We'll be in San Diego - first time - and would like a great dining experience. I do not necessarily mean top of the line fine dining but places where the chefs use fresh local ingredients creatively. We'd like to get a bit of local flavor, something we can't get in NY- so Mexican, Californian, American seafood, etc. French or Italian elements are OK but don't want a formal French restaurant.
Thanks for whatever help you can give me!