Other interesting pieces from the article:
"It's official: San Diego diners this year have cut back on their meals out and are spending less than their counterparts in Los Angeles and San Francisco, according to a Zagat survey released today."
"At the time of the 2008 guide,San Diego diners were paying more for a meal than in Los Angeles ($33.29) and Chicago ($33.75)."
"Diners delivered relatively harsh criticism of the more than 500 restaurants covered in the closely watched guide, lending credence to San Diego's longstanding reputation as an also ran in the culinary world."
"San Diego diners may be eating out less and spending less these days, but the past year’s openings provide new blood for the local scene," said Tim Zagat, co-founder of theZagat Survey. "As the industry emerges from the recession, this year’s newcomers are not only exciting, but affordable as well.”
- The silver lining of the down economy is that San Diego dining I think has actually improved.
No longer are we trying to copy excessive, high priced Las Vegas and West Hollywood style (and doing a poor job at that).
The economy has necessitated restaurateurs into delivering a product that is good and affordable, which fits the "style" of San Diego way better.