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first timers to San Diego - please help!

alohagirl | Jul 30, 200312:57 PM

We are leaving in 11 days for a week long stay in San Diego (part business trip) We are east coasters and have never we want to explore the area and eat some awesome food! I've surfed through the threads here and elsewhere, but I seem to being going in circles. I desperately need your help sorting through all the info.

Great food AND atmosphere are of importance to us...and we are particularly interested in Mexican, Pacific Rim/Asian Fushion cuisines and well-prepared fresh seafood. We enjoy the casual as well as the upscale. Please help me fit together our dining puzzle.

Day 1 - We arrive around 10:30am, plan to pick up our rental car and drive to Coronado Island for the day. Lunch at Peohe's? Walk around, go to the beach, check out Hotel Del etc. Hotel check in - Town and Country (Hotel Circle) Where for dinner on a Sunday night?

Day 2 - La Jolla, early breakfast at The Brockton Villa...explore the cove, beaches etc. in the area. Lunch at Wahoo's or Rimmel's?? Spend the afternoon on the beach. Where can we go for a casual dinner (since we'll be beach bumming it) or should we return to the hotel and shower up and hit one of the nicer restaurants - Top of the Cove, 808, or Rappongi?

Day 3 - Where for breakfast? Thought about the cafe pier in OB - heard they have awesome mango pancakes. Plan on checking out Mission and Pacific to Point Loma, sunset cliffs, check out the tidepools etc. Hodad's for lunch? Have to head back to the hotel later in the day...time to go to work. blech.

Days 4-6 I'll be working...thought we'd take the trolley or drive to nice restaurants in the evening since we won't be coming from the beach. Interested in the Gaslamp and Old Town (El Agave or Casa di Bandini?) or what about the Fish Market or Star of the Sea?? Will the wait at the Fish Market be shorter during the week? How is Prado's in Balboa Park?

There's a Rubio's right next to our hotel so we plan on making it there several times for lunch during the week.

We aren't on a tight budget so a few splurges during our stay won't be a problem but the choices seem limitless. Where is it REALLY worth it?

Thanks so much for your help!

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