Dining in Downtown San Diego

Ask my husband (seriously: he'll be joining me at the conference), and you'll discover that I am obsessed with dinner–the planning, cooking and enjoying thereof.

So it's no surprise that I'm already scouting restaurants near the Omni hotel in downtown San Diego. I'm planning to meet up with Peleg and Ilise for dinner one night, and with some old friends another.

Since Uncle Sam is helping to foot the bill for your CFC experience, you might as well enjoy a decent meal or two. Here are a few places I discovered in my online research:

The Fish Market — Right on the waterfront. I've enjoyed many, many good meals here over the years as I've traveled to San Diego for HOW events.

Karl Strauss — self-described as San Diego's best microbrewery

Bondi — comes recommended by local designer Steven Morris

Gaslamp Restaurants — here's a guide to eateries in the nearby Gaslamp District.