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Coming to La Jolla for Thanksgiving as part of a party of 6. Staying at the Hotel Parisi in the village area. I'm looking for chowhound recommendation for the immediate neighborhood.

Am open to any ethnicity/style and am flexible on price. Not too formal or stiff. Rather, delicious, fun and lively atmosphere are preferred.

In addition to these criteria, would love to know of best options for breakfast, cocktails and Mexican.

Thanks for your recommendations!

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  1. Breakfast: The Cottage, Mission Coffee Cup, Harry's Coffee Shop and breakfast on the back patio overlooking the Pacific at La Valencia Hotel directly across from Parisi.

    Cocktails: Whaling Bar, La Valencia or the Sala Room, La V (more stuffy but they pour a great drink), Jose's Courtroom, Crab Catcher for happy hour, Manhattan's and Whisknladle.

    Mexican: Fun but not so authentic is Alfonso's for nachos and a Carta Blanca, Jose's Courtroom or Porkyland's for to go carnitas burrito.

    Have a grouper sandwich at El Pescador for lunch, dinner at Nine-Ten is a great choice at the Colonial Inn hotel or have fish tacos at the oceanfront terrace at George's at the Cove.
    Go have drinks at the Marine Room at the Shores..waves should be splashing on the windows and they have a nice Thanksgiving dinner too.
    Have fun in LJ!

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    1. re: Beach Chick

      2nd those BC you certainly know LJ, also look for happy hour deals.

      1. re: cstr

        BC used to be the Mayor of La Jolla...until John Picasso stole the limelight. ;D

        1. re: foodiechick

          I'm just a has been..LOL
          John really is the Mayor but Chuck is 'The Man of LJ'..
          If LJ secedes from SD, that will have to be put in the City Charter doctrine!

          1. re: Beach Chick

            A 'has been'... does that mean you has been to every dive bar in SD?

            1. re: cstr

              Is that any way to talk to the former Mayor of LJ?
              ; )

              1. re: Beach Chick

                can we re-elect you?

                1. re: cstr

                  : )

      2. re: Beach Chick

        2nd Mission Coffee Cup and Nine-Ten.
        I'd add George's downstairs formal dining room for dinner.
        Come on In! has good breakfasty-baked goods.
        Piatti's in La Jolla Shores is good for moderate priced brunch, lunch or dinner.
        Michele Coulon for desserts.

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        Mission Coffee Cup Cafe
        1111 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA

      3. Just spent only a couple of days in La Jolla on vacation so not an expert. But doubt if we will ever have better Mexican than Bahia Don Bravo in Bird Rock. It's a little south of the village so might not be convenient for you but if you can get there, you won't be sorry. Not fancy, but the fish tacos, lobster quesadilla and shrimp burrito are not to be missed. The margarita that comes in a beer mug, well we probably shouldn't have had seconds. And if you sit at the counter out back, you can gaze on the ocean as you eat. Loved it lots! And thanks to those who recommended to me last month, it was worth getting lost for, been meaning to shout out.

        We also tried Porkyland and weren't thrilled, sad to say. It was just OK.They were very pleasant though (although is there anyone in San Diego that isn't ? ) and conveniently located.

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        Bahia Don Bravo
        5504 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037

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        1. re: coll

          Good call on Bahia and love going for the .99 cent fish tacos and the lobster burrito is really good too..cold Pacifico and a peak of the ocean..sweet!

          Sorry to hear about Porkylands..it can be at times, uneven, but they see me and style me out..

          1. re: Beach Chick

            We were only in town for six days, and ate Mexican for every meal. I'm trying to recreate some of our favorite dishes at home here in New York. Our other best place was closer to where we were staying, Kotija in Leucadia. We picked up a breakfast burrito for the plane ride home and it was one of the best decisions we've made in our life! Missing San Diego severely :-{ and dreaming of coming back soon for that good Mexican chow.

            1. re: coll

              Start a new thread and we'll all help you plan some Mex food goodies that you can make in NYC that will scratch that itch!
              Dining Diva is awesome with great recipes..

          2. re: coll

            What did you have at Porkyland? If you had something other than their pork dishes I wouldn't be surprised. Their carnitas and al pastor are really good there, however their carne asada is terrible. Then again I haven't been there for a couple of years now, so perhaps their pork quality could have gone downhill during that time.

            1. re: mliew

              With the name Porkyland, I should have known. I got shrimp burritos because I am researching them for personal reasons! (my favorite when they are dressed well): and husband I'm pretty sure got carne asada or fish taco, that was what he was mostly getting due to not knowing all the finer details of what to order. Plus...no margaritas, I thought it was a law that every food establishment had to offer them. That was pretty cool, when you're on vacation anyway. But the staff was so nice, and the line was out the door. And loved the taco fortune cookies, tried to bring them home for little girl next door but they got crushed in transit. Well we'll talk tomorrow, the sun is already down here.....you guys are getting close to happy hour! Thanks for all the help (PS husband is now dreaming of moving there, so who knows what the future may bring?)

              I will defintely post tomorrow on home cooking so I can fine tune what I've figured out so far. Sister lives there, and her husband told me the sauce is always half mayo and half yogurt or sour cream, so that's a start.

              1. re: coll

                Only tangentially related, but the UCSD student rag reported that Porkyland is one of the candidates to occupy the space of the defunct Grove Cafe in the old student center (pretty close to Porter's Pub). I'd probably hike over there a few times a month if they open shop (though somehow, I don't think it will be them).

            2. re: coll

              You will definitely have much better Mexican that Bahia Don Bravo - you just need to travel outside of the beach area. San Diego has many spots with much better Mexican food.

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              Bahia Don Bravo
              909 Grand Ave Ste 7, San Diego, CA 92109

              1. re: Josh

                Can't wait to get back out there and explore further.

              2. re: coll

                Hi coll..
                I believe those marg's at Bahia's were wine marg's...ewwwwwwwww..
                I haven't had the lobster quesadilla but sounds lovely..shrimp burro is good there.

                Wait till you try Marisco German food truck and Super Cocina..whole other realm.

                1. re: Beach Chick

                  Wine margs? How on EARTH do they make wine mimic tequila in a drink like that?
                  Ewwwwwww....

                  1. re: Tripeler

                    I heard somewhere that they add rum to their sangria, so do you think possibly the margarita has both? Because it really hit us like a ton of bricks, and that would explain it.

                    1. re: coll

                      I believe they only have a beer and wine license so adding rum would be a huge violation of their liquor license.
                      It's been years since I tried their 'wine marg's' and they had a wicked punch to them.

                      1. re: Beach Chick

                        This really blows my mind, wait til I tell my husband. There must be A LOT of wine in there......I couldn't believe they even sold margaritas at the Zoo, although they were frozen solid and she said the tequila was already in there, so I know they weren't going to be any good. But it was still funny to us.