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In San Diego for the Holidays - Restaurant Suggestions?

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I will be in San Diego for the holidays this year and am looking for restaurant suggestions. What are some places that I shouldn't miss? I'm particularly interested in authentic ethnic food of any kind, especially things that are harder to find on the East Coast (where I live), and anything that is unique to or characteristic of San Diego. I'd prefer mid-range to inexpensive restaurants, but am open to all suggestions - food trucks included! Thanks!

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  1. Where will you be staying and will you have a vehicle?

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    1. re: DiningDiva

      To elaborate on DiningDiva's remarks, San Diego County is approximately the size of the state of Connecticut (though, obviously, not as densely populated), and the last thing we'd want to do is give you recommendations that are 45 minutes away from you by car, and you not have the means to get there.

      1. re: jmtreg

        Good question! This isn't set in stone yet, but we are thinking of staying in the Gaslamp Quarter. Places that are walkable from this area would be ideal, but we will likely have a rental or zipcar for at least part of our visit. Thanks!

        1. re: eclaire

          good ethnic food will require a car, cab, trolley/bus. all are doable from the Gaslamp Quarter (15-20 min drive).

          I would suggest doing Mexican out here b/c it's harder to find back East. One of my friends who grew up in S. CA still complains that the salsa out there is tomato sauce.

    2. On the ethnic front, for Mexican fare, try the Marisco's German truck on 35th & University for some excellent Baja fish taco's, tostada mixta, smoked marlin taco and the goubanador taco they also include a cup of great seafood consomme. Just up the street is Super Cocina that offer slow cooked specialties.

      This is something you''ll not get on the East Side.

      supercocinasd.com

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

      1. For regional Baja cuisine at reasonable prices, you cannot go wrong with Romesco's in Bonita. Outstanding caesar salad (same recipe as original one at Caesar's in TJ), great ahi tostada, gobernadores tacos (shrimp with melted mozzarella cheese) meat dishes, bread, and an excellent assortment of Baja wines (i.e. Santo Tomas and more).

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        1. re: El Chevere

          If you're going to go that route, just cross the border and go to Mision 19 ;-). Bet the border wait will not be that bad on Xmas