San Diego Chowhounding
- Jim Zurer
Now I am off to San Diego and am looking for
recommendations on places that I shouldn't miss. As
always, moderately priced and casual places that have
creative cooking and/or local specialties are my
primary goal, but I will spend the money for something
I will be at the Sheraton Harbor Island and will have
Thanks in advance.
Jim Zurer -- Washington DC
Check out the Wine Sellar (sic) & Brasserie, 9550
Waples St, San Diego; tel 619 450-9576. It's about 15
minutes from your hotel in a very unlikely (light
industrial) area. There is a first-rate wine shop
downstairs and a terrific contemporary restaurant
upstairs. It's sister restaurant, Laurel, is a little
closer - at 5th and Laurel in San Diego; the number is
619 239-2222. Both places serve what could best be
described as Calif/Med. Probably more expensive than
what you are looking for, but definitely worth it.
In La Jolla, just off the 5 and across from the Hyatt
Regency, is Cafe Japengo, with a pan-Asian menu and a
sushi bar. Very interesting architecture/decor, and a
menu that is worth reading through. It is a little
noisy, especially on Friday and Saturday nights, but I
have always enjoyed it.
re: Joe Miller
Thanks for the suggestions...I will note them for my
This time I ate at the Belgian Lion (not bad, but very
slow service), The Fish Market (outside on the deck)
which was terrific--the food (steamed clams, fried
oysters, and a fish ceviche tostada) was outstanding
and I had a great waitress, Blue Point Coastal Grill,
where I ate an early dinner of oysters and steamed
Manila clams (I would gladly return for a full meal),
and breakfasts at Hob Nob Hill (very good) and Jimmy
Carter's (my machaca was outstanding).
A special mention for the gelato at Mea Culpa in
Pacific Beach, which was better that Il Vero Gelato on
Plenty of places for me to try on my next trip.
Jim Zurer - Washington DC