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Yelp Top 100 (LA edit)

yeah no Langers for instance...

Mar 01, 2014
jpie in Los Angeles Area

The One Month Mark of our 7 Week Stay-Food Report and Where Else to Go Next?

Thanks so much! We will check out a few of these before we head out if the big rains don't stop us :)

Feb 27, 2014
jpie in San Diego

Any one know of any good Dim Sum restaurants in San Diego?

Yeah I guess I didn't want to be that blunt but that was also our experience. But at least our stuff was warm. Weird decor too don't you think?

Feb 23, 2014
jpie in San Diego

Where to take my 4 friends in March--my birthday, my treat--Santa Monica, etc.

I would second Hostaria del Piccolo. We really love their pasta dishes and splitting a pizza or two as an appetizer is great and helps keep cost down.

The other one that comes to mind is Akasha u=in Culver City

Feb 19, 2014
jpie in Los Angeles Area

Pizza today for lunch

So we just came from Buona Forchetta! You were all right-with the nice weather we enjoyed the patio. We got mesmerized into trying the pizza with the potatoes and prosciutto before I realized that it wasn't one of the pizzas with totmato sauce-so that gives me a good excuse to go back :) How is the rest of their stuff-pastas, etc.?

thanks again!

Feb 15, 2014
jpie in San Diego

Pizza today for lunch

Thanks for reminding me about Cafe Calabria-I will put it on the list in the next week or so to try for an early dinner and to pick up some ground coffee :)

Feb 15, 2014
jpie in San Diego

Pizza today for lunch

Wanting to try good artisan pizza while we are visiting your lovely city. We were thinking Buona Forchetta since they seem only to serve lunch on weekends. Is there a better choice? We have also thought about Pizzaria Bruno, Napoleone Pizza House, Project Pie. Would love opinions. We are looking for good Neapolitan style-thin crust.....yum getting hungry.

Here's the article I saw: http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-D...

Feb 15, 2014
jpie in San Diego

Any one know of any good Dim Sum restaurants in San Diego?

We went there last Saturday right at noon when they opened. We were literally the only ones there. As SR said below-pretty classic dim sum menu at twice the price. We paid around $30 for 3 dim sum dishes and 1 noodle dish and no beer. Very weird hipster in Bejing vibe. We are visiting from LA so very spoiled for high quality low priced dim sum in the valley there. It was fun to try but I wouldn't go back.

Feb 15, 2014
jpie in San Diego
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First timer....last minute trip!

We loved the mussels at the Fishery-and the shrimp tacos were good too. We are only visiting so we we haven'ttried the others you mentioned but we have Blind Burro on our list.

Feb 10, 2014
jpie in San Diego

The One Month Mark of our 7 Week Stay-Food Report and Where Else to Go Next?

Oh-well I think you will GTO-super unique city because of its topology-we loved it! Eating isn't world class but there are some decent choices-almost all of which you can find on tripadvisor to be honest. The one hidden one I will mention is that if you find delica mitsu-walk up the little alley or callejon as they are clled where their table are and at the top you will find 2 women making little treats on a outdoor grill-usually has a long line of students. Everything is delicious and they are know around town as clean so you shouldn't have to worry about getting sick. I would be careful at some of the places around the market-I never got sick but our local friends told us to be careful so we didn't eat at really any of those places. Hope you lovet GTO-it is a great time of year to visit!

Feb 10, 2014
jpie in San Diego

The One Month Mark of our 7 Week Stay-Food Report and Where Else to Go Next?

Hmm that is really interesting-I saw that Caffe Calabria roasts coffee and thanks to you just saw the pizza-so we will definitely give it a try and buy some coffee while we are there.

Feb 09, 2014
jpie in San Diego

The One Month Mark of our 7 Week Stay-Food Report and Where Else to Go Next?

Wow this is going to keep us busy!! Thanks for all the suggestions-I will check them out!

Feb 09, 2014
jpie in San Diego

The One Month Mark of our 7 Week Stay-Food Report and Where Else to Go Next?

Yeah we would have loved to go to Michcoacan-but that is on the forbidden list to travel (due to security) when you are in the PC. Tons of our expat friends go all the time but we weren't allowed to go.

Sounds like you know GTO and SM well-have you eaten at Las Mercedes-that is probably the best high end GTO place in a house away from the center. We also liked a French place that just recently re-opened called El Midi Bistro (only for dinner-I didn't like the lunch salad bar so much-kind pf pricey since they weigh the food. There is also a newish Indian veggie place called Centro Bharati that is yummy and a good Japanese called Delica Mitsu

Feb 09, 2014
jpie in San Diego

February Dish of the Month - CHOCOLATE

The sea salt caramel chocolate cupcake at Pure cupcakes we pretty darn good. The cake was moist which generally in the deal killer turning good cupcake bad IMO, so it passed the test

Feb 09, 2014
jpie in San Diego

The One Month Mark of our 7 Week Stay-Food Report and Where Else to Go Next?

Yes it looks like there is good Asian around Convoy-is it mostly for the Japanese or are other Asian cuisines also good around that neighborhood. Thanks to you and others about the heads up on the Pizza at Cucina Urbana-sound like I should try them for their other stuff and go to the others mentioned in the thread for pizza. Here is an article I found on the pizza thing that mentioned them:

http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-D...

Feb 09, 2014
jpie in San Diego

The One Month Mark of our 7 Week Stay-Food Report and Where Else to Go Next?

Thanks for the in depth reply about Super Cocina-It think it sounds interesting enough to make the trip based on that. We were in Guanajuato for our Peace Corps service. It is in the center not too far from San Miguel de Allende. It is not actually in a region known for great food, so most of our memorable eating was done in Mexico City or Puebla visits. But I am not looking for EXCELLENT necessarily-just good execution for the basics and interesting salsas, etc. I think we will also have to go to Romesco's for lunch at least-I saw the street food mentioned on their site and that sounds fun

I will also add Alchemy to the list to check out.

Feb 09, 2014
jpie in San Diego

The One Month Mark of our 7 Week Stay-Food Report and Where Else to Go Next?

Hi there:

Everyone has been so helpful that I thought I would do a little foodie report and "come to the well" again for more ideas for our final 3 weeks.

We are have been hanging out in SD for about a month now and tying to get our share of many of the local delicacies.

So far here are the places we have tried (in no particular order)

Carnitas Snack Shack-really yummy although our timing was bad-we had a quite a wait to get our food-but well worth the wait.

Went to Tom Hams Lighthouse during restaurant week for the view mostly. The food was okay at that 3 course price but not so great that I would make a repeat visit unless I really want the view.

We also went to C-Level when we needed to drop off my sister at the airport. Again, pretty good, but I wasn't blown away although but of course loved the view there and at Tom Hams.

For lower end places we have been twice to Rubicon Deli since it is nearby and also tried the California Kebab & Beer Garden and finally got to try some local beer-really yummy beer by the way. We liked the fact that you can order small portions there since it was Superbowl Sunday and we wanted to have a light lunch before we started noshing at home. Rubicon is great for the reverse-their portions are huge so you can share nicely.

Other PB places we have been were Tweety's Thai (meh-wouldn't go back) but that fortuitously introduced us to Pure Cupcakes right next door. We had Mexican one day at La Perla Cocina which was good value but not super memorable. I want to try Oscar's and Taco Surf across the street.

We did go for Thai on Hillcrest at Amarin which was pretty good and very reasonable-particularly because they ran a 2 week special in January to coincide with restaurant week where they offered 2 lunch specials for $10 total-so an exceptional deal.

Today we tried Dim Sum at French Concession since you are supposed to eat dumplings to welcome in the Chinese New Year. Apparently the same owner as Lucky Liu's and Rama Thai. Food was fair-but we are kind of dim sum snobs since we can go to the San Gabriel valley in LA for really world class choice in that category. Also we were the only ones in there at 12 noon on a Saturday and it has kind of a weird hipster meets Shanghai vibe-but needless to say we got great service.

I think that is about it-we did go to Blue Water Seafood Market-which we had visited a few years back. I am wondering now how folks think it compares to Point Loma and El Pescador Fish Market in La Jolla. They all seem to be the same kind of formula-taco, salad or sandwich, so I would be interested to hear folks' opinions, We also had lunch at the Fishery here in PB and thought their mussels were really yummy-we will return just for those at least once.

So I think that is the list so far. I would love other not to be missed ideas for our last 3 weeks. Some places I have on my list from reading the board are:

Mexican:
Susper Cocina-this is pretty far away for us, but sounds like it is worth it. We have just finished Peace Corps service in Mexico so had some amazing food there, but I like Mexican so would travel for good food. I also am wondering whether to try Romesco Mexiterranean Bistro. I know they are very different but what they have in common is the fact they seem kind of far. A few years back we ate at El Indio and Lucha Libre but I thought they were good but don't stick in my memory as extraordinary.

Pizza and/or Italian
Buona Forchetta or Pizzeria Bruno Napoletano or Project Pie and it sounds like Cucina Urbana is a must for Pizza and other great food.

Any other not to be missed places? Others I have read good things about are Urban Solace, Tiger Tiger, Chloe's, Smoking Goat (although we generally prefer lunch and this is dinner only).

Anyway, I am going on and on-but mostly wanted to thank you all for all the great suggestions and help! We are having a blast eating our way through SD!

Feb 08, 2014
jpie in San Diego

Great bakeries

We are just visiting SD for a month or so and staying in PB. We just sort of ran across Pure Cupcakes and thought they were really good. They are tucked into a shopping center where there is a big Vons store on Garnet between Jewel and Kendall. They apparently won on Cupcake Wars and were named best cupcake on SD A-List

http://www.purecupcakes.com

Feb 08, 2014
jpie in San Diego

Mexican vanilla (vainilla de Papantla) in San Diego?

This store in Old town San Diego seems to carry the Coumarin free pure variety

http://www.thesandiegohouse.com/mexic...

Feb 02, 2014
jpie in San Diego

Recommendations for lunch Monday near airport?

Thanks for the quick reply. We actually tried Tom Ham's during restaurant week and it was pretty good-so I am glad to hear an endorsement there. I will check out C-Level as well.

Feb 01, 2014
jpie in San Diego

Recommendations for lunch Monday near airport?

Hi Hounds:

We are vacationing in SD for a month or so and my sister decided to visit us for Superbowl weekend. She flies back out Monday to Oakland on a flight that leaves around 2:45PM. So we wanted to go to lunch before. We were thinking if the weather stays clear that it might be fun to go someplace with a water view on shelter or harbor island or somewhere near the water. But really food quality ease of access and parking will trump view for us. Any ideas or suggestions of places we should go not too far from the airport?

Thanks in advance-you guys have been so helpful! We enjoyed carnitas snack shack today-kind of a line but totally worth it :)

Feb 01, 2014
jpie in San Diego

Can you buy SD microbrews in the supermarket?

Thanks all! our first "eat-in" experience will probably be at the California Kebabs and Beer Garden with its Amplified Ale Works.

Also, for this place but also just in general, any specific brews you think are not to be missed. I really like white Belgium or wheaten style, my hubby is more into amber or maybe even a good stout now and then. To be fair we aren't huge beer people but are willing to be adventuresome now and then. I am assuming the some of the breweries may have samplers-which is always great for me since I can taste some variety without getting too full.

Anyway, any particular favorites would be fun to hear and thanks again for the supermarket suggestions!

Jan 29, 2014
jpie in San Diego

Can you buy SD microbrews in the supermarket?

We are visiting San Diego for 7 weeks and keep hearing about all the micro brews. We thought we might try to pick up something interesting to have at home during the super bowl. We will probably visit one of the breweries too at some point, but meanwhile, are some of the beers offered at the local stores-we are in Pacific Beach but I am willing to trek a bit if need be.

thanks and go hawks!

Jan 29, 2014
jpie in San Diego

Any Not-to-be-missed places for restaurant week?

Thanks all! I meant to say that we are staying seven weeks, so we will have time to try a fair amount of places. I will definitely check out Blind Burro and I might even try Fogo de Chao simply because we have never been and I am kind of a classic carnivore :) I will also take a look at Urban Solance and Cafe Chloe to visit during restaurant week or other.

So far the only places we have tried near our neighborhood in PB have been The Fishery and Rubicon Deli. We have been to Rubicon before and liked it-I had forgotten how big their portions are-even the half sandwiches and the nice touch they have of adding their little chocolate chip cookie!

The Fishery was new to us and we really enjoyed it. The highlight was probably the mussels-really delicious cooked with linguica. The grilled shrimp tacos were also yummy. The only disappointing thing for us was their Fishery soup-we found it way to "tomatoey" and kind thick. But everything else was yummy!

Thanks again for the suggestions-we are looking forward to some more food forays in your lovely city!

Jan 20, 2014
jpie in San Diego

Any Not-to-be-missed places for restaurant week?

We just arrived in SD to spend weeks and discovered that next week is restaurant week! Are there any places we should be sure to try? We prefer lunch but would also consider dinner for something special. We are much more interested in really good food versus super high end restaurants. Any advice is welcome-the choice is pretty overwhelming given that we haven't had time to research restaurants much yet and the week starts Monday!

http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

Also any other "must try places" outside of restaurant week are also welcome. We love all kinds of cuisines and SD seems to have really good Mexican in my recollection :)

Jan 18, 2014
jpie in San Diego

BBQ near San Antonio Airport on a Sunday night

thanks! I will check it out.

May 03, 2013
jpie in Texas

BBQ near San Antonio Airport on a Sunday night

I just checked and two brothers is only open til 7PM on Sundays and my flight arrives at 6:44 and is an intl flight so no way I will make it! Rats-any others on the above list that might be good enough to consider? Otherwise I could place a delivery order to the Aloft where I am staying-but I might have to zap it....

Apr 30, 2013
jpie in Texas

BBQ near San Antonio Airport on a Sunday night

And it looks like they deliver-so that is also an option :)

Thanks for the recommendation!

Apr 30, 2013
jpie in Texas

BBQ near San Antonio Airport on a Sunday night

I am serving in the Peace Corps in Mexico but will flying to St. Louis in a week for a conference. I will be flying through San Antonio both ways. I arrive at SAT around 6:45PM on a Sunday night. I really want some decent BBQ but most places are either closed on Sunday or close at 6PM on Sunday.

Here are the choices I seem to have so far:

Smokey Mo's Bar-B-Q (Sun 8-8)
19851 Hwy 46 W
(Just east of 281 on Hwy46)

Bill Miller’s closest to SAT but seems more like a driven-in?
8403 McCullough Ave
San Antonio, TX 78216
210-344-8833
Store Closing Time:
8:30pm Sun-Wed

The county Line BBQ
The County Line, Interstate 10, San Antonio
11AM-9PM Sunday

Dickey’s BBQ Pit
834 NW Loop 410 Ste 105 San Antonio, TEXAS 78216
Store Hours: Sun.-Sat. 11 am-8 pm

Grady’s BBQ
Sundays 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
327 E. Nakoma

Heart O' Texas Barbecue
19903 Stone Oak Parkway, Suite 101
San Antonio, TX 78258
12:00 pm to 8:00 pm Sun

Porky’s burgers and More (pulled pork)
Dinner 3pm-11pm all day sat & sun.
4511 NW loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78229

I am really after some great pork ribs mostly and good sauce-all the other BBQ stuff is just icing on the cake so to speak.

Any ideas of more/other places or advice among those I have found? I will most likely be taking a cab versus renting a car, so closer is better-but I will travel to something really good :) I have a 6AM flight the next day so can't back out to the BBQ towns this trip-rats!

Apr 28, 2013
jpie in Texas

Visiting from LA-must have pizza and pastrami.....and a bagel

Thanks for all the info. In terms of pizzas, as much as I want to go to Brooklyn I think it sounds like we just won't have time. I have an event I am attending so probably won't have much travel time, so I will probably stick close to Manhattan. While I love wood fire pizza I think I may opt for the coal oven style since that is traditional to the city it seems-or maybe if I have enough time and can walk up an appetite I can fit in both. Just as an aside, is there any other particular thing I should really have in NYC-I figure I will get pickles with sandwiches for instance.....but are there any little snackie things I should be sure not to miss or any restaurant near mid-town that is a must-not pricey (we aren't up for really expensive given the costs of the hotels in the city :), just good. I am not looking for just broad recs. here-more like "If I amy not get to eat in NYC again for a year-I would be sure to have this or eat here" kind of thing

Oct 18, 2010
jpie in Manhattan