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Short List of Gaslamp Places?

kaleokahu Feb 26, 2013 09:13 PM


My wife will be conventioneering in your fair city next week, and is interested in a few recommendations in or near to the Quarter for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Cuiusine and price not as important as quality. Local flavor is always welcome.



  1. chris2269 Mar 8, 2013 05:06 PM

    Cowboy Star.. and http://www.neighborhoodsd.com/.

    1. El Chevere Mar 8, 2013 04:05 PM

      Agree with Grant Grill (great happy hour during the week) and Dobsons. Disagree with Searsucker (food not that great, expensive, and I almost always have to shower after interacting with the crowd--especially at the bar) and Bice (a chain, like a good number of restaurants in and around the Gaslamp).

      For Italian, I like Salvatores (ambiance favors an older couple but the food is very good) and for Greek, I really like Athens Market.

      1. k
        kaleokahu Mar 8, 2013 03:19 PM

        Thanks, Beach Chick and Dagney for recommending Cafe Chloe! Wahine ate lunch there, and enjoyed it a lot.

        Also, thanks Hill Food for the warning about Croce's--she passed on by with no Photographs and Memories...Back to a happier day...


        1. k
          kaleokahu Feb 27, 2013 08:06 AM

          Mahalo nui loa to you all for your suggestions!

          1. Beach Chick Feb 27, 2013 04:29 AM

            I would add:
            Grant Grill at the US Grant hotel..love Jsix..for b/l/d.
            Oyster & Sushi bar at Fish Market..
            Top of the Market
            Avenue 5
            Cowboy Star
            Lucys taco shop
            Tin Fish for fish tacos
            Cafe Chloe
            Las Cuatro Milpas under Coronado bridge for breakfast/lunch

            Little Italy...Bencotta..Starlite
            Point Loma..Bali Hai..Tender Greens lunch


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            1. re: Beach Chick
              hill food Feb 27, 2013 04:05 PM

              I remember drinks at the Grant Hotel, such a classic place.

              I'll have to forward these to my nephew (who's new-ish to those parts)

              before drinks or dinner I'd suggest the old-school roller coaster out by the beach if still there. it's the kind that's scary not because of the drops or the speed, but the minimal safety equipment...

              1. re: hill food
                Beach Chick Feb 28, 2013 10:34 AM

                That roller coaster still kicks serious ass..

            2. hill food Feb 27, 2013 12:34 AM

              is Croce's still around? I'm NOT suggesting it, it is (was?) a weird death shrine bar to an early 70's musician who only had a few hits.

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              1. re: hill food
                Dagney Feb 27, 2013 01:30 AM

                It is. still. around. ugh. Though, I think they have swing lessons on Sunday nights.

                1. re: Dagney
                  hill food Feb 27, 2013 01:46 AM

                  I had an odd feeling it would be. during my life in KS it was amusing to watch swing lessons and chug down intoxicants of choice. but I can think of better pursuits in SD.

              2. Dagney Feb 27, 2013 12:10 AM

                +1 on JSix. Also, Cafe Chloe is only a few blocks outside the Gaslamp and would be a good choice for dinner.

                For lunch, consider Cafe Istanbul at 6th and E and Salad Style at 6th and F.

                1. ipsedixit Feb 26, 2013 09:30 PM

                  Jsix, Bice, Urbn and Meze are all right there in the Gaslamp Qtr.

                  Nearby (short walk or cab) are places like Urban Cucina, Monello, Bencotto, Carnitas Snack Shack, Super Cocina and Las Cuatro Milpas.

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