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Grab a Bite at San Diego’s Snackiest Sandwich Shops

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Sandwich Shops in San Diego

You’ve packed a beach towel, sunscreen, hat, and tunes, but don’t forget to pack lunch! Swing by a tasty sandwich shop in San Diego before heading to the water. When you’re hot, tired, and hungry, you’ll be happy you did. The friendly staff at a leading hotel in downtown San Diego has created this list to make your decision a little easier.

Devine Pastabilities

Located within the Midway District area of the city, this Italian restaurant has made waves in the San Diego sandwich scene with its signature menu item, the Torpasta. The Torpasta is a crisp, burrito-shaped bread roll that is filled to the brim with the pasta dish of your choice. The divine flavor of the Torpasta is only enhanced by one of Divine Pastabilities’ fresh, homemade sauces.

The Gourmet Bagger

The Gourmet Bagger, also located within the Midway District, features a diverse menu of more than 25 gourmet sandwiches. Their commitment to using only the freshest ingredients can be tasted in the tender slices of steak in the Bagger Cheesesteak or the delectable pesto spread on the Pesto Turkey Burger.

Mona Lisa Italian Restaurant

Mona Lisa has called the Little Italy district its home for nearly 60 years and continues to be an icon of great Italian food. With its own full service deli featuring luscious Italian wines, gourmet cheeses, and specialty dried meats, Mona Lisa is a surefire choice for an authentic taste of Italy in your sandwich.

Chronic Smoothies Blazin Grill

Don’t let the name fool you– Pacific Beach’s Chronic Smoothies serves addictive deli sandwiches using only Boar’s Head meats, and distinctive hot sandwiches such as the Spicy Buffalo Chicken.

Gaglione Brothers

Gaglione Brothers has two locations serving San Diego and each location specializes in flavorful, expertly crafted cheesesteaks stuffed with savory ingredients like Portobello mushrooms, jalapenos, and cherry peppers.

Rubicon Deli

Located right on the main drag of Mission Beach, Rubicon’s appetizing sandwiches pack even more flavor than their colorful names suggest. The Dapper Dipper boasts a heavenly combo of tri-tip and rich horseradish, and the Spicy Tuna on garlic cheese bread will blow your mind.

We don’t have sandwiches, but at the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites you can count on a comfortable room, 24/7 customer service, and the best rate guaranteed. If location is important to you, you will be happy to know we are a leading SAN airport hotel, and also close to Little Italy and the Gaslamp Quarter. Give us a call at 1-800-571-2933 to inquire about availability!

All About San Diego’s Cat Cafe

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The First Cat Cafe in San Diego

You read the article title right: San Diego has a cat café. Located in the heart of downtown San Diego, the establishment allows each adoptable cat to bond with customers in a relaxed and playful environment. Although San Diego is known as a pet-friendly community that often welcomes dogs at many of its establishments, the Cat Cafe is the first of its kind in San Diego. Here is everything you need to know about the new café, brought to you by the curious staff at the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites.

Coffee and Cats
San Diego has a long list of cafes for coffee enthusiasts who want to relax and enjoy some freshly brewed beans. However, The Cat Cafe is the first to have cats on-site for guests who want to do more than order coffee or read a good book. Cat Cafes are popular establishments in Taiwan, Japan, London, and Paris, and give adoptable cats a place to get some human love and affection rather than staying in cages at local shelters.

Benefits for Customers
The cats aren’t the only ones to win in the situation, research has shown people who regularly interact with cats experienced reduced stress, lower blood pressure, and endorphin release. If you find a feline you just can’t live without, you don’t have to. All of the cats (with the exception of two full-time cats) are available to adopt on the spot through a partnership with the San Diego Human Society.

The High-Quality Menu
The Cat Café offers a full menu of espresso drinks and locally roasted coffee. It has also partnered with a local bakery to offer delicious muffins and other baked goods.  Food and drink are purchased in a different space, separated by a wall from the cat room, although patrons are allowed to bring their drinks in the room at their own risk.

Kitty Quiet Room
There is an additional, private space for the cats to retreat when they need a break or just want to sleep. It’s also where they are able to do their business since no customer can enjoy coffee in a litter box.

The Cat Café is the first of its kind in the country, so even if you aren’t a cat lover or can’t take one home with you, it might still be worth checking out just to say you did. If you’re planning to visit San Diego soon, make the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites your first choice hotel. Our hotel near San Diego Airport is conveniently located near San Diego’s top attractions, we have several great promotions running, and our rates are downright unbeatable. To reserve your room today, call 1-800-571-2933 and speak with one of our friendly Reservation Managers.

Where to Go for Business Dinners in Downtown SD

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Top Downtown SD Restaurants for Business Dinners

Besides awesome beaches, amusement parks, and the Zoo, San Diego is a mecca for business meetings, largely in part to the many conventions hosted each year. If you’re coming to visit sunny San Diego on business, the knowledgeable staff at the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites near downtown urges you to consider these downtown San Diego restaurants perfect for discussing details of a new deal or catching up with associates you haven’t seen in a while.

The Oceanaire Seafood Room
Enjoy some of the best seafood in San Diego while having a business dinner at this popular downtown restaurant. The servers are friendly and the food is fresh and perfectly prepared. The fresh selections at the oyster bar are available a la carte and the wine selection is impressive. Oceanaire is also conveniently located near several inexpensive San Diego Convention Center hotels.

Café Chloe
This cozy café nestled in the heart of downtown San Diego is an ideal spot for mouthwatering business dinners with a French twist. The waiters are more than willing to make helpful suggestions should you have trouble narrowing down your menu selections. If you’re planning a larger business gathering, consider booking at Olive & Rose, Café Chloe’s event space conveniently located right next door.

Greystone the Steakhouse
If you prefer upscale dining for your business dinner, you can’t go wrong with Greystone, a multilevel space with plenty of ambiance. Greystone’s signature elk chop prepared with a blackberry glaze comes highly recommended, and the steak selection is outstanding.  Wrap up dinner with some creme brûlée cheesecake and you won’t be disappointed.

Bice Ristorante
You’ll find it hard to keep your mind on business when sampling the delicious Italian cuisine found at this downtown San Diego dining destination. The service is attentive and the atmosphere is at a level where you can still conduct business or catch up with associates without shouting or struggling to hear. Sample something from the cheese bar or dive right into the classic, yet modern, entrees. Bice also offers a private dining room for larger parties.

If your convention ticket is paid for but you haven’t found a room yet, make the Pacific Inn, a top San Diego Gaslamp Quarter hotel, your first choice. The Pacific Inn offers free Wi-Fi, 24-hour fresh coffee and tea, and the best rate around guaranteed. Call us at 1-800-571-2933 to inquire about our great rates and reserve your room today.

Tastiest Restaurants in the Gaslamp

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Best Gaslamp Restaurants

San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. It offers a picturesque backdrop of modern offices and historical buildings, and boasts dozens of shops, clubs, bars, and, of course, restaurants offering a variety of tastes from local fare to international cuisine. After you get situated at your hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter, head out for a bite at one of these four local favorites.

1. Blue Point – 565 5th Avenue
This popular seafood and oyster bar was the first of its kind in the Gaslamp. The food is fresh and delicious, and mouthwatering assorted fresh oysters go for $16. Indulge in the chef’s seafood tower or the rich lobster bisque, a hearty soup that entices the palate. Seafood entrees range from $36-$48. Steaks are over $40.

2. La Fiesta – 628 5th Avenue
This is the spot for authentic Mexican food bursting with bold flavors. Menu options include tacos, burritos, fajitas, enchiladas and tortas. Complement your meal with a margarita, and, depending on when you go, music from a DJ. Lunch entrees range from $11 to $16.

3. Nobu – 207 5th Avenue (Hard Rock Hotel)
The finest and freshest Japanese delicacies are here, from sushi and sashimi to unique tobanyaki-style beef and seafood. Creative menu options are seemingly endless, though any choice will stun you with an explosion of taste. Look to spend about $30 for most items, including salmon tataki, red snapper sashimi, and octopus carpaccio.

4. Royal India – 329 Market Street
Royal India offers an elegant dining atmosphere with an outdoor patio for when the weather is nice. The tandoori butter chicken is succulent and tender in texture, and the chicken tika masala is a local favorite. Most chicken items are priced at $18, while beef dishes, like seekh kebab curry, are closer to $20.

Pack your bags and come eat your way through the historic Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego. If you haven’t found a hotel yet, don’t worry, the San Diego Pacific Inn has a room waiting for you. We offer flexible dates, free Wi-Fi, complimentary coffee and tea around-the-clock, and, best of all, a best rate guarantee. Call a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 to inquire about our great rates and promotions.

Places to Eat Near the San Diego Airport

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Top Restaurants Near San Diego Airport

San Diego is a foodie heaven. Each and every neighborhood has its own unique flare and diverse offerings to excite taste buds. If you’re staying in a hotel near SAN airport, you have the pleasure of being centrally located among some of the best neighborhood restaurants.

Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop – under $10
Lucha Libre is an authentic, family-owned Mexican restaurant that uses all fresh ingredients. The taco shop holds the community award for best burrito, and is vegetarian friendly. The eclectic menu features both traditional dishes, like burritos, and tasty innovations like pork carnitas topped baked potatoes.

C-Level – $15-30
C-Level’s stunning waterfront views and outdoor seating make this restaurant a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Their menu features American fare like seafood, burgers, steaks, lettuce wraps, and salads. Local favorites include the lobster mac and cheese and the sweet potato fries. Happy hour offers great discounts for travelers looking to pinch a few pennies.

Phil’s BBQ – $10-25
A chain exclusive to San Diego county, Phil’s BBQ’s dishes feature the secret homemade family BBQ recipe. Phil’s prides itself in being a restaurant for clientele driving in on “skateboards or Bentleys.” The restaurant serves quality comfort food like beef ribs, onion rings, and pulled pork.

Bencotto Italian Kitchen – $10-20
Bencotto Italian Kitchen has a modern atmosphere that serves old-world Italian food. The menu is filled with family style dishes, making the restaurant a great place to dine for families or groups traveling together. The  pasta is handcrafted, and “pasta your way” allows guests to create their own dish combinations.

Island Deli – under $10
Island Deli serves breakfast and lunch only, and is a great stop for a quick bite. Everything is made in-house, including roasted turkey, slow cooked pulled pork, handmade chips, and fresh coleslaw.

Depending on how long you’re staying and your budget, you might be so inclined to try every place rather than making  the toughest decision of your trip and choosing just one. In addition to being near the airport, all of these yummy restaurants are located just minutes from the historic Gaslamp Quarter and several San Diego Convention Center hotels.  Haven’t booked a hotel yet? Don’t pass up the Pacific Inn. We offer a best rate guarantee, flexible dates, free Wi-Fi, and newly remodeled rooms. Contact us to learn more about current rates and promotions, or call 1-800-571-2933 to reserve your room.

 

Fun and Interactive Mystery Dinners in San Diego

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Detectives & Dinner in SD

Among its many attractions, San Diego is also home to a thrilling new way to eat dinner. So farewell to the stereotypical chit chat over a standard meal and glass of wine. San Diego is home to a slew of fun, entertaining and affordable Mystery Dinners! This is a great option for travelers who want to have their dinner and entertainment conveniently wrapped into one package. While visiting the city, don’t forget to book your Downtown San Diego hotel before you check out one of these fun and engaging eateries:

The Mystery Café Dinner Theater | 505 Kalmia Street, near Balboa Park

This popular restaurant provides an interactive, comedy based mystery dinner where the cast is known to move around and talk to the crowd. Guests can expect to be highly involved with the show. Dinner is included and features a garden salad, soup du jour, choice of main entrée (including stuffed chicken breast or braised beef short ribs), and a dessert. They also offer a service called “Mysteries to Go” where they will bring the performance to your event.

The Dinner Detective | 8651 Spectrum Center Blvd, Kearney Mesa

Known as the largest venue in murder mystery comedy shows, this venue offers a highly interactive show where everyone is guilty until proven innocent. In fact, the killer might just be sitting at your table right next to you! A four course dinner is included with the show and features scrumptious dishes such as Seasonal Fish En Papillote and Grilled Portobello with Goat Cheese. A cash bar is available onsite.

The San Diego Old Spaghetti Factory | 275 5th Ave., Downtown San Diego

The Murder Mystery Company puts on a series of public and private events at this well-known and historical restaurant. Tickets to the show include a three course meal with salad, choice of a pasta dish, and homemade ice cream. They also offer gluten free, vegan, and lactose free options. This is a popular venue, so be sure to buy tickets in advance as many shows sell out.

Score reservations at Pacific Inn & Suites, one of the top affordable hotels near the Gaslamp Quarter, and set a date for one of these enthralling dinner shows. The savings you’ll get at our comfortable San Diego hotel paired with one of these mystery dinner delights will surely make for a memorable San Diego vacation.

If you’re interested in saving up to 12% on your hotel stay just for booking at least 14 days in advance, click here and enter promo code 14DAB during checkout.

 

San Diego Restaurant Week 2014: Top 2 Picks

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San Diego Fine Dining

San Diego, CA is graced with restaurants devoted to mouthwatering food and culinary innovation. Just in time for San Diego’s Restaurant Week, which runs through September 26, here are three top picks deemed “must eats” when vacationing at a San Diego hotel near the Gaslamp Quarter . These establishments are even more worth the wait during San Diego Restaurant Week due to discounted multi-course menu options.  From old world Italian infused with a 21st century approach, classic American barbecue, and experimental cuisine, your palate will surely be satiated after a few bites at one of the following famous eateries.

Cucina Urbana | Lunch: $20-27 | Dinner: $30-44
Set in the Banker’s Hill area, this experimental Italian kitchen doubles as a wine shop. Cucina Urbana uses locally grown ingredients and produce and their chefs have a passion for organic, environmentally sustainable items. From their Cucina burger or Jidori chicken to gourmet pizzas and stuffed squash blossoms, Cucina Urbana has it all.

And don’t forget about dessert! Restaurant Week dinner guests can choose from a chocolate espresso budino, a cheese sampler or fig semifreddo!

Market Restaurant & Bar | Dinner: $40 + $25 for optional wine pairings

No list of top San Diego restaurants is complete without mentioning Market Restaurant + Bar. The restaurant, located in Del Mar, focuses on high class coastal cuisine, using local seafood, produce and meats. Everything from sushi to mesquite grilled chicken crosses their kitchen. The atmosphere is casual, but the staff is superior. An added bonus is that their special SDRW menu is being offered through October 5th due to high demand.

When you dine in for dinner during restaurant week, you won’t be disappointed by the vast array of options on their impressive menu. For appetizers guests can choose from such items as the Gingered Carrot Soup & Maine Lobster, Cirspy Skin Duck Leg Confit, or the Yellowtail Tartare. For the entrée, fill up on their roasted jidori chicken with sage-parmesan meatballs or try their spice-rubbed beef tenderloin with roasted chili-garlic whipped potatoes. Vegetarian? Fear not! They’re also serving a Farmer’s Market Vegetable Tasting with four different items.

When it comes time for treats, you’ll have the tough choice of choosing between their S’Mores Bar, Citrus Panna Cotta, or Garrotxa Spanish Goat’s Milk Cheese with cinnamon-raisin toast.

SDRW Hotels

Is your mouth watering yet? Because ours it! To take full advantage of the over 200 restaurant options during this fun-filled foodie event, be sure to book a room at a centrally located hotel such as the San Diego Pacific Inn located in Little Italy.

For information on our exclusive discounts and vacation packages, call (619) 232-6391 or click on the “Reservations” tab above.

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.

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