Well, I have learned a lesson I hope I never forget. *Check with the hounds BEFORE booking a hotel room.* Based on a bit of research, I booked a cheap hotel on the edge of Old Town for our Feb trip. We are coming for zoos and feed, but don't particularly want to drive to dinner because we both enjoy drinking wine. I have spent hours pouring over the boards, and have come up with some decent Old Town recommendations: Berta's and Casa de Bandini. A couple I found references to elsewhere I'm looking for comments on:
La Pinata Mexican Restaurant
Todai Restaurant (ok, so I know it probably won't be stellar sushi. But the interior looks like a trip in and of itself from the 'virtual tour' on their website. And as long as I won't get food poisoning . . ..)
Any other thoughts? We are after good and interesting food. Just whatever is unique (we live in NH, so salsa is unique. And I almost fainted from horror when I read the brief discussion from a month ago about the Iowans. Though I love pork tenderloin sandwiches and Dutch pastries, that's about all they offer. Please, tell me their influence on San Diegan cuisine isn't all that significant.)
And thank you guys for being so dedicated. It may seem you are answering the same question for a tourist for the hundreth time, but we appreciate it.