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Please help me impress her with a Restaurant suggestion.

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Out of towners coming, looking to eat best we can find.

Will go to Searsucker, Alpine for Beerbq, Blue Water for some casual seafood.

Any other really good restaurants you'd suggest? A stand out oyster spot?

Chowhound don't fail me now.

Just raided a recent thread with tons of great suggestions. List now includes:
Wa Dining Okan (found this one myself last time)
Blue Water
Brooklyn Girl
Mariscos el Pescador truck
Jeff's burgers
Sushi Ota


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  1. For oysters, Brooklyn Girl is a pretty cool spot.

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    1. re: Fake Name

      How appropriate, she's a Brooklyn girl. Thanks

      1. re: Mento

        Good vibe, nice crowd...depending upon item ordered, good.

        For good food with a view, nothing like the outdoor deck at Eddie V's in La Jolla....follow that up with live jazz up and across the street at Amaya--though they also have live music, often jazz, at Eddie V's as well.

    2. For me, the quality of the food isn't quite as important as the experience that surrounds it. I'd take out-of-towers to see the Star of India, walk along the waterfront, maybe tour the Midway, and eat at a modest restaurant across the street from the Maritime Museum.

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      1. re: LJones

        What's the Midway?

        Looked it up.

        While food is very important for us, especially for her birthday season, I have no doubt that our needs will be met in SD, I've already got a couple of reservations.

        Your non-food suggestions are most welcome as I really need some non chow related activities. Was planning to go walk around la jolla beach area, see the seals etc. Anything else you feel like adding is very appreciated. tx again

      2. Lunch time spot for good oysters is all that's really needed now. Eddie V's has to be dinner it turns out.

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        1. re: Mento

          Eddie V's does serve lunch on Saturday.

        2. Carnitas Snack Shack
          Cucina Urbana

              1. re: Mento

                Very goood food and ambience with average cocktails

                1. re: Mento

                  Well, Herr Honkymann is a confirmed curmudgeon who I know enjoys Starlite in spite of himself...but rest assured: I know where you're coming from. Starlite: excellent non-foodie-oriented cocktails (I recommend the Gunga Din or just a martini for fuckssakes), locally sourced-ish food, superb post-hipster service, and simple sophisticated atmosphere to boot. She'll be happy, especially if you have reservations for a corner table.


                  1. re: SaltyRaisins

                    Actually the Gunga Din (and the Jargarita) are the best cocktail choices at Starlite

                    1. re: honkman

                      I beg to differ: Kentucky Colonel is the best

                      De gustibus et coloribus non est disputandum.
                      A fancy equivalent for ymmv.
                      I.e., I beg, but not too hard.

                      1. re: notjustastomach

                        I know both Mule variations are very popular at Starlite and I have tried them a few times but I really don't get it what people like about it - perhaps the worst cocktails on their menu

                        1. re: honkman

                          The copper mug? The Kentucky Colonel/Mule were definitely a gateway cocktail for me but do seem a bit weak and sweet now.

                          1. re: honkman

                            Agree w/ Honkman. IMHO, Mules are the Bartles & Jaymes wine cooler of the craft cocktail world.

                            Other than justifying the $9 price tag, I'm not sure why a bar would use Buffalo Trace bourbon as opposed to some plastic bottle bourbon when "crafting a cocktail" with half a bottle of ginger beer.

                2. I think it really depends on what type of restaurant you're looking for. They're from new york? Maybe you want to show them what real tacos are - you can take them somewhere like Tacos El Gordo, Super Cocina, or Las Cuatro Milpas (or, personal favorites, La Fachada and El Borrego...) though none of these have 'nice ambience' per se.

                  When friends have visited, they have all consistently liked El Pescador's fish sandwiches because they're fresh, scream 'local', and are just a short walk from the La Jolla beach. Again, not exactly going to win on ambience points here.

                  Also for Sushi, lately I've found Sushi Tadokoro to be better than Ota with lower prices (because they're not well-known yet).

                  I quite like the ambience at Polite Provisions even if I don't like the food next door at Soda & Swine.

                  If they're at all into it, they might be interested in sampling the local craft beer scene?

                  EDIT: Also might try Coffee & Tea Collective to show that we have some pretty stellar-coffee too ;)

                  My normal schedule for when friends visit is some combination of Tacos El Gordo, El Pescador, Kiko's/Geman Mariscos, Banker's Hill Restaurant, and Okan, with other food mixed in as needed.

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                  1. re: acalhoun

                    Just wanted some basic best of recommendations, your sushi helps a lot. We live in LA now and are pretty covered on Mexican. How about an Italian spot?

                    I'm all over your craft beers, Alpine is my Mecca and ill be there getting my hops on. Anyone have any standout bourbon barrel aged out now that you know of?

                    Thanks a bunch

                    1. re: Mento

                      For Italian, you might try Salvatore's (downtown) or Baci (Morena area). Other good spots for sushi are Hive (downtown east) and Ikiru (Liberty Station).

                      1. re: DoctorChow

                        Thanks! We are staying in sunset cliffs area, is there anything interesting around there at all? Food or not.

                        Also, best high end coffee shop in sd?

                        1. re: Mento

                          You'll want to walk along Newport Street in OB and environs, which was the last surviving bastion of hippydom in San Diego and still has some of that aura. And walk out on the pier. Just breathe in the winds of the old days.

                          For food, there's Hoodad's, and I hear tell that Azucar not only has their new baklava-meets-twinkie "craynut" variation on the insanely-popular NYC cronut, but also has pressed Cuban sandwiches if you like that sort of thing.

                          Although these may not exactly qualify as "high end" coffee shops, two of my favorites are the Living Room in La Jolla, and Lestat's on Adams Ave (go to the "inner" room). Down-to-earth ambience in both, but different. Not exactly close to Sunset Cliffs. No shortage of coffee shops in OB, though.

                          1. re: DoctorChow

                            Thanks I needed this. Looking at ob. By high end I just meant a place that focuses in high quality, fresh roasted beans, nothing else matters

                          2. re: Mento

                            Pizza Port in Ocean Beach has a great selection of beer both house brewed and guest taps near Sunset Cliffs.

                            You may want to go to North Park and hit Toronado which has an amazing tap list and had Silva Stout bottles, a really nice BA stout. Also nearby is Caffe Calabria for pizza and house roasted coffee, URBN for New Haven style pizza and decent craft beer and North Park Coffee and Tea Collec tive for coffee.

                            Keep your eyes out for any IPAs by Societe. (or just visit the brewery if you have time) I agree with you about Alpine being the Mecca, but Societe is giving them a run for their money.

                            1. re: JRSD

                              I've heard from a few people that Societe's new Bachelor w/ Mosaic hops is giving Alpine a run for its money

                              1. re: DougOLis

                                Yes I've heard great things too, I think we will stop by. Thanks a bunch

                              2. re: JRSD

                                Thanks, yes I'm aware of tornado and obriens but I'm just going to be going to alpine as much as I can. I had no clue pizza port had a OB location you helped me out a lot here, I can walk to it. I like their beers. I need a silva as well. Cheers

                                1. re: Mento

                                  Nothing like going to the source!

                              3. re: Mento

                                I'm pretty picky about my coffee and the only place that really satisfies me is Coffee & Tea Collective - and in fact, I'd say it's some of the best coffee I've had anywhere, period.

                                I'm allergic to beer now (sadly) so I can't help you out on that, and all my east coast friends have convinced me not to eat Italian here so I can't help you on that either...

                                1. re: Mento

                                  Raglan Public House and The 3rd Corner are great choices near Sunset Cliffs as is Sessions Public

                              4. re: Mento

                                The only bourbon barrel aged stout I know of recently is Port's Bourbon Santa's Little Helper (which is pretty underrated IMO). Most of the other ones come out in the winter. There's a chance one of the Pizza Ports has something on right now too, maybe check Taphunter.

                                Alesmith randomly releases barrel aged treatments of their beers; haven't heard anything recently but I guess there's always a chance they might.