i am a native san diegan who moved to los angeles about 8 years ago. i'm getting ready to start a family and would love to move back there for multiple reasons, but since coming here, even though it is a daily struggle with the traffic, the smog, and the people, i've really come to love it as a food town. i can go to a different farmer's market every day, there are specialty stores of every manner and culture, and the variety and quality of the restaurants are unparalleled. now granted, i haven't done much serious dining on my visits home. i tend to make stops at well loved holes in the wall like carnitas urapan or canada steakburger. but my general feeling is that san diego is too laid back for a dedicated chowhound, and that there just doesn't seem to be much exciting food happening there. to top it off, one of my goals is to open a restaurant, since after i got to LA i became a chef. and it seems to me that opening a place in san diego would be difficult because at least from where i stand, there doesn't appear to be much heightened interest in food overall, amking it a challenge to get a new spot up and running. i love that the city has been generating more and more topics on this board, but can anyone make a solid argument (besides the aforementioned gripes about the nature of los angeles and the neuroses it has caused) as to why i should abandon my sea of excess and return to america's finest city?