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Honolulu trip report - Dapuma Live

With enough wasabi and shoyu the plastic greens really aren't that bad. Sake helps too.

Mar 19, 2014
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Honolulu trip report - Dapuma Live

Who rates Giovanni's Shrimp Truck highly? To me it is the epitome an a true tourist trap. It is over priced, over sauced and the only people who recommend it and go seem to tourists. When I drive by I see very few locals in line.

Mar 19, 2014
scottca075 in Hawaii

Ethnic and other affordable eating options near the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu

I'd head up to the McCully Shopping Center, easy walking distance from HHV. It has Bistro A Un, a nice Japanese izakaya, Fook Yuen Chinese Seafood Restaurant, Hot Pot Heaven, Regal Diner for Hawaiian plate lunch, Pho777 Vietnamese Restaurant, Phuket Thai, Yotteko-ya Kyoto Ramen and Curry House Coco Ichibanya, the Japanese chain.

I also like Okonomiyaki Chibo in the Royal Hawaiian Center and on Kalakaua, Ezogiku and Ramen Nakamura.

Near Ala Moana mall is So Gong Dong Soondubu, Seoul Garden Yakiniku, Yakiniku Korea House, Shillawon Korean Restaurant and Million Restaurant.

Love ME BBQ as well.

Mar 19, 2014
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The Best Butter Available in Los Angeles?

Interesting, I read that thread, which is three years old now, and it referenced The Fresh Market. I noticed there is a Fresh Market going in in the Laguna Hilla/Nellie Gail Ranch area, La Paz & Moulton. Whole Foods opened on La Paz about a year ago and Henry's/Sprouts has been a longtime staple on La Paz. I guess the affluence of the area is bringing in more, high quality stores.

Mar 19, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

Date Shakes

We park in the Crystal Cove lot and walk over.

Mar 19, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

Date Shakes

Ruby's Shake Shack is the latest incarnation of the Shake Shake that has been between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach since the 1940's or so. They updated the kitchen and spiffed up the menu a bit.

Mar 19, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

Best San Diego Mexican Food?

I don't know how many of the Chow SD posters have actually been to El Agave since none of them in this thread seemed to discuss it at all.

I understand helmswoman puzzlement at El Agave being included in a "safely avoid" category with El Indio. I also think the negative reviews on El Agave she referred to probably did come from that "Y" place, since like many people she uses it as a back-up check.

I've been to El Agave several times and think it is one of the better, high end Mexican restaurants in town, ditto for Candelas Coronado (I haven't been to Candelas Downtown enough to say one way or the other) and Ortega's Bistro.

I don't know if Romesco Baja Med qualifies as "Mexican" in the same sense you wouldn't have called Chez Panisse "French", but it deserves to be in the conversation too.

And while neither El Zarape is the best in San Diego, neither are they in the El Indio or Old Town MC category either.

Mar 19, 2014
scottca075 in San Diego

My son wants steak for his graduation dinner

Hmmm Chic-Chic would be pronounced Sheek Sheek, Shee Shee is chi-chi.

I love Taylor's Koreatown, but for a really special occasion I'd look at Nick & Stef's, Pacific Dining Car or Cut.

I was a so so fan of Mastro's before and now with Landry's owning them, I am even more put off by them.

I love Fogo and chi Spacca, but not for special special occasions.

Mar 19, 2014
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

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

The list wasn't a "best of" or anything that anyone voted on, but rather comes from the very weird way that TripAdvisor logarithms work.

I don't know why Chicago would be in the top ten, they don't even have pizza in the city. I don't know that stuff from Lou Malnati's and Giordano's is, but it isn't "pizza". Just because they call it that, doesn't make it so. It would be like calling a hot dog a hamburger just because it is grilled meat between two pieces of bread.

And I am glad NY is below Boston & Las Vegas too. New Yorkers are so freaking arrogant about what is mostly mediocre pizza it will be fun to see them whine and pout some more.

I don't know if San Diego has more good pizza places per capita than other places, but there are some truly great ones including Luigi's, Blue Ribbon, Na Pizza, Buona Forchetta, Pizzeria Bruno Napoletano, Pommarola, Cucina Urbana, even Blind Lady, just to name a few. Let everyone else whine..... who wants to go to New Haven anyway?

Aug 19, 2013
scottca075 in San Diego

What is your favorite donut in LA right now and where ?

Doughnuts? Who gets to eat dounuts still? I don't think I've had one since before the new millennium. The last one I had was at Randy's sometime in the early 90's on my commute from Newport Beach to Santa Barbara (before I decided Santa Barbara wasn't commutable from Newport Beach).

Aug 02, 2013
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Favorite Mexican grocery store?

I like the Northgate under the Coronado bridge. It is never as crowded as the 43rd Street location.

Aug 02, 2013
scottca075 in San Diego

Weekend near Petco

I too am not impressed by Cafe Chloe, been three times and still trying to figure out the hoopla.

For breakfast, Richard Walker's good, but def not worth waiting for. Check Cafe 21 and on the weekends the pubs like The Field and Dublin Square serve breakfasts.

Cowboy Star is okay, but no better than Donovan's, just a different feel. For something less spendy than CS, look at Dobson's.

Lolita's is okay, but when you can jump on the trolley and be at 25th & Commercial in two stops for Tacos El Paisa or La Fachada, why would you eat at Lolita's?

Aug 02, 2013
scottca075 in San Diego

Old Town rec

El Agave for upscale Mexican, The Cosmopolitan Restaurant and for just okay food but nice atmospheres, Cafe Coyote and Casa de Reyes.

No one would pretend Old Town has SD's best Mexican food, but neither is it as bad as some like to make it out to be.

Aug 02, 2013
scottca075 in San Diego

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

>>>Sigh. I'm going to go off and find a great sausage plate and localbrau, chill out, and stop thinking about this...<<<

Have you been to Salt & Cleaver in Hillcrest yet??

Aug 02, 2013
scottca075 in San Diego

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

Actually Orange County is significantly better than San Diego County in many food types including Chinese, Vietnamese, Italian, Middle Eastern and a few others. It is certainly equal in Mexican and maybe a bit ahead in new American and also ahead in fine dining.

I can't see San Diego being top ten and I've spent too much time in Omaha to place them in the top 50 unless I am really missing something.

Pound for pound, the two best cities in CA for food are Yountville and Santa Barbara, with an honorable mention to Laguna Beach.

Aug 02, 2013
scottca075 in San Diego

Best of Orlando - January 2013

>>- Border Grill on 5695 Vineland Rd Orlando, FL 32819<<

Does anyone know how it is that Mary Sue Milliken & Susan Feniger haven't sued this place? Anything in local papers?

Orlando seems like a natural place for the two hot tamales to open a restaurant, so it shocks me that there is a place there using that name.

Jun 29, 2013
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Best smoked ahi on the big island?

Hilo Fish Co and Bite Me in Kona (assuming someone caught some).

Jun 13, 2013
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Burgers in Honolulu/Oahu

I am not a burger person at all, but for some reason every trip to Honolulu I just have to have a burger at Duke's Barefoot Bar. It might not be the best burger on Oahu or even Waikiki, but I can think of few places I'd rather sit and chow down a burger, drink a beer and take in the scene.

Jun 13, 2013
scottca075 in Hawaii

Signature steakhouse

I like Outback for what it is. I don't expect amazing beef, but it is nice to get out of a restaurant for under $100 and I love the bloomin onion.

Hy's will always be my go to place for steak....dk is okay, Wolfgang is okay, like Morton's ESPECIALLY at happy hour and Chart House is a great value, fun and local vibe.

But I'll look into this place and ask my clients in HNL if they know it or want to try it my next trip.

Jun 13, 2013
scottca075 in Hawaii

What foods might I miss moving from DC to Oahu?

Sorry I am late to the party. the question isn't really what are you giving up (a wide variety of good Italian & French), but what are you gaining?

There are so many good, mind blowing Japanese & Korean izakayas/yakinikus that it isn't even funny.

There is plenty of high end stuff in Honolulu, but finding the local saimin, manapua, plate lunch places is an adventure.

If you've never done much Vietnamese or Filipino, you are also in for a treat.

Jun 13, 2013
scottca075 in Hawaii

Shrimp Trucks ~ Oahu's North Shore

To me the shrimp trucks are the ultimate tourist trap. Maybe I'm wrong, but I'd swear the majority of their business is the tourist trade.... too expensive for locals.

Jun 13, 2013
scottca075 in Hawaii

Great Mexican near downtown or Gaslamp

What kind of an experience? Ages? Day time or night time?

For night time, I think La Puerta and Las Hadas are fun/good, but they are more upscale bars than restaurants.

If It was me, I'd actually ride the ferry over to Coronado and eat at Candelas.

The Blind Burro is also good and fun.

For counter serve, hole-in-the-wall, Valentine's is pretty good too.

During the day I'd jump on the trolley and head to the 25th/Commercial stop and walk to La Fachada, Tacos El Paisa or El Salvadoreno Restaurant.

Jun 13, 2013
scottca075 in San Diego

Any recommendations for Gaslamp?

Funny, I've just never been impressed with either Cafe Chloe or Jsix. I've been to each at least 3 times and never had an "oh wow" experience. They aren't bad... they are even what I'd call pretty good, but I don't get the lavish praise either.

Dobson's does impress me on many levels, especially value.

I didn't see Grant Grill on the list? I think that might be the best restaurant experience in the Gaslamp.

Nobu & Katsu-ya leave me cold, especially at the prices. I think Taka is better than either.

Maybe give Spike's a try? I've only been there once, but it was interesting.

Jun 13, 2013
scottca075 in San Diego

Sunday breakfast in Mission Bay

Where in Mission Bay will you be? What is "early"?

You could eat someplace near the Zoo in Hillcrest or Banker's Hill.

Jun 13, 2013
scottca075 in San Diego

Breakfast on Coronado Island

I love Clayton's Coffee Shop for artery clogging junk, Tartine when I am feeling self righteously healthy and the little place next to Starbucks (name escapes me completely) for something casual.

Jun 13, 2013
scottca075 in San Diego

Fogo de Chao Coming to Gaslamp/Downtown

Fogo de Chao, at least the ones I've been to, are pretty good and yes, better than Rei do Gado, but about 20% more expensive as I recall.

I am pretty sure this is Fogo's first venture into SD County.

Jun 13, 2013
scottca075 in San Diego

What is the best damn thing you've eaten in SD?

A Slater's 50/50 burger with blue cheese, anchovies, fried dill pickles and a fried egg.

Jun 13, 2013
scottca075 in San Diego

San Diego New Places Opening Thread Numero Tres.

I an confused by parts duex et tres? Is there a quatre? Or is this the latest place for new openings?

Blue Ribbon Rustic Kitchen from Wade Hageman going in in Hillcrest where the African place used to be on University and 5th St.

http://www.blueribbonrustickitchen.com/

Oh and Salt and Cleaver in Hillcrest too on 5th as well, was supposed to Sausage King, but had to change the name.

May 16, 2013
scottca075 in San Diego

Best Chinese Food In The World In The San Gabriel Valley?

I've never met a New Yorker who ever readily agreed to anything, let alone about other spots in the U.S. having better food regardless of the type.

May 16, 2013
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area

Dinner options halfway between Santa Monica and Newport Beach

For Italian, Michael's on Naples or Nico's at the Naples area of Long Beach.

For good food and something different, Sir Winston's on board the Queen Mary. It is the former first class dining salon and quite good.

May 15, 2013
scottca075 in Los Angeles Area