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Visiting SD from NYC- need 5 lunch and 5 dinner spots BUT GREAT food pls! Anywhere from LJ to Dtown

Hi,
Im visiting SD from NYC. I come once a year and that is never enough time to find restaurants I love.
Looking for 5 dinner and 5 lunch spots anywhere between LJ and Dtown, including Kensington, N Park and close by 'hoods. I am not into white table cloth atmosphere, but am looking for high quality food, taken seriously. I lean toward healthier, produce driven meals, thought open to other rec's.
I appreciate any help!!
Thanks

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  1. Spread in North Park
    Sea Rocket Bistro
    Marisco German Seafood truck
    Bay Park Fish Company
    Tender Greens
    George's at the Cove Ocean Terrace
    El Pescador in LJ..great sea bass sandwich

    Head to Chino's farm stand in Rancho Santa Fe..fab expensive produce

    www.spreadtherestaurant.com
    www.30thstreet.org

    1. Lunch:

      Super Cocina in City Heights

      Dinner:

      Wine Vault and Bistro
      Urban Solace

      1. For great Italian food, we like Arrivederci in the Hillcrest area. It is located at 3845 4th Avenue (just off University Ave). Reservations recommended, and you'll likely still have to wait for your table. Phone: 619-299-6282

        1. I'd add the Linkery and El Take It Easy to the list above.

          1. cannot miss Brian Malarky's 2 restaurants (top chef) Lunch or Dinner are terrific!!
            downtown - Searsucker
            Del Mar - Burlap
            In the Gaslamp District - Croce's
            and I agree with George's in La Jolla - George's famous soup is a fav. for lunch.
            La Jolla - A Dinner must is The Marine Room
            By the airport for lunch - El Indio a mexican must ( better than anything in Old Town)

            I was just in NYC for Thanksgiving - wish I could have had some of your favorites there!

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            1. re: nevrgru

              Not bad, pretty much all of your restaurant recommendations will create a lot of disagreement :)

              1. re: nevrgru

                heard the noise level at Burlap is so loud that you can't hear your dining companions.

                1. re: nevrgru

                  I agree, Georges and Marine Room.

                  1. re: nevrgru

                    The Marine Room, check to see if there is a high tide brunch.
                    Yes, buffet, but the waves on the windows is worth the $$.