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Eat, Drink, And Be Merry At The Annual Reader’s Feast!

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San Diego Foodie Event

The Reader, San Diego’s popular entertainment and food publication, is hosting their third annual “Reader’s Feast” tasting extravaganza on Friday, September 5 at the Broadway Pier Port Pavilion conveniently located near affordable Downtown San Diego hotels. The sponsor this year is The Inslider, the purveyor of yummy sliders found in their specially marked food trucks all around the San Diego area. To ensure you have the best time possible at this year’s foodie event, check out our list of tips.

Buy Your Tickets Before You Arrive
The festival begins at 6 PM and the food and drink party doesn’t stop until 9 PM. Your special online purchase price of $30 gets you samples from this year’s participating vendors. The $40 VIP ticket grants you early access to the event as well as two full-pour drinks and gift bag. If you wait to buy your ticket at the gate on the day of the event, both tickets double in price to $60 and $80.

It’s A Gourmet Tasting Extravaganza
The festival is a food lover’s delight. More than forty restaurants, breweries, food trucks, and wineries fill up the pavilion for this once-a-year event. You’ll be able to treat your gastronomical cravings while enjoying a scenic sunset over San Diego Bay.

The Best Of San Diego’s Eateries and Local Wineries and Breweries
Fill up on fresh sushi from Ra Sushi and pizza baked hot from a wood burning stove. Whether it’s fresh guacamole from Rubio’s or contemporary American eats from House of Blues, wash it all down with the hundreds of beers on tap, wine from Falkner Wineries or one of the craft ales and spirits from Twisted Manzanita.

Drink Responsibly
You can drink and party responsibly by ordering car service from Uber. When you schedule your ride, key in the promotional code READERFEAST, and you get a free round trip ticket. An even more affordable option is reserving a Downtown San Diego hotel near the bay within walking distance of the venue.

Proceeds Support Local Non-Profit
A portion of ticket sales will go to Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, a charity organization that pays for disadvantaged children and teens with physical defects to undergo reconstructive surgery.

Help a good cause while also helping yourself to some of San Diego’s most delicious creations all in one place. Enjoy this 21+ event without the added stress of transportation or parking by booking a nearby hotel room at the San Diego Pacific Inn and Suites. Our affordable downtown hotel is located a leisurely 0.7 miles from the Port Pavilion Pier. Call (619) 232-6391 to ask about our discounts or to book your room over the phone today.

Top Italian Restaurants in Little Italy San Diego

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Little Italy is considered one of the main rising gems of San Diego, California due to the plethora of quaint neighborhood cafes and trendy eateries. If you’re vacating in San Diego and staying in one of the area’s Little Italy hotels, it can be hard to choose from the diverse selection of appetizing restaurant options. Locals tend to opt for the authentic Italian restaurants before grabbing a scoop of gelato at one of the local coffee shops. Here are a few of the notable and authentic Italian restaurants in Little Italy:BencottoFrom the summer sauce on tagliatelle to the squid ink pasta menu items, there are several handcrafted options that include plenty of spices and a versatile menu that models Northern Italian cuisine. The pasta is made on-site with fresh choices, making this a popular restaurant in Little Italy. Guests also enjoy the modern and trendy decor while being served by a friendly staff. Although the restaurant is high-end, it’s a welcoming establishment that feels like home.

Buon Appetito

Buon Appetito dishes up hearty servings that include farfalle con pollo affumicato and linguini boscomare. For gourmet Italian food that is made by five-star chefs on-site this restaurant can’t be beat. Guests can enjoy dining in a relaxed and cozy environment that isn’t stuffy. Be sure you don’t leave before trying the hazelnut gelato or tiramisu for dessert.

Mimmo’s Italian Village

Considered a staple in Little Italy, Mimmo’s offers unique menu items that are decadent and flavorful in their design. The pear salad is perfect in the summer season while the grilled cheese feta is a hit among local foodies. The restaurant offers a quiet and cozy atmosphere with a front patio that is reminiscent of an old Italian village.

For quality Italian food, there’s no other place to go than San Diego’s Little Italy. This charming neighborhood also serves as a great “home base” due to it’s convenient location next to the San Diego Bay and the lively Gaslamp Quarter. For a popular, affordable and comfortable Little Italy hotel option, book your stay at the Pacific Inn. Call us today at (619) 232-6391 to see how much money we can save you on your upcoming vacation.

An Out-of-towners Guide to San Diego Restaurant Etiquette

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San Diego has a reputation not unlike the rest of California — casual and laid back. However, that’s not to say San Diego doesn’t have its own restaurant etiquette. Knowing a bit about the local way of doing things will ensure that you have an excellent stay during your time in San Diego and that you get to enjoy all of the vibrant and diverse cuisine that this city has to offer.

Reservations

Just as you want to call ahead to book your cheap hotel in Downtown San Diego, you should do the same when it comes to making Gaslamp Quarter dinner reservations. San Diego is home to plenty of fine-dining experiences and it can be helpful to make a reservation if you plan to eat out at any popular restaurants during your stay. Calling 3-5 days ahead of time to make a reservation is usually sufficient to snag a table at a mid-level restaurant, but some establishments may require several weeks’ notice. When in doubt, call ahead as early as possible and ask as every restaurant has its own way of doing business.

Tip

Unlike some Midwestern cities, where a 15% tip of the total bill might be considered a signifier of good service, people in San Diego tend to tip 20% for standard-to-good service — higher for a really excellent experience. Servers in the States usually only make minimum wage for their services and therefore rely on tips to make up most of their income. Plan accordingly and bring a printable tip card, which can be found online, if doing math at dinner isn’t your forte.

Tipping is also an important part of going to bars. San Diego is home to many microbreweries and has been nicknamed the “Craft Beer Capital of America.” While you’re in San Diego you may find yourself sampling a locally-made IPA or a pint of stout — remember that bartenders also expect to be tipped. One dollar per drink is usually sufficient to communicate that you’re an appreciative customer but if the bar is busy and you want fast service, $3 a pop will usually ensure that the bartender gets to you first.

Valet

Many bayside and Gaslamp Quarter restaurants use a system of valet parking, so be prepared to let the valet handle your car upon arriving. You can leave the keys in the ignition as the valet approaches the car. Let him know of any quirks your car may have, grab anything you don’t want to leave in plain sight, and let the valet take care of the rest. When it comes time to get your car back, you can present your ticket to the valet and he’ll bring the car around. Make sure to keep some cash on hand so that you can tip the valet around $2-5 for the safe keeping of your vehicle.

Seafood

San Diego’s close proximity to the ocean means that you can find high-quality, inexpensive seafood options all throughout the city. For an extra special experience, consider making a reservation at one of San Diego’s many Oceanside seafood establishments. You can get a prime view of the San Elijo Lagoon or Coronado Bay while enjoying fresh food, great wine, and a beautiful sunset. Our San Diego tip? Always ask for the catch of the day.

San Diego, California is home to a wide array of delicious and unique dining experiences. With a little knowledge about the local way of doing things, you’ll be able to take advantage of the city’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean and its diverse ethnic options, giving you a never-ending list of great dining possibilities during your stay.

Start off by finding affordable hotels near Seaport Village, where you can shop around at the new Headquarters at Seaport District and experience restaurants like Puesto. For an affordable hotel close to San Diego’s top dining destinations, book your vacation stay at Pacific Inn located near downtown San Diego and the San Diego Bay. Call 1-800-571-2933 to speak with a reservations specialist about our available discounts.

San Diego’s Trendiest Eateries

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The San Diego restaurant scene is always changing, which is great for vacationers who are looking to try the best new up-and-coming eateries that the city has to offer. Whether you want to stick to your favorite dishes or you’re hoping to try something new and whimsical, these 4 trendy San Diego restaurants should be just what you’re looking for.

Classic rustic-chic

Cucina Urbana in Bankers Hill gives rich Italian food a rustic-chic feel. Dishes are served on wooden plateware, the portions are hefty and flavorful, and the place has an at-home atmosphere. The staff is renowned for their attentiveness and providing a genuinely exquisite experience. You can also shop their extensive wine collection in the adjoining shop. For many, this is just what they need to feel cozy and pampered while on vacation in San Diego.

Nightlife adventure

Starlite in Mission Hills is perfect for enjoying San Diego nightlife. Tucked away between Spruce and Sassafras Streets, its simple unassuming exterior gives way to an exciting atmosphere inside. You can order non-traditional favorites like pan seared saffron risotto, fries in garlic aioli, Jidori chicken with couscous, and ginger beer. They are open for dinner every day and close at 2am. This is definitely for the late-night partier or the adventurous types who like to enjoy the unusual at all hours.

Diverse atmosphere

Searsucker located in downtown San Diego is for the lover of all things diverse. It’s raved as a perfect gathering place for friends to catch up over loud conversation, while mingling with the trendy and eclectic downtown crowd. Where else can you enjoy drinks with the name Peter Rabbit and Treaty of Paris? They are open for lunch and dinner every night of the week but Happy Hour is always packed if you’re looking for a fun mix-n-mingle spot before heading out for the night. If you’re planning on partying in the Gaslamp Quarter, be sure to reserve a room at Pacific Inn, a trusted cheap hotel in Downtown San Diego.

A flare of spice

Indigo Grill located in right next to the top cheap hotels in Little Italy and is currently undergoing a décor makeover and menu expansion. Guests can expect the same award-winning food dishes from Chef Deborah Scott, just served in a more updated ambiance. Food will hold onto its Native American and Latin-influences but the new menu will offer more global options. Diners can expect smaller shared plate sizes but with that comes a smaller price tag. The final finished product will likely feature more craft cocktails, a margarita cart and bright updated colors on the walls. While to total redesign isn’t expected to be completed until November 2014, the restaurant should be re-opening its doors next week on May 28.

So get out there and try some incredible new food during your time in San Diego! If you’d like some more tips on where to dine, drink and dance the night away, you can always ask your front desk concierge at Downtown San Diego Pacific Inn if you booked one of the hotel’s affordable guest rooms. If you still need to reserve your San Diego hotel stay, call Pacific Inn to ask about our available rooms and current discounts: 1-800-571-2933.

 

 

Birthday Freebies in San Diego County

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San Diego Birthday Freebies

There are few better ways to spend your birthday than to cash in on free products and services that help you celebrate the special day. Between getting free cups of coffee to complimentary meals, spending your birthday in San Diego can offer a variety of benefits. For those looking to score their birthday freebies, here are a few places to visit for delicious gifts:

  • Buca di Beppo – For a fun and lively place to dine, Buca di Beppo offers a free brownie on your birthday to celebrate with a sweet treat. Patrons must sign up for their eClub updates to qualify, but can redeem the gift by visiting the location in the downtown area. Book a cheap downtown San Diego hotel with an in-room Jacuzzi for the ultimate birthday getaway.
  • Chili’s – Chili’s offers an ample amount of free food on your day or birth.  Ask for the free chips and salsa and brownie sundae or choose to order their gooey skillet queso dip as a side to the chips.
  • Baskin Robbins – Load up on ice cream on your birthday at BK. Just sign up for their free eClub to receive a coupon for a free serving of celebratory ice cream.
  • Johnny Rockets – To enjoy an all-American meal, Johnny Rockets will be happy to serve a free hamburger to all eClub members on their birthday.
  • Starbucks – If you’re vacationing in San Diego for your birthday, start off a fun-filled day with a complimentary caffeine buzz courtesy of Starbucks. Patrons must sign up for their rewards club to receive the beverage.
  • Applebee’s – A complimentary dessert shooter, such as chocolate mousse or strawberry cheesecake, is waiting for you at your local Applebee’s.
  • Denny’s – Start your day off strong with a free Grand Slam. Your birthday breakfast comes with pancakes, eggs, bacon, and sausage links. However, you can also save the trip and enjoy complimentary breakfast for everyone when you book an affordable hotel room near the Gaslamp Quarter at Pacific Inn.

The Pacific Inn, located near downtown San Diego, is amidst all of San Diego’s top nightlife options, making it the perfect place to celebrate a fun birthday weekend. Save money on your hotel stay and splurge on nightlife, dining and sightseeing. If you want to see some of San Diego’s major attraction while you’re in town, known that Pacific Inn is a top budget hotel near SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo and we can help you save money on admission to both of those attractions. Call us at 1-800-571-2933 to find out how!

Satisfy Your Cravings at San Diego’s Newest Eateries

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New San Diego Restaurants

There are restaurants all over San Diego, but nothing compares to being one of the first to enjoy the culinary delights at a new eatery. If you are in the area, or you plan to be in San Diego soon, you should try one of the spots highlighted here.

The Fresh Asian Bar and Bistro | 3925 4th Avenue, San Diego

If you’re in the mood for fresh sushi or a spicy noodle dish, this Pan-Asian restaurant is sure to have something to delight your taste buds. This restaurant, affectionately nicknamed FABB, also has a full bar so you can enjoy your favorite sips while noshing on some Asian cuisine.

Circa Restaurant | 2121 Adams Avenue, University Heights

This new restaurant is off to a great start, serving up traditional American cuisine in a retro and rustic setting. Favorites like meatloaf, chicken & dumplings, and succotash grace this menu. Be sure to bring your appetite so you can eat some of the homemade buttermilk biscuits, which are topped with a little cinnamon and a drizzle of honey. Stop by for their delicious Sunday brunch and a few mimosas, just be sure to have a nearby downtown San Diego budget hotel so that you don’t have to worry about drinking and driving.

Project Pie | Chula Vista and Hillcrest

San Diego may not be world-renowned for their pizza, but this does not mean tasty pies are not available here. Locals love this place because they can get tasty pizza made however they want it. Project Pie now has three locations in San Diego: two in Chula Vista and one in Hillcrest. Guests have the option of ordering one of their specialty pizzas or you can get creative and create your own pizza. Did we mention they have dessert pie??

Ironside Fish & Oyster | 1654 India Street, Little Italy

This restaurant has been one of the most anticipated openings this year and since its doors sung open three weeks ago is hasn’t disappointed. Seafood lovers all over San Diego are satisfied with the culinary options available at Ironside. This open and airy eatery appeals to the casual hipster crowd and has served as a great mix-and-mingle location. People on the East Coast should beware because there is a lobster roll here that can make any seafood lover swoon.

New restaurants are opening and closing on a frequent basis in San Diego, but we think these ones are around for the long haul. Call the above restaurants to set up a reservation and while you’re at it, be sure to book your San Diego hotel room at Pacific Inn. Our cheap San Diego hotel rates will allow you the extra spending money you need to enjoy San Diego’s world-class dining scene.

Call Pacific Inn today at 1-800-571-2933.For every night you book with us you’ll receive a complimentary hot buffet breakfast the next morning. This weekend you can also enjoy the multitude of food options in Old Town during their Cinco de Mayo festival. Our hotel rooms near Old Town will be booking up fast, so don’t wait to take advantage of our discounted early-booking rates.

Easter Brunches San Diego Visitors Don’t Want to Miss

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San Diego Easter Brunches

Easter Sunday is the perfect time to enjoy brunch at one of the many fine restaurants in San Diego. Whether you want to celebrate with a casual family breakfast or an elegant champagne affair, San Diego has something to offer everyone. Start by booking a room for your family at one of the affordable hotels in downtown San Diego and make reservations at one of these first class restaurants for a Sunday meal that your family is sure to remember.

  • Bertrand at Mister A’s – Exceptional French cuisine and a spectacular view of the city are part of the ambience at Mister A’s, another 4 star favorite. Among brunch selections is Maine lobster salad, Hawaiian bread French toast, and specialty brunch cocktails including a variety of create your own Bloody Marys.
  • Indigo GrillIf you chose to stay at one of the cheap hotels near San Diego’s Little Italy, Indio Grill is a must-visit restaurant that is offering a 30 course brunch menu from 11am to 3pm. Chef Debrorah Scott will be whipping up twists on classic favorites such as Pineapple Upside Down French Toast which comes with cardamom ice cream, a chipotle braised chicken burrito and a spinach and mushroom egg white scramble to name a few.
  • Humphrey’s Restaurant – The beautiful Humphrey’s on the waterfront is a favorite spot for locals and yachters who appreciate contemporary California cuisine. Celebrate Easter Sunday and indulge in a Champagne brunch that features delicious, prime rib, made-to-order omelets, chocolate covered strawberries, and unlimited champagne.
  • Veranda Fireside Lounge and Restaurant – The stylish yet casual Veranda Fireside Lounge and Restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine with a unique California flair, in a setting reminiscent of a villa on the Mediterranean coast. Hearty breakfast buffet selections include french toast with homemade cinnamon bread and pure maple syrup from Vermont. Also be sure to try a specialty house drink like Sangria with pomegranate.

Restaurants that serve Sunday brunch offer fixed menu items as well as a la carte menus, with excellent wines, champagne, and specialty cocktails. Sunday brunch at one of San Diego’s excellent restaurants is even more special when you celebrate Easter with family and friends.

Know someone going to San Diego for Easter? Share this blog post with them so they can enjoy the San Diego dining scene as the locals do! And don’t forget to tell them to reserve an affordable hotel near the San Diego Airport for maximum convenience during their trip.

San Diego’s Best Hidden Gem Restaurants

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San Diego attracts year-round tourists for many reasons; some come for the sea and sunshine, others for our world renowned chefs and award winning eateries. Foodies rejoice, because we have put together the top 10 undiscovered gems in San Diego that are serving up culinary classics and unique plates that will have your taste buds yearning for more. Book that plane ticket and grab an affordable hotel room near Little Italy in Downtown San Diego just in time to make your reservation at one of these amazing establishments:

  1. Carnitas Snack Shack | 2632 University Ave., North Park | $No reservation required here, just farm fresh food that’s established quite the reputation. One look at their menu and you’ll be torn between ordering a classic pulled pork sandwich or experimenting with the Triple Threat Pork Sandwich complete with pork loin schnitzel and Shack Aioli.
  2. Monello | 750 West Fir Street, Little Italy | $$For once we actually have classic Italian food made the Italian way. This small restaurant hosts a daily Milanese Aperitivo from 4 to 7 p.m. in the bar and patio, where you can order classic Italian cocktails and enjoy small plates on the house.
  3. Farm House | 2121 Adams Ave., University Heights | $$$This is the place to go for affordable and charming rustic French cuisine. Their food is made fresh in house every day and changes with the seasons. Right now stop in for almond panna cotta or dare to try the Escargot risotto.
  4. Sushi Ota | 4529 Mission Bay Dr., Pacific Beach | $$-$$$This small hole-in-the-wall sushi joint is famed among locals but scarcely talked about in media. Even if you plan on staying at an affordable hotel in downtown San Diego, put this Pacific Beach restaurant on your to-do list. Order fresh melt-in-your-mouth sashimi or salmon belly from their authentic Japanese menu.
  5. Brooklyn Girl | 4033 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills | $-$$Craft beer, seasonal food, affordable prices, cool location. Need to hear more? Stop by at 5 p.m. to grab a seat at their new oyster bar for fresh oysters, mussels, clams, crab, lobster and more! Pair it up with their recommended beer or wine and you’re ready for a mouthful of San Diego’s best shellfish.
  6. Jayne’s Gastropub | 4677 30th St., University Heights | $$-$$$San Diegans are glad to see Jayne’s back open after their extended holiday break. Their eclectic and diverse menu attracts people with different palates. Order up fish n’ chips, a white bean crostini or a panko-crusted salmon and wash it all down with a cold craft beer.
  7. Banker’s Hill Bar & Restaurant | 2202 4th Ave., Banker’s Hill | $$-$$$Reservations are recommended but bar seating is first come first serve. If you snag a seat you can enjoy their weekday happy hour from 4:30- 6:30 p.m. and again from 9:30 to 11p.m. Just don’t leave without ordering up their truffle fries, pork tacos or duck confit.
  8. The Smoking Goat | 3408 30th St., North Park | $$$This is the one place to get classic French and American cuisine in an unpretentious setting. Their charming home-styledécor really sets the mood for your entrée. You’ll be disappointed if you don’t try the pork chop with cheesy creamy polenta and a side of duck fat fries.
  9. Super Cocina | 3627 University Ave., Normal Heights | $Family style Mexican food made to order. Don’t visit this small restaurant expecting the cooks to churn out mass produced tacos. Here is where you’ll taste long-standing family recipes straight from their hometown. Their simple and well-prepared plates will leave you with the lingering taste of Mexican food done right.
  10. Addison | 5200 Grand Del Mar Way, Del Mar | $$$$Okay, you may have heard of this restaurant because it’s been touted as San Diego culinary pride and joy, which is why we had to put it on this list. The five star French dining experience at this Del Mar restaurant doesn’t come cheap, but world renowned Chef William Bradley makes sure you get your money’s worth.

If you’re trying to scrape some money together and enjoy a lavish meal, try saving money on your hotel stay. Book a cheap hotel room in San Diego at Pacific Inn today and you could save up to 15% off already cheap prices! We’re conveniently located next to many of these great restaurants and other major San Diego attractions like Old Town, home to more upstanding traditional Mexican cuisine. Click here to learn more about our affordable lodging near Old Town and the plethora of dining and shopping options available. To speak with a reservations specialist directly, dial 1-800-571-2933 now!

5 Family Friendly Restaurants in San Diego

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If you want to impress you kids during your upcoming vacation to San Diego all you have to do is take them to one of the five family friendly restaurants listed below. These local restaurants go above and beyond to make sure kids and adults are happy, entertained and well fed.

  1. Corvette Diner in Liberty Station tops the list due to its fun twists on retro style dining.  This old school style diner has an arcade and game area, a magician that wanders around to entertain guests and smiling employees that are having just as much fun as everyone else. Ask your waiter about the Dine & Play package that is offered Monday through Thursday if you want to play some games after gobbling down delicious meal.
  2. Coronado Brewing Company is the perfect place when it comes to pleasing kids and adults during Tuesday’s Kids Night. From 4 to 7 p.m.children are entertained with the balloon animals being made at the table and adults are entertained by the wide selection of craft beer that’s available. Plus, you can get two free kids meals with the purchase of a $10 entrée and beverage.
  3. Station Tavern in South Park is a fairly new restaurant that focuses on fresh and healthy food served in a stylish setting. Their modern exterior is well balanced with community style bench seating and an airy patio where pets, kids and beer lovers are welcome. In 2010, Station won California Small Business of the Year and was voted “Best Restaurant for Hipster Parents” in San Diego Magazine.
  4. Buca di Beppo is a great restaurant option for finicky eaters. If you have a child who likes to pick at their food or is constantly changing their mind about what they want, don’t worry because everything at this Italian restaurant is made family style. Get the group together and order a few delicious menu items to share like Chicken Carbonara or Eggplant Parmigiana. The restaurant runs like a large Italian household so noise isn’t an issue and large groups are easily accommodated. The restaurant’s main location is in the heart of the San Diego Gaslamp District, which is a must-see part of the city if you’re an out of towner.
  5. Stacked is a parent and child’s dream come true for many reasons. This new burger and pizza joint lets you create your own food items and decide on timing. Suddenly need to put the kids down for a nap? Not a problem! You control everything from your seat. You even have the option of pre-ordering your meals online before you get there so your food is ready to go. Let your kids get creative by putting together their own burger, pizza or mac-n-cheese entrée and if you’re up for some more fun, order discounted movie tickets at the restaurant.

Now that you have a list of family-friendly restaurants, what about hotels? The San Diego Pacific Inn is one of the top family friendly hotels near the airport that offers discounts for AAA and AARP members.Let our hotel become your home away from home in San Diego as you settle into our Kids Suits, complete with one Queen Size bed and one bunk bed. Call us today at 1-800-571-2933 to ask about our available rooms and discounts.

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