good eats near Sheraton/airport?
I am coming to San Diego for a conference, which will be held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina -- right across from the airport. As far as I can tell, there's nothing nearby except perhaps Liberty Station (Trader Joe's and Tender Greens). Can anyone point me to other good eats that are accessible by foot, public transport, or a short cab ride? I won't have a car, and I don't want to spend three days eating hotel food! I like to walk, so a mile or two isn't a big deal -- as long as it's through reasonable neighborhoods.
C level, despite being a Cohn restaurant, is within walking distance and isn't bad with a nice view of the bay and acceptable basic burgers and salads. I'd pass on their more expensive restaurant in the same building.
If you don't mind a bit of a walk (probably a little over a mile one way), you can walk to the restaurants in Liberty Station by the fake "Recruit" ship (go through Spanish Landing by the in-progress Spanish ship-building exhibit, then under the overpass to the old overpass). It may not be well-lit at night going under the overpass, though (but there are usually some pedestrians). Sushiya is not bad for inexpensive sushi, haven't tried any other restaurants in that cluster. IIRC, there's Thai, Greek and Mexican Taco shop restaurants there - and a Subway. A bit more of a walk from there (probably another 1/2 mile) gets you to the big retail complex in Liberty Station (Tender Greens, Con Panne, Slater's 50/50 are all OK).
re: Fake Name
No need for a regular stop -- the San Diego Water Taxi service will pick you up and drop you off at ANY public dock in San Diego Bay. This opens up all kinds of possibilities for you. 9am-9pm Sunday through Thursday, 9am-11pm Friday and Saturday. $7 each trip. More info here:
You're probably not going to want to walk anywhere worth going to from that Hotel. It's not what I'd call a walk-friendly area due variously to long distances, poor lighting, lack of sidewalks.
I would hop in a cab and ask to be taken to Little Italy, which is probably the closest food-friendly neighborhood to your Sheraton. If the cabbie needs something more specific than Little Italy, ask him to drop you off at India and Grape, then stroll down India St. sounthward and check out the restaurants along the way and on the side streets. It's a safe and fun little area.