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JohnnyT Feb 7, 2013 11:34 AM

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. Dagney RE: JohnnyT Feb 7, 2013 02:09 PM

    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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      JohnnyT RE: Dagney Feb 7, 2013 09:24 PM

      1430 Seventh Avenue

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        ipsedixit RE: JohnnyT Feb 7, 2013 09:36 PM

        And this explains the title of your post, how?

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          MrKrispy RE: ipsedixit Feb 8, 2013 09:40 AM

          lol!!

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            JohnnyT RE: ipsedixit Feb 8, 2013 11:23 AM

            A Senior moment! My apologies.

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              ipsedixit RE: JohnnyT Feb 8, 2013 03:11 PM

              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. Dagney RE: JohnnyT Feb 8, 2013 05:01 AM

        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.
        http://www.solelunacafe.com/

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

        Enjoy!

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          Stiflers_Mom RE: Dagney Feb 8, 2013 06:33 AM

          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.

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