What kind of beans? I've always liked taking plain pork n beans, adding bacon, some green onions, and some BBQ sauce cooked nice and slow.
Or, there are some good 15 bean soup packages in the stores around here, to which you add a can of diced tomatoes, the juice of a lime (or lemon), diced ham and about a clove of garlic. They can be cooked in a slow cooker and they are awesome.
Well, first of all the Gaslamp district is easier to get to now that they added all of the parking for the Padres, BUT - if you go on a game night you may be in trouble. The Old Spaghetti factory is indeed closed.