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Feb 20, 2013 09:44 AM

Four days in San Diego


I asked this question on the forum dedicated to San Francisco and LA and I had
many answers.

I hope you will also contribute to the same question that I put on the website of San Diego
Thank you in advance! ..

We are French and we will stay a few days in San Diego in May 2013.

We will stay at Dolphin Motel, 2912 Garrison St.

Do you know any restaurants located near the periphery of this Motel? ..

We can use our rental car, but we do not want to make many kilometers.

Of course, we want to avoid upscale restaurants and favor those who could help us discover the different flavors of the city: American (Burger),Mexican, Italian, Chinese ... (French, we know! ......


Thank you in advance.

Excuse our bad English ...

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  1. Point Loma Seafood and Pearl (Restaurant in the Pearl Hotel) immediately come to mind.

    Point Loma Seafood is not fantastic cuisine, but it's a San Diego spot and very enjoyable.

    I've not been to Pearl, but have attended several social functions where they've served and always been impressed.

    1. Sorry everything I mentioned was on the outskirts of San Diego. But it's fun to try to stick to a theme, and I chose fish tacos, we had so much fun trying them all. I can't imagine going to San Diego and not concentrating on Mexican food, so many different types and qualities, can be lots of fun treasure hunting for the best.

      1. A new seafood bistro with an excellent selection of craft beers is very near your motel. It's called Fathom and is at 1776 Shelter Island Dr. Very good early reviews. Also very plain and basic but with wonderful views.

        1. What are some of the things you plan on doing here in San Diego? I'm sure we can direct you to some great places to eat that fit into your vacation plans.

          And your English is better than my French, so no need to apologize.

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          1. re: zmirzlina

            Hello and thank you all for your answers ! ..

            Jet lag is important and it is difficult to communicate ! ..

            We are in indecision: either take the car or use the bus.

            What is the most rational means of transport ?

            Regarding the things we plan on doing in San Diego:

            - The downtown (Gaslamp)
            - Coronado
            - Seaport Village
            - La Jolla
            - Mission Beach
            - Balboa park

            It may be a bit utopian to want to visit as many sites so little time! ...

            Precisely according to these sites, and without targeting the high-end restaurants (this is the end of our trip and our budget will be consumed almost) what restaurants (Italian, burgers, mexican, bbq) can you advise us.

            Thank you in advance.

            1. re: topfrance

              The bus system in SD is unfortunately nothing compared to most places in Europe. If you don't want to spend a larger part of your time waiting/traveling slowly with your bus you should consider renting a car.

              1. re: topfrance

                - The downtown (Gaslamp)

                Neighborhood, Craft and Commerce, Cowboy Star

                - Coronado

                Burger Lounge

                - Seaport Village

                Sushi bar at the Fish Market

                - La Jolla

                El Pescador, Whisk and Ladle

                - Mission Beach


                - Balboa park

                Bruno's, Mama Testa, Marsicos German Truck

                Yes, plan on renting a car if you want to get around.

                Safe travels!

                1. re: topfrance

                  In Mission Beach you must go to Roberto's Tacos. It is classic San Diego street food and an institution. It's on Mission blvd right across the street from the Giant Dipper roller coaster.

              2. On Harbor Drive, 300 meters from the Dolphin Motel, is Jimmy's Famous American Tavern. Great burgers and right on the water. Every Monday, they have a burger and a draft beer special for $12. They also have a great happy hour if you are getting low on funds ($3 beer, wine, wells).

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                1. re: Stiflers_Mom

                  Thank stiflers_Moms

                  Excuse me, but I find it difficult to translate in french :
                  "if you are getting low on funds "

                  Can you please rephrase otherwise.

                  Thank you

                  1. re: topfrance

                    sure - if it is at the end of of your trip and most of your budget has been consumed, $3 beer, wine and well drinks might be a good option for you.

                    1. re: Stiflers_Mom

                      Ah .. Ok! .. I understood !..
                      It is an expression typically English! ..
                      I took note of the information together! ..
                      I looked at the website and effectively the place is great! ..
                      Thank again! ..

                    2. re: topfrance

                      I don't know how well my dashboard translator works but it says

                      si vous devenez bas sur des fonds

                      1. re: MacTAC

                        Thank you MACtac

                        That does not mean anything in French! ..

                        I can translate your expression: if you become low with your money !..

                        Funds in french is a word that is rather a designation reserved for accounting or banking.

                        In French we could possibly write: "If you're almost dry" (financially)