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15 fair foods you'll be talking about

That's so, so, wrong. And not wrong in a good way, just plain wrong.

May 21, 2015
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San Diego CLOSED restaurants (2015 edition)

Wow. Wang's North Park just shut down.

May 19, 2015
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Cocktail supplies in San Diego : bitters, liqueurs, etc

Mona Lisa has a fantastic liqueur selection, but no bitters, as I recall.

Apr 15, 2015
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Las Cuatro Milpas hot sauce?

Oh my God. I think I just figured out what I'm having for dinner on Sunday. . .that's so. . .awesome.

Apr 14, 2015
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Heritage Pigs in SD

That would make amazing porchetta.

Feb 03, 2015
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What's your *favorite* restaurant in San Diego?

Tiger! Tiger!
Ritual Tavern
Akinori Sushi
Polite Provisions/Soda & Swine
Mystic Mocha (for brunch).
Pizzeria Bruno Napoletano

Jan 28, 2015
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Cheeseheads looking for good San Diego food advice!

Juniper & Ivy is a good suggestion for a sitdown restaurant, along with the other suggestions made. I'd add the Wine Vault & Bistro.

Favorite Fish Taco - I'd probably go with one of the Mariscos trucks. There's the truck on 30th and Grape, and a truck on Texas and Madison (or Monroe). And, I hate to admit this, I'm still partial to Rubio's for fish tacos.

Favorite Sushi - Akinori Sushi on University.

Lunch/Casual Dining with good beer - Tiger!Tiger! (GREAT beer), Toronado (so-so food, GREAT beer), Blind Lady Ale House (like Tiger!Tiger! but with pizza), Carnitas Snack Shack (so. . .much. . .pork), Brabant (casual Belgian fare).

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

Let me second wanker's point slightly. Pliny the Elder is a damn good beer, but I would strongly suggest trying some of our local IPAs - many of which are excellent. I highly recommend trying Alpine Brewing's Nelson, Duet, or Hoppy Birthday. Alesmith makes a very good IPA (which pretty much describes all of their beers), Ballast Point's Sculpin will be pretty much everywhere (as it should be), and there are several other fine IPAs just about everywhere.

Dec 03, 2014
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9 Old Time Bars in SD

They tore down McDini's?!!?!

Dec 02, 2014
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Pizzeria Mozza - closing

I ate at Mozza and while everything was excellent (particularly the salumi and the butterscotch budino), I can see why it failed. The rent was probably pretty high, and for locals, the location wasn't great - parking was expensive, and there aren't a lot of residences close by - and that's a pretty big problem for Mozza given that its direct competition (Bruno's, Buona Forchetta, Caffe Calabria, URBN) don't have those problems.

All in all, if Mozza was the only game in town as far as upscale pizza joints, then it probably be still open. Still, I will miss the salumi.

Nov 17, 2014
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Pumpkin Pie Pickup

+1 Betty's Pie Whole. I've never had a bad pie from Elizabeth.

Nov 07, 2014
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What to do with Calabrian Chiles?

My father-in-law grows Calabrian chiles in his backyard, and lately (seeing as I'm a new son-in-law and all), I have received around a pound or so of fresh Calabrian chiles, which are now sitting in my refrigerator. So, what do I do with them?

Oct 22, 2014
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I don't know if this is the best quesadilla, but I'm a big fan of the squash blossom quesadilla sold at the Hillcrest Farmer's Market.

Sep 28, 2014
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On the go near the airport

Saffron would work somewhat, depending on the time of day. I find the roast chicken alluring (though I can't point out a reason why, exactly). Otherwise, Dos Brasas, up the street on California, is a good bet.

Sep 24, 2014
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Dinner and Entertainment for a 21st birthday party with non-foodies... help!

What sort of entertainment are you looking for? You could, for instance, go to Shakespeare's and then head to the improv theater next door (I forget the name). You could also go with Pomegranate and then walk across the street to the Red Fox room for the piano bar (or stick with the Red Fox Room, but the food is iffy, go with Hope 46 [in the Lafayette] for food instead). Or maybe eat somewhere on 30th, and then walk to the Coin-Op (a better choice over Dave & Busters).

Sep 23, 2014
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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.

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. 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
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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


Jul 10, 2014
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