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Austin hound needs lunch recs

Hi San Diego, I'm flying into town next Thursday then driving out to Harrah's for the Steely Dan concert. Looking for suggestions for lunch as my plane lands at 10:30 AM and have plenty of time to enjoy lunch pretty much anywhere in the SD metro area. Seeking something totally authentic, chef driven, almost any cuisine or price point high or low (Devilicious food truck even caught my eye).

So, that's the question- one lunch where do you send me??

Thanks in advance!

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  1. I would go with something you can't get in austin. I would guess fresh seafood or great sushi or japanese might fit the bill(that's what I craved the most when I lived in DFW.) Blue water grill for fish tacos is solid. For sushi, I'd go to Sushi Ota. For something different, Okan is in my opinion the one place in san diego that stands up to any other place in the US in terms of quality and originality for it's genre (homestyle japanese). They have a great lunch, but dinner is where you can get a nice variety of small dishes that really represents their originality and authenticity. For a great view and very good food, george's ocean terrace will give you that feeling that you are in california. That's my two cents.
    p.s. I hope steely dan plays Peg. Still one of my favorite songs of all time.

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

    1. I'm going to the Steely Dan concert too...they better play Dr. Wu this time.. ; )
      Concert starts at 9pm on Friday...

      Lunch, head to La Jolla and dine on the ocean terrace of George's at the Cove and then head up to Encinitas to Kaito for sushi.
      Friday, I would stay put at Harrah's...Fiore's steakhouse/Oyster bar is decent at Harrah's.

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      1. re: Beach Chick

        Thank you Beach Chick and Chezwhitey for your recommendations. Are there any must see sites or not to be missed bakeries, ice cream, etc on the road or route out to Harrah's ?

        Thanks once again.

        1. re: boshtx

          Are you looking for sweets/deserts? on the route out, none that I can vouch for, but in the city of san diego, there's a great desert place called extraordinary deserts(close to the airport) that many people including myself like a lot. With the chowhound crowd, it's a mixed bag of opinions, but IMO, I think it's definitely worth your time to check it out. As far simple bakeries, bread and cie in hillcrest is nice for a quick pastry and coffee on the go, but not really on your way to harrahs.

          1. re: boshtx

            Delight of France in Escondido...great French bakery and lots of Panaderias along the way too.

            www.adelightoffrance.com

        2. I wouldn't call it "chef driven", but for "one lunch", I'd go to Super Cocina. It is totally authentic for home-style Mexican cuisine.

          Other places I'd consider, Cucina Urbana or Minh Ky in City Heights. Authentic and flavor driven.

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

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          1. re: scottca075

            Some great suggestions, thanks very much everyone. Are there any farmers markets that are open on Friday afternoons?

              1. re: Cathy

                Thank you Cathy! Great info much appreciated. Anyone been to that Imperial Farmers Market?

                1. re: boshtx

                  One more time. Any reviews of imperial farmer's market? Good choices of prepared foods? Worth going for an Austin visitor??

                  1. re: boshtx

                    Would that be the farmers market on Imperial Blvd. or the farmers market in Imperial Beach?

                    1. re: DiningDiva

                      Sorry, imperial beach. Nice farmers Mkt? Beach?