Restaurants and attractions in San Diego?

Question by Amanda: Restaurants and attractions in San Diego?
I will be traveling to SD for business and will have a whole day to spend leisurely. Any suggestions on places to eat or things to see/do would be appreciated.

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Answer by Joe C
San Diego is one of the nicest cities in the country. It’s a major tourist destination and there are tons of things to do. With 70 miles of beautiful beaches, countless parks and gardens, major league sports, dozens of golf courses, world class museums, Tony Award winning theater, great cuisine, best weather in the country, high tech industry, major universities, and the best zoo in the world, it’s my choice as THE place to live and play in the USA.

Some must see attractions are the world famous Zoo, Sea World, and Balboa Park. Known as the “Smithsonian of the West” Balboa Park is the largest urban cultural park in the country. You can get a park passport which allows you entry to a dozen museums as well as the zoo.
http://www.balboapark.org/info/passport.php

Other attractions in the park are the Air and Space Museum, Ruben H. Fleet Science Center, the Natural History Museum, the Model Railroad Museum, the Museum of Man, the Automotive Museum, the Old Globe Theatre, the Hall of Champions, the Botanical Gardens, and the largest outdoor pipe organ in the world (free concerts on Sunday).

The Old Point Loma Lighthouse at the Cabrillo National Monument offers great views of the downtown skyline, San Diego Harbor and the Pacific Ocean. On a clear day you can see all the way to Mexico. It’s a great place to go whale watching as they migrate along the coast.

The USS Midway is an aircraft carrier turned into a museum
http://www.midway.org/

For the best view of the downtown skyline and well as great food, go to Pehoe’s in Coronado. You can take the water taxi across the harbor.
http://www.peohes.com/

La Jolla offers great views, great surfing, great food, great theater, and great shopping.
Check out the surfers at historic Windansea Beach. At low tide you can walk out onto the tide pools. Walk along the Cove and check out the caves. Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art. Take a stroll on Prospect St and check out the shops, galleries, and have some authentic Mexican food at Alfonso’s. Then head to the Birch Aquarium at The Scripps Institution of Oceanography. It has a spectacular view of the bluffs over the Pacific Ocean. The Tony award winning La Jolla Playhouse is located nearby on the campus of UCSD. For a few laughs at night, The Comedy Store is on Pearl St. On Prospect St you’ll find Jose’s Courtroom, where the locals hang out to drink and eat; The Spot offers Chicago style food with both deep dish and thin crust pizza; for gourmet cuisine, it’s George’s at the Cove.

The Mandarin House in La Jolla features home made noodles and some of the best Chinese food in town. It’s located one block from the world famous Windansea Beach. Check out the surfers and take a sunset stroll. Then have dinner.

Old Town has one of the best Italian restaurants in town. Pizza Bella features home made Italian food made from Mama Bella’s recipes. During the day their courtyard is open for outdoor dining. It’s one block from the Old Town trolley stop.
http://www.yelp.com/biz/pizza-bella-san-diego

Kansas City Barbeque is located at the Seaport Village trolley stop. Best BBQ in town, inexpensive, and it’s where they filmed the bar scene in Top Gun. Plenty of interesting memorabilia on the walls and it also has outside dining.
http://www.kcbbq.net/

Serving breakfast since 1960, Harry’s Coffee Shop in La Jolla is an institution. Everyone goes to Harry’s.
http://www.harryscoffeeshop.com/

Check out these sites for more info
http://www.sandiego.org/nav/Visitors
http://thebestplacesinsandiego.com/

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