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One Month To Go :)

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One Month To Go :)

Well, its coming around as quick as I could ever have hoped for. :)

One month tomorrow will see me flying in for 9 nights, and I can't wait. (Here's hoping this month goes just as fast!)

I arrive quite late on the 31st, Aug so will be just collapsing into my bed in the hotel. (Americas Best Value Inn (on 4th Ave). Seems to be decently located for Balboa Park/Zoo and a short walk to the nearest bus stop, and only a slightly longer walk to the 5th Ave Trolley Stop) important for this non-driver.

Sunday's activities will depend on just how much sleep I get in on the plane and my energy levels, so planning for a steady day, maybe doing the Old Town Trolley Tour to see the sights get an idea of where to go for the rest of the week. But I've booked a table in the evening at Cucina Urbana to start the holiday off right!

Wednesday afternoon I'm going to see the Padres. I'm not really a rabid sports fan (I have to be invested somehow, can't just watch any old thing for no reason!), but I can't imagine travelling all the way to the US and not checking out a baseball game. It would seem wrong somehow!

Saturday morning I'm hoping to check out the Mecardo in Little Italy, and in the evening I'm doing the Brothels, Bites & Booze walking tour with So San Diego. A lot of walking on this day, so depending on timings I may do the Harbour Tour, if I haven't already, or more probably just a long lunch and a book somewhere!

I've also booked (via Go San Diego) tickets for Seaworld, the Zoo, Harbour Tour, and the Midway, but leaving what days I do these up to whim and the weather).

Definitely want to head over to Coronado Island to check out the Hotel Del Coronado, the beach and a beer at the Coronado Brewing Company, at some point as well.

Couple of quick questions, just around the corner from the hotel is the Tin Can Ale House, seems to be just about invisible on here on TA, but rates quite well on Yelp etc. Does anyone know anything about the place? Taking in a band one night with a few beers, without have to think a about a long stagger or a taxi home, sounds like it might just be the thing.

Secondly, I'd love to take a meal one evening, in a niceish restaurant with a beach/sea/harbour view and an outdoor eating area, happy to get a taxi back to the hotel, but would prefer to put my money into the food (although I'm not looking for posh, just a nice spot with some decent food), so preferably not too far from Gaslamp etc.

Monday 9th: Get up unreasonably early ;), to head-out to the airport and catch my flight to New Orleans for another five nights. Then home to the UK. :(

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1. Re: One Month To Go :)

Hi,

While on Coronado, you could eat at the Hotel del Coronado:

http://www.hoteldel.com/Dining.aspx

Or for a harbor view of the San Diego skyline, take the ferry to the Coronado Ferry Landing and eat at Candela's on the Bay, Pehoe's, or Il Fornaio.

http://candelas-coronado.com/newsite12/

http://www.peohes.com/

www.ilfornaio.com/…

(Some people say that Pehoe's is hit-or-miss; it's been a while since I've been there, so can't offer up recent experience.)

Or, a bit more of a challenge to get to if you don't have a car (not sure about whether you will or not), is Island Prime / C-level on Harbor Island.

cohnrestaurants.com/menu-restaurants/…

Enjoy.

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2. Re: One Month To Go :)

@Zed1958 Thanks. I'll keep those in mind. Don't know why but The restaurants on Coronado never even crossed my mind. For that night, I'm thinking more about the view/ambiance, so while I want a nice meal, I'm happy for it to be quite basic.

You rightly deduced I won't have a car (I don't actually drive!) So, I'd prefer to able to at least get there by public transport, maybe combine it with something/sightseeing nearby in the afternoon and get a taxi back afterwards. (Taxifarefinder.com suggests about $25 from the Hotel Del Coronado back to my hotel, I'd be happy for that sort of cost for elsewhere)

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3. Re: One Month To Go :)

Hi Darren,

In that case, you could dine at the VIllage Pizzeria Bayside (pizza, sandwiches, salads, pasta) or Lil' Piggy's Barbecue, also at the Coronado Ferry Landing.

http://villagepizzeriacoronado.com/bayside/

tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g32250-d16…

You can take the ferry from the Broadway Street Pier for $4.25 each way.

The #904 bus will take you from the Coronado Ferry Landing directly to the Hotel del Coronado:

http://goo.gl/maps/oIUH9

Enjoy your visit.

Zed

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4. Re: One Month To Go :)

Hi Darren!

It sounds like you've got a good handle on things to do and where.

Bankers Hill Restaurant and Bar is just up 4th Ave from your hotel

http://www.bankershillsd.com/

Also almost across the street is Wet Stone. Ive been a couple of times but it's been quite awhile. Since it's close you might want to just pop your head in to check it out.

I had to look up Tin Can Ale House and I drive and walk past it all the time and didn't know it's name! It just looks like a seedy dive bar and I have never thought of going in. I only live a couple of blocks away and have never heard my neighbors mention it either.

Little Italy has really become a great place to go out. A recent new restaurant that I just tried was Queenstown Public House

http://queenstownpublichouse.com/

Also across the street from Curcina Urbana is Hexagon. It has a good happy hour and a local bar scene during that time.

hexagonerestaurant.com/viewPage.php…

Coronado Ferry Landing is a good place to have a drink and / or bite to eat for a view. Nice and relaxing.

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5. Re: One Month To Go :)

I'll also mention The Fish Market outdoor Bar Patio for a drink or a bite. I sometimes go in the Bar and hope for an outdoor seat. I don't like the inside restaurant when it's busy because it's far too noisy and gets cattle-car busy in the lobby. But if you're going to be down there or at the USS Midway you might check it out. I like the upstairs Top of the Market but I've never been there alone. It's nice and has an outdoor patio as well. There's a bar but you're sitting with your back to the view :(

In Little Italy there's one restaurant with a view but over the years it has gotten very mixed reviews. It's called the Glass Door and it's in the Porta Vista Hotel. I've had good luck the handful of times I've eaten there.

Just because you are staying around the corner I'll mention the outdoor patio at Bertrand at Mister A's for the view. It does have the best view in downtown San Diego. I'm not sure if you'd want to dine in the dining room, It's kind of a special occasion restaurant but the patio is a different menu as well.

bertrandatmisteras.com/menus/patio-a-bar-men…

Oh and the Manchester Grand Hyatt has the Top of the Hyatt for a view and a drink. I'd go early though in order to get a seat. I think they open at 2:30pm

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6. Re: One Month To Go :)

Great suggestions. Thanks!

Re Tin Can Ale House, Yeah, it was because it didn't look anything special (not always a bad thing of course, but enough to give me pause for thought)

I noticed it got a decent name-check on the one one of the reviews of the hotel I'm staying at, which is what made me look further.

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7. Re: One Month To Go :)

Re Tin Can - I say check it out ! Why not? You're staying close and I did read a couple of reviews. I really just had no idea it was anything more than just a seedy dive bar. When I go past it seems like there's usually several people out front smoking. And they are usually kinda scruffy looking. I also don't like places with no windows. But the reviews said the later it gets it becomes more - I think the word was - hipster. If I remember correctly. Who knew? Clearly not me :) I will say it sounds like a good place to grab a beer.

When you are in Little Italy you might want to check out a really good dive bar. It's the oldest bar in San Diego and they have good inexpensive food, too. It's always busy.

http://www.waterfrontbarandgrill.com/

There's also the Princess Pub in LI - another good bar

http://princesspubandgrill.com/

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8. Re: One Month To Go :)

I probably will check it out one of the nights I'm there, it's too close not to really! ;) and The Waterfront looks like a great place to pop into!

I noticed you said you were fairly local, is there a convenience store nearby to gab a few snacks and bottles of beer/coke/water to pop in the hotel room fridge?

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9. Re: One Month To Go :)

Darren, very close on 5th Ave is The Marketplace Liquor & Deli. It's a block from Cucina Urbana.

http://goo.gl/maps/nqxyj

But, there is a small 7-11 closer

http://goo.gl/maps/kjgqD

Edited: 31 July 2013, 20:14
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10. Re: One Month To Go :)

I just remembered that there is a Liquor Store in the same block as the Tin Can. It's on the corner of 5th and Elm

Also note that the majority of 7-11's don't sell liquor here. Some of the bigger ones will but the smaller ones usually don't. I don't think any of the ones near us sell it.

Since you are going to be here for 9 days you might want to consider taking the bus to one of the Supermarkets where you'll have a much broader selection and the prices will be much cheaper than the small stores. Our grocery stores now have a very big selection of local craft beers, IPA's etc. I think the Ralphs' is the closest and easiest one to get to on the Bus. There's also a Trader Joe's next door.

http://goo.gl/maps/B856x

There's a Ralphs in Downtown SD but I think their prices are a bit more but I do like the store a lot. They have a lot of single serving foods for travelers and premade sandwiches, etc.

http://goo.gl/maps/6YsfH

Edited: 31 July 2013, 20:39