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FoodLude Mar 23, 2011 10:55 AM

I'll be heading to the Gas Lamp district for the weekend of April 7th. I'm looking for street food/ diners in that area. Also a craft beer bar would be great! Thanks.

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    Encinitan Mar 25, 2011 01:41 PM

    Hodad's, a well known hamburger joint (as seen on tv) located in the Ocean Beach area, is in the process of opening up a second location in the downtown east village area, not far from the Gaslamp and ballpark. The latest I heard was they were trying to open in time for baseball season, which begins on April 5th.

    1. jmtreg Mar 25, 2011 01:10 PM

      Um, here's the basic problem with your request - the Gaslamp, while great, is largely the realm of conventioneers who have expense accounts. The landlords know this and charge a lot of money for rent. The restauranteurs know this, and under pressure from their landlords, they focus on the tourists and the conventioneers. So for us locals - the ones who would eat street food and diners and drink good craft beer - don't go down to the Gaslamp all that often.

      Better areas for what you are looking for tend to be Mission Hills, North Park (30th Street is pretty good for beer), Normal Heights, and a few other places I can't think of right now.

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        FoodLude Mar 25, 2011 01:25 PM

        Thanks for the info. You've been a help. Any recommendations on that front? I'm open to traveling a bit. And I understand the problem, downtown HB is the same.

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          Fake Name Mar 25, 2011 09:31 PM

          Where are the street food and diners in Mission Hills?

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          FoodLude Mar 25, 2011 12:15 PM

          Anything other than Mex food????? I can get that here.

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            RB Hound Mar 25, 2011 12:21 PM

            Where is "here"?

            There's not a lot of street food here in the first place, but most of what does exist is Mexican. You might want to relax your criteria.

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              FoodLude Mar 25, 2011 01:08 PM

              Huntington Beach.

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            DougOLis Mar 23, 2011 06:09 PM

            There aren't really any street food or diners in the Gaslamp. I guess there's that hot dog shop and the Kebab Shop but neither are really anything to write home about. You'd be best off taking a short cab/walk to Tacos El Paisa or La Fachada (both near Imperial and 25th) or Las Cuatro Milpas (Barrio Logan).

            For beer Neighborhood and Downtown Johnny Brown's are your best options.

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            La Fachada
            20 25th St, San Diego, CA 92102

            Tacos El Paisa
            840 S 47th St, San Diego, CA 92113

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

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              cstr Mar 23, 2011 01:10 PM

              It may be worth taking a cab to Jaynes Gastropub or Ritual Tavern, both are good options for food and
              excellent beer selections.

              As for street food, I'd recommend Marisco's truck on Univ & 35th for good baja fish tacos. Also, Studio Diner for a patty melt or some comfort food.

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              Ritual Tavern
              4095 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

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                Beach Chick Mar 23, 2011 01:43 PM

                did you ever try the patty melt at Studio Diner?

                I would add Basic for some good pizza but lacks on the craft beer..
                Las Cuatra Milpas or El Porvener for carnitas under the Coronado bridge is the ticket.

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                RB Hound Mar 23, 2011 12:03 PM

                The best "craft beer" option would be Downtown Johnny Brown's.

                The Yard House has a lot of taps, and they actually have a few local options these days (unlike when they first opened, when they carried one Stone variety and that is it), but they are a chain, FWIW.

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                Yard House Restaurant
                1023 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

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

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                  Josh Mar 23, 2011 01:29 PM

                  Neighborhood also has quite a respectable selection.

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