I owe you guys a HUGE thanks for all your suggestions. I was only there for 3 of the 7 days but got to try a couple of your suggestions.
LaStalla had excellent food and I can't believe that they accommodated 39 of us one evening. Service was incredible (Thanks Kenny!). It's almost impossible to imagine how they did that. I simply can't say enough about this place.
The new Chino Bandito was tasty but I went there alone for lunch and the place was industrial size and empty. Of course that gave the owner & staff the opportunity to really spend time w/ me. Their friendliness and information was awesome. It is a little odd but wonderfully tasty food in a very complicated ordering process. Who cares---I think I was full after all the samples...not to mention being a "taster" for their new cookies.
Cyclo (near the new Bandito) was closed when I went (2pm) and heard they often have chancy business hours. Being a Vietnamese food freak, I was disappointed but know that these are often family-run businesses that have the odd hours because they are (family-run).
I can tell you that the food served at the San Marcos Resort was waaaay below average.
Thank you very much for all your help.