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Mar 10, 2011 11:37 AM

Good Eats somewhat near the University of San Diego

Hi Fellow Foodies,

My kid and I are heading to San Diego next week so that he can take a look at USD. Will be in the area for 2 lunches and 1 dinner. Would love to take him out to something in the area that has really good food. We will eat any type of food, but can't spend a ton of money (saving it all for tuition). Are there any good taquerias in the area? Any good food truck gatherings? Don't care much about ambiance, but love good food! Thanks so much in advance!

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  1. Sab e lee is right up Linda Vista from USD if you want Thai. Closed on Mondays, iirc.

    1. The "food scene" around the immediate USD area is pretty much non-existent. There are plenty of middling places of the sort common to any campus, but nothing I would call "really good food".

      I would suggest trying some things further afield from campus if your goal is to get some local San Diego flavor. Numerous threads on this board can help with that.

      I'm guessing from your other posts that you're from the Bay Area? Food here is not on that level. Let's be honest. And the food trucks in North county hardly even existed a year ago.

      For my money the mom & pop taco shops highlight what we do best, but I may be a minority in that opinion.
      Without going too far south -
      Rudy's taco shop in Solona Beach.
      Tacos El Paisa on National.
      Mariscos German on University.

      Mariscos German
      3515 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

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      1. re: y6y6y6

        Why would you call USD "North County"? Sure, it is north of I-8, but by less than a mile. Maybe you thought the OP said "UCSD"? (which isn't North County either, but I digress)

        USD is not too far of a drive from JV's Mexican food on Morena Blvd - a pretty solid taco/burrito place, in my opinion. But please, under no circumstances, drive down the hill and cross Friars Road, to eat at the places at Fashion Valley Mall. :)

        Note: many San Franciscans seem to get put off by the burritos in San Diego not being of the "Mission" variety they know and love.

        JV's Mexican Food
        1112 Morena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110

        1. re: RB Hound

          Anything North of the 8 is North County. Anything South of the 94 is South County. That's my rule, and I'm sticking to it.

          Also, pretty please with sugar on top, do not judge San Diego Mexican food by JV's. Eaten there a few times, am glad I did, but it's only Mexican in the most generic and gringo sense, and is rather different than most SD taco shops. They have their own thing going on.

          You will hear much talk about fish tacos in San Diego, as we seem to think we started the whole craze. Maybe we did, but really good fish tacos in SD are few and far between. Done right they are fantastic, but in most cases they are the worst thing on the menu.

          1. re: y6y6y6

            Wow I have lived in several parts of North County for 15 years and didn't even know it... even while I was in the City of San Diego limits. The things you learn on Chowhound...

            1. re: y6y6y6

              JV's 'only Mexican in the most generic and gringo sense'. Um, everyone who works there has roots in Mexico. Don't they get points for that? No huitlacoche. Shame on them. Their salsa bar is awfully good. Their burritos are the size of those in the Mission. Parking is the only problem there for me.

              Try Super Bronco Taco Shop at 6725 Linda Vista rd., maybe the closest restaurant of all to USD. (Up the hill on the right) It's pretty divey and very good. Their birria was very good. They sell it - and chile verde - by the pound with all the fixings. Again, only five or six parking spots.

        2. Forgot Maria's Taco Shop down at Belmont Park, which is a fun place to visit in it's own right. Get the al pastor mini tacos. Nice place to walk on the beach and catch some sun.

          Maria's Taco Shop
          756 Ventura Pl, San Diego, CA 92109

          1. Head into Linda Vista/Clairmont Mesa area for

            Sab e lee (mentioned above) best Thai in the city. Hole in the wall.

            K's - Vietnamese Banh mi (and a place every kid on a student budget should know about). More of a grab-n-go kind of place but there are seats.

            Izakaya Sakura - Japanese

            Sushi Dokoro Shirahama - traditional Japanese sushi. Not the best we have in San Diego but a cut above everything else in the area that we've found.

            Balboa International Market - Persian supermarket with nice deli counter and hot foods. Another good place on a student budget.

            1. Near USD- it delivers to the USD students- Ryans Cafe 5201 Linda Vista Road. Unusually good always fresh food.

              Get the Greek Items and smoothies and breakfasts...the burgers are really good, too. No ambiance.