Starting a week from now, this Manhattan chowhound will be in San Diego for a whole week, so there's lots of time to get in whatever places you San Diegan chowhounds deem as your favorite picks.
I'm going to be with my husband and lots of extended family; I can get a night alone with my hubby at a top place, but other than that I'll need more casual restaurants that can handle a large group with a few kids sprinkled into the mix. So for the more casual, more moderately priced places, I'd be interested in Mexican for sure, Thai, maybe pizza, Italian, Japanese, "Californian" (if that category still exists). For the more upscale choice for a night out just the two of us, give me something that's not stuffy, heavy on fish or vegetarian choices, with maybe an Asian bent.
We'll be based in Coronado (which I've found to be a relative culinary dearth), so choices that aren't too far from there would be most likely to be visited.