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DC Hound needs help near Convention Center

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Let's get this out of the way - l did my homework and searched the board first. :-)

Here's my scenario - I'll be solo at a convention in a couple of weeks, staying at the Marriott, no car. I'm fine striking out on my own, so looking for good places for a solo diner to eat. Would much rather sit at the bar and have a talk with a bartender than a solo table, but don't want to have to eat nachos and burgers. Not afraid of a good walk. No particular budget - fine with $ to $$$$

So, here's my short list:
* JSix
* Kiyo's
* Cafe Chloe

If you had 4 dinners in that area, what am I missing? Seafood? Mexican? Should I replace any of these? Worth taking the ferry to Coronado one night?

Oh, and one twist: I'm arriving on Sunday the 6th, so the first night I'm going to want to watch the Super Bowl with a fun crowd, so if that's not one of the 3 above, that needs to be the fourth.

Thanks in advance, and hope I can return the favor on the DC board some day!

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

JSix Restaurant
616 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Kiyo's Japanese Restaurant
531 F St, San Diego, CA 92101

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  1. JSix and Cafe Chloe are keepers. I would add Cowboy Star. Interesting Mex at El Vitral next to the downtown baseball park.

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

    JSix Restaurant
    616 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101

    El Vitral Restaurant
    815 J Ave, San Diego, CA 92118

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    1. re: foodiechick

      Two thumbs up for the Cowboy Star recco, but a word of caution about El Vitral. Unless they've seriously improved over the past few months (and it is entirely possible they have) it tends to be wildly inconsistent. When they're on, they're very good, when they aren't, not so much. Love the space tho' and they've got a great selection of tequilas. For upscale Mexican you may be better served trying either of the Candalas locations (downtown or Coronado via the water taxi). Enjoy your visit

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      El Vitral Restaurant
      815 J Ave, San Diego, CA 92118

      1. re: foodiechick

        I agree with Cowboy Star. They have a chef's counter where you can talk with the Sous Chef. He was very entertaining the one time I dined and had the chance to talk with him.

        You can also just have your steak at the actual bar, which always seems fairly vibrant

      2. Tilted Kilt in the Gaslamp for Super Bowl would be a good call..starts around 3ish...will be busy.
        Tivoli's, Hennessey's or Yard House are other places to watch the SB.

        Jsix, Cafe Chloe, Cowboy Star, Dobson's is great dining for the bar (mussel bisque and a burger)!
        Taking a water taxi over to Coronado is a fun way to enjoy the bay ride and see Coronado which is charming town with the Hotel Del/1500 Ocean, The Palms for one of the best burgers, Candelas, and there is an Italian place that foodiechicka raves about but forgot the name.

        Fish Market Downtown for the sushi bar is quite good or the Oyster Bar..outside patio is lovely with a drink, shrimp cocktail and some cheesy bread.
        Cucina Urbana gets lots of love on this board too.
        Taco shops are so good in SD and its hard to find a bad one, though they do exist but make sure you try a carne asada burrito or carnitas burrito and of course, a fish taco.

        Love DC and CityZen at the Mandarin and the Willard are some of my fave's.

        Have a great time and report back.

        www.gaslamp.org

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        1. re: Beach Chick

          To watch SB downtown with excellent craft beers go to Downtown Johnny Browns. Beer selection is much better than the food, however. Per their website, they tend to fill up for the game.

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          Downtown Johnny Brown's
          1220 3rd Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

          1. re: JRSD

            Great place to watch the game - and great local taps. Typical 'ol pub grub.

        2. I would add Bice for pretty good Italian.

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          1. re: yanks26dmb

            With Filomina's on Wisconson St. in Georgetown, with the Pasta Mama's in the window making fresh pasta, I would have serious reservations recommending Italian to a DC'er in SD.

            1. re: cstr

              Man, I think it might have been a while since you've been to DC. Filomena's hasn't been a top Italian spot in probably almost 20 years!

              I didn't put preconditions on the cuisine - sure there are things I get great around here that I'm not likely to choose when traveling - but sometimes you find that hidden gem.

              For example, I'm probably not going to choose Cowboy Star - because we already have a spectacular neighborhood prime steakhouse in DC - Ray's the Steaks. You might have heard of their burger place, Ray's Hell Burger, made famous by Obama's visit.

              Thanks, everyone, for the recommendations! I'm taking notes, and I promise to report back after my trip.