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May 10, 2011 10:19 PM

Torontonian coming for a short visit - approve?

Hi Chows,
I'm coming for a very short and very impromptu visit. I'm hoping to catch a couple of good bites while I'm here, although I'm only here from very very late on Thursday (flight gets in at 11PM) and I leave on Sunday afternoon, and I need to work remotely on Friday. I'm hoping for something that locals love and different from the Toronto scene. From what I have been reading, Mexican is definitely on the list, and Food Trucks!
1. I am staying around Ash and 10th
2. On Friday, I need to work somewhere with reliable wifi and not a library or anywhere else that I need to be quiet, as I have to make calls - a cafe would be good. Alternatively, I think I have a place to work around Friars Mission Center - not sure yet - so a lunch rec/late breakfast around there would be nice.
3. I'd like to wander wander wander...any favourite places for just random walking around and noshing? Old Town?
4. We have a car

So I'm thinking:
- my friend wants to try a place called Phil's BBQ as it is an "institution"
- I'll be closer to the ocean - so I'm thinking that seafood will be better. THEREFORE...I should try fish tacos/burritos! Mexican + seafood in one go
- Fishery for fish tacos or Mariscos German (.gobernator tacos, fish, marlyn tacos?)
- Seafood: Oceanaire for oysters or Fish Market Downtown?
- Noble Experiment for a cocktail
- Azafran Cuban Food
- Super Cocina
- Go to La Jolla Cove and see the seals
- Any ideas for really old school Mexican? Or San Diego-an? I heard something about bacon lollies...hahahaha. Made me smile.

And, my goodness, this taco map is genius:

as a fellow google mapper, big ups to you!

Thursday night: Get in from the airport too late for anything to be open
Friday night: Dinner or Food truck fun then head to Noble experiment for cocktails
Sat: Go to ocean and grab some Mexican or Food truck fun
Sunday: If I can wake up early...a good breakfast would be loved


Erin :-


Super Cocina
3627 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92104

San DIego, CA, San DIego, CA

Phil's BBQ
3750 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110

Mariscos German
2802 Ocean View Blvd, San Diego, CA

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  1. For item #2, you might want to look into Hive Haus. It's near where you're staying, and is a co-working space where you can get a quiet place to work with wi-fi for a pretty cheap rate.

    Item #3, Old Town is definitely NOT where you want to go. I'd actually suggest the 30th St./University Ave. area for that mission. Lots of places to get great local beer (one of the things SD does really well), and good food at a lot of places in the vicinity.

    Also, on Thursday night, you might have enough time to grab a bite at Starlite. They have a late night menu, though I'm not sure quite how late they're open.

    3175 India Street, San Diego, CA 92103

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    1. re: Josh

      Thanks Josh!
      Starlite looks like a great option - it's open until 2AM and my friend and I are both night owls.
      The Hive is so neat! I've never heard of co-working before. Great tip :)

      3175 India Street, San Diego, CA 92103

      1. re: ekim256

        Starlite had only their regular menu until 10pm and a limited late night menu until midnight but cocktails until 2am. SD isn't really the place for anything late night (>10pm) beside some underwhelming Mexican drive throughs

    2. Definite yes on Noble Experiment, but be sure to make a reservation NOW.

      Regarding the wandering thing, I suggest Pacific Beach. It's fun to wander along the coast/boardwalk, out to the end of Crystal Pier, and up and down the main drag -- Garnet Avenue. Tons of bars, little hole-in-the-wall restaurants, and tattoo parlors if you are so inclined. You can walk the boardwalk south through Mission Beach and check out the Giant Dipper roller coaster in Belmont Park, built in 1925. If there's one place that says "San Diego" to me, it's PB.

      Old Town? Not so much.

      1. Definate yes on the Marisco's German truck at 35th & University for great baja fish tacos, marlin and the gobernator. Also, just a few blocks up, Super Cocina, here's there website., here's a review from an excellent blogger,

        Agree with Josh, avoid Old Town for food.

        If you want to sneak in some good craft beers and a burger, Ritual Tavern is a good starting point or if you're in PB, I find Bare Back Grill has some bar food at good prices.

        For breakfast, there's Cafe Chloe, Parkhouse Eatery, Broken Yolk and Kono's both in PB as well. Enjoy your stay.

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

        Super Cocina
        3627 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92104

        Parkhouse Eatery
        4574 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116

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

        Bare Back Grill
        624 E St, San Diego, CA 92101

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        1. re: cstr

          The Ritual is in North Park. . .that would be one hell of a walk to PB.

          1. re: jmtreg

            They said that they have a car.

        2. Azafran is way up north in Oceanside. It will be a 30 minute drive up the 5 (or more). Not worth the drive in my opinion.

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          1. re: kitchenhag

            Yeah. . .don't come to San Diego for Cuban food, and don't go to Miami for Mexican food.

          2. Something you might consider for Saturday is a visit to Ocean Beach. There are a few cool spots worth checking out (Newport Pizza and Ale House, Pizza Port), and for old-school faux Mexican food, there's a place that's been there since the 1960s called Nati's. Shaun Cassidey used to eat there, and his photo still graces the entrance in his Nati's t-shirt. It's San Diego's hippie neighborhood, with all that implies.

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            1. re: Josh

              Definitely second the suggestion to stop by Ocean Beach if you have some time and the sun is shining. If you're looking for a quick breakfast before a walk down to the OB Pier I love Azucar for cafe con leche and delicious pastries. You could try Pizza Port in OB for some lunch and craft beers. Another option is Sessions Public at dinner time for a few small plates and a really great beer selection. I think Nati's is a fun throwback/nostalgia place but SD has much better options for Mexican.
              On the other side of the penninsula, next to the San Diego Ba, is Point Loma. I'm a big fan of Point Loma Seafoods for their mixed Louie Salad and tuna sandwiches (bring cash - no credit cards taken) and The Brigantine for fish tacos.
              Have a great trip!

              Point Loma Seafoods
              2805 Emerson St, San Diego, CA 92106

              Point Loma Cafe
              4856 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92106

              San Diego, San Diego, CA