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ISO of the Best Burrito

I believe I have called Mission burritos garbage burritos in several of our burrito threads in this very forum. ;)

Jun 22, 2014
oerdin in San Diego

what does San Diego need in its dining scene?

I second the Jewish Deli suggestion. I would kill to get a place like Katz or Carnegie Deli in San Diego. Yes, Dz Akins works in a pinch but it's just not in the same league. Another good suggestion is better smoked BBQ.

Jun 22, 2014
oerdin in San Diego

I'm craving...

I'm wondering where you can get roasted or fried guinea pig in San Diego. I've checked out Nazca Grill and Latin Chef but neither one carries it. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Jun 22, 2014
oerdin in San Diego

Where is the best fishmonger in San Diego?

Catalina is where I buy most of my fish but there are other good options. The San Diego Fisherman's Working group is a collection of local fisherman who used to sell their fish right off the side of their boats on Saturday mornings though I find most of them (or rather the fisherman and their wives) now sell their fish at the San Diego Fisherman's Farmer's Market down on Harbor Drive. It's a great place to find what is fresh, locally caught, and seasonal.

https://www.facebook.com/FishermensFa...

As others have said Hmart is probably the best of the Asian markets but it is also the most expensive. Personally, I do a fair amount of shopping at Sea Food City and Lucky Seafood because they're close to where I live and convenient but you do have to pick and choose to find the best. As long as you know how to tell what looks fresh and what doesn't then you can get quality fish at reasonable prices.

May 04, 2014
oerdin in San Diego
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La Jolla Brewing Company on Zagat's "hottest restaurants" list

Honestly, it seems virtually identical to a dozen other places in San Diego most of which have been around for years. What exactly does LJBC do different from all the rest besides being located in La Jolla?

Mar 12, 2014
oerdin in San Diego

Best Canned Tuna?

I know this is an old thread but as I was going to start a new thread on this very topic I thought I would just bump the old one. I have to say the best damn canned tuna I have EVER had is American Tuna brand canned tuna which also happens to be the only brand of canned tuna still made in the USA. Not only is the tuna canned in the US but the fish are all caught off the coast of California by American fisherman and the company is a co-op founded and run by six families of commercial fisherman right here in San Diego.

In other brands you get a lot of loose flakes and little parts but with American Tuna you could one whole solid steak of tuna right in the can. It's pole caught, sustainably harvested, and follows the strict guidelines of both federal and state laws. Frankly, it's the only brand of tuna I buy and I doubt you'll ever find a better one on the market. So help support American industry and buy American.

http://www.americantuna.com/

Jan 13, 2014
oerdin in General Topics

Is there a Persian restaurant that makes a good ghormeh sabzi stew in this area?

I know several Persian friends who all swear that Kolbeh on Miramar Rd makes a nice ghormeh sabzi stew. Believe it or not Balboa International Market's restaurant to go also makes a decent ghormeh sabzi though not nearly as good as Kolbeh.

Sep 22, 2013
oerdin in San Diego

Baja Med Comes to Whole Food

I'm mainly going there to try Mariscos La Gerrerences but am looking forward to what ever else I can find.

Jul 27, 2013
oerdin in San Diego

Fallbrook? Anything worth eating?

I've always like Nessy Burger though their menu is rather short. I've also heard good things about the Rainbow Oaks restaurant though I've never been there largely because it's such a long drive from my house to Fallbrook.

Apr 27, 2013
oerdin in San Diego

Best fish tacos and cheap oysters?

Mariscos German for fish tacos and TJ Oyster Bar for good cheap oysters.

Apr 25, 2013
oerdin in San Diego

Excellent Dishes in Unexpected Places

In ~1989 my nerdy D&D playing 14 year old friends and I used to hang out at Shakey's Pizza all day long because they had their $4.99 all you can eat buffet all day long on Saturdays. We'd push some tables together in the back, play our nerdy little role playing games, and for some reason the staff put up with us letting us eat their not so great cheap food while we slayed dragons for 8 hours straight. Great memories if not of the food. ;)

Apr 17, 2013
oerdin in San Diego

Baja Med

Chad White, who owns both the Sea Rocket Bistro and now Plancha Baja Med used to do the odd cooking class at Sea Rocket so maybe he is offering classes on Baja Med cuisine now at Plancha.

Apr 17, 2013
oerdin in San Diego

Another San Diego Pizza Question, Not LI Specific

Bruno's is great and probably the best Neapolitan pizza in town. You can get your pizza with the real deal Italian made water buffalo mozzarella cheese and even the brick oven was made in Italy while the owner went through the course in Naples which makes someone a certified Neapolitan pizza chef according to the Italian government.

BTW I'm willing to be that virtually all the non-chain pizza places around here still do hand rolled pizza crust though most of them likely use a machine to mix the doe. I have no idea who hand kneads the doe.

Apr 17, 2013
oerdin in San Diego
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San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Three- The Saga Continues.

Damn, I liked Lisko's. :(

Apr 17, 2013
oerdin in San Diego

Korean Deli- authentic? I dunno. But I like it.

Yeah, there are actually a number of Korean restaurants on Convoy in Clairmont Mesa.

Apr 17, 2013
oerdin in San Diego

Croce's to close

I have fond memories of the place. It really was one of the first businesses to move into the Gas Lamp District and so it really did help to revitalize the place and while it's menu might not have evolved over the years to stay fresh the place did have a good live music scene so music fans could have a few drinks and an appetizer while they listened the live music from band which traveled to San Diego simply because Ingrid invited them and no other reason. It was her way of remembering her late husband who was rather famous in San Diego's music scene in the 1970's and who even had a few national hits. Look up Jim Croce for a blast from the past.

My other reason to have fond memories of Croce's is because when I was 18, way back in 1994, a friend of mine worked there as a waiter and he used to sneak us alcoholic drinks which seemed so cool at the time to an 18 year old and his friends. ;)

Apr 17, 2013
oerdin in San Diego

Indonesian food in San Diego

There is an annual Indonesian food faire in Duarte, CA near L.A. though that doesn't really help you much in San Diego. There used to be an Indonesian restaurant in La Jolla owned by a Dutch guy (he was born in Indonesia) and his Indonesian wife but sadly the place closed probably because the couple were so old. Now you either eat at Bali-Thai, make your own, or go to Garden Grove.

Apr 14, 2013
oerdin in San Diego

Now canned tuna has downsized

Even worse than the downsizing has been redefining what exactly "chunk white tuna" is. It used to be it was actual chunks of tuna, as the name implies, but now most canned tuna seems to be pureed mush made up mostly of oil or water and very little actual tuna fish in it much less a chunk of tuna. The only brands I've seen which still honestly give people whole bits of tuna (instead of just a collection of mush) is All American Tuna, which is the last canned tuna made in the USA, and Fortuna brand tuna from the Philippines.

All American Tuna is by far the best stuff I've found on the market (I bought it at Costco) but it is ~ three times the price of the mushy tunas largely because they're paying American wages instead of slave wages but the quality is great. If you absolutely have to buy the cheap tuna than go with Fortuna as they still have actual chunks of tuna in there instead of mush like the mass market brands.

Apr 09, 2013
oerdin in General Topics

Supernatural Sandwiches--Barrio Logan

I'll have to give Supernatural Sandwiches a try next time I'm down in Barrio Logan. I also want to try Crabcakes 911 which is a new local food truck specializing in crab cakes and all things crustacean & shell fish. It's all sold out of an old fire truck which has been converted to a mobile food truck.

http://www.thrillist.com/drink/san-di...

I also want to try the Mastiff Sausage Company which is another new food truck but this one makes their own sausages and cured meats selling them in sandwiches to people in north county.

http://www.thrillist.com/eat/san-dieg...

Mar 24, 2013
oerdin in San Diego

Wait. What is this? A weekly "food truck market" in DTSD?

I'd go to that just to try the food at various local food trucks. I also like the Mira Mesa Mondays food truck get together across the street from Mira Mesa High School next to the Epicenter and the Senior Citizens Center/Rec Center. It's a great way for a local neighborhood to get people out to not only enjoy local community amenities (parks and what not) but also to support local small businesses.

Mar 23, 2013
oerdin in San Diego

April 2013 San Diego Dish of the Month Nominations

Fish taco.

Mar 22, 2013
oerdin in San Diego

NYC coming to SD

Oh, and you like Craft & Commerce try Polite Provisions in North Park as it is owned by the same people but has a distinctly different flair to it. You can even get several different types of Vodka (including the locally made one by Ballast Point's distillery) which is something which is deliberately not sold at C&C.

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/f...

Mar 18, 2013
oerdin in San Diego

Locally produced Ginger Ale in San Diego?

I honestly don't know any local Ginger Ale producers but I have been to Rosie Lee's British Foods in University Heights where I had a really great ginger beer. That's ginger ale for grown ups. ;)

Mar 18, 2013
oerdin in San Diego

NYC coming to SD

Make sure you bring your passport with you and take a day trip down to Tijuana because believe it or not that Mexican border city has a very happening and surprisingly sophisticated food scene. It's well worth your time to read some blogs, check out some newspaper reviews, or even watch some shows from the Food Network about TJ.

Mar 18, 2013
oerdin in San Diego

Whither San Diego's Avocados?

I like that we are getting more local wineries and hope that, in time, we could develop some respectable local wine producers. That said, please keep some of the avocado trees because they were a big part of my childhood hiking in the back country and see avocado trees on the hillsides.

Feb 01, 2013
oerdin in San Diego

Locally produced Ginger Ale in San Diego?

When I was in Rotterdam they had very fresh locally made ginger ale both non-alcoholic (like in the US) as well as real ginger beer. It was a nice change of pace and several of the restaurants used both kinds in several mixed drinks which were quite good.

Feb 01, 2013
oerdin in San Diego

Baccala?

Mona Lisa down in Little Italy sells it.

Dec 07, 2012
oerdin in San Diego

Good coffee in San Diego?

MY go to place is Zumbar. Ambiance it does not have but very good roasts and barristas who know how to properly work a French press it does have.

Aug 21, 2012
oerdin in San Diego

Them's Fighting Words!

Just so everyone knows what other garbage Esquire was declaring the best late night eats...

There is "The Buffito at Mighty Taco" in Buffalo, NY which looks like something on Taco Bells menu (complete with flour tortilla and yellow cheese): http://www.esquire.com/features/food-...

A rather crappy looking hamburger on white toast in Connecticut: http://www.esquire.com/features/food-...

And...

Completely generic pancakes from some diner in St. Louis: http://www.esquire.com/features/food-...

Yeah, I think we now all know exactly how much weight to put to Esquire's food recommendations.

Aug 21, 2012
oerdin in San Diego

Them's Fighting Words!

Maybe we should ask hillbilly bob in Alabama about which restaurant in Sweden serves the most authentic home style Swedish food because, you know, there is just no one more qualified to make such a determination.

It's the same with Esquire and California Burritos. I'm willing to bet their "studies" of the topic amounted to nothing more than reading some Yelp reviews before spending 20 minutes eating at one restaurant.

Aug 21, 2012
oerdin in San Diego