Spending New Year's Eve in San Diego this year and probably staying in Del Mar at the Marriott. Are there any good places to watch fireworks in San Diego or North County? How about a restaurant near the fireworks viewing spot serving a party of 9 for about $20 or less, each (without counting alcohol)? Should we venture to the Gaslamp (we're somewhat laid-back in our mid-twenties and not that "clubby") or can we stick to Del Mar/La Jolla area for a fun count down?
We also need some recommendations on good $12 or less eats around Del Mar and surrounding areas. Taco Joints, local burger places, and good coffeehouses with breakfast all sound great. Little snack spots for a cone of ice cream or kettle corn are also welcome. I guess "paper napkin eateries" kinda describes this category.
I've done some research and here are a few places we're hoping to visit:
Sammy Sushi (1 person doesn't eat sushi or chicken, 1 person prefers non-seafood, 1 person loves rolls, I love great sashimi)
Fidels or other Mexican in Solana Beach?
A little background on the party for tailored recommendations-
Group is from Seattle, St. Louis, throughout SF Bay Area (we're friends doing a road trip from San Jose)
We'll have a car and while we're not afraid to drive, we're not exactly used to So.Cal traffic.
Places we're going probably include Legoland and possibly the Zoo or Wild Animal Park.
Trip Duration: 3 nights in San Diego
SF has really good Chinese food so no need to include that unless it is really outstanding (like Vancouver or Hong Kong outstanding)
Thanks so much for the advice.
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