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Mar 30, 2013 09:12 AM

Long weekend at the US Grant Hotel...

Playing tourist in my hometown..eating and're fave's?

Keep it positive with no usage of the words: Montebello, Gaslamp wasteland, Mussel Bisque en croute, H2O water taxi or Berlin.


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  1. Grant Grill inside the hotel has some very good food in a very classy atmosphere with live jazz Thursday-Saturday nights.

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    1. re: El Chevere

      Keeping this positive, I had dinner at the Grant Grill about a year ago.

      I'd try Lion's Share or Cafe Chloe.

      1. re: Fake Name

        Lion's Share it is..cocktials.
        Cafe they have new chairs yet?

      2. re: El Chevere

        Drinks and app's at the Grant Grill are a must..
        Thanks Chev!

        1. You might want to explore the restaurants at the Horton Plaza. There used to be a surprisingly decent Chinese buffet place and a very good build-your-own burger place, with veggie options. (and beer and wine!)

          Horton Plaza was one, if not the first, of Jon Jerde's foray's into designing integrated retail/mixed use public spaces. At the time of its construction, the downtown area was still very depressed and rundown. Despite the controversy the project created amongst the various factions in San Diego, once finished it was deemed a success, which the annual retail sales figures bear out. Today Horton Plaza project is widely credited for playing a major role in kick starting the downtown renaissance.

          The management offices at the Plaza used to hand out a very informative pamphlet for a self-guided tour of the complex .

          After Horton Plaza, Jon Jerde expanded on his vision of mixed use retail public spaces by designing the Fremont Street Experience in Vegas.

          Obs, he has done many other projects, but these are the two of this type with which I am most familiar.

          For further info:

          Have a great staycation!

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          1. re: Gypsy Jan

            not to mention projects in LA and Japan. funny how few remember Jerde and instead look at the Rouse group over on the East coast, sure they're good at adapting existing structures, but Jerde was (is?) doing retail/entertainment from the ground up. Horton? garish and cheap details, but effective and well laid out.

            1. re: Gypsy Jan

              Thanks Jan for the info..

              Met Ernie and Jon years ago at the ICSC in Vegas after Horton Plaza was built, which at the time, was cutting edge.
              Sadly, I'm more knowledgeable about their fruit based parking structure and how to weasel the free parking with validation.

                1. re: Fake Name

                  You have your own Horton plaza parking level with exclusive bike parking, nice.

                  1. re: Fake Name

                    Solid KTM how you kept it relevant with the photo shop pepper!

              1. DD gave Spike Africa's a decent review.

                Just off the top of my head.....

                Salad Style
                Cafe Chloe
                Cafe Istanbul
                Calbi Taco truck (check their schedule)
                Lion's Share (received some love here on Chow)

                If you see a female riding a police bike say hi!


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                1. re: Dagney

                  'If you see a female riding a police bike say hi!'

                  Dags..are you my 'get out of jail free card' . . hee hee

                2. This will be your best opportunity to try out Donut bar since it sells out early.

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                  1. re: polldeldiablo

                    For me, I like donuts later in the day..can't eat them for breakfast..but will definitely check it out.