Hi! Sorry in advance for the long post. I have been scouring the San Diego columns looking for ideas but I am still lost. I'm sure some of you will tell me to check other SD-related postings, but trust me when I say I have been reading them for days. My husband and I are staying at the Solamar for his birthday (Thanksgiving weekend). We are from Phx, in our 20s-early 30s. We are already set up at the US Grant for Thanksgiving dinner--now we need dinner recs for Friday (his birthday) and Saturday. We would like to dress up and go somewhere (I know these words make people wince) trendy or "hip," but that has excellent food as well. I really don't want to trade one for the other. We went to Nobu last time we were here in August, and it was the appropriate atmosphere but I was unimpressed with the food. Price is not a concern, just good food where we won't feel silly wearing heels or a jacket. We currently have reservations at Cowboy Star for dinner Fri and J Six (our hotel restaurant) for Saturday, but I'm wondering if I've made mistakes. We like any kind of food really, but my husband isn't a fan of asian tapas. Other than that, we are open to suggestions. We will have a car, but I would like to stay in the Gaslamp area at least one of the nights. Here are a few restaurants I was considering:
JRDN (have walked by it, looked cool but saw mixed reviews)
Cucina Urbana (dressy, though?)
Starlite (or is this more of a bar and less of a restaurant?)
Thank you in advance for your help. I hope my "trendy" comments don't make me sound d-baggy.
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