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Aug 20, 2010 01:19 PM

Best Salad or Sandwich for a Budget near or around Downtown

I'm coming back to San Diego for a short weekend before promptly returning to Shanghai, People's Republic of China. Considering that I am on a Chinese local budget (in RMB) and that it is very difficult to get an excellent salad (no iceberg lettuce) or sandwich in Shanghai, where should I go to get my fill in San Diego? It has been about a year since I've been on the San Diego scene so I hope some local SD Chowhounders will be able to help me out (and others in San Diego on a strict budget). Seeing that "the best sandwich in Shanghai" runs at US$10 / 68RMB, I would say under US$10 range or under US$15 if the salad is really THAT good. Extra points for a good tuna melt with an even balance of bread, tuna salad, and light on the cheese (but the cheese should be quality) or suggestions with properly ripe avocado. Thanks!

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  1. Where will you be staying?

    Bread on Market downtown does great sandwiches, most of which are well under $10

    1. Mona Lisa in Little Italy... monster sandwiches, big enough for two meals. I recommend the roast beef.

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      1. re: mjill

        2nd Mona Lisa. Great market as well.

        Bread on Market too.

        Assenti pasta also has a pretty good pre-made Muffuletta. I think they are under $6. Great low profile move that most don't know about.

        Furthermore, for the budget conscious, if you get their early, Mona Lisa has I think $1 salami sandwiches. They run out quick though.

      2. Great replies..
        The Cheese Shop has great sandwiches.


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        1. re: Beach Chick

          I tried The Cheese Shop and had their turkey avocado sandwich, which was full of creamy avocado. Now I must find a hot sandwich!

          I'm staying in Coronado (and I do have a car). Getting my Mexican fix today at Tacos el Paisa.

          1. re: FrenziedPalate

            Hey Frenzied!
            Clayton's Coffee Shop or Mc'P's Irish pub in Coronado has a decent Tuna Melt.
            Don't forget to hit up the Brigantine across from the Hotel Del for everyday happy hour for the great fish tacos for $3.

            I've been craving a tuna melt but with rare ahi smothered with wasabi mayo!

              1. re: Fake Name

                OMG Fakey..great black and white!
                Love love love the counter...I'm such a counter chicka and those red naugahyde square back swivel stools..
                Classic coffee shop that I hope will never change.

                Seeburg Wall-O-matic is a thing of beauty..

                1. re: Beach Chick

                  Color's not so bad, either. Easy shooting at Claytons.

                    1. re: Fake Name

                      I can't believe I've never been here! Must remedy soon.

                      1. re: Alice Q

                        It's a great visual place but the food is meh.

                        At best. Maybe BC has had better meals, but it's one of those places I want to love, but can't.

                        1. re: Fake Name

                          Even cooler visually is the Night and Day down the street. Cool retro venue, bad retro food.

                          Night and Day Cafe
                          847 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118

                          1. re: Fake Name

                            totally agree Fakey..
                            keep it simple with ordering and the visual of it all is sublime.
                            Burger at Danny Palms is one of the best down the street from Clayton's..yes, I said burger..no soybean bad boy!

                            1. re: Beach Chick

                              That's too bad - maybe it's not worth a special trip then, but if we're in the area I'll keep it in mind.

                  1. re: Beach Chick

                    Where is this rare ahi smothered with wasabi mayo? Apparently I will be back in SD after being away from the States for a year!

              2. Salad Style makes some very nice and filling salads.

                DD, mj, and BC - all good suggestions for sandwiches.

                Salad Style
                807 F St, San Diego, CA 92101

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                1. re: phee

                  Salad Style's sister restaurant, Enoteca Style, has the same salads and a decent panini too. In Little Italy.

                  Salad Style
                  807 F St, San Diego, CA 92101

                2. Second Salad Style for your salad fix. For your hot sandwich, try the Westgate Deli (on the E. side of the building) between C and Broadway. they have a really good hot roast pork sandwich. The best tuna melts anywhere used to be at the Crest Cafe in Hillcrest, but I haven't had one in ages!

                  Salad Style
                  807 F St, San Diego, CA 92101

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                  1. re: Alice Q

                    I had maybe the best tuna melt I ever ate a couple weeks back at Bay Park Fish Co.

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

                    1. re: eatemup

                      Dang, now I'm craving their tuna melt- I agree, it's one of the best I've ever had.