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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


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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.

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


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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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