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Nov 5, 2010 07:54 AM

5 Days to Eat Good & Cheap in San Diego

I am visiting the city next Friday through the following Tuesday (leaving on wed). I will eat pretty much anything and would like to know the best spots for good cheap bites and a couple of nicer mid-range dinners. Each year I follow my partner to the Neuroscience conference wherever it is int he US. He geeks and I eat! I am reading tons of stuff on the board, but would love any current info esp relating those specific dates.

I lvoe street food, gastro pubs, bars with great food etc. I like good beer, and think happy hour is just grand. I will not have a car, but I will get a train pass. I am staying near the Kumeyaay freeway.


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  1. The Kumeyaay freeway is Interstate 8, which runs from the Pacific Ocean to Yuma. Give us an intersection/hotel name/cross street please.

    Train pass or trolley pass?

    8 Replies
    1. re: Cathy

      Cabrillo Freeway... it is on Hotel Circ.

      1. re: foodiememoirs

        Hi, for reference the highway system in southern California is referred to by its interstate or freeway number, preceded by "the", i.e. The 8 and The 163. You will confuse a good amount of people using any thing other than "The" and a number. That being said you will be here for SD beer week, check it here lots of great beer and food. Enjoy your stay.

        1. re: foodiememoirs

          Okay, you're essentially staying in a culinary wasteland, but not that far away from some decent dining. Based on your location and the information you've provided, I'm guessing your partner's conference may be at the Town & Country which has a pretty good sized conference center and is located pretty much at the junction of the I-8 (Kumeyaay freeway) and the 163 (Cabrillo freeway).

          If that is the case the Fashion Valley transit center is well within walking distance of the hotel. From there you can get the Green Line trolley to Old Town where you transfer to the Blue Line trolley which will take you into Little Italy and downtown. There is also a wide variety of busses out of FV and you could get one up to Kearny Mesa for some good Asian cuisine.

          Rapid tranist in SD isn't really very rapid, but you can eventually get from one location to another. Here's the link to our local transit systems - -where you can plot out where you want to go.

          8310 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111

          1. re: DiningDiva

            Hi there
            I dont know what Town and Country is but the convention is at the Convention Center. I dont care about traveling around. Would you say that the trolly is most efficient for the price with the most coverage? I am looking for some good street carts or Brew Pubs- any recommendations? I am looking through the beer week site, looks like that will provide plenty of entertainment.

            1. re: foodiememoirs

              The Town and Country Hotel in Hotel Circle has a Convention Center and there is the San Diego Convention Center on Harbor Drive, downtown, about 8 miles from where you are staying.


              This site can direct you to various food trucks, most of which change locations daily. MiHo Gastrotruck is my (current) favorite.

              1. re: foodiememoirs

                T & G has a convention center attached to it that is simply call the "Convention Center". You *will* have to travel if you want to find what you've said you're looking for in the way of food. Hotel Circle, where the T & G convention center is located, has notoriously bad food and very few options. You are not within walking distance of much that is edible. Without a car you will need to either walk, bus or trolley to your chosen dining locations. T & G is a fairly large complex, they may have shuttle service to some of the more poplar locations. Taxi's are plentiful in SD, tho' not particularly inexpensive.

                Health Department regs pretty much keep the stret cart scene under cover and under developed. There are very, very few legal functioning street carts.

                1. re: DiningDiva

                  Hey People
                  I was really hoping for you to tell me about where to eat. I get it that where I am staying doesnt have much to offer. I am happy to take public transportation. I didnt really post to hear all about the pathetic neighborhood my hotel is in. I want to know where to EAT!
                  Thanks in advance and thanks Cathy & Stevuchan

                  1. re: foodiememoirs

                    Cheap-ish/hole in the wall places:
                    Longhorn Cafe, Camel's Breath Inn (just East of the Stadium)
                    Ryan's Cafe (just West of where you are staying)
                    K Sandwich (Convoy Street)
                    Pete's Meats (Little Italy)
                    Point Loma Seafoods (just West of the airport)
                    Mystic Grill (East of SDSU but a straight bus ride when you get to University)
                    More kinda fancy:
                    Izakaya Sakura (Convoy Street)
                    Bully's East (South side of Interstate 8, close to where you are staying)
                    Cafe Chloe (downtown-ish)

                    I stopped paying attention to Happy Hours,but could have helped you with a flowchart a few years ago...

                    Point Loma Seafoods
                    2805 Emerson St, San Diego, CA 92106

                    Cafe Chloe
                    721 9th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

                    Camel's Breath Inn
                    10330 Friars Rd Ste 106, San Diego, CA 92120

        2. Super Cocina
          Izakaya Sakura
          Blind Lady Ale House
          Pizzeria Bruno Napoletana
          Ritual Tavern

          All close to Mission Valley.

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

          Blind Lady Ale House
          3416 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA

          Ritual Tavern
          4095 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

          1. on the Convoy corridor
            Yakyudori Ramen and Yakitori
            Tofu House (the one north of Balboa). Is next to O'Briens, a bar. Josh can tell you how their beer selection is
            Tsuruhashi Japanese BBQ
            Izakaya Sakura
            Buga Korean BBQ (actually on Clairemont Mesa Drive, near Convoy)

            Tofu House
            4646 Convoy St Ste 116, San Diego, CA 92111

            3904 Convoy St Ste 106, San Diego, CA 92111

            2 Replies
            1. re: daantaat

              daantaat: where do you go for good Ramen in SD? I live in Uptown and would like to find something within Hillcrest-City Heights-So/No Park if possible.

              1. re: globocity

                Yakyudori Ramen on Convoy. I have no idea if there is better in the area you want, but my hunch is "no." cgfan and KirkK may have more suggestions.