I spent a weekend in San Diego (Friday afternoon-Monday morning) and wanted to do a brief trip report. I found it possible to do a good deal of eating (and drinking) without using a car. I stayed in Downtown, just off Broadway, which really made it possible. I learned of almost all of these places from Chowhound, except for Cafe 222 and The Mission, where I'd been on previous trips.
Breakfasts--All in Downtown, reached by walking. Without planning to, I wound up ordering french toast each morning.
Richard Walker's Pancake House--Acceptable french toast, but nothing special
Cafe 222--Not so great, a little too healthy tasting, french toast, but the food around me looked very good
The Mission, East Village branch--A huge (huge) amount of thick, not excessively sweet cinnamon bread french toast, more than I could eat, which is unusual.
Mariscos German--truck at 35th & University--reached by #7 bus--The fish tacos were very good, I didn't think life changing, but the ambiance with the little plastic tables was superb. Maybe next time I'll try the truck in Ocean Beach.
Point Loma Seafoods--A crabcake sandwich is something I rarely get to eat, I just wished that I'd asked them to hold the tartar sauce. This was one trip I probably shouldn't have taken, because the 28 bus there (from Old Town) only runs once an hour on Sunday, but it worked out OK.
Cafe Chloe--Walked--Lovely, lively place. I'd had a lot of food earlier so I just got a fine green salad and a Duvel beer (I I've come to the conclusion that I really like good American beers better)
The Linkery-Reached by the #2 bus there and the #7 bus back--North Park is good because you can take either. A pretty fabulous meal in most ways--good beer, good greens, good sausage, good service charge policy. I shouldn't have let them talk me into the lardo ice cream, it was interesting but I felt serious bloat afterwards. I walked some of it along University Avenue rather than just waiting for the bus..
Neighborhood--walked--I'd meant to just stop in for some ale, but the burgers called to me. My 777 Burger order disappeared in some black hole, so they comped me a beer and I got to try a Ballast Point Stout, creamy without being sludgy. Alas, they don't seem to bottle that kind. I was a bit disappointed--they listed baby spinach with the burger, but there were only a few wisps of it.
And just for the record, coffee at St. Tropez Horton Plaza, Caffe Italia (didn't it have a different name) via the trolley from Old Town, and Cafe Colibri (walked there from Mariscos German, #10 bus to Old Town afterward).
Total transportation expense--$12 for a 3 day pass.
I hope I get a chance to come back and hit Hob Nob Hill, some 30th St. beer bars, maybe some places in Barrio Logan.
222 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
3515 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
1704 India St, San Diego, CA 92101
Point Loma Cafe
4856 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92106