I lived in San Diego/Escondido/Oceanside for the first third of my life 25+ years ago. The second third was in Los Angeles and the last third has been in the Bay Area.
I'm coming back for four days at the end of the month with a new husband and need to find some worthy eats for us. I'll be researching a book I'm writing on Oysters so my first day will be hanging out with the folks in Carlsbad's aquafarm. But I need to find dinner for us for four nights.
Way back then, my favorites were Piret's (gads, I miss the days of the Mungers!), Ichiban on University, Ida Bailey's in the Gaslamp... There was also a cool bar near Spreckles, a Greek restaurant in Hillcrest (well, anywhere in Hillcrest was cool back then!), and the original Filippi's Pizza Grotto (one of which now exists in Napa and is not nearly what I remember it to be).
The caveat is that while I know Mexican food is plentiful and all the rage, I get enough of it in San Francisco. Okay, maybe ONE Mexican to placate my new brother-in-law who is flying in from Charlotte, North Carolina.
I'm looking forward to showing my husband Balboa Park and the Maritime Museum (we love visiting submarines!) But look for guidance on where to eat! We are staying at the Catamaran Resort and while I'm comfortable driving around, it is unlikely we'll be heading to La Jolla or anything. Just the city.