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Wine Stores in San Diego

I have it, on pretty good authority, that Jim Hart is no longer at Milagro. He still makes wine at the Hart winery, but has now centered his efforts at Vulcan Mountain winery in Julian.

1 day ago
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Small Redemptions of San Diego

I wish I could give this a double heart!! (Grinch heart maybe...) My summer jobs in Eastern Canada revolved around the farmers market. The bounty here is unsurpassable (maybe not a real word)

Aug 16, 2015
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Proscuito

This heat is making me crave prosciutto and melon. Where do you get ultra-thin sliced prosciutto - without having to explain to slice it correctly?
Whole Foods has done well in the past, but I'm always open to alternatives.

Aug 14, 2015
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The Farmer and The Seahorse (Green Acre III)

Green Acre (both) are still there. The story I heard was that the name change was to allow "flexibility" with the menu, without being mistaken for Green Acre. I put Green Acre III in my subject because, having been to the Nautilus location a few times and the Campus Pointe location many, many times; The Farmer and the Seahorse is somewhat indistinguishable from the Green Acre formula (not that there's anything wrong with that).
Bella Vista is still pretty hopping too. And they have a much better beer and wine list...

Aug 11, 2015
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The Farmer and The Seahorse (Green Acre III)

Yeah, no website. Like bizzwriter posted, there is Instagram and a FB page. Also some posts coming in, slowly, on Yelp.
Here's the menu (sorry my phone's not really the best for docs)

Aug 11, 2015
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The Farmer and The Seahorse (Green Acre III)

Eaten here a couple of times in the past 2 weeks. It's still a little green in some places, but definitely a welcome addition to the Torrey Pines biotech campus.
First visit, I had the crab cake club and my coworker went with the burger. Both were really good - burger was perfectly medium rare and juicy; crab cake was a good amount of crab on a brioche bun, could've had a little more acid, but very good overall. Same house made chips as Green Acre. Didn't disappoint. The crowd was a little sparse and I was worried they weren't really advertising as my other colleagues had no idea the place was even there, let alone open...
One week later, I ate there today. 1pm and it was packed! Had the beet salad - arugula, feta, roasted beets - very nice for a hot day.
All in all, even though it has a different name, it has a very Green Acre "feel". The menu is still pretty limited though and it will be nice when they complete the patio for outdoor seating. I understand they have a target clientele and wish them well. However, the price point is pretty steep (not unlike Green Acre) - lunch #1 w/ 2 beer was $35 and #2 w/ 1 beer was $25 (including tax and tip). The biotech-ers can foot that easily, but I'm not so sure about those of us in the non-profit sector...
Nonetheless, it's worth a visit. Especially to see the Winnebago private room!!

Aug 07, 2015
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Bracero

205 Posts/Comments. By my count, albeit quick, less than 20 (19) are about the actual restaurant and food... And folks wonder why I don't recommend Chowhound as a food resource (even though I'm here everyday)?
Stay classy San Diego.

Juniper & Ivy with kids

Seconding the patio. We went in early January for my dad's last dinner in town. We were able to (more or less) corner my son in the back corner. Pretty sure we were there about the same time and the patio was completely empty, apart from us. So, even when he did ultimately escape, he didn't bother anyone else while we collected him.
Full disclosure - I had to leave and walk around Little Italy while my wife and my dad finished desert and paid the bill ;)

Apr 13, 2015
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Good budget dinners ($10-20 pp) that aren't Mexican or Ramen

Apr 08, 2015
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Kid-friendly/oriented, but Chow-worthy

I looked through the archives and didn't really find any threads centered on this topic... My son turns 2 next weekend. For the past 2y, dinner out has been a compromise of timing and accounting. The previous ten years, most of my free income was set aside for a few lavish meals per year.
Now that he is (moderately) well-behaved at restaurants and my S-O is back at work, I'd like to get re-acquainted with SD restaurants that cater-to/tolerate annoying families and are Chow-worthy, for our limited income.
We've tried, and liked: Fathom, California Kebab, Bird Rock Coffee, Tajima, PhoTime II (and most pho places), JRDN (breakfast/lunch), Sab-E-Lee (Santee), PB Fish Shop.
Thanks!!

Mar 27, 2015
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Non-Mexican good for 17-person group in Escondido / San Marcos?

It may not be your cup of tea, but Stone Farms re-opens March 7. On Saturdays only, they serve pizza from a nice wood fired pizza oven. Other than Saturdays and the pizza however, you have to bring your own food and eat picnic style. They have the normal assortment of Stone brews, plus some unique ones to that location. There are plenty of picnic tables and chairs located under a huge oak tree - it can get pretty hot and the shade is kind of a necessity. You can walk around the grounds where there are hops, passion fruits and gardens growing various veggies. Finally, there are a bunch of small animals, goats, chickens, that the kids cab watch.

Feb 05, 2015
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Cheeseheads looking for good San Diego food advice!

Forgot to mention. The best bottle shop in your immediate area is PB Express (3503 Ingraham). Huge selection. The turnover is a little slow at times, but they carry a huge selection of local and select CA beers (Russian River, Rogue, etc...).

Dec 24, 2014
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Cheeseheads looking for good San Diego food advice!

I'll add in seconds for:
Fish tacos at Oscars and Don Bahia Bravo.
La Playa taco shop does have great breakfast burritos and the shrimp tacos are also pretty darn good post-breakfast hours.
Sushi Ota is the closest, good, sushi you will find in the Mission Beach neighbourhood area - don't bother with the sushi in Mission Beach/Pacific Beach, it's all tourist trap crap.
The Fishery is a favourite restaurant of mine and visiting guests, but their fish counter leaves a lot to be desired inventory-wise and I find their fish counter prices pretty high. The restaurant is a nice locals spot though.
For good selection and price, the drive to Catalina Offshore is definitely worth the short drive. Alternatively, you could head north to El Pescador, in La Jolla, fish counter prices are still a little high, but the main attraction are the freshly grilled fish sandwiches.

I'll add in my 2c for casual and beer since the other points are pretty well covered.
Tower 23 - beach/boardwalk view, a little pricey at dinner, but lunch and breakfast are quite reasonable.
Thai Village - there are better Thai places in SD, but this is my favourite in PB.
Isabel's Cantina - breakfast or lunch. California/Mexican. Good coffee.
The Mission - breakfast or lunch.
California Kebab - home of Amplified Aleworks (onsite brewery). Great tap list. Patio Pints specials on the weekends. Mediterranean food. PB's undiscovered gem, imho.
Barrel Republic - pour your own pints, pay by the oz. Great way to taste a significant amount of brews without having to go a pint/pitcher at a time. No food.
Tap Room - (next door to above) Also a good tap list and pretty chill environment. Food is nothing to write about, but it is a beer bar after all.
Everything above is mainly in Pacific Beach. I've yet to be impressed by anything in Mission Beach...

Dec 23, 2014
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Anywhere to get Russian River Pliny the Elder in San Diego

Too late to help OP, but I have it on good authority that Fathom has Pliny consistently on their roster (they're not on TapHunter). Fathom, imho, doesn't get enough cred here - on the water, solid beers, solid food and well priced.

Dec 09, 2014
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The Belly Up -- When Should I Be There?

I'd be surprised if you had to go that early... Been to my fair share of sold out shows at Belly Up and parking is way more of a problem than getting a seat. That being said, the seated areas are the worst parts of that venue to enjoy the show, soundwise - blocked views, off to the side, weird acoustics.
If the start time on the ticket is 8pm, I would expect they won't take the stage until 9, maybe, 10pm. Get there at 6-7 and you should be fine to get a seat in the "stadium" seats in the back left and eat some bar grub to build up your constitution to dance the night away when they finally come on.
One last note - the bar is cash only (can't remember about the food service) so make sure to hit the bank beforehand or prepare to get gouged by the bar ATM!

Dec 09, 2014
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Anywhere to get Russian River Pliny the Elder in San Diego

"...equal to or superior to Russian River Brewery Co."

Care to elaborate? I'm a beer nut and love being in San Diego, but Pliny wins year-in/year-out for a reason. Not a shameful thing to bring back a few award winners to your own home-town, n'est-ce pas? Maybe a suggestion to replace said Pliny?

Dec 03, 2014
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Lunch in Pacific Beach

I'll add +1's for Isabel's Cantina, The Fishery and California Kebab.

PB Fish Shop and Promiscuous Fork might also work.

I love Sushi Ota, but it's always a pain to get in the door, assuming you have time constraints, and then get out.

Nov 18, 2014
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Leaving San Diego on 12/24

I'm not an expert, but it seems that Mission-style burritos are the norm in NorCal. So, maybe some purist Baja-style taco shops are in order...
Also, with wine country being so close, you might miss out on the great selection of tequilas and tequileras in SD - I personally love Cantina Mayahuel (go on on an off-day or off-hours and the staff are super helpful).
Ocean-side drinks and food are also a great excuse to go out and I echo encotte's rec's.

Nov 14, 2014
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La Jolla Thanksgiving

Piatti, maybe?

Nov 07, 2014
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Stew. Daube. Hearty Soups. Chili con Carne (not ramen or pho)

FN - I saw the latest New Yorker cover at a friends this weekend and you immediately came to mind. (Not inappropriate to post in a thread about Waypoint Public, methinks).

Santee - birthday dinner with a toddler...

In the end, by a coin toss (literally), we went to Terra over Antica Trattoria. Like you mentioned, it was very, very kid friendly. The family at the table next to us had 3 kids and there was at another couple with a baby by the time we left. They had toys/drawing tablet-thingys for the older kids as well as a kids menu and high chairs. I was quite impressed with the effort they went to for the kids! Thought I would mention this as people are always looking for options for families that are chow-worthy.
Wednesday is free corkage and we brought a bottle of Barbera that I made with my co-worker last year. My wife also had the cocktail of the week, made with one the many in-house infused liquors. We had a potato, red onion quesadilla to start (big hit with the little one); I got the pot-roast, which was solid, nothing special, but very good; and my wife had the fish special, forgot the name, but it was a firm steak, very much like tuna. Dessert, on-the-house for her birthday, was a pan cooked banana cake, candle and all.
Terra's a little out of our normal range, but I'll definitely make the effort to go back for dinner again - even though being in the area was a depressing reminder that Pubcakes is closed :(

Nov 03, 2014
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Santee - birthday dinner with a toddler...

Done Bo Beau in OB many, many times (pre-baby). Will add to the list though.
Thanks!

Oct 29, 2014
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Santee - birthday dinner with a toddler...

Been to Terra for brunch and really liked it. So, that might be an option. 125 and the 8 is not too far, by any means.
Do you think that Antica Trattoria is appropriate with the toddler, though?
Thanks!

Oct 29, 2014
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Santee - birthday dinner with a toddler...

BC, your roaming area is enviable! (Beach to the desert, you've always got the pulse).
We've done Sagmani and Alpine is on our rotation (when we're out that way). The SO is not big on "chains" (Phil's/Mimi's/Oggi's), but I can always entice her with some deli!
Thanks again for the recs!

Oct 29, 2014
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Santee - birthday dinner with a toddler...

In Lakeside for the week, housesitting.

It's my wife's bday and looking for dinner ideas, with our 1 1/2 year in tow (sorry baby-haters, we're too poor for a sitter).

We love Sab-E-Lee(2) and will likely end up there, but I figured I'd throw out a line to see if there other options worth considering...
El Cajon and La Mesa options are fine too, but needs to be early and toddler friendly.

Thanks in advance!

Oct 29, 2014
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Easy dining for one from the convention center

Prince Edward Island. FAR East Coast of Canada, Maritime province. Normally renowned for mussels, not oysters, as far as I know...

Oct 22, 2014
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Escargot

The "fresh" ones were what I was referring to - at the fish counter in mock shells. Already buttered, if I remember correctly.

Oct 20, 2014
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Escargot

Last time we were searching, we found them at Jonathan's (for $10 a tin!!). Also found fresh and canned at Whole Foods for about the same, ridiculous, price.

Oct 20, 2014
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Good mid-day sushi on Saturday

This looks promising. I avoid Downtown like the plague, but I'm sure my friends wouldn't mind getting down there. Anyone been? How's the crowd situation on a Saturday afternoon?

Aug 01, 2014
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Good mid-day sushi on Saturday

Tadokoro's website says hours are 5-10pm... Too bad, it's a pretty easy drive from south PB.

Jul 31, 2014
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