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Looking for Chowhound fare in Downtown San Diego

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dweendaddy Mar 6, 2012 09:48 AM

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)
Vietnamese
Other SE Asian
(Non standard) Japanese

And anything else SD hounds love.

Thanks,

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

  1. Dagney Mar 9, 2012 04:47 PM

    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."

    1. h
      hye Mar 7, 2012 02:44 PM

      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
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        daantaat Mar 7, 2012 06:48 PM

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

      2. Beach Chick Mar 7, 2012 08:59 AM

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

        1. d
          daantaat Mar 6, 2012 10:08 PM

          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. d
            dferriot Mar 6, 2012 03:37 PM

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

            1. c
              chezwhitey Mar 6, 2012 03:04 PM

              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.

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                mcgrath Mar 6, 2012 12:37 PM

                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. honkman Mar 6, 2012 10:43 AM

                  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
                    Rodzilla Mar 8, 2012 10:33 PM

                    Searsucker? Who took over your account?

                    1. re: Rodzilla
                      honkman Mar 9, 2012 07:56 AM

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

                      1. re: honkman
                        Beach Chick Mar 9, 2012 11:12 AM

                        Had their brunch and it was very good..

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