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Carnitas Snack Shack Wait Time Sunday at noon

I've never not had bad flies buzzing around me there.

Aug 26, 2014
kriot in San Diego

SD Gets Nod for What It Does Best in CA Rating

Those burritos in the mission are disgusting. I don't know why people love em so much. Just because something the size of a small child cost 3 bucks doesnt mean its good.

Jul 22, 2014
kriot in San Diego

Birthday Dinner for 8 people in Honolulu/Waikiki

Thanks for all the replies everyone, I actually decided on girogiro. Hopefully all will go well.

Jul 22, 2014
kriot in Hawaii

Birthday Dinner for 8 people in Honolulu/Waikiki

Have you tried Nanzan girogiro? It popped up while searching as another place for potential group dining.

Jul 15, 2014
kriot in Hawaii

Birthday Dinner for 8 people in Honolulu/Waikiki

Hi All,

I'm looking for dinner recommendations in Waikiki/Honolulu for my Wifes birthday. There wont be any kids and in total it will be around 8 people. I'd like something on the nicer side of casual, somewhere with great cocktails/decent wine and preferably locally sourced food. A hotel restaurant would be fine as well. Unfortunately I've not been back to Honolulu in quite some time so I've no idea whats good and whats not. As for price, not too sure, maybe 100 per person max? What would be kinda cool is a private-ish space/room.Thanks so much in advance!!!

KC

Jul 14, 2014
kriot in Hawaii

One Beer dinner

I would also say BLAH for food and beer. However, its been a while since i've been. The last time i was there it was just my wife and I, we had half a pizza left and full beers. One of the workers there continuously asked us if we were going to be much longer because there was a line for food & beer. And at BLAH there is always a line for food & beer. We left and i wont be returning. If you can deal with that, the food and beer is good. I just dont like being rushed out.

Hamilton;s and monkey paw have food as well.

Jan 31, 2014
kriot in San Diego

Romesco Baja Med Now Open for Lunch

How is Romesco's these days? Last time i went about 1.5 years ago it was kinda ho-hum. Seemed the menu had changed to more "italian" than mex.

Dec 02, 2013
kriot in San Diego

Callebaut - Guittard - Sharfen Berger Chocolate

If you want good stuff I see El Rey at Whole Foods every now and then

Aug 26, 2013
kriot in San Diego
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Alchemy [San Diego]

I've been to Alchemy quite a few times being that its local to me. I've found it to be really inconsistent. Sometimes the food is great, perfectly cooked and seasoned, and other times its devoid of all flavor and needs salt. Honestly, I think the cooks/chefs smoke, thats just a guess, i dont know, but the level of inconsistency points to people who like to wreck their taste buds.

Jul 23, 2013
kriot in San Diego

Addison, Market or 1540

Cool, I'm gonna go with GModern. The menu at 1500 Ocean looks decent but nothing on the menu really stands out.

Jul 17, 2013
kriot in San Diego

Addison, Market or 1540

I'm leaning towards George's Modern. I've been to George's but only the terrace. Is there a different menu for the CA Modern space?

Veladora sounds really interesting as well but i dont want to think of the drive back downtown from out there after having some wine.

Jul 15, 2013
kriot in San Diego

Addison, Market or 1540

Hi All,

Given those three choices which would you pick for a nice Birthday dinner for your spouse?

Or is there another spot I'm missing?

We've been to addison and market but never 1540 and since mccabe is no longer there i'm wondering if its even worth considering.

Thanks!

Jul 12, 2013
kriot in San Diego
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Linkery and Hubcap Closing. . .Goodbye Jay. . .*sniff**sniff*

LOL, didnt mean to come off too harsh. I do wish them good luck as well. I think maybe an ETIE would work up there since the Mexican food situation is really really bad in the city.

Jul 12, 2013
kriot in San Diego

Linkery and Hubcap Closing. . .Goodbye Jay. . .*sniff**sniff*

We gave this place a couple shots and honestly it just never wowed me. The concept was great but the food always seemed to lack flavor. Having lived in the bay area for many many years, they will have to seriously step up their game in order to be able to compete. If they simply repeat what they did here, up there, they dont stand a chance.

Jul 09, 2013
kriot in San Diego

Cheesemaking in Basque-country

Wow, I just came across this, I dont know if you're still interested but I do have some experience with this.

About two years ago I was there and wanted to meet and talk to cheesemakers there. I really should've done more research prior to going but ending up in san sebastian was a bit last minute.

It helps if you speak Spanish and really really helps if you speak Basque. If its just English you may not have much luck. But anyways, I used this list:

http://www.quesoidiazabal.com/index.p...

I just started calling everyone on that list and asking if I could visit their operation. Most of these are farmstead/small operations and its super interesting. I ended up working for a day with one of them and the experience was awesome and invaluable.

I dont know if there is something organized however google may have something for you. Good luck sorry for posting so late.

Jun 17, 2013
kriot in Spain/Portugal

Vagabond in SD

OK, so based on the reviews/reports that have popped up recently on Vagabond, my Wife and I decided to give it another shot. We also hadnt been in years and since its close, it was friday evening and didnt want to go far we decided to go.

Arrived, the door guy/owner/I dont know who he is but maybe he's the owner/person greeted us and let us know he'd get a table ready. he replaced the butcher paper and thats it. no place settings, no small plates,...nothing.they were way short staffed and busy. No busser, just two struggling waiters and a very chatty and somewhat clueless greeter. eventually had to ask the greeter/owner/whatever for settings, he grabbed the plates from table next to us and gave us those, then forgot the silverware.

Drinks - Old fashioned that sat too long, they dumped more ice in and were successful in totally watering down my drink. Wine,... decent enough, nothing great.

Food - actually quite good, shrimp and grits which were tasty, brussell sprouts and broccoli which was also quite good and coq au vin, less winey than I remember it being the last time there. Food, again, was good. Not spectaculer, not superb, not sublime, it was "good".

Service - terrible. short staffed, other guests could not get anyone to help them, inattentive manager.

I wont be going back. Service there is just needlessly bad. The waiters seem to do the best they can but when its busy a skeleton crew doesnt help. I honestly dont get the hype.

May 06, 2013
kriot in San Diego

Good glass of wine in North Park

Splash is closest to the farmers market so I guess I'd suggest that. I dont know if they still have those weird machines but the place is decent enough. Mosaic would be a bit of a hike. I wouldnt recommend calabria as their wine will most likely only be about 10 degrees cooler than their coffee. Now that I think about it a bit more. I dont think many Italian restaurants believe in wine fridges.

Apr 11, 2013
kriot in San Diego

Well this is sad news: El Take It Easy to shutter on April 22

Burgers? Hmmmm, never had that before.

Someone mentioned Romesco's having and ID crisis and I have to agree. Last time I went (about a year ago) they ditched most anything they had before that was Mexican and pretty much went all Italian. It was pretty ho-hum.

I never went to ETIEZ but the two times i've been to Linkery I was not impressed and just never bothered to give it a 3rd try.

Apr 11, 2013
kriot in San Diego

Recommendations for Mexican/South American near Manchester Hyatt

I have to agree, El Salvadoreno is quite good. Definitely not fancy, but it is comfortable.

Not much else in the way of decent Mexican/LatAm/South American. I'd love for a good Peruvian place down here.

Mar 14, 2013
kriot in San Diego

Tacos El Gordo (National City) [Split from LA carne asada thread]

I prefer the asada tacos in LA, less gristle, smaller pieces, better flavor. I've found most of the asada tacos here to be way too fatty, really greasy, and always taste like a charred grill. The meat is rarely cooked/grilled when ordered, even at the "good" places.

Although, there's a place mentioned in a recent thread today that looks promising.

Jun 25, 2012
kriot in San Diego

Good coffee in San Diego?

This really does depend on where you're at. Cafe Moto is pretty good their coffee is also whats used at Influx and a few other places. I've heard Santos is decent, Calabria does quality coffee as well. All these places are closer to downtown... sorta.

Mar 11, 2012
kriot in San Diego

Yu Me Ya Sake House (Hillcrest)

Has anyone been here lately? Going off reviews from yelp it seems its improved but yelp isnt really a trustworthy source.

K

Sep 15, 2011
kriot in San Diego

Anyone know what's going in the South Park El Camino space?

Yah, this is kind of a let down.El Camino wasnt super great but it wasnt all that bad either. I dont have high hopes for mexican/sushi either, it sounds like a bad trend, kinda gimmicky. Hopefully I'm wrong but i'm guessin it'll go away as quickly as it shows up.

Anyone know why El Camino closed up the S. Park location? It didnt seem like it was doing bad and the Little Italy space is still open.

Aug 15, 2011
kriot in San Diego

fine pastry shop

As far as i know there is nothing in Mission Beach. In downtown there is Extraordinary Desserts (also Bankers Hill). There's a place in North Park called Heaven Sent which I only went to once and wasnt impressed with. There's a couple chocolate places like chi and eclipse. Bread & Cie have some pastries but its mainly a bakery.

Really, there is no proper Patisserie here in San Diego, but I have had some good deserts at Market and also Farmhouse so perhaps restaurants might be an option. I dont think I've been much help but maybe some others have suggestions.

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Extraordinary Desserts
2929 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Aug 15, 2011
kriot in San Diego

Source for yard eggs?

Ha! Good question huh!?

kriot@yahoo.com sorry about leaving that off.

The problem out here is space, well, I'm not sure where you are located but I live right by downtown so all of us with birds are limited in space

KC

Jul 12, 2011
kriot in San Diego

Source for yard eggs?

You might want to try some farmers markets around town and ask them. Everyone I know who has backyard chickens feeds them something aside from letting them roam the yard. I let my birds out most of the time but still feed them organic chicken feed.

There is a lady out in poway that has goats as well, she may do strictly free range on her property but i'm not sure. Email me if you're interested.

KC

Jul 12, 2011
kriot in San Diego

Sushi Deli 1- Avoid this place!!

Same here, I dont know what the appeal is. I went to the one Downtown since its closer to me and my Wife and I were pretty much disgusted.

I figure its there for tourists. Let them have it.

Jun 23, 2011
kriot in San Diego

Craving for Pambazo

Pambazos are awesome!

Its street food, like a "torta" with potato, but not a torta, hard to describe. The best one i've had in California is in Redwood City (SF bay area) at Casita Chilanga. Its been a while since i've been there so dont hold me to it but it was realy good last time.

Jun 15, 2011
kriot in San Diego

Craving for Pambazo

I'm pretty sure I had one at Ranas and I'd remember if it was horrible so i'm guessing it was halfway decent.

I havent been there in a while tho so I'm not sure if its still all that and a bag of chips. I remember liking the mole which is not on the menu so you gotta ask for that one.

If only they'd ditch the florescent lights.

Jun 13, 2011
kriot in San Diego

Looking for inexpensive - moderate food near downtown Westin, w/caveats

There's loads of places in gaslamp that meet your requirements, like fridays, del taco, and other chains so you wont starve.

You could probably go to burger lounge, there's one in little italy and the last time i was downtown they were building on in gaslamp. but beware, the burger may have "flavor".

anyways, i'll come off my high horse now. If you browse through some older posts you'll see lots of people recommend some places, like cafe chloe, the mission, hane sushi, basic pizza, alchemy (not in downtown but close by taxi)...etc.

Jun 07, 2011
kriot in San Diego