Foodie friends from LA visit SD
Looking for some recomendations for my friends and I to try this weekend,. We tend to like funky and or ethnic and are up for almost anyhting (offal, raw stuff etc...). I a new to the area as well so still gettng my bearings.
Your post is simply too vague to respond to.
Where are you staying? What will you be doing? What are your ages? What kind of price range? Etc. etc. etc.
North Park is probably not a bad place to be home based these days since the 30th St. corridor now offers quite a few options.
Starting up at 30th and Adams...
1/2 block West on Adams is Mayahuel home of one of the best selections of mezcal in San Diego, good mole and interesting artwork
Blind Lady Ale House also on Adams offers up interesting craft beer and pretty decent pizza, among other things
Jayne's Gastropub on 30th, nice room, generally good food
Tiger! Tiger! on El Cajon Blvd close to 30th. Same owner as BLAH, more craft beer and usually very good, interesting food.
Heading further south on 30th your option will include:
Caffe Calabria (their pizza is good, and I like their coffee)
Heaven Scent for the sweet tooth
El Comal (over on Illinois, just a block or so east of 30th) for pretty decent Mexican
Sea Rocket Bistro
And a whole bunch of other restaurants that I don't remember. Most of the above have been discussed (often at length) on this board for several years.
It's about 12 miles from North Park.
You don't drive 120 miles south from LA to SD and let a mere 12 more miles deter you from a great tapas-centric meal (and all half-off on Tuesdays).
There are days when I will run 12 miles in the morning before breakfast. It's just not that great of a distance, especially by automobile.
Since you wrote money is not an issue, does that also mean it is "no object" ?
If "no object," then you may also want to consider TBL3 at George's, in La Jolla. I have not personally dined there but it receives excellent reviews here.
Addison at the Grand Del Mar Hotel would be an excellent choice too. I have dined there twice, both dinners were superb.