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Need Good recs for college students

My friend and I are coming up from Tucson to meet some friends from la. We are staying at the Loews on Coronado. Looking for some good brunch spots and dinner recs. we have cars so anywhere within 15 miles is good. Any cuisine is fine no one is too picky. We are college students so cheaper is better. Dinner under 40 pp is good with liquor. Again any cuisine would work. Looking for somewhere with a hip young vibe doesn't need to be loud. But somewhere we can drink and have a nice time and not feel like the youngest people. I haven't been to San Diego in years so any recs would be much appreciated. Brunch and dinner and drink! Thanks so much San Diego hounds.

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  1. I like Loews a lot, but....

    Your pretty well marooned there. It's a schlep to anywhere. I'd have a look at the water taxi- don't remember if it goes that far out anymore.

    Be sure to have a designated driver for your journeys back and forth.

    1. Drive down the strand to IB and hit up the new Sea 180 located in the Pier South Resort Hotel for happy hour right on the boardwalk at the beach. It does get crowded on weekends, but it is a great value and a pretty, scenic drive.


      1. For starving students, you're staying at a pretty nice hotel!

        You might want to check out Brigantine on Orange St. to see if that works for you. It's a good place both food and drink-wise, and I don't think college-age students stand out there any more than anyone else. Not loud, and not really "hip" I suppose, but it's a neat chow-worthy spot that's not overly expensive, and close to where you're staying.

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        1. re: DoctorChow

          haha yes it it nice for starving college students. Some of us have money others dont... want to be fair for everyone involved. Do you think we should be staying somewhere else? Is the resort and spa a better location for us? Thanks for the recs though

          1. re: jwexler

            If you are interested in exploring SD (and its food options) Coronado might be one of the worst places to stay (regarding local ption and distance to interesting places). I would try to find something else

            1. re: jwexler

              If by "resort and spa" you're referring to the Hilton on Mission Bay, yes that would be a terrific option, and it's very central. From there you can easily get to PB and downtown.

          2. If you are into craft beer, Pizza Port Ocean Beach is close as the crow flies, but might be a little involved driving. You wouldn't necessarily would have to eat there, as there are plenty of places nearby. A lot of people here think their pizza sucks worse than Dominos, though I think it is acceptable.

            You aren't that far from some very good taco trucks in Chula Vista if you want to give that scene a try.

            There is nowhere you could go in Coronado w/o being the youngest table there. With that said, you probably would like Leroy's. Decent food and drinks.

            1. I know they dont want us to talk anywhere but restaurants but do you think we should be staying in gaslamp better walking distances from places?

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              1. re: jwexler

                The Gaslamp definitely has an abundant preponderance of restaurants and pubs aimed at people in their 20's, particularly on 5th and vicinity, between Broadway and K.

                The Westin or the Westgate would put you very close to the epicenter.

              2. Loew's Coronado is a great resort but its far from the party scene.

                Pacific Beach is more where the college kids go and rage.
                Maybe check out the Catamaran resort where you can rent bikes along the bay/ocean and stop off for drinks at World Famous, Green Flash, Kona's, Coaster Saloon, Pennant..ride the roller coaster at Belmont Park.

                Oscar's Mex Seafood in PB is great, Taco Surf, Cass Street Grill, Café Athena..

                If your going to hang at Loew's, check out if the shuttle guy will give you a ride into the village for a couple bucks each way..get his/her cell to pick up and have everyday happy hour at the Brigantine, across from the Hotel Del..
                Great fish tacos, Brig brew for cheap.

                Leroy's Lounge, Danny Palms for a great burger and divey good and then there is the beloved Mc P's where all the SEALS go to eat and drink..

                Check out Fathom in Shelter Island for craft beer and sausages, Stone Brewery in Liberty Station.
                Lots of places have happy hour.

                You can take the water taxi over to the Gaslamp from the dock at the end of Coronado. www.sdhe.com

                Have fun, no drinkie drivey and party like a rock star!

                1. Thanks for the recs everyone. We will not be drinking and driving ever!! I changed the hotel to the hilton at mission bay so hopefully a bit of a better location. Any other suggestions are always welcome!

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                  1. re: jwexler

                    Excellent choice and closer to PB/La Jolla and other gems in SD.
                    Luce across the highway from Hilton...happy hour!
                    Bay Park Fish Company..happy hour and close to Luce.
                    JV's Taco shop...excellent
                    Sab E Lee..fab Thai
                    Rocky's Crown Pub..great cheeseburger and fries...ride bikes from your resort to pub in PB.

                    Tower 23/JRDN for oceanfront drinks & apps..brunch at Green Flash or Firehouse Deli upstairs or World Famous..oceanfront boardwalk..bike cruisers are a must to eat and drink..sidewalk goes all the way to your resort.
                    Shuttle van guy is your friend for drop off in PB to and from, since checkpoints are common in PB.

                    Oscars Mex Seafood is awesome

                    1. re: Beach Chick

                      Beach Chick is on fire today with beachy suggestions! Chica, have you heard Green Flash is closing in the next week or so? End of an era.

                      1. re: foodiechick

                        You gotta be kidding. Say you're just kidding.

                          1. re: RB Hound

                            Reading that it has been purchased by the people behind Cabo Cantina destroyed my small shred of hope that it might be replaced by something interesting.

                            1. re: menuinprogress

                              Never been but it looks like the doppelgänger of Fred's Mexican Café.
                              : (

                        1. re: Beach Chick

                          Beach Chick knows her stuff! One addition, if you are beer aficionados, Coranado Brewing Company has a new tasting room, just across the freeway. Might be bike-able, maybe walk-able (2miles - Google says 30min on foot, 9min by bike!).

                          1. re: CampySD

                            And I'll add that Coronado Brewing makes one of our very best local beers, IMO: "Mermaid's Red". So if jwexler & Co. do decide to visit the tasting room off Morena, that's definitely one not to miss.

                            1. re: DoctorChow

                              Yeah we are super beer people at least a couple of us are... my friend and i will be arriving in san diego earlier than our friends from LA and defiantly want to hit up some beer places before they arrive!

                              1. re: jwexler

                                For beer in PB, your best bets are:

                                California Kebab - great outdoor patio with an ocean view, good food and beer selection (including some brewed on premises).

                                Tap Room - very good selection of local beers, ok food.

                                Barrel Republic - 40+ "pour-your-own-pay-by-the-ounce" taps, but no food.

                                1. re: menuinprogress

                                  In PB, Ciro's has a relatively small but usually quite good (and well thought) selection of craft beers on tap. Their food is comparable to that at the Tap Room (I like their pizza a tad bit better, but it is more of a style issue than anything).

                      2. also has anyone here been to joans on third or huckleberry up in LA? If so is there any place like this down in San Diego