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Visiting San Diego, need some recs


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Visiting San Diego, need some recs

fishermb | | Nov 5, 2008 06:21 AM

Hey All-

Coming off a somewhat disappointing (foodwise) trip to Newport a few weeks ago with my girlfriend, me and my brother just booked a trip to San Diego right around Christmas/New Years week. I live in NYC and he in Miami, so we're excited to see what the West Coast has to offer. We're staying Downtown and will have a car.

Looking for a few things...

-We'll get into San Diego early evening on Christmas Eve. What's a great Thai, Sushi or Chinese option that will definitely be open, ideally somewhat late (we land at 7PM, by the time we get to a resto, could be as late as 10).

-Looking for some more dinner recommendations, we'll be there 5 nights total, we'd rather go to the delicious place where the locals eat than the pricey restaurant with 'atmosphere.' What is San Diego really known for, seafood? Mexican? We're both adventurous eaters and pretty much will go for any type of cuisine. Because we'll have so many other expenses (hotel, airfare, car, golf), we'd rather keep our budget pretty modest, say $100 per dinner. That said, we're definitely up for one more expensive dinner, perhaps something with a great chef's tasting menu, a unique experience and not just expensive food.

-Are there any can't miss options in/within walking distance of Downtown? We're staying at The Sofia near the Westfield Plaza.

-We'll go to the Zoo one day, so a good nearby lunch option would be great. We'll be playing golf most of the days, so lunch will be more of a play it by ear situation depending on where we are playing, though any great breakfast spots within Downtown are definitely welcome.

Thanks so much all-