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Jun 14, 2011 10:36 AM

Looking for recommendations in Coronado or San Diego

Hi, chowhounders!

I'm getting ready to take another trip, which means I need the sage wisdom of my fellow foodies.

There will be two of us (women) traveling alone, so I'd like areas that are fairly safe to be alone in at night. We'll also be taking a cab from Coronado, so excellent margaritas (or cocktails) are a must!

I'd prefer somewhere the locals eat but somewhere in the midrange. We'll be in summer casual attire, but also want food that will be remembered. Touristy is okay, as long as it isn't a chain. But, definitely something that isn't run of the mill American Mexican food we can get at home.

California contemporary cuisine also would be great. My traveling parter doesn't care for seafood, so that's out.

Thanks for any ideas! I've checked previous threads and couldn't tell which locations would be safest for us.

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  1. San Diego is one of the safest major cities in America bar-none, if not the world.

    If you are in the Gaslamp, Little Italy, Pacific Beach, La Jolla, Hillcrest or Coronado (where most tourists come to eat) you would have to be extremely unlucky, and make 50 errors in a row to be a victim of crime.

    I would let my grandmother walk around alone at 1am in Coronado, hell, she would probably be the only person still awake! (And most likely the most dangerous. She is a very strong woman by the way).

    That being said, I would figure out which part of town you want to go to first, then search the threads, there are tons of recommendations on here.

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    1. re: stevewag23

      No joke about Ed Hardy thin mustache hipster gangs in the Gaslamp. stevewag? :)

      Seriously, I agree with Steve - I don't think worrying about the neighborhood should be a concern. Even if you were looking for dives, you aren't taking that big of a risk. It would be helpful to know where is home, ChasingChe. We don't want to steer you towards something that is better in your "hood".

      1. re: RB Hound

        Ha. Just to clairify:

        Ed Hardy = douchebag
        thin mustache = hipster

        You combined the two opposing parties that are fighting for dominance in san diego. Trust me, you don't want to get caught in the crossfire.

        That being said, Chance Bistro in Coronado, which doesn't get a lot of play on here is a good choice for a Coronado meal.

    2. LOL Thanks for the laughs.

      Home is the midwest. Not a lot of noteworthy cuisine here, which is why I love to travel so much. :)

      I figured San Diego would be a mecca for good mexican, so I'll put it in your hands. We're open to going anywhere, but staying in Coronado.

      El Vitral looks good - with an excellent Happy Hour menu. What say you? :)

      1. You could be walking with diamond & sapphire crusted rolexes on both hands and the Hope Diamond blinging around your neck and no one will mess with you in Coronado..

        Coronado, I would do drinks and app's at 1500 at the Hotel Del
        Happy hour at Brigantine for marg's and they have great fish tacos..
        Miguel's is next door with marg's and Mex.
        Sapori for Italian
        Candelas for happy hour
        Danny Palm's for burger and beer..great dive
        Mc P's for drinks and to salute are Navy SEALS..

        Take the water taxi over from Coronado to Gaslamp..
        Have drinks at the Top of the Hyatt
        Jsix at the Hotel Solamar
        Cowboy Star

        Have fun!

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        1. re: Beach Chick

          Yeah, I'm not concerned about our safety in Coronado. I read another thread here about the best mexican in San Diego and several people commented "not going there at night" or something similar (regarding specific restaurant recommendations).

          I have been to the area before.

          I'm just looking for a really great mexican restaurant in the area.

          1. re: ChasingChe

            They were talking about a mariscos truck located in a parking lot about five miles East of downtown, close to Barrio Logan.

            The truck has wonderful food and I'm not afraid to go there at sundown, but I grew up in Detroit.

            1. re: Cathy

              And the only problem with going to Los Quatros Milpas at night (if it were open) is all that wonderful lard has me sleepy enough when I walk out of there in the middle of the day! If it were dark when I left that place, a bush around the corner might look a little too cozy...