I mentioned in my post last week that I would be spending time in SD (some of it on my own) and wanted to know what restaurants to try for a true So-Cal experience. I was staying downtown without a car, so my options were a bit limited. I ended up trying the al pastor at Alambres, and they were quite tasty (if slightly more fried than I would have liked). The tacos at Super Cocina, on the other hand.... out of this world. Worth the cab and foot treck from the Marina! Oceanaire was very special and it was fun just discovering the many new types of fish that we do not see here in NY. Not to mention the flaming baked Alaska sliced and served while still on fire! Fish Market (downstairs) looked promising, but was a disappointment. Is Top of the Market any better? Another disappointment was El Agave near Old Town. I had an excellent margarita there (ok, and a couple of shots), but very dry pork tacos, and even drier black beans. How can they be so highly recommended (not by CHers)? I must admit, by day 3 I was in real pasta withdrawal. I decided to ask around for decent Italian (I realize that this is not SDs forte, and I have a history of bad pasta and pizza in California, though it is getting better). I found two restaurants widely touted to be the "best" in SD for Italian food: Filippi in Little Italy and Salvatore's downtown. I went with Salvatore's. The pasta was overcooked, the sauteed eggplant was chopped into tiny cubes and soggy with oil, and the tomato sauce was way too thick and sweet and abundant, and it left an aftertaste I can best describe as... fake. Oniony. Non-Italian. Yikes! So I got my fix, but definitely at a price! I actually would love to know where CHers in SD go for Italian and what you think of the two places that were recommended to me. Moving on-- I liked Sally's at the Hyatt (and Lael's at the Hyatt does a terrific brunch buffet, by the way). And... I must say, as a NYer, I found Rubio's (fashion valley) fried fish tacos delicious. I realize its fast food and probably nowhere near as good as other fried fish to be had... but I loved it. Also enjoyed drinks at the the del Coronado, a Danish as big as my head from Bread & Cie, capuccino in Little Italy, and a delicious American breakfast at the Waterfront... it was fun. Thanks again.