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Feb 13, 2011 10:34 AM

One week in Mission Beach, need recs

I am traveling to San Diego with family for Spring Break and we are staying on the boardwalk in North Mission Beach. We are looking for recommendations both in and around Mission Beach, as well as some places in and around downtown or other places that we should absolutely check out.

We will have a car, but we would like to find some local places that we might be able to walk/bike to. Any type of food is fine, but a few specific things we are looking for are fish tacos, sushi, and a place we could go to for breakfast. Also, if there are any places that are not as close but that are definitely worth driving to, those recommendations would be appreciated as well.

Thanks for the help!

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  1. For breakfast I suggest you hoof it up to Kono's in Pacific Beach, where Crystal Pier meets Garnet Avenue. Solid breakfast options (nothing fancy) at 1980s prices. PLUS, if you snag a table on their secret deck behind the shell shop, you'll have one of best dining views in town.

    1. You can also try Costa Brava for Spanish food.

      Costa Brava
      1653 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

      1. Sushi - Kaito Sushi in Encinitas

        For the mexican tacos, I'd hit up a Mariscos German truck. It's not going to be what you were expecting when you say "fish tacos," but it will be much better. You should be able to search the boards for one of the many locations and figure out which is the best for you.

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

        Mariscos German truck
        Cable St and Santa Monica Ave, San Diego, CA

        1. Fish Tacos - one of my favorites remains Taco Motion on Garnet in Pacific Beach, but La Playa is closer to you - though I'd recommend almost anything off their menu, the breakfast burritos remain my favorite in SD. It's not the 5lb one you'll get at Kono's, but you won't wait an hour in line either.

          Sushi - if you're serious about sushi, follow karaethon's advice and make the long drive to Kaito. If you've got deep pockets and don't want to drive so far, Sushi Ota is still a solid option, imho. Otherwise, most of the sushi in MB and PB is pretty mediocre, but if you're from a place where sushi is scarce, you can have something passable at most places.

          Breakfast - La Playa breakfast burritos. Mission Coffee Cup (MB) or Isabel's Cantina (PB), also great for lunch and dinner. The Catamaran also has brunches that are more family friendly and you can eat right on the beach. If there are younger folks in the family and the weather allows, the Wavehouse is fun spot for people watching and buffet brunch (not Chow-worthy, but fun with kids).

          I'd also highly recommend the Fishery in PB (Cass St) as a nice slice of SD family beach city. Most of the fish is local and there is a strong emphasis on local seasonal produce.
          Gaglione Bros in MB, across from the roller coaster, serves up solid Philly cheese steaks.
          If you like fried fish, there's some good quick eats to be had along the Quivira Bay strip (Sportsman's Seafood), if you make it across the bridge.
          Sorry I can't recommend more spots in spots in MB... Most are tourist traps or in the hotels. Hope the great weather keeps up for you!

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

          5040 Cass Street, San Diego, CA 92109

          Sushi Ota
          4529 Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109

          Taco Motion
          1313 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

          Gaglione Brothers Famous Steaks & Subs
          728 Ventura Pl, San Diego, CA 92109

          Sportsmen's Seafood Restaurant
          1617 Quivira Rd, San Diego, CA 92109

          Wave House
          3125 Ocean Front Walk, San Diego, CA 92109

          1. The Rubicon Deli in Mission Beach has excellent sandwiches. PB Fish Shop is nice spot to sit outside with a fish taco, sandwich, or plate and has a great craft beer selection. Another vote for Isabel's Cantina (PB) for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The Mission (MB) is a little polarizing -- most love it, a few don't -- but it's worth a try since you're staying in the area. Personally I've never understood Kono's appeal (big servings of heavy but mediocre breakfast food) although it's an institution for sure. An outdoor breakfast or lunch at JRDN (Tower23 Hotel in PB) is a pleasant setting for people watching and the food's good.

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            1. re: CTDub

              Kono's is a one trick pony. Only order the #1 - #4 egg burritios all of which are excellent, and the size of a small cat. Kono's potatoes are pretty good too. The rest of the menu is just bleh.