..one that maybe you used to visit when you were a kid and its still the same...nothing changed!
Here are some of my favorites..

Bully's East ...ode to DD.. ; )
Albie's Beef Inn Mission Valley
Harry's Coffee Shop in LJ
Jalisco's Cafe in Imperial Beach
El Juan's Mex in National City
Red Tracton's Del Mar
Hernandez Hideaway Del Dios Highway
Tony Jacal's in Solana Beach
Charcoal House in La Mesa
Anthony's La Mesa and the Grotto on the bay
Bali Hai..before the remodel
Saska's in Mission Beach

What's yours?

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  1. I didn't grow up in SD, but there are a few restaurants that seem anachronistic, in a nostalgic and good sense.

    Hob Nob in Banker's Hill
    Perry's Cafe
    San Diego Chicken Pie Shop

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    Cafe San Diego
    910 Broadway Cir, San Diego, CA 92101

    1. Tracton's (off season), Albie's (for people watching), Grant Grill, Bar at Dobson's, Imperial House, Su Casa, Old Trieste, Imperial House, Bacci, The Godfather, Whaling Bar - La V (although we had a very disappointing lunch there on Saturday - BTW, rumor is that the hotel was sold on Friday).

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      Old Trieste Restaurant
      2335 Morena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110

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      1. re: foodiechick

        Oh, one more. Manhattan. Just went thru a big remodel (lost the fish tanks)...but the place is still dedicated to "old blue eyes". You can actually absorb the garlic on the steaks by simply sitting in the general vacinity. Manny from La V has landed there and the infamous bartender-about-town "Big Mike" (there IS a reason for that moniker) is now behind the bar with our fave bartendress Beige (real name).

        1. re: foodiechick

          excellent list foodiechicka!
          Love that Manny is over at Manhattan's..he was such an instuition at La V..do you know who purchased the Grande Dame?

      2. whatever happened to Buccaneer's Bistro in Old Town? had a great meal there one weird night in 1994 (torrential rain, owner's b-day) and then it was gone.

        1. Bacci on Morena, not one of my favs.

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          1. re: cstr

            If it was one of your fav's, you would know that Baci's is with one 'c'..
            ; )

          2. Ditto for -
            Bully's East
            Albie's
            Bali Hai (before the remodel)
            Anthony's La Mesa (their best unit)
            Old Trieste

            Add -
            Mr. A's
            Thee Bungalow (before the Cohn's)
            The Marine Room
            Nicolosi's (if you went to SDSU, you went there)
            Croce's

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            Bully's East
            2401 Camino Del Rio S, San Diego, CA 92108

            Bali Hai Restaurant
            2230 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106

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

            Thee Bungalow
            4996 W Point Loma Blvd, San Diego, CA 92107

            Old Trieste Restaurant
            2335 Morena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110

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            1. re: DiningDiva

              Diva, Nicolosi's moved to the Mission Valley location around 1984 or thereabouts. For many, many years prior to that move, they anchored down the corner of 40th and El Cajon Blvd with an old world italian ambiance matched only by Filippi's on India St. Which, by the way, ought to be mentioned in this thread.

                1. re: cstr

                  It reopened about a month later, run by two of the sons.

                2. re: mcgrath

                  Out of curiosity, anyone know how long Mona Lisa has been on India Street?

                  1. re: stevewag23

                    According to my last pizza “to go” box, Mona’ s has been in its current Little Italy location since 1973. Stefano, the founder’s grandson, told me the original Mona Lisa was located downtown.

                  2. re: mcgrath

                    Yeah, my SDSU years pre-date the move to Adobe Falls ;-)

                    BTW, the East County rumor mill has it that Nicolosi's is actually moving to the location recently vacated by the Fish Merchant on Navajo Rd. (which moved in to the spot vacated by the closing of Tivoli's in the Keil's shopping center).

                    I am hoping that rumor has some validity to it.

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                    Fish Merchant
                    7005 Navajo Rd, San Diego, CA 92119

                  3. re: DiningDiva

                    Mr. A's of today isn't much like it was the first time I went there. The first time I went there, the cocktail waitresses were wearing costumes that looked like they were hand-me-downs from Caesar's Palace with waist-length blonde falls... I definitely remember the space as being more cut-up and darker.

                    Nicolosi's isn't much like was at it's old location off ECB either, in terms of funky ambiance.

                    The Sky Room at La Valencia
                    Adams Steak and Eggs

                    1. re: mikec

                      Ah, but those waist long blond falls (you dated yourself with that terminology you know <gg>) were all the rage back then. Mister A's, along with Lubachs, the Del and a couple of others were the epitome of upscale dining in this town at one time. At the time I turned 21 I happened to be dating a guy whose birthday was only 2 days before mine. So we got dressed up and went to Mr. A's for our first legal drinks. It was stuffy and of course we got carded, and it was a very long time ago, but it's a nice memory now :-)

                      I really do not like Nicolosi's current location much at all. Frankly, I'm surprised they lasted there as long as they did.

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                      Mister A's Restaurant
                      2550 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103