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Great coffee in SD..?

Lately I've been enjoying the Papua New Guinea as a pour over at Dark Horse on Adams. North Park does not offer the PNG.

May 24, 2015
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best mexican food San Diego

It's also worth knowing that they make vegetarian and vegan tacos, though there are no indications thereof on the menu.

May 03, 2015
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Solare - Tasting Menus

Although there were few vegetarian courses in your tasting menu, do you think that Solare would put together a superior all-vegetarian menu?

Apr 27, 2015
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Mariscos Godoy alternative sought

Mariscos Godoy was my go-to place for out-of-town guests who wanted Mexican seafood at a restaurant instead of a truck. Given that it's closed, what's a good alternative?

. . . anywhere from Chula Vista through Claremont

Apr 13, 2015
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The Water Grill

Just to confirm, since he is a world traveler: In New Delhi, a large order of fries from McDonalds is 95 rupees, or approximately $1.49.

Mar 15, 2015
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Seated Repeatedly in Siberia

I don't imagine that you are being treated in this way because you don't look like a Del Mar matron. I've got long messy hair, an unkempt beard, and ill-fitting clothes, but I always sit in the front section and always get respectful service. Maybe it's a male/female thing: as often as not, I look like I'm homeless but servers seem to recognize that I can pay my bill and tip well too.

(Strangely, tho properly I should always be stopped by customs because I look like a drug runner, even in my youth I was always waived right through.)

Mar 10, 2015
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What's Your Favorite Happy Hour in San Diego County?

Oceanaire for $1 oysters and decent cocktails

Starlite for Happy Hour specials on food and drink

Jan 13, 2015
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faculty candidate Interview dinner choices

At UCSD we usually just take 'em to Piatti. It's easy. It's close. It's palatable. The back patio is generally quiet enough for conversation. The ability to dine al fresco on a January night is an incredible incentive for our northeastern and midwestern candidates.

That said, my favorite candidate meal was at Spread, soon after it opened, when it was still good: a three-hour vegetarian extravaganza.

Jan 08, 2015
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Vegan/Vegetarian between Coronado and LaJolla

I concur. Trilogy is excellent.

Dec 23, 2014
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Vegan/Vegetarian between Coronado and LaJolla

Moncai is a ten-minute detour from the Coronado -- La Jolla corridor, and worth it.

Nates Garden Grill also requires a detour, but you won't be sorry you drove the extra miles. No website. 3120 Euclid Avenue San Diego, CA 92105

Most farm-to-table type restaurants have reasonable veggie offerings.

Dec 22, 2014
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Oakland Lunch Today

It's a rainy day in Oakland and I just realized I need to each lunch in two hours. I'm a CH visiting from San Diego. Please save me from using yelp. I am not at all familiar with the restaurant scene here.

What is the best lunch in Oakland? for guidance, my favorite lunches in SF include Swan's and Zuni.

I have a car, so getting around is no problem.


Olive bar

The olive bar at the WF in Hillcrest has a decent number of olives with internal pits. Whether the available non-pitted olives (often including Luques, Cerignola, Nicoise, Kalamata, and one or two others) are to your taste is another matter. And whether selection meets your criteria for adequate variety, again, is another matter.

You might not like them. There may not be enough of them for you. But they are there.

Oct 07, 2013
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? American Voodoo ?

Apparently a new restaurant @ 4655 Park Blvd. that opened yesterday. No menu online.

Any soft opening or first night insights?

Sep 18, 2013
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fresh date nite ideas?

Apropos, has any hound been to Bankers Hill Bar & Restaurant recently? The menu has some nice additions, but map is not territory.

Aug 19, 2013
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Sunday breakfast, how far do I need to get away from downtown due to Comic Con

The Mission in North Park is another classy choice.

I don't like Snooze, but it *is* popular with people who enjoy very large plates piled high with carbs.

Jul 20, 2013
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Please help me impress her with a Restaurant suggestion.

I beg to differ: Kentucky Colonel is the best

De gustibus et coloribus non est disputandum.
A fancy equivalent for ymmv.
I.e., I beg, but not too hard.

Jul 18, 2013
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What's Your Favorite Italian Restaurant In San Deigo

I can't speak to "preferences." However, you should be aware that Blue Water usually has a line out the door at the lunch and dinner hours. Probably and hour wait or more.

I get dinner there once or twice a week, so I love the place. But I usually show up five minutes before closing. I don't think I would eat there if I had to wait on that godawful line.

Moral of the story: if you choose Blue Water, especially for take out, phone in your order.

Jul 11, 2013
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Breakfast Burrito and other Recs - we'll be in PB (yes, I know...)

Worse than calling SF "Frisco"?

Jul 06, 2013
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Date Night Suggestion - Central San Diego

No to Alexanders. Ugh. No. Risotto with standard rice, not arborio or carnaroli = 100% unacceptable.

No to Brooklyn Girl. You can do better, (So sad for me, since it's only three blocks away. I'd eat there every week if the food was worthwhile.)

Jun 27, 2013
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Date Night Suggestion - Central San Diego

This is an easy one:
Seven Grand for cocktails, followed by Smoking Goat.
Counterpoint (they now have cocktails)

Jun 27, 2013
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Another One Bites the Dust, or...

Just the facts, ma'am.

Jun 20, 2013
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Saffron chicken source

Does anybody know the source of Saffron's chicken? My guess would be that they use cheap, intensively farmed birds. I'd be happy to learn that I am mistaken.

Great Mexican near downtown or Gaslamp

Is it very loud? The website gives the impression that it is the East Village equivalent of Baja Betty's, albeit for hipsters. It definitely did not cry out, authentic and creative cuisine a la Rick Bayless.

Jun 05, 2013
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Best new american?

You almost never can go wrong with Starlite. Make a ressie and request a corner table.

Grant Grill's snazzy too.

Who needs food anyway? I'm meeting a friend at Seven Grand Whiskey Bar next week, and looking forward to trying it!

Jun 05, 2013
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old man can't think

I plan to take some of my students out for beer or cocktails and dinner to celebrate the end of the year. I'd prefer to be outside and relatively quiet, so we can converse comfortably.

Cantina Mayahuel, Shakespeare's, and Station Tavern come to mind. Any other suggestions?

(Not O'Briens. They're not the only game in town any more vis-a-vis craft beer, and the food is ugggh.)

Geography: Golden Hill through Claremont; the Pacific through the 15.

Jun 05, 2013
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Mariscos German, new location


One of the Mariscos German trucks seems to have taken up residency in the Amvets parking lot.

3441 Sutherland St
San Diego, CA 92110

May 29, 2013
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SD a "Hotbed" of TV Food Competition Cooking?...Really

I apologize for touching a nerve there. Perhaps a strategically placed emoticon would have tipped you off to the fact that my quip was fully ironic.

I was responding to karaethon's statement, which struck me as an expression of male privilege, with its subtle implication that women "on that show" were not deserving of their success.

For the sake of full disclosure: I do not have a TV and thus do not watch reality shows except for Rupaul's Drag Race, which streams online, so I know nothing substantive about "that show."

May 24, 2013
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SD a "Hotbed" of TV Food Competition Cooking?...Really

That's one thing I hate about the entertainment and food industries alike: they are such hotbeds of female privilege. Women in those industries enjoy such privilege, in fact, that I'll bet they're totally unaware of their privilege.

May 24, 2013
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Looking for a great rotisserie chicken to go ...

Where, besides Whole Foods, can I get a rotisserie chicken that is not shot full of steroids or antibiotics, and that was not raised on pelletized radioactive waste, pelletized cow brains, or whatever they feed chickens to keep the price per pound so low?

May 23, 2013
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San Diego New Places Opening Thread Numero Tres.

I am grateful for the fact that, in our humanity, we are complex beings, given to acting on multiple, sometimes contradictory, impulses.

As such, it is reasonable (if not rational) that an individual might occasionallygo to a restaurant seeking to maximize the gustatory experience, while at other times the same individual might go to a restaurant predominantly for the sake of social interaction, or because he wishes to sit quietly and introspect, while surrounded by the sounds of others.

I have never been to Tom Ham's Lighthouse. But, from the description, it makes sense to me that this restaurant might be the PERFECT restaurant for some people on some occasions. If all of us, always, necessarily went to restaurants predominantly for the food there would be many fewer restaurants in San Diego.

May 16, 2013
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