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Vintana Wine + Dine (Escondido) patio "small plates"

I met friends here last Friday - we were there for the band - and I must say the venue is much nicer than I expected. Someone said the view is better than you think, and they're absolutely correct. And again, I can't say enough about the service at Cohn restaurants. Their food is not swoon-worthy, but my experience is that they're consistent. Valet parking is complimentary. A very nice patio for drinks and apps at sunset.

Oct 14, 2014
phee in San Diego

Who's familiar with 'old' San Diego restaurants?

La Bella's has changed, but mostly to accommodate the newer diners. I think the restaurant will always be "family-oriented", but it stands to reason they would do their best to bring in a broader customer base. You don't stick around for nearly 60 years without, for lack of better terms, staying relevant.

That said, I was there was late last year, and the pizza is just as good as it's always been.

Oct 14, 2014
phee in San Diego

Who's familiar with 'old' San Diego restaurants?

Lindy, have you tried Alforon for Lebanese? Almost in La Mesa - very close - and the food is very good.

http://www.alforon.com/

Also, there are a couple of places in El Cajon: Alibaba and Sahara. I've never been disappointed with either restaurant.

http://sahararestaurantsd.com/
http://www.alibaba421el.com/

Sep 25, 2014
phee in San Diego

Wine stores in North County

Though it may be too far inland for you, Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido: http://www.holidaywinecellar.com/.

Sep 19, 2014
phee in San Diego

Can $3M food hall rival Pike Place?

True, Cathy, and once Rock Church started up there, it pretty much meant Liberty Station was 'never on Sunday' for me because of traffic. All the events I've worked or gone to have been on Saturdays, and when I go to shop or dine, it's during the week. The good Doctor has a solution, I see, but being 20+ miles out, I'm still going to avoid Sundays.

It will be interesting to see this unfold. Liberty Station already has a fair amount of draw for tourists and locals alike, and the location is great. I'm pretty sure they'd be busy on the weekends, not only because of the church (10K...really?!), but because of all the events that are held near the water.

Sep 13, 2014
phee in San Diego

Can $3M food hall rival Pike Place?

Me neither. Meeting friends for dinner, especially on a Friday night or weekend, it's sometimes the choice because parking isn't an issue! However, it can get tight on the south side if there are several events going on. The key is knowing all your parking options, alternate entrances (crucial during the worst traffic moments on Rosecrans), and what part of LS you're visiting.

Sep 13, 2014
phee in San Diego

San Diego Public Market

Catt runs the PB, North Park, and Fisherman's Market, as well as Little Italy. Yeah, she'll be fine.

Sep 12, 2014
phee in San Diego

Can $3M food hall rival Pike Place?

Exactly. I'll go if I'm in the area - and I'm there about every other week - but I doubt I'd make a special trip just for the food hall.

Sep 12, 2014
phee in San Diego

San Diego Public Market

If I only had one.... :/

Sep 12, 2014
phee in San Diego

San Diego Public Market - RIP?

I remember that one. We used to go over there for lunch sometimes. How long has the one on Imperial been there? Maybe that's where they moved to, once all the construction started.

Sep 11, 2014
phee in San Diego

San Diego Public Market - RIP?

Sep 09, 2014
phee in San Diego

San Diego Public Market

It's official: the project is off. A Kickstarter backer's letter was sent out today, and the gist was they could not come to terms with the property owner. I'm not sure if it's okay to publish the entire contents of the letter here, so I'll leave it at that. They did many wonderful things for the community while they were open, though it never really got off the ground. I wish Catt and Dale well.

Sep 09, 2014
phee in San Diego

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Four (2014 edition)

Yes, it was. There was one in Mission Valley where Lazy Dog Cafe is now. I remember going there in the late 90's.

Sep 09, 2014
phee in San Diego

A fish market find - what is it?

Love having your expertise here!

Aug 30, 2014
phee in San Diego

Deep dish pizza

Kudos to you if you can finish a deep dish pizza while in the car! The one from Berkeley definitely required a knife and fork.

Aug 18, 2014
phee in San Diego

Deep dish pizza

To confirm an old "I think" statement, yes, Berkeley Pizza does sell take-and-bake pizzas at the Little Italy Farmers' Market. I'm not a huge fan of deep dish, but the DH is. Years ago, when we were dating, Chicago Brothers pizza was a regular stop. Anyway, I picked up a sausage pizza from the market on Saturday, baked it last night, and it was good. Okay, if you ask him, it was great, and he'd definitely love to have it again.

Aug 18, 2014
phee in San Diego

Open Air Fish Market (@ The Embarcadero) to Start August 2.

Aug 01, 2014
phee in San Diego

Welcome Comic-Con Visitors! Local CH Suggestions for Visitors: Comic-Con Weekend 2014

Adding a link to GypsyJan's earlier post (My Burning Kitchen): http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/983303

Jul 25, 2014
phee in San Diego
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Coupons and Deals

Jul 20, 2014
phee in San Diego

Random San Diego restaurant history

How cool - it's like a ride in the way-back machine! I remember going to Su Casa and thinking, "this isn't Mexican food". And, good lord - Caravaggio's??!

Jul 14, 2014
phee in San Diego

SD: Places to go if your having an affair. .

Last I knew, it was purchased by Jack McGrory and a couple of other guys - both San Diegans. It had lost it's luster after the Copley's sold it, though I can't remember who bought it, but I'm told the new owners are doing it justice. We plan a visit in the fall.

Jul 09, 2014
phee in San Diego

Dining in La Mesa: any suggestions?

It's in the same strip mall as On Cue Billiards and Pho Superbowl at Jackson and Parkway.

Jul 05, 2014
phee in San Diego

Del Mar Fair...$2 Tuesday tastings..new food items

Thank you for the rec, Cathy. That was one tasty sandwich!

Jul 02, 2014
phee in San Diego

Good food within walking distance of San Diego City College and Sheraton Marina?

Gen Lai closed last month.

Jun 23, 2014
phee in San Diego

I'm craving...

Burger Lounge has a pretty tasty quinoa burger.

Jun 21, 2014
phee in San Diego

Favorite Food Trucks

When I was working, I liked the Recess truck, too. They have a weekly schedule that doesn't vary much, they put out little seats for people to use while they're waiting, they keep their menu simple (and it's rather clever), and they put out a damned good grilled cheese sandwich and grass-fed burger.

May 25, 2014
phee in San Diego

Opening Tomorrow...AJs Fish Merchant

A few of the dishes on the menu have definitely piqued my interest. Fingers crossed for a decent place to get seafood in East County.

May 23, 2014
phee in San Diego

Sweet Bricks Toffee downtown San Diego

Danger, danger! This is way too close to my hair salon!

Will report back toward the end of the month (next appt.), as I can't resist good toffee.

Thanks (I think!) for the rec!

May 09, 2014
phee in San Diego

Sea 180 Coastal Tavern

A friend and I went shortly after they opened. In fact, they were still finishing construction on the hotel and restaurant patio. We both liked the duck quesadillas. The potstickers were just okay. My friend had the steak sandwich - good but messy. I had the seafood potpie, which was decent. Nice hunks of seafood and the portion was perfect. Crust could have used a tad more seasoning, but all in all, a good meal. Considering they'd only been open a very short time, I was impressed. I was even more impressed with the quality of service, an area many new places seem to struggle with.

May 06, 2014
phee in San Diego

Where is the best fishmonger in San Diego?

It will be on Fridays, but not sure when they're starting up again.

May 06, 2014
phee in San Diego