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Looking for Chowhound fare in Downtown San Diego

I am going to be in San Diego for two nights and would like to know the best Chowhound fare within an easy walk or bus from Downtown/Petco Park.
I would be especially interested in:
Authentic Chinese (esp good Taiwanese or Shanghainese)
Other SE Asian
(Non standard) Japanese

And anything else SD hounds love.


Edwin, visiting from Nashville, where we have no daodi fan.

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  1. There are a number of good restaurants downtown, e.g. Cafe Chloe, JSix, Cowboy Star, Searsucker, Saltbox but it is not really well known for anything Asian. For that you would have to go to Convoy Street which would be quite a cab drive ( not sure if there is a bus going from downtown to Convoy)

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    1. re: honkman

      Searsucker? Who took over your account?

      1. re: Rodzilla

        We know a number of friends who had very good dinners at Searsucker

        1. re: honkman

          Had their brunch and it was very good..

    2. Nobu is very close, very expensive, very good and very much a chain. Apart from that, the Asian fare downtown is probably on a par with that of Nashville.

      1. Unless you get a car, you won't get decent asian food near downtown. There is good vietnamese(city heights), but the chinese/taiwanese fare is nothing special in san diego.

        1. Taka (Japanese), Red Pearl Kitchen (Asian fusion) and Rama (Thai).

          1. you won't find any Taiwanese or Shanghainese in this county. For that, you have to drive to the San Gabriel Valley.

            best non-standard Japanese is outside of the Gaslamp Quarter. Okan and Oton are about a 20" cab ride north and both very good. Izakaya Sakura is in the same general vicinity and also very good.

            1. Fish Market downtown has a decent sushi bar on the waterfront..

              1. What does non-standard Japanese mean? "Authentic"? Not sushi? Not Benihana?

                I second daan's suggestions, but I've also had very off food from Okan on occasion (maybe 1 in 20 visits), so I've been avoiding it somewhat recently.

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                1. re: hye

                  Okan got a new chef in the past year, so that might be the cause of some off dishes.

                2. Well, as far as I am concerned, our poor OP has unknowingly asked for the Chupacabra.

                  mmmm Gascramp recs, if we must...

                  Cafe Chloe
                  Cafe Istanbul
                  Sultan Shwarma
                  Panevino, though I have not been there in a long time
                  Asian? Get thee to Convoy
                  Pho? Pho Hoa, Euclid Avenue at El Cajon Boulevard

                  Everything else is a loud burger joint incarnation of Dick's Last Resort; with stupid names like "Wet Willies" and "Whiskey Girl."