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Jul 5, 2013 12:11 PM

Breakfast Burrito and other Recs - we'll be in PB (yes, I know...)

I know Pacific Beach is not a Chowhound beloved neighborhood, but my grandparents have lived there for 40 years, so - that is where we stay. We are coming from Chicago and it has been impossible to find a good breakfast burrito here. Or fish tacos. Or Cali style Mexican Food. So, basically, we'll be sticking close to PB (with occasional side trips up to Clairemont Mesa for the in-laws) and trying to eat the best (and by best, that definitely includes dives) fish tacos, carne asada, and breakfast burritos we can on the sly, while eating a couple of crackers with the grandparents and pretending that they fill us up. Thank you for your recs!!!!

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  1. Kono's has the best bkfst burritos most folks think. I like Taco Surf (Cal Mex, not really authentic) for fish tacos etc. I'm sure there are other good places too.

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    1. re: Ed Dibble

      +1 on Kono's, which will also supply the appropriate amount of the So-Cal beach experience.

    2. It is hard to argue with the view at Kono's, but I prefer the breakfast burritos at Taco Surf.

      I haven't had a breakfast burrito at La Playa Taco Shop, but their huevos rancheros are good. It is a good spot for lunch as well.

      1. I have not eaten there, but The Fishery is pretty popular on the SD Board.

        1. I can second the Fishery, and I have eaten there. Very casual atmosphere with great fresh seafood preparations (including fish tacos).

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          1. re: foodiechick

            I like the Fishery also. Good fish and some decent wine choices.

          2. Kono's
            Bahia Don Bravo's
            The Mission
            Taco Surf
            World Famous
            Green Flash

            FYI..nobody calls So. Cal..'Cali'..even in food reference.

            Have fun!

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            1. re: Beach Chick

              "FYI..nobody calls So. Cal..'Cali'..even in food reference.

              Ding, ding, ding...we have a winner here. As a native Southern Californian and native San Diegan hearing CA being called Cali is like nails on a chalk board for me. Not to menetion the surest way to identify an out-of-towner/non-local

                  1. re: DiningDiva

                    Actually, I was born in Escondido, making me a native in a town that so many move to instead. As a transient military brat, though, the longest time I lived in San Diego was during my undergrad at SDSU.

                    But some derision is what I deservedly get for thoughtlessly using some shorthand while typing my request on my iPhone! I hope at some point to get a little of my own back when a So. Cal. native asks for giardiniera on their combo down on Des Plaines Avenue here in Chi-town.

                    I appreciate your time responding and the recommendations in spite of my slip-up! We are looking forward to our trip next week and trying out as many of your suggestions as we can. All the best to you!

                      1. re: CamsMom

                        Aloha SD native CamsMom!
                        Me too..
                        You can bust my huevos when I'm in Chi town.
                        ; )

                        PB has a great Greek place called Cafe Athena..Roberto's taco shop and Luigi's are great spots to hit up at Belmont Park/Mission Beach with the Wave and the roller beach cruisers at Hamel's and hit up oceanfront World Famous..good for breakfast too.

                      2. re: DiningDiva

                        It's like how San Franciscans feel about calling their city "Frisco"

                      3. re: Beach Chick

                        FYI..nobody calls So. Cal..'Cali'..even in food reference.

                        Actually, I think many in Arizona do. Makes my skin crawl.