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Aug 13, 2011 08:35 PM

Please review my food choices for one week in SD 8/20-8/28

Hi - I would appreciate any feedback you may have on my restaurant choices for our first time in San Diego. We are coming from Boston and are staying in Pacific Beach. I will be with my 17 y.o. nephew and his buddy, so I am looking for casual places as well as regular restaurants, but no place formal.

Saturday - In N Out Burger on the way to the hotel; dinner at The Fishery or Bare Back Grill.
Sunday - Padres game - Where should we go for brunch before the game?
Monday - Sea World - b'fast at Con Pane; dinner at Mitch's Seafood, or Pho Point Loma & Grill Restaurant, or Tender Greens.
Tues - Stars & Stripes sailboat - (18th birthday) dinner at Cowboy Star
Wed - zoo - lunch at The Prado; dinner at Georges on Fifth (bought the Groupon)
Thurs - Midway - b'fast at Clayton's Coffee Shop; dinner at Sushi Ota
Fri - LaJolla - b'fast at The Cottage; lunch or dinner at Whisknladle; or cheeseburger and fries at The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Other places in PB/OB:
wings: Buffalo Sauce and Surf
burgers and onion rings: Hodad's
hot dogs: Mateo's Hot Spot
tacos: Taco Surf Taco Shop
pho: Pho Time or Pho Sao Bien
b'fast: The Eggery, Kono's, Fig Tree Cafe, Leilaini's Cafe

If we find ourselves in the following areas:
Bird Rock - Bahia Don Bravo
University Ave - Mariscos German truck; Super Cocina; Cafe Dore for banh mi;
Gaslamp - Cafe Chloe or Blue Point Coastal Cuisine
North Park - Pizzeria Bruno
Hillcrest - Bruno's Pizza; Whole Foods Acai bowl
Kearny Mesa - Okan
Escondido - Stone Bistro
Encinitas - Kaito Sushi
Imperial Beach - Mariscos Isaac
Oceanside - Fish House Vera Cruz
Hwy 15 North - Nessy's for cheeseburgers

Thank you!

Fish House Vera Cruz
417 Carlsbad Village Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Taco Surf Taco Shop
4657 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109

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

Kaito Sushi
130-A N El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024

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

Cafe Dore
4135 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92105

Blue Point Coastal Cuisine
565 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

Hodads Restaurant
5010 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107

Sushi Ota
4529 Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109

1044 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA 92037

Clayton's Coffee Shop
979 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118

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

Tender Greens
2400 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106

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

Fig Tree Cafe
5119 Cass St, San Diego, CA 92109

4150 Mission Blvd Ste 121, San Diego, CA 92109

Bahia Don Bravo
909 Grand Ave Ste 7, San Diego, CA 92109

8310 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111

Mariscos German truck
Cable St and Santa Monica Ave, San Diego, CA

Pho Time
1820 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

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  1. Looks pretty good to me,
    Saturday - you may want to hit PB fish shop, hit up yogurt on the rocks afterwards (across the street)
    Sunday you could try the mission for brunch before the game
    Thursday - if you're sushi fans, skip Ota..make reservations for omakase at Kaito, you'll be more comfortable, and pay half as much.

    Skip Nessy's
    Rubicon Deli would be a good spot for breakfast/brunch/lunch
    okan - yes, super cocina - yes
    stone bistro get's mixed reports - I'd only go if you're getting a flight and having your nephew drive home :D

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    1. re: Rodzilla

      Thanks for doing your homework first!
      +1 on skipping Ota and heading north to Kaito if you want really, really good sushi.
      +1 on Okan

      And for breakfast in La Jolla, Coffee Cup Cafe on Wall St is very good, as is The Cottage. Brockton Villa is average at best and the only thing worth getting is their Coast Toast. Coffee Cup Cafe and The Cottage have a bigger list of items that are done well and worth eating.

      definitely a yes on In and Out and Cafe Chloe!

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

      Brockton Villa Restaurant
      1235 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037

      Coffee Cup
      1109 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92037

    2. Well, first, thank you for doing you homework- you've clearly been studying!

      I don't see a bad place on your list. However, while I eat there often, Clayton's is not worth traveling to from PB if your destination is the Midway.

      At SeaWorld, go to the Calypso Bay Smokehouse or the Shipwreck Cafe and have the ribs. Some of the best in town- (Disclaimer: San Diego is not a town for true BBQ, but there is hope on the horizon.) and beats the other food offerings hands-down.

      If diner fare is what you want, Perrys is more enroute. I'm not a fan, but many are, and there's nothing wrong with it.

      But- for breakfast, there is another place in PB/MB on or near the boardwalk known for their breakfast burritos, and I can't remember the name. Maybe one of the other hounds can help

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      1. Great list..
        Since your staying in PB, I would add for breakfast..Kono's, Green Flash, Mission, World Famous.
        Lunch, Cass Street Bar and Grill, Cafe Athena, Firehouse Deli, El Pescador in LJ, Filippi's.

        1. Good list, but if I was going to the USS Midway, I wouldn't go over to Coronado just for Clayton's, I'd consider New Mexico Cafe La Dona in Barrio Logan for breakfast, Mary Jane's at the Hard Rock Hotel, Cafe 21 or Cafe Chloe. All three of those are in the downtown area and better than Clayton's.

          In La Jolla I like Harry's Coffee Shop more than the Cottage. The Cottage feels touristy, Harry's is locals. I like Brockton Villa better than the Cottage as well.

          For wings in PB, I'd look at Dirty Bird's. For burgers, Rocky's and for fish tacos, the South Beach Grill in OB.

          If you find yourself on the "University Ave El Cajon Blvd" area, I'd look at Minh Ky and Saigon in addition to Super Cocina (which I think is worth making a trip to).

          As to Hillcrest, I don't know of a Bruno's in Hillcrest, Pizzeria Bruno is University Heights, did you mean Brooklyn in Hillcrest?

          Hillcrest has good Italian in Ristorante Arrivederci, decent Puerto Nuevo Mexican in Ortega's and an okay French bistro, Au Revoir, but I would probably head to the Farm House Cafe or Cafe Chloe since they aren't far and better.

          Eh scratch Rocky's and South Beach, I just realized your nephew is 17.... maybe he could sit outside and you could send out the burgers and fish tacos :)

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

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

          Brockton Villa Restaurant
          1235 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037

          Farm House Cafe
          2121 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

          Harry's Coffee Shop
          7545 Girard Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037

          Dirty Birds
          4656 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109