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After reading about the terribleness of the Hash House, I thought I better ask for some additional Chowhound suggestions to round out my weekend. Heading into town next Thursday and staying downtown thru Sunday morning. Looking for suggestions for dinners, brunches and/or lunches. Caveat: I grew up outside of Escondido and lived in Hillcrest until the mid-90s so have missed much of the downtown/surrounding areas "renaissance." I have loved the Crest Cafe forever and would basically eat there and Juanita's taco shop for every meal but am trying to expand my horizons. Open to anything except mayonaisy sushi rolls.

Definitely intrigued by all the new(ish) North Park places, which should I not miss? Linkery? Blind Lady Alehouse? Sea Rocket Bistro? What are the best times/meals to hit these places?

Brunch options: Looking for something loud and raucous and drink-based, possibly Baja Betty's or Urban Moes? Food less important than atmosphere on this one, but isn't that all brunch?

Downtown: Our place is near Cowboy Star. Is it decent? Have been to Currant and some other forgettable places down there. Want something nice but not super stuffy. Other options appreciated.

Anything interesting near the beach these days?

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Linkery
3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

Baja Betty's
1421 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Sea Rocket Bistro
3382 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

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  1. North (South) Park: Urban Solace, Alchemy, Linkery

    Downtown: Cafe Chloe, JSix, Cowboy Star

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    1. re: honkman

      Urban Solace might be your best pick for brunch - in North Park and yes, they have a very fine bar.

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      Urban Solace Restaurant
      3823 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104

      1. re: Ewilensky

        Urban Solace is not particularly loud and raucous though. I'm not sure what to recommend with that requirement. Maybe somewhere in PB?

        1. re: DougOLis

          You must not walk by the corner of University and Third too often. Baja Betty's and Urban Mo's are, as the kids say, poppin'.

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          Baja Betty's
          1421 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

          1. re: DougOLis

            The patio is loud and rancous enough for my tender ears. Crap. I must be getting old.