San Diego Ideas?
I had dinner last week at Laurel (5th & Laurel) and it
was excellent, as it has been consistently over the
past several years. The food is similar to the old
Spago (Med-Calif) and it isn't cheap. Great wine list.
You might also want to try the sister restaurant, Wine
Sellar & Brasserie, which is about a 15-minute drive
from downtown, in an industrial park area.
The other place I like is Cafe Japengo, an Asian-fusion
restaurant opposite the Hyatt Regency in La Jolla, just
off the 5 Freeway. Busy sushi bar along with lots of
tables. Somewhat noisy, and an interesting people
scene on weekends. A lot of people from UC San Diego.
Again, the place isn't cheap, but it's worth it.
re: Joe Miller
i was born and raised in san diego (the best city, by the way!) and one of my favorite restaurants is "kemo sabe" on fifth ave in hillcrest. if you like truly spicy and very eclectic food, THIS IS THE PLACE! i have never been to another place that serves food like this. try the "skirts on fire" and/or the "anasazi ravioli". it's also nice to walk around the shops when you are finished dining. another place would be "guadalajara grill" in old town. they make homemade tortillas and have great margaritas and the best part is the entertainment (free), mariachi bands, and there is a happy hour mon-fri 4-7pm (also, free). cheesecake factory and crocodile's in fashion velley are also very good places to dine. enjoy!