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I am heading to San Diego this week to watch my brother graduate from Marine Boot Camp. I am trying to find a great dinner to celebrate my brother, and need some help. My family will be staying at the Manchester Hyatt, so looking for something fairly close by.
I've heard great things about Cowboy Star, hoping to get some other recommendations for Italian or seafood, something with a great celebratory atmosphere that isn't too stuffy. Thanks in advance!

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  1. This thread may be helpful, congrats to your brother and thank him for his service. I'd add Wine Vault, Cafe Chloe.

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/802920

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    1. re: cstr

      Congratulations and a big celebration are definitely in order.
      The thread from cstr is a great start.
      I'd add Saltbox at The Hotel Palomar for a great atmosphere. We went last month with a large group and had fun sharing a lot of small plates before heading to a concert next door at House of Blues. It has great cocktails, a hip vibe and pretty good food.
      Wherever you go, have a great time. We appreciate your brother's service to our country.

    2. There's a lot close to MCRD. Mimmo's on India is pretty good. They also own Grab N Go Subs at India and Grape (very tasty). Mona Lisa has great sandwiches, too. If you're free Saturday morning, the farmer's market at Little Italy is really nice. You can take the train within a couple blocks of there.

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      Grab N Go Subs
      600 W Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101