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Upcoming trip to San Diego: some questions after research

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Upcoming trip to San Diego: some questions after research

creepygirl | Feb 11, 2005 03:19 PM

My boyfriend and I will be taking a trip to San Diego at the end of the month. I don't know where we'll be staying yet, but we will have a car. We will be there on a Saturday or Sunday.

We're looking for good food, but we don't want high-end (like $30 entree) restaurants.

I am hoping to find some good Mexican food, as well as seafood. What would be ideal is a little Mexican seafood hole in the wall, the kind that serves ceviche tostadas and the like. Is there something like that in the San Diego area?

I would also welcome recommendations for other styles of cuisine, since I don't want to burn out on Mexican food.

Also, I want to check out a Chuao Chocolatier store. Apparently there's one store in Encinitas and one in La Jolla. Anyone know if there's any difference between the stores, like one being bigger than the other, or one offering a more diverse selection of chocolates?

I've heard praise of Cantina Panaderia, but I don't know what kind of food is served and what the prices are like. Can anyone tell me?

So far I'm considering:

Nacho's Taco Shop in La Mesa
Bahia Mexican Restaurant  
Boo Cho Korean
Emerald for dim sum
Mama’s Lebanese
The Fishery
El Porvenir
Gelato Vero
Carnitas Urupan
Berta's

A final consideration: one of our potential dining companions has a very low tolerance for chili heat. She loves Mexican food so long as there's one thing on the menu that she can order that won't blow her head off. If any of these places are for fire-breathers only, please let me know.

Any thoughts, feedback, or additional suggestions would be greatly appreciated, and if you ever need tips for Seattle or Phoenix, I'd be happy to provide some.

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