Boomers is just a giant mishmash of toys and games and fun for young kids and family! Being so family oriented, this place is packed full with children running around and screaming their heads off. Be prepared for that. There's a video arcade section, complete with prizes. A mini golf section is also available, and quite fun! I've never been on the ferris wheel there, because its been "out of order" everytime I've gone. If you're looking for just video games and a more "adult" atmosphere however, I'd say head to D&B.
Diva Flowers is the place to go if you're looking for flowers, whether its for a significant other or simply to cheer up a friend. The staff there is knowledgable and friendly--they'll answer any questions you have from "what do yellow roses mean?" to "what looks good with lilies?" The arrangements they do there are also pretty nice. I've bought from them twice and have been pleased both times. Be warned however, this is not the same as buying flowers from Ralph's. They are a bit more expensive, but well worth every penny!
PROS: Beautiful flowers, fresh, fantastic staff
The San Diego Zoo is often referred to as world class and quite deservingly so! Here you can see every imaginable type of animal/creature you've ever seen in the glossy pages of a National Geographic. Of course, the highlight for many tends to be the pandas! Be prepared to wait in line however as their cuteness makes them a popular attraction. Food/drinks is extremely expensive once you're in the zoo. Best to pack your own lunch and bring it along.
PROS: World class, good variety
CONS: Expensive food inside, can be crowded
The Mesa Barber shop is very much a hit or miss place. Its a very simplified place, complete with $6 haircuts! Of course for such a low price, the haircuts are not always up to par. I've been there twice with friends and one of them got an excellent haircut....the other one got a very uneven one. Due to their super cheap prices, there tends to be a line, so be prepared to wait!
PROS: Cheap, simple, convenient, fast
CONS: Not always the best cuts
Bead Gallery is nicely located right in Mira Mesa is a good place if you're looking for crystal beads specifically. ALthough it does carry other beads, ones made of wood/plastic, it seems to specialize in the crystal ones. The prices fo beads themselves are not so bad and tend to be cheaper than other stores I've seen. The cheapest range from just a few cents. A strung set can cost up to $10, but I'd suggest buying them separately to get the best bargain. Overall not a bad place, but not the best if you're looking for a specific non-crystal bead.
PROS: Fairly cheap, decent selection
CONS: Specializes mainly in crystal beads only
Cal Copy is a conveninent location to make all your copies of textbooks so you don't have to pay those outrageous prices. Located right next to UCSD, its probably best used by students. A lot of professors place readers there. The staff is friendly and able to answer most questions you have pertaining to copying school material and so on.
PROS: Easy and Cheap
CONS: Not on Campus
PBB&G as so many refer to it is the place to be on Thursday night. The line moves fast, its free to get in, and drinks are half off before midnight. This means that a Long Island is not approximately $3, so be prepared to see a lot of hammered college students. The place is frequented by the exact same crowd every Thursday, so also be prepared to see the same people over and over again. The bartenders do their best in serving the large crowd, although the drinks do tend to taste a little nasty after a while. There is a dance floor, the music is good and leans towards the hip-hop vibe. However, there is not enough room on the floor, and 20 minutes on it will make you sweat up a storm as well as curse at everyone trying to step by you. Skip the food unless its Taco Tuesday. Their stuffed mushrooms are bad tasting, expensive, and tiny.
PROS: Good student crowd, cheap drinks, free entrance
CONS: Too small, gets old fast
Yummy Maki Yummy Box lures you in with its fun to say name and dirt cheap prices for sushi rolls. Located right next to UCSD campus, its hard to resist. However, be careful! My friends and I visited this place twice and out of the four of us.....2 of us got the runs right after eating here. This of course could be a coincidence as the other two friends had no problems and enjoyed the cheapenss of Yummy Maki Box to their hearts' content. The food is ok, what you would expect from a cheap Japanese restaurant. The tempura is a bit skimpy, so I would skip that though.
PROS: Cheap cheap Japanese food
This Golden Spoon is owned by the same person as the one in La Jolla and Poway. I actually worked at all three stores for a little under a year, so I'll offer you my opinions. Don't eat at this store. Its a little dingier, a little dirtier than the one in La Jolla. Of course, the plus of this store is that there's actually an eating area. Tables and chairs and a giant serving area. It also means that this place is much much harder to keep clean. Good flavors however, large servings, and discounts for students and seniors, make it a good bet if you don't mind a little bit of dinge. On weekends, the place can be packed. Be prepared to wait 20 minutes for frozen yogurt if you show up at 2PM on a Sunday
PROS: Good flavors, large servings
CONS: Dingier than other places
Phil's BBQ is soooo good. Despite living far away, I've often made the drive over to this place when I'm craving it. From the outside, the restaurant can look like a hole in the wall. Inside, pandemonium often ensures around meal times. Get there when you're not starving, because simply showing up means you can wait an hour for your food when its crowded. Of course get the ribs! Their slightly tangy, slightly sweet sauce, is what makes the BBQ. Cooked until very very tender, the meat simply falls off the bones. No one leaves unsatisfied at this place!
PROS: Excellent BBQ