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Post  Jan.Brekke on Mon Jan 26, 2009 8:55 pm

I'll be in San Diego March 7-12 for a medical conference. I made reservations at the U.S. Grant hotel. Any thoughts on this hotel ? The conference is at the convention center, so I need to stay close to that area. Being a Starwood SPG member, this looked like the best Starwood property in the neighborhood. I'll probably have a few nice dinners out with the various reps. What restaurants are recommended in the convention center area ?
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Post  Todd F r e n c h on Mon Jan 26, 2009 11:01 pm

Jan.Brekke wrote:I'll be in San Diego March 7-12 for a medical conference. I made reservations at the U.S. Grant hotel. Any thoughts on this hotel ? The conference is at the convention center, so I need to stay close to that area. Being a Starwood SPG member, this looked like the best Starwood property in the neighborhood. I'll probably have a few nice dinners out with the various reps. What restaurants are recommended in the convention center area ?
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And you are coming up to Dana Point when during that trip?

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Post  Bob Wood on Tue Jan 27, 2009 12:16 am

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
And you are coming up to Dana Point when during that trip?
He doesn't have a lantern and can't get past the city limits.

Jan - - Laurel about a mile up the hill on Fifth is reputedly still excellent. Fleming's and Rainwater's for steaks (not cheap). Sally's in the Manchester Hyatt has always been good. Trendy places in Little Italy, which is also less than a mile away. Most of the places in the Gaslamp cater to the tourist crowd - or at least did when I lived there. Croce's is fun after dinner.

If you go to Fleming's, the managing partner is Robert Andrews and I've known him since I was ten, though I haven't seen him in about 20 years. Contact him ahead of time, tell him "Woody" recommended that you visit his restaurant and tell him I said to say hello to my old friend "Pink". If he needs a clue about who I am - and he shouldn't - just mention The Optimists and my stepbrother "Sunk". He may take care of you - especially in the corkage department. There is no guarantee here but it's worth a shot. I ran into his older brother Bill ("BA") on the beach in La Jolla in November and he said Bobby likes to get visits from old high school pals and has a lot of latitude in his "entertainment budget", so being a high school pal once removed might get you somewhere.


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Post  Brian London on Tue Jan 27, 2009 12:24 am

Laurel is still excellent. There is a Palm steakhouse down by Petco Park in the Gaslamp that is good as well, also not cheap. I've heard good things about Crescent Heights and Royal India. Our tasting group is going to Royal India for a Riesling tasting in the near future, so if we go before you come out to SD I'll post and let you know what we think of it.

Don't really go downtown that often, so my firsthand knowledge down there isn't that great...
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Post  Jan.Brekke on Tue Jan 27, 2009 1:09 am

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
Jan.Brekke wrote:I'll be in San Diego March 7-12 for a medical conference. I made reservations at the U.S. Grant hotel. Any thoughts on this hotel ? The conference is at the convention center, so I need to stay close to that area. Being a Starwood SPG member, this looked like the best Starwood property in the neighborhood. I'll probably have a few nice dinners out with the various reps. What restaurants are recommended in the convention center area ?
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And you are coming up to Dana Point when during that trip?

I was thinking about it, but probably will be without a car. Maybe I can work something out to get up your way for a night out.
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Post  Jan.Brekke on Tue Jan 27, 2009 1:10 am

Bob Wood wrote:
Todd F r e n c h wrote:
And you are coming up to Dana Point when during that trip?
He doesn't have a lantern and can't get past the city limits.

Jan - - Laurel about a mile up the hill on Fifth is reputedly still excellent. Fleming's and Rainwater's for steaks (not cheap). Sally's in the Manchester Hyatt has always been good. Trendy places in Little Italy, which is also less than a mile away. Most of the places in the Gaslamp cater to the tourist crowd - or at least did when I lived there. Croce's is fun after dinner.

If you go to Fleming's, the managing partner is Robert Andrews and I've known him since I was ten, though I haven't seen him in about 20 years. Contact him ahead of time, tell him "Woody" recommended that you visit his restaurant and tell him I said to say hello to my old friend "Pink". If he needs a clue about who I am - and he shouldn't - just mention The Optimists and my stepbrother "Sunk". He may take care of you - especially in the corkage department. There is no guarantee here but it's worth a shot. I ran into his older brother Bill ("BA") on the beach in La Jolla in November and he said Bobby likes to get visits from old high school pals and has a lot of latitude in his "entertainment budget", so being a high school pal once removed might get you somewhere.

Thanks Bob,

Personal connections are always helpful.
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Post  Todd F r e n c h on Tue Jan 27, 2009 1:36 am

Jan.Brekke wrote:
Todd F r e n c h wrote:
Jan.Brekke wrote:I'll be in San Diego March 7-12 for a medical conference. I made reservations at the U.S. Grant hotel. Any thoughts on this hotel ? The conference is at the convention center, so I need to stay close to that area. Being a Starwood SPG member, this looked like the best Starwood property in the neighborhood. I'll probably have a few nice dinners out with the various reps. What restaurants are recommended in the convention center area ?
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And you are coming up to Dana Point when during that trip?

I was thinking about it, but probably will be without a car. Maybe I can work something out to get up your way for a night out.
Well, I could always come down there - likely only me, as it makes it much more of a production to bring the girls down also, with early bedtime and all. You are welcome here if you do find transportation, otherwise, I might be able to head on down - it's a nice drive

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Re: San Diego recs

Post  Otto Dobre on Tue Jan 27, 2009 1:53 am

The 5 course meal for $25 at Wine Vault and Bistro on India Street is the best QPR in town. Go to www.winevault bistro/calendar and click on a Sat date so see past tasting menus.


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Post  Todd F r e n c h on Tue Jan 27, 2009 1:59 am

Otto Dobre wrote:The 5 course meal for $25 at Wine Vault and Bistro on India Street is the best QPR in town. Go to www.winevault bistro/calendar and click on a Sat date so see past tasting menus.


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Dah, Otto's down there! Maybe I could come down and we could have a mini-Offline?

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Post  Jan.Brekke on Tue Jan 27, 2009 3:40 am

I'd definitely be up for that. I'm riding solo - Sandia and the kids are staying home.
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Post  Brian London on Tue Jan 27, 2009 4:01 am

Otto Dobre wrote:The 5 course meal for $25 at Wine Vault and Bistro on India Street is the best QPR in town. Go to www.winevault bistro/calendar and click on a Sat date so see past tasting menus.


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I'll second this. Chris is a great guy, the food is fantastic, the atmosphere fun...
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Post  Todd F r e n c h on Tue Jan 27, 2009 4:17 am

Jan.Brekke wrote:I'd definitely be up for that. I'm riding solo - Sandia and the kids are staying home.
Otto - thoughts? We could drink nice wine at Jan's hotel (unless he has a Doctor roomie)

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Post  Otto Dobre on Tue Jan 27, 2009 3:50 pm

Let's do it! I see that Jan is coming in on Saturday, March 7, so we can do it at the Vault on his first day in San Diego. Or else we can do it another day sameplace else. Bertrand at Mister A's has amazing views of the city and you can just about touch the planes landing at Lindbergh.

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Post  Jan.Brekke on Tue Jan 27, 2009 7:15 pm

I arrive early afternoon on Saturday the 7th and would be free that night if it works for you guys. I should be able to pack a few bottles of wine for the trip. Otto, is the place you have in mind corkage friendly ?
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Post  Otto Dobre on Wed Jan 28, 2009 12:02 am

Jan, yes we'll just pay $20 per bottle.
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