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  • grantgallagher
    Club Member
    • Feb 2018
    • 878
    • NJ

    Anyone got food recommendations in San Diego?

    I will be out there for 5 days or so for a conference starting may 19th. Its at the convention center so we will be staying in the gas lamp district. Are there any must hit places for food?

    Thanks in advance.
  • Livermoron
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    • Aug 2014
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    #2
    Hodad's in downtown. Best burger on the West Coast.
    https://hodadies.com/

    Also in downtown, I like Stout Public House. A nice Irish pub, with surprisingly good food. The shepherd's pie is really good.
    http://www.stoutsd.com/
    Last edited by Livermoron; May 12th, 2018, 06:41 AM.

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    • T-bone
      T-bone commented
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      +1 for Hodad's

    • grantgallagher
      grantgallagher commented
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      The burgers on Hodad's website look pretty amazing
  • Thom Emery
    Former Member
    • Sep 2014
    • 452
    • Indio Ca

    #3
    Fish Tacos are everywhere

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    • T-bone
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        You can take the boy out of Texas, but you can't take the Texas out of the boy.

      #4
      Try Las Cuatro Milpas for some old school Mexican food in San Diego's El Barrio:
      https://www.yelp.com/biz/las-cuatro-milpas-san-diego-2

      The Crack Shack (https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-crack-shack-san-diego) is very tasty and it's sister restaurant next door, Juniper & Ivy, is Chef Richard Blais' flagship restaurant. Juniper & Ivy is very pricey, but is an awesome dining experience.

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      • N227GB
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        • Feb 2018
        • 264
        • Fort Myers, FL
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        #5
        Island Prime. I'm not sure if they still do it, but they had a seafood buffet on Sundays that was outstanding. Small steam table trays that were constantly being replenished.

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        • grantgallagher
          grantgallagher commented
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          Im confused. The link embedded in your reply goes to Yelp for a place called Truckstop...

          I looked up island prime though and im always down with anywhere that actually has escargot on the menu.
      • KBaldwin
        Club Member
        • Nov 2017
        • 30
        • North Salt Lake, Utah

        #6
        Blue water seafood market and grill is awesome for fish.

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        • grantgallagher
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          • Feb 2018
          • 878
          • NJ

          #7
          thanks for the responses guys. i will def try to hit some of them and report back the experience

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          • jerrybell
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            • Aug 2014
            • 249

            #8
            I was going to recommend Anthony's Fish Grotto on the bay. I just looked it up to confirm I had the name right and found out they closed that location in Jan 2017, after 71 years - too bad.

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            • radshop
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              #9
              Since you have 5 days if you want to get out of downtown, you can get an Uber out to Escondido and hit the Stone Brewing Company. The restaurant there is really good, and of course they have beer. I would get a reservation if you are going at peak time. I haven't done the brewery tour.

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              • grantgallagher
                grantgallagher commented
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                Its unlikely. The conference means long ass days, usually 14 hours or so. But if i get the chance i would love to visit Stone

              • radshop
                radshop commented
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                I kinda figured that might be the case, but doesn't hurt to throw it out there. I've spent a lot more time in other parts of San Diego County than in the downtown area.

              • mnavarre
                mnavarre commented
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                Stone also has a restaurant/brewery in Liberty Station, which is right by the airport. definitely not the same as the main facility in Escondido, but still worth checking out.
            • ecowper
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              • Jul 2014
              • 2908
              • Maple Valley, WA
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                Favorite cook = Tri-Tip for the grill, whole packer brisket for the smoker
                Favorite wine = a good Bordeaux with steak, a good Syrah with pork, or a nice bottle of Champagne or California sparkling wine
                Favorite beer = Sam Adams Boston Lager or Shiner Bock
                Favorite whisky = Lagavulin 16 year old single malt

                Best Cookbooks - Meathead's "The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling", Chris Lilly's "Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book", Aaron Franklin's "Franklin BBQ"


                Eric Cowperthwaite aka ecowper

              #10
              Slater’s 50/50 .... greatest burger joint ever. Make your own creation .... can’t beat it .... and fantastic beer.

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              • ecowper
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                You will not be sorry if you go to Slater’s 50/50 .... the 50/50 stands for 50% ground beef, 50% ground bacon :-D

              • grantgallagher
                grantgallagher commented
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                Oh gtfoh...really?

              • ecowper
                ecowper commented
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                grantgallagher Serious as a heart attack! If you don’t like the 50/50 idea, you can have it 100% ground beef, though
            • ecowper
              Founding Member
              • Jul 2014
              • 2908
              • Maple Valley, WA
              • Grill = Hasty-Bake Gourmet Dual Finish
                Smoke = Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5"

                Thermometer = FireBoard FBX11 with 2 ambient and 6 meat probes
                Thermometer = Maverick ET732
                Thermometer = ThermoWorks Chef Alarm
                Thermapen Mk IV = Light blue
                Thermapen Classic = Grey
                PID Controller = Fireboard Drive + Auber 20 CFM Fan

                Favorite cook = Tri-Tip for the grill, whole packer brisket for the smoker
                Favorite wine = a good Bordeaux with steak, a good Syrah with pork, or a nice bottle of Champagne or California sparkling wine
                Favorite beer = Sam Adams Boston Lager or Shiner Bock
                Favorite whisky = Lagavulin 16 year old single malt

                Best Cookbooks - Meathead's "The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling", Chris Lilly's "Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book", Aaron Franklin's "Franklin BBQ"


                Eric Cowperthwaite aka ecowper

              #11
              More expensive, and great Asian influenced seafood .... Roy’s up in LaJolla

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              • mnavarre
                Club Member
                • Jan 2018
                • 415
                • San Diego

                #12
                I'll keep this to stuff that's near downtown, if you're willing to go a bit farther afield I can recommend more.

                The best burger is at The Balboa https://www.thebalboabarandgrill.com. Go during happy hour and the burger's $5.

                Half Door Brewing Co. is a few blocks from the Convention Center and a good place for lunch and a beer. Dinner's good, too. http://www.halfdoorbrewing.com. The same owners also own The Field, an Irish pub in the heart of the gaslamp, good fish & Chips.

                Cowboy Star is my favorite steak house. Spendy, but very, very worth it https://www.cowboystarsd.com/#best-steak-ever

                Lots of stuff in Little Italy. Monello and Mona Lisa are favorites https://www.lovemonello.com http://monalisalittleitaly.com
                There's an Argentinian steak house in Little Italy that I haven't tried yet, but hear good things.

                Las Cuatro Milpas and Salud! are both great for Mexican street food. They're both in Barrio Logan, just a few minutes from downtown.

                Barbecue? Grand Old BBQ y Asada in North Park. There's always a line, and they do sell out, but very legit http://grandolebbq.com

                Coop's West Texas BBQ is also very good. It's in Lemon Grove, about a 10 minute drive east of the city. http://coopsbbq.com

                That'll do for a start.

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                • wcpreston
                  Club Member
                  • Nov 2016
                  • 157

                  #13
                  Even though I know this is an old thread, I had to put my thoughts in.

                  +1 for Hodad's Bacon Cheeseburger. (There's one downtown, too!) I say it's way better than any of the others on this list, but that's just me.
                  +1 for Crack Shack! The "Mexican Poutine" combines North & South flavors.... so good!

                  Hammond's Ice Cream is home made gourmet ice cream. They do ice cream flights w/tiny cones!

                  Pt. Loma Seafood is a no-frills seafood place w/great fresh food. Not in downtown, but close.

                  The Marine Room in La Jolla. Solid, fancy, food right on the water.

                  The beef ribs at Phil's BBQ are my favorite. Yes, it's a chain but man I love that bark!

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                  • 58limited
                    Club Member
                    • Dec 2018
                    • 569
                    • SE Texas
                    • "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." ~Benjamin Franklin

                    #14
                    Don't forget Not Not Tacos, Sam the Cooking Guy's place: https://www.notnottacos.com/

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                    • ifican
                      Club Member
                      • Jul 2017
                      • 55

                      #15
                      Since it was revived, where did you end up going and what did you think?

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