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Visiting San Diego This Weekend

hello folks,

i'm visiting sunny san diego this weekend. i love to eat great food and will try anything. what are some places that are must eat?? i did just a little research and found a place that serves live octopus, Walmido. never had live octopus and its on my foodie bucket list. worth going to?

also, i read about the miho gastrotruck and jaynes gastropub. would love some feedback on those places i listed as well as places that you love in san diego. there is no budget as far as price. the sky is the limit. thanks guys!!


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  1. Where are you staying and will you have a car?

    Board search will turn up quite a bit of feedback on both Jaynes and MIHO

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    1. re: DiningDiva

      im staying in downtown san diego w/ a friend that just recently moved there too. will have access to a car.

      1. re: toothmonster

        Jaynes Gastropub is great.

        They also have a full bar now.

    2. If you're downtown, I'd definitely recommend hitting the Little Italy Mercato. You can get live sea urchin...and a spoon to eat the roe (uni) while you shop. For something less tame, the same vendor (Poppa's) will shuck you some oysters while you wait. The entire market is great with 4 blocks of cool stuff.

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      1. re: mimosa

        ooooo....i love uni!! i'll def stop by there.

      2. Head out to Valley View Casino for the "Best Buffet in San Diego".
        Sign up for a Players Club card and get a free lobster buffet. Every night 4pm-9:30pm....Maine lobster, prime rib, jumbo shrimp, sushi, oysters, Alaskan king crab and more...


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        1. re: monku

          Sounds awesome. Can I bring a grip of Ziplocs to take home the leftovers?

            1. re: Josh

              My friend was there and they kicked out a group of people because they were taking home prime rib in Ziploc bags.

          1. My recs:

            Mariscos German (Trucks)

            Whisk n Ladle (LaJolla)

            J Six (Galamp)

            Candela's (Gaslamp)

            George's Ocean Terrace (La Jolla)

            Pizzeria Bruno (University heights)

            Super Cocina (Normal heights)

            Kaito Sushi (Encinitas)

            La Especial Norte, for the soups (Encninitas)

            Try this link from late June as well:

            Kaito Sushi
            130-A N El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024

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

            La Especial Norte
            664 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

            Mariscos German
            3515 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

            George's Ocean Terrace
            1250 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037

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            1. re: PommeDeGuerre

              wow...thanks for all those recs!! so many to choose from. haha

              1. re: PommeDeGuerre

                Since the OP said the sky's the limit -- Addison at the Grand Del Mar or A R Valentien at the Torrey Pines Lodge.

                A R Valentien
                11480 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037

                Torrey Pines Lodge
                11480 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037

                1. re: PommeDeGuerre

                  "PommeDeGuerre," my buddy and I were in S.D. on Saturday to see the Adams Avenue Street Fair and the Becky's House benefit at Queen Bee's. We went to Pizzeria Bruno for a meal between the two events and it's a really good quality pizza. Thanks for the heads up. I checked your profile and you're in L.A. too. You seem to be pretty knowledgeable about the San Diego food scene. For the late night munchies we went to Marie's Cafe which makes pretty basic good diner type food. We've been there a few times after shows in University Heights so they treat us pretty nicely.

                  1. re: Feed_me

                    Glad that the rec worked out for you. I grew up in Encinitas prior to moving to L.A. ten years ago. Still go down a couple of times a month. L.A. restos are generally better in my opinion, but SD does have some gems.

                    1. re: PommeDeGuerre

                      Oops! Sorry for the late response, but my friend and I are going down to S.D. to catch a couple of San Diego ex-pat singers who now reside in L.A. at Lestats next weekend. Thanks again and I'm going to check this thread before we hit the road next weekend. You've got credibility with us! We'll read the whole thread, but you've been a big help and my tummy thanks you.

                2. Head over to Cucina Urbana for dinner, then cross the street and go to Mr A's for cocktails and killer views of San Diego.

                  1. Since you are visting San Diego, I guessing you will be going to the Zoo. There is a Place called the "Pardo" I would going and sit on the patio and have a Sangria and horderzees , the Sangria is great. Just ask anyone you see walking in Balbo Park and they will point you in the right direction. They also have a Blood Orange Martini that will rock your world.

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                    1. re: dmtuggle

                      I think you meant the Prado, dmtuggle - Pardo is the name of a guy mostly known for doing game show announcing.

                      1. re: RB Hound

                        Sorry..... my spelling sucks, but their drink do not...lol

                      2. re: dmtuggle

                        "Pardo" is a broad classification that encompasses Brazilians of mixed race ancestry, mulattos, and assimilated indigenous people ("caboclos"). The term "pardo" was first used in a Brazilian census in 1872.

                        "The Prado" is an overrated san diego restaurant in a beautiful location. It is run by the kingpins of the San Diego Hype Machine who have been hyping restaurants to san diego's detriment as a dining destination since 1981.

                        1. re: stevewag23

                          I agree the food is at best OK, but the location and there drinks are worth going with a few friends on a lazy day.

                          1. re: dmtuggle

                            Agree.Sometimes I want a drink and a bite with friends in a beautiful location instead of a taco from a truck in a dirt parking lot. There's room for all.

                      3. Since you mentioned octopus, some of the best octopus you can get in San Diego is at Kaito Sushi. As our best Sushi bar they'd be a strong recommendation even without the mention of their octopus, which is really spectacular. Always sweet and tender with a subtle hint of saline and never ever rubbery, it's an excellent but humble choice. However as a Japanese Sushi bar they do not serve it live as they do in Korea...

                        BTW another thought if you like octopus is to get some Pulpo (as a cocktail, in their Campechana, or as a Cevice Tostada) at Mariscos German. Though of course the octopus won't approach the quality of Kaito's, it's still a very nice offering and something I like to order quite often. (BTW personally I'd much rather go to Mariscos German's truck than the Miho Gastrotruck any day... Perhaps I went on a bad day, but I just didn't find Miho to be very compelling...)

                        Kaito Sushi
                        130-A N El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024

                        Mariscos German
                        3515 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

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                        1. re: cgfan

                          I have to 2nd that Kaito's octopus is never rubbery. It was a surprise for me when I first had it there. Was expecting to chew, chew and chew some more but that never happened!

                          1. re: daantaat

                            Agreed - incredibly tender. Second best tako I've had in my life. The first not being in San Diego, I don't want to be one of those to say "try Los Angeles" ;-)