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lef327 Oct 31, 2011 07:41 AM

I am going to San Diego from Friday to Sunday and would love some recommendations on where to go/eat. From brunch to happy hour to dinner..please give me all the best places to try from local hot spots to hole in the walls to the best of the best. Staying at the Marriot Marquis and Marina so would prefer places nearby. Thanks in advance!

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    4wino Oct 31, 2011 05:18 PM

    For happy hour, I would go to Oceanaire on 4th and J, at the bar they serve oysters for $1.

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    Oceanaire
    San DIego, CA, San DIego, CA

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      mcgrath Oct 31, 2011 09:12 AM

      Josh is right about the area of your hotel being a culinary wasteland. However, there are well over a hundred places to eat within a 20 minute walk from your hotel, and while not our best of the best in San Diego, a walk to the following spots would probably be worth your while:

      Cowboy Star (15 min.)
      Cafe Chloe (15 min.)
      JSix (10 min.)
      Fish Market (5 min.)
      Neighborhood (10 min.)

      All are open for Lunch and Dinner. #'s 2 and 3 for Breakfast. #5 more known for craft beers and food that goes well with beer.

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

      JSix Restaurant
      616 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101

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        scottca075 Oct 31, 2011 04:29 PM

        I would add Roy's in your hotel, Donovan's Prime Steak, The Grant Grill and look at Seersucker as well. Some people here aren't wild about the executive chef, but they do a nice job.

        Look at El Vitral, La Puerta and The Hopping Pig for happy hours.

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        La Puerta
        560 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

        El Vitral Restaurant
        815 J Ave, San Diego, CA 92118

      2. Josh Oct 31, 2011 08:19 AM

        Will you have a car?

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          lef327 Oct 31, 2011 08:24 AM

          Most likely not but will take taxis

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            Josh Oct 31, 2011 08:35 AM

            That limits your options quite a bit, FYI. San Diego is pretty spread out. Our best places for foodies are not near your hotel, and will be expensive to get to via taxi because our taxis aren't cheap.

            The place you're staying is our local tourist trap, with forgettable restaurants the norm, with a few exceptions, though none of these would rise to best anything.

            On 30th St., the places I'd suggest checking out are The Linkery, El Take It Easy, Alchemy, and Sea Rocket Bistro. All four places do some really interesting, farm-to-table food, with local sourcing of ingredients.

            If you're open to using public transit, there's a bus (the #2) that runs from downtown up to 30th St., which will save you quite a bit on cab fare.

            This is the time now for someone to chime in and say how the Gaslamp isn't that bad.

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              SteveRB Oct 31, 2011 08:47 AM

              Donovan's is an easy walk from the Marriot. (6th and K). Excellent steaks.

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