The weekend after Memorial Day, I am flying into San Diego to attend a 25-year reunion in Carlsbad. That leaves me two lunches; one on Saturday after I have arrived and one on Sunday, before I fly back to San Francisco.
I lived in San Diego almost 15+ years ago; back then, a happy lunch for me was Ichiban in Hillcrest followed by a slice of cake at Extraordinary Desserts. Or Ida Bailey's in the Gaslamp (where I first remember having raspberry vinaigrette!) I was also a fan of the old Piret's Bistro in Encinitas... Ah, the good ole days!
As I have to make my way to Carlsbad for the reunion, I would be interested in any spots between the airport and the drive up the coast highway. Haute Cuisine is hardly necessary - just some great lunch spot that I can re-awaken my love of San Diego and all it has to offer. I have plenty of time to explore!