First night in SD, headed to ALFONSO'S in La Jolla. Wildly disappointed in this place. Not technically terrible, but how can a place like this stay in business in SoCal? The fish in the fish tacos was well-prepared, but tasteless. The margaritas were mediocre, made with sour mix from the fountain. Sorry, Billy, you're a friendly bartender, but your margaritas are most definitely NOT the best. Salsa was OK; very garlicy. Again, not awful, but this is San Diego, people!! It is very scary when I can honestly say there are places in Boston that blow this place away, and Boston is weak in the mexian-type restaurant market.
Next night, SUPER COCINA yay!. After the Alfonso's fiasco, I found the computer in my hotel and scoured Chowhound for "best of" type posts for Mexican food, and found Super Cocina. What a find!!!!!! I had the lengua (yup... tongue) and spicy pork (I forget what they called it), both spectacular. Friendly counter service. And you can have taste samples first (that's what sold me on the tongue). I left positively stuffed for $6.85. I think I saw somewhere on this board that someone thought this price wasn't that great; they are out of their mind.
I was staying in Pacific Beach (Zanzibar has good coffee, btw) and was going a little nuts with the surfer culture. So, on Monday, I tried to go to Region but it was closed! I should have guessed that was possible and called ahead. Now I was stuck without my guidebook or chowhound.com, so I blindly went downtown and ended up at GREYSTONE'S. Started out with a steak tartar which intrigued me because it had guacamole. Well, the guac was good, but it definitely hid the flavor of the tartar. Oddly, the steak was seared. WTF? For an entree, I had the game ravioli. Good pasta, although I expected the game element to have a more distinct taste. Not bad but I would only go back if I had a steak craving; that is clearly their specialty, but I wasn't in the mood for steak at all.
"Bonus": My flight was delayed so I had some time on my hands. Among other things, stopped by the W and had a margarita--made with fresh juices, thank God, unlike Blechfonso's. Then hit the INDIGO GRILL and tried the tortilla soup (nice and spicy) and the shrimp & scallop ceviche (cool presentation, good, um, "ceviche juice" flavoring.) Good stuff, but not exactly the kind of thing you do cartwheels over. Friendly people on both sides of the bar made me not mind that my flight was delayed 6 hours--Almost missed my flight! :)