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Mka Apr 13, 2012 09:42 AM

Heading down to SD for a five day trip next month, and will be staying in Coronado. Are there any don't miss restaurants in the area? Any authentic Mexican or Japanese (or really, authentic ethnic food of any variety)? How about some good spots for breakfast?

(Also, what are some recommended places for lunch within walking distance of Balboa Park? I gather that the food in the park isn't too good: are there any decent places perhaps not too far from the Museum area?)

Thanks.

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    ian langdon Apr 19, 2012 06:01 PM

    The Prado in Balboa Park is very convenient but just okay. Candelas in Coronado for happy hour. Something about those appetizers being half price that make them edible. The fish taco at the Brigantine is a island favorite. $2.50 on Taco Tuesday..............and its outstanding. Primavera used to be the spot for Italian but since the Kiwi waiter (John) left its lost some of its allure. I recently tried Danny's Palm burger and its on par with the Burger Lounge. Still have not made it down to Nicky Rottens for their burger. Chez Loma closed. Leroy's is upscale along the Hillcrest gastropub vein and they do have the Arrogant Bastard on tap and is open later than usual. I'd much rather go to Top of the Market on the embarcadero before I went to 1500 Ocean or Minstral.

    1. firecooked Apr 17, 2012 02:23 PM

      And almost forgot -- Primavera for nice Italian

      1. firecooked Apr 17, 2012 02:22 PM

        To add to the lists:

        Right now, Leroy's is about my favorite place for drinks and/or dinner. Handy that's its walking distance for me!

        To add to the other rec's:
        Burger Lounge (grass-fed beef)
        Cafe 1134 - breakfast or lunch
        Tartine (especially for lunch)

        Last weekend I dropped into The Tavern for a beer, liked the vibe of the place... need to go back and try the food (pub fare).

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          4wino Apr 14, 2012 08:48 AM

          I would also use Mariott's water taxi, a small boat that holds maybe 16, will take you to Seaport Village, and also closer to the Gaslamp.

          1. Beach Chick Apr 14, 2012 08:28 AM

            Sapori for Italian
            Brigantine happy hour..great fish tacos
            Miguel's
            Leroy's Lounge
            Market Cafe at Loew's resort for brunch..Mistral for dinner
            1500 Ocean at Hotel Del..great seafood
            Crown Room Sunday brunch at the Hotel Del
            Danny Palms for burger and beers
            Candelas

            Prado for lunch at Balboa Park
            Las Cuatro Milpas across the SD bridge and under it for divey Mex.

            You can take the water taxi over to Downtown SD
            www.sdhe.com

            1. foodiechick Apr 13, 2012 09:35 PM

              Pretty tasty food and and beer selection at Leroy's Lounge, grab a table by the open windows at lunch. There are a couple of new taverns that we have yet to try.

              1. goodhealthgourmet Apr 13, 2012 03:53 PM

                if you scroll further down the page, you'll find links to a bunch of other discussions about dining on Coronado. you might find some useful stuff there.

                will you be there on a Sunday? if so, i'd recommend enjoying a blowout brunch at the Market Cafe at Loews or 1500 Ocean at the Hotel Del.

                1. Fake Name Apr 13, 2012 03:33 PM

                  For fine dining, 1500 Ocean and whatever-it's-called-now at Lowes. Shoot me, I enjoy iL Fornaio.

                  There's a new place I've not yet been- somebody?

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                    Rodzilla Apr 13, 2012 10:49 PM

                    Just wanted to add that Aaron Martinez recently left Oceans 1500 in case anyone thought that might have an influence

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                      foodiechick Apr 15, 2012 11:51 AM

                      Wow, that didn't last long. Have they hired a replacement?

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                        Rodzilla Apr 15, 2012 01:11 PM

                        not that I am aware of

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                          honkman Apr 15, 2012 02:50 PM

                          He got a good offer for a sous chef position in SF. Kind of depressing that a sous chef position in SF ranks higher for some chefs than a chef de cuisine position in one of the top-ranking restaurants in SD

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                            Rodzilla Apr 15, 2012 05:07 PM

                            true, but COI does have 2 Michelin stars and I'm sure there were other factors that lead to the choice.

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                              honkman Apr 15, 2012 10:52 PM

                              We really like Coi and had some of our best tasting menus there but at the same time we always hope that SD can keep some of their best and most creative chefs. SD has a number of good chefs but as with most cities there is only a very small number of chefs which truely stand out in terms of creativity and execution and who are capable to create memorable tasting menus (the kind of dinner we prefer most and would like to have more often in SD). SD has lost quite a few of those chefs in the last few years, e.g. Schmidt, Neroni, Kennedy, Siebert, Bartolome and now Martinez. There are not many of these kind of chefs left in SD. 4-5 years ago we had the impression that dining in SD is getting better and better but over the last 1-2 years its getting really bad in terms of interesting places in SD

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                                Rodzilla Apr 16, 2012 10:58 PM

                                Agreed, but I am still optimistic that it will improve. There are many places that don't much attention around SD and I'm not sure if that's on account of the cooking not warranting it, or just a lack of exposure. I would love to get your take on some more places.

                                Perhaps I should start a new thread for this, but I am really impressed by Redzkowki's background (flavor del mar) I visited the other night and would like to go back for a tasting. You and I are suited for a meet-up soon enough. Let's discuss :)

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                                  honkman Apr 18, 2012 09:41 PM

                                  Flavor might be indeed a good place to meet and trst out their new tasting menu.

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                                    shouzen Apr 20, 2012 08:01 AM

                                    karaethon certainly seemed to enjoy it

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