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Night Life and Trendy Dining at Whiskey Girl

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Whiskey Girl in the historic Gaslamp District is a trendy restaurant bar combination that offers breakfast, lunch and dinner combinations. With 20 HD television sets and an open to street design it is a favorite for those who watch sports. Restaurant by day and dancing at night it draws a youthful crowd on the weekends.  Whiskey grill hosts a full bar with domestic and craft beers. Beverage selections are discounted during happy hours as much as $3 with more exotic mixed drinks available at a higher price. Pricing is under $15 and includes appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, salads and pizza.  Their signature dish is the Whiskey Burger. It is a serious burger for someone with a big appetite. Stacked with cheddar cheese, apple wood smoked bacon, Philly sirloin steak with sautéed onions and mozzarella cheese you won’t need anything to eat for at least a couple of days.  Nearly every night of the week they offer a special on food/drinks and some form of entertainment. DJs,

The Authentic Northern Italian Cuisine of Operacaffe

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If you are looking for authentic Italian food in a historic environment that reflects the small shop life of Italy you may want to frequent Operacaffe. Located in the busy Gaslamp district of San Diego it attracts fine dining enthusiasts that seek a unique dining experience. Seafood, steak and pasta are only part of their main offerings. You can sit on the street side terrace or inside.  The lights are low and the décor is traditional European. Antique pictures, cabinets and tapestry line the walls while traditional table cloths only add to the experience. As a fine dining establishment they have taken impeccable care to ensure that the atmosphere is both inviting to guests and providing a romantic ambiance.  There are many restaurants but only one Operacaffe. If you are a pasta lover try the Ravioli Bascaiola made with mushrooms, sage and butter sauce. If you are seeking to avoid pasta you can try one of their salads, meat, or fish offerings. Appetizers and wine are a

The Romantic Old World Charm of Asti Ristoranti

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Asti Ristoranti is a historic Italian restaurant with old world charm. From the elegant tablecloths, brick walls, and murals one can feel like they are dining in style. Located on a busy street in the Gaslamp district there is plenty of foot traffic. One can dine either on the patio or inside allowing for two different environments.   It may be just a touch loud on the patio during weekend evenings.  Dinner menus include items such as crab cakes for $16 all the way to higher end items such as Gamberoni e Capesante ( Grilled jumbo shrimp and large scallops with fresh herbs, extra virgin olive oil, and lemon juice) for $30. Lunch ranges from pizza for $12 to Zuppa di Pesce del Golfo ( Cioppino style Mediterranean seafood, tiger shrimp, fresh fish, jumbo scallops, mussels and clams in a tomato broth) for $26. The menu has a wide selection.  This is a fine dining restaurant and one should expect the quality of service that comes with the price. Particularly nice are th

TOAST Enoteca & Cucina-Wine Bar and Italian Eatery

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TOAST Enoteca & Cucina is a wine bar and eatery that offers over 400 different wines and an assortment of menu items. Both dinner and lunch menus are available. There are a number of appetizers and antipasti items that go well with the variety of different wines. If you are unsure you can ask the waitress about pairings and she seems quite knowledgeable.  Of particular interest to wine lovers may be the Assaggio di Formagg which is an assorted cheese platter.   In general heavy tasting cheese should go with desert wines such as port. Lighter tasting cheese is more likely to pair with lighter wines like merlot. While many yellow type cheeses taste better with white wines. Each cheese has their own pairings so the advice is in general terms.  Seating is available both inside and outside. Even though J Street has foot traffic it is light compared to other streets in the area. There is a popular dance club across the street so you may have your fine dining experience infl