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San Diego Hamantaschen?

Can anyone suggest where to find the traditional three cornered pastry filled with prune, poppy or fruit eaten at the Jewish holiday of Purim?

Feb 24, 2014
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Seeking unique, modern, fresh cuisine - can you help?

As someone who lived in Boston from 1983-2011 and began his hospitality career in the gourmet food business I think I can state that SD is not even in the same league as Boston. That said, Boston's sushi doesn't come close to SDs best, noted above. If the OP enjoys sushi and the perception of safety I endorse the previous posters suggestions. Btw, I have not yet been to TJ for dinner but it looks like a great adventure. However, when I mentioned it to the baby momma her first response was, "no, it's not safe." And she grew up in SoCal.

Aug 25, 2013
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Where is the best fishmonger in San Diego?

Prices are absurd!

Aug 24, 2013
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Where is the best fishmonger in San Diego?

I know it's probably sacrilege to say this, but Catalina doesn't always have the freshest fish. There have been at least three items that have not passed the smell test in past orders. I've been there on Saturday only so that might make a difference. My advice is to be very careful when ordering. If you get a whole fish be sure the eyes are clear and the gills nice and red.

Aug 24, 2013
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Where do San Diegans rank San Diego as a food city?

apparently trip advisor agrees with you in regard to the pizza:
http://goo.gl/UVo9Qj

Aug 07, 2013
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San Diego identified by TripAdvisor Community as "Best U.S. Destinations for Pizza" Really?!

http://goo.gl/UVo9Qj

Why isn't Chicago even ranked among top ten?

Las Vegas and Boston over NY?

Seriously?

Personally, I think Trip Advisor loses huge credibility points on this one.

What say you Chowhounders?

Aug 07, 2013
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Where do San Diegans rank San Diego as a food city?

I have to take exception to some of your comments. I have a lot of personal experience with LA (OC, Seattle, Portand not so much) and Boston, and both cities blow SD away with the range and quality of restaurant experiences. Whether you take inexpensive ethnic to BBQ to high-end dining those two cities are light years ahead of SD. I lived in Boston from '83-'11 and watched that city grow in culinary terms from a backwater provincial regional hub to a world-class dining destination and SD reminds me a lot of Boston in the '70s and '80s. San Diegans are more interested in a well-crafted beer than they are in food. They eat to live and in cities like Boston, LA, NY, Chicago, New Orleans it's the other way around.

Where do San Diegans rank San Diego as a food city?

I am a self-described foodie. I used to cook professionally, ran a wholesale gourmet food business, lived in a major east coast city for years before moving to SD in 2011 and I have traveled through the country for work and fun. During my travels I enjoy finding great restaurants in the places I visit and along the way learn how much of a foodie destination each city is.

In my opinion SD is outside Top 10 and possibly outside Top 20. While there is a burgeoning foodie scene, it hasn't gained much traction. This is largely due to the lack of interest (see DiningDiva's comment) on the part of our residents.

When I moved here I thought SD would be like LA, Santa Barbara or the Bay area in terms of the interest in food and wine, but I was very wrong. Considering how close we are to Mexico you'd think this city would be overflowing with great places for Mexican food. But no, you have to look hard to find a Mexican restaurant that doesn't serve the same old tired versions of Tex-Mex. And with the huge Asian communities one would think there would be dozens of high qualify Chinese restaurants. But again no. Don't get me started on pizza or BBQ, I'll rant for days.

Sure, there are occasional bright spots, but they are far and few between. Fortunately, one can comb through the posts here or on Yelp to find them, but it's not like San Fran, LA, Seattle, Portland, Austin, New Orleans, Atlanta, New York, DC, Boston and Chicago where you can't help but fall into a great spot on almost every block.

Middle Eastern in El Cajon

We live in San Carlos which is the neighborhood around the south and east sides of Cowles Mtn. bordering Santee, El Cajon and La Mesa. Generally speaking this is a culinary desert, with a few unpolished gems here and there. Last night we found a new one in El Cajon through Yelp. Apparently there is a huge Iraqi community in El Cajon, many of them Chaldean's or Christian Iraqis, so it stands to reason that there would be some good Middle Eastern food to be found. Sammoon Bakery and Restaurant delivers the goods in a clean, unadorned space located on S. Magnolia St. across from the new police station. Most of the menus are in Arabic (is that right?) but the gentleman behind the counter was extremely friendly and welcoming and spoke excellent English. We identified ourselves as first time visitors and he quickly recommended their tasting menu for two ($19). First came the appetizer, a plate filled with hummus, baba ganouj and a delicious cucumber, eggplant and relish like salad. Not Rachel's favorite so more for me. Their bread is unlike anything I have had before in a Middle Eastern restaurant. It's a small piece of raised bread, with a golden brown surface and a light flavor. Unlike pita it does not have a pocket. Next came the "feast for two": it's a huge platter with chicken and beef shawarma, chicken and lamb kebabs, rice, pickles and lots of other goodies. Everything was delicious and well prepared and it would easily feed four hungry people. So, for less than $25, we had a great meal, felt comfortable with our 1 year old and learned a little something new. You can't ask for more than that, right?

Jul 28, 2013
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Suggestions for Chinese. Shanghai or Szechuan

Fried rice isn't what I call Chinese food

May 10, 2013
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Best ethnic restaurants in San Diego?

San E Lee in Santee is awful

May 10, 2013
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Best ethnic restaurants in San Diego?

Thai - Supannee in Pt Loma. Outstanding! Fresh, creative, authentic, friendly, clean and attractive, great value

Taste of Himalaya - haven't had better in SD

Mexican - la Forchada in Barrio Logan

May 10, 2013
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Good/decent sushi in La Mesa or El Cajon?

Second Sei. Tell Moa that Aron & Rachel sent you

Feb 14, 2013
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Catalina Offshore Products

I know it's sacrilege to bash COP but the last couple of times I've been on Saturday the fish I purchased just wasn't that fresh. I really believe in everything they are doing down there but there's no excuse for selling product that is on the backside of fresh.

Dec 10, 2012
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Whare can you buy Gingerbread Bagels?

Hopefully no where

Dec 10, 2012
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Best meal in Santee-open to all

We tried Sab-E-Lee and it was nothing special. We live in San Carlos and enjoy Sei (Navajo and Lake Murray) for sushi, The Fish Bucket Grill in Keil's strip mall for fish and Vine Cottage (Lake Murray) for continental.

Dec 10, 2012
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Sufganiyot?

Does anyone know of any reliable Jewish bakeries that might have these seasonal 'donuts'?

Dec 10, 2012
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A quest for Pupusas

There's a great pupusa stand at the City Heights farmers market on Saturdays. They make a good selection and serve them with a tasty pickled cabbage and their own salsa. We like to bring them home and eat them with a poached egg. Fillings include pork, chicken, cheese, jalapeno and squash flowers. Made to order and it often takes a wait. While you're waiting shop at this great fm, the prices and selection are wonderful.

Oct 12, 2012
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uhockey heading back to Vegas. Anything new and noteworthy?

Doesn't look like the Frozen Fury is going to be happening. In fact, it doesn't look like there's going to be an NHL season at all. Bummer...

Sep 13, 2012
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need help with 2-day itinerary on a budget please!

LA is much more a foodie town than SD, but there are a few gems. It's not Hole Mole (Long Beach) but totally legit and well prepared Mexican at La Fachada
20 25th St
(at Imperial Ave)
San Diego, CA 92102

better than German Mariscos IMHO

Pho on Fifth (Hillcrest) is pretty good

May 20, 2012
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Coop's BBQ (Lemon Grove)?

Sold Out

May 20, 2012
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Irish boiled dinner: AYCE (all you can eat)? OR Great spot?

I'd like to celebrate St Patrick's Day with an Irish boiled dinner (corned beef with boiled vegetables). Does anyone have a reco for a buffet or AYCE or at least a great rendition in one of SD's restaurants?

thanks, Aron

Mar 16, 2012
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I noticed there is a lot of talk about food at the Cosmo...

Food at Cosmo is great, IMO best in town. Jaleo is better than most tapas in Spain. Pizza off the chain. Holsteins: nom, nom, nom, buffet is amazing especially on Sunday with alcohol option.

Feb 08, 2012
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Where in San Diego can I buy New England style hot dog rolls?

Boston transplant here. Man, do I miss our food. Aside from Tacos, I can't think of anything that is better in SD. ~ broken hearted pats fan

Feb 08, 2012
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Santa Fe Fine Dining that isn't Stuck in the '90s?

Nicely written

Dec 29, 2011
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What is the best Greek restaurant?

Olympic Cafe at Texas & University in Hillcrest/N. Park is a very good family run operation. Short on ambience but food is very well prepared, ample portions and very reasonable. You can't miss with anything you order.

May 13, 2011
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Know of any places to eat off the 405 fwy - near Long Beach or Seal Beach?

Check out Riley's in LGB, wonderful friendly neighborhood spot with really good wings and burgers. Draft beer served in iced schooners and hot inked bartenders. what more can you ask for?

Feb 18, 2011
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Metro West - is it really as hopeless as I think?

that's Sichuan Gourmet, for my money best Chinese restaurant anywhere in the metrowest area

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Sichuan Gourmet
1004 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

Looking for the good stuff!!

Saigon 8 on Desert Inn was outstanding and the service was extremely attentive and hospitable. Food is fantastic and a great value. We tried fresh spring rolls, two different kinds of noodle soup (the basic and legume with side of raw steak and beef stock) and Banh Xeo which is a crispy crepe filled with sliced pork, shrimp and sauteed bean sprouts and served with lettuce, mint, cilantro, fresh bean sprouts and a sweet, vinegary sauce. It's huge, enough for 4 to share. No need to get large bowls of soup, the small are more than adequate, even for big eaters like me. They serve beer and very limited selections of wine. It is difficult for two people to spend more than $40. Best advice to chowies staying on strip and looking for off-strip dining is to rent a car, the savings on taxis, parking and aggravation will be worth it.

Jan 26, 2011
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Any info on the Meal Ticket plan for Las Vegas? 3 meals for $44

Saigon 8 on Desert Inn was outstanding and the service was extremely attentive and hospitable. Food is fantastic and a great value. We tried fresh spring rolls, two different kinds of noodle soup (the basic and legume with side of raw steak and beef stock) and Banh Xeo which is a crispy crepe filled with sliced pork, shrimp and sauteed bean sprouts and served with lettuce, mint, cilantro, fresh bean sprouts and a sweet, vinegary sauce. It's huge, enough for 4 to share. No need to get large bowls of soup, the small are more than adequate, even for big eaters like me. They serve beer and very limited selections of wine. It is difficult for two people to spend more than $40.

Jan 26, 2011
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