Thanks to all who gave suggestions on this board. Hopefully this report will help other with their plans. Enjoy San Diego:
Traveled to San Diego to accompany my daughter Sara who was attending a math conference. Arrived at San Diego airport ~noon on Tuesday, January 8th. Decided to rent a car from ACE Car Rental since their drop off location was only a block from the hostel in which we stayed and we only wanted a car for one day. After checking into R. K. Hostel that is in the north end of Little Italy on Hawthorn Street, we drove car up to La Jolla. Had lunch at Jose's Courtroom and it was excellent. I will post reviews for the restaurants we went to during the trip under that section of the Trip Advisor website. We just hung out in La Jolla, looked at some shops and had a nice walk along the beach, checking out the surfers, big waves and a perfect sunset. So beautiful! After dropping off the car, Sara prepared for her conference and I went to Princess Pub and Grill to watch some college hoops. Great spot with an excellent selection of draft beer. May I suggest the Ballast Point Sculpin IPA! Wednesday morning we grabbed some breakfast burritos from Mexican Fiesta that is a hole in the wall place on India Street with no seating, although there is a little park across the street that has tables. We then walked down to the trolley station and each got a four day card for the trolley and busses that gives unlimited rides and cost ~$18 each. We took the trolley to the convention center where Sara went to do her math thing and I rented a sweet brand spanking new Bianchi road bike from The Bike Revolution. I rode up to La Jolla Cove area and Scripps Institute via Mission Beach. Had lunch at Cheese Shop. This is really a small deli that has a couple tables outside, but is very close to the beach where you can take your food and have the great views of La Jolla Cove. Stopped by Ocean Beach area on my way back and went to the dog park at end of Ocean Beach Bike Path, then to Sunset Cliffs. San Diego does a wonderful job of providing open space and beach access. We had dinner that night at Isola Pizza Bar. Thursday Sara attended the conference while I took bike to Cabrillo National Park. Great views from the park and if you go there it is worth a visit to the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery that pays homage to the brave soldiers and sailors who died in service to their country. It is very somber experience. This was a brutal ride with some good climbs and wind out of the west at 30 mph and temperature ~50F. On return trip, after riding around Shelter Island, I stopped for late lunch at Point Loma Seafoods that was excellent. It is a seafood shop that has a great selection of fresh and smoked fish and also a restaurant with a sushi chef. Place was packed. I couldn’t decide between the Hamachi sashimi or the fish tacos, so ordered both. Stopped by the Waterfront Bar on way back to hostel. This was a very cool place that is a very casual, classic type of bar with hundreds of very cool pictures of old time fishermen. We had dinner that night with a group of math students at La Fiesta in the Gaslamp district. The food was pretty good but I wouldn’t return. On Friday, Sara again attended the math conference and I rode the bike around Balboa Park. It has wonderful architecture and grounds. You could spend a few days there but it is worth a visit even to just look around. Returned bike and spent afternoon site seeing around Gaslamp District and the waterfront area, then spent a couple hours touring the Midway Museum. It was cool to be on the deck of the aircraft carrier while watching jets and helicopters taking off from the base on Coronado Island across the harbor. We had dinner that night at Gaijin Noodle. It specializes in noodles and some hot ramen was very welcome after being out on a cold day in San Diego. Finished off the evening listening to some live Irish music at Dublin Square Irish Pub and Grill. On Saturday, we rented a Mustang convertible and drove up through Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, and several others up to Carlsbad. This was our warmest day with a high temperature of almost 60F. Lunched at Cody's in La Jolla. This is a great little restaurant. We just had burgers but they were excellent. Had dinner that night at The Green Flash in Pacific Beach. We had a great sunset view and this was a nice way to end our trip.