CaseyGerry Visitor’s Guide to San Diego

Our attorneys offer some recommendations to help you enjoy your San Diego stay.

CaseyGerry Welcomes You to San Diego!

We’ve been headquartered in San Diego for 72 years, so we know our way around this city pretty well. San Diego has grown considerably since the days it was a sleepy Navy town. In fact, California’s second largest city now offers an array of attractions, restaurants, entertainment and other hot spots for visitors. With perennial blue skies, 70 miles of beaches and a temperate Mediterranean climate, San Diego is an idyllic place to live, work and play.

Urban San Diego is one of the most dynamic metropolitan areas in the country, drawing visitors and residents alike with tantalizing sights and sounds – from colorful Little Italy with its trendy shops and galleries to the downtown waterfront, replete with public art and rich nautical history,

To help you feel more at home here, our attorneys have compiled an overview of their favorite spots to eat and play. Enjoy!

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David S. Casey, Jr.

Managing Partner

A native San Diegan, David loves fine dining – especially with an ocean view.

Must Do’s:

Scripps AquariumLa Jolla
A great place to spend the day. Awe-inspiring marine exhibits with cliff top views of the Pacific Ocean.
The Gaslamp DistrictDowntown
Exciting historic area with great restaurants and clubs.
TheaterSan Diego
La Jolla Playhouse and Old Globe for superb productions.

Best Eats:

Herb and WoodLittle Italy
The branzino is excellent!
Buon AppetitoLittle Italy
Another Little Italy spot ideal for pasta aficionados.
CoasterraHarbor Island
Sweeping waterfront views and great Mexican fare.
Bertrand’s at Mr. A’sBankers Hill
A longtime favorite with exceptional cuisine and views.
Eddie V’sLa Jolla
Wonderful fare with an ocean view.
Marine RoomLa Jolla
Beachside, about as close to the water as you can get!
Piatti’sLa Jolla Shores
Casual Italian.

Robert Francavilla

Partner

With two boys, Robert has lived in San Diego for decades, and enjoys spending time with his family.

Must Do’s:

Hornblower CruisesDowntown
With or without kids, a great way to cruise the bay and to see the best of San Diego.
Coronado
Stroll the village, play a round of golf at Coronado municipal golf course or simply hang around the Hotel del Coronado.

Best Eats:

Bertrand’s at Mr. A’sBanker’s Hill
Great view of the city and amazing lobster salad.
Burger LoungeMultiple locations in San Diego
The Lounge Burger with a side of fries and a thick, creamy milkshake will make your day.
PuestoHeadquarters at Seaport Village – Downtown
Mexican favorites and a filet mignon taco that is amazing.

Thomas Penfield

Partner

Former public defender turned law professor turned plaintiff’s lawyer and now the consummate world traveler.

Best Eats:

Waterfront BarLittle Italy
San Diego’s oldest bar and great burgers.
Volcano RabbitDowntown
Best Mexican food restaurant in Gaslamp Quarter.
Meze Greek FusionDowntown
Great Mediterranean food.

Jeremy K. Robinson

Partner

With two young kids, Jeremy gravitates toward family-friendly options.

Must Do’s:

Fleet Science CenterBalboa Park
Lots of great interactive science exhibits and IMAX films.
San Diego Zoo Safari ParkEscondido
Sister park to the San Diego Zoo, with open space animal enclosures and a real safari atmosphere.

Best Eats:

Corvette DinerPoint Loma’s Liberty Station
A bit loud so not for the super young, but great fun for kids over three and kid-friendly food choices.
Rubio’sVarious San Diego locations
Home of the original fish taco. A San Diego original.

Srivinvas Hanumadass

Associate

A supporter of the San Diego arts scene and a live music aficionado.

Must Do’s:

Music BoxLittle Italy
San Diego’s newest music venue in the coolest part of the city
Del Mar Thoroughbred ClubDel Mar
A one-of-a-kind horse racing venue, and a San Diego summer tradition.

Best Eats:

Las Cuatros MilpasBarrio Logan
Best Mexican street food this side of the border. Tortillas are to die for.
Rocky’s Crown PubPacific Beach
Best burger in San Diego (cash-only dive bar).
Extraordinary DessertsDowntown
All kinds of desserts but the French ice cream is extraordinarily delicious!

Camille Guerra

Associate

A world traveler, Camille loves music and vegetarian cuisine.

Must Do’s:

Valle de GuadalupeBaja Mexico
Mexico’s beautiful wine region is just a two-hour drive from San Diego, with excellent restaurants and wineries.
Torrey Pines State ReserveLa Jolla
A gorgeous place to hike any time, but especially before sunset.
Live musicSan Diego
Music Box, House of Blues or North Park Observatory.

Best Eats:

Urban IndiaDowntown
Best Indian lunch buffet.
PlumeriaUniversity Heights
Yummy vegetarian Thai food. Amazing.
Khyber PassHillcrest
San Diego’s first Afghan eatery. A great spot for dinner
Café GratitudeLittle Italy
Delicious vegan fare. Lovely atmosphere and great for lunch.
Starlite BarMidtown
Fun spot for happy hour. Best Moscow Mule in San Diego!

Jillian F. Hayes

Associate

An avid traveler and sports buff, she also enjoys cooking and dining on seafood with her husband and Goldendoodle, Gus.

Must Do’s:

Torrey Pines State ReserveLa Jolla
Wonderful hiking and beautiful ocean views.
San Diego ZooBalboa Park
It’s world famous! Amazing collection of animals and fun for everyone.
Brewery TastingsMultiple San Diego locations
Stone Brewery, Modern Times, Coronado Brewing Co., etc.

Best Eats:

Point Loma SeafoodsPoint Loma
Recommend everything but my go-to is the fish sandwich. Love the outdoor seating on the water.
BO-beau Kitchen and BarOcean Beach
Best lobster mac-n-cheese, shrimp flatbread, pistachio crusted salmon and brussels sprouts that are a must!
Oscars Mexican SeafoodDowntown, Pacific Beach, Hillcrest
Don’t miss the surf and turf taco and spicy grilled shrimp taco!

David S. Casey III

Associate

The most recent associate to join CaseyGerry, David loves going to concerts and exploring new parts of town.

Must Do’s:

The CasbahLittle Italy
Seminal rock venue just minutes from downtown – great shows just about every night.
The Book CatapultSouth Park
Excellent independent bookstore with a great curated selection.

Best Eats:

The RoseSouth Park
Wine bar and bottle shop with fantastic pizza in a charming neighborhood.
KindredSouth Park
Vegan bar and restaurant with an eccentric ambiance and great music.
The Grass SkirtPacific Beach
Tiki lounge hidden in the freezer of a poke shop – a unique San Diego experience!

Frederick Schenk

Partner

A longtime resident of San Diego, he enjoys travel, both casual and fine dining experiences, and cheering on the San Diego Padres.

Must Do’s:

Balboa ParkDowntown
San Diego’s 1200-acre urban oasis, with 16 museums and attractions such as the San Diego Zoo.

Best Eats:

Truluck’sLa Jolla
Outstanding seafood, including stone crabs, just a 15-minute drive north of downtown.
Island PrimeHarbor Island
High quality prime steaks and seafood along with spectacular bay views of San Diego.
Hodad’sOcean Beach
Best burgers in San Diego in a classic California beach community setting.
Lolita’s at the ParkDowntown
One of the most highly-rated Mexican restaurants in San Diego. Amazing carnitas burritos. Go before and after a Padres game.

Gayle M. Blatt

Partner

A beach, music and theater lover, Gayle is married with two college-aged kids.

Must Do’s:

Humphrey’s Concerts by the BayHarbor Island
Enjoy dinner and a show. Check out the lineup at www.humphreysconcerts.com.
San Diego Civic TheaterDowntown
Book of Mormon is playing July 23-28.
“Bayside Summer Nights”Embarcadero
San Diego Symphony concerts by the bay. www.sandiegosymphony.org.

Best Eats:

Jack & Giulio’sOld Town
Italian food in a Mexican Village atmosphere. Try the scampi a la giulio or the shrimp bisque.
DZ AkinsEast County
San Diego’s version of a Jewish-style deli. Heaping plates of comfort food with a bakery counter and gift shop.
Barrio StarBankers Hill
Modern Mexican soul food. Try the taco plates. Check out Taco Tuesday, Wine Wednesday or Tequila Thursday

Thomas D. Luneau

Partner

Tom has grown kids and lives with his wife in East County. Active in the community, he also loves a good high school football game.

Must Do’s:

Mission Beach BoardwalkMission Beach
Walk on the bayside to beat the beach traffic.
Belmont Park & Roller CoasterMission Beach
The roller coaster is a great place for family and kids.
Timken Museum of ArtBalboa Park
Rembrandt painting on display. (Free admission)
Fleet Science CenterBalboa Park
Great displays and IMAX movies.

Best Eats:

Bully’s EastMission Valley
Great prime rib and baked potato.
BandarDowntown
Best Persian food in San Diego.
The Kebab ShopDowntown, Mission Valley
Cheap, quick and healthy. The garlic yogurt sauce is a must

Jason Evans

Associate

La Jolla native, avid tennis player and surfer, Jason is also a newlywed.

Must Do’s:

Go SurfingCoastal San Diego
San Diego has some great waves and 70 miles of coast line.
Cabrillo National MonumentPoint Loma
Home of the historic San Diego Lighthouse with learning center, hiking and amazing views.
Sunset CliffsOcean Beach
The sunsets and the scenery here are always spectacular.

Best Eats:

The Fish ShopPoint Loma
A local favorite. Try the spicy dorado taco!
Supannee House of ThaiPoint Loma
Located in a strip mall, so you know it’s good.
The Taco StandLa Jolla, Encinitas, Downtown
Everything is good here, especially all the salsas.

Angela Jae Chun

Of Counsel

With two youngsters under five, she has some great family-friendly recommendations.

Must Do’s:

LegolandCarlsbad
Great park for toddlers just north of San Diego
Balboa ParkDowntown
Beautiful and lots to do, with museums, gardens, restaurants and local artist studios.
San Diego Zoo Safari ParkEscondido
Great for kids – and adults too! Sister park to the zoo in Balboa Park.

Best Eats:

Sushi OtaPacific Beach
Fresh authentic sushi and great service.
Crack ShackLittle Italy
Family-friendly with great food and must-have chicken oysters.
Crab HutKearny Mesa
Get the seafood bucket and a cold beer
Manna BBQKearny Mesa
All you can eat Korean bbq. Popular is kalbi (short ribs) and bulgogi (beef). Ask for the radish and rice cake wraps and try the dipping sauces!

Adam Levine

Associate

Has young kids, but loves a night out with his wife. Born and raised in La Jolla, he and his family now reside in North San Diego County.

Must Do’s:

La Jolla Cove and Cliff WalkLa Jolla
Watch the seals, take in the beautiful ocean views and visit the shell shop cave with the kids.
The New Children’s MuseumDowntown
A new museum dedicated to imagination, creativity and critical thinking. Multiple hands-on art installations.

Best Eats:

Born and RaisedLittle Italy
A swank spot and some of the best steak in San Diego!
Sushi OtaPacific Beach
Quite simply some of San Diego’s very best sushi. Award-winning Japanese cuisine.

Meagan L. Verschueren

Associate

A theater and film buff, Meagan, enjoys tasty vegan fare and live music too.

Must Do’s:

Punch Bowl SocialDowntown 
Kid-friendly with bowling, darts, arcade games and more. 
Quartyard dog park/barDowntown
 An outdoor bar/small dog play area plus live music. 
The Sugar FactoryDowntown 
Movie theater/alcohol and dessert bar/restaurant—and sometimes entertainment – all packed into one!

Best Eats:

Donna Jean – Bankers Hill
Kid-friendly vegan food with great outdoor atmosphere.
Tocaya Organica – Downtown
Great trendy atmosphere, plus delicious salads and bowls!
Civico 1845 – Little Italy 
Authentic Italian food with vegan menu.

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A word about CaseyGerry.

For 72 years, the attorneys and legal staff at CaseyGerry have worked tirelessly to make sure that any person who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of others receives the justice he or she deserves. Since founder David Casey, Sr. won his first case against the San Diego Transit System in 1947, the firm has established a stellar reputation locally and nationally for expertise in civil litigation and complex personal injury cases.

We are one of the few plaintiff firms with the resources to aggressively litigate high-profile, complicated cases all the way from investigation through appeals. Our attorneys practice in numerous areas, including serious personal injury and wrongful death, maritime, trucking, aviation, product liability, sexual abuse and consumer class actions.

Over the years, we have forged strong relationships with attorneys throughout the United States, working closely with them to represent injured plaintiffs nationwide. On a professional level, the firm boasts an impressive resume few can match: a past president of the California State Bar, two past presidents of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (Now AAJ), past presidents of the Consumer Attorneys of California and Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, a past president of the California Women Lawyers organization, ABOTA leadership and many others.

As San Diego’s oldest plaintiffs’ law firm, we work hard to achieve outstanding results for our clients who rely on us, not only as skilled attorneys, but also as confidantes and counselors.