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Apr 26, 2012 10:19 AM

Old Town San Diego

Looking for Old Town dinner suggestions.

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  1. Did you want touristy faux Mexican that is not very good? Then just do the tourist thing and eat where you see a menu outside that looks tasty. They are all about the same. If I had to pick one it would be Old Town Market Cafe. But just because it's less touristy.

    My suggestion would be to expand your question a bit. No one wants to advise you to eat mediocre food. I'd suggest going to El Comal. Or getting adventurous and heading to south county to a mariscos truck.

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    1. re: y6y6y6

      thanks...its just that we are going to be staying in Old Town and would like to walk to restauarant. We are not into touristy stuff but like to eat just about anything, but it has to be good and I don't know the Old Town district. I know it is pretty touristy so I was hoping someone would give some suggestions for better than average food.

        1. re: ritas

          Berta's is pretty good, though I haven't been in years.

      1. 25Forty Bistro and Bakehouse.

        You can walk there when in Old Town. Great food and sometimes specials, depending on when you are going.Closed on Mondays. Lunch 11:30-2:30 on Thurs and Fri. Dinner Tues-Fri from 5 pm.. Open from 10 am Sat & Sun

        2540 Congress Street 92110

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        1. re: Cathy

          Friends went to 25Forty Bistro and loved it...isn't that the one in the back of the famous haunted Whaley House?
          Guadalajara Grill and El Agave are good choices..
          Perry's is good for breakfast/lunch which is very truck stop fare.
          I still like Old Town Mex to see my girls making those tortillas, have a marg, and some cheesy Mex..flame away
          ; )

          1. re: Beach Chick

            It's on the same block as Old Town Mexican Cafe...Congress is the street West of Old Town Avenue. Closer to Twigg than Harney. ( Whaley is East of Old Town Ave and South of Harney).

            The name on the building is 25Forty Bistro and Bakery and they do make some nice pastries and breads. Always good food here.

            1. re: Cathy

              Whaley is at the corner of Juan and San Diego Avenue. The cafe in the Whaley gardens is the Creole Cafe and it is said that it is the best Creole food in the region. I'd like to know others opinions of that as I'm not a Creole food fan so I cant vouch but it does get raves from the visitors, I work at the property is why I know this. El Agave for Mexican s great, but keep an eye on the prices, it can bust ones budget. We ow have two sushi houses, Sushi Harney and Sushi Tadokoro
              2244 San Diego Ave. (Old Town). We also have a Thai place now and Bentowich which is Japanese. Back to Mexican food...I think people like to just automatically diss the tourist spots without having actually tried them. Sure there is plenty of cheese smothered stuff but some places have been there for decades and are serving up their abuelitas own recipes, so you might want to check the attitude at the door and discover what's actually there. Just my two cents.

              1. re: fungshe

                "I think people like to just automatically diss the tourist spots"

                Case in point: Brockton Villa. The last two meals I've had there, one with out of towers and one with just us (just to make sure I wasn't mistaken) were really very good, and the service was even better. Not the best restaurant in SD, but far far far from the worst.

                Never on the weekends, though.


                1. re: SaltyRaisins

                  Good point! For Brockton Villa, the view and the wonderful historic beach cottage is worth the visit in itself! ;)

                  1. re: fungshe

                    Just bring along a gas mask for those days when the breeze carries with it the pungent aroma of thousands of seabirds and sea lions that "do their thing" on the rocks and cliffs across the street from the Villa.


                    1. re: bizzwriter

                      Its the coast... sea life, sounds, smells etc.. its the ocean. What might be the preference bizzwriter condos along the shore or?

        2. There is a trolley station in Old Town, so it would be easy to get to Little Italy or Downtown via the Blue line.

          1. Casa Guadalajara and El Agave are respectable, the rest are souless tourist traps.

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            1. re: wanker

              I have had some enjoyable meals at Bertas. It is more South American than mexican.

              1. re: pantani

                Berta's is very popular during baseball season with the MLB players dining there who miss their country's home cooking.

              2. re: wanker

                Casa Guadalajara has to be one of the most egregiously poor restaurants in OT. Their food is on par with Tio Leo's and South of the Border. CG is probably best suited for sitting on the patio and drinking margaritas. Then moving onto El Agave for dinner.

              3. We had a excellent lunch at the Cosmopolitan Restaurnant and Hotel. Nice patio area in the middle also.

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                1. re: Fort Point

                  Glad to hear you had a great lunch at the Cosmo resto..

                  1. re: Fort Point

                    We had horrible dinner service at the Cosmo, but have grown fond of weekend brunch there. You actually get to eat outside in a large open space, and enjoy a drink or beer, and the menu is well above any other places in the area. The food has been more consistent than El Comal (the last 6 months at least).

                    If locals can bear the thought of having to be seen near those wretched tourist things, and deal with parking, Cosmo is a great choice for lunch.

                    1. re: MrKrispy

                      El Comal is one of my favorites for Mexican food in SD.