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Greetings San Diego chowhound!

GDPhalp | Dec 17, 201307:02 AM

I apologize for any questions that may be duplicates from previous threads, but this is literally my first time on your board. I am a long time poster on the New Orleans board & a current Kansas City resident so if you have any questions, I am happy to return the favor.

Ok - as the resident "food expert" at my place of employment, I've been charged with the task of coming up with a restaurant list for the boss. A little about her - she is in her 40s, and will be travelling to your city with her SO. She will be there from the morning of December 26th-the afternoon of December 30th. They will be staying at the Grand Del Mar hotel/resort. They will have a car.

So, here's what she says she wants:

1. Good Mexican food (her idea of good Mexican, and my good idea of Mexican are clearly different things i.e. I sent her to Topolobampo in Chicago and she hated it). I don't think she's looking for anything regionalized necessarily, or too "authentic". I think she's looking for a place with a good margarita, chips/salsa/guac, enchiladas/tacos/etc. This doesn't need to be tex-mex, but I'm not sure a place like Super Cocina is what she's looking for either. If there's anything unclear about this request, let me know.

2. She's asked for a couple of good spots for breakfast - I'd imagine she'd like these places to be relatively close, but something being 15-20 miles away wouldn't be a deal breaker, as I understand her hotel is kind of off by itself. She also wants a place with a good cup of coffee and pastries in addition. For her ordinary breakfast preferences, she prefers savory over sweet - would prefer a Mexican breakfast to pancakes or a hash to French toast.

3. She wants me to give her some lunch/dinner options that have nice outdoor seating - preferably with a view. She lives in the Midwest, and has glamourized the idea of being able to see the ocean while she eats. In my experience, many of these places with the high priced rent don't deliver on the food, so if its a nice patio instead, so be it.

4. She wants to eat seafood once or twice.

5. I don't want to send her to places that are TOO formal or TOO expensive. She and her SO have plenty of money - so, that's not a concern - 1 or 2 places with a higher price point are fine, but for the most part, if I can keep her in the low to medium price range, that would be preferable. A side note, I created her New Orleans itinerary for her for 4 days, and she and her SO blew through 2,000 on food - and while delicious, I think the SO is harboring a grudge.

6. Lastly, the food needs to be great - these boards are fantastic, and I'm sure you wont steer me wrong.

Thank you and let me know if you have any questions for me!

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