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Dec 7, 2011 09:18 AM

Cheap Chow Worthy Eats...Help! Point Loma, USS Midway, Etc

Hello Chowhounds! Good Morning!

I'm wondering if you can help me with my list.

1. Looking for Ethiopian Cusine, I though HARAR??
2. Fish Tacos: Mariscos German, Mariscos El Pescador or Mariscos Beyer??
3. Want to fit in SUPER COCINA, but also a place for the best burritos, not far from Point Loma (our Hotel)
4. Lunch Near USS Midway (no idea yet, but if nothing within walking distance worth eating, we can drive if not too far) Preferibly places with free parking (as im on a tight budget)

I guess our budget would be $8-$10 per person.



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  1. If not Ethiopian cuisine, any other ethnic cuisine restaurant that is chow-worthy will be very much appreciated



    1. With the exception of the USS Midway, not much of what you've listed in your post above is in the Point Loma area.

      Harrar is in North Park. It's probably about a 15 - 20 minute drive from PL given traffic and not being familiar with San Diego roads. Is there a reason you're particularly interested in what is definitley an under represented ethinic cuisine in this city?

      Super Cocina is definitely in your budget range, but it is even further east than Harrar. Probably at least 20 minutes from PL.

      Point Loma Seafood is a solid option in your designated area, and in your price range.

      Free parking and downtown San Diego are not phrases that usually go together here.
      Seaport Village is within walking distance of the USS Midway (as are the Marriott, Hyatt and the trolley system), and there are several dining options there. Be forewarned, however, that most of what's available in Seaport Village is largely disdained (with good reason in some cases) on this board as being overpriced tourist trap food. Sally's in the Hyatt can be quite respectable as can The Fish Market. The dining options in the downtown hotels can be surprisingly good and, at lunch, afforadble.

      You could trolley in to Little Italy from the Midway, or simply try and find an open parking space, which is not impossible at lunch, and hit up Songo di Vino (delicious paninis), Pete's Meats, Filippi's or Mona Lisa, all of which would (more or less) be in your price range.

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      1. re: DiningDiva

        Thanks DiningDiva!

        I found Harar and my son (11yr) thought it would be "cool" to eat with his hands (for once!) and be allowed to! I have never had Ethiopian, but im very open to new foods and i sort of know if i'll like something or not... I think Ethiopian sounds amazing!

        Our Hotel is in Point Loma, and I don't really have a "Plan" of what we will do, so I guess anywhere that's not too far to drive (i don't want to drive 1hr unless its waayyy worth it) will work.
        I don't think there's much in downtown for an 11 yr old... so we're thinking biking somewhere, and going to the USS Midway...

        But im willing to travel farther... I don't mind spending $$ on food (although now im on a tight budget having come back from 2 expensive vacations) but I hate to pay for Mediocre food... LOL

        Thanks again,
        If you think of anything else, let me know!


        1. re: yesilovestotravel

          Actually, this information helps us give you better recs.

          Point Loma's actually a pretty nice area but sometimes getting in and out of it takes a while because of traffic congestion. But once out of PL, getting to some of the other locations isn't that difficult or that time consuming. Most places are not an hour away and most of the recs from the board regulars will be pretty solid.

          If you haven't taken a look at it yet, you might want to check out KirkK's blog mmm...yoso -
          He's got some posts about his recent trip to Hawaii (where he's from) but the majority of his blog is about San Diego. He and his trusty band of bloggers have tried a huge number of the ethnic eateries, hole-in-the-wall, off-the-beaten-path places in San Diego.

          I second the recommendation below for both Con Pane and Tender Greens, both of which are in Liberty Station. Con Pane is a bakery. They do wonderful sandwiches and their cinnamon rolls are great. Tender Greens is devoted to local and sustainable foods and is done very well. Short selection of salads, sandwiches and hot plates. The price point will be slightly above your range, but not by much and the quality justifies the price points. Have a Cowboy Cookie for dessert. Da Kine's Hawaiian food is across the corridor from Tender Greens. It's probably not the best Hawaiian around, but it's decent and will fill you up without costing an arm and a leg.

          By all means go to Super Cocina, you and your son will like it.

          1. re: DiningDiva

            Thanks again DD!!

            Con Pane sounds really good for a "to go" lunch as we ride our bikes.
            I'll still keep Harar (my son's looking forward to it) ... there's a couple other Ethiopian places around... but not sure which is the best...

            That Cowboy cookie sounds sooo good!... I'll check it out! :)

        2. re: DiningDiva

          The Seaport Village restaurants are pretty forgettable, but the fast foodish places, Greek Island Cafe, Marion's Fish Market and Margarita's Kitchen & Cantina are decent. Also in Little Italy is Burger Lounge with pretty good, grass fed beef Burgers.

          In Liberty Station, where I assume you are staying, there is Slater's 50/50 Burgers, and while not a Chow place, Corvette Diner that is immensely popular with the 11 year old set.

        3. I feel like I've been on a Brigantine bandwagon lately but they are on Shelter Island Drive - should be close to any hotel in Point Loma - and they have great fish tacos.

          Other Chow Worthy eats in Point Loma would be Con Pane for breakfast or lunch and Tender Greens for lunch or dinner in Liberty Station. In fact, I'd probably grab something to go from one of those places and picnic near the Midway.

          Have a great trip!

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          1. re: melee

            Thanks melee!
            Brigantine sounds really good... but their prices are a bit high... (when my son was younger, he ate from the kids menu, but now... he just turned 11 and is 5ft... so imagine! he eats like a teenager already! so i have to account for 2 grownups...
            But the fish tacos are about $10.. not bad

            I like the sound of Con Pane... i'll check it out too!

            Thanks again!

            any place for those cheep $1 fish tacos anywhere close to Point Loma or the Beach Areas (we probably will drive through those areas anyways)...??

            1. re: yesilovestotravel

              They aren't $1, but the fish tacos at South Beach Bar and Grille in Ocean Beach are fantastic and are fairly inexpensive (I think $2-3ish), and OB is close to Point Loma. On the other hand, I don't think you can take your 11 year old in there - but you could get them to go and eat them on the beach.

              1. re: yesilovestotravel

                At Point Loma Seafood, the fish sandwich and fries is $8.40, the crab and the shrimp sandwichs with fries are under $10. Parking can be tough right at lunch time.

                1. re: SteveRB

                  Thanks Steve & jwizzle!

                  Point Loma Seafood is in the right price range... I'll see if I can get to go @ South Beach Bar... but

                  I forgot one thing!

                  You guys are suppost to have Amazing Burritos, right??

                  Where do you suggest??

                  1. re: yesilovestotravel

                    Jwizzle is right, you won't be able to take your son into South Beach Bar & Grill. There are, however, a LOT of places to eat up and down Newport Ave in Ocean Beach. Shades is underneath (the forgettable) Nicks' and faces directly onto the beach and Pacific Ocean. Food is the high end of your price range but decent.

                    But...if you get that far, why not walk out to the Pier Cafe about 3/4s of the way down on the OB pier? They do a pretty respectable breakfast that is definitely in your price range. Their claim to fame is (are?) their mango pancakes. I thought they were a bit on the heavy side, but the flavor was good. Better is their breakfast burrito. Some of their lunch items are also good for the price and location.

                    If you're biking in OB and on Sunset Cliffs, stop at the Olive Tree market on Sunset Cliffs Blvd and Narragansett and pick up a deli sandwich. Your price range and VERY good ( so is Poma's, Narragansett or Niagra at Bacon)

                    Asking about best or better burrito options in SD is kind of like asking a parent which child is the favorite ;-).

                    1. re: DiningDiva

                      "Asking about best or better burrito options in SD is kind of like asking a parent which child is the favorite ;-)."

                      I suppose there might be some contest for second or third place.

                      1. re: Fake Name

                        "Asking about best or better burrito options in SD is kind of like asking a parent which child is the favorite ;-)."

                        Very good analogy LOL

                        How about a really good burrito not too far from the beaches or Point Loma?

                  2. re: SteveRB

                    Parking, not a problem with bikes :-)

              2. Close to the Midway the Sushi bar at the Fish Market is quite good but out of your price range. The oyster bar is also tasty. Never enjoyed a meal in the restaurant proper or upstairs however.

                If you're doing the tourist thing I imagine at one point you'll be headed to the zoo/balboa park. If so, this is a good day to try Harar - I've never been but there is another place, Muzita, which is very close to the zoo and quite good although a bit more expensive than I expected when I last ate there.

                Also in area is Mama's Lebanese Deli - very tasty, very cheap.

                And if you're around on Saturday might be worth stopping by the Mercardo in Little Italy and graze from the stands. I haven't seen the uni guy around last few times I've been but if you see him, try one. Amazing.

                As others mentioned - Point Loma Seafood, Con Pane and Tender Greens are all very good.

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                1. re: zmirzlina

                  Thanks zmirzlina!

                  The only tourist thing we'll be doing is the USS Midway... my son's already been to the zoo, and we've been to seaworld, etc... so, we won't be doing much of the touristy things... but a walk around balboa park sounds nice if I can find inexpensive chow worthy meal.

                  We'll be there wednesday-Friday so we'll miss the Little Italy Mercado :(

                  we love farmers market...hopefully we can find some wednesday-Friday :)

                  1. re: yesilovestotravel

                    Wednesday market is in OB, don't know if the season might have ended for it or not.

                    1. re: DiningDiva

                      The Wednesday market in OB is open. They are at their shorter winter hours, though - I think 4-7pm.

                      1. re: jwizzle

                        Thanks DD & jwizzle!

                        we'll be going to OB market!