Parking: We parked near the beach at $4.00/hour which wasn't too bad considering. I had little trouble getting in and out, and the guy checking us out at the end actually gave us a little discount because we hadn't gone too far over the first hour. I thought that was nice. I would suggest that if you're headed up to Del Mar to watch the sunset, you go early enough not to run into any delays. There is very little or no free parking available, so make sure you get going early enough to find the right area.
Eating: There are plenty of eating places on the beach. We didn't eat at any of them though! Alicia and I wanted to eat in full view of the sunset, and none of the restaurants had seating on the patio available. Yet another reason to get moving early. So we stopped by the Snack Shack next to Poseidon where I got a burger and chips and Alicia got a turkey sandwich. We caught them as they were cleaning up and closing down, but they were gracious enough to sell us food. I know that sounds like fake sympathy. Here is a picture of the Snack Shack, along with yours truly waiting on his grub.
The View: Spectacular...just take a look!
It was a perfect night and the absolute best idea for an inexpensive date ($4 for parking and $15 for the meal). The key was finding something we'd both enjoy and do it...we succeeded perfectly here. It was a great time!