Everyone has been so helpful that I thought I would do a little foodie report and "come to the well" again for more ideas for our final 3 weeks.
We are have been hanging out in SD for about a month now and tying to get our share of many of the local delicacies.
So far here are the places we have tried (in no particular order)
Carnitas Snack Shack-really yummy although our timing was bad-we had a quite a wait to get our food-but well worth the wait.
Went to Tom Hams Lighthouse during restaurant week for the view mostly. The food was okay at that 3 course price but not so great that I would make a repeat visit unless I really want the view.
We also went to C-Level when we needed to drop off my sister at the airport. Again, pretty good, but I wasn't blown away although but of course loved the view there and at Tom Hams.
For lower end places we have been twice to Rubicon Deli since it is nearby and also tried the California Kebab & Beer Garden and finally got to try some local beer-really yummy beer by the way. We liked the fact that you can order small portions there since it was Superbowl Sunday and we wanted to have a light lunch before we started noshing at home. Rubicon is great for the reverse-their portions are huge so you can share nicely.
Other PB places we have been were Tweety's Thai (meh-wouldn't go back) but that fortuitously introduced us to Pure Cupcakes right next door. We had Mexican one day at La Perla Cocina which was good value but not super memorable. I want to try Oscar's and Taco Surf across the street.
We did go for Thai on Hillcrest at Amarin which was pretty good and very reasonable-particularly because they ran a 2 week special in January to coincide with restaurant week where they offered 2 lunch specials for $10 total-so an exceptional deal.
Today we tried Dim Sum at French Concession since you are supposed to eat dumplings to welcome in the Chinese New Year. Apparently the same owner as Lucky Liu's and Rama Thai. Food was fair-but we are kind of dim sum snobs since we can go to the San Gabriel valley in LA for really world class choice in that category. Also we were the only ones in there at 12 noon on a Saturday and it has kind of a weird hipster meets Shanghai vibe-but needless to say we got great service.
I think that is about it-we did go to Blue Water Seafood Market-which we had visited a few years back. I am wondering now how folks think it compares to Point Loma and El Pescador Fish Market in La Jolla. They all seem to be the same kind of formula-taco, salad or sandwich, so I would be interested to hear folks' opinions, We also had lunch at the Fishery here in PB and thought their mussels were really yummy-we will return just for those at least once.
So I think that is the list so far. I would love other not to be missed ideas for our last 3 weeks. Some places I have on my list from reading the board are:
Susper Cocina-this is pretty far away for us, but sounds like it is worth it. We have just finished Peace Corps service in Mexico so had some amazing food there, but I like Mexican so would travel for good food. I also am wondering whether to try Romesco Mexiterranean Bistro. I know they are very different but what they have in common is the fact they seem kind of far. A few years back we ate at El Indio and Lucha Libre but I thought they were good but don't stick in my memory as extraordinary.
Pizza and/or Italian
Buona Forchetta or Pizzeria Bruno Napoletano or Project Pie and it sounds like Cucina Urbana is a must for Pizza and other great food.
Any other not to be missed places? Others I have read good things about are Urban Solace, Tiger Tiger, Chloe's, Smoking Goat (although we generally prefer lunch and this is dinner only).
Anyway, I am going on and on-but mostly wanted to thank you all for all the great suggestions and help! We are having a blast eating our way through SD!