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Temecula Wedding Rehearsal Dinner

Getting Married in Temecula this summer and am looking for a location for the rehearsal dinner. What i'd like to see is a family style place (not standard each person orders and not buffet style). Perhaps something like a Buca-Di-Bepo style where I can order 10-15 different entree's to share, or maybe even a Tapa's type place. Maybe even a sushi place where we can order 40 rolls etc.

Getting married at a winery, so maybe we'll stay away from wine....but it'd be nice to have a place who could do pitchers of margarita at a discounted rate or a specific beverage/beer at a happy hour price (ie. designate a discounted drink of the night vs. just telling people to order at will).

We are looking for room for 20 or 25 people and something more "nice" casual rather than formal.

Any suggestions are much appreciated!

(I put in SD as I figure that'd get best results, but if it needs to be in the Cali Board...understood).

Mar 21, 2010
csils in California

Federal way foodies?

One of the Salads (Panchans?) was a white fish (Perhaps squid or calamari) in a delicious sauce. If you or anyone know what the sauce was, I'm dying to know. As well one of my favorite was the Spicy Pickled Cucumber Salad.

Mar 15, 2010
csils in Greater Seattle

Hilton Mission Valley dining without a car

Provided there is not a lot in Mission Valley to meet "chowhound" expectations...you still have a few option which won't leave you crying yourself to sleep at night.

They include the afformentioned Bully's, Gordon Biersch Brewery, Seau's (owned by Jr. Seau), I've heard Fuji Sushi is decent, and King's Fishhouse. From Hilton Fuji is practically Next door, Gordon Biersch and King's are just across the freeway, and Benihana and Bully's are each about 1 mile away in opposite directions.

If you are looking for a decent place for dinner close by, these are your best bets. If you are looking for San Diego Culinary experience...see the previous replies. Hope this helps a little more than just saying "don't do it!'

Mar 15, 2010
csils in San Diego

Federal way foodies?

I have not had a good torta in years....Labarriga has been added to my list!!

Mar 12, 2010
csils in Greater Seattle

Federal way foodies?

I know the spot...I sat in front of it two trips ago and debated going in...ended up with Mcgrath's that night....I clearly made the wrong decision. Will try it next month.

Also for the many who suggested Korean BBQ...I know little of Korean food and travelling solo makes the full Korean BBQ experience limited (the places I've seen the meal is for 2+ people). Any suggestions on what to order?

Mar 12, 2010
csils in Greater Seattle

Federal way foodies?

Awesome rec's. I just got back from my trip and went to Western Garden. Unfortunately for me I travel alone so the "BBQ" experience was lost. I did however get a bowl of seafood bibimbap that left me full for a few days. It was the type of place where not a single person in there spoke english (patron or worker), so it was wonder I was not warned that whatever i ordered came with 9 (yes nine) side salads. It was 9 little bowls of a variety of salads (Kim Chi, A spicy vinegar cucumber salad, a macoroni salad, a sometype of glass noodle salad etc). I'd say 4 or 5 of them were awesome...a few I had a couple bites and moved on. The sheer volume of food blew my mind though.

I as well had a large bottle of Hite and was well satisfied. I will be back. I did see the Burger Express too....might need to pay a visit at some point. I did make a quick stop at Mi Chalateca for a few Papusa's before catching my flight. Keep the rec's coming if anyone has more to point out. I am in town once a month and am always looking for great food.

I did make the mistake of getting food from Mcgrath's (which in turn spurred me to ask for help for CH). I figured "nice looking seafood restaurant....inches away from Seattle...has to be good, right?" eh...wrong! I was less than impressed. Bland crabcakes...super overcooked/dry shrimp and soggy fries : ( I cried myself to sleep that night.

Mar 12, 2010
csils in Greater Seattle

Fish Taco Dressing - Mayo or Sour Cream?

CF....

A few things to note. 1) I am an avid Mayo hater. Can't stand the stuff. As a kid I hated Tuna fish and it wasn't until high school that I realized Tuna is good....Just hated the mayo they added to Tuna Sandwiches. The "sauce" in most fish taco's (whether made with mayo or not) does not taste at all like mayo. I love fish taco's. You are in the clear when it comes to endulging...I would not worry about the sauce.

Two place which may be worthwhile to try...1) rubio's fish taco's. This is a franchise type place...not amazing, but decent classic taco's and relatively cheap. Rubio's in the place "credited" with bringing the Baja style fish taco to the U.S. (atleast mainstream). Also on Tuesday (after 4) the taco's are $1.25.

Another place is Longboards (or R.T.'s Lonboard GrillI in pacific beach. The taco's are decent and massive (atleast last I went) and on Tuesday's are I believe still $1.25 and they have discounted corona's and Pacifico's $.99 05 $1.25.

I know you said weekend...however for out of towners....Tuesday is definitely Taco Tuesday in SD and Virtually all places that serve alcohol have some sort of Taco special.

Mar 12, 2010
csils in San Diego

Federal way foodies?

I'm looking for a decent rec for a "cheap" ($10-15 meal?), but good hole in the wall kind of place in Federal way or close. I am in Federal Way once a month for a night (work), and all I really notice are chain's, fast food, or place that could easily be a crap-shoot (could be good, or could be suicide). If you have any rec's in the area...let me know!!

Mar 04, 2010
csils in Greater Seattle

Papuseria- Awesome

As a San Diego CH who is in Seattle area about once a month, I've passed by this place a number of times. I've been craving papusas for a while now (actually made them, turned out good, but no where near as "authentic" as someone who grew up making them).

I finally had an opportunity to stop off and eat and was very happy. I had one with pork and cheese and the other with beans and cheese and both were delicious. I also had a side of plantains that were great.

Anyone have any other quite, cheap and delicious recommendations (preferably in/around Federal way or south of the Airport).

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Mi Chalateca
33427 Pacific Hwy S, Federal Way, WA 98003

Mar 03, 2010
csils in Greater Seattle

Blind Lady Ale House -- I don't get it

If your not a fan of the Pizza, then there really would be no draw to go. (plenty of other places with good beer, less crowded). But if the pizza does strike a chord, which it does with some people....then the beer plus the pizza is the draw. Kind of like Hodad's....some love it...some think it's average at best...to each his own I suppose.

Feb 26, 2010
csils in San Diego

Blind Lady Ale House -- I don't get it

I had a friend complain about it in a similar way (I have yet to go but am eager). He was upset at the service, the crowd, and the inability to find a place to eat his pizza. My answer? You went to a bar to eat at 7pm on a Friday. what do you expect? Let's be honest...If you are looking for a nice quiet place to sit and eat your food...maybe a bar on a busy night isn't the right place. Mind you most restaurants will go on a "wait" when they get busy...not bars. It's first come first serve and the servers are spread thin.
As well I can certainly understand how frustration can greatly hamper your mood and thus perception of the food you might otherwise enjoy.

And the draw is the Beer and the pizza. Maybe you can find the same beers other places for less...but likely they have a crowd their too. And perhaps you can find better pizza....and Bruno's I'm sure has it's draw. But can you find both in one place...without a crowd?

Feb 25, 2010
csils in San Diego

SD: I got $10 bucks..where to go?

Bring a friend who also has $10 and go Halfsies!!

Feb 25, 2010
csils in San Diego

What's SD's must-eat?

You probably have not gotten a whole lot of response as there so many post on here answering the same questions. My suggestion would be to search the board based on Area (ie. Coronado, La Jolla, Gaslamp) and/or by food type (italian, thai, burgers, Seafood OR casual, upscale, cheap etc). You will find plenty or req's and opinions. You might also find luck if you narrow down the question (not so broad) and repost.

Feb 24, 2010
csils in San Diego

Beer Bars along Mission Beach

Fully agree with Taproom. The place has absolutely miserable service...But it all comes down to beer and pizza. They have maybe 7 or more local breweries all with their own dedicated taps (for example I believe they have 5 or 6 dedicated taps for stone brewing alone). Other recommendations...anything from Alesmith or Alpine, Port has a few decent beers. plus they always have additional "seasonal's" to try. And to be honest with you it's not a long walk from mission down the board walk (2.75 miles from the pier to the jetty, the southern most part of mission beach, maybe 1.5-2 to the roller coaster).

There's another place in PB, the pacific Beach Ale House which brews their own, though I can honestly say I've never tried their beer, nor have I heard much (good or bad) about it.

If you've got time, I'd recommend making a trip to the Karl Strauss Brewery (Rose Canyon is maybe 5 miles from Mission, maybe a $10 cab ride each way).

Lastly if you can work it...the Stone Brewery Garden is a spectacle to be viewed if you can make it. I've spent 8 plus hours there on a sunday with my fiancee and she never complained once about it. Beautiful lay-out (especially w/ good weather) and the beer list is awesome. It's maybe 20 minutes north of SD, so Cab ride might be expensive, but depending on your negotiating skills you might be able to convince someone to give you a ride : )

Feb 19, 2010
csils in San Diego

Fine Dining for Oriental restaurants in SD.

Fair enough!!

Feb 03, 2010
csils in San Diego

Fine Dining for Oriental restaurants in SD.

I know little about the food, however my impression is that Red Pearl Kitchen downtown might fit the bill as a "finer" dining restaurant than many of the other options. I agree wholehearted with many of cgfan's suggestions however they may not be up to snuff (date wise) with what you are looking for.

I found little to no posts on here regarding the place, though the website looks decent and the reviews at other sites seem favorable. Maybe some of the more culinarilly (not sure if that's a real word, but you get my point) inclined could shed some light of the food quality?

Feb 02, 2010
csils in San Diego

Any must try places for a good meal or happy hour fun near Little Italy??

Any place one can enjoy Young's double Chocolate stout or a Delerium Tremens is ok in my book. I'd say a few drinks at enoteca then a good show at Anthology is a great night for me.

Jan 28, 2010
csils in San Diego

San Diego Convention Center -- Resturant recommendations where a local would go

That being said, perhaps a quick reference guide is in order?

Cowboy star and Cafe Chloe are great (based on numerous CH posts) nice places in DT. Cowboy Star is a steak place, cafe chloe a french restaurant. Like wise, Bluepoint is a great seafood place. All of which however may draw some of the convention crowd.

If you are will to drive a little. Bluewater Seafood is a small whole in the wall Seafood place only a few an exit or two above DT on the 5 (or just take India street North and you hit it before you reach the freeway). IMHO it's one of it not the best for Seafood in SD (and easy on the pocket, simply search posts for it).

Another 5 or so minutes away is Sab-E-Lee, a hole in the wall Thai place, which gets raves by CH'ers. I have yet to make it but am dying to go. again search for the many posts it gets here.

In the Mood for BBQ, I would definitely pay a visit to Phil's BBQ, Again not far away (at the 8 and 5.

In little Italy, there's a great Argentinian Restaurant, Puerta la Boca (sic?).

I am sure there are many more great suggestions.

Jan 28, 2010
csils in San Diego

Restaurants in walking distance of San Diego convention center?

One I did not see is Bluepoint Seafood. and to my knowledge quite consistent.

Jan 27, 2010
csils in San Diego

San Diego Convention Center -- Resturant recommendations where a local would go

Primary, I'm sure a little more detail would elicit some great rec's (especially from a number who've already responded).

1) Are you looking for walking distance (ie. in gaslamp or downtown) or are you willing to drive for a great meal.

2) Do you have a preference for type of place (sit down dinner vs hole in the wall with great food

3) Price (is this a nice dinner with business associates, or a solo mission for great grub etc).

I trust with these type of details you will get more than enough rec's to fill your trip.

Jan 27, 2010
csils in San Diego

Point Loma Seafoods or Hudson Bay Seafood in SD - which would you pick?

Might be a sign : )...

No one has anything bad to say about the place...so it "could" be a gem...but the take away from the post is that PLS is a well known "CH favorite".

Jan 25, 2010
csils in San Diego

Point Loma Seafoods or Hudson Bay Seafood in SD - which would you pick?

As well, trader joe's can be pretty helpful in letting you know what good local beers are, if you're not afraid to ask. San Diego has a lot of small local breweries, some good, some great and some OK.

And I of course am an adamant fan of PL Seafood.

Jan 25, 2010
csils in San Diego

Best Upscale-ish Mexican in San Diego Area?

I second that. My suggestion for an awesome sunday. Walk to the Ferry from the hotel (take a moment to check out the Boats (Midway, Star of India, Carnival Cruiselines) on the Harbor. Hop on the ferry to Coronado. Walk from the ferry landing to Hotel Del (between 1 and 2 miles). check out the evening sunset on the beach. Grab Dinner at either Brigantine (seafood) or Miguel's (Mexican) and then catch a cab back to the Ferry and home.

Jan 25, 2010
csils in San Diego

ISO-seafood place in San Diego that Guy Fieri went to?

I feel like both Bluewater and PL Seafood are two of the best (non-super-expensive) fish places you can find in SD. In line with what Cookieshoes says, I will only visit PLSF only on a Sunday afternoon. The food is great and it is an interesting atmosphere, but once you have your food, it's fight for a concrete table or walk down and enjoy the waterfront from a parkbench.

BlueWater on the other hand, i'll visit for lunch, dinner, or call in an order for pick up...and I'm rarely disappointed. If you feel the preparations are bland, give the Buffalo sandwhich a shot, (calamari or Red Snapper, seasoned with Chipotle and serve on a roll with Blue Cheese and Pepperjack).

Jan 20, 2010
csils in San Diego

Cuban Food, San Diego?

Archibald and 6th or 7th (just north of the 10). Right across the street from the "Christmas House" in a little strip mall.

Dec 29, 2009
csils in San Diego

Cuban Food, San Diego?

I will add Andre's to my list a places to visit. Thank you.

Dec 28, 2009
csils in San Diego

Best Kept Secrets in the I.E. !!

I live in San Diego, but was taken to a great family owned Cuban place in R.C....Flamingo Palms. I thought it was great.

Dec 28, 2009
csils in California

Cuban Food, San Diego?

I went to a great hole in the wall last week up in the Inland Empire (a place called Flamingo Palms). It was a little family owned joint with great cuban food. I had a dish which reminded me of my mom's haitian cooking (it was called Masa de puerca Frita or something along those lines). I am curious if there is a good Cuban place here in SD. The only place I know of is Miami Grill and well...the name clues you into what to expect. And hole in the wall/family owned recommendations?

Dec 28, 2009
csils in San Diego

Hodad's Downtown San Diego

I think Hodad's fits a specific market. Half your Chowhounds on here would suggest you hop on a plane to L.A., San Fran, or N.Y. for dinner rather than eat in San Diego, so I'd clearly not expect them to revel in the hype that is Hodad's. For the rest of us however..Hodad's is Hodad's and we love it for that reason.
Regarding a second location? Who know it could severely tarnish the "style" and atmosphere that OB has afforded them...or it could add a new element. either way...
I'm always game for a periodic trip to Hodad's.

Dec 22, 2009
csils in San Diego

Fish Tacos in San Diego?

Blue Water is right next door to El Indio and I would strongly suggest it (Great Seafood). You can order fish taco's in a variety of "flavors". One note, they only serve seafood, so I would expect to go with someone who doesn't like fish...however they can walk next door and pick up some "rolled Taco's" from El Indio. Hodad's is an ecclectic burger joint with great burgers (Guy Fieri claims it as one of the two best burger joints in the country).
If you're looking for something historical...you can try the Waterfront. Good burgers from what I'm told and it is supposedly the oldest active bar is San Diego. Another S.D. joint which I have not been to (but was on Triple D) is a pizza place called Luigi's. not sure if anyone has feedback on if it's worth it to go.

A few other places to look at (I'd recommened searching post here to see if they are what you are looking for)...Corvette Diner, Hash House a go-go, Casa De Pico (or Casa Guadalajara in Old Town), and Sab-E-lee.

Dec 22, 2009
csils in San Diego