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San Diego - Two Trips in 30 Days

One of the perks of my day job is that I travel a few times a year. Sometimes it's to places that I don't love (sorry Dallas - I think we just need to get to know each other better) but usually I get to visit wonderful locations. So, when I had two trips booked to San Diego just a month apart I wasn't even mad.

If you haven't been to the San Diego Convention Center before it is MASSIVE. The big Comic-Con is here each year along with countless professional society meetings. The best part of traveling to San Diego for work, or play, is that there are a ton of great hotels and many many wonderful restaurants located in the Gaslamp Quarter. While working I didn't get to venture out farther than this area but I had enough to eat and drink that I didn't miss out.

So, where did I eat? Several great places including:

  • Cerveza Jack’s, Southern Comfort Food with a California Attitude. I ordered a Cubano Milanesa Sandwich and it was fantastic. The crispy fried pork was amazing with the rest of the typical Cubano ingredients.

  • Cafe Sevilla, provides the true essence of Spanish tapas. I chose a traditional Tortilla Espanola (a potato tart) and Datiles Rellenos (Medjool dates stuffed with Cabrales blue cheese and wrapped in applewood bacon) which were delectable.

  • Union Kitchen & Tap, The Prosciutto Flatbread was salty and cheesy and gooey deliciousness.

  • I stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel on my first trip and the night that I worked late I ate at Maryjane’s Diner. The Carne Asada Fries hit the spot. As did the Old Fashioned I ordered at 207 Bar.

  • Tin Fish's Famous Fish & Chips didn't disappoint and I was glad they offered a half order option.

  • Metl Bar & Restaurant was a blast. I ordered the Bowie Burger (Wagyu beef, aged cheddar, and black truffle aioli) and the Get Off My Cloud (their take on a smoked old fashioned). I was blown away by the sophistication of flavors coming from the staff of a dive bar. I highly recommend it.

  • I also ate a few random meals at the Omni Hotel. The highlights here were the Dark Chocolate Mirror Cake and the Quesabirria Tacos. These were like the delicious love child of a taco and a quesadilla.

The people here are very friendly which my Midwestern soul appreciates. I can't wait to come back and explore some more.

A word of warning, Petco Park, home to the San Diego Padres is right here. Both times I stayed there were games each night which caused some extra crowding at restaurants and noise at night. It may be hard to sleep if you are crossing multiple time zones and find yourself falling asleep at 8 pm.

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