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Short visit in San Diego -- what are some can't-miss food experiences?

neilpath | Jan 17, 201202:30 PM

My girlfriend and I are making our way down to San Diego for the first time from Feb. 17-19. It's a very short trip, unfortunately, but it's all we could fit in as a sidetrip from Los Angeles. We're from Toronto and have heard amazing things about the cuisine in San Diego.

I know this is probably well-charted terrain and I did search through the archives, but couldn't find anything that speaks to what we're looking for exactly (still, hope I'm not stepping on any toes with this thread). I know that where we're staying (Hotel Indigo) is in the Gaslamp Quarter, and from recent threads, I know that's not exactly San Diego's culinary center.

So, since we'll probably only have 6 or so meals in San Diego, we're hoping to make the most of them. A bit about us: we're both in our mid-20s, we love all kinds of ethnic food (especially looking forward to the Mexican in San Diego, since it's one thing that is not done well in Canada), and we're mostly looking for casual, good-value options wherever possible -- we're happy to splurge on one great meal, but otherwise would prefer to be able to spend, say, $20-25 or less on an entree.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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