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18th Birthday in Gaslamp?

hannahkra Aug 30, 2012 12:05 PM

Hey all.
I'm a North County resident hoping to get some suggestions for a good spot to celebrate my 18th birthday on a weeknight in the Gaslamp.

I'm looking for a dinner spot: something classy and tasty. Requiring us to dress a little above jeans and a tee. I enjoy trying new, fun places--Indigo Grill in Little Italy is a good example for the kind of food adventure I enjoy lol.
I'm also up for a more traditional, classy venue with the nice tablecloths, view, etc, as long as it doesn't break the bank. I will have a party of 8, so I'd like to keep a realistic budget in mind (no 45 dollar entrees, my family's Dutch wallet shudders at the thought. :) ).

Also, apart from the Ghirardelli shop, are there any other ice cream/dessert places for after dinner worth checking out?

  1. ipsedixit Aug 30, 2012 08:54 PM

    Bice, Searsucker, and Jsix come to mind as options.

    Cremalose and Chocolat are viable dessert options.

    1. Rodzilla Aug 31, 2012 12:51 AM

      Saltbox, Sora (just opened), Jsix

      Papaleeco or Chocoat

      exnay on the searsucker.

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      1. re: Rodzilla
        ipsedixit Sep 4, 2012 08:06 PM

        Sora is awful by the way. Grand opening today (soft opened for about 2 weeks). But first impressions being what they are, ugh. Let's hope it was just opening day jitters and they can get their sea legs underneath them soon.

        1. re: ipsedixit
          Rodzilla Sep 4, 2012 10:00 PM

          if you don't feel its fair to give them a review so soon after opening...email me? :D Curious to hear about it.

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        Beach Chick Aug 31, 2012 06:56 AM

        Happy Birthday hanna...
        Does it have to be in the Gaslamp?
        Bali Hai in Shelter Island is awesome and great views of downtown SD.

        Jsix at the Hotel Solamar
        Cafe Chloe in East Village
        Bertrand's at Mr. A's in Banker's Hill with fab views
        Cucina Urban
        Brooklyn Girl in Mission Hills
        Tender Greens in Liberty Station.
        Chocolat or Extraordinary desserts..maybe you'll have better luck than me on finding the tasty one.

        Have fun!


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        1. re: Beach Chick
          ipsedixit Sep 1, 2012 10:09 PM

          If one is going to expand it beyond Gaslamp, then I would recommend going to Cucina Urbana for dessert.

          1. re: Beach Chick
            Rodzilla Sep 1, 2012 10:59 PM

            I guess we need to here back if she needs to stay right in Gaslamp, they're are several great options in the vicinity.

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            hannahkra Sep 3, 2012 07:20 AM

            Okay! Update!
            I spent a long time looking online at different menus, and ended up finding a place called Peohe's in Coronado. They had a 29.99 pre fix three course menu, which we used, and it was perfect. I had lobster bisque, an excellent cut of prime rib, and a macadamia dessert.
            We had planned on taking the ferry over to the Gaslamp to check out Extraordinary desserts if dinner wasn't excellent/filling, but it was, so we walked around Coronado instead.
            Thank you all so much for the suggestions! :)

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            1. re: hannahkra
              Beach Chick Sep 3, 2012 07:37 AM

              Awesome hanna!
              Glad you had a great time and didn't know that Peohe's had a 3 course meal for $29.99.

              I do have one question for you, was your 'taking the ferry over to the Gaslamp' inspired by me, Beach Chick along with getting the lobster bisque...hee hee

              Thanks for reporting back!

              1. re: Beach Chick
                cstr Sep 3, 2012 08:27 AM

                Nice go'n BC you got a double, H2O taxi and the bisque, this one goes in the CH history books.

                1. re: cstr
                  Beach Chick Sep 3, 2012 09:16 AM

                  I was going for a trifecta but I'll take a double..
                  ;- )

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