My girlfriend and I are going to be out in San Diego for a few nights (July 6 - 11), staying in the gaslamp area most likely with a car, and would love to get some good food, but at a good value (I'm about to start business school and looking at my student loan applications has definitely tempered my usual spending habits).
That said, in addition to recommendations for some good values/ cheap eats, it would be great to have maybe one splurge meal ($50 - 75/ person).
We are pretty amenable to different types of foods. I'm more of an adventurous eater than my girlfriend, but we can do many types of cuisines.
So, what do SD hounds do to save a few bucks on good eats? Where could we treat ourselves?
Also, we're visiting another couple who is acting as our semi-hosts, so where would be a good place for two couples to go with a moderate price tag? Maybe something that there's a lot of small plates/ sharing?
Looking forward to your recommendations! (Feel free to include any other budget-friendly tips as well - e.g., save on parking, inexpensive activities, etc.).