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Hello,

We will be in San Diego for exactly 2 dinners, 2 lunches, and 2 breakfasts. I just read through the post with the Google Spreadsheet of Favorite Dishes....but am now OVERWHELMED!

What are the do-not-miss's in San Diego? Which restaurants represent San Diego the best?

Mariscos German seems to be a MUST. Is that a lunch or dinner spot?

Aqui es Texcoco also seems popular and the fish market also looks interesting to us!

There are a few Chinese/dumpling restaurants on the list, but we are probably going to skip those.

Any help would be appreciated!!

Thanks!

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Mariscos German
3515 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

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

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    1. re: DiningDiva

      We don't have a hotel yet, but are probably going to be staying in the downtown area. We will have a car and are willing to drive to where ever you tell us the GOOD FOOD is!

    2. Marisco's German are food trucks, excellent for lunch but, you'll be eating in your car. If you have a car, Marisco's Godoy in Chula Vista, off the 5, may be a better option for dinner, it's a restaurant. Aqui es Texcoco, another excellent choice, is also in CV. If you go to the Fish Market go upstairs to Top of the Market. I'll also put in the traditional SD plug for Cafe Chloe and add my own, Saffron on India St. Enjoy your visit.

      1. I'm sure some will disagree. These are assuming you have a car and are willing to drive.

        Breakfast:
        Cafe Chloe
        Farmhouse Cafe*

        Lunch:
        Mariscos Beyer/German truck, corner of 22nd and Imperial
        Aqui Es Texcoco

        Dinner:
        Blind Lady Ale House
        Wine Vault and Bistro

        * Breakfast is only available at Farmhouse on Sunday mornings, I believe.

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

        Aqui Es Texcoco
        1043 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91911

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

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        1. re: Josh

          I would replace Blind Lady Ale House with either the Linkery or Pizzeria Bruno Napoletano, but otherwise a good list.

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          Linkery
          3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

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

          Pizzeria Bruno Napoletano
          4203 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92103

          1. re: jmtreg

            I have a few reasons for BLAH over the other two for a tourist.

            While Bruno definitely has better pizza, BLAH's pizza is still good, and their salads, charcuterie plates, and specials (like the fried green tomatoes, for example) show off some of the best locally sourced produce treatments. They also have a huge selection of great beer, much more diverse than the other two spots owing to the huge array of taps. Lastly, I think the atmosphere and vibe is more conducive to hanging out and having a nice evening. Linkery's bar is convivial, but BLAH to me seems a little more friendly for a long evening.

            1. re: Josh

              Can't see recommending pizza, you can alway find some respectable za anywhere, even in Canada!

              1. re: cstr

                As I said, it's not the pizza that distinguishes BLAH, but the other items on the menu and the huge selection of beers.

                The OP asked for things done particularly well in San Diego - to me, that means they should definitely try some of our local beer. If they're going to do that, then I think BLAH is a great place to do so. The food is good, creative, and locally sourced; the beer selection is plentiful and skewed heavily towards locals; and it's got a nice atmosphere to hang out in.

                1. re: Josh

                  No argument from me, you are the Beer Czar!

              2. re: Josh

                That's why I also recommended the Linkery, which, of course, is the godfather of San Diego's farm-to-table scene. Granted, heaven would be a place with Bruno's pizza and BLAH's beer selection.

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                Linkery
                3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

          2. Depends, from where are you coming?

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              1. re: excel

                so don't need to bother with Chinese/dumpling here, thats is for sure

            1. I think Mariscos German is a good choice...right down the street (if you go to the city heights location of MG) is Super Cocina-this is a pretty special place and unique to san diego. It is VERY casual. Basically caferteria in style-but the food is amazing. Slow simmered, complex flavored, Mexican stews. They let you try them for free so you can pick a couple favorites for your meal. Heck just yesterday, I had a bowl of stew -you can get them ala carte or on a plate with rice, beans and tortilla- and then went to Mariscos German for a smoked marlin ("Marlyn") taco. Made for a perfect lunch

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              Mariscos German
              3515 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

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              1. re: lyn

                Last week I did the opposite, I warmed up with 2 fish tacos in MG, then went to Super Cocina for some spicey rib tips, wow what a kick in that bowl. SC does a great job with helping gringo's taste before you buy and a small bowl, which is a good meal for me, is just $3.99 with corn tortillas.