HOME > Chowhound > San Diego >
What are you cooking today? Tell us about it

Old Town rec

gebirk Aug 1, 2013 04:33 AM

We're looking for a dinner place in Old Town for 4 "oldsters" and a 10-yr-old granddaughter. Any recs?

  1. Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. d
    DoctorChow Aug 1, 2013 09:38 PM

    I like El Agave for Mexican and Berta's for Latin American in Oldster Town.

    1. Dagney Aug 2, 2013 06:20 PM

      As you can see from the thin recs, the level of food quality in Old Town is a bit lacking.

      3 Replies
      1. re: Dagney
        RB Hound Aug 2, 2013 08:51 PM

        Dr. Chow pretty much hit on the Chowish Duo. If you are limited to Old Town as your area, you might be better served using Yelp (because even though many of us eat in Old Town from time to time, we probably aren't going to admit it here).

        1. re: Dagney
          DiningDiva Aug 3, 2013 08:58 AM

          Not only that, but I also think locals are still pissed about the clumsy and heavy handed way the State of CA ousted the Bazaar del Mundo complex and turned it into a drab - but historically and politically correct - "seaport" village with zero charm or appeal.

          The State ensured there was no reason to go and even though they have since canned Deleware North and installed a new local vendor, it was too little, too late. Old Town is a shadow of it's former self with little to entice locals (or tourists for that matter) and little to offer. It's sad really...

          1. re: DiningDiva
            deckape Apr 15, 2014 10:16 AM


        2. scottca075 Aug 2, 2013 08:54 PM

          El Agave for upscale Mexican, The Cosmopolitan Restaurant and for just okay food but nice atmospheres, Cafe Coyote and Casa de Reyes.

          No one would pretend Old Town has SD's best Mexican food, but neither is it as bad as some like to make it out to be.

          1 Reply
          1. re: scottca075
            SteveRB Aug 3, 2013 08:18 AM

            I suggest Casa Guadalajara. Cafe Coyote is not a bad choice.

            I would skip Old Town Mexican Cafe- long waits and poor food.

          2. Fake Name Aug 3, 2013 09:42 AM

            I had lunch at El Agave Thursday.

            I enjoyed the view of the liquor store parking lot.

            1 Reply
            1. re: Fake Name
              CampySD Aug 3, 2013 01:18 PM

              Luckily, it's the best liquor store in town!

            2. l
              LisaSD Aug 4, 2013 01:28 AM

              If I "had" to recommend someplace in Old Town (for "oldsters"), I would go with Casa Guadalajara as well. The house-made flour tortillas make up for a few of their menu deficiencies. The carnitas are moist and flavorful. It's loud in there if the Mariachis are playing so ask for outside seating if that bothers you.

              1. n
                nessy Apr 14, 2014 03:00 PM

                Going to meet someone for lunch in Old Town tomorrow. Any new places y'all would recommend?

                3 Replies
                1. re: DoctorChow
                  honkman Apr 14, 2014 04:19 PM

                  Haven't heard about that one. What dishes are good ?

                  1. re: honkman
                    DoctorChow Apr 14, 2014 05:08 PM

                    Ha -- nothing at all worth recommending at "x", sorry. Here's what happened:


                    OK. I posted places in Old Town that I think are good -- Berta's, El Agave, and Sushi Tadakoro. Then I looked back and saw that that I'd said that before on this thread, so it was redundant. Then I re-read nessy's question and realized that what she actually wanted to know was if there were any NEW places of merit in Eldervlille. I couldn't think of any, so I scratched my whole post (changed it to "x" and asked the mods to delete the "x"). Guess I didn't act fast enough. Or they didn't. Whatever.

                    Come to think of it, though, maybe "x" is the correct answer to nessy's question...

                    1. re: DoctorChow
                      nessy Apr 14, 2014 05:24 PM

                      Ok! Looks like agave, berthas, sushi or Guadalajara unless any one else knows any new places! Still hoping.....

                Show Hidden Posts