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Feb 7, 2013 11:34 AM

14th Street

I will be staying at the Holiday Inn Express without a car. Are there any worthwhile inexpensive dining establishments nearby?

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  1. Could you be more specific? Which Holiday Inn Express? I am familiar with downtown San Diego, but I am not sure where this hotel is located.

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      1. re: JohnnyT

        And this explains the title of your post, how?

            1. re: JohnnyT

              You're pretty close to Little Italy, and for some coffee and gelato, you should check out Pappalecco (corner of State and Cedar, about 1/2 mile NW of your hotel).

              There's also Mexican Fiesta, a little taco hut, on India and Beech, also about 1/2 mile W NW of your hotel. I'm told the tacos and breakfast burritos are good there, but I think the hamburgers are the real gems. $2 and change gets you one of the better burgers around.

      2. You are staying in "Cortez Hill." The centerpiece of this area is the Cortez Hotel, which has been remodeled into a beautiful condo building. The Cortez houses a little cafe called Sol Le Luna. It's casual, small, and friendly, and not too expensive.

        Cafe Chloe is located fairly close to your hotel and they have wonderful French fare. Bonus: their service is solid.


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        1. re: Dagney

          Chaplos is a newer restaurant a few blocks from you at 9th & B. They bill themselves as a throwback to the 20's, serving classic American fare - in San Diego, this usually points to a menu with burgers and $12 cocktails. I haven't been, but it looks like they did a good job on the renovation.

          On the upside, they just opened, are a bit off the beaten path, and, like many newer restaurants, have opted for pushing a Groupon on the market for initial buzz - you can google Chaplos Groupon to find it - it was $15 for $30.

          Haven't seen any chowhound reviews, but if $15 is in your price range, perhaps you can check it out and post about your experience.