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Restaurants Near HOB in Gas Lamp

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Going to House of Blues next weekend & looking for a place for dinner before the show. I have read some of the threads about the Gaslamp and it doesn't look like there is much that Chowhounders are excited about in this area.

Any suggestions? Is food at HOB worthy? I had one person recommend it to me recently.

We'd love to be able to walk if possible... but if there truly isn't anything in the area, we are willing to drive a short way.

Also heard good things about Merk. Is this within walking distance??

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House of Blues
1055 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

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  1. JSix is within walking distance and very good

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    JSix Restaurant
    616 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101

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    1. re: honkman

      Thanks. Took a look at the menu & it looks like a great choice.

    2. " Is food at HOB worthy? I"

      I tried it once or twice, and I would skip it.

      Go to Cafe Chloe instead.

      1. I work just up the street from HOB - the area mostly focuses on the lunch crowd, but there are a few places worth mentioning:

        Stout - An Irish bar with the best Reuben in the city - the corned beef is homemade, and delicious.
        La Gran Tapa - A Spanish tapas bar with pretty good food. I like the braised short ribs in red wine sauce.
        Downtown Johnny Brown's - Okay, the food is meh, but the beer is good.

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        Downtown Johnny Brown's
        1220 3rd Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

        La Gran Tapa
        931 Grand Ave Ste H, San Diego, CA 92109