Magazine article American Libraries

Where to Eat at Midwinter: Sample the Local Cuisine at These San Diego Restaurants

Magazine article American Libraries

Where to Eat at Midwinter: Sample the Local Cuisine at These San Diego Restaurants

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Everyone needs to eat, and San Diego offers plenty of terrific options. Highlighted here are mostly restaurants in and near the Gaslamp Quarter, convenient to the San Diego Convention Center and most ALA hotels, with a few farther-flung possibilities.

The Gaslamp Quarter, bounded by 4th and 6th Avenues, Broadway, and Harbor Drive, is a historic downtown neighborhood that San Diegans have known by many names over the years, including Rabbitville, Flea Town, New Town San Diego, Davis's Folly, Stingaree, Chinatown, and S.O.B. (South of Broadway), according to the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation. Today, it is a major entertainment and dining district, with options ranging from good food to-go up to fancy restaurants. Some locations host live music. Reservations are always a good idea at Gaslamp restaurants.

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PRICE GUIDE

Average price per person including appetizer, entree and dessert.

$     Under $25

$$    $25-35

$$$   $35-45

$$$$  More than $45

Basic

Build-your-own, New Haven-style thin-crust brick oven pizzas nightly until 2 a.m. The building, which was converted from a 1912 warehouse, has high ceilings and an urban vibe. Takeout and delivery orders are available. $. L, D daily. 410 10th Ave. (between J St. & Island Ave.) 619-531-8869. barbasic.com.

Bice Ristorante

Italian, Milanese, slow food. Don't miss the cheese bar, which offers more than 25 selections. The bar menu is less expensive and offers selections, such as beef carpaccio. Decor is chic, with high ceilings and cool lighting. $$ (bar menu)-$$$ (dinner menu). D daily. 425 Island Ave. (4th Ave. & Island Ave.) 619-239-2423. bicesandiego.com.

Blue Point Coastal Cuisine

Seafood supper club. Try the lobster bisque, crab cakes, and creme brulee. Sophisticated casual. $$$. D daily. 565 5th Ave. (between Island Ave. & Market St.) 619-233-6623. cohnrestaurants.com.

Broken Yolk Cafe

Big breakfasts and lunches, including 20 different omelets, burgers, grilled sandwiches, salads, and soups. Online ordering for pickup is available. $. B, L daily. 355 6th Ave. (between K St. & J St.) 619-338-9655. thebrokenyolkcafe.com.

Cafe 222

Featured on the Food Network, this funky cafe gets busy--the Peanut Butter and Banana Stuffed French Toast is one of Bobby Flay's favorites. The "Wakey Wakey Eggs and Bakey" is one of their classic specialties, with eggs, choice of breakfast meat, potatoes, and toast. $. B, L daily (closes at 1:45 p.m). 222 Island Ave. (between 2nd Ave. & 3rd Ave.) 619-236-9902. cafe222.com.

Candelas

Upscale Mexican food in Mexico City style. The estructura de aguacate, a Haas avocado stuffed with lime-marinated scallops, is a favorite. Candelas also offers a separate bar with a dance floor and a DJ on the weekends spinning house/dance mix music. Call for to-go orders, which are sometimes discounted. $$-$$$. B, L, D daily. 416 3rd Ave. (at J St.) 619-702-4455.

candelas-sd.com.

Cowboy Star

Fine western fare includes large portions of antibiotic-and hormone-free steak. As you might expect, the focus is on meat and seafood--sorry vegetarians. Inside the restaurant, enjoy leather booths, a fireplace, and western landscape photography. $$$$. L Tues.--Fri., D Tues.-Sat. 640 10th Ave. (Market St. and 10th Ave.) 619-450-5880.

thecowboystar.com.

The Mission-SOMA

A Chino-Latino breakfast and lunch cafe, and one of my favorite comfort-food spots. The crispy rosemary potatoes are delicious and the grilled rosemary bread is tasty. SOMA stands for South of Market; The Mission also has locations in Mission Beach and North Park. $. B, L daily. 1250 J St. (between 12th Ave. and 13th St.) 619-232-7662.

missionsoma.signonsandiego.com.

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Rama

Thai cuisine; try the drunken noo -dles dish or the several vegetarian selections. …

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