San Diego restaurants

  • UFJocknerd

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    Jun 16, 2010 4:29 PM GMT
    Hi guys. I'm going to SD for a conference this august. Any suggestions on places to eat? I'm staying in what I'm told is the Italian quarter (kinda
    near the convention center).
    Thanks!
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    Jun 16, 2010 9:36 PM GMT
    I'm not a fan of restaurants here. Top of the Market has good seafood, Morton's has good meat. Nothing is spectacular, everything is expensive. Try the Tractor Room on 5th, good buffalo meat and good wines.
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    Jun 16, 2010 9:40 PM GMT
    Oh, go to Po Pazzo in Little Italy and order their flourless chocolate cake. Incredible.
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    Jun 16, 2010 9:45 PM GMT
    Extraodinary Desserts has the best cake I've ever tasted in my life. There's one in Little Italy where you'll be staying.

    Hash House was a favorite when I lived there. It's on Fitth Ave not far from Balboa Park

    Gulf Coast Grill in Hillcrest, Everything I've tried there was great.

    Parkhouse Eatery in University Heights has great breakfast and I had a dinner entree there once and it was scrumptious icon_smile.gif!

    El Zarape is an awesome authentic mexican eatery. Just a block away from Parkhouse Eatery.

    Bandar is a really good Persian restaurant in the Gaslamp.

    I'm sure there's others but those come to mind first and they're all relatively close to where you'll be staying. Check 'em out.
  • tseca66

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    Jun 16, 2010 9:46 PM GMT
    The last time we were in San Diego, we ate at this great Fusion Mexican restaurant called Indigo Grill. It's right in Little Italy. Also, try the Nob Hill Diner for breakfast. It's walking distance on the way to Balboa Park. It's a classic. The waitresses have been there forever and call everyone "Hon". It's a great town...Have Fun!
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    Jun 16, 2010 9:52 PM GMT
    Depending on what you're looking for theres many choices! More expensive try the Gas lamp district near the Hardrock Hotel/Convention center area. Or if you have means of mobility try going up to Hillcrest or North Park area. This is just fishing in the dark on different tastes....
    Amarin Thai, 3643 Richmond st.(some of the best Thai!)
    Greystone steak house, 658 5th Avenue. (expensive but good)
    The Fishmarket Restaurant, 750 North Harbor drive(off the pier, great atmosphere)
    In North Park, all along 30th and University, there are good restaurants. All depends what you're feeling.
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    Jun 17, 2010 2:45 AM GMT
    All of these are great examples.

    I second Amarin Thai.. YUM!!!

    Lots and Lots of stuff downtown and along the water. You can take a water taxi over to Coronado as well or drive across the bridge for some good food.

    Make it up to Del Mar and there is some great seafood along the water.

    Venture to La Jolla and have some coffee and dessert at the Living Room .. Big college hangout as well.

    A lebanese restaurant called Mama's Bakery is on El Cajon and Alabama?

    On the weekend, Antique Row Cafe on Adams and 30th.

    I'm sure there will be more postings about places.

    Enjoy your stay.

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    Jun 17, 2010 4:00 AM GMT
    If you like Italian theres a great Italian place towards I think Ocean Beach. Mamma Mia..... 1932 Balboa Ave....... it doesnt get more italian than them. Family run business and Its like you stepped into an italian home. The owners friendly and definitely generous and outgoing like many italians are known for... sometimes too much so.
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    Jun 17, 2010 4:06 AM GMT
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    Hash House was a favorite when I lived there. It's on Fitth Ave not far from Balboa Park



    YES, go there for breakfast, but be prepared for up to an hour or more wait, well worth it.
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    Jun 17, 2010 4:14 AM GMT
    If you have a car, the best thing about SD is that there's almost no traffic.

    If you're up for Morocoon food, I'd go to Kous Kous in Hillcrest. If you like Thai, there's Amarin in HIllcrest or for more fast food Thai, Saffron in Mission Hills. For expensive French food you can try Tapanade in La Jolla, I second Bandar for Persian food (it's downtown and relatively close to the convention center), even though its supposedly not authentic. Also El Zarape for Mexican. If you like NY style pizza, my friend from NY really liked Bronx Pizza in Mission HIlls. For Cajun style food, I like Bud's Louisiana Cafe, though its a bit far from downtown. If you want sushi downtown, go to Sushi Deli 1 near Horton Plaza. And if you want a bar type of environment that has pretty good food, you can try Bareback Grill.

    I know of a host of other places but it depends on what you like to eat. Its probably also worth checking Yelp.com.
  • Sk8Tex

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    Jun 17, 2010 4:34 AM GMT
    German Food - Kaiserhoff @ 2253 Sunset Cliffs Boulevard, Authentic german cuisine, this used to be one of my favorite places to go drink beer and eat with my ex...

    Mexican Food - Acapulcos @ 2467 Juan Street (Oldtown) Yes I know this is a franchise...but I swear to god, it is one of the BEST brunches in San Diego on saturday and sunday. It's in the upper floor of the Hacienda Hotel in the middle of oldtown (our historic latino neighborhood) and has fantastic views from the patio seating looking out towards Point Loma.

    Italian Food - Demille's @ 3492 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116 This place is a nice little *quiet* italian food restaurant that has been in San Diego for like 25-30 years. I recommend the Madalena (either white zinfandel or blush I forget.)

    Jewish Deli's - Well the obvious one in the gay community (Hillcrest) is City Delicatessan, very trendy setting, very gay friendly...but its not the best deli. DZ Akins out at 6930 Alvarado Road, San Diego, CA 92120. VERY authentic jewish deli complete with their own bakery and butcher. Order a pastrami sandwich here and your eyes will widen a lil bit when they bring it to you. Friendly staff...kinda packed and crowded though.Every table gets complimentary homemade pickles and their matza balls are the bomb.

    Barbeque - Phil's Barbeque....dont argue just eat it. For real.
    3750 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110

    Vegetarian Food - Rancho's 3910 30th St., San Diego, CA 92104 Really great mexican food and vegetarian food that doesn't suck.

    HAPPY HOUR? My personal favorite is Baja Betty's 1421 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103 Gay bar where you can *actually* talk to the person sitting next to you without yelling. They have a great great group of bartenders who are all fun. The pamagranite margarita does not disappoint. But if you want a crowd and drinks with food then try Mo's down the street. Same owner and alot of the same staff. But it kinda gets noisy and packed so I tend to go to Bettys instead icon_razz.gif.

    Hope you enjoy your stay in SD ^.^
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    Jun 17, 2010 8:08 AM GMT
    SanDiegoNewbie saidGerman Food - Kaiserhoff @ 2253 Sunset Cliffs Boulevard, Authentic german cuisine, this used to be one of my favorite places to go drink beer and eat with my ex...

    Mexican Food - Acapulcos @ 2467 Juan Street (Oldtown) Yes I know this is a franchise...but I swear to god, it is one of the BEST brunches in San Diego on saturday and sunday. It's in the upper floor of the Hacienda Hotel in the middle of oldtown (our historic latino neighborhood) and has fantastic views from the patio seating looking out towards Point Loma.

    Italian Food - Demille's @ 3492 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116 This place is a nice little *quiet* italian food restaurant that has been in San Diego for like 25-30 years. I recommend the Madalena (either white zinfandel or blush I forget.)

    Jewish Deli's - Well the obvious one in the gay community (Hillcrest) is City Delicatessan, very trendy setting, very gay friendly...but its not the best deli. DZ Akins out at 6930 Alvarado Road, San Diego, CA 92120. VERY authentic jewish deli complete with their own bakery and butcher. Order a pastrami sandwich here and your eyes will widen a lil bit when they bring it to you. Friendly staff...kinda packed and crowded though.Every table gets complimentary homemade pickles and their matza balls are the bomb.

    Barbeque - Phil's Barbeque....dont argue just eat it. For real.
    3750 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110

    Vegetarian Food - Rancho's 3910 30th St., San Diego, CA 92104 Really great mexican food and vegetarian food that doesn't suck.

    HAPPY HOUR? My personal favorite is Baja Betty's 1421 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103 Gay bar where you can *actually* talk to the person sitting next to you without yelling. They have a great great group of bartenders who are all fun. The pamagranite margarita does not disappoint. But if you want a crowd and drinks with food then try Mo's down the street. Same owner and alot of the same staff. But it kinda gets noisy and packed so I tend to go to Bettys instead icon_razz.gif.

    Hope you enjoy your stay in SD ^.^



    How could I forget about Phil's BBQ. This is about the time of year that I'd find myself there just about every other week LOL
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    Jun 17, 2010 8:09 AM GMT
    Ciarsolo said
    joeyveras said
    Hash House was a favorite when I lived there. It's on Fitth Ave not far from Balboa Park



    YES, go there for breakfast, but be prepared for up to an hour or more wait, well worth it.


    I didn't realize they served breakfast. Next time I'm home, I'll definitely check it out.
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    Jun 17, 2010 9:50 AM GMT
    Carolinaagger saidDepending on what you're looking for theres many choices! More expensive try the Gas lamp district near the Hardrock Hotel/Convention center area. Or if you have means of mobility try going up to Hillcrest or North Park area. This is just fishing in the dark on different tastes....
    Amarin Thai, 3643 Richmond st.(some of the best Thai!)
    Greystone steak house, 658 5th Avenue. (expensive but good)
    The Fishmarket Restaurant, 750 North Harbor drive(off the pier, great atmosphere)
    In North Park, all along 30th and University, there are good restaurants. All depends what you're feeling.


    I second the motion on Greystone. Have eaten there numerous times, and the meal is always top notch.
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    Jun 17, 2010 10:47 AM GMT
    UFJocknerd saidHi guys. I'm going to SD for a conference this august. Any suggestions on places to eat? I'm staying in what I'm told is the Italian quarter (kinda
    near the convention center).
    Thanks!


    I like the KITS Thailand cuisine Hillcrest and there is also a kick ass Greek Restaurant in the Gas Lamp District. I just can't remember it. There is also my most favorite pizza place on Washington just up from university in Hillcrest. I never eat pizza unless it's this pizza. The best!! Whole Foods on university (Hillcrest) has great foods read and prepared. I mean go in and eat and meet a sexy friend. It's so flirty there...
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    Jun 17, 2010 11:41 AM GMT
    Sushi Itto is excellent, if you like Japanese.

    http://www.sushi-itto.com.mx/
  • Sk8Tex

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    Jun 17, 2010 2:04 PM GMT
    Mystic_Man said
    UFJocknerd saidHi guys. I'm going to SD for a conference this august. Any suggestions on places to eat? I'm staying in what I'm told is the Italian quarter (kinda
    near the convention center).
    Thanks!


    There is also my most favorite pizza place on Washington just up from university in Hillcrest. I never eat pizza unless it's this pizza. The best!!


    The name of the place is Bronx Pizza and yes, it is really great pizza. Also check out Lefty's Chicago Pizzaria on 30th St next door to Bluefoot. I cant decide which pizza place is better... >.>
  • UFJocknerd

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    Jun 27, 2010 1:34 AM GMT
    Thanks guys! I appreciate the input. Any more suggestions are welcome! :-)