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This is not your typical Mexican food and I couldn't possibly say enough good things about the food at this place. The menu is simple, tacos, tortas, bowls. You have a choice of mahi, chicken, shrimp, or beef. It's all made on a short order grill right in front of your very eyes. The flavors are smokey and fresh. Each night there is one special; I highly recommend the mole. If you go in early enough on Thursday you can probably catch the owner using the grinder to prepare the ingredients for Friday's special. The ambiance can take some warming up to, but it won't take long. And be sure to try some of the MANY sipping tequilas. Keep in mind almost everything you see in this restaurant is made by hand by the owner; Everything from the bar, to the wall art, to the food.
One of the best views of San Diego. There is only one other spot that can compete. At the top of Mount Soledad is the controversial Easter Cross and war memorial. It's a must see. The cross is pretty awe inspiring even if you aren't religious. You are surrounded by ocean and city landscapes. You won't find a more beautiful view of La Jolla. This place is a photographers dream. You'll see.
This is a great place to check out the sites on a clear day. You can grab a bite to eat at the little sandwich place and watch the gliders float along the coastline. Make sure there's at least a little bit of wind before you head over there or you may end up looking at empty sky. There is also an interesting view down to Blacks Beach (nude), lots of fun. I recommend this spot even for long time San Diego residents, it never gets old.
Go see the sea lions at the kids beach off of Prospect. They are a blast to watch and it's free. Not to mention you'll be on one of the most beautiful beaches in California.
Recently moved to Sports Arena Blvd. in Point Loma and it's better than ever. Now you can order a pitcher of beer with your ribs. Service is faster and the food is just as good as it always was. It's DARN GOOD BBQ.
I'm not a big fan of baseball, but there is a park in the outfield of Petco Park called The Park at the Park. It's a fantastic view of the stadium and the city around it and a good little break spot if you have kids or pets. It's open for use whether there is a game or not. If you like baseball and have kids it's a good alternative option to the bleachers.
Whether you stay here or not check out the bar called Top of the Hyatt, its surprise, surprise at the top of the Hyatt. Views of the city and the bay are spectacular. I recommend checking it out during the day and then stopping back by at night for a drink and to catch a glimpse of the city lights. It's pricey to stay for a beverage, but free if you just want to take a peek.
Take the ferry over there. You can catch it on Harbor Drive near Anthony's restaurant. It's a quick ferry trip across the bay and then you get dropped off at the little shopping center. This is a great spot to take pictures of San Diego's skyline. If you want to see the Hotel Del Coronado there's a bus you can catch from the shopping center. I would recommend checking it out. There's usually some tide pools at the beach that are neat as well. And don't forget to check out the Seuss art in their gallery over there.
The neighborhood that time forgot. This is a cool little downtown neighborhood where you can still catch a game of stick ball with the locals on the street once a month. It's super clean for downtown and the abundant amount of city provided chairs adorning the sidewalks encourage loitering even if you aren't purchasing. There's a cute little fountain on one corner which is a fantastic place to people watch. Bring a book and grab a cup of coffee you'll quickly fall into the swing of things in this lax little neighborhood. There's also plenty of great places to eat and shop, mostly family owned. There's an interesting mix of classic craftsman homes and modern loft buildings if you're into architecture. For some unique shopping check out the Architectural Salvage on India. They have a huge collection of old windows, doors, knobs, and trinkets. And for a great piece of pizza, try Filipi's Pizza Grotto. The entrance through the small store front tends to put off the tourist type. If you like good, decently priced Italian look past the quirky entrance and you won't be disappointed.
This is a neat resort to walk around. They have an 18 hole putting course that costs next to nothing to play. The barefoot Bar & Grill has a great view, food and decent prices. I've never stayed here, but the old school style bungalows have a lot of charm and you can even get one on the private beach with a bonfire pit outside. This is a great place for dinner and an evening walk if you don't want to stay here. If you want to stay it seems like a family joint. They play movies in the pool at night for the kids.