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Sep 19, 2012 11:52 AM

Need recommendations --Conference week in San Diego

Hello all:
Will be viisting in November for a week. Several days are devoted to conference and social events surrounding that. Thinking of renting a car the last few days. Staying in gaslight. Need some recommendations for dinner for four NY/NJ folks visiting for the first time. We like just about everything, especially seafood. Looking for any exceptional recommendations within walking distance of convention center (up to a mile), for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The two days with rental car broadens our horizons as well. What should we not miss? As always thanks so much--New Orleans was a delight thanks to all the chowhound recommendations we got!

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  1. Do some searches. This question gets asked constantly.

    1. For much more searching success, use "Gaslamp" and not gaslight.

      Edit: in case you didn't see this yet, are you into craft beers? I'm guessing not, but you never know...

      1. Which convention center? Bay, Civic, or Town & Country?

        1. There are many similar threads, but here are where I direct all my guests who are visiting San Diego for the first time.

          The Rental Car is what is going to get you to the spots you won't want to miss:

          Georges Modern in La Jolla - Go at sunset, one of the best views in SD..and if there is "San Diego" type of cuisine - it's here.

          Urban Solace in North Park - contemporary comfort food, casual, one of the best brunch spot in SD - great beer and wine selection (try anything from Societe Brewing)

          Kaito Sushi in Encinitas - if any of you really love sushi, make reservations for the bar. If you're just fans of rolls and stuff like that there are plenty of suitable spots that are closer - but if you really want to experience some of the best SD (and maybe SoCal) has to offer go here. Drive up the 101 for a great view.

          Oscars in Birdrock/North Pacific Beach - San Diego is famous for fish tacos, this hole in the wall taco shop makes the best ones.

          1 mile of Convention Center:
          Cafe Chloe is a favorite of the boards for any time of day
          The Mission for breakfast/brunch
          Neighborhood for a burger and beer
          Jsix, Saltbox, Cowboy Star all likely to please

          1. The Mariscos German Beyer truck is about a one mile walk, maybe a little less. If you really want to walk that far, it's unique SD eats, and quite good.

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            1. re: y6y6y6

              I'm staying at the Marriott and am obsessed with finding this truck. Drove by a couple of locations yesterday to find an empty parking lot. Can someone confirm the location and hours of any Mariscos German Beyer truck?

              If I can find it, that will satisfy my snack and lunch craving, but is there any recommendations for a really good mexican food experience that is kid-friendly (proximity to convention center area a plus, but not essential).

                1. re: RhonelyInsanediego

                  Shameful to say that I don't use FB, so I can't use the link.
                  Does it say where they are today.
                  Even more shameful: I own FB stock.

                  1. re: non sequitur

                    4285 Fairmount Ave
                    (between Orange Ave & El Cajon Blvd)
                    San Diego, CA 92105
                    Neighborhood: City Heights
                    (858) 864-6889


                    call ahead to make sure they are there.

                    1. re: Beach Chick

                      Omg - I thought from earlier references that I'd be able to walk there from the convention area. As a truck, it obviously moves. I also get the sense there's more than one truck - does the FB page only track one of them? Was the earlier post referring to a one-mile walk outdated?

                      1. re: non sequitur

                        Here is the restaurant location which is close to SD Convention it.

                        2802 Ocean View Blvd
                        (between 28th St & 29th St)
                        San Diego, CA 92113
                        Neighborhood: Logan Heights
                        (619) 239-3782


                        1. re: Beach Chick

                          At location now, and I'm not seeing anything. Did they change name? This is becoming a huge challenge.

                2. re: non sequitur

                  Mariscos German truck is a good find and the gobenador and the marlyn tacos are off the chain good.
                  Las Cuatro Milpas under the Coronado bridge is excellent..
                  Also, Aqui es Texcoco in Chula Vista for their potato taquitos and barbabcoa...fantastic!
                  Casa Guadalajara in Old Town is decent if you want the cheesy goodness experience.
                  Romesco's in Bonita is excellent.

                  Can take the water taxi over to Miguel's in Coronado from the Gaslamp..or next door at the Brigantine for the fish tacos..everyday happy hour and kid friendly..
                  ;- )