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Jan 14, 2014 06:04 AM


One of my lads is graduating from boot camp this Friday. Found a thread with the same question but it was a bit over 2 years old. With the restaurant scene changing so rapidly I'm thinking maybe some new places have opened.
We're staying in Old Town but will all have cars. Our group of family and Pfc. sel's friends is quite diverse, ranging from 18 year olds to the Marine grandma who will be 88 four days after the grad. Grandma is the only stickler, she enjoys good chow but doesn't like the order at the counter, take a number and receive minimal service drill. Prefers good table service, especially for dinner. That said, where should we go for maybe excellent morning coffee (really would like to avoid the Charbux on base!), patisserie with fresh croissants, breakfast (Cafe on Park still good?) maybe a lunch (I've liked sandwiches at Bread et Cie) and a couple of dinners (good craft local and Belgian brews a plus for me!)? Price is not much of a concern but don't want to mess with reservations or get dressed up. Upscale Mexican or Indian, Neapolitan Pizza with other choices for those that aren't into pizza, local, organic farm to table etc. places (might have gone to The Linkery where I've had some good meals but…..), American comfort food or…….?

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  1. How about Stone Brewery in Liberty Station? Maybe Cucina Urbana in Bankers Hill?

    1. Congrats to you and family for this celebration!

      From Ed Bedford's "Tin Fork" column:

      Wishing you a wonderful time!

      1. Congrat's to your son..that is awesome!

        Perry's in Old Town
        Ricky's Coffee Shop Mission Valley
        Snooze in Hillcrest
        Armando's Green Flash Mission Beach
        Cafe Chloe

        Tender Greens in Liberty Station
        Guadalajara Grill in Old Town
        Blind Burro Gaslamp
        Stone Brewery in Liberty can be meh but the beer is stellar!
        Point Loma Seafoods..get there early..scallop and calamari sandwich are fab..counter but have Grandma secure the seats and get her some chowder and shrimp cocktail and a glass of wine.. ; )
        In and Out in Point Loma/Sports Arena
        George's at the Cove in La Jolla..sit up in ocean terrace
        Fathom in Shelter Island pier..craft beer and homemade sausages

        Cucina Urbana
        Blind Burro in Gaslamp for great Mex
        Oceanaire for happy hour
        Brigantine Shelter Island for everyday happy fish tacos.
        Basic in Gaslamp for great pizza
        Level C patio Harbor Island for happy hour..bayfront
        Bo Beau in Ocean Beach for French
        Cafe Chloe in East Village French
        Pizza Mozza Downtown

        Have fun and report back!

        1. For Neapolitan pizza, go to Buono Forchetta or Caffe Calabria (the latter is also good for good brew and breakfast).

          For dinner look at Neighborhood.

          Congrats to your lad, sel.