|LIBERTY PUBLIC MARKET-SAN DIEGO|
My friend Jean said her sister, Carol, would arrive at the San Diego International Airport about noon on a Wednesday. We decided to meet at the Liberty Public Market (2820 Historic Decatur Road) for lunch—a five minute drive west of the airport. This is one of the new and trendy places in San Diego, located in the northeast corner of Liberty Station, Point Loma.
Interestingly, the new Liberty Public Market is located in the original Navy Mess Hall, one of the first buildings constructed at the San Diego Naval Training center in the early 1920s. The $3 million project offers more than 24 food and beverage vendors and a choice of inside or outside seating in a renovated historical building with high ceilings and impressive white wooden rafters.
This is my second visit to the market. The first time was on a Sunday afternoon in April and it was crowded. The lines for food were too long, tables were almost impossible to find, and it was noisy. We did not stay.
|CHICKEN PAD THAI|
SHIP PAINTING ABOVE
After a visit to this unique food hall, there are dozens of other places to explore in Liberty Station. In the 1920s the training center buildings were designed in a Spanish Colonial style similar to Balboa Park with colonnades, arches, and towers. The original 300 structures on 550 acres housed the Navy for almost 75 years; during that time more than a million sailors received training here. It was closed in 1997 under the Base Closure & Realignment Act of 1990 and later acquired by the city. It has since been restored and preserved in what has been the largest historical preservation project in San Diego.
Today, Liberty Station encompasses 125 acres of parks, open spaces, a boat channel to San Diego Bay, shopping, restaurants, a 28-acre arts and culture district, Visions Art Museum, the Women's Museum, the nine hole Sail Ho Golf Club, hotels, schools, church, and around 350 residences.
It is also home to the USS Recruit; a landlocked “dummy” ship often referred to as “the Neversail.” It was used to train more than 50,000 sailors a year from 1949 until it was decommissioned in 1967. This historical landmark is available for outside viewing only.
|INSIDE SEATING LIBERTY MARKET|
SPANISH COLONIAL STYLE
|OUTSIDE SEATING LIBERTY MARKET|