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Looking for a great rotisserie chicken to go ...

Thanks to all for the suggestions! I guess really good take-out chicken is not in my future. I don't belong to Costco, but could get a friend to get me a bird. I like Saffron, but "like" is about it. Sprouts is fine. Whoever said timing (i.e. when the birds are plucked from the rotisserie and when WE buy and then eat them) has a good point--kinda like getting bread out of the oven and devouring it. I guess I'll get an organic chickie and roast it myself--but not often (too lazy). Thanks again.

May 25, 2013
millerowski in San Diego

Croce's to close

When I lived in Golden Hill in late 70's, early 80's, my sweetie and I dined at Morgan often. They served a luscious mushroom souffle as an amuse bouche. They could do things with chicken breasts that I still haven't figured out. Seems the owner was in jail for something, and his wife carried on the business for quite a while--and yes, the Blue Man was part of the family. Some wonderful memories from Morgan...

May 18, 2013
millerowski in San Diego

Looking for a great rotisserie chicken to go ...

Someone said Rimel"s. Not. Any better ideas? Maybe home roasted organic bird is the only answer?

May 18, 2013
millerowski in San Diego

La Jolla/Del Mar weekend eats

Iris Food and Spirits on Carmel Valley Rd. near the ocean is laid-back, pleasant, inexpensive, run by a couple of brothers. They serve local veggies, tasty appetizers, salads, and heartier fare (their meatloaf is great). It's just 5 minutes from your hotel. Outside seating available with view of estuary (bird watching). George's Ocean Terrace has changed its menu since I was last there, but the view, as you know, is terrific on a clear day. Ditto on the other recommendations so far.

Feb 07, 2012
millerowski in San Diego

Recommendations for tasty and fresh veggie pizza?

Thanks to those who have responded! I guess I am being picky about the whole wheat (or, better, whole grain) crust. It's just that I would like to find a delicious pizza that meets my new health regimen requirements. (Of course, that my mean just making my own--something I've never been good at)......

Jan 05, 2012
millerowski in San Diego

Recommendations for tasty and fresh veggie pizza?

I'm looking for a not-too-heavy whole what crust topped with fresh veggies. Recommendations? (I am usually a pepperoni/sausage and mushroom pizza fan, but am trying the veg route for a while).
Thanks!

Jan 05, 2012
millerowski in San Diego

Calm. Quiet. Warm. Peaceful. Soft. Care. Slow. Refined. Hushed. Candlelight.

Do you have suggestions on the topic, McGrath?

Dec 17, 2011
millerowski in San Diego

RIP Naomi Wise

Such sad news. Such a loss. I wish I had saved all of her reviews! May her spirit continue to inspire San Diego diners, chefs, restaurant owners, and food writers!

Dec 17, 2011
millerowski in Food Media & News

Suggestions for restaurant dinner on December 25th (evening)?

A friend who used to live here and whom I haven't seen in 15 years (!) is coming down for the holiday, and I want to take him some place that is absolutely wonderful but doesn't cost more than $100 or so per person before wine. Ideas? right now am leaning towards George's Calif. Modern. Do not want to go inland far (like RB Inn, for ex.). (Addison's is doing December 24th but not 25th.) Thanks!

Dec 12, 2011
millerowski in San Diego

Wines low in sulfites

I have done the elimination technique, experimenting on myself, as it were. I can drink spirits without an allergic rx., but when I drink a typical wine, I get red blotches on my face and neck. I have re-tested this (i.e not imbibed any wine for a week or more, then drunk some). I drank some sulfite-free organic sake and did NOT have a rx. So, at this point I don't know if I am allergic to wine in general or to the "extra" sulfites in wine. First, I have to buy some low-sulfite wine to test it out. Or, as you imply, I should got to an allergist. Not my favorite option because allergists seem to want to spend 3 years of giving one injections, etc. I have not been able to find low-sulfite wine in my usual wine haunts, but I see that there are wineries who advertise on-line from which one could order on-line. Lordy, Lordy, I would hate to give up wine.
Thanks for your reply....

Mar 21, 2011
millerowski in Wine

Wines low in sulfites

This question has no doubt been raised before; in fact, I saw some discussion from way back in 2004. But is there new.updated info on where I might find decent wine that is low in sulfites? ((I have recently developed an allergy to most wine containing sulfites.) Thanks for any input!

Mar 21, 2011
millerowski in Wine

Has anyone tried Tikul in La Jolla?

Thanks for the sad news, Honkman. (Have to go back to Vallarta!)

Oct 20, 2010
millerowski in San Diego

Has anyone tried Tikul in La Jolla?

I was knocked out by their sister restaurant in Puerto Vallarta this past summer. I haven't tried the La Jolla location, but the menu is similar--though not as lengthy--as the menu in PV. It looks a bit pricey ($12 for a tamarind margarita, but, wow! that was the best untraditional margarita I've ever imbibed!), so I am waiting to read what others might have to say before I get out the ol' credit card.

Oct 20, 2010
millerowski in San Diego

Mussels and Fries

Another vote for Bleu Boheme. Thin, crisp fries with a touch of lavendar...CAn be noisy at peak hours.

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Bleu Boheme
4090 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

Apr 16, 2010
millerowski in San Diego

Vietnamese near SDSU?

Out-of-town friends who will be stuck near SDSU without a car want to experience some good Vietnamese food. I guess that means El Cajon Blvd. and/or University? (I am sure they can handle a bus for a few minutes.) Any suggestions? Thanks!

Apr 14, 2010
millerowski in San Diego

Cuban Food, San Diego?

Azafran Cuban Cuisine1001 South Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054-5004

OK, Oceanside is not Exactly San Diego, but close. I've only eaten at Azafran once, but I was with a large birthday party, and everyone, including a Cuban-American, enjoyed the food, ambiance, service. I'd go there again...

Mar 30, 2010
millerowski in San Diego

Rehearsal dinner near La Jolla/University City

Probably they have "event" menus and then the menus for the regular guests. I have thoroughly enjoyed many meals at the Estancia. (The food at Mustang and Burros comes from the Adobe kitchen even though the menus of the two restaurants are not very similar.) The food is somewhat pricey, but the fresh ingredients, excellent preparation, and service warrant the prices--IMHO.
So for a rehearsal dinner, if you wanted to save money, you'd probably need to order from the "event" menu--and then there would be no point if the food is as honkman describes.

Mar 30, 2010
millerowski in San Diego

Need culinary destinations along CA-76 to CA-79 to CR-S2 to CR-S22 (Carlsbad to Borrego Springs)

Went to Borrego Springs March 20th to see the wildflowers and visit friends who live out there. Lots of yellow and purple blooms--overshadowed, often, by the mustard weed.

We had lunch at the little French place off Christmas Circle (on the southeast spoke of the Circle) where I have eaten before. It's called The French Corner and is run by two chefs from southern France. The food is quite good--some time-honored French preparations in addition to items Americans expect but may not be as authentic. We ordered the special of the day--lobster crepes--and they were delicious--lobster newberg inside a crepe. They have wine and beer, and the service is pleasant. Since it was not yet summer (and hot!), we lunched outside on a covered patio. The inside is pretty; the tables wear colorful Provencal tablecloths, and the walls are nicely decorated.
(The restaurant doubles as a gift shop.) On a previous occasion, I ordered the mussels in white wine and dijon mustard sauce, and they were terrific! But too many!

Another Borrego fave is Jilberto's Mexican. It's in the heart of town on the main drag on the south side, across from Carlee's. The place is always crowded on weekends.
I think there are three Jilberto's in the county--maybe more. This one is mostly take-out, but there are plenty of tables inside, too. Giant menu, great salsa bar. I have never had anything I wasn't impressed by. But I have my favorites, like the machaca burrito and the carne asada burrito. Giant portions, very fresh ingredients, nexpensive.

For dinner, I suggest the Krazy Koyote restaurant located in the Palms at Indian Head hotel. Nice bar, menu, service, ambiance. A historic hotel, upscale yet relaxed.

There are other restaurants in Borrego Springs, but I haven't particularly enjoyed them. It's too bad that the Casa del Zorro is no more.

As far as the drive goes, 76 is the best route, IMHO. 78 is downright dangerous. 76 is, by constrast, scenic, and there is (not counting Montezuma Grade at the end of the trip, which you would be descending if you took the 78 as well) only one section of dangerous switch-backs (and that section is well-paved and has wide lanes). A lot of folks will be heading out there to see the flowers and enjoy the desert in its prime season, so be prepared for some traffic. Yet, the 76 is far less traveled than other routes--with no large trucks and no RV's.

Enjoy the adventure!

Mar 30, 2010
millerowski in San Diego

Where to find Gyro meat.

At Carnival Market on Ashford St. in Kearny Mesa, they have it in the freezer--on the right, at the back of the freezer section, top shelf. I have considered trying some but never have. And I have NO idea if is frequently re-stocked, or if it's just been sitting there.

Mar 30, 2010
millerowski in San Diego

Best S.D. Meat Market for Steaks

Based on what I had read on Chowhound, I recently decided to get steaks from the Cowboy Star butcher shop. Trouble was: their hours are limited (seems that the hours are closely linked to the restaurant schedule, which makes sense).
So, they're closed on Monday, and I was heading out to Borrego Springs for a steak show-down on Tuesday. I re-read The Reader's Naomi Wise's meat article,and I went to Homegrown Meats on Fay in La Jolla. They specialize in grass-fed beef grown on Mt. Palomar. They dry age their steaks. For the taste test, I bought four grass-fed, dry aged items: a ribeye, a NY strip, and a filet--plus a pound of house-ground hamburger. I bought the comparison beef at Henry's ( a filet and a New York). Homegrown Meats gave me a handout on how to cook grass-fed, aged beef, and my friend who tended to the Q followed it pretty closely. The grass fed won out by far! I hadn't had beef that tasted that good since I ate grass-fed in Mexicali about 15 years ago. I mean I had sort-of given up on beef, just due to the mediocrity of what is readily available. Try some grass-fed, dry-aged, and you'll see. Yep, it's not cheap, but for a special occasion, or consumed in small portions, it's well worth it!

Nov 24, 2009
millerowski in San Diego

What to eat around Torrey Pines

Try Iris food and Spirits, a couple blocks east of Roberto's on Carmel Valley Rd. Nice view of estuary and birds, excellent food with interesting variety. Good beer list (wine, too, and, recently opened full bar).

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Iris Food & Spirits
2334 Carmel Valley Rd, Del Mar, CA 92014

Oct 27, 2009
millerowski in San Diego

SD..Where's your favorite place to get a Chile Relleno?

Good to know that. Poblanos are much better, I think, than anaheims. More depth of flavor and more room for stuffing.

Oct 10, 2009
millerowski in San Diego

Favorite take-out pies in San Diego?

Thanks for the rec's. Three consecutive votes for Elizabethan must mean that's the place..and cherry lattice is what I want! Also, good to know Julian Pies uses butter...

Oct 10, 2009
millerowski in San Diego

San Diego Closed restaurants from the Down Economy

I phoned the Fish Market corporate office to find out if maybe the Little Fish Market was simply moving, but NO! It's gone. Will miss the casual ambiance and crab-stuffed avocado as well as spicy red chowder with sourdough. Good location and prices much lower than at the "big" fish Markets.

Oct 09, 2009
millerowski in San Diego

Favorite take-out pies in San Diego?

I'm looking for a great pie to take to a potluck. Not Marie's, not Coco's...something irresistible!

Oct 09, 2009
millerowski in San Diego

SD..Where's your favorite place to get a Chile Relleno?

I seem to run into chiles rellenos that are sub-par all the time. In fact, when I am testing out a place I haven't been to before, the chile relleno is the deal maker/breaker. For one thing, sometimes the chiles themselves are NOT pre-singed and peeled as they should be (raw chiles rellenos?) Another problem I've encountered is the cheese; Velveeta is NOT my idea of an authentic filling--it should be Mexican queso fresco or panela or--well, not American cheese! Next is the problem of the batter--too fluffy or not fluffy enough? And, while we're at it, what about the oil it was deep fried in? Is it fairly fresh? Is it at the right temp so the batter doesn't get soggy, or, alternatively, burn or over-crisp? A good chile relleno needs but a spoonful of salsa fresca and a sprinkiling of queso cotija on top! No heavy saucing, please. The excellent chile relleno is joyful comfort food! And I can hardly ever find one!

Oct 09, 2009
millerowski in San Diego

Awesome Baja-Style Fish Tacos, thank you Alex! (San Diego)

the link on the original post above is to a Toys R US. But I've seen the place written up elsewhere and can probably find it...thanks...

Sep 15, 2009
millerowski in San Diego

Best Patty Melt in San Diego..

re: Reuben sandwich

I echo my response to the patty melt question. D.Z. Akins. House-cooked corned beef and pastrami--piled high. Fresh-baked rye. They even make (gasp!) a turkey reuben.

Aug 27, 2009
millerowski in San Diego

Best Patty Melt in San Diego..

I agree. DZ's. Great housemade rye. A crock of home-made kosher dills on the table, plenty of caramelized onions....and a beer, if you want it. Plus great fries or choice of deli salad.

Aug 27, 2009
millerowski in San Diego

1 night in Portland, where to go?

re: Pok Pok

Went to Portland 2 weeks ago from San Diego. A friend had recently been in Portland with the expressed purpose of dining at Pok Pok. So my two Portland friends and I went. It was the most fantastic thai food I have ever had--period. The catfish, the noodles, the shrimp, the pork, the soup, the minced duck salad (was THAT terrific!), the drinks...Ahhh! If only we had anything at all like it in San Diego. I would not have traded it for any other restaurant experience in Portland. It's crowded, and there's a wait--but so what? The food is sublime.

Aug 27, 2009
millerowski in Pacific Northwest