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Jan 9, 2014 07:57 AM

Last Minute Trip- Eek! Help Please :)

My parents are going to San Diego for the week and I've decided to tag along for a few days Tuesday night to Friday morning. I literally just decided this today and feel overwhelmed with research options so as a frequent NYC hound I thought I would come to the boards!

We are staying at the Hotel Del Coronado ( a dream of my parents) so I would like to find something near there for a bite to eat and drink when I get in Tuesday night (around 8:30) and also a breakfast option or two...are the hotel resturants good for that?

Wednesday I plan to be my beer day (the main reason for coming besides being with my parents) after a beach morning. I'm thinking a start at Alpine Beer Company around 1:00, have a few beers and snack there, hit up Socitie after that and finally end at Stone around 5:00ish. Is this a good beer plan? There are so many breweries along the way it's overwhelmeing...and my parents are NOT beer drinkers. So my thought is that they will be okay with the frist two places because we are all hanging out together but I'm hoping to stun them with the gorgeous setting of Stone at the end. I know Stone serves wine also so by that time they should be happy to have a drink. I'm thinking of eating dinner at Stone but I would love to find a great dessert place nearby or near to the Hotel for after since both the parents are huge dessert people.

Thursday I was hoping to do much of the same in the morning...beach and breakfast...but then take my parents out to a winery nearby and a fabulous dinner. I am looking for ideas for both. They love sitting near the water and we would love some fresh seafood. Thoughts?

Obviously I'll try to stop at In-and-Out burger on the way to the airport Friday since I haven't had one of those delicious burgers in about three years! Thanks for any and all help! So excited to return to San Diego!!

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  1. I quite like Leroy's Kitchen + Lounge. It's a short, pleasant walk from the Hotel Del. Good beer selection and tasty food. I think your parents will like it, too.

    I recently ate at the Sun Deck Bar and Grill at the hotel. The food won't wow anyone, but it would be hard to beat the setting.

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    1. re: srk

      I should also mention that on the "other side" of Coronado (about a 1 mile walk from the Hotel or a short car ride), there is the Coronado Brewing Company restaurant (haven't been there, but their beer is good). Also on that side is Peohe's. It's your classic seafood-near-the-water type of place. Beautiful views of the bay and downtown San Diego. You could also take the ferry from there into San Diego and visit the Fish Market (next to the Midway Museum). It's on the water (looking over at Coronado).

      1. re: srk

        I second Leroy's. It's an easy walk from the Del.

        1. Wow - you've done your research!

          Beer at Stone is great but I still haven't found anything on their menu that I love.

          For your beer day you might also consider a stop at the new Ballast Point Tastng Room in Little Italy, then take your parents to the Extraordinary Desserts nearby (on Union). The desserts are beautiful and the design of the place is cool.

          Can't really comment on any great wineries in San Diego, but if you're willing to drive sunset drinks at the Pony Room at Rancho Valencia, followed by dinner at Veladora would be tough to beat.

          Have a great time!

          1. I think your beer plan is a good one for someone travelling with folks who don't drink beer. Alpine is a fabulous brewery and the drive there is very scenic and your parents should enjoy. Unless you have a special reason to visit Societe, I might recommend Automatic Brewing/Blind Lady Ale House. It's right off highway I-8, a good brewery and a great beer bar overall (most beers are guest beers). It's a Draught Magazine Top 100 beer bar. Stone (assuming you're planning on visiting the Liberty Station brewery) is a great place even for non-beer drinkers. Great place to hang out. There's even a bocce court.

            In terms of wine, I haven't tasted there much but there seems to be a growing wine region in the Ramona Valley. Even has a designated AVA. Nice drive from Coronado into the foothills.

            Enjoy your visit to SD!

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            1. re: steveprez

              OP wants to visit Societe because many of the San Diego KraftBeerGeeks think that their IPAs are just as good as Alpine's. Roze - you often, though not always, will find at least one Societe on tap at Stone.

              1. re: RB Hound

                IPAs just as good as Alpine? And a shorter drive! I must have this beer. ;)

                Actually, I did just have a Societe IPA over at Stone. Nice, but not as good as Alpine IMHO.

                1. re: steveprez

                  You haven't tried all their beers.

                  1. re: RB Hound

                    I was actually stopping at Societe for their sours but if they're not released right now maybe I will skip it and just head to Stone to at least have one on tap there (hoping that tap is an IPA because yes...I've had many NY beer friends say they LOVED the IPA's from Societe). Followed by Ballast Point Little Italy. So everyone seems to love Stone but not for the food....anything good food wise right near there that the parents would like with outdoor seating? It would be great to eat near there and finish off at the dessert place before they head in for the night (and I continue my beer drinking:)

                    But I just looked at the Water Taxi and it seems to only run on the weekend, is this right? I'm planning for Wednesday & Thursday...

                    1. re: roze

                      Their sours won't be out for a long while.

                      1. re: roze

                        For food near Stone, I'd suggest Tender Greens. They have outdoor seating. It's not particularly scenic, but it is outdoors.

                        I don't know about the water taxi, but the Coronado Ferry runs daily:

                        You can walk to Little Italy from the San Diego-side ferry stop, but it would be a pretty far walk (4 miles) to Stone. It would be shorter if they allowed you to walk on the airport runway, but that's forbidden for some reason. ;)

                        1. re: srk

                          Ah the Ferry- excellent! And thanks- that does help me in planning my walking route. 4 Miles there is fine...after mulitple beers back it may become an issue:)

                        2. re: roze

                          Tender Greens would fit the bill. Keep in mind Liberty Station is right in the flight path so you'll have the sounds of planes taking off overhead.

                          Alright, I'll say it - Stone beers are decent, there are many better breweries in town. What Stone has is great marketing. And I do like the fact I can find their IPA on tap in the middle of nowhere when I travel; but there are many other places to drink beer that you can get nowhere else but San Diego.

                        3. re: RB Hound

                          Are you saying that Societe beers are that good? Your previous e-mail seemed dismissive.....

                          1. re: steveprez

                            Societe Brewing is good, but its still young. Once it starts releasing their sours (which, according to Brandon Hernandez, the local beer writer, are amazing), then Societe will step up from a promising brewery to a great brewery. If you're only going to be beer tasting for one day, go with the great breweries: Stone, Ballast Point (to a degree), Alesmith, Alpine, and/or Lost Abbey.

                            1. re: steveprez

                              How in the world did you think I was being dismissive?

                              The Societe IPA that Stone has on tap right now is the Apprentice. It is decent, but they have three or four IPAs that I generally like better. I think they are pretty good, and a good portion of the IPA fans in town think they are as well.

                              1. re: RB Hound

                                Well, how good exactly? Let's try to scientifically quantify:

                                How many PPF (piercings per fan)?

                                How many fixies in the parking lot?

                                Of those fixies, how many are:
                                1. Built on legacy frames?
                                2. Built with Columbus cromoly tubing?
                                3. Have no brakes?
                                4. Use toe straps?

                                What us the typical number of wool beanies in the lost and found on a typical day?

                                1. re: Fake Name

                                  Dear Fakie

                                  Are you as bored and confused about the beer fanaticism
                                  as I am?

                                  1. re: Fake Name

                                    Skip your meds today? Save your energy.

                                    1. re: cstr

                                      Just havin a little fun.

                                      Yes, Jan, the beer fetish has indeed hopped a long-bodied chiefly marine fish with a cartilaginous skeleton, a prominent dorsal fin, and toothlike scales.

                                    2. re: Fake Name

                                      You have your beer geek stereotype completely messed up, Fakey. I need to take you around to a few of the more popular and stereotypical places some afternoon.

                                      FWIW, even if there is a serious contraction, Societe is probably one of those that will survive.

                                      1. re: RB Hound

                                        Ah, come onnnn…..

                                        How fun would anything be with a rational, fair approach to discourse? Fer cryin out loud, this is the internet, and no place to be reasonable.

                                        1. re: Fake Name

                                          We can bring along honkman and stop by Pizza Port.

                        4. Another thought for your beer day could be to have your parents drop you off at Ballast Point Little Italy after Stone and work your way downtown to Mission Brewing, Monkey Paw and/or Karl Strauss and then take the Water Taxi back to the Hotel Del when you are done.

                          Downtown Johnny Browns and Neighborhood are downtown and both have excellent beer selections.

                          1. When you get in Tuesday night, across from the Del is the'll miss the happy hour but have a couple fish tacos, a brig brew or marg..

                            Leroy's Lounge in Coronado is great.

                            Take the water taxi over from Hotel Del to Coronado Landing (short cab ride) to Gaslamp and cab it over to Stone in Liberty Station (10min cab ride) so you can partay with the beers..

                            Hit up Fathom on the pier in Shelter Island too..great craft beer and homemade sausages.
                            Public Sessions in Point Loma.

                            Fish Market Downtown Oyster Bar/Sushi Bar or upstairs at Top of the Market...NOT the resto downstairs..
                            Great place for drinks and apps on the bayfront patio for lunch.

                            Tender Greens in Liberty Station or Gaslamp is fab.

                            Orfila Winery or Rancho Bernardo Winery and then hit up Hacienda de Vega in Escondido..
                            For lunch, I would go to the lovely Rancho Valencia Resort Pony Room in Rancho Santa gorgeous and great food.

                            In and Out..double double with grilled onions and extra spread...yeah baby.





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                            1. re: Beach Chick

                              Wow- you guys are awesome. The Blind Lady Ale House looks like a must stop and Leroy's/Brigantine when I get in on Tuesday is perfect. My Mom actually has a gift card for the Brigantine so she'll be excited:)

                              My plan is now to hit up Ballast Point after Stone then get some dessert at Extraordinary before sending the adults home as I finish out my beer day. I had no idea there was a Water Taxi right there- So great! Thanks so much everyone. Tuesday and Wednesday are set!

                              1. re: Beach Chick

                                "For lunch, I would go to the lovely Rancho Valencia Resort Pony Room in Rancho Santa gorgeous and great food."

                                What, are you on their payroll now? They're staying at the DEL, and were looking for seafood and beach- type stuff, and you've got them packing provisions for a grande trek to RVR?? Why not send them to Vegas?

                                Other than that, you referrals don't suck too badly, and I appreciate you left out Dobsons….finally….

                                ((the above was intended as friendly ribaldry with a friendly fellow 'hound that will take no offense..but still RVR from the DEL??)

                                1. re: Fake Name

                                  Excuse Fakey Marissa..he's not right in the head and we all around here placate him but its kind of backfired on us.
                                  My apologies..

                                  Roze, you mentioned that your were going to the wineries around town up in North County and that is why I suggested the lovely Pony Room at the Rancho Valencia and your parents would LOVE it!

                                  I'm sure you'll find that all my suggestions will be to you and your parents liking and will forever and ever be indebted to, you'll be big man/gal on campus for all my bitchin' rec's!


                                    1. re: Beach Chick

                                      And don't forget to take the Water taxi over to Dobson's for some fab mussels bisque, per Fakey's rec. Plus, BC gets comped for the taxi and bisque plugs!

                                      1. re: Beach Chick

                                        Right? We're taking advice from the Tio Leo's marketing master?

                                        YES on the Alpine Brew Pub. The food is good. The beer is excellent.