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Rehearsal Dinner in San Diego to bring in in-n-out and chicago style pizza

Looking for a spot to host about 100 people in April 2012. We're having our reception in Del Mar and are open to some other areas for the Friday Rehearsal Dinner. Bride is from san diego and groom is from Chicago so were looking for a place where we can bring in some general favorites of both sides: in-n-out burgers and chicago style pizza. Since were looking to 'order in' restaurant or hotels are out. Any other suggestions on where to start?

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  1. Burgers and pizza? Sounds like a perfect event for the historic Firehouse Museum downtown, in Little Italy. They have a full kitchen, a bar area, a lot of space, many old trucks and other equipment on display, and a very reasonable price. It's a unique venue that will leave an impression. There's a big "meeting room" in the back, but the more interesting stuff is up front. You can mingle in the museum, food in hand.

    http://sandiegofirehousemuseum.com/ (The pictures on their website don't do it justice. If this sounds remotely interesting, I encourage you to visit in person.)

    1. Well, In-n-out is its own thing, but if you can't get burgers catered by In-n-out, I'd go with Burger Lounge, whose burgers taste similar to In-n-out. As far as Chicago style pizza, I'd go with Lefty's or Berkeley Pizza. My significant other, who grew up in Chicago, and is a fan of Giordano's, believes that Berkeley is the closest to Chicago style pizza in San Diego.

      1. For Pizza go Lefty's.

        However, you might as well just get some shipped in from Chicago.

        In-N-Out Burger is not exactly "San Diego".

        If you want to keep it real "San Diego", you should go with Jack in the Box.

        Possibly give some WD-40 as wedding gifts?

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        1. re: stevewag23

          ummm, In-N-Out has better burgers than Jack in the Box! :-)

        2. Thanks all, to clarify, were looking for some great venues that will let us bring these tastes in. We're planning on getting the pizzas shipped in frozen from local place in Chicago and bake them on site. Burgers we're still on the fence about - bring in the real deal, or just a very close impersonation (knowing it wont be the same, but who wants soggy burgers that have been in transit). Really need to start with venue first and go from there.

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          1. re: pnut4912

            If you want my $0.02, I'd at least try the pies at Lefty's to see if they'll work for you. The owners are Chicago transplants, and young.

            Marina Village is a good venue for offbeat stuff because they don't lock you down in any way. One of their rooms has an outdoor food prep area where a grill can be set up.

          2. Try the Ultimate Skybox at Diamond View Towers. Great space that overlooks Petco Park and has great views of the bay and the city skyline. Have been to plenty of parties there, including a rehearsal dinner, and it is a great spot. They have a full catering kitchen. You might also try Scripps Seaside Forum in La Jolla, though I know it can book up to a year out. Good luck, and congrats!