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Anywhere to get Russian River Pliny the Elder in San Diego

Taphunter shows it available at several bars and bottle shops in the area: http://sandiego.taphunter.com/beer/Ru.... Of those on the list, I would probably head to Hamilton's, though it can get crowded at peak times.

Dec 03, 2014
Katherine H in San Diego

Thanksgiving in SD (with our dog)

Check out this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/615406
Of the restaurants listed there, I know the Prado will be serving on Thanksgiving: http://www.cohnrestaurants.com/thepra...

Oct 21, 2014
Katherine H in San Diego

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

If Coin-Op appeals, I'd suggest Wang's for dinner beforehand. I've found picky/non-foodie eaters to be happy there, and I enjoy the food as well (as long as you are prepared for Americanized Chinese food and not expecting anything amazing or particularly authentic). It has a festive feel and a full bar.

Note re Coin-Op: I think I've had my ID checked at the door, so you should confirm whether they are 21+.

Sep 25, 2014
Katherine H in San Diego

dinner followed by drinks with out of towners

I'd second the 30th Street recommendation and the restaurants named above. Enjoy some local SD beer afterward at the new Modern Times on 30th and Upas (across from Smoking Goat), Hess Brewing, or Toronado.

Aug 12, 2014
Katherine H in San Diego

San Diego New Restaurants: 2014

In case anyone is confused (as I was), this appears to be a different outfit than Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill on India Street.

Jul 07, 2014
Katherine H in San Diego

Good food within walking distance of San Diego City College and Sheraton Marina?

Rustic Kitchen at 819 C Street is within walking distance of City College. I haven't been myself, but I have heard good things about their tacos from a reliable source. The main part of downtown/Gaslamp is a bit of a walk from City College, but the 7 bus and the blue/orange trolley lines both stop at City College and would make the trip quicker.

Jun 23, 2014
Katherine H in San Diego

Private room for small party- Uptown

I believe Kous Kous in Hillcrest has private/semi-private spaces and would be fun for a group.

May 08, 2014
Katherine H in San Diego

Solana Beach/Del Mar Eats

Check out Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizza in Encinitas: http://www.blueribbonpizzeria.com/

Apr 15, 2014
Katherine H in San Diego

Stuck in the Gaslamp District. HELP!

Tender Greens for lunch (call in ahead to avoid the line) or not-too-late dinner (open until 9).

Blind Burro has some good seafood and veggie options for dinner (open until 10 or 11).

The deli/salad bar at Jimbo's in Horton Plaza is a good quick lunch option very close to your hotel.

Cater for wedding at new central library

Alchemy catered our cocktail-style wedding reception with tray-passed appetizers and several stations of small plates. We were very happy with the food and their prices.

Mar 06, 2014
Katherine H in San Diego

Graduation Dinner

A few ideas: Alchemy (South Park), Ritual Tavern (North Park), Fig Tree Café (locations in PB, Hillcrest, and Liberty Station). All have menus that will satisfy a range of eaters. Alchemy and Fig Tree definitely take reservations, and I think Ritual would do so for a larger group.

Jan 08, 2014
Katherine H in San Diego

Old-School Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

In the same area as Origano and Arrivederci (Hillcrest), Charisma Cucina Italiana has tagliatelle Bolognese ($14.50) on the menu. It's a cozy little spot with good pastas. Parking can be tricky in that area, however, which might not be good with a grandmother in tow.

Jan 07, 2014
Katherine H in San Diego

Visiting San Diego what should I NOT miss?

Sadly, I think El Charco is closed. Kirk K reported they were closed for remodeling back in October (http://mmm-yoso.typepad.com/mmmyoso/2...), and a Yelp reviewer reports the sign is still up as of 12/28. Too bad as I loved that place!

Jan 07, 2014
Katherine H in San Diego

Xmas Day

Eater just posted a roundup: http://sandiego.eater.com/archives/20...

Of their list, 100 Wines might be an interesting, non-stuffy choice not far from the Gaslamp. I've only had drinks and appetizers there, but I've enjoyed what I've had.

Dec 13, 2013
Katherine H in San Diego

new restaurant to take our hosts?

I've seen kids at Stone Liberty Station.

Dec 05, 2013
Katherine H in San Diego

Mimi's Cafe in San Diego (3 Locations) - Prepared Thanksgiving Dinner?

Just curious, does this strictness for SENTRI extend to the 1-liter per person limit on wine/alcohol?

Nov 25, 2013
Katherine H in San Diego

Pizzeria Mozza--Underwhelmed

I went to check it out on Monday night (opening day). My husband and I arrived a little before 6, with no reservations, and were told that the only available table was on the patio. We opted to take it, even though it was chilly and they don't have heaters out there (yet?). We had the fried squash blossoms, Mozza caprese, pane bianco (the $4 bread referenced above), a Brussels sprouts pizza, the butterscotch budino, and two quartinos of red wine for a total of $93 before tip. I've dined at the Mozzas in LA and Newport Beach before (once each), and I thought the food here was comparable - and good. I can't compare the spaces, since we didn't really see the inside of the location here (we were escorted from the host stand just inside the front door straight back outside to our table and didn't take time to wander inside). I love that caprese (burrata, pesto, and roasted cherry tomatoes) with the warm pane bianco and I would happily go back just for that.

Nov 20, 2013
Katherine H in San Diego

Best Taco Tuesday/Happy Hour

I like Barrio Star, and they have Tuesday specials (not as cheap as Oscars, however).

Nov 07, 2013
Katherine H in San Diego

Coconut cake

It's a white layer cake with key lime curd filling (there may be some coconut in there too), frosted with vanilla buttercream (I think) and covered in shredded coconut. I think of it as a coconut cake with a key lime twist.

Oct 16, 2013
Katherine H in San Diego

Coconut cake

It's not quite traditional, but I really like the key lime coconut cake at Twiggs Bakery.

Oct 15, 2013
Katherine H in San Diego

San Marcos 2013

Good beer and burgers at Sublime Ale House in Restaurant Row.

Oct 08, 2013
Katherine H in San Diego


Salt and Cleaver on 5th in Hillcrest might be another option.

Sep 29, 2013
Katherine H in San Diego

BlueRibbon Rustic Kitchen. Yes, indeed.

I also went this week, forgetting it was restaurant week. We arrived at 8ish on Wednesday night and had dinner at the bar. The food was great, but the room was so loud we had a hard time hearing each other, even though we were sitting side-by-side. I hope it will quiet down once restaurant week is over!

Sep 20, 2013
Katherine H in San Diego

Food Tour Suggestions

Sep 15, 2013
Katherine H in San Diego

Foodie Wedding

I've been in wedding planning mode for the last six months or so (having our reception at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park with Alchemy catering in November).

Restaurants with views (that also do a lot of weddings): Bali Hai, Candelas on the Bay, JRDN/Tower 23

I think the Mission Beach Women's Club and San Diego Rowing Club are both on the bay and very flexible as to catering.

I went to a lovely wedding catered by Waters at the Martin Johnson House (Scripps Institute), but it is an outdoor-only venue, which may not be good for December. If you love Waters, I might suggest contacting them to see if they have venue suggestions.

One other thing: it gets dark early in December, so if it's an evening reception, you may want more of a bay/city view, instead of looking out onto the dark ocean.

Sep 15, 2013
Katherine H in San Diego

Help need a unique anniversary dinner

Pomegranate Russian-Georgian Restaurant


Apr 16, 2013
Katherine H in San Diego

NYC coming to SD

I think others have given you lots of good spots to hit up. I'd like to weigh in on the transportation issue. I think it's pretty easy to navigate around downtown, Hillcrest, and North Park via public transport, with major bus lines running along Broadway, University, and 30th St. and reasonably plentiful cabs. There are quite a few worthy restaurants and bars in these areas. Getting to the beach areas and La Jolla is another story. You might want to look into Car2Go, which is a car-sharing program. I think its home area does not extend very far north (perhaps not even to La Jolla), but I find it handy for getting around central San Diego, and it does include Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, and Point Loma. My fiance and I will often use it to get to places where we know we'll be having a few drinks - then we can just ditch the car there and take a cab home. It costs $35 to join and then 38 cents a minute while you're using it, so you'd have to do the math to see if it's worthwhile vs. getting a rental car or just using all cabs and public transport. Have a great trip!

Mar 06, 2013
Katherine H in San Diego

Weekday Happy Hour Near Chula Vista Waterfront

How about one of the places on the bay in Coronado? According to their websites, Peohe's has food and drink specials from 3-6:30pm daily, and Candelas gives groups of 5 or more 20% off on Thursdays.

Nov 21, 2012
Katherine H in San Diego

$20 San Diego/SoCal food parcel

I've gifted Chuao hot chocolate to out-of-town friends, and it's been well-received. I love the Spicy Maya and generally go for that, but some of the other flavors look good, too.

Oct 16, 2012
Katherine H in San Diego

Pomegranate Russian-Georgian Restaurant

I really enjoy Pomegranate, and I think my boyfriend would put it at the top of his list of favorite San Diego restaurants. I love the salad sampler, and the only main dish I've ever been disappointed in was the vegetarian stroganoff (perhaps I should have known better). We've always had friendly service, too, though I don't think we've ever encountered the owner.

Aug 23, 2012
Katherine H in San Diego