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What say ye, SuperChowers?

Kirk is good people, and is about as persnickety as it comes. I trust Kirk.

Sep 16, 2014
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OMG! It's finally happening! Pernicano's is selling!

I'm pretty sure Pernicano's in Hillcrest is related to the place with the same name in Scripps Ranch.

Sep 05, 2014
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Reservations for Laja

The Facebook message worked out great. . .except they're not open on Sunday, and my wife is tutoring Sunday morning (making a Saturday reservation difficult). Damn.

Aug 29, 2014
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Good bread in No County

Prager Brothers are the best bakery in the County, IMHO, and it's located in Carlsbad. http://www.pragerbrothers.com/

Aug 29, 2014
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Reservations for Laja

Facebook! Awesome.

Aug 27, 2014
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If I don't have a cast iron skillet, what can I use?

You could buy a cast iron skillet - they retail for around twenty bucks. http://www.homedepot.com/s/cast+iron+... Get the 12" skillet. I inherited one from an old roommate (not surprising, since the damn thing is heavy), and I use it at least once a week.

Aug 27, 2014
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Reservations for Laja

So, my wife and I are thinking of making a quick trip to Valle de Guadalupe this weekend and I figured if we were going, we should go to Laja. I've been trying to request a reservation via email (because my Spanish is poor and I figured this would be the best way), and I keep getting a mailer daemon message. What's the best way to make a reservation?

Aug 27, 2014
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Little Italy Al Fresco Short Date Ideas

Parking will be a problem in Little Italy if your date is before 2 p.m. - but Caffe Italia would probably work the best. It's in the middle of Little Italy (Union & India), and so its easy to find. Pappaleco would also work if the Mercato is moved back from Cedar to Date.

That said, you might also want to consider Gelato Vero in Mission Hills. The parking is slightly easier (very slightly), and there's a patio on the second floor that is nice.

Aug 21, 2014
jmtreg in San Diego

dinner followed by drinks with out of towners

I'd take a look a few places on 30th Street - Urban Solace, Smoking Goat, Waypoint Public, and a few others - and then finish the night at Polite Provisions, the Office, or the Coin-Op Room. These are all local places.

You could also go with dinner at Alchemy or Buona Forchetta, and then finish up the night at Hamilton's.

Aug 11, 2014
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One man's exhaustive search for the best fish taco in SD. .

Probably because of all the moving parts to a good fish taco. A typical taco has 2-3 ingredients besides the tortilla. A fish taco has 4-5, all of which need to be good to make a good fish taco.

Aug 04, 2014
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Carnitas Snack Shack Wait Time Sunday at noon

Generally, you're better off showing up around ten or fifteen minutes before they open to keep the wait down (to ten or fifteen minutes). The food is awesome, but I'm not sure that CSS would appeal to kids - the portions are too big. That said, the seating will work for kids.

Jul 23, 2014
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Pizzeria Mozza--Underwhelmed

So I finally tried Mozza on Saturday, and had a few thoughts:

1. Unlike Troy Johnson's review, the service was okay. The waiters interrupted a bit, but they were attentive and knowledgeable.

2. The cocktails were good, but expensive (a common theme).

3. The pizzas are sort of a Neapolitan/New York hybrid. The pizzas are small (10 inches), and the crust was more like a New York or New Haven style pizza - crunchy. Also, there was a char, but not a lot of smokiness. Also, the pies are expensive.

4. The salumi was phenomenal. My SO and I split the pane pomodoro with burrata and speck, and then I had a pizza with finocchina (salami with fennel) and Fresno chilies. Both were excellent.

5. The butterscotch budino was great, but had a bit too much salt - I wanted a bit of saltiness at the beginning, and then have straight butterscotch. Instead, there were layers of salt in the budino. Good dish, but expensive.

Overall, Mozza is very good, but if you want true Neapolitan style, Bruno's, Buona Forchetta, or Caffe Calabria have better pizzas. Still, it would be awesome if any of these places had a full liquor license.

Jul 14, 2014
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Best Taco Shops In San Diego...

Tacos El Gordo. It's a TJ chain that moved across the border, and you can find locations in National City or Chula Vista.

Jul 11, 2014
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Must try restaurant ...

That's not a bad location. Smoking Goat and Urban Solace are solid picks. If you want to explore craft beer, I'd also try Waypoint Public, Tiger!Tiger!, and the Ritual. For pizza, go with URBN (New Haven style), Buona Forchetta (Neapolitan style), or Bruno's Pizzeria (Neapolitan style). You could probably walk to most of those places (especially Smoking Goat).

You may also want to consider the Wine Vault & Bistro, which does tasting menus for a reasonable price.

You are also going to want to do some Mexican food, so hit up a taco truck (at 30th & Grape is probably the easiest to get to), and Super Cocina.

Jul 10, 2014
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New Butcher Shop In Clairemont

THESE ARE THE PIGS BEING FED AVOCADOS? Sweet.

Jul 10, 2014
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New Butcher Shop In Clairemont

Per the Eater website: http://sandiego.eater.com/archives/20...

This will be a place to get high quality pork from heritage breeds. . .and here I am with a longing to retry my recipe for porchetta.

Jul 09, 2014
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San Diego New Restaurants: 2014

Anyone looking forward to Panama 66? http://sandiego.eater.com/archives/20...

Balboa Park could use the upgrade.

Jul 08, 2014
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Bazinga Mac n Cheese (old Sea Rocket location)

It seems like one of the concepts coming out of a restaurant overhaul show (Kitchen Nightmares, etc) - "I know what you'll do, you'll be a mac-n-cheese restaurant."

Jul 03, 2014
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Where do San Diegans rank San Diego as a food city?

Actually, I think it depends on the neighborhood. In neighborhoods along the I-8 corridor (Mission Hills, Hillcrest, North Park, University Heights, Normal Heights, etc.), there are a number of good mid-range bistros.

Does Serra Mesa, Linda Vista, or Mira Mesa have good mid-range bistros? Maybe not. A big problem is that the neighborhoods built later aren't as walkable, and the strip-mall concept favors restaurant chains. So, that's depressed the evolution of restaurants in the neighborhoods outside of the urban core.

That said, there is a San Diego identity as far as the restaurant scene goes, and we're not merely an extension of the LA/OC food scene. So, right now the food scene in San Diego is okay, but there is real potential for growth.

Jun 17, 2014
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Where do San Diegans rank San Diego as a food city?

As a native, honestly, I'd put San Diego in the top 20. For our pluses, we have fantastic beer, an improving cocktail scene, a unique taco shop/burrito culture, and amazing produce year round. For our minuses, we are lacking formal dining, and compared to our neighbors to the south, the scene is not nearly as innovative as in other cities. But, I imagine that will improve with time.

Jun 17, 2014
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If I had Magical Restaurant Powers, I'd :

Put one decent Chinese take-out restaurant in North Park/Hillcrest/University Heights area.

Jun 12, 2014
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ISO of the Best Burrito

I wouldn't be so harsh on LL. I remember the place pre-Man v. Food days, and it was always a good taco shop. The burritos at Dos Brasas were better, but LL was always nicer, and had better tacos than Dos Brasas.

Jun 08, 2014
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ISO of the Best Burrito

True, Dos Brasas around the corner makes a better burrito (though the salsa at Lucha Libre is far superior).

Jun 06, 2014
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Top 15 Things to Eat in San Diego Now! (2014)

Great list. Here's mine:

Steak Sando from Carnitas Snack Shack
Carne Asada tacos from Tacos El Gordo
Mojades de carne from Mama Testa
Fish & Chips from Ritual
Brussels sprouts from Soda & Swine (after 2-3 cocktails from Polite Provisions, of course)
Blue corn chilaquiles from Mystic Mocha
Beef Stroganoff from Pomegranate
Salami Pizza from Pizzeria Bruno Napoletano

Jun 05, 2014
jmtreg in San Diego

Most Unique San Diego Restaurants?

It all depends on what you deem unique. But if you are thinking unique as someplace local that you can't get anywhere else, then I'd go with a taco shop. Actually, the first stop my brother makes whenever he comes home for a visit is to one of his several favorite taco shops. To step it up a notch, go with Tacos El Gordo (for tacos), or for a sit down meal, go with Super Cocina or Aqui Es Texcoco (which I plan on trying sometime soon).

Additionally, our beer is. . .just fantastic. And the beer pubs are equally fantastic. The most unique has to be Fathom Bistro - it sits on a pier off of Shelter Island (or Harbor Island).

Jun 05, 2014
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"America’s 20 Best Barbecue Cities"

Um. . .what? I grew up in San Diego, I love San Diego, and I'm a huge, huge, homer, but San Diego truly lacks two things - a good deli and decent barbeque.

May 28, 2014
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The Lack of Craft; A Reason Why San Diego is Ignored by Foodies?

I have to agree with a lot of the posters here - the dining scene is probably as good as it has ever been. There are still holes, and perhaps too much reliance on burgers, beer, and Belgian(ish) food, but all in all, food is getting better.

Well, the drinks are getting better. Eater posted an interview with the sommelier at Juniper & Ivy (http://sandiego.eater.com/archives/20...), where she noted that San Diego restaurant goers are more adventurous than she expected in our wine choices. This is similar to the owner of Polite Provisions saying that San Diegans were more willing to accept cocktails than in other cities. And of course, our beer is fantastic. All in all, the drink scene is probably going to outrun the food for awhile.

But I hear you on the Sausage King - that hurt. My hope is that Heart & Trotter opens and does a great job. Even then, its just a start.

May 28, 2014
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Best Hamburger in San Diego?

That's awful!

May 22, 2014
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Fresh Tortillas

While I'm not a huge fan of their food, El Indio makes damn fine tortillas (and chips).

May 22, 2014
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Philly hound and beer lover headed to San Diego

I concur with the list of those breweries. My ranking:

1. Alesmith (fantastic beer)
2. Stone (because the Stone Brewery gardens are awesome)
3. Alpine (amazing IPA's)
4. Ballast Point (probably my favorite brewery and relatively close to you)
5. Lost Abbey/Port Brewing (two breweries under 1 roof, Belgian styles)
6. Mike Hess Brewing (in North Park, like the beer)
7. Societe (also good beer)

May 12, 2014
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