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Eating near Petco Park

This is a new experience for me. But I have tickets to a game at Petco Park and will be staying a couple of blocks from there. I'm not familiar with that part of town. Will probably not have a rental car-- trying to see if we can do this with a cab or shuttle to and from the airport.

Coming from NorCal to spend the day before a 7:00 game and the morning afterwards. Would love to hear suggestions for lunch and dinner in the area please. TIA!

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  1. Looking at some similar posts it looks like the Blind Burro, JSix and Tin Fish might be places to try. Any food recommendaions for each of those places?

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    1. re: dimsumgirl

      Tin Fish is pretty much a semi fast food fish joint - I don't think anything stands out; just go with what sounds good at the time.

      I'll throw out Neighborhood as a recommendation.

      1. re: dimsumgirl

        Agree with RB Hound on Tin Fish and Neighborhood. Neighborhood features craft beers and interesting dishes to go with them.

        Blind Burro: Probably shouldn't miss the yellowtail collar

        JSix: Sorry, but everything's pretty much equally good.

        Renting a car not recommended if you're staying and dining within blocks of the ballpark. Cab fare each way to and from airport around $15.

        1. re: mcgrath

          Thanks mcgrath for confirming that we can do this without a rental car. Hotel charges $35 per night for parking plus then there's the cost and the hassle of picking up and returning the car. Figured that what we would save would cover the cab fees and we are within walking distance from the ballpark and good eats. Looking forward to our visit in a couple of weeks. Will report back-- thanks all for the replies.

      2. Tin Fish is okay. It is close to the ballpark, but the food is a little uneven.

        J Six is more to the fine dining end, but the food and service are both top notch.

        I have not personally dined at the Blind Burro, but some here have and it seems to be receiving decent reviews.

        I would suggest Salad Style, Cafe Chloe, Cafe Istanbul, and Cafe 222.


          1. And one more! There is a tiny Afghan place on 6th Avenue called Chopahn. Like the Blind Burro, I have not dined there, but the menu looks unique and it is definitely a step away from the usual Gaslamp fodder. The room looks like it's on the lighter end of fine dining.

              1. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/503307

                My fave's..

                McCormick and Schmicks at the Omni for their happy hour
                Tin Fish
                Marriott Gaslamp rooftop bar across from Petco
                Jsix for a more gussied up dining experience

                Have not tried Blind Burro but gets lots of love here and when we went by it was packed and looked like tons of fun!

                1. Bling Burro would be first on my list. I attended an event where they were demonstrating their foods.

                  Very good.

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                  1. re: Fake Name

                    Come to think of it, Bling Burro probably would have been a cooler name....

                  2. Thanks for the recommendations everyone! We are going to staying on 6th Avenue so fairly reasonable walk to all the places you mentioned. We will most likely get to Petco a couple of hours before the game since I'm an autograph hound.

                    Was just trying to make up a list of places in priority order and your posts have helped a lot. We are celebrating an anniversary and hubby loves beer so I'll add Neighborhood to our list. Blind Burro sounds like it's a must. I LOVE pizza so maybe Basic is our other must try.

                    Thank you all for your help with sorting out the list of possibilities and for your recommendations for the food.

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                    1. re: dimsumgirl

                      Good choices--all close to your hotel and to Petco Park. Please report back.

                    2. Reporting back-- we just came back from our trip to San Diego.

                      Flew into San Diego early on Friday morning in time to have complimentary breakfast offered by the hotel. Walked around and scoped out the park, Basic pizza, Mc Cormick and Schmick, Blind Burro and Neighborhood Ale House.

                      Wanted a light lunch so hubby and I ate at Blind Burro. Cool vibe! We shared an order of the grilled fish collar and an order of the fried dorado tacos. The tacos were good but fish collar was amazing!

                      Ate light dinner at McCormick and Schmick's before the game. They are right across from the park so it was an easy choice. We had the huumus, mussles, chicken quesadilla and the sweet potato fries. It was all good but if I had to choose one dish that I'd definitely order again it would be the mussels.

                      Went and saw a great game at the park. Ate breakfast at the hotel again in the morning and intended to eat lunch at the Neighborhood Ale House after going to the movies. But our trip to the theater lasted longer than we anticipated so we ran out of time to eat before we had to get to the airport.

                      Wanted to get back to the Neighborhood Ale House but afraid we would get hung up in security line. Next trip, I'm keeping those same places in mind.

                      Thanks for your recommendations!

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                      1. re: dimsumgirl

                        Nice report. Did you happen to catch a no-hitter?

                        1. re: Sarah

                          Sarah-- we went to the game on Friday 10-1 was the score; great game. the no hitter was Saturday. Would have loved to have been there but could not convince husband to stay for two nights.