Restaurants & Bars 6

San Diego Report

wagger | May 2, 200812:40 PM

Recently returned from a biz trip to San Diego. Here's where we ate:

Cafe Athena in PB. Pretty darn good and reasonably priced. Various Greek appetizers were really good. My fish was well prepared but a bit heavy on the sauce. The weather was warm but the staff was cold. They could use some coaching in the art of service.

Surfside Sushi also in PB. Absolutely spectacular. But that may have been because I was there with a regular who knew the owner and sushi chefs. Real stand-outs were the softshell crab and sea bass. But, everything was just great. Nice selection of sake and decently priced.

Bite in Hillcrest. Tapas not called tapas. Very contemporary and when we walked in I figured that we were in true trend city and that the staff would have an attitude. Wrong! Our tatooed server was pleasant and helpful. The small bite plates were delicious and wll executed across the board. I especially liked the deconstructed nicoise salad and lamb meatballs. Everything outstanding. And expensive.

Petco Park. Caught the Rockies but luckily, the night before the 22 inning marathon! Coors Field is a real food bargain compared to Petco. Example, a craft brew such as Fat Tire at Coors Field is $6.50. Widmer Hefeweizen at Petco is $10. Sitting in the club level we had a hot dog, fries, chicken tenders, the above Widmer and some sort of hard cider. Total check: $42. Pro sports venues do tend to be expensive but this is right up at the top of the so-called food chain! It is a beautiful field, though.

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